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LEE A. WOOD

2002 May. Not much to say. To me Playa Del Carmen was simply a boat dock for access to Cozumel.

Originally I had planned on taking the car ferry from Puerto Morelos but when I got back from Cuba the weather was inclement and I was in a hurry to get my back pack, and computer, into a hotel.

Consequently I took the bus from Cancun directly to Playa Del Carmen. (Mayab Bus Lines $25)

Let me rephrase that.

I had planned to go directly, however, the bus broke down near the junction to Puerto Morelos and we sat there for a short time until a competition bus loaded us and took us to Playa del Carmen.

When I returned from Cozumel I simply walked off the ferry, through the plaza, to the bus terminal, and returned to Cancun.

The Rivera bus leaves every 10 minutes and only costs $32.

It wasn't until after I returned to Canada that I have learned that Playa Del Carmen, is, itself, a destination point for tourists.

Consequently there is no information I can give you about Playa Del Carmen other than to tell you the ferry terminal is very close to the bus terminal, and they have a beautiful beach.

(Beach and hotels.)
LOOKING FAR TO THE SOUTH - FROM THE FERRY
(Beach and hotels)
PLAYA DEL CARMEN DOCK - FROM THE FERRY

Threatening clouds, but the storm never materialized.
(Beach and hotels.)
THE MAIN PUBLIC BEACH - FROM THE FERRY
(Beach and hotels.)
LOOKING NORTH - FROM THE FERRY

Before the clouds grew thick.
(Beach and hotels.)
LOOKING SOUTH - FROM THE FERRY
(Beach and hotels.)
LOOKING SOUTH - FROM THE FERRY

(Beach and hotels.)
LOOKING SOUTH - FROM THE FERRY
(People leaving the ferry.)
DISEMBARKING FROM THE FERRY

(People boarding the ferry.)
PASSENGERS EMBARKING
BUSINESSMEN LOADING FREIGHT
(People disembarking from the ferry.)
DISEMBARKING FROM THE FERRY

(Main tourist street.)
LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE FERRY
(Main tourist street.)
LOOKING WEST - FROM THE FERRY

(Inside the ferry.)
INSIDE THE FERRY
(Main public beach.)
THE MAIN PUBLIC BEACH

END

ADDENDUM


`04 March 28

Playa Del Carmen is a bustling resort center with new services opening daily. The main street is being resurfaced with cobblestone style bricks and a major complex is being built near the cruise pier.

Most streets in the downtown core are one way traffic.

Most streets have red curbs, no stopping at any time. And even if the curb is not painted, if the street is narrow, there is no stopping except in the parking lane.

(5th Avenue.)
Fifth Avenue, the closest street to the beach, runs parallel to the beach and is closed to all vehicular traffic.
(10th Ave.)
Tenth Avenue, the second closest street to the beach has:
a wide lane for motorized vehicles; a narrower lane for
scooters and bicycles; and a sidewalk for pedestrians.

ADDENDUM


`08 March 16

(5th Avenue.)
FIFTH AVE., NOTE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE STREET,
FROM THE PICTURE ABOVE, IN `04.
(Calle 6.)
CALLE 6 - EVEN THE CROSS STREETS HAVE BEEN REPAVED
(A golf cart remodeled.)
NOTE THE ELECTRICAL CORD ON THE FRONT OF THE
POLICE CAR, CHARGING THE BATTERY
(People, water. Palm trees.)
CALLE 4 - A SIDE STREET TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA,
YOU CAN SEE THE BUILDINGS ON
ISLA COZUMEL IN THE DISTANCE

(Car, hotels, palm trees.)
AVE. CONSTITUYENTES - THIS IS ONE STREET
(10th Ave.)
WITH A BOULEVARD IN THE MIDDLE

(Silver store.)
I WAS PARTICULARLY ATTRACTED BY THE
(Close up of entrance.)
BRILLIANT DISPLAY INSIDE THE DOORWAY

While walking down the street in Isla Mujeres, holding hands with Serena, I overheard a woman say, to her friend, "There are sure a lot of couples here!”

In Play Del Carmen I noticed that here were a lot of families, lots of small children.

I probably notice small children now that I am a small grandpa.

In Chinese culture, Serena, my wife, being the youngest is a xiao anyuh, small grandma, to the grand children of her two elder sisters.

Therefore I am a xiao yeh yeh, small grand pa, to two two-year old boys and a one-year old girl.

As my two nephews live fairly close to us we see their little tykes often, so, naturally, while walking about the streets, while on holidays, we keep our eyes open for gifts for the grand children.

Which means we also notice toddlers amongst the crowds.

Here are a few that I thought were memorable. (Click on them to see the full picture.)

(Head shot of young boy.)
(Head shot of young boy.)
(Head shot of young boy.)
(Head shot of young boy.)
(Head shot of young girl.)
(Head shot of young boy.)
(Head shot of young girl.)
(Head shot of young boy.)

(Exterior of store.)
THE LARGEST SOUVENIR SHOP IN TOWN
(Interior of store.)
SERENA SAYS, "PRICES AREN'T BAD."

(Large head at traffic intersection - day.)
INTERSECTION OF 5TH AVE. AND AVE. CONSTITUYENTES
(Tall tree of balls, day shot.)
(Large head at traffic intersection - night.)
KEPT WANTING TO, BUT NEVER MADE IT PAST THIS POINT
EACH TIME WE HAD WALKED THAT FAR WE WERE TOO
TIRED TO GO FURTHER KNOWING WE HAD TO WALK
BACK TO THE OTHER END
(Tall tree of lighted balls.)

(Night view of 5th Ave.)
(Night view towards ocean.)

(Lee and Serena dining out.)
ITALIAN; FOOD, COOK, AND SERVERS - 1ST AVE.
(Sign for restaurant.)
PROBABLY TORN DOWN AND REBUILT BY NOW

HOTEL POSADA LILY - HOTEL 2HNOS

I'm surprised I didn't write about this hotel the last time I stayed here. In `04 it cost me P150 for a room with 2 beds (2 people), this time it cost me P250 for a room with one bed (2 people). Prices start at P200 for a single person.

(Serena out front of motel.)
1/2 BLOCK FROM THE MAIN BUS DEPOT
(The front of the motel.)
ONE BLOCK FROM THE MAIN BEACH

DOWN AT THE BEACH

(A cruise ship parked off shore.)
JEWEL OF THE SEAS OUTLINED BY THE RISING SUN
(Serena finds a seashell, cruise ship in background.)
SERENA SAYS, "MY SHIP CAME IN!"
(Two ferries at the end of the wharf.)
”NO.” I SAY, "THAT'S OUR BOAT, ON THE FAR SIDE OF
THE WHARF". IT WILL TAKE US TO COZUMEL NEXT WEEK.”
THE NEAR SIDE BOAT IS A SHUTTLE TO THE CRUISE SHIPS
(People on the beach.)
(Two people sitting beneath a parachute.)
(An armed sailor walks the beach.)
SHORE PATROL - A DIRTY JOB,
BUT SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT

(Young boy on the beach.)
(Young boy in the water.)
(Young girl on the beach.)
(A family stand in the water with their backs to the waves.)
IF WE CAN'T SEE THE WAVES THEY CAN'T HIT US
(People on the beach, lady sits on rock children in holes in the rock.)
NOTICE THE LADY SITTING ON THE ROCK
HER TWO CHILDREN PLAY IN HOLES IN THE CORAL
(Girl in hole in rock big wave coming.)
WILL SHE GET HIT BY THE WAVE?
YES, EVERY LARGE WAVE WASHED OVER HER

END

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