A lazy day in paradise, Playa Del Carmen continues
Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
10Trip End Sep 23, 2009
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By the time Andrew finally wakes and gets organised, our breakfast is starting to look like lunch. I really wanted to try out a restaurant called La Cueva Del Changa, or The cave of the monkey. We set off in the hot sun and as Andrew just said "we walked for f'ing miles". I think he thought I’d gotten us lost again but eventually we turn down the right street and there it is.
It is a really lovely setting and for some reason I didn’t take any photos, probably because I was hot and exhausted by the time we sat down and over it. At least they had a fan going at each table but somehow it barely made a difference. We both had freshly squeezed orange juice and had ordered coffees but for some reason only got one. So I donated mine to Andrew, as I was too hot to even think about coffee and couldn’t work out why I would of ordered it in the first place
Our breakfast arrived and can you believe it I didn’t even photograph those either.................... After breakfast I desperately wanted to catch a taxi but Andrew had spotted a Starbucks in the distance and was still after a good cup of coffee. At least they have air-conditioning.
From there it is back to our hotel and a lazy day of swimming in the pool, relaxing on sun lounges, watching the jetskiers, parasailer’s and just generally people watch the day away. We sip on Sol beers and have food delivered to our chairs and thoroughly enjoy it.
We are in no rush to go out for dinner as we have really gotten into the swing of being lazy. I open a bottle of wine (which isn’t very good) and sit out on the balcony, watching the water, thoroughly mesmerized.
Now Playa Del Carmen is heavily populated with American tourists and I have to tell you they can be loud and I am a little over them. Sorry to any Americans reading this but hey that’s how I feel at the moment. There are a group of about 4 couples staying here and they just can’t talk at a normal level but have to let every other person hear what they have to say
We eventually head out for dinner and go to a restaurant called Playasia, which is a very pretty setting of individual palapas (thatched huts) at different levels, with a large fish pond going down the middle of the restaurant. There are some powerful fans, so getting a breeze isn’t a problem. Not your cheapest restaurant and the food is more of a Thai and Japanese theme. I have the Vietnamese spring rolls and the presentation is very good. Andrew ops for the tempura prawns, which were ok but tended to be overpowered by oil. He then orders a chicken fried rice and I have coconut shrimp. I have to say that I make a better version. At least they looked good. I also noticed a couple on another table sent there meal back as they said it was cold. This restaurant gets mixed reviews on trip advisor and I can see why. The ambience is what is going for it.
After dinner we do the usual wandering down 5th Ave but this time to find the Churro cart, even though we are full. We get right to the end and discover he isn’t there this night. Oh well we didn’t need them anyway, just wanted to say we actually ate a churro in Mexico.
Tonight are the big celebrations for Mexican Independence day and all the colours of Mexico are out on shop fronts, restaurants etc. We realise very quickly that tonight will be a loud one and not to expect much sleep. Trumpets are going off and at one stage someone ran through our hotel blowing one. Fireworks were to be seen in town but we just want to head back to the room and try to get an early sleep before it all takes place. We gather it is a bit like New Years Eve, as all the streamers and tooters are on tables as we pass on our way back to the hotel. We even pass an amigo on his horse, just near our hotel. I try to take a picture but its a bit dark and I didn’t want the flash scaring the horse.