Playa del Carmen is a beach town maybe 30 miles south of Cancun that we’ve been to a number of times. It was where the very first VAN staff retreat was held in 2005, when there were maybe a total of seven people on staff. A year or so later we took my parents there for my Mom’s 70th birthday, and then we’ve been back a few times just because we love the beach. The town has grown enormously in just the nine years since we were first there, but it’s still a huge improvement over crazy Cancun. So, as long as we were in the Yucatan, you might as well spend another week there, right?Our first stop was the same beach resort where we had that first retreat, and indeed the same place we took my parents. It’s still lush and beautiful, but we were so annoyed by the crappy Internet service that we left after just a couple days. Moved to a cheaper place off the beach where the Internet was decidedly better, so it felt almost like two separate little vacations, one on the beach and one in town.
Mostly, then, it was a lazy week of time on the beach reading and sleeping, lunch while it was typically raining, and then getting ready for dinner. Not a lot to write about, but a damned good way to spend a week.
Our next stop is San Miguel de Allende, an old artist colony a few hours northwest of Mexico City. Friends told us years ago it was a place we had to see and maybe even retire in. But while we’re not ready to settle down yet, it’s about time we saw the place before we head further south to spend six weeks or so in Costa Rica. Can’t wait for the adventure to continue!
Hello from Oregon. You two are truly living the dream! I love reading about your adventures. Jim, I am continually jealous of all your great reading spots and appreciate that you document them! Would also love to hear about what you’re reading. It seems like you have many more appealing options to choose from, but if you’re ever in search of a rugged coastline I’d love to meet up in in the Pacific Northwest some time.
Hey Rachel – Great to hear from you! Needless to say, we thought of you while in Playa. Funny you should ask about my books; just today I finished a two volume history of the Plantagenet rules of Britain leading into the Wars of the Roses. Great fun, but now I’m trying to decide what comes next.
I have to admit that I do love Oregon, but I suspect it may be a while before we get there. Our plans are to stay in Mexico and Costa Rica through early February (with a Holiday visit to San Diego to see family) and then we’re off to Vietnam & China for … a while.
Meanwhile I hope you’re doing well!