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An October 2002 trip to Playa del Carmen by Cantin2

Fishermens Village Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Playa del Carmen, a fishing village 30 minutes south of Cancun is filled with hotels, hostels, shops, restaurants, bars, internet cafes, discos and mariachis. It has a very international feel with visitors of all ages from the US, Europe, Canada and South America

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Sky Diver Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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During the day, most of the activity revolves around the water. There are lots of restaurants and bars with chairs right on the sand that satisfy your thirst and hunger without emptying your pockets. You can arrange to scuba dive, snorkel, sail, fish, windsurf, parasail, or even swim with dolphins and sky dive. A fast ferry runs hourly to take you to Cozumel where diving is fantastic. Tours can be arranged to visit Mayan Ruins at Tulum or Chichen Itza. The Tulum tour also includes snorkeling at Xelha ( see additional entries), but it's too short a time to really enjoy all that Xelha has to offer. A newly developed area, Playacar, about five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is a gated...Read More

Fishermen's Village

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Hotel | "Fishermens Village"

Fishermen's Village Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Fishing Village of Playa del Carmen Mayan Ruins Ecological parks Cozumel Underwater reefs for snorkeling and diving CenotesBest Things About the Resort:Quiet retreat in the midst of a strip of all-inclusive hotels.Resort Experience:Fishermens Village is a small, quiet, and relaxing timeshare resort in Playacar - 30 minutes south of Cancun and five minutes south of Playa del Carmen - a fishing village with a lot of shops, restaurants, bars, and activities. You will like this resort if you want a relaxing vacation with no planned activities on a beautiful soft sandy beach with small, rolling waves. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Fishermen's Village
Playacar Phase I
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Da Gabi

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Restaurant

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While strolling along 5th Avenue perusing the menus we decided to head down toward the water on side streets. Who knew that we would fall upon one of the gems of Playa Del Carmen. This is an open-air restaurant a little further toward the water than the Blue Lobster. Mariachis were serenading a group of six diners. A blackboard special for $10/person was interesting and a pleasant gentleman invited us in. Two other diners were shaking their head "yes" and motioned that the food was good. We asked for and received a "free margarita". The special was a baby spinach salad vinagrette and fish filet stuffed with crabmeat. Service was attentive and friendly. The food...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Da Gabi
Calle 12 off 5th Avenue
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+52 987-30048

Pancho's

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Restaurant | "Pancho''s on fifth"

Pancho's Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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We love the atmosphere at this Bar/Restaurant. It''s underground ...well, lower than street level. You''ll be invited in by a host/hostess who "works" the street - most times you can negotiate a drink (if it''s not too busy). From 5th Avenue you can see a large rectangular bar. As you enter you go down a large, wide staircase to the bar/restaurant area. This restaurant has undergone theme changes over the years - last year it was "Pancho Villa" - this year it is "Frida" (painter Frida Kahlo who was married to muralist Diego Rivera). The bar itself has laminated paintings of Frida (you know her - the one with the monobrow) and a huge mural of her 20''/30'' above the bar. Very trendy....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Pancho's
12th Street
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+52 (984) 873-1467

Casa Del Aqua

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Restaurant

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this restaurant was named one of the best "new restaurants" in North America by Conde Naste magazine. It is on the corner of 5th Avenue and ?8th St. There is a gift shop downstairs and a winding staircase to the second floor where the restaurant is. We were intrigued with the menu - beef goulash and chicken Zurich with Spaetzle - in Mexico and with temperatures in the 80's. We think of this as cold weather dining by a fireplace. The guys really wanted to try this - so we negotiated free margaritas - It was great !!! There are two sections to the restaurant. One overlooking 5th Avenue and one overlooking the ocean and cozumel in the distance (you must look between the trees...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2002

Casa Del Aqua
5th Avenue
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Xcaret

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Attraction

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For a day outing from Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or from a cruise ship, you must consider Xcaret (ish-ka-ret) - an ecological park, adventure outing, and beach all in one. Located halfway between touristy Cancun and the coastal Mayan city of Tulum, and only three miles from the ferry dock in Playa del Carmen, the location is perfect for a one day diversion. The wide range of activities appeal to many - adventure seekers can dive on a coral reef or interact with the dolphins (for and extra charge). History buffs can tour Maya sites, others can wander through the park to see butterflies, birds, wild animals, and mushrooms. Everyone can relax on the beach or even get a massa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2003

Xcaret
Riviera Maya - 5 miles from Playa derl Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Xelha

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Attraction

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Everytime we visit Playa del Carmen, we set aside a day to visit Xelha (shell-ha), an ecovogical park about half hour south of Playa del Carmen. You can get there by bus from Playa del Carmen if you don't have a car. Entrance fee is about $30 - $50 if you want the all-inclusive food and beverage plan. We never seem to have enough time to want to spend it eating and drinking. Lockers and rental snorkeling equipment are available (tote yours along if you can - it's pricey). Life vests and floating tubes are complimentary. Restaurants and bars are scattered throughout the park - strolling musicians provide entertainment - lounge chairs are everywhere under p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2003

Xelha
Near Mayan Ruins Of Tulum
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Internet cafes

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Playa del carmen has quite a few internet cafes. They range in price from $1.00 per hour to $10.00 hour. The cafes in the central plaza tend to be more expensive because there is more visitor traffic there due to the proximity of the bus station and the ferry dock. If you're willing to venture onto 5th avenue and the side streets you'll find one to suit you price wise and with different ambiance. Some are very neat, clean, well-lit, high speed and airconditioned. Others are slower with older computers. Some are attached to restaurants (like Karen's on 5th Avenue). You can also hear the musicians intertaining in the restaurant. One that we frequented was between 5...Read More

Fishermen's Village Timeshare sales

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Fisherman's Village Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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FISHERMENS VILLAGE TIMESHARE SALES: NOT ALL THE SHARKS ARE IN THE WATER Some of the sharks are on land as timeshare salespersons that work for the notorious Sunset Group that realtors claim are known for high-pressure tactics and utter disregard for the truth. They will tell you that they own 90% of the resort. In fact, they may only own 40%-60% of the units; I counted 16 privately-owned units out of 40. They will tell you that all the units are like the model. You know better because they are all individually owned, which means you can expect all sorts of furnishings. Some are well equipped, others not. You are shown sailboats, small boats, and kayaks around the premises fo...Read More