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A Concise Travel Guide to Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is a city along the coast of the charming Caribbean Sea. It is also the Solidaridad Municipality’s county seat. In 2005 alone, its population has reached 100, 383, making it Quintana Roo’s 3rd largest city. This is following Chetumal and Cancun.

Playa Del Carmen was initially a small fishing town, starting their tourism industry with only ferry services to Cozumel, a small island adjacent to the Cozumel Channel and a world renowned scuba diving destination.

It has greatly improved through the years, and Playa del Carmen is today regarded as the Riviera Maya’s central location, acting as the stop over port of many cruise ships. Xcaret, a Mexican-themed “eco-archaeological” Park is one of its most loved tourist destinations.

A short travel guide to Playa Del Carmen will make your stay here more worthwhile.

You should never miss seeing the Xcaret Show. This is one of the most loved attractions in Playa del Carmen. It depicts the history of the Mayans. You will also find here a ball court game where in players merely use their hips in order to hit the ball. They also have fire hockey. It may be quite a lengthy show but you will enjoy watching almost a hundred people dancing along with live music.

Tipping in Playa Del Carmen is customary. Since most hotels and resorts here are all-inclusive, make sure you have loose change or $1 bills to give as tip, especially to waiters and maids. Even if this is included in their package, to get better services, consider this something you can do so as not to spoil you vacation. However, don’t overspend on tips. About $30 up to $40 worth of $1 bills are enough for a week stay here.

History says that Playa del Carmen was formerly a “sleepy” fishing village. At current, it is a fast growing tourist destination. It is calmer and smaller as compared to Cancun. If you prefer a smaller area and more privacy, Tulum is the best destination for you. It is just off south.

While in Playa del Carmen, you can tour the entire Yucatan Peninsula. You can also ride a ferry and reach beautiful Cozumel. Activities you can do include snorkeling and diving.

In Tulum, you will witness fascinating ruins that overlook the vast sea. You can also check out the Mayan ruins. They also have a lot of Cenotes or underwater wells. It is best to go with tour organizers to avoid missing the most important and popular attractions. The theme parks you may visit are Xel-Ha and Xcaret.

One activity you can do in Playa del Carmen, especially if you are already bored, is to play in the sand. The locals love to make sculptures out of sand. There are even competitions for the best sand sculptures. Maybe it is time to unleash your creativity and join the contest.

As for money concerns, in the Yucatan Peninsula, US dollars are widely accepted. However, it is better to use the peso, their local currency. It is also a better option to go to Scotia Bank located along the corner of Juarez and 5th Avenue if you need to withdraw from an ATM machine. Aside from this, if you are using a credit card, make sure the currency is specified and you check on this before signing your credit card slip.

Always book your tours in advance. Aside from not worrying about availabilities, you will also be able to determine the weather conditions. This way, you will know if the date you booked is hurricane region in Playa del Carmen. This is usually on the latter part of July to the 1st few weeks of August.

Playa Del Carmen really has a lot to offer its visitors. During the summer season, it gets crowded here and the hotels and resorts become all booked up. So that you won’t miss out on the best lodging accommodations, make sure you plan ahead and make the necessary reservations in advance.

Mobil Travel Guide Inspectors to South Florida Hotels: No Star for You!

“Where’s my Lavoris?” the Mobil Travel Guide inspector shouted at the poor, cowering room service attendant.

“Toothbrush, si?”

“Yes I see it’s a toothbrush. I know that’s what I asked for. But you should have anticipated I’d want mouthwash, too, you nincompoop! No star for you!”

With that pronouncement, the man slammed shut the hotel room door.

If this sounds like an episode from “Fawlty Towers,” then you don’t spend much time in Miami. As reported in the Miami Herald recently, our community must again hang its head in shame: of all the hotels we have, not one is worthy of five stars. Not anticipating the mouthwash with a toothbrush request actually helped keep the ultra-expensive Loews Miami Beach from getting a fifth star. Because a light bulb was out in a room’s desk lamp at the swanky Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, it failed to earn a fifth star too. Suggestions about getting that elusive fifth star include TV commercials reminding all of us who live here to be “more hospitable to visitors,” and hiring more English speaking workers because “non-English speakers make customer service an uphill fight.”

Good luck on both of those initiatives. When we can’t even be nice to ourselves, how can you expect us to be cordial and helpful to tourists? As for finding more English speaking workers for the hotel industry, that will probably never happen until wages rise high enough to attract a broader mix of the population. Right now, the hotel industry rests on the shoulders of immigrants willing to work long hours for little money. So, looking at it from that point of view, it will be a long time if ever before we get that fifth star so our advice is to suck up our embarrassment and learn to live with it.

To be honest with you, we didn’t know it was okay to be anal about this kinda stuff. Since most of the staff have lived here most of their lives, we just expected it to be the norm. Those hard-ass Mobile inspectors must be ex-Marine Drill Instructors. They grade hotels on 750 criteria. But at least we learned one thing, if you don’t get offered a second round at a hotel bar within one minute after finishing your drink, by God, it is your duty to be offended. No tip for you!

Nashik Travel Guide To Visit The Place of Kumbh Mela Festival

Nashik is one of the fastest growing cities of Maharashtra and is called the Wine Capital of India. This city is noted for its pleasant climate and picturesque surroundings. The river Godavari flows through the city making it fertile. As this is one of the places where Kumbh Mela festival is held once in 12 years, it could be said as one of the holy cities of Hindus in India. During Mughal rule, it was called Gulshanabad.

The summer season from March to June is hot when the mercury shoots up to as much as 37 degree Celsius. But for that, the climate remains moderate throughout the year. It receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season lasting from June to September and has dry winters. But deforestation and industrialization have decreased the amount of rainfall lately as it is the fourth fastest growing city in the country with many major industries located here.

Nashik Ozar airport is located 25 km from the city but is not in operation at present. However Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport is located 160 km from the city and the people reaching Nashik from long distances reach through this airport. The railway station in Nashik is located 10 km from the main city and has daily trains to Mumbai and Pune and it comes under the Central Railway line. The city is well connected by road and there are frequent buses to Mumbai.

The places of tourist attraction in Nashik are Sita Gufaa, Panchvati, Ganga Ghat, Mineral Museum, Phalke Smaarak, Jain Mandir, Someshwar, Bhaktidham, Veda Mandir, etc. To see all these places, the city administration is running Nashik Darshan buses every day that will show you around all the important places. The regional public transport service is another option and you may alternatively hire the car to move around the city. If you want to go by Nashik Darshan bus, then purchasing the ticket a day before will be convenient for you. Many auto rickshaws also ply around the city serving the needs of the tourists.

Nashik is famous for its silverware industry. Mahatma Gandhi Marg is the hot shopping destination while there are many other popular shopping malls at Saraf Bazar, Main Road and Canada Corner. The shopping enthusiasts must visit these places to buy silverware, ornaments and souvenirs.

The restaurants of Nashik serve traditional Maharashtrian cuisine that has the influences of Khandesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. However there are large number of restaurants that serve Punjabi, South Indian, European and Chinese cuisines. There are many Missal joints that serve hot and tasty traditional curry of Maharashtra and are usually the Pav served with variations.

There are many budget hotels in Nashik spread all over the city. But when you want to book these cheap hotels it is better to check the rooms before booking. Many midrange hotels and splurges are found in the Mumbai-Agra road. Nashik travel guide will help you to know more about Nashik restaurants and Nashik hotels. This will make your travel smoother.