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Hello All!

I have not been on here in more than 10 years. My husband and I spent many vacations in Playa starting with our honeymoon, but have not been back since having kids. We have three -- one 8 and two 6 year olds -- that we would like to bring to Playa in Feb. I know it has changed A LOT since our last visit in 2007.

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Hotels or condos for a family of 5. We would want a pool and easy walk to the beach.

What beaches are best with kids?

I remember restuarants being kids friendly when we were last there. Is that still the case?

Will it look anything like the Playa we loved so much?!?!
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Hello All!

I have not been on here in more than 10 years. My husband and I spent many vacations in Playa starting with our honeymoon, but have not been back since having kids. We have three -- one 8 and two 6 year olds -- that we would like to bring to Playa in Feb. I know it has changed A LOT since our last visit in 2007.

A few questions:

Hotels or condos for a family of 5. We would want a pool and easy walk to the beach.
Sandos Caracol - Has a great kids area

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What beaches are best with kids?
The beaches in front of the resorts are fine. Playacar beach is nice as well...

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I remember restuarants being kids friendly when we were last there. Is that still the case?
Some are and some aren't. Depends on the restaurant.

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Will it look anything like the Playa we loved so much?!?!
Not really. 5th ave has nearly lost its charm We still love Playa Del Carmen. But the really charming stuff is mostly gone. We love it for complete different reasons these days.
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Sandos Caracol - Has a great kids area



The beaches in front of the resorts are fine. Playacar beach is nice as well...


Some are and some aren't. Depends on the restaurant.


Not really. 5th ave has nearly lost its charm We still love Playa Del Carmen. But the really charming stuff is mostly gone. We love it for complete different reasons these days.
Great answers. It is a lot different. I think you'll be shocked at the condition of some beach areas that are almost completely gone due to erosion. Lots of places where there's only a couple of feet left.

I'd agree that some of the charm is gone from 5th, but it's still a great place to stroll and people watch. There are lots of big name stores there now. I suppose that's progress in some aspects, but still kind of sad.

Go and have fun anyway.
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I think you'll be shocked at the condition of some beach areas that are almost completely gone due to erosion. Lots of places where there's only a couple of feet left.

The beaches were about this bad back in 2007 it was 2010 when they fixed the beaches so probably that's one thing that's that will be very similar to 2007...
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The beaches were about this bad back in 2007 it was 2010 when they fixed the beaches so probably that's one thing that's that will be very similar to 2007...
That's right. I don't remember 2007 as clearly, but in 2008 they were definitely worse.
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That's right. I don't remember 2007 as clearly, but in 2008 they were definitely worse.
I just remember all of the sand bag whales out in the water trying to preserve the beaches surprised I haven't seen them popping up yet.
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The beaches were about this bad back in 2007 it was 2010 when they fixed the beaches so probably that's one thing that's that will be very similar to 2007...
Ahh. I do remember someone telling me about that on my last trip, as well as the plans to try to fix the problem. I really hope they get it all sorted out. Places like Lido/Hotel Colibri are almost out of sand.... Very sad.
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I think you will definitely be shocked at the changes in town, but I will echo what others have said, it still holds plenty of charm. I think renting a condo would certainly be the more cost effective option, given the space you need.

Something else to consider is the Royal Haciendas. It is on the outskirts, on the north end of town, but with the expansion of 5th it is truly not that far out anymore. It is located directly on the beach and is a very quaint, kid/family-friendly resort. It is not at all like your typical all-inclusive resorts and if you rent from an owner (it was formerly an all timeshare resort before adding the all-inclusive plan), you don't even have to select the all-inclusive option at all. If you do, you get the owner's discounted rate and only have to commit to 4 consecutive days. If you book directly through the resort or a travel site, you pay full price and for all days of your reservation.

The condos are set up with a king/master suite with attached master bath, a shared living area with full kitchen, dining, living room, and two pull-down murphy beds. There is an additional suite with two double beds, another full bath, and a kitchenette.

They have an activity center for the kids, including crafts, Spanish lessons, salsa lessons, and tons of sports-related stuff. They have a couple of shallow pools but no waterslides or anything like that.

It is a great, laid-back, quiet, wonderfully-kept resort. It is far enough away from the chaos of the central area, yet close enough to take a quick trip to enjoy said chaos as desired. Would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have, as we are repeat customers! (But also have enjoyed staying many different places right in PdC!)

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I have been taking my kids there since they were infants (now 8 and 11) and it’s the best kid vacation. We have a 3 bedroom villa in playacar 2 blocs from town we spend the day at the beach and pool and then walk in to town for dinner. Love playacar for families. We rent it out pm me if interested. Tons of kid toys, floats, boogie boards etc.


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I have been taking my kids there since they were infants (now 8 and 11) and it’s the best kid vacation. We have a 3 bedroom villa in playacar 2 blocs from town we spend the day at the beach and pool and then walk in to town for dinner. Love playacar for families. We rent it out pm me if interested. Tons of kid toys, floats, boogie boards etc.


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Our first trip down was when the boy rats were 10 and 12, (now 21 and 23). We rented a condo that had similar features of your villa. PERFECT!!

Identical itineraries. Also PERFECT!!
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There are many new things you will enjoy, and many old things that are still there, I was riding my bike today and stopped at the park next to the ferry pier, Itīs called Fundadores, where I was so happy to still be able to buy fresh fruit now for 25 pesos and sit to watch the kids play on one side and the beautiful ocean on the other side.
New Places that you will love are Don Chendo, Deep dish Italian Pizza
https://www.facebook.com/DonChendoPlaya/
There are a few places that have kidīs corner for the little ones like La Vagabunda Fiesta, Oasis or Hot baking Co.
But the best playground is still the beach and you can still get a fish fillet for less than 100 pesos at la Tarraya, beach and 2nd or a delicious tuna burger at zenzi beach on 10th and beach

Staying at a Condo would be a very good option, Check out the places from NAS playa they have great options!
You will love to come back, the water is still turquoise blue, and now you can take your kids to enjoy the fun. Maybe take them to a cenote or to climb the pyramids at Cobá =)

Enjoy!
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