Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Holy guacamole, we’re 6 months into the year already and now is as good a time as any to start planning your Christmas vaykay, if you haven’t started already that is!?
Just in case you’re out of ideas for places to go, Mexico is most definitely one of those destinations you should plan to visit at least once in your lifetime!
In 2013 I went to Mexico for two weeks over the Christmas holidays. We stayed in various places in Quintana Roo, one of which was Playa del Carmen ( Just under an hour’s drive from Cancun ). We were only meant to spend one day in Playa del Carmen, but ended up booking into a B&B on the first night, then stayed a second, third and fourth night!
Playa Mamitas ( Mamita’s Beach) is a 10 minute walk from the coach station in the centre of Playa del Carmen. Taking a taxi will set you back anything from $60 pesos.
Once on Mamitas beach, a sun lounger and umbrella costs around $60-$100 pesos ( +/- £4.60), which includes your personal waiter for the day. Make sure you buy a nice cold bucket of beers and sample a few local treats from the menu ( which is always available in Spanish or English).
Be brave with your food choices. Try not to fall into the “hamburger and hot dog” trap out of fear for Montezuma’s revenge. That’s an age old myth! ( having lived in Mexico for 4 years prior to this holiday, I can vouch safe for most Mexican foods. In fact all you need is common sense and trust that your nose will always tell you when trying something new isn’t a good idea. )
Some of the most refreshing flavours can be found in authentic Mexican dishes and contrary to popular belief, not everything is covered in chopped chillis or red hot salsa either!
If you’re on a budget, go to the nearest OXXO, grab a couple of beers, a bag of ice and a cooler box, grab a slice of pizza or a few tacos on the way back, lay your beach towel flat on the golden sand and you’ll be set for the day!
Shops stop selling liquor after 5pm on Sundays, so make sure you stock up early for your beach party to avoid disappointment. To get into the festival, which is sectioned off, you’ll need a day pass which is anything upwards of $1000 pesos. Also available to purchase at the gate.
Rest assured though, whether you’re inside dancing around the DJ with a bottle of moët in hand, or outside on the beach with the rest of the beautiful people sipping on your michelada, you’ll still have an amazing time! Promise.
In the morning, the best way to cure your hangover is to head to the nearest cart that sells fresh orange juice by the litre. Follow that with a couple of fresh tacos from the taco cart surrounded with the most number of people, ask for 4 x tacos de cochinita pibil and voila. Hangover cured.
Guisados, Playa del Carmen, Mexico