Playa del Carmen Journals

Playa Del Carmen for a Mexico Beginner

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A September 2008 trip to Playa del Carmen by ak1

Royal Haciendas Resort Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: This was my first trip to Mexico and I seriously didn't know what to expect considering there are so many warnings in books about traveling to Mexico.

Los Rancheros

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Restaurant | "Our Fifth Avenue Meal"

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Along Fifth Avenue in Playa Del Carmen there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and our mission for the evening was to find one of the better ones. We finally decided to eat our dinner at Los Rancheros which serves Mexican cuisine, steaks and seafood.As we entered their building we climbed a bunch of stairs to their main floor, and then when I thought I was there they had us climb some more stairs to their rooftop view. The rooftop was poorly lit we could barely see our menus but it wasn’t as crowded as the lower levels so it probably wasn’t as hot. The first thing that happened here was that a guy came around with a camera and took pictures of our group in tacky sombreros and used t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2008

Los Rancheros
5th Avenue
Playa del Carmen
(984) 873-34430

Tulum Mayan Ruins

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Attraction | "Beautiful Coastal Ruin"

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Tulum sits on the breathtaking Caribbean Sea coastline and is an archaeological Mayan ruin site that is open to visitors. Visitors are able to wander the grounds of the ruins but all of the buildings are roped off and are not able to be viewed from the insides. When we arrived at Tulum we were accosted by merchants trying to sell us everything from water to bug spray which I have to say are both definite essentials on this trip. Then we rode the $2.00 tractor ride to the actual ruins. Arriving at the ruins we paid for our tickets and went inside to be amazed at the resemblance of a village that was still left for us to see. The one thing that seemed to be very common at this ru...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2008

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum, Mexico

Avenida Quinta-Fifth Avenue

Attraction | "Tourist Trap in Playa Del Carmen"

Avenida Quinta-Fifth Avenue Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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One evening we visited Fifth Avenue in Playa Del Carmen which is a pedestrian walkway filled with shops, hotels and restaurants that’s close to the Ocean. Walking up to Fifth Avenue with a stroller was quite interesting considering we couldn’t use their sidewalks because of drop offs and trees taking up the whole walkway. Once we finally got to Fifth Avenue we were fine because the street was blocked off from vehicles except for at intersections.This is definitely one of those tourist traps where all of the local merchants try to get you to come into their store and restaurants and buy their merchandise. This is the kind of place where the owners stand outside and tell you that you want to come ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2008

Avenida Quinta-Fifth Avenue

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Driving in Mexico

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I’ve been told to never drive a car in Mexico and now I completely understand why, besides the fact that if you are in a serious accident they arrest you until they can sort out the situation but their roads are crazy. Most of their roads (hi-ways) don’t have lines for lanes, its kind of a make it up as you drive situation. Then they have these awful speed bumps in the middle of their hi-ways that have road signs right at the bump but they don’t give any warnings about upcoming speed bumps. Then there really aren’t turn lanes there are openings in the middle of the hi-way for turn arounds but not enough room really to even be used as that. The speed laws don’t seem to be enforced and cars seem to be e...Read More

Royal Haciendas Resort

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Hotel | "Ultimate Relaxation Resort"

Royal Haciendas Resort Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Imagine not having to do a thing for a week. That pretty much describes what this hotel expects from you while you stay at their property, except in Mexico the proper word is siesta but it normally happens in the afternoon. Our trip to Mexico was kind of a last minute excursion. An acquaintance of ours invited us to go along with them on their trip to Playa Del Carmen and they offered to let us stay at their timeshare at the Royal Haciendas. How could we resist, it sounded just heavenly. And heavenly it definitely was. The resort is located right on the Caribbean Sea with a view of Cozumel Island. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with tropical flowers and colorful vegetation. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2008

Royal Haciendas Resort
Carretera Tulum
Playa del Carmen
+877-736-4554