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Old 01-19-2013   #1 (permalink)
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A little itinerary mind dump help?

Hi All,

SO glad I found this site as it is way more active then the other site I tried on. Because this is our first trip to PDC and we decided against AI I am wondering if yall can help with the itinerary. Breakfast is included in our rate but besides that part being covered I found a lot of great things combing through these posts and have compiled a bit of a schedule but I could use some logistics help. Here is what we have so far:

Sat 9th Arrive around 2 PM Get through customs Get a ADO ticket from the booth inside the arrivals termanal? To PDC. Walk 2 blocks to Hotel. Check in Relax Dinner(seafood at Baremar or las brisas or Aguachiles?) Bar

Sunday the 10th- PDC Beach at 2nd as it seems to not be so washed away/Pool/settle in lunch unknown/dinner unknown Maybe como como

Monday the 11th- Head to Akumal to rent Kayaks and or snorkel gear from Akumal Diving: Dive Vacation Packages, Mexico Diving in the Yucatan Peninsula Not sure the best way to get here. Bus/cab? We do not want to rent a car. Not sure where to have lunch/dinner I will look through forums but suggestions are welcomed! bus/cab back around 6pm

Tuesday 12th- PDC/Beach at Paamul not sure where to go exactly but I saw a nice picture! Lunch Dinner unknown Maybe Renzo Pizza

Wed 13th Tulum Not sure the best way to get here but we want to go see the ruins and hit the beach enjoy lunch and or Dinner and then head back. I was thinking Taxi there so we can get in early, and then Bus back, the ADO site was a bit confusing since it has two Tulum stops but I dont know if either are the right tulum.

Thursday 14th- PDC beach/pool/whatever/Massage? Would love a recommendation for a good inexpensive massage. lunch dinner bars

Friday15th Maybe hit the pool in the AM, early lunch and checkout We want to take the ADO Our flight departs at 3pm so we are not sure what time to leave, and if we can buy the tickets the day before.

I appreciate all your help!

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If you are looking to save a few bucks, colectivos are the way to go when traveling to akumal and tulum. roughly 30-40 pesos per person (as compared to 550 pesos for a cab to tulum). Catch a colectivo around 2nd and 15th.

You can buy an ADO ticket either inside or outside the airport.

When going to Tulum, I would have the colectivo drop you off at the ruins, explore for a while, and then walk the beach down to El Paraiso beach club...it is a fairly short walk. I would not stay in Tulum for dinner...I'd head back to Playa for that. When you are done at the beach, catch a 70 pesos cab into Tulum's town and then catch another colectivo back to Playa.

On your return day, I'd try to get to the airport at least 2 hours early, and yes you can buy ado tickets the day before.

Eat at El Fogon, and order the arrachara nortena if you can handle a little spice. Check out the Luna Blue on Tues/Thurs for live music and Wah Wah anytime Thurs through Sun.
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Hi All,

SO glad I found this site as it is way more active then the other site I tried on. Because this is our first trip to PDC and we decided against AI I am wondering if yall can help with the itinerary. Breakfast is included in our rate but besides that part being covered I found a lot of great things combing through these posts and have compiled a bit of a schedule but I could use some logistics help. Here is what we have so far:

Sat 9th Arrive around 2 PM Get through customs Get a ADO ticket from the booth inside the arrivals termanal? To PDC. Walk 2 blocks to Hotel. Check in Relax Dinner(seafood at Baremar or las brisas or Aguachiles?) Bar

Sunday the 10th- PDC Beach at 2nd as it seems to not be so washed away/Pool/settle in lunch unknown/dinner unknown Maybe como como

Monday the 11th- Head to Akumal to rent Kayaks and or snorkel gear from Akumal Diving: Dive Vacation Packages, Mexico Diving in the Yucatan Peninsula Not sure the best way to get here. Bus/cab? We do not want to rent a car. Not sure where to have lunch/dinner I will look through forums but suggestions are welcomed! bus/cab back around 6pm

Tuesday 12th- PDC/Beach at Paamul not sure where to go exactly but I saw a nice picture! Lunch Dinner unknown Maybe Renzo Pizza

Wed 13th Tulum Not sure the best way to get here but we want to go see the ruins and hit the beach enjoy lunch and or Dinner and then head back. I was thinking Taxi there so we can get in early, and then Bus back, the ADO site was a bit confusing since it has two Tulum stops but I dont know if either are the right tulum.

Thursday 14th- PDC beach/pool/whatever/Massage? Would love a recommendation for a good inexpensive massage. lunch dinner bars

Friday15th Maybe hit the pool in the AM, early lunch and checkout We want to take the ADO Our flight departs at 3pm so we are not sure what time to leave, and if we can buy the tickets the day before.

I appreciate all your help!
Yes, you can buy tickets inside the terminal ---- the window is to your left just before the big doors leading outside. Another thing you didn't ask about was getting Pesos. You'll leave customs and turn right. Just down the hall there is another hallway leading to the restrooms, and you'll see an ATM there. You won't need to speak Spanish, as most of the prompts are in English. You may be asked if you want to contribute to a charitable cause of some sort. That question will be in Spanish, but you'll be able to figure it out.

Don't believe there are Kayaks for rent in Akumal, but snorkle gear --- yes. For your first trip, I'd recommend a cab, but you're sure to get some other opinions.

Lol ha restaurant is good, and it's right on the bay. If you want a little less expensive, walk up to the Loncheria, just inside the arches (you'll see them). They serve less fancy, but very good food at an outdoor U shaped counter. Also a short walk away, (there is signage, but anyone will be able to direct you), is Lucy's. It's just a little hut, but serve excellent ice cream, and they may still have outstanding shrimp tacos.

I'd skip Paamul this time. Save it for another trip when you've become more familiar with the area.

I'd take the bus from Playa to Tulum, then taxi from then on.

Here's the ADO site, (and yes, you can buy tickets the day before):

Autobuses ADO

Play around with the tabs, (again, assuming you don't speak Spanish), and you'll figure it out. If not, give a shout out, and someone will walk you through.
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Thanks Waterrat,

I figured ATM for Pesos as I have a nice card that has no exchange fees
My Spanish is okay but my confusion with the ADO site regarding Tulum was when I tried to map the stop it kept telling me the Tulum stop was in Cancun? I figured it must just be a glitch but I wanted to make sure I didn't end up in the wrong direction. There are also two Tulum stops using ADO and I am not sure which one is closer to the ruins/beach

Thanks!
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Thanks Waterrat,

I figured ATM for Pesos as I have a nice card that has no exchange fees
My Spanish is okay but my confusion with the ADO site regarding Tulum was when I tried to map the stop it kept telling me the Tulum stop was in Cancun? I figured it must just be a glitch but I wanted to make sure I didn't end up in the wrong direction. There are also two Tulum stops using ADO and I am not sure which one is closer to the ruins/beach

Thanks!
Tulum (for the sake of argument ---Downtown Tulum)

and

Tulum Zona Arqueologica (Archeological Zone also known as The Ruins)

Don't know about the map problem, but now that you know the difference in the two stops, mapping may no longer be an issue.
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Paamul is very nice for a few hours and they have an open air restaurant right at the beach, but it's a bit tricky to get to without a car.

Might I suggest a day trip to Isla Mujeres instead. ADO in Playa to ADO in Cancun Centro, taxi to ferry, just tell the taxi driver "Isla", he'll take you to the ferry. cheap taxi and ADO
Rent a golf cart on Isla or just hang out at North Beach.

Many peeps on this forum have done it, I don't think I saw one that said they wouldn't do it again.

Best done on a sunny day. The ferry ride includes amazing views.
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You've gotten some great advice already. One hint - if you use a colectivo to go to Akumal (which is what I recommend) tell the driver "Akumal Playa". There are a couple of all inclusives with Akumal in the title, and they often assume a gringo is wanting to go to those instead of the beach you are talking about. When you get off, you will need to cross the highway - there is an overpass for walkers right there. Easy peezy. Then just walk towards the water and you will soon be there.

To take a colectivo back to PDC, you will flag one down on the highway, but on the same side of the highway as the water. You will soon get used to hailing colectivos - just stand on the side of the road for the direction you want to go.

But when in PDC, you get on one at the beginning point, which is on Calle 2 between 10th and 15th avenues (or maybe between 15th and 20th, can't remember but you will see them lined up). When it is full, it will leave. They then move up and down the highway all day between PDC and Tulum pueblo, or town.

I do disagree with one suggestion - we love having dinner in Tulum! Several good places and a little different atmosphere than 5th Avenue. So don't rule that out if you think you will enjoy it.

Another suggestion - you have time to order Mapchick's maps. Get the one for PDC and maybe the Riviera Maya map since you will go up and down the highway some. That way you will know where you are in the colectivos, which will help a first timer. cancunmap.com-Maps and travel guides.Your information source to Cancun,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres & Riviera Maya. You will love these maps.

Have a great time!

Laurie
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You don't mention where you're staying but it sounds like it's somewhere near Calle 2? So some restaurant suggestions nearby:

La Tarraya (Calle 2 on the beach): Inexpensive seafood, feet in the sand. Can't be beat for ambiance.

Carboncitos (Calle 4 just up from 5th Ave): Everything there is yummy; the salsa platter appetizer is always recommended... I also love their Al Pastor nachos.

Yan and Ten (Calle 4 on the beach): Lunch place/beach club, same owners as Las Brisas.

Also, I totally agree on taking the colectivos. It's easy, cheap, and very convenient. January Guy was spot-on about taking one to Tulum, then walking to El Paraiso. We walked out a side road at the ruins onto the beach road, then down that road. We eventually cut thru a little cabana compound onto the beach and headed south (right) to El Paraiso. It was probably a 15 minute walk. Like you, we did this on our first trip to Playa. It's that easy.
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Al Pastor Nachos at Carboncitos....Yes Please! MOst favortie unhealthy dish in Playa but dang it sure is the bees knees.
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You've gotten some great advice already. One hint - if you use a colectivo to go to Akumal (which is what I recommend) tell the driver "Akumal Playa". There are a couple of all inclusives with Akumal in the title, and they often assume a gringo is wanting to go to those instead of the beach you are talking about. When you get off, you will need to cross the highway - there is an overpass for walkers right there. Easy peezy. Then just walk towards the water and you will soon be there.

To take a colectivo back to PDC, you will flag one down on the highway, but on the same side of the highway as the water. You will soon get used to hailing colectivos - just stand on the side of the road for the direction you want to go.

But when in PDC, you get on one at the beginning point, which is on Calle 2 between 10th and 15th avenues (or maybe between 15th and 20th, can't remember but you will see them lined up). When it is full, it will leave. They then move up and down the highway all day between PDC and Tulum pueblo, or town.

I do disagree with one suggestion - we love having dinner in Tulum! Several good places and a little different atmosphere than 5th Avenue. So don't rule that out if you think you will enjoy it.

Another suggestion - you have time to order Mapchick's maps. Get the one for PDC and maybe the Riviera Maya map since you will go up and down the highway some. That way you will know where you are in the colectivos, which will help a first timer. cancunmap.com-Maps and travel guides.Your information source to Cancun,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres & Riviera Maya. You will love these maps.

Have a great time!

Laurie
Good post!

The collectivos sitio is on calle 2 between Avenidas 15 and 20. Buen viaje!
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You've done some good research and received some good advice .
Akumal
The Akumal dive shop info you have is from a shop in Halfmoon Bay , beside the Buena Vida restaurant . There are two other dive shops at Akumal's main beach with the same prices that you will come to first . Pick one and ignore the other vendors out by the arch . Lucy's Tacos , an absolute favourite of mine is closed at the old location mentioned (zoning/permit issues) and is now run through the new owners at Turtle Bay and recently re-opened but possibly only for hand made ice cream . The return of the deep fried tacos seemed unlikely in November . Akumal has three nice snorkelling destinations in Yal Ku lagoon , Halfmoon Bay and Akumal's main beach . Rent the gear at Akumal's main Bay and use it at the other places if you choose . To save time you might use some taxi budget to get to Yal Ku , two to three kilometers on a beach road , and walk back to Halfmoon or Akumal as you see fit , once you know the way and distance involved . I agree with saving Paamul for another trip but possibly adding another Akumal day and including a cenote to your list . There are kayak rentals at Akumal Bay but a tad expensive and you can swim the bay almost as easily . Plenty of food and drink options including beers from a cooler on a blanket under a palm tree for free as we usually do . A full garlic fish dinner is 100 pesos at La Cueva del pescadors , twice as much as La Terraya in PDC ( possibly the best deal anywhere ) , but you can feel the buzz with two margaritas and save money that way . Three or four margaritas or the dreaded pitcher is a mistake .Your herd will have a weak one and the pitcher will reveal them .
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Take colectivos as mentioned to destinations and hold out the possibility of cabbing home if you are tired or wet or just colectivo home to save mucho .

4 Tulums

Ruins , the town (pueblo) , north beach , south beach . All are good .

Strange advice .

Ride the colectivo past the proper ruinas stop , that most will use , until the ride ends in Tulum the town . This will be near the Ado bus station if you choose the bus , ignore the Ado ruins stop also . Take in the surroundings in Tulum for a bit and then use some taxi budget , 70 - 80 pesos to be deliverd to the back door beach road entrance to the ruins passing the north beach area on your way . This method costs a bit more but makes up time by reducing the walk in to the ruins but most importantly lets you see the scope and distances of the rest of your day . Do the ruins . Walk back out to Zazil Kin or the first beach access outside of the ruins and walk that north beach as you please and stay awhile at a choice of beach clubs or on a blanket with a cooler . Use a beach club to exit the beach and head out to the beach road to cab on down to the south beach area . Ziggy's at Cabanas Tulum is a reasonably priced place to start and wander as you like from there . Stay as you please and return to Tulum the town to wander some more or eat supper or go to the colectivo terminal , that you will now be familiar with , to get a good seat to ride home .
All of these things are great in Tulum and Akumal and so you must be strong to leave one to enjoy the next . Many of these things are best done as early as possible before crowds arrive . A stop at a cenote is just as good in the late afternoon and you might try cenote Azul or Cristalino between Akumal and Puerto Aventuras on your way back one day .
Please be happy always
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Thanks everyone! We leave in two days! yay! One question about cenotes can we do this on our own? OR do we need to pay for a tour to take us there? If we can do it alone where are the best ones? Our Hotel is a few blocks east of the walmart on Calle 10 nte.
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Thanks everyone! We leave in two days! yay! One question about cenotes can we do this on our own? OR do we need to pay for a tour to take us there? If we can do it alone where are the best ones? Our Hotel is a few blocks east of the walmart on Calle 10 nte.
No tour needed.
There is a group of cenotes on the highway south of Puerto Aventuras.
Cenote Jardin and Cenote Azul are very nice ones.
Taxi drivers will know them.
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Great thanks! If we take a taxi to the cenote will we have to ask them to wait for us or will we be able to get another pretty easily?

Also can anyone tell me if this is this an actual ADO station? If so would it be the alternate station for PDC as listed on the ADO website?

New ADO Bus Station
20 Av. Norte, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

It seems this one is MUCH closer to the hotel then the one on Calle 2 but I don't trust Google maps

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Your herd will have a weak one and the pitcher will reveal them .
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