A pleasant town but packed with tourists

Trip Start Feb 09, 2008
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Trip End Dec 26, 2008


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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, February 10, 2008

I spent a couple of days in Playa just relaxing on the beach and cooling off in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, followed by football on the beach in the evening. Lined with palm trees and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean, these pure white sand made a nice place to chill for a couple of days. The town has become a popular tourist destination with many fine hotels, restaurants and bars lining Avenida 5 (also called La Quinta) which is a block back from the sea. This long pedestrianized strip is packed with tourists with many others over looking you from the fine restaurants and bars above. If its pristine beaches that you after then this is a required stop if your visiting this part of Mexico.

Playa Caribe
Playa Caribe

Playa Caribe
Playa Caribe

Accommodation

You`ll have no problem in finding a room if you turn up with out a reservation. But most places along Avenida 5 are not budget friendly with prices starting at $400 Peso, but I can imagine that many would be noisy due to the bars. The streets of  Calle 4,6,8,10,12 and 14 have many budget friendly guest houses with in 2-3 blocks of Avenida 5.

Transport

The central bus station is conveniently placed at one end off Avenida 5 two blocks from the ferry's for Cozumal. Buses leave every 30 - 40 minutes for Cancun or south to the ruins at Tulum.

Ferry's leave every hour for Isla Cozumal at a cost of $10 dollars. There are two companies that run every other hour so when purchasing your ticket just get a one way, as its no cheaper to buy a round trip. This way you have the option of a ferry every hour when you decide to come back, rather than every other hour had you brought a return ticket with that company.

Playa
Playa

Footy with the locals in Playa
Footy with the locals in Playa

Footy with the locals in Playa

Footy with the locals in Playa

Playa

Playa

Evening stroll along Avenida 5
Evening stroll along Avenida 5

Playa by night

Playa by night

Most things happen along Avenida 5 at night

Most things hapen along Avenida 5 at night

Playa Caribe
Playa Caribe

Passengers departing the ferry

Passengers departing the ferry

Playa by night
Playa by night

Playa Hotel

Playa Hotel

Playa Hotel
Playa Hotel

My dental visit
My dental visit
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