Playa del Carmen, Mexico's virtual guidebook written by locals
 

Go Back   www.Playa.info > General discussion > General - Playa del Carmen
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-13-2012   #1 (permalink)
way into it
 
BigE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 177
How we stumbled upon Playa

Cancun was one of the few places our city had direct flights to, so we went there a lot.
On one trip our hotel offered day passes to their Sister Hotel in Playa del Carmen. We'd never heard of it but we managed to get to it via ADO.
The walk from the ADO station down to the resort( I believe it was Porto Real)
was more enjoyable than the resort itself.
We were hooked and never stayed in Cancun since( about 15 years).
We drive by the Hotel Zone every trip on our way to Isla , and I ask the wife if we should take the Scenic Route through the zone for old times sake..... nope.
Not knocking Cancun... it was a lot of fun, but our tastes have changed since stumbling onto Playa.
BigE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2012   #2 (permalink)
aņejo
 
shivors's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Quad Cities (IA/IL)
Posts: 1,558
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Cancun was one of the few places our city had direct flights to, so we went there a lot.
On one trip our hotel offered day passes to their Sister Hotel in Playa del Carmen. We'd never heard of it but we managed to get to it via ADO.
The walk from the ADO station down to the resort( I believe it was Porto Real)
was more enjoyable than the resort itself.
We were hooked and never stayed in Cancun since( about 15 years).
We drive by the Hotel Zone every trip on our way to Isla , and I ask the wife if we should take the Scenic Route through the zone for old times sake..... nope.
Not knocking Cancun... it was a lot of fun, but our tastes have changed since stumbling onto Playa.
Thanks for sharing. I know how some of the others found Playa from the forums over the past three years but it is always cool to hear how it happened.

Mine is more common I think, I was researching our future honeymoon in 2010 and came across a deal for The Reef Playacar (AI). The price was awesome so I dug deeper into the resort which led to researching the town which ended up making our decision for us. After two years at The Reef we are staying in town at Luna Blue for a week starting in about 17 days. For us the laid back atmosphere is what draw us back and lets us relax. While Playa is a tourist destination it doesnt feel that way to us when we are down. Now it looks like we will be coming down twice a year starting in 2013.
shivors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2012   #3 (permalink)
beachaholic
 
bigwally's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 327
For us, it was my wife's suggestion we visit together in 2008. She had been to Playa in the late 1970s (boy was it ever a sleepy little town then!), and she wanted to share both it AND the convenient access to Mayan culture it offers with me.

It doesn't seem to make much sense for us to continue to visit down there, when you consider beach towns of Baja and western Mexico are ~2.5 hours closer and a little bit cheaper to get to by plane from here. But we've decided that, even so, we'll stay true to Playa when it comes to future Mexico visits!
bigwally is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2012   #4 (permalink)
aņejo
 
Debbiec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northwestern New Jersey - in the boonies
Posts: 3,246
We first visited Playa in 2004 at the suggestion of one of my husband's partners, who knew that we had become disappointed with Cancun having been there a few times in the 1990's. He suggested Mosquito Blue, which is where we had our first stay ( I need to add that there were many fewer places to stay in Playa and that was back when Mosquito Blue was a lot more on the "cheap" side)... and we've never looked back. I really think you're either hooked or not. We are. For life.

I LOVE this thread -- would like to see everyone share their stories of "How I Met Playa Del Carmen" ... even you expats, PLEASE!!!

Last edited by Debbiec; 08-13-2012 at 07:49 PM..
Debbiec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2012   #5 (permalink)
aņejo
 
rob mackay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: nova scotia, canada
Posts: 9,478
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Cancun was one of the few places our city had direct flights to, so we went there a lot.
On one trip our hotel offered day passes to their Sister Hotel in Playa del Carmen. We'd never heard of it but we managed to get to it via ADO.
The walk from the ADO station down to the resort( I believe it was Porto Real)
was more enjoyable than the resort itself.
We were hooked and never stayed in Cancun since( about 15 years).
We drive by the Hotel Zone every trip on our way to Isla , and I ask the wife if we should take the Scenic Route through the zone for old times sake..... nope.
Not knocking Cancun... it was a lot of fun, but our tastes have changed since stumbling onto Playa.

ya kind of grows on ya,,like nova scotia
rob mackay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2012   #6 (permalink)
aņejo
 
Debbiec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northwestern New Jersey - in the boonies
Posts: 3,246
Quote:
Originally Posted by rob mackay View Post
ya kind of grows on ya,,like nova scotia
Nova Scotia is SO on our bucket list. Gonna drive the Corvette up there one of these days....
Debbiec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #7 (permalink)
aņejo
 
rob mackay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: nova scotia, canada
Posts: 9,478
Quote:
Originally Posted by Debbiec View Post
Nova Scotia is SO on our bucket list. Gonna drive the Corvette up there one of these days....

look me up if your in the county and ill see if i can get you out boating on my pleasure yatch.....
rob mackay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #8 (permalink)
cb1
life=playa
 
cb1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montpelier,Vermont
Posts: 512
Rob , how did a hard working NS waterman wind up the mayor of PDC ?

Last edited by cb1; 08-14-2012 at 06:44 AM.. Reason: spelling
cb1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #9 (permalink)
cb1
life=playa
 
cb1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montpelier,Vermont
Posts: 512
just wondering.

Last edited by cb1; 08-14-2012 at 06:46 AM..
cb1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #10 (permalink)
life=playa
 
rainbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: southeastern Pennsylvania
Posts: 956
...back in 2001, my gal pal and i wanted to go "to the islands"...travel agent suggested mexico..."mexico?"...and, we said "okay"...well, that was 18 trips to playa ago...and thank goodness mr. rainbow fell in love with it just like i did!...coming back at halloween and already booked for may 2013...playa we love you!...
rainbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #11 (permalink)
aņejo
 
rob mackay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: nova scotia, canada
Posts: 9,478
Quote:
Originally Posted by cb1 View Post
Rob , how did a hard working NS waterman wind up the mayor of PDC ?

i just a really nice guy,,,i guess
rob mackay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #12 (permalink)
aņejo
 
rob mackay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: nova scotia, canada
Posts: 9,478
Quote:
Originally Posted by cb1 View Post
just wondering.

some of my threads are so entertaining i guess,,,, and im a pretty good cook???
rob mackay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #13 (permalink)
reposado
 
CharlieBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: East Bay California (how'd that happen?)
Posts: 1,059
In 2004 on my first trip to Mexico I went to the Cancun Hilton. Didn’t care for Cancun much but I met a beautiful lady there who was from Cocayoc, (near Tepoztlan). Neither one of us spoke any of the other’s language- no matter, we liked each other.

One day we get into a taxi to go to the Isla Mujeres ferry. About half way there she says something to the taxi driver. He makes a u-turn. Next thing I know we are in Playa at the ferry to Cozumel. I didn’t see much of Playa that day but it stuck in my mind.

After that trip I made about 30 more trips to Mexico, none to Playa though. In 2010 I thought I should return to Playa to see something new. Been there 8 or 10 times since and hope to be back soon!

Last edited by CharlieBoy; 08-14-2012 at 09:48 AM..
CharlieBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #14 (permalink)
life=playa
 
Emily83g's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 509
First stayed in the Riviera Maya for my honeymoon 4 years ago. I'd read and heard of this town "Playa del Carmen" from this awesome message board I would stalk from time to time.
I decided to make a day trip to playa during our stay at our resort. We fell in love with the town and the gorgeous turquoise beach! I said to the new hubby we're returning to this town our next vacation! Well, 4 years later we're finally returning and staying IN Playa! Can't wait!!! Only a couple more weeks to go.
Emily83g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012   #15 (permalink)
reposado
 
Cocotel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah!
Posts: 1,278
Send a message via Skype™ to Cocotel
I had been to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo numerous times with my family and two kids. In 2004 we were planning another trip to MX and my daughter suggested Playa. I didn't want to go at first because I thought it would be just like Cancun, but she persisted and won and we were all very happy she did. We've been there 6 times now and plan to return as often as we can. We all love Playa and the people we've met there from this forum!
Cocotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:51 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.