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Day 15-17: Playa del Carmen & Isla Cozumel

Our last days at the beach

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So obviously the last part of the holiday went by so quickly that I totally forgot to write my blog. Lucky that I am mainly writing this blog for myself. I will be adding pictures later. So here we go...

We have come to the last few days of our holiday. I don't think we realised how lucky we are before it is almost over. Our days in Playa del Carmen and Isla Cozumel are our last days of beach life before we go on to explore some Maya ruins. Playa del Carmen was by far one of the most touristy places we have visited so far. This means that there are shops everywhere and fancy restaurants. Even our hostel has higher standards than usual. We stayed at the Ecoboutique hostel. Minus the kitchen facilities, I really loved it! Really good standards for a hostel and perfectly adapted for travellers so that each bed had a socket and a place in the wall to put your phone while it is charging. Playa del Carmen consist mainly of one big pedestrian street where most of the shops and restaurants are located, and there is of course a long lovely beach. Jenna and I spent our first day in Playa del Carmen exploring the city, looking in the shops and just relaxing. For our second day Jenna went to a park called xcaret, which was too touristy and expensive for me, so I decided to spend to spend a day at the beach working on my tan.

The beach was nice as there weren't any sellers walking by asking if you wanted a massage, fruit or sunglasses. You didn't have to pay for sunbeds either, but you had to pay for them indirectly by spending a certain amount at the tavern that owned your sunbed. This basically covered lunch and some drinks, which worked perfectly for me. The only drawback of the beach was the fact that the water was quite dirty. Not by rubbish, but because the waves brought in algaes. Might just be that I was unlucky on the one day I went.

On our last day in the Playa del Carmen area we went on a one day trip to Isla Cozumel. We decided to sleep in a little, so we went on the 11 boat. We were promised a snorkelling tour when we arrived at 12. The seller in Playa del Carmen had promised specifically that there would be a tour at 12. When we got there however, there was obviously no tour at 12. Rather at 13:30. This made me quite irritated that this meant we wouldn't have much time before and after the snorkelling as I needed to be back in Playa del Carmen by 19 for a nail appointment. But it was said that snorkelling or diving was the thing to do in Isla Cozumel, so we had no choice but to wait. So, we went and tried to find a cheap place to eat, which was almost impossible. There are cheap places to eat for tourist, but not when you compare to where the mexicans will go.

The snorkelling was not the best snorkelling experience I have had. They were quite strict about time, so we didn't have much time to explore in each area. In addition, the guide wanted as all to stick together, which means you see more of people´s bathing suits than fish. As I have experience diving and swimming, I asked if I could keep a distance, which I was luckily allowed to do. I also noticed how the guide gave food to the fishes to attract them. I guess it is ok, but it just makes the whole snorkelling seems very touristy and made up. I like the experience of just being calm in the sea and see the life as it is.

All in all, the Playa del Carmen experience had some good elements to it and some bad. Now beach life if officially over, and we are off to explore ruins!

Posted by Oiesof 00:40 Archived in Mexico

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