S: Playa del Carmen 2009
FC: Playa del Carmen 2009 Reef Playacar Resort
1: Arnold and I decided to go to Play del Carmen because I wanted to go some- where warm, we had never been there, and it is close to the Mayan Tulum ruins. We left DFW on January 21 around 9:15 in the morning and arrived in Cancun about 11:30. Lomas Travel picked us up and took us to our resort in Playa del Carmen. It's a beautiful small resort with just 210 rooms. | The Reef Playacar All-Inclusive Resort January 21-28, 2009
2: The rooms were in 3-story stucco bungalows and the exteriors were painted different colors. Tropical plants lined paths throughout the resort and walking from the lobby to the room or restaurants or beach was like walking through a tropical paradise.
4: The Heladeria There was a beautiful area off the path from the lobby where ice cream and cookies were served in the afternoons.
5: AGOUTI These animals were roaming the grounds. They are rodents similar to tailess squirrels which grow to about 16 - 25 inches. They especially hung around the heladeria where people fed them cookies. | There was a bar to sit at while eating ice cream and across from the bar was a beautiful waterfall. I lost my sunglasses and when we got home and looked at the photos I found where I left them!
6: Our Room We had a nice room with a terrace. The only complaint I had about our stay was that it was so noisy in our room we couldn't sleep late at all. One of the reasons is that the doors to 4 rooms as well as the maids' cleaning supply closet all opened to a small area as shown below. | These cute chairs were situated throughout the grounds.
7: Restaurants We went to the buffet each day for breakfast. They cooked anything you wanted. We really liked the huevos rancheros and huevos motulenos! Sometimes we ate lunch and dinner there, too, but most days we ate a light lunch at the poolside snackbar and dinner at one of their really nice restaurants. One was a Mexican grill and the other was Italian.
8: Entertainment We had a 70s show, an "International" show, and a Disney show. | The Village People | Austin Powers
9: Entertainment We had a 70s show, an International show, and a Disney show. | Entertainment We had a 70s show, an International show, and a Disney show.
10: Downtown Playa del Carmen We were close enough to town that we could walk to go shopping or to ride the ferry. There was always lots of activity - entertainers, tourists, shop owners trying to get you to come into their shops.
11: Cozumel We rode the ferry to Cozumel one day, shopped, ate lunch, and then rode the ferry back. We bought hammocks and looked at Aztec calendars. We bought one hammock from a girl named Monica who kept saying "Show me the money, honey!" She was cute and funny.
12: TULUM Tulum's greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the East looking out on views of the Caribbean that are nothing less than spectacular. In Mayan, Tulum means "Wall", and the city was named this because it is a walled city; one of the very few the ancients ever built.
13: Within the enclosure, Tulum is laid out along a main street axis, as a planned town. Tulum's main plaza is within a low masonry wall near the edge of the cliff, centering around the Castillo, the largest building at the site. The Temple of the Frescoes, shown above, located west of the Castillo, has a small colonnaded lower gallery with murals. Outside, the temple frieze has three niches, with two surviving stucco reliefs including a central "diving god". On the corners are low relief masks.
14: The views of the Carribean were breathtaking and the sandy beach below looked inviting. Some of the visitors to the site were relaxing on the beach or playing in the surf. The city must have been beautiful. The picture below right shows how the buildings were painted in bright colors. We saw many of the current-day inhabitants basking in the sun. Iguanas were everywhere and some seemed quite tame.
15: THE BEACH! The beach was beautiful, not too crowded, and we stayed there as much as possible each day. Free drinks, lots of sun, the sound of the surf and lots of free activities.
16: I took a sailing lesson on this catamaran. They had free sailing lessons, you could kayak free, and take the catamaran out free after having at least one lesson. Snorkeling or riding the jet skis cost a little, but not too much.
18: I went snorkeling on this boat with 4 other people. | Arnold was in this position most of our trip! I got up very early to go out on the beach and see the sunrises and then put our towels on chairs to save the "best" spot! | RIVIERA MAYA
20: The pelicans were beautiful and didn't seem to mind being photographed!
22: Cute little birds!
23: I got up early almost every morning to see the sunrise. It was beautiful to see the sun come up over Cozumel. | One morning I saw these soldiers on the beach!
29: We went out to the reef just off Playa and snorkeled for about 45 minutes.