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Old 10-01-2017   #16 (permalink)
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There are two economies here. The dollar economy and the peso economy. Those of us who work (some by choice but most not) in the peso economy cannot afford the prices set for the dollar economy. So, at certain times of the year (for most places, low season), those of us who work in the peso economy are given a chance to enjoy the places where our friends and neighbors work. Otherwise, we don't go. These prices allow some places to maintain employment in the off-season for those who might normally be laid off. There is no double standard. You are always welcome to move here and look for a job in the peso economy.
Exactly.
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It makes good business sense to give local discounts in Playa. We're here year round.
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Tonala is huge! We spent a night at a hotel near there before taking a bus to San Miguel de Allende once. Did not make it to Tlaquepaque, but I like the way the name rolls off the tongue.
Sunday morning in Tonala....OMG.
Did Tlaquepaque in the afternoon.
Did both about a year ago.
Hope to do both again next year.
Manana staying in GDL for 2 nights then doing the Corralejo Distillery tour again (did it about a month and a half ago).
Then on to Penjamo and Irapuato and flying back to Cancun Friday from BJX airport. Volaris has a direct early morning flight.
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Sunday morning in Tonala....OMG.
Did Tlaquepaque in the afternoon.
Did both about a year ago.
Hope to do both again next year.
Manana staying in GDL for 2 nights then doing the Corralejo Distillery tour again (did it about a month and a half ago).
Then on to Penjamo and Irapuato and flying back to Cancun Friday from BJX airport. Volaris has a direct early morning flight.
Dude! You are the worst off-topic poster EVER!
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Dude! You are the worst off-topic poster EVER!
Not the worst but you could block me so you don't have to read when I go off topic
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Not the worst but you could block me so you don't have to read when I go off topic
I don't want to block you! I like you. I was just saying,...you big jerk.
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There are two economies here. The dollar economy and the peso economy. Those of us who work (some by choice but most not) in the peso economy cannot afford the prices set for the dollar economy. So, at certain times of the year (for most places, low season), those of us who work in the peso economy are given a chance to enjoy the places where our friends and neighbors work. Otherwise, we don't go. These prices allow some places to maintain employment in the off-season for those who might normally be laid off. There is no double standard. You are always welcome to move here and look for a job in the peso economy.
Yep, I think of it of the "tourist" economy and the "locals" economy. I live in a place that swarms with tourists in the summer and the local pizza place tried the two price structure thing and all hell broke loose when it was found out by visitors. In the end they went with dollars off coupons on every pizza, thereby rewarding regular customers be they local or tourists. I put a lot of kilometers on the rental car down there last year, over 11,000 in two months and I saw the tourist economy and the local economy differences over and over across all the southern Mexican states. Businesses have learned to target tourists, many of whom (most in some places) are from Mexico itself. One has to hunt out zones away from tourists in order to get by inexpensively. Apart from the rental car I live on a budget of 50 bucks Canadian, (was about 700 pesos) a day and that pays rooms, food and entertainment. That might seem like a lot but every meal has to be bought out and I can't usually pay all of the gas or toll highways out of that. Add in the fact that I work seasonally and have no income for 3 months means that I also need to live within the "peso" economy. I guess my point is that not every traveller to México is flush with cash and you can't judge someone's ability to pay based on their place of origin. Those expensive places? I can't go there either. Just sayin.
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Hi All,

My earlier post suggested the very Expensive 3-D Museum in Playa for a rainy day. Coco's Online Auction has just received Two Tickets donated by the Museum! Here's a much better Price......Starting Bid is only $12.00 usd...$6 per person! This prize is Item #216 on the Online Bidding page.

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Thanks for your Support!
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We enjoy playing games or cards at WahWah's under their huge palapa. Very good food and nice people, and we are sort of "at the beach". If the sun comes out for a few minutes, you can run out, then duck back under cover if the rain comes back.
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Yep, I think of it of the "tourist" economy and the "locals" economy. I live in a place that swarms with tourists in the summer and the local pizza place tried the two price structure thing and all hell broke loose when it was found out by visitors. In the end they went with dollars off coupons on every pizza, thereby rewarding regular customers be they local or tourists. I put a lot of kilometers on the rental car down there last year, over 11,000 in two months and I saw the tourist economy and the local economy differences over and over across all the southern Mexican states. Businesses have learned to target tourists, many of whom (most in some places) are from Mexico itself. One has to hunt out zones away from tourists in order to get by inexpensively. Apart from the rental car I live on a budget of 50 bucks Canadian, (was about 700 pesos) a day and that pays rooms, food and entertainment. That might seem like a lot but every meal has to be bought out and I can't usually pay all of the gas or toll highways out of that. Add in the fact that I work seasonally and have no income for 3 months means that I also need to live within the "peso" economy. I guess my point is that not every traveller to México is flush with cash and you can't judge someone's ability to pay based on their place of origin. Those expensive places? I can't go there either. Just sayin.

Since it says "BC Canada" under your name, I'm going to assume you live in a ski town? On the low end, the $10 an hour lift operator in Canada can pay for a meal at a restaurant in town for an hour or two of labor. Also, the activity in town (skiing) costs a low end worker roughly 20% or so of a low end monthly rent. Of course many ski areas, in the US at least, do give local discounts. Disney used to have local discounts (not sure if they still do, they seem to come and go).


Compare that to Mexico. A worker who makes 100 - 300 pesos a day would have to spend a day's labor (probably 12 hours) to have a nice meal on 5th Ave. And an entrance ticket to Xcaret is more expensive than an entire month's rent in many cases. I've met people splitting 1500 pesos a month in rent, and XCaret is something like 1700 pesos (food not included) to get in at normal prices. (the difference are even more dramatic in Africa, other parts of Latin America, and parts of Asia)


You spend 700 pesos a day, plus what, 300 - 500 or so for the car rental(?) plus another 200 - 500 per day for the plane ticket(?). That means that even though you're getting by on a relatively low tourist budget, you're still spending in a day about what most locals earn in a week.


And as mentioned before people who live here, even those with plenty of money, are good for business even at discounted prices. I've been to that dumb crocodile zoo 4 times in the past year. I only went the first time because I was curious and it was cheap with my local ID. Of course now everyone who comes to visit now wants to go there (since they saw photos). If anything they should let me in for free when I pull up, handing them 4 full price customers. Another potential visitor mentioned they want to go to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. Not sure if it's worth the money to bring 4 of them there. Fortunately, I can go on my own one of these weekends at a cheap price to check it out.


I agree it is annoying as a budget traveler, but I can't see any price equality solution that doesn't involve cutting out local people or tying the hands of local businesses.
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Headed to Tlaquepaque for the day.
But all of that won't help you in Playa.
I will return to Playa this Friday. Been touring around the "badlands" of mid central Mexico.
Opened my October Toastmasters magazine to a photo depicting "Members of the Tlaquepaque Club in Tlaquepaque, Mexico, celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) dressed in full costume. The club was invited by local authorities to give speeches while walking around the town center in Tlaquepaque; they concluded with seven speeches at the cemetery."

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I love the stormy weather in playa! warm rain, empty beaches, amazingly turbulent ocean!
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After the heavy rain that flooded the drains in town we had 3 beautiful days to enjoy the beaches and water
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Luckily the skies cleared nicely for a couple days and our friends were able to experience the beautiful water and beaches.
Looking forward to the resident discounts when we’re retired and living there soon!
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