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Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Beaches, Tequila and Tulum

The ruins of Tulum and its beautiful beach
The ruins of Tulum and its beautiful beach
By Renee Wooster 02/09

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It's been awhile since I have written an article....and that happens when you get really busy sometimes! At any rate, Playa del Carmen, Mexico has become one of our favorite places to visit in Mexico. In fact, my profile picture was taken inside the largest tourist store on 5th Avenue!

We always try to get out of the Midwest cold in February and neither of us had been to Playa before. We left mid-month and it was also a Spring Break week so our flight was packed, which was surprising. We took a 3.5 hour direct flight from DTW into Cancun on Spirit (which will be the last time we fly them, by the way), took a cab to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, an all-adult, all-inclusive resort. LOVE this place! We love the fact that it was all adults and no kids, plus great food, beautiful rooms and a lot of fun. The beach however, out front was less than stellar. A hurricane had blown through there a few years prior and tree limbs and such wash up daily. There is a huge pool that connects, a swim-up bar, plus 5 restaurants on site that are absolutely delicious. I would also highly recommend the frozen banana margaritas! The only thing we didn't like about the resort was fighting for a lounge chair at the pool. Some days I was up at 5:45 in the morning to stake our claim. But aside from that there's yoga, water sports - all types of activities.

One of the days we chose to rent a car and drive to some ruins - Coba and Tulum. Now, if you are an unexperienced driver out of the US I would not recommend driving unless you know what you're doing. There are many military check points in Mexico as well as LOTS of speed traps. We rented our car through the hotel and set out for the day. Coba was amazing - lots of different ruins and we definitely climbed the biggest, tallest one as well. Tulum was gorgeous! At the bottom of the ruins is a crystal blue water beach.....but we chose to drive a ways and hit one that was nowhere near as populated as that one.

Downtown Playa is a blast! 5th Avenue is the main hot spot with restaurants, shopping, and bars. We spent some time at the Tequila Barrel and people watched while tequila tasting, chasing it with cold Pacifico beer. The Blue Parrott is a great time!

Regardless of swine flu.....Playa is a GREAT place to hang out, do some activities and best of all....relax.