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... asking her to, as I properly didn’t spit in my mask well enough and it got foggy when I got under water). The last exercise consisted of me deploying a parachute under water (inflating it with my mouth). Then we did our dive, where we saw plenty of fish, crabs, eels, sting rays, etc. (But my best dive is still my first boat dive with my first instructor!) Then we got back on the boat and rode to another dive site for ...
... main pyramid and just lay on the grass and stared at the clouds. As lie-on-the-grass settings go, this has got to be the most impressive.
To the beach!
We headed east and arrived at Playa del Carmen around 7:30 after a trip down a toll road so new that Google Maps shows it as a dirt trail. Immediately I could smell the salty sea air and hear the thumping music.
We passed the main shopping street and spotted the likes of Haagen-Dazs, Forever 21 ...
... I had reserved in advance, I was surprised that the paperwork took about as long as it would take me to purchase a new car on credit in the US. Cari patiently waited for Carmen in the A/C. After finishing, but before going outside, I had my first and only encounter on the trip with a timeshare sales pitch. Once I absorbed all there was to know, I noted never to listen again.
Car checked out ok, although it was a surprising piece ...
... late, at 4.10pm (supposed to be 3.15pm). We were allocated queues in for passport checking - I ended up in the slowest, so despite being fairly quick off the plane, almost last to be stamped in - so annoying!! And then a queue to scan all baggage! After baggage scanning, it's the customs lottery - press a button - if the light turns green you are free to go, if red - you are searched! Luckily I was green. (Peru has this system too - only places I've ever seen ...
... a bit of a surprise, really old and grand buildings. Lots of nice parks, huge cathedrals and churches. It almost had a bit of a London feel to it. I was surprised by how clean and well maintained everything was. It was all high street shopping, no markets around. Then again, we saw only a very tiny park of what is a huge place. I'm definately glad we went in, as we were tempted to pass it off as just another city and give it a miss.
Other places to stay in Playa del Carmen
1a. Av. Norte y Calle 30 Nte., Playa del Carmen | 3 star lodgefrom $109