Original Mexican Fishing Village
Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
35Trip End Apr 16, 2010
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While passing through, many people realized that it was a nice place to relax away from the crowds of Cancun with the same quality beaches and turquoise waters. Based on the hurricanes damage since 2005, Darcy and I thought that the beaches are better! You rent a beach lounge chair and umbrella for the day and take in the beautiful view.
Tourist activity in “Playa” centers on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian walkway (stretching about 1 mile) located just 1 or 2 blocks inland from the beach which is lined with boutique hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants
The Playa del Carmen local community and government have attempted to retain Playa del Carmen's reputation and charm as a small fishing village and artists' colony, without it becoming as large and metropolitan as Cancún. To this end, the city passed an ordinance limiting buildings to 3 stories.
There is a significant European influence in Playa, with a number of local business proprietors drawn from the European expatriate community.
We happened to be here when they were have the "Riviera Maya Jazz Festival", which was held at the beach.