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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

So we fly into Cancun and immediately take a bus to the town of Playa del Carmen (aka the cheesiest place I have ever seen outside a Chucky Cheese Restaurant) This place fucking sucks. It´s essentially made so tourists can take a short trip to Mexico, and not actually see Mexico. If you went to a theme park and Mexico was an attraction- Playa is what it would look like. Surrounding us, on a three block strip are Italian, Thai and American restaurants with Mexican music playing in the background. Not sweet.
We stay in a hotel that is completely empty. I´m wondering if the reason for this is the fact that a man singing Eagles covers plays in the bar next door every single night. I walk around the strip watching people buy, at outstanding prices, fake-looking Mexican sombreros and moroccas to bring back to their families. I looked at a tag of one of the sombreros and noticed it was actually produced in Taiwan.
The beach by Playa is in fact, rather nice- and I wouldn´t be complaining about these tourists should I be staying at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. But I´m not. So I am. We end our first night here with dinner (at a Thai restaurant) and 2 for 1 cocktails at a Metal bar where an adorable little Mexican is dressed up as Spiderman and doing random tricks for money....hmmm begging- Maybe the toursts here did see some of the REAL Mexico I was hoping to see. Off to Tulum tomorrow.

permalink written by  joshandmary on November 9, 2009 from Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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