Playa Del Carmen or Tulum?

Old Mar 28th, 2006, 07:57 PM
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Playa Del Carmen or Tulum?

I'm planning a last-minute trip and need three nights next week on the Mayan Riviera. On-line I've found Dreams in Tulum with availability and Las Palapas in Playa Del Carmen.

Which would be more fun? It will be my husband and I and two teenage boys, ages 16 and 18.
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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With two teenage boys I'd say Las Palapas. Right on the beach, close to town and Mamitas beach club if they so choose.
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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I'm not familiar with the actual hotels, but PDC and Tulum are apples and oranges. PDC is a very lively little city with a beautiful strech of calm, protected beach - great for swimming. Lots and lots of dining and shopping options. Tulum is more of a 'get away from it all' kind of place, with miles of ocean beach, many spots you won't see anyone. The water is open ocean, so it can get a little rough. The town of Tulum is a few miles away from the beach, and just a few blocks long with a handful of fun places to eat.
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 05:48 AM
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PDC with teens for sure.

(You might have a hard time finding them to get back on the plane to go home as two teenaged boys will think they died and went to heaven in PDC.)
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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I agreee...PDC all the way...
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Haven't been to Las Palapas. However, Dreams Tulum is rather quiet and VERY quiet at night. It's great if that is what you're seeking, but I doubt it would hold much interest for the teen boys.
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 09:03 AM
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Also, as far as teenage boys, be aware that topless females are not uncommon at either spot!
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'm going to choose PDC.

About the topless--I have no problem with that. I'm just debating whether I should tell them ahead of time or just watch their mouths drop open at their first siting.
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Old Mar 29th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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Very cool Kate!

I think those kids would get a boat and row there if they knew what they are in for - all of the Gisele Bundchen lookalike Euro girls on the beach.

We go to PDC every year, and have been for awhile. You will ALL have a great time, and don't be surprised if a couple of Mojitos or Margaritas into it, you let the top fly too!
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