Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Coba, Tulum

After 2 nights, we got a taxi to the highway about 20 pesos then the ADO bus to Playa about 50 pesos. It only took about 40min to get there.

We booked a room at the Reina Roja, which means red queen. The first impression is that it could be a brothel! It is very industrial looking with bar and nets on the inside and out, red lights everywhere and maniquins on all the balcony’s and public areas. It’s really funky and different. It advertises an indoor and outdoor pool, but they don’t look swimable. The room included breakfast which were egg dishes with fruit and sweet breads, coffee and juice. Our room had a rain shower and red and black decor, the bed was so big that Chris could starfish on it!

The hotel is right next to 5th avenue, which is the Main Street here that has all the shops and restaurants. The shopkeepers here are pretty nice and not nearly as persistent or aggressive as Asian countries. There are roaming groups of mariarchies and everything has a festive feel. The weather has been hot and sunny and we pretty much spend our days swimming, drinking, sleeping and eating…bliss. We had just booked 2 nights here, but decided to stay 2 more. The beaches are gorgeous.

On one day we took the ferry over to Cozumel island for some snorkeling, it was crap! I’m not sure if they just took us to crap spots or the hurricanes have destroyed the reefs close to the shore, but there wasn’t much to see ( except a seahorse) and they make us wait for an hour in the marina, just in case there were more people on the next boat! Afterwards we hired a scooter and rode around the island. It actually broke down up the road, but these really nice people at a restaurant helped us and called the guy and he came and gave us a new one. The other side of the island is beautiful at one of the beaches there was a group of people collecting baby turtles from all these nests to help them get to the water. We held one…they were adorable!

On another day we also held this tiny little baby monkey. It chewed Chris’s shirt and was jumping all over him! The beaches here are to die for. The water is greeny blue and crystal clear all the way out and the sand is white and soft. We decided to hire a car a do a little road trip. We first went to Coba and rode bicycles around the ruins. There is a huge mayan pyramid Nohoch Mul, 42 metres high, that you can climb. It was so high and the steps are all different sizes and steep and you pretty much need to go the whole way up on all fours. The view from the top was awesome looking across the forest with other ruins poking through and lagoons in the distance.

After this we want to the grand cenote. This lime sinkhole is filled with crystal clear fresh water, under water caves and stalagmites. Chris hit it head on one. The water is a gorgeous blue and we snorkeled around and through the tunnel. We could see the divers go into the underwater cave with the torches then disappear…it actually looks a bit scarey.

Next stop was Tulum, the ruins of a walled mayan city on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean sea. There are quite a few buildings in the complex, the gardens are beautiful and the beach below is gorgeous. We had lunch at one of the resorts there. The restaurant was essentially a big hut over the sandy beach. It was really nice to eat a yummy meal while wiggling your toes in the soft white sand!

We drove back to playa and had a rest before hitting the bar and drinking too much tequila!