Sunday in Playa del Carmen

18 Jul

This Friday, Jorge and I will have our 1-year wedding anniversary… I know, time flies, right? Since we’re booked up with plans for our friends’ wedding next weekend, we decided to celebrate yesterday by heading down to Playa del Carmen for the day.

We had a late night Saturday (bachelor and bachelorette parties) and didn’t wake up until 12:30 pm! We didn’t arrive in Playa until about 4 in the afternoon… which actually worked out great because we avoided the heat!

After a quick late lunch at Subway, we walked down to the beach. Jorge and I aren’t huge fans of the water in Playa del Carmen (we’re too spoiled from all or trips to Isla Mujeres), but you can’t beat the vibe of Playa! There were acoustic artists and bands playing at the nearby beach clubs, providing us with a great soundtrack to our afternoon.

Once the sun started to go down, we walked up and down Playa’s 5th Avenue (great for people watching!), then decided to try Wicky’s Beach Club for dinner since so many people have recommended it. It had very cool modern design, and a great location set right on the beach. When we sat down and looked at the menu, however, we realized it was a bit out of our price range for the day (embarrassing! although I suspect it’s more affordable at lunchtime), so we just ordered some smoothies. I highly recommend the blackberry smoothie. It blew me away!

Shamed by our lack of cash, Jorge and I decided to go to an old favorite… 100% Natural. This beautiful outdoor restaurant is filled with towering trees and vines, giving it a jungle-like atmosphere. As always, I had to test out my nighttime photography skills. Definitely improving! (sort of)

I had garlic shrimp with veggies (I have never had such fresh, delicious veggies in all my time in Mexico! I’ve never been so happy to see a green bean) with agua de jamaica, while Jorge got some kind of immense and amazing chicken sandwich.

By then it was pretty late, so we walked back to the bus station and made our way back to Cancun. I think I’m the only person in history who has ever been SAD to return to Cancun… what can I say, I love Playa del Carmen!

20 Responses to “Sunday in Playa del Carmen”

  1. Kate July 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Are you serious?! It’s already your 1 year anniversary?!!! I swear it feels like I was just reading your posts with all the wedding pictures! WOW!

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

    I would love to go to the beach, it’s been forever since I’ve gone & I miss it!

    • gringation July 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      I know, I can’t believe it either! As of Friday, I am no longer a “bride” 😦

      You’re welcome to visit us for a trip to the beach anytime

  2. Ashlie July 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    It sounds like you had a nice day celebrating your anniversary at Playa. Wicky’s is a great spot but a bit pricey for dinner although they do have some lunch specials during the day.

    • gringation July 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      I thought so!! We saw a list of some of their lunch specials (burgers and such) and thought we could swing it… until we saw the dinner menu.

      Now we know for next time to go for lunch! Those smoothies were to die for, though.

  3. KfromMichigan July 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! WOW how time flies, seems we were just saying how beautiful your gown was or still is. I love 100% Natural and really miss the one on the hotel zone. Guess it wasn’t very popular with the turists.

    • gringation July 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks! When we went to this one in Playa, it was packed by the time we left. There’s still a 100% Natural in downtown Cancun. Haven’t been there, but might have to try it out.

  4. Kristi July 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Congrats on the wedding anniversary (already!?) and what a gorgeous place to spend it….

    • gringation July 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks Kristi! It was an awesome day

  5. lisa n javi July 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!!

  6. Ang July 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow! One year already – CONGRATS!!
    I love Playa too, it’s by far my favorite Mexican vacation to date!

  7. Nikki July 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    I say you’re still newlyweds for at least 4 years 😉 Sounds like a wonderful anniversary, and the beach looks amazing!

  8. Kathryn July 20, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    That sounds like an amazing time! Blackberry smoothie? YUM! I seriously CANNOT BELIEVE that it has been a year since you got married! I feel like it just happened! Crazy.

  9. DM July 20, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    I’m with everyone else. It was just like 2 months ago you were posting your wedding pictures. How can it be a year already?

    I love love love the sand picture. Happy Anniversary!

  10. Megan July 21, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    What!?!? How is it possible that it is your one year anniversary already????? It feels like you just got married a few months ago! Time is flying. Anyhoo, congrats to you and Jorge! And I’m so glad you had a nice day together.

  11. Julie M. July 22, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    When the heck did a year blow by?! I can’t believe it! Happy Anniversary you two. It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration!

  12. Ceri July 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    *sigh* How am I supposed to study properly in Playa del Carmen with those sights when I go there? hehe.

    Seriously, though, Congratulations. One year really does fly by quickly. I’m so happy for you both.

  13. MurdocksMama July 27, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Happy Anniversary…what a perfect way to celebrate!! 🙂

  14. GRRRL TRAVELER August 20, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! (wow- it’s been a year already?) Very romantic!

  15. Jorge March 13, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    How American–ashamed not to have cash! 🙂

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