Art on Quinta Avenida Playa del Carmen

10 Free Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is known as one of Mexico's most expensive destinations, but it is possible to have a great time in Playa on a budget. Admittedly, we did have to dig pretty deep in the four months we spent in Playa to find free activities. That said, our list of free things to do in Playa del Carmen should keep you busy, even if you don't have much cash to spend.
Xcaret Scaret Macaws

Our Guided Tour and Review of Xcaret Park in Mexico

Join us on our fun filled day through Xcaret Park in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Only 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Xcaret packs a wollop of fun, with everything from a world-class scarlet macaw conservation program and a sea turtle hatchery to swimming in an underground river, eating at a buffet next to jaguars and watching a two hour Espectacular show literally filled with balls of fire...
Playa del Carmen Mexico Quinta Aveneda Feliz Navidad

Why I Love Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of spending a few months hanging out on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We were surprised at how much we loved the area. With so much to do and being surrounded by some of our favorite foods, we instantly felt at home here. For that trip we decided to make Playa Del Carmen our base of operations and it turned out to be perfect for our needs.

Between the miles and miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, the many local attractions, the cheap transportation and easy access to shopping centers, Playa del Carmen had everything we....

Akumal Mexico Turtle Diving

The DIY Guide to Snorkeling with Endangered Sea Turtles in Akumal Mexico

The Mayan Riviera has a reputation for being expensive and touristy. There's some truth to this, but it's possible to check out some of the best sites in the area for not much more than the cost of decent latte. The little beach town of Akumal wins big points for delivering one of the coolest attractions in the area for almost nothing: snorkeling with endangered green sea turtles.
Christmas in Playa del Carmen

Post Christmas Trauma and Other Non Existent Things

First things first, Merry Christmas everyone from beautiful Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!

Now that that's out of the way, here's what we've been up to these past few weeks. The last time I posted I was explaining the daily grind and the more mundane facts of life we've been living. I would love to talk about all the incredible things we do on a regular day in this paradise like setting we find ourselves in but it would only lead to your heartbreak and our self delusions.The reality is that we don't do much everyday. Between entertaining the kids and us researching our next leg of the trip, we barely have time to lounge by the crystal clear blue ocean or our pool (which we do almost daily). We barely have time to drink the 2 or 3 fruit smoothies we constantly inhale. We also barely have time to walk around in the +28 Celsius sunny sky weather we're forced to endure day in and day out.

Yup, it's a hard life we live. I say that all with a mischievious grin and a shake of my head. If only life was always like this. Please don't get me wrong. We're loving this lifestyle and to us no price is too high to live like this.