Last year we went, for the first time, to the Taste of Playa event held in Playa del Carmen. I’ve looked back and can’t believe I didn’t write about it???!!!!!
Anyway The event has been happening since 2009, here’s their webpage.
So we went last year with a group of friends, some of whom had been the year prior, and at their recommendation we purchased VIP tickets.
We again purchased VIP tickets for this year. VIP tickets allow you in an hour earlier than the General Public, it affords you a reserved area with tables and chairs (in the General Public area there are only a few scattered high tables at which you can stand, if you can get near them).
Last year we stayed for 3 nights in Playa del Carmen, this year we decided to go first and spend 2 nights on Cozumel, get the ferry to Playa the morning of the event, which opens for VIPs at 2pm, stay that night in Playa then return to Merida Monday afternoon.
We traveled as a group of 8, via ADO bus lines, can’t beat bus travel in Mexico. Oddly, the return trip seemed much longer than the going trip????
First destination was Cozumel. Tom and I love Cozumel, we’ve been visiting since the early 80’s. Boy oh boy has that island changed.
We boarded our 6:40AM bus and were in Playa del Carmen in no time. A quick dash and straight on to the 11am ferry for a 45 minute ride to the island. The water was rough, and it got pretty darn messy on that ferry, we were sure glad when those doors opened up, let me tell you!
Most of Tom’s and my experiences on Cozumel are as divers. There used to be not much else to do; rent a jeep or moped and drive around the island, spend some time on the windward side, take the dirt track to the ruins of Gervasio, try to get to el faro, OR snorkel, dive, eat, and drink.
Mostly we dove, ate, and drank, but drank sparingly, drinking and diving don’t go so well together. This trip wasn’t much different, except for the diving. We did take our snorkel stuff and go snorkeling, but only once, there was some weather front that was keeping the water up, in fact one day the harbor was closed so that the dive boats couldn’t even go out.
We have a few favorite places to eat – for lunch we’ve always loved Ernesto’s. After an early rise and a few hours on a dive boat, and diving food is all you can think about and Tom and I both remember getting off that boat, gathering up our gear and most days heading straight for Ernesto’s for a few cold beers and fajitas.
Another frequented restaurant, for dinner is El Moro, I took no pictures, in fact I’m shocked at how few pictures I took over the whole weekend.
|the view from my hotel balcony on Cozumel, the view the other way was the ocean!|