Posts Written OnApril 2013

Riviera Maya Film Festival

Hollywood came to Playa del Carmen last week. Well sort of. The Riviera Maya Film Festival was just held here. Dozens of films were shown for free in Cancun, Isla Holbox, Puerto Morelos, Tulum and of course here in Playa del Carmen. There were two areas we could go to watch the movies. One was inside a theater not too far off of La Quinta but the other in Parque Fundadores (Founders Park) was my favorite because the screen was set up outside – on the beach. This is the second year of existence for the event and from what I can…

Computer Problems

This is not the blog post I planned to write today. Today was our friend Liz’s birthday and we went and had an amazing experience that I was going to share with you all, photos included. But when I sat down at the computer tonight this happened.   And then this.     And then this.   And that’s why I’m now Googling “computer repair shops in Playa del Carmen that speak English.” Thankfully we have another computer (that the Googling is happening on) to get work done, it just has quite a bit of limited functionality and I can’t…

Regardless of what some of our previous posts might suggest, Mexico is not only about beaches and beer. In an attempt to get a bit of culture into our Mexican diet we headed to the town of Tulum last week to visit the world famous Mayan ruins. Tulum is about a 45 minute drive south of Playa del Carmen. Heeding the advice of multiple travel sites we left home bright and early and arrived at the ruins by 9 a.m. to avoid the large tour groups and some of the oppressive heat that has settled here. As with most things…

Sorry it’s been so long since our last post but we’ve both been busy adjusting to life in Playa del Carmen. And by “adjusting” I mean recovering from a bout of the dreaded Montezuma’s Revenge AKA “The Gringo Gallop”. Luckily for us it was a relatively minor case meaning that we didn’t need to see a doctor, we just had to wait it out – for 4 days. During this time there was little we could do but stay close to home, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and try to figure out what the culprit was. The normal…

I promise, one of these days we’ll start exploring places other than the beach communities along the Riviera Maya. But give us a break, we’re new in town and just can’t help ourselves. We’d heard great things about Xpu Há (one word? two words? hyphenated? I’ve seen it every way so your guess is as good as mine) and decided to make it our destination for the day. We loaded up the car, made our weekly stop at immigration (no dice) and then hit the road. Xpu Há is about 25 miles south of Playa del Carmen and unless you know…

The question we are most often asked by family and friends is, “What do you eat in Playa del Carmen?” The answer, like the city, is a very diverse one. There are hundreds of restaurants serving cuisine from all over Mexico and the world and running the gambit from food carts serving meals for a few pesos to upscale dining at prices comparable to nice restaurants in the States. (So moms you can quit worrying, we are getting plenty to eat). While the grocery stores are reasonably priced and generally have a good selection we are finding that it is…

Cozumel has always held a special place in my and Deidre’s hearts. We took our first trip together there, hatched our plan to move to the Riviera Maya there and, ultimately, got married there. So revisiting Cozumel for a couple days was a treat. Cozumel is an island about 6 miles off the coast of Playa del Carmen and is a world-renowned scuba diving destination because of its proximity to the second largest barrier reef system in the world and is also a major stop for most of the Caribbean cruise lines. We often watch the cruise ships entering and…

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