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Old 06-27-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Our relaxing getaway in Playa.

This is my first trip report.
This was our 2nd trip to Playa Del Carmen. I will refer to my husband as Will, my name is Adrienne. We traveled from June 6 through June 12. Airfare was a lot cheaper if we left on a Friday and returned on a Thursday. For some reason, I never catch a deal on weekend airfare.
We stayed at Playa Maya which is located beach front between Calle 6 and Calle 8. Very nice hotel and I highly recommend if you want to stay beachfront. Last year we stayed at Aventura Mexicana. I also recommend that hotel if you do not want to stay on the beach. I’m not really sure how to begin so here goes nothing. I hope you enjoy.

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We arrived to the airport on time. Unfortunately, after checking in we received our first delayed notice. First notice was for 20 minutes. Then it increased to 30. Then it increased to an hour. I was not happy. We only had a 2 hour layover in Dallas for our connection. I was beginning to doubt we would catch it. Sure enough they added another 30 minutes. When we went to the front desk to inquire about other flights they gave us a voucher for a flight leaving at 4:50. Not what I wanted because last year we arrived at night. I wanted to arrive during daylight but what can you do.

After our flight finally arrived the Captain made up as much travel time as possible. He turned an hour and a half flight into a 50 minute flight. We were going so fast they did not serve drinks. As much time as he made up, it was not enough to catch our connection. Actually it became a game on the flight to see who would make their connection. Majority of the people missed and had to be rescheduled.
So now we had roughly 3 hours to kill at the Dallas airport. We walked around. Charged our electronics and then decided to grab a bite to eat. We went to TGIFridays. All of the restaurants in our area closed. I was kind of excited to see a location in the airport. Service was great and the prices were reasonable for airport food.

We then went to the gate and guess what? The flight was delayed. I could not do anything but laugh. It was becoming comical. At least this flight was only delayed 20 minutes. On the flight we ended up sitting next to a very nice couple who also missed their connection. We discussed our travel plans and enjoyed a few drinks on the flight.

We landed around 7:50pm and customs was empty. We got the green light. Tried to get a few pesos from the airport but the ATM was not working.

Our private shuttle was waiting and we were off. We used USA Transfers. The driver was very friendly and offered to stop at a 7-11 for a few beers. We declined because all we wanted was to be in Playa ASAP.
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Traffic was very heavy once we arrived in town. After checking into the hotel we walked to the ATM right by the ADO bus to get money and my card was not working. WTH. I called US Bank before I left. Thank God my husband’s card did work. We walked down 5th Ave just taking in all sights and changes. We ended up eating at Yo Amos Tacos. We ate there on our first day last year.I was finally in Playa. We ate and people watched for a while.

After eating we walked back to the hotel to call it a night. It had been a long day.



I am trying to attach photos. Seems like it's not working right. Let me try again, sorry about that
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For your pictures...upload them to photobucket. Under each picture there will be links, pick the bottom one, copy and paste the link into your post here.

Oh, and yay...new trip report!!!
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Do you know if I can do the same with Flickr?
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I had the taco sampler


Willie had a chicken burrito


I don't remember the names of the drinks but they were good

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Do you know if I can do the same with Flickr?
You can, because I do, but its a huge pain in the butt. You have to click the little arrow on the bottom right of the picture(from the individual picture, not from the set), but I can't remember which of the links you want to post here.
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Saturday June 7th.
I called US Bank first thing in the morning. Thank you for free Wi-Fi calling! I was on hold forever. Finally reached a CSR. Went through the motions and was told my card would work now. They had no answers why it didn’t work yesterday.
We cleaned up and went downstairs for the free breakfast. Guest staying at Playa Maya receive free breakfast and juice. After eating I took a few photos of the beach. This is why we come to Playa.








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After eating we walked to Mega. Will wanted some Havana Club for the room. I needed an ATM. So off we went. We stopped at a few places taking photos along the way. It was hot but who cares. I’m in Playa!
Walking down 8th Street


Random photos from the park. This is me


This is Will, my husband




On our way to Mega we stopped at Walmart to cool down. It was hot. While walking into Walmart some random man walks up to us and says “I hope you speak Española” and walked off. I have no idea what that was about. A couple behind us was laughing as well. It was a true WTF moment.

Walmart in Playa is the same as Walmart everywhere. Loud, crowded and mentally draining. We stopped to cool off and look at the liquor selection. Nothing appealed to us so we walked to the bank. I inserted my card and it did not work again. Now I am upset. Will uses his to get money out.

We went to Mega and I am trying not to have an attitude. The card situation is getting under my skin. We grab some juices, snacks and Havana. I need a drink and Will is hungry.
I see Don Sirloin which is a place on my list so we stop here to eat. I loved my food. The service was nice and there was a nice breeze considering it was humid outside.




Willie had the arrachera Alambres


I had the arrachera Torta

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You guys are my kinda people...Havana Club, fish tacos, and Don Sirloin in the first 24 hours.
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After filling our stomachs we walk back to the room. I call US Bank again. Talk to another person then I am sent to the fraud department. I speak to a supervisor and I am assured my card will work. I pray she is right because at this point I am ready to close my account when I return. (Dramatic I know but I was upset LOL)
We sit on the balcony listening to music and drinking. Will loves his Havana and we begin discussing various ways to sneak it back with us. We can’t come up with a plan that doesn’t end with a cavity search in customs. We decide to drink as much as we can in Playa and forego sneaking any back with us.

Our patio at the hotel



Havana!!!



More booze



Between the bank situation, humidity outside and the Havana, I need to lay down. So we nap for a few.

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After our nap we stroll 5th Avenue. Boy it’s loud out here. The music was thumping everywhere. I could feel the energy in the air. Everyone was out having a great time. We stop at Beer bucket for a quick drink.



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Beer bucket was cool. They had someone playing the guitar and the service was attentive. After that we went to Dirty Martini for a few drinks. We sat outside to catch a breeze. Any breeze. We met several people. Everyone was having a good time.







The Havana from earlier was still in my system and I was on cloud nine. I knew I would sleep like a baby tonight.



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Hurray! A new trip report to feed my addiction! Thanks for the pics.
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