Mexico & Central America Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Mexico & Central America activity »
  1. 1 Costa Rica Help
  2. 2 I Love Oaxaca, but...
  3. 3 Getting to Laguna San Ignacio from Wisconsin
  4. 4 Advice for 2 days in Mexico City
  5. 5 Mexico City and...?
  6. 6 Tamarindo for Seniors
  7. 7 Solo touring in Panama City
  8. 8 Traveling with a baby to Mexico
  9. 9 Trip Report Trip to Merida - Very Long and Lots of Info on Restaurants
  10. 10 Driving in CR
  11. 11 Day trip from Merida - seeking recommendations
  12. 12 Recommendations for a Mexico City hotel needed
  13. 13 Tamarindo Sept
  14. 14 Actual beachfront hotels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca???
  15. 15 Trip help -is MA necessary if I'm going to Osa?
  16. 16 Quepos and Manuel Antonio
  17. 17 4 hour tour in San Jose, Costa Rica
  18. 18 Need help for trip to Costa Rica in December
  19. 19 Nicest All inclusive for young children
  20. 20 Visit to Panama - all inclusive r&r combined with adventure ..
  21. 21 Renting Car in Mexico
  22. 22 Cancun All inclusive
  23. 23 Cancun Transfer Timing
  24. 24 Belize in mid September
  25. 25 Mexico City Airport hotel transportation question
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Playa Del Carmen Trip Report

Jump to last reply

A very quick trip over Labor Day weekend. This was my fourth time in the Yucatan and second in PDC.

I started at Playa Del Karma hotel, where I stayed exactly two years earlier, in the same room. Only this time, the a/c didn't work, the safe didn't work, the lobby computer didn't work and the pool was murky. So I moved to the Illusion Boutique Hotel for $75 per night. Much nicer, bright room, good A/C, refrigerator, rooftop pool, friendly service and mostly quiet, as long as the mariachi bands weren't playing down the block.

It's a bit tough to appreciated PDC beaches, since the best spots are all taken up by hotel chairs and umbrellas. I had free entry to Mamitas Beach Club, but it looked like a fraternity party, so I kept walking north past the hotels and found a peaceful spot on a narrow stretch of beach where it is mostly locals.

The following day, I took a collectivo to Akumal (35 pesos) and rented a chair at the Akumal Beach Resort for $11 which includes $11 worth of food and drinks at their bar. For some reason, many people opt to take a tour on which they all get to wear matching life jackets, so it is so easy to do it on your own. It is a nice stretch of beach with crystal clear water and snorkeling right off the beach. The coral and fish are decent, but the real treat are the huge turtles. They crawl around on the sea floor and every once in a while swim up to the surface. Highly recommended.

And, for those who are so inclined, there are at least three Haagen Dasz shops in PDC.

8 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement