Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Playa del Carmen, 2015

  So, I had no idea I'd be leaving the country again so soon after my Costa Rica trip in June. But, to my liking David has been bitten by the travel bug. It was late and he'd been in the kitchen for what felt like a forever. As I snuck up behind him I caught a glimpse of him booking Playa del Carmen. "You ruin everything!" he exclaimed. "Sorry!" I said back, but at least now I knew that a trip to Mexico was in my near future!

After an easy flight into Cancun we grabbed our bags and headed towards our ride. It was scorching upon our arrival in Playa del Carmen. Pictured here is the first place we ate for dinner.

This photo is the street view from outside our hotel. We were right in the heart of Playa where restaurants and shops were at your disposal. There was no shortage of options! 

Our first full day in Mexico we headed for the beach. Our phones read 85 degrees but it felt like it could have easily been 100. Because our hotel was not beach front we chose "Kool Beach Club." This was by far the best club we visited and highly recommended if you're ever local!

Day time street view on our way to the beach. Kool was relatively close and a beautiful walk but taxis are available every inch of the way if that's what you'd prefer! 

For dinner later that night we chose an Italian restaurant by the name of "Ambasciata D'Italia." A very adorable place with great food and beautiful atmosphere.

Interior of Ambasciata D'Italia

..of course we saved room for dessert!

On our second day we set our for some local shopping. Conveniently, an H&M opened 2 days prior to our arrival! This was one of many stores that we also have in the states. Victoria's Secret, MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and ZARA were also local, just to name a few. Mostly all of the local shops accept any currency but don't forget to exchange your money into pesos if you plan on shopping at any chain retailers as for they only accept the country's currency!

This was one of my favorite locally owned shops in town. Filled with authentic Mexican ceramics and unique trinkets that are harder to find at the bigger retail stores. I suggest you stick to small shops like these to find one of a kind items at awesome prices.

Mexican style ceramic sinks

Hotel envy, spotted while shopping

On our third day we set out for another beach club to relax at. This "Dirty Martini Lounge" was just one of many cute spots that we saw along our way.

We decided to try another club, while we loved Kool, to see if we could find one that was a little cheaper. Well, now we know why Kool is rated #1. While this club wasn't necessarily bad, it wasn't as nice. Cheaper, yes. Nicer, no. 

Quiet streets on our walk home from the beach

A gorgeous day in Mexico wearing one of my own handmade crochet halters

David, pictured here standing in front of our hotel. "Acanto Hotel and Suites" is a small boutique hotel located in the perfect spot and exceeded our expectations. It's value was not only great but everything else about it was as well. We ate breakfast daily for $12 and everyone was so helpful with their suggestions! A definite awesome find.

Like stated before, there was no shortage of different restaurants to try. This one called "Plank" is located directly across the street from where we stayed and is highly suggested for it's upscale steak and seafood served on, what else of course, planks!

Street view right outside of our room on the main street.. Our last morning in paradise!

Like all good things, they must come to an end. Our bags were packed when I realized David and I hadn't gotten an Instax together. Hurriedly, I unzipped my bag and grabbed my camera so we could get a quick photo! 
All in all, my second trip to Mexico was everything I'd hoped for. I had a wonderful time in Playa del Carmen and would recommend it to anyone! With its lively atmosphere, beautiful colors and easy commute from the airport, it's the ideal spot for any wanderluster! Until next time, Mexico! Besos!

OLIVIA WEARS in order of appearance
 FOREVER 21 hat, WILDFOX sunglasses, MINIMALE ANIMALE bikini, NASTY GAL striped jumpsuit, GLAMOROUS dress, SHE MADE ME bikini, ZARA tee, FOREVER 21 shorts