Hotel Casa Ticul
Travel Blogs from Playa del Carmen
... and walkways to the beach. It is hot and sticky and there are musicians, statue men, a Mayan, many stall holders hawking and tourists of all shapes, sizes, ages and nationalities. The cafe is excellent, iced tea all round, some corn chips and salsas to start (complimentary), then pete had the chicken tacos and I had beef points (which by the way, was a lucky guess - they were beef strips cooked in a tomato, onion and chili sauce, with retired beans to be ...
... star romantic package, all around us other couples are starting their lives together with a string of beachside weddings of varying successes, the most noteable of which turns out to be the OTT but disastrously ill-fated nuptials of Cody and Christie which keeps us entertained for days. It's on the day of their wedding, Sun 6th Jan, that Coman and I are booked in for both an aromatherapy "couple's massage" and our very own anniversary dinner, as arranged by Julia in public ...
... worth running.
The problem was solved pretty quickly. We were chilling with the Mexican guy who made rings when Erika and Gina came over and told us they had a night off work. Shortly after, James and I went out for some food and bumped into the Irish guys we'd created havoc with on the bus from Lanquin to Flores, and had an invitation to join them for some drinks at Rio Playa. Sorted. At around ten, me, James, Erika, Gina and Tehua bopped round the corner to Rio Playa ...
... of my profs would probably call it "commodified authenticity," or something like that. Its like PDC is trying too hard to be "Mexican" for the tourists' benefit. The thought process probably went something like: "we gotta make sure they feel like they're in Mexico, so let's get some sombreros, tequila, and a few Aztec-like decorations... It'll be more obvious that way. Oh, and the mariachi; gotta have the mariachi!" The result kinda makes me feel like I'm at a ...
... big time all the way. Water spraying in the entrance, windows leaking, the big guy up front with the huge 'fro' bouncing ridiculously. Lots of laughter on the way. Next stop: Chetumal water taxi dock. This means a Mexican border with guards carrying uzis and a drug sniffing dog. Drop all carry on bags including purses etc. and line up behind the yellow line. Dog sniffing, sniffing, sniffing my bag and I have trouble not laughing because I know he ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services