Yesterday, Hector told us that Playa del Carmen is the fastest growing city in Mexico. Hector lives in the home we’re staying at, and he turned 23 yesterday (Happy Birthday, Hector!). His family runs Adventure Tours which takes folks on snorkeling trips and they are very busy. Playa certainly does show signs of expansion. It seems that there is new construction on just about every street, especially closer to the ocean and near the popular Quinta Avenida or 5th Street.
Tourism is Playa’s cash cow. The beaches are packed this time of year. On the weekends, the nationals come from all over, skipping over Cancun to come to Playa, so the town is brimming over with visitors. Last night, F and I took a long walk along the beach. Most of the hotels had cabanas and lounge chairs set up outside with mood lighting, music and ambiance. We noticed one couple receiving massages on the beach, at night, offered by one of the hotels.
Later on in the evening, we went to La Bodeguita del Medio, a cuban restaurant and club. There was a very spirited entertainer who sang many of our salsa favorites. We drank mojitos and sweated them out on the dance floor.