Playa del Carmen Journals

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An April 2006 trip to Playa del Carmen by britgirl7

Hotel Labnah Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Thirty friends and I headed to Playa Del Carmen for some partying and adventures, Mexican style.

Players in Playa

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Overview

5th Avenue Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playa Del Carmen is situated along the coast from Cancun but is more pedestrian friendly than its counterpart. The main string of shops, hotels, clubs, and restaurants are along 5th Avenue, or Quinta Avenida.If you are staying at one of the many all-inclusive resorts, you will find yourself a little out of town, towards Playacar, but all the smaller, family-owned, or boutique hotels are along this strip.Shopping: there are plenty of duty-free bargains to be had in Playa, and if the prices aren’t marked, feel free to haggle.Mayan ruins: within easy reach of Playa is Tulum, which, though not as historically exciting, makes for great photos, as it's alon...Read More

Hotel Labnah

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Hotel

Hotel Labnah Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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On booking a cheap flight to Playa from Dallas, my next mission was to find a cheap and cheerful hotel; somewhere in the downtown area and, on orders from my husband, with air-conditioning.There are plenty of family run joints all along 5th Avenue (the pedestrian shopping Mecca) and it wasn’t difficult to find numerous choices online.We settled on the LabNah, after reading a glowing report on IgoUgo and were not disappointed in the least. We opted for the partial Ocean view (which was $65-high season) whilst other friends got the basic Queen ($40) and the Palapa suite ($90). All were great.The reception spoke only limited English but they were oh so patient at our limited Spanish and animated m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Hotel Labnah
6th St. N
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
984 873-2099

Adela

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Restaurant | "La Adela"

Adela Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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On our first night we were wandering down 5th Avenue starving and not yet knowing the lay of the land when we found this restaurant. Being unsure as it was right on the main tourist drag and that isn’t always the best place to find good food we went in anyways and were pleasantly surprised.La Adela looked plenty Mexican with its big two-story palapa roof, local colours, and gentle Mariachi music.The food did not disappoint. I chose something light as it was late so picked the lime tortilla soup, which was filling yet refreshing. Karl chose the shrimp, which were cooked right there at the table in garlic, lime, and tequila. I have to say his choice was a great one, as the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Adela
5th Avenue
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Yaxche Maya Cuisine

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Restaurant

Yaxche Maya Cuisine Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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On our last night in town the crew split into smaller groups to eat and we found ourselves at a wonderful Maya restaurant called Yaxche.The decor was stunning with carvings on the walls inspired by the Maya temples. The food is best described as upscale Mexican but that’s not to say its not traditional. According to the website the owner Alberto Lazaola sticks to the traditional Maya recipes handed down by his family only adds better quality ingredients to ensure wonderful foods.My dish was the Xaman Ha which was fresh fish stuffed with veggies, wrapped in Chaya leaves (aphrodisiac-Wayyyaaaa) and poached in a cream sauce. The presentation was as wonderful as the t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Yaxche Maya Cuisine
8th Street
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+52 984 873 2502

Bali Club

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Attraction

Bali Club Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Bali nightclub was new to Playa del Carmen, so of course we wanted to go check it out. At first the scene was fairly mellow, great music but not many people but as the night got later, the dance floor filled up. To begin with the crowd was very mixed, but by 4am we were the only gringos dancing.All in all a great club, with Indonesian inspired decor and a good sound system. The music did tend to vary rather drastically from deep house, vocal trance, to local pop (all the locals were singing along to pop tunes we had never heard), then from Black Eyed Peas to YMCA (really, they honestly did play this one !!!!!).As with many clubs in Playa the entrance fee seemed to vary, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Bali Club
Calle 12, between 5th and 10th aves.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Blue Parrot Hotel & Beach Club

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Attraction | "Blue Parrot Hotel & Beach Club"

Blue Parrot Hotel & Beach Club Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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The Blue Parrot is a beachside club In Playa. Its opposite a good drinking hole called OM which is worth going to for drinks before the scene at Blue Parrot gets going.As of April ’06, the famous fire juggling shows had been cancelled after a mishap caused the Palapa roof to burn down. Don’t fear, the roof is fixed but as of yet the fire people have yet to return!!!Blue Parrot is big and brash and on the night we went the $10 cover got you 2 beers.The far end of the club (outdoor) has a DJ spinning all the American charts from Kanye West to Madonna with a definite "sausage-fest" feel to the packed dance floor. Lots of youngsters bumping and grinding with a de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Blue Parrot Hotel & Beach Club
12th Street North & 1st Avenue North
Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula 77710
(984) 206-3350

Deseo Hotel & Lounge

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Attraction | "Deseo Bar"

Deseo Hotel & Lounge Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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It doesn’t matter if your budget doesn’t stretch to the hip little hotel The Deseo, you can still see how the other half lives by visiting the lounge at night for a chic experience.We started most of our nights out here at this ultra-cool rooftop lounge, which was more reminiscent of South Beach than Mexico.Up the stone steps (tough after a few Margaritas) and you enter another world at the rooftop Deseo. Beds line the edges where you can lounge, sipping cocktails under a moon-lit sky, as the sheer curtains billow around you. Service is slow, as the staff is too busy looking cool to hurry. However, the drinks, once obtained, are good and strong. My Mojito nearl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Deseo Hotel & Lounge
5A Ave y Calle 12
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

La Santanera

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Attraction

La Santanera Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Another long standing club for Playa del Carmen is La Santanera.Here expect long lines at the weekend, picky door men, and ever-changing entrance fees. On one night they charged $30 per person, another $30 per couple, and the night we went in $10 each.Once again, you are paying for the privilege of mingling with the pretty people; be it tourists or the in-crowd from Mexico City here on vacation.On the roof deck, under cover of a giant Palapa, was a DJ mixing chill-out tunes. Huge masks hang from the straw ceiling and pillows strewn the couches. Ornate, gold-wing chairs are set out at random, and this is the place to see and be seen whilst smoking a Cuban or t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

La Santanera
Calle 12, between 5th and 10th aves.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Mamitas

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Attraction

Playa Mamitas Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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The most fun and prettiest stretch of beach in Playa del Carmen is down by Mamita’s Beach Club. Here the in-crowd from Mexico City strut their stuff to the deep house tunes that the on-beach DJ churns out.To get here, walk along Playa beach (north, in the direction of Cancun, away from Cozumel pier) and you can’t miss it. You will hear the music and see the change in-person from Gringo to ultra-cool vacationing Mexicans from the city. Their shorts are short and bikinis tiny. The girls have natural makeup and body shimmer, their hair tied up in glitter scarves and expensive sunglasses. Welcome to Mamita’s.Mamita’s is also recognizable by the big four-poster beds used ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Playa Mamitas
North from the ferry pier at about 26th street
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Ferry to Cozumel

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the ferry dock Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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From Playa del Carmen the local ferries to Cozumel leave on the hour, and so it’s a good day out and a chance to see another placeTo get to the ferry dock just head to Calle 1 down from Fifth avenue and it’s hard to miss. You have the choice of the slow ferry for $9 or the fast ferry for $15. Either way, the slow ferry is 45 minutes and the fast one 30. The fast ferry is just nicer looking, with an on-board bar and Mariachi band. To experience both we took the slow ferry there and the fast (yellow) ferry back.On reaching Cozumel you will be instantly swamped with guides, people offering you scooters, jeeps, snorkel trips, glass bottom boats etc. We opted just to walk around ...Read More

We Must get to Coba

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wasp nest ??? Photo, Coba, Mexico
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If you read my journals you will know that no matter how "party" a trip is my husband, Karl, must include ruins, castles, cathedrals, or hiking. So despite a hangover from a 4am night out we set off to find Coba.The guidebook said that Coba was not on the regular tour bus route, so of course that peaked our interest. The resulting day trip became quite an adventure…Deciding against a rental car we took one of the numerous Collectivos that tool along the highway between Cancun and Tulum all day long. The Collectivo stand in behind the bus station in Play del Carmen at Avenue Juarez and Avenue20, but you can just as easily flag them down form any point on the highway....Read More