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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 08:17 PM
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We are clueless:)!

Does anyone have any first hand experience or opinions on Playa Del Carmen vs. Isla Mujeres? We were thinking about one of there locations for our honeymoon. We enjoy relaxing at the pool and beach. We also like a town or boardwalk with places to have nice dinners, fun spots for drinks and day time activities (hiking, eco tours, deep sea fishing, ect.).
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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 08:36 PM
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Never been to PDC but we went to Isla for 8 years in a row. The best thing about Isla is that it's so small. You can walk across the island in about 10 minutes. Town is pretty compact with no need for a taxi for shopping, drinking and dining. North beach is shallow and calm. The day trip to Bird Island can give you your "eco" fix. Probably a bit more rustic than Playa.
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We've been to Playa del Carmen twice and Isla Murejes once. You will find more things to see and do off property in Playa del Carmen. 5th Avenue is blocks and blocks of pedestrian walkway with tons of resturants, shops, bars and entertainment. Outside of Playa del Carmen activities include Mayan ruins, eco parks, cenotes, caves, jungle tours, snorkeling, diving, ATV's horseback riding, jet skies, motor boats, fishing etc.

There are several small boutique hotels off 5th Avenue and some on the beach. There are a few AI hotels. The farther you get away from Playa del Carmen the hotels become huge massive AI resorts, with a few small couple only resorts here and there. If you get too far from Playa it can become an expensive cab ride to/from your hotel.
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I've been to both several times. I greatly prefer Isla.

Playa has just gotten too large and commercial for my taste. Starbucks, McDonald's, ugh.

That said if you want to explore more of the Yucatan, Playa is definitely better located.

If you don't mind moving around, and have more than a week, you could easily split your trip. It would take about two hours to get between the two.....
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It depends on what you want.
Isla is even more laid back than Playa. Much more quiet, but still with great restaurants and beaches.
There is a great trip report from someone who spent a month on Isla in Feb. at this link. It's in day by day threads:
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Playa is very busy but lots of fun, with great beaches and tons of places to eat, drink, and be merry. Haven't been to Mujeres yet. Have you also looked at Akumal and Tulum? Both of these places are a lot quieter than Playa, but still have lots to do. Check out locogringo.com for a good overview of the whole area.
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