Winter Break in Central America travel blog

At the Shore

Feet in the sea

5a Avenue


The Big Lobster

In the Casa del Chocolate

Playa del Carmen

Got to the hotel a little before 3:00 and had to wait in the lobby a bit – room wasn’t ready. Then there was some confusion about the room but it all got straightened out and I’m in room 006. I have to check out tomorrow morning then check back in with the group – and probably a roommate or two. We’ll see.

After dumping off my stuff I headed to the beach – about four blocks from the hotel. A light rain but the temperate about 75 – 80 so no real issues. I had on shorts and sandals and was quite comfy.

After getting my feet wet I went into the main town. I though Cancun was commercial. This place has ten or more blocks of walking streets all lined with souvenir stands, restaurants, ATMs, massage parlors (Two for $50… what does that mean?), and lots and lots of people.

I wandered around on the street a bit and tried to figure out the ATMs (most gave only dollars – but that’s what most of the prices were in – quite a few were “out of service” or out of money more likely. Anyway, walking only one block away you can find the local stands and stores – burger places and stands selling toilet paper and pots and pans. A huge contrast.

I needed to get tomorrow planned for the trip to Ek Balam so stopped in several of the tourist tour places and was told there was no way I could do it – only Saturday and Thursday or if I had a group of six or more… So I walked a block over and talked to a guy at the taxi stand and worked out a deal. For $120 (the price of a regular tour was $130) I will meet Ernesto at 7:30 tomorrow and he (and his wife) will drive me to Ek Balam, wait for three hours, then drive me back with a stop for lunch along the way. Should be interesting as he speaks little English and me little Spanish – but another guy at the stand translated for us.

That being settled I went back to the tourist street looking for a place for dinner. After looking at six or seven menus I settled on “The Big Lobster.” I had a “flat fish” Veracruz style – semi spicy. Quite tasty. Still not 100% sure what kind of fish it was. Also two mojitos as I didn’t want to drink the water…

Then I wandered the town a bit more. Found a most interesting “House of Chocolate” and bought a couple, ten bought a coke for some reason, and came back to the hotel. I’ve developed a small blister on my left toe which I will bandage soon. Later this evening I plan to go for a walk on the beach – the weather has cleared and there are stars…

Later, after talking to Minna on Skype I went for a walk on the beach with a cigar. The beach was rather short - too many bars next to it, so walked the street. Lots of people still out but rain and other oddness I wandered the walking street.Many young people out doing stuff but I finished the cigar and then to bed. Tomorrow - Ek Balam!

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