Friday, January 24, 2014

Food & Fun in the Sun!

Our first trip out of Playa del Carmen since arriving was to the very pretty nearby fishing village, Puerto Morelos. It is an easy bus ride of around 30 minutes and then a very cheap 2km taxi ride from the highway to the central plaza in PM. 

We decided to visit primarily for the local artisanal market and also to check out Alma Libre, an English bookstore. Both exceeded our expectations. We spent some time browsing in the bookstore coming away with three books, all of which can be exchanged or a partial refund obtained when we are finished with them. We have numerous books on our iPad and Kindle but we cannot deny that we miss a proper book and have to get our fix from time to time! We also find paperbacks better for when we are at the beach or pool.

The market was not large but there were plenty of items to browse and all locally made. We came away with two lovely hand made tops which will be perfect for the cooler nights in our camper!

The bonus and surprise for us was that PM is such a quaint fishing village with a stunning stretch of beach. We managed to get beachfront seats at the Pelocanos restaurant with commanding views of the Mexican Carribean and beautiful beach.

Lunch there was very good and excellent value. We opted for the local Mayan dish of sea bass in a sauce which wasn't too spicy and accompanied by nachos, tomato, onion and parsley side, plantain, guacamole, rice, tortilla, red and green peppers, refried beans and of course the obligatory ice cold Coronas!

After lunch we headed for the beach where we relaxed until the sun went down.

The return bus journey was equally straight forward but on arrival in Playa the heavens opened and a tropical downpour ensued! Luckily for us we found shelter in the highly recommended Ah Cacao where we enjoyed a mouth watering chocolate cake, Chai tea and hot chocolate. Yummy.

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