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Playa del Carmen and around

Beaches, diving, turtles, Maya ruins and a bad cold

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I arrived in Playa del Carmen on Sunday. It is a very busy beach town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. There are very nice beaches in town and in the whole area around it. Unfortunately it was cloudy a lot of the time and it rained a few times, so that sometimes the weather just did not allow me to go to the beach. So I went to the beach a few times and spent some rainy time in the hostel. Playa del Carmen is a good place to party, too. On Sunday night I went out to a few of the many bars and clubs in town and we had a very good night.
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

On Tuesday afternoon, I got a ferry to Cozumel, an island nearby. The place is visited by a lot of American cruise ship passengers, which I did not like so much, but I was only there for the diving which I had heard was amazing. At night, I met some very nice people in the hostel and we went out for dinner together. We all went to bed early, but soon I woke up and suddenly felt very ill. I had an awful night, feeling really bad with a sore through and a headache. In the morning I was a bit better and managed to go diving luckily, but I still had a bad cold for a few days and it still is not completely gone now.
Cozumel

Cozumel


Cozumel

Cozumel

Anyway, the diving was amazing! In the first dive we went to an incredible reef formation. There were some swim-through, so narrow passages and arches between the rocks which you could swim through. I had not done that before and it was great. On the second dive we saw more animals, many fish including a grouper, a barracuda, two lion fish and a sting ray which we got to watch swim away from very nearby.

In the afternoon I got back to the mainland and spent the next day relaxing at the beach to recover from my cold. On Friday, my French dormmate and I took a bus to another beach called Akumal. Here we rented snorkel gear and went to watch the sea turtles that live there in the water. I watched them munch on the seagrass and swim up to the surface to get air. It was amazing! There were also a lot of fish around and the beach was really pretty! It was a great day!
Akumal

Akumal

At night I travelled on to Tulum. I visited the Maya ruins of Tulum this morning. The site is much smaller than others, but the buildings are nice and the most interesting thing about it is its location next to the sea. At some points you stand on a rock above the water or a beach. You can even go down to the beach and sunbathe and swim, inside the archaeological site.
Tulum

Tulum


Tulum

Tulum


Tulum

Tulum


Tulum

Tulum


Beach at Tulum

Beach at Tulum

Afterwards I went to another beach nearby for a very short time. Then the clouds came in and I got back into town just before it started raining. I did not trust the weather the rest of the afternoon, so I went for a ncie lunch and then spent the rest of the time in the hostel, talking to different people and using the time to get some photos sorted and things like that. Tomorrow morning I will make my way to Isla Mujeres, an island near Cancun.
Las Palmas beach

Las Palmas beach

Posted by sarahm_lux 22:50 Archived in Mexico Tagged cozumel playa_del_carmen akumal

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