playa del carmen

Looking for a hip cosmopolitan vacation spot? Playa Del Carmen, Cancun!

Unlike most people, I don’t typically research locations before I visit them.  Mostly because I don’t want to be influenced by other people’s opinions but also because I like surprises.  I LOVE surprises actually. So if you’ve been to Playa Del Carmen, you probably understand my absolute shock and delight at how cosmopolitan and chic Playa, specifically 5th Ave, is.

It is a bit…disconcerting… the juxtaposition of Playa and the city surrounding it, but if it brings the country the tourism that will continue to propel it forward, then I’ll deal with it.

Playa Del Carmen is a coastal RESORT town in Mexico, along the Riviera Maya which runs from south of Cancún to Tulum.  Besides relaxing on the gorgeous white sandy beaches, Playa offers plenty of coastal activities. But what I enjoyed MOST about Playa is 5th Avenue, where all the shops, restaurants and culture is. Click here for a great guide to visiting 5th Ave.  Be aware though, that it will be loaded with fellow tourists.  This is not your “seek solace” or “true culture” kind of town.  It was built for tourists!!  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. I love visiting places like this, they bring so many types of people together. If you’re looking for a more authentic mexico experience, this is not it.  Below are just a few pics from my visit there.

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