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Playa Del Carmen, MexicoAuthor: qqchuck
Date of Trip: May 2006
This site has a WEALTH of information on the entire city: http://www.playa.info/index.html. The forums are HUGE and very well stocked with good info and knowledgeable posters who can answer questions. Be sure to search the archives first. This site also has a discount card that you can buy that works at many of the places you will frequent.
It seemed to me that you could only really get your money's worth if you were there 5 days or longer. You also have to watch the bill and remind folks sometimes to give you the discount (some rare times they put up resistance, which is quelled when you ask for the manager -- just be sure and tip on the total before discount).
Note that if you contact a hotel initially through their site, and then later book with that hotel for 4+ nights, you can get a free discount card. For details of the card, see: http://www.playa.info/playa-deals-menu.html and http://www.playa.info/playa-del-carmen-info-trip-planning-menu.html.
In addition to the Playa Info web site, I also highly recommend http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g150812-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula-Vacations.html. Trip advisor has tons of reviews on hotels --the good, AND the horrible! I found it to be especially useful in my research, so I would know what I was potentially getting into. Be sure and find the bad reviews of hotels and see if you can live with what they describe.
http://www.travelyucatan.com/mayan_riviera_map.php http://www.cancunsmart.com/destination-info-playa-del-carmen.htm http://www.mexicoholiday.com/maps/playa-map.html http://www.cancunmap.com/playa_del_carmen.html
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