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le_meow 01-30-2017 09:40 PM

I'm back! 8 years later!
 
I was addicted to this site and I had only been to PDC twice. I dreamed of escaping my (then terrible) marriage and living the dream on the beach in PDC. Playa.info was my escape and everyone on the forum made me happy.

Fastforward 8 years-

I'm married to the most wonderful man on EARTH! We have 2 beautiful babies, yes beautiful, I have to brag brag brag because they are SAG signed models who's photos most of the USA can see in Sears, Kmart, Target etc... ;) and I stay home with them and make my own schedule as a lifestyle family photographer. I feel like I'm living a dream. However.... Sometimes mom life catches up to you SO, my girlfriends and I are planning a short getaway for either this or next fall. I instantly thought of PDC since we want to go away to somewhere gorgeous but to also have fun! What better place?! So here I come to search for places to stay and things to do for 3 moms. Spam me with affordable properties and excursions!

So I find myself on Playa.info, plugging in my old login and BOOM, it worked! My brain remembered my login and password! Odd especially since today is my 36th and I'm feeling "old" today. I know, I know... I'm young. But taking a step back and looking at all I've been through and how far I've come, I feel old today.

Take a shot for me tonight. Happy bday to me!


Jackie

wired529 01-31-2017 08:05 AM

Welcome back. Many changes in Playa in eight years but we still love it.

Jodeci 01-31-2017 08:07 AM

Welcome back! As I expect others will say to you, PDC has changed quite a bit in 8 years but I still enjoy it. This will be 8th trip down when I arrive in March.

Unless you have your heart set on staying in a hotel, I recommend checking out VRBO or AirBnB for a condo rental. My family always stays in town at a condo now and can't imagine staying in a hotel. I like the properties in the north end of town but a lot of people are very fond of Xaman-Ha in the south end.

We have been to Xplor, Xel Ha, Tulum ruins, Coba ruins, and Xcaret. Any recommendations I would have would depend on whether your companions have been to Mexico before and what their interests are. If they haven't been to the Mayan Riviera before then a morning at the Tulum ruins and then hanging out at Ziggys in Tulum might be a good idea. You can take the ADO bus directly to the ruins and then a taxi to Ziggy's. To get home you could either take a taxi to PDC or get a taxi to the bus station in Tulum and take the ADO bus back. We did that one year and it was super easy and this was with two children.

Have a great trip! :)

le_meow 01-31-2017 09:41 AM

Seems like it has changed but not so much for the better?

wired529 02-02-2017 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by le_meow (Post 2169322)
Seems like it has changed but not so much for the better?

It really depends on what you are looking for. Some long for the days when Playa was a sleepy little fishing town, others welcome the additions that have come; all depends on who you ask.
We have met some wonderful people in Playa that we keep in touch with when we are back home, and catch up with when we are there. That's what keeps us coming back. Sure, some of our regulars hang-outs are no longer in existence, but we look at it as an opportunity to discover new places. That is how we found The Roof Bar and La Famiglia during our last trip.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is, Playa can still deliver an excellent vacation if you let it.

EditedUser 02-09-2017 07:47 PM

Playa is almost the same as it was 8 years ago. Some areas have built up a little, there have been some rebuilds. In general things have built up a bit. oddly a lot of the development has been in the area around 30 constitutiones and calle 10/10. The beach area is relatively the same.

There has been a multiyear infrastructure upgrade program in some areas to change the roads to make bike paths, drainage, and potting spots for trees, but they last I knew were not being managed to insure that something grew in them. Perhaps there is a plan to plant fruit tree or palms or something that won't be a danger to cars or cyclist.

Infrastructure in Playacar tends to appear way better on average than the barrios beyond constituitones or 30.

None the less I would say that in terms of development PDC has had positive development in the past 8 years. Cost of living hasn't greatly increased, perhaps only 30% in that period (this is what I am remembering). Likewise, the peso is slightly more depressed against the dollar, so the exchange can appear as favorable.

None the less, if anything. Everything seems a little calmer than it did in the past, I could be wrong on that. To me the peak was with the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012 with Mayan dancers in full dress dancing in the plaza. People are still great in PDC so many friendly and helpful people, maybe it is just me but I get this increasing sense that business wise the people in playa area slowly getting more serious in their business dealings, perhaps this is a change in the culture of business dealings in mexico, or perhaps I am just not getting a good feel of it.

A lot of work has gone into it.

There are lots of great options for dining, drink, internet cafes, there is still a large night life area relative to the size of playa. There are things going on all the time, so if anything I would say that PDC has developed more, it has gotten more recognition and is actively developing itself for tourism. The big change i started noticing a few years back is that there are active measures to improve the city from 30 to the beach even beyond constituiones, so this has some optimism for future development all the way from 30 down to the resort at the north edge of town. That area already is fairly expansive, and relatively secure with the military base there, whether it will materialize is anyone's guess but it seems they are actively trying to make more the city accessible for cyclists. The idea i think is that things will continued to move down 5th, as the core is more or less full. then from 5th it will grow to 10th ect.. overall PDC is basically the same old place.

In fact if anything I think mexico may have in general gotten a little calmer from the days where there was a lot more flagrant events happening. Still no doubt some areas get jam packed. There is still an active nightlife scene there. There is really something for everyone there old or young.


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