Playa del Carmen is a wonderful town to be in. It’s small and you can actually get a flavor of the Mexican way of life. Branching off Filth Avenue onto smaller streets and alleys, I saw local people of all ages working, bargaining, eating, and conversing. It’s very different from staying in the cosmopolitan Cancun Hotel Zone. The Playacar Palace Resort is a little dated and we were told they will begin updating their facilities sometimes next month. We like the resort because it is not too big, it’s just a short stroll to the beach and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We stay there five nights but didn’t eat at all the restaurants because we liked the buffet a lot. The water in Cancun and Playa del Carmen didn’t seem as nice this time as it was on our other visits. I hope this is not a trend but we will find out when we visit Cancun again in February 2018.
We are very happy with the Costco package that we purchased. Everything was included, air, ground transportation, and all-inclusive hotel, and the price is very reasonable.
It's easy to take a ferry to Cozumel Island from our resort because the ferry terminal is right next to Playacar Palace.
US dollars are widely used but things are cheaper if you use Mexican pesos. 1 US dollar is about 16.50 pesos.
Senõra del Carmen Catholic Church on Fifth Avenue
Drinks order brought to our beach chairs
and another. There are all kinds of restaurants and bars on Fifth Ave.
Playa del Carmen reminds me of a small Greek island