Playa del Carmen, Diving and Tulum

Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
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Trip End Jul 17, 2010


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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, January 10, 2010

After Chichen Itza, we made our way to Playa Del Carmen, one of the most popular beach destinations in the world. The weather is looking cloudy with a chance of showering. Tonight we head out with the group for a last dinner and some drinks but before dinner, we book a two tank dive to brush up on our diving before the big dive at the Blue Hole.

After dinner, we head to the main nightclub strip for a drink or two and this place is a little crazy. There are more roided up guys here than I've seen in one place and so much plastic surgery around that Michael Jackson’s legacy will be preserved for a long time to come. Playa Del Carmen is a party town and while we’re technically still in Mexico, it’s a very different Mexico than we’ve been seeing.

The next morning we’re up early for our dives and we get to remember how much we love diving. We got to see 6 turtles cruising around gracefully, a baby nurse shark and a manta ray as well. The second dive picked up where the first one left off. The water was clear and actually warmer than the air temperature by 8 degrees, such was the change in the weather.

Playa Del Carmen has so many visitors from North America that there is even a Wal-Mart here. Seriously. We made the most of it and purchased up things that we needed. It hate to say it but it was great to see a few brands that we recognised in a language that I could understand. If I had any food allergies, and had to read the ingredients in Spanish, I would have run out of EpiPens after the first week. A little known fact. Mexicans seem to love their hair gel. You can buy a 2kg tub of it here. You all know I’m partial to the odd hair spiking once in a while. If only the weight wasn’t too much to carry for 7 months, I might have just bought a tub or two. :-)

Playa is also where I we had a massive Mexican BBQ at our table. Nic and I ordered the table BBQ for 4. It’s fair to say that I ate the majority but Nic played a fantastic supporting role. You can see the before and after pictures.

The next day, it was a short trip to Tulum where we got to stay in beach huts and see another ruin. We stayed in a very rustic accommodations but you couldn’t fault them because we had the beach on our front door. The ruins at Tulum weren’t as intense as some of the others that we’ve seen to date but the setting was absolutely beautiful. People aren’t sure why Tulum was abandoned and I’m not sure either. It would be the resort town of all the Mayan cities, a place where other rulers might come to holiday. Unlike other cities, I don’t think it would have a severe rainy seasons followed by hot dry seasons. We had fun walking around the ruins. The ruins have 3 walls with the fourth being the sea so you can actually go down to the beach and have a swim then get back to visiting the ruins.

Join us in the next blog when we travel over the border to Belize and book our dive to the world famous Blue Hole, made famous by the great Jacques Cousteau the father of modern underwater diving.
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