Recently we had family come for vacation in Playa del Carmen for an extended period of time. Our place wasn’t quite big enough to fit all of them so they rented a fantastic condo at a place called Luna Encantada right in town. On the beach. With central air conditioning. I could just end my post right there as that pretty much sums up how awesome the place was but I must go on. It was within walking distance of tons of restaurants, shops and activities, had a dishwasher, a washer AND dryer, a pool and loads of people to wait on us hand and foot. I mean check out this view from the patio.

View From Luna Encantada
I took about 50 of this exact same picture. But with this view can you blame me?

I’m guessing that a lot of people imagine that’s how our life is here all the time. Trust me, it’s not. The reality is very few people live like that here in Playa year round. At least not a lot of the people we know (maybe we need to make some additional new friends?). Our life is a lot less glamorous and a lot warmer. We have a budget on what we can spend on our rent and utilities each month and that means we have to watch our electricity usage, we have to walk a bit further to get to the beach and we wash our dishes by hand.

So when we walked into the condo that our family rented? We knew where we’d be spending the next ten days. They came for a vacation but it ended up being a staycation for Jason and myself as well. We slept with covers on! We took hot showers! We swam in a pool, then the ocean, then the pool! We ate out at really good restaurants up and down La Quinta Avenida.

There are no shortage of great places to eat in Playa del Carmen.,
There are no shortage of great places to eat (and drink) in Playa del Carmen.,

We went to Cenote Cristalino to jump off cliffs and Akumal to snorkel with sea turtles. We showed them how we celebrate American holidays in Mexico when we  hosted a good old-fashioned BBQ for friends, celebrated a birthday and then stopped by Bad Boys Beach Bar on the 4th of July for a few beers and some American music.

Proof to the family that we have in fact made friends in Playa del Carmen.
Proof to the family that we have in fact made friends in Playa del Carmen.
Feliz Cumpleanos!
Feliz Cumpleanos!
This place sure knows how to throw a party. Cant wait to see what they do for Labor Day.
This place sure knows how to throw a party. Can’t wait to see what they do for Labor Day.

We went parasailing. We tried to take them to Xel-Ha but we got rained out (we pretty much had to sign a blood oath that it’s first on the agenda next trip). But even the rain didn’t deter us from having fun. One of our favorite things to do is showing friends and family around town when they come to visit. We love acting like tourists and seeing things anew through their eyes, and boy did we act like tourists the past couple of weeks.

And this is why we live here.
And this is why we live here.

When we moved to Playa del Carmen there was quite a bit of an adjustment that we had to make to our new living situation. It’s almost like the time spent hanging in the condo hit a reset button for us and now we’re sitting here starting all over again.

So now it’s back to reality, and back to work. The vacation in Playa del Carmen is over. But as I sit here thinking about perspective I realize we just got back from delivering the family to the airport for their flight home and we came back to our home, which, by the way, still happens to be located in Playa del Carmen and still has a great view of the ocean which is pretty spectacular. But we really wouldn’t mind if they want to come back again very, very soon.