Tag Archive | Playa del Carmen

It Doesn’t Have to Be Mexican to Be Good

It Doesn’t Have to Be Mexican to Be Good

I know we’ve talked a lot about getting to know the local communities when you travel.  We do believe that you should take some time to walk around the town with your eyes and ears open to get a feeling for what makes the town tick. The key to that is to avoid being stuck in […]


Free Doesn’t Mean Easy

Free Doesn’t Mean Easy

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s easy. You may remember a blog post from a few months ago where Amanda and I got separated on our flight back from the Bahamas. I chose to be bumped off the flight for a credit of $800. We knew this would make our next vacation even more affordable. But, […]

Playa del Carmen, Quickie Style (Part Dos)

A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the first half of our 11-hour excursion in the Playa del Carmen area with Local Quickies. We’ll pick up here after our visit to Tulum and our swim in a cenote. Swimming with Sea Turtles Next up on our tour was a snorkeling trip to see sea turtles. […]

Playa del Carmen, Quickie Style

While planning our recent trip to Playa del Carmen, we tossed around the idea of officially learning to SCUBA dive (something Amanda has tried at a convention, but we’ve never really done). After sending emails to a couple of area dive shops and receiving exactly zero responses, we switched gears and selected a highly-recommended outing […]

A Walk Down 5th Avenue

The main street in Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue, is a wide boulevard running north to south parallel to the sea. It’s packed with shops and restaurants ready to tempt the pocketbooks and tastebuds of every tourist. The street becomes a pedestrian-only zone each evening, not that we saw much traffic on it during the […]

Mexico, Part Dos

In our previous post “Tourist vs. Traveler” we explained how we traveled to Mexico and didn’t have the best experience. We stayed at a resort, the tour we booked wasn’t the best and we totally felt cut off from the rest of the country. We left thinking we wouldn’t go back.  But, as mentioned in […]

Bang for Your Travel Buck: Mexico

We woke up a couple of weekends ago and realized that we had yet to plan a vacation for my scheduled time off in September. So, being the would-be jet setters that we are, Amanda gave me a challenge: $1,000, pick a vacation and, well, go. I gladly accepted. The first thing I did was […]

Tourist vs. Traveler

  What separates a tourist from a traveler? I like to think it has a lot to do with who you meet on your journey.  A few years ago Amanda and I traveled to Mexico.  We decided to try the resort thing and hated it. We felt cut off from the country we had flown […]