Just north up from the coast from Tulum and I found myself heading deeper and deeper into the world of American holiday resorts.
5th Avenida in Playa
Playa del Carmen is again another step up on the tourism scale. A prime beachside resort, the majority of bars and restaurants reside along 5th Avenue, the town’s busiest street. It was the first time I had seen a H&M out here, which I got unreasonably excited about, and several Starbucks for that matter. I also had my first experience in a Walmart which turned out to be pretty much as I expected; a big supermarket.
At night the place is brimming with people and the party scene is evident – two men approached me asking if I wanted “blow or smack” to which I politely declined.
A bustling open-fronted bar on the strip
The beach itself is reasonable, though far better reviews…
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