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Trip Report Just returned from Playa Del Carmen - have some new recs

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This is our 3rd condo rental visit to PDC. We had a great week with great weather. Based on some research, much of it here, I had a list of places to try, and we did try a few.

Some of our new favorite discoveries are:
Imprevist - A nice change of pace in flavors, and location is peacefully off the main drag (on 1st av between calle 14 & 16). This is our favorite restaurant in the area.

Los Aguachilies (Constituyentes location) - the best tacos we had anywhere, with some interesting twists. Also great ceviche.

Carbonocitos - excellent al Pastor dishes, and nice atmosphere. In the evening, they apparently serve drinks balanced on their heads (according to my son)!

DAC market - great fresh fruit, also bread, hot out of the oven. Also a great place for a nice breakfast and a great variety of fruit smoothies. We kept our condo stocked with fruits and guacamole ingredients for late afternoon snacks and sangria.

Ah Cacao - the brownies are to die for. They just melt in your mouth.

Mexico Blue Dreams Dos Ojos Cenote snorkel tour - We usually do things on our own, but for cave snorkeling, a guide is needed. They are located at the dive shop on calle 28th near the beach. They are delightful people, and our guide Vicky was the best. We were the first group to arrive at the Cenote so had the place to ourselves for a while which was an extra bonus. There were 6 of us, we had our own tour.

Colectivos - we knew about them but never used them. We'd usually rent a car for the day to go on excursions, but after having trouble getting a car for 6, we decided to use the Colectivo. It's a great service, and so inexpensive. We went to Tulum for the morning.

Coconuts - The beach attendant at our condo (Luna Encantada) offered to get us some coconuts off the tree. We took him up on his offer. It was quite a production, he did manage to get down a bunch of coconuts, and sliced them open so we could drink the water. Naturally we gave him an extra tip for his trouble, and it was well worth it and quite entertaining.

bbq Chicken from the takeout place on 20th av and calle 2 - this we have done before, but forget how absolutely wonderful this chicken is. We bought extra for leftovers. The next day we picked up some cheese and made quesadillas for lunch with the remaining chicken and tortillas.

We keep returning to PDC because whenever we try to find a similar type location (on the beach, walk to town, easy transport for excursions, lots of dining options, good grocery resources, etc) we never find anything that comes close.

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