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It's easy and inexpensive to get around from Playa, don't miss the following spots!
Take the ADO bus from Playa to downtown Cancun (40 pesos each) and then grab a little bus near the dowtown Cancun station(right across the street, buses come very often) to the hotel zone (15 pesos for 2). Tell the driver you want to go to the ferry dock and take the ferry over to Isla Mujeres ($15 usd each round trip)
The whole trip, Playa to Isla, was about $20-25 each. really not bad for the beautiful day we had! We rented a golf cart and toured the island. So nice there!
Tip: buy your ice cold cervezas at the OXXO right across from the ferry dock and take them for the ride... it's legal, just be safe!
walked to 2nd and asked the colectivo driver to let us off at Akumal (35 pesos each). Took about 30 mins, got off sort of on the highway, walked over the big white pedestrian bridge and down a road for about 15 mins and whammo! A beautiful beach! We walked all the way to Half Moon Bay and ate lunch at La Buena Vida which was really nice too. Walked back to the highway and grabbed the collectivo back.
The walk from the beach we arrived at to Half Moon Bay was pretty long and HOT...I would suggest a cab for those who may not be able to walk in the hot sun for 20 mins- there is no shade on the way!
Also, we saw many people with coolers and snacks/drinks. A great idea to save money.
Cozumel holds a dear spot in my heart as it is where we first discovered Mexico. It is such a beautiful place - well worth the trip if you are in Playa.
This one's easy! Just get a ticket at the ferry dock right off 5th in Playa and take a 20 minute ferry ride right to the center of town in Cozumel.
Once there you will find lots to do. Snorkeling or diving are the most popular as the reefs in Cozumel are only second to the Great Barrier Reef.
You can rent a car or a driver for the day if you want to drink and tour the island. There are many great beach bars all over the island and the beaches are incredible. You will be able to rent snorkel gear and snorkel right off the beach at most stops.
Be sure to make a stop at Casa Denis in town before you go for delicious food and the biggest mojito I have ever seen. It's the oldest restaurant in Cozumel and you can see pictures of celebrities like Jackie Onassis on the walls. My fave place in Cozumel.
We took the colectivo to El Paraiso on our last day. Again, go to 2nd where the little colectivo stand is, tell them you want to go to El Paraiso, Tulum. They will let you off in town and you will see a taxi stand right up the street, a taxi to the beach was 45 pesos. Next time we'll know we can bring a cooler to save more $, but it wasn't that bad price wise. Ate a delicious pizza at a place down the beach from El Paraiso (I think the place was called Buena Vida and beers were cheaper there than at El Paraiso plus they let you use the beach loungers for free:)
We did the ruins last trip so skipped them this time. If you haven't seen them i would suggest getting the colectivo to drop you off there, see the ruins in the morning then cab to El Paraiso from there. It's not far but I don't know how much a cab would be.