We headed to Playa del Carmen for the day from our hotel in Cancun. An easy drive to a place we’d heard a lot about.
We started out at the main plaza to get our bearings in this little town; what used to be nothing more than a little fishing village.
The town has started to change over the last several years. It started out as a place to take the ferry over to Cozumel Island, but Mexico has seen the potential here, and it is being built up to house high-end stores, restaurants and hotels. The main street is Avenida Quinta, or Fifth Avenue, that is a long stretch of shops, restaurants, and what seemed like a lot of places to get a massage.
The day we were there was a very hot one, and maybe it was that, but I was not impressed by store after store of cheap souvenirs.
We veered off the main drag, and found a great beach-side restaurant to cool off and have lunch. This is what I was looking for. And great shrimp tacos by the way.
Forget shopping! We had a relaxing lunch and then just ambled around gawking.
There were some lovely people I met in the plaza, and trying to wrap up my year with what had been my photography goal of more people photos for the year, I did just that.
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I’ll have a few more photos next week of the last couple of places we visited before we headed home.