It was a lovely smooth and direct ride onto Playa del Carmen this morning, although it did cost us in tolls, 129$ pesos or about $10.75 US per bike. We arrived at our hotel around lunch time and were able to check in, unload the bikes, and get settled before the afternoon heat. The hotel let us ride the bikes into their courtyard, instead of parking them off site, which was super convenient for unloading and peace of mind.
Playa del Carmen is located within the Riviera Maya, which runs from south of Cancun to Tulum and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. The area has grown dramatically since we last visited fifteen years ago. The downtown strip Fifth Avenue, has a Vegas/Venice vibe feel to it; filled night and day with colorful characters. There are tourists wearing their smart traveling, light, wicking attire; regular Joes in jeans and tee's; hippie throw backs wearing wrap around tie died skirts and MC Hammer balloon pants; young beach bodies in scant bikinis and crocheted coverups; bronzed italian studs in tight short shorts, and native local Mexicans in traditional wear. It was a blast to peruse the strip lined with restaurants, cafes, parlors, bars, and interesting "chock a block" shopping.
We have a few housekeeping items to attend to here, so we will be running around taking care of necessary business that you cannot escape even when you are on the road!