We stayed at the fabulous Riu Yucatan and out of the front gate, turn right for 5-10 minutes walk is the Playacar Plaza, over the road which is cooler as it is lined with trees.
You know when you are there because you hit first the coffee shop, i think it was star bucks, Next is a great travel agency called MAYA TOURS. They are cocha, reliable, clean and show you his/her trips on a lap top, so you know what you are getting in advance. We booked our tours there which was Tulum, mayan villages, dinner at Coba, went went on a tuk tuk style bike or a push bike up to Coba ruin, this you can walk up but its not suitable to walk up with walking difficulties. We then went around on the bike around some more ruins until we were back at the start of the coba entrance. Then off into a mini bus with English speaking guests and travel guide to Ackumel beach to swim with turtles. This trip was £50 approx, but you could pay in Dollars if you so wish. All the drinks are included and lunch included as well.
Next to the tour company has an array of shops, pharmacy, t shirt shops, souvenir shopping, and little kiosks that were pushy wanting you to take trips with them. Personally i wouldn't book a trip with them, but they maybe ok.
Some more shops include very expensive silver jewellery shops, handbags, tobacconists and a guy asking you if you would like monkeys in your hands and feel free to take as many photos as you wish. We paid $8 and it was well worth it, my husband and I both took them and held them and it was one price. Beautiful creatures, tame and well handled by the handler.
There are a couple of guys doing paintings with oil etc, they are lovely, he does them in front of you, rolls them up so you can get it home.
I would imagine the shops sell everything even bikinis, sun creams !
The plaza is a nice place, not as much hassle as PDC, but their prices maybe more expensive than down town. Medicine is expensive in the plaza eg, for 50 paracetamols it cost us £7.50 sterling, in our town they cost less than 50p.
There are numerous seating areas and a pay phone with tele cards to ring home etc.
The shops are nice to look around and it is not far from your hotel. Some you can barter with, especially the stall holders, but they are expensive.
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