Playa Del Carmen Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

Q: What is the Riviera Maya?
Riviera Maya is the coast from Cancun to Tulum. There’s an organization with the same name promoting tourism here. The coast from Tulum to Xcalak is called the Costa Maya.

Q: Who comes to Playa del Carmen?
A total mix, which is one of the cool things about Playa. On any given day you can find on the beaches of Playa: Mexican, American, Italian, Canadian, British, German, Dutch, Argentinean, Swedish, French and probably ten other nationalities. Not kidding. It’s like a big international camp for happy people (everyone is on vacation, remember). It’s fun!

Q: So what is there to do, besides meeting people?
The ocean, the beaches, the jungle and ancient and contemporary inhabitants provide most of what you could possibly ask of a vacation. Read more about your interests in our many articles on the site.

Q: What is La Quinta?
La Quinta is short for Quinta Avenida, which is Playa del Carmen’s main drag. Often it’s referred to with its English translation: 5th Avenue.

Q: How much can I expect to pay for a meal in Playa?
You can get excellent authentic Mexican meals for 30 pesos. That’s off the main drag, of course. On 5th Avenue expect to pay around 40-60 pesos for breakfast, 40-100 for an appetizer, 60-250 for a main course and 30-100 for a dessert. Beers are 15-35 pesos and a mixed drink is 35-60 pesos. A bottle of wine in a restaurant goes for 180 or more. Read more about great restaurants and tasty food in our Eating Out and Mexican Food articles.

Q: Does Playa have an old Mayan name?
Yes, it does. Playa del Carmen is the Spanish name, but the original Mayan name is Xaman-Ha, which means ‘Water from the South’. You’ll see that name around Playa, on little stores and such.

Q: What’s with all the X’s in the names of places there?
The x is used to represent a sound frequently used in Mayan languages which is not part of traditional Spanish. It’s pronounced ‘sh’, like in ‘shoe’. Xaman-Ha is thus pronounced ‘shaaman-haa’. When a hard consonant follows the ‘x’, it is pronounced ‘eesh’, so Xcaret is ‘eesh-kah-ret’. Don’t say X-carrot.

Q: Do you really have paradise beaches?
Yes, we do. Long beaches with soft white sand, a warm ocean in blue and turquoise, a big yellow sun in a normally blue sky and a color explosion under water. Throw in a cold drink and a beach massage and you have it all!

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