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Old 10-11-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Easter Week Questions

My children's school has spring break this year with Easter at the beginning. We are close to booking travel for that time. I know the week before Easter is busy.

If we arrive on Saturday and stay till the next Saturday, are we going to be able to enjoy the beaches/restaurants and so on? So the majority of our trip will be the week after Easter- does it really thin out? Or still crazy/loud?

We detest crowds and noise as we have lived and do live in tourist areas and our vacations are to get away from it.

We are likely renting a house in the Playacar development about 1/2 block from the beach. Does anyone know anything about that area? Is it less crowded or does it still get packed?

Thank you for any help and insight you can give. I did search the threads but most talk goes back to the Semana Santa, most of which we will avoid.
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Our youngest has started college, but we still face the same issues, as Mrs. Rat works for the school district.

Yes, it is noticeably more quiet, post Easter. Staying in Playacar will keep you insulated from the racket. We're divers, so get up fairly early without a hangover, and have little tolerance for noise.

There will still be lots of people, but it shouldn't affect your vacation, imo, and again, the Playacar beaches won't be teeming with people.

To help you understand our mindset, should the calendars force us to travel over Semana Santa, we will probably stay in Cozumel.
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If you detest crowds, there really isn't a worse time for you to be here. I'm not sure what you meant, saying that you will avoid Semana Santa, as that just refers to the weeks before AND after Easter, when the area is packed SOLID with people from all over, many Mexican nationals as kids get those two weeks off from school. If you are in Playa during that time, there simply is no way to avoid a tourist environment, unless you rent a home and never leave it, having everything delivered to you. If you've read many of THESE threads, you will see that it is a time that many people who live in the area actually plan to be away, simply to avoid all that Semana Santa (= EASTER) entails.

Sorry if this is harsh, but those two weeks are pretty miserable for peace-seekers, and I'd hate for you to arrive misinformed.
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During Semana Santa we avoid the downtown area like the plague.
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Old 10-11-2014   #5 (permalink)
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I guess that's why I'm confused.

Thank you all for your thoughtful and helpful replies.

I think I'm confused because a lot of sites/discussions refer to the week up to and including Easter as Semana Santa and the week after begins 'the low season' and is called something else. Some say the crowds are not an issue and some say it's still crazy-crowded. I still don't know, I guess.

Opinions seem to be mixed as to whether crowds dissipate after Easter Sunday itself as evidenced by the mixed opinions here- as I've seen elsewhere.

I guess I came to this forum hoping that I could get 'real life' answers from people who have actually spent the week after Easter in the area, as there is a lot more speculation as to what it 'could' be like on other sites.

We only get one week a year where my kids, husband and I are all off and this is it, so we want to find a location that we can all enjoy. We went to Zihautanejo last year but were 2 weeks before Easter, so no issue.

I appreciate any further input if I haven't caused irritation by asking.

Thanks.

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No irritation at all. But, having lived there over ten years, I can tell you for certain that it is crowded and busy both weeks and I've seen no let-up the week after as opposed to the week before. The entire two-week period is ONE busy travel period referred to as Semana Santa.

If you were able to go off-grid a bit and travel a few hours south of Playa by car or bus, THIS is a beautiful and peaceful place which I would guess would remain largely unaffected by Semana Santa. It may be already booked for 2015 though, but it would be worth checking. Laguna Bacalar is gorgeous!
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The first two times we traveled as a family for Easter break, their vacation was the week after Easter. We actually went Mon-Mon as the airfare was better so the kids missed one day of school. First time we stayed at Luna Blue, the second time we rented a condo right on the beach next to Playa Palms. It was a bit crowded but no problems to speak of. We did notice that Easter Monday (arrival day) was really crowded but as each day went on, less and less people. We had no idea what Semana Santa would bring as we had missed it those two years. The third year, vacation was the week before Easter so we did not miss Semana Santa, unfortunately, as it was the single most horrible trip I have ever taken. We rented the same beachfront condo for the second year in a row and it couldn't have been more of a disaster. Insanely crowded, rude people, we were threatened because we wouldn't let someone staying in the building use our electrical outlet to blast their music on the beach in front of the condo. I can't even get into all the issues we had. It was a nightmare.

So I do think it calms down the week after Easter, I would go that week if I had no other choice for vacation time. But I would never go the week before Easter again, ever ever!
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Technically Semana Santa is the week preceding Easter Sunday.
I've found that it quiets down considerably after Easter Sunday.
Still busy, but not out of control busy.
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Technically Semana Santa is the week preceding Easter Sunday.
I've found that it quiets down considerably after Easter Sunday.
Still busy, but not out of control busy.

agree

much quieter the week after compared to the week before
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Old 10-11-2014   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you!

Thank you all so much. This is such a helpful discussion.

For the locals who do leave, maybe a better questions is where do you go-if you want to give up your secrets?
...just in case we need other ideas
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Old 10-12-2014   #11 (permalink)
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Try Puerto Adventuras. It's like 15 min south of Playa. Beautiful place. Activities for kids as well
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Thank you PepperD.

That was going to be my next question...is there another spot that would be not so crowded...

Puerto Morelos?
Tulum?
Others?

Thanks everyone! We love Mexico and really would like to be there this year if we can avoid crowds. I think we are MX people, or really spoiled- the suggestion of Hawaii this year was met with a sigh from the rest of the family.
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I have not lived here yet in PA for post Easter week. I will ask my friends & get back on PA & Tulum
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Mahahual is not the place to go. I think this is probably the busiest time of the entire year. 5 days of insanity, camping, laughter and beach days.
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Even Xpu-ha was crazy crowded during Semana Santa....I've never seen so many tents on the beach before.
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