for a very short time
24.02.2009 - 24.02.2009 80 °F
I got an early bus out of Mèrida this morning for Playa del Carmen, and made it here at about 2:00. No wifi at the hotel, so I'm checking in from an internet cafe.
It's definitely a beach tourist town, but not an obnoxious one. The restaurants and bars on the Quinta Avenida (pedestrian-only tourist strip) are pretty classy-looking, if expensive, and there are plenty of local quick Mexican places just 2 or 3 blocks up from the beach. I stopped at one for an enormous huarache* for lunch when I got here, and the gregarious owner gave me a little culinary tour while I ate -- which chiles, how the pork is cooked, making the tortillas and huaraches, etc. I then walked up and down the beach for a little bit, and up and down the strip for a little bit, stopping in for an espresso at a promising-looking open air coffee shop. Not bad.
The hotel is also very nice. Two blocks off the beach, and all the rooms are set back away from the street in sort of a maze of foliage and pools. Gives it a nice isolated feeling despite the location.
Flight home is tomorrow at 11:50 am, hopefully. I'll put up some Playa pictures when I get a chance, otherwise, I guess this is about it. I trust it's at least as warm in PA as it is here. See ya.
- Huarache means literally 'sandal' in Spanish, but as a food item it's sort of like a griddle-cooked thick tortilla of about the same size and shape, covered with meat, cheese, vegetables, etc.