Mexico and Playa del Carmen
The Beach South of Cancun
2012 we discovered the beach in Mexico. We joined part of the family at Playa del Carmen for a wedding vacation. It was a wonderful experience and my husband very much wanted to return to this part of Mexico. Being Mexican he has experienced a few beaches and a few cities in Mexico and Playa del Carmen was definitely a place to return to.
Mostly I will highlight the resort we stayed at both times we visited. I am going to give a comparison of the Gran Porto Real and a cruise vacation. I am a one time cruise rider and now a two time all inclusive resort vacationer. I want to familiarize those beach goers who are thinking that Mexico can be a place to see.
Our return trip was May, 2014.
White Sands of the Beach
The first pleasantry to take note of in Playa del Carmen is the walk friendly white sand. It is white due to the porous material of soft coral and shell that makes the sand cool and easy to walk on even in the height of the day.
Now look towards the green and blue varied hued water. Walk in because the water is warm and must be in the mid 80's. Surfing is not big here but enjoy the soft rolls of the green sea. Pelicanos, sand pipers in luscious fashion black and browns, frigate birds, terns and a few gulls are companions. Or rent a paddle board for a leisure look of the ocean further out.
This Mexican Beach is for Fisherman too
Fisherman are present as well. Floats mark the boundaries between vacationer and worker and the space in front of the Gran Real is adequate for the wader, casual snorkeler and light swimmer. Warm streams of water float around you.
This is your experience at the Gran Porto Real on the beach directly in front of the hotel. You will never be without a cool drink refreshment because servers take good care of you. Unlike a cruise, all drinks are included with your stay.
My husband was curious, because we met visitors from all over the world, we found out that Americans are the biggest tippers, Canadians second and Europeans seem to feel tips are included in the original price. We met vacationers from Holland, Toronto, Britain, Spain. Wales, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Scotland and the U.S.
If you stay at the Gran Porto Real kids are going to have fun too. There is a kids play room for those times when parents need some time to catch up with each other.
Plenty of room in the pool area for kids and adults.
Billiards table, ping pong, giant chess set, and nightly stage shows poolside in the breezy outdoors.
And of course, the easy to play in white porous sand next to a quiet surf and plenty of blue lounge chairs. Beach side lunch hut with a different menu everyday. You do not even have to leave the beach.
Bring cool Non-clinging Clothes to the Yucatan
A word of advice is do not wear your favorite clinging jeans or capris. Wear skirts or shorts when in humid Yucatan. Skirts are my favorite and shorts are on every young lady.
I like the just below the knee look because I am short. A shirt like this one would get a quite shortening with the scissors. I do not even finish off with a hem. Just let the ends ravel.
I am considering adding this to my wardrobe. I like the pocket idea.
Let's hike among the Maya ruins.
Views From the DiningroomClick thumbnail to view full-size
In the evening you do not have to dine in the buffet diningroom. There is also Mexican and Italian restaurants. One night a week is outdoor dining with full complement of Mexican dishes and desserts with the Mexican States Stage Show. Also, Mexican bizarre with local artists.
Going out on the town is one and two blocks away on the very busy 5th Avenue.
Inside the ResortClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Pool and BeachClick thumbnail to view full-size
Vacationing in Playa del Carmen - An Evening at the Mexican Restaurant
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The hotel resort is very picturesque with a town house villa effect. It is the most inviting hotel on the whole playa.
Experience Riviera Maya
- Cozumel Tours
A visitor we met one morning was very impressed with the scrub dive tour she experienced on the island of Cozumel. Her dive was better than Hawaii.
- 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen
The google images search shows the 5th AVe. we experienced. A two block walk from the GPR resort. We also walked 4th and took in the sights of other resorts along the beach.
- Coba Mayan Ruins
Trips from Playa del Carmen to Coba happen only once a week and it is best to book through the resort you are staying at. There was some shuffling of travelers at two stops but we had our own guide and private tour of the ruins. It was a half day tri
This is very popular and beautifully restored. Swimming is allowed far below in the small turquoise bay the ancients used centuries ago.
We Were Not Disappointed with Our Vacation in Mexico
Each day you can time your excursion and come back when you want. Go two blocks and stroll 5th Avenue for scores of shops, restaurants and people watching. Do a day trip to Cozumel and snorkel in the best waters in the area.
Maya ruins abound and natural water parks are about 40 minutes away.
Strolling north along the beach from the hotel it is a tiny bit full of graffiti, but walking on north brings you picturesque small resorts and interesting sides streets leading back to 5th Avenue. Walking south takes you to the pier. Strolling this resort into the beachside avenues is relaxing the and offers numerous Mexican vibes.
© 2014 Sherry Venegas