PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO – A Giant TOURIST TRAP?!?


What’s up Tangerineys! We are on our
very first Mexican bus now. We have had a fabulous time in Tulum but it is off
to a new city, Playa del Carmen. Playa! And we are moving! So we didn’t get to tell you guys this
yesterday because getting off the bus and trying to find our hotel was a little
bit hectic with vendors and sensory overload. But Jordan, what did you think
about the whole experience? I thought it was super easy, pretty reasonably priced
at 84 pace as a person, and nice ride, lots of legroom. Yeah, way easier than
I expected and much cheaper than the one cab driver who quoted us from Tulum to Playa was, his lowest price with 600 pesos. This was way less hassle, less to deal with than doing that, so I’m glad we did So we just got to our hotel, we’re gonna check in here really quick, take a breather, put our stuff down and I’m pretty stoked to
go out and explore the streets of Playa! We’re gonna give you guys a little tour
of our hotel room before we totally mess it up with our stuff. First of all
there’s air conditioning so I’m so thankful for that it’s pretty hot and
humid here as well, just like Tulum. We have a view out here to this main street
where in just a few minutes we were bombarded by all sorts of vendors and
stuff so to me it’s like the beach Vegas strip. Oh my gosh, this bed is gigantic!
And then we have the bathroom over here, big shower so I can do some handstands
and cartwheels. I think we’re really gonna enjoy it here. And of course, if we
ever get bored we just step outside. Can we step outside? We might not be able to
step outside. We can, oh we can step outside for some people watching. Wow,
so we have three doors here must be for noise. Noise control. Wow, this is awesome! Okay, so with a little bit further
reflection I definitely think this double door thing is to protect from the
sound because it is pretty darn loud out there and I can hear absolutely nothing.
I don’t even understand how this is working, what sorcery they’re using but
it is peaceful and quiet yet we get to see all the hullabaloo happening! So
Jordan, it’s our first time in Playa del Carmen, you want to go explore? You ready for some margaritas? I love the way you think. All right so we just started
walking on this main street, what is this street called? I think it’s Fifth Avenue. What are your thoughts so far, maybe we’ve been walking like 15 minutes? So it’s a walking street, no cars whatsoever, lots of vendors, lots
of shops, people, tons of stuff going on. Things are pretty expensive – the beach is
one block that way, you probably have to go like two blocks that way and they’re
1/3 of the price. And then the price drops down, yeah. I’ve noticed that the vendors and everything are just as pushy as they
were in Puerto Vallarta. Oh yeah. Another popular tourist destination. And if you’re
looking for drugs you’ll have no problem finding them because in a few
blocks, we’ve probably had 10 people offer us drugs. [Dude listing off all the drugs he has to sell] [Laughter] Don’t do it kids, don’t do it. Our very first interaction though was like “You wanna buy some weed? No, do you wanna buy some coke?” No! [Laughter] Oh wow, what you got there? I was feeling like some churros and
there’s tons of churro vendors here so the first person I asked said 35 pesos,
it comes with three of them. I was like nah, I’m gonna scope it out. Then the next person
I asked said 50 pesos. Then the next person said 40, I said no, then they
immediately lowered it to 30. I’m like okay sold. How’s it taste? Do you like it? Yeah they’re
pretty good! Worth 30? My first churros in Mexico. Ahhh! Yeah worth the 30. They smell good! Good morning Tangerineys! This is our
first full day here in Playa Del Carmen, land of the tourists, so we’re doing like
the tourists do – starting off our day at Senor Frogs for a free margarita with
our order here because we were able to get that from Hotel Lunata where we’re
staying which is super cool, and the ocean right now is so high. This was once a
beach club but now it is just, we’re right up on the ocean, which is not bad either.
Spectacular view, it’s gorgeous outside especially in the shade! I’m excited to
see what we’re gonna do today although we don’t really know what that is yet. Sadly, we never found this in Tulum but
guess where we’re going now!? El Centro del Centro! This is the first Centro we’ve seen with a view of the ocean which is pretty cool! This is amazing! I am super excited to go to the beach! We
only spent a wee bit of time there in Tulum but we’re right next to here, let’s
do it! Let’s go! They’re coming from the in and they’re coming from the out! If you remember that reference,
you’re a true tangeriney! Okay, you guys, it’s super windy. I hope that doesn’t ruin this but we are [SCREAMS] We are walking on the beach right now, we decided from Senor Frogs that we wanted to get a little sand between our – Oh Sh#@ [Laughter] Wanted to get a little sand between our toes. And we’re getting attacked by seaweed and waves. The sargasm here is a lot more… I don’t, I don’t think that’s actually what it’s called. I don’t think it’s sargasm, I think it’s like sargazo or something. Sargazo. The seaweed stuff here’s a lot more prevalent than in Tulum. We are just leaving Lido Beach Club, the first restaurant that we’ve experienced in Playa Del Carmen that did not try to add something extra
to our bill. The drinks were amazing, the food was awesome, we’ve had quite a few bad experiences here, like people trying to take advantage of tourists it seems like.
Take our recommendation, go to this place if you’re here. After a long day in the sun, coming back to this room at the hotel, awww! The air conditioning – it feels so nice in here! So now we’ve been in Playa del Carmen for two days, what do you think of it? What do you think like
comparing to Tulum maybe and like the vibe of the city? It’s definitely more
touristy than Tulum but in Tulum we had a different experience in many might
have if you’re staying right on the beach versus in town. Yeah. It’s very
very different, those two things. I was a huge fan of Tulum. Playa del Carmen, it’s
probably a bit too touristy for me. At the same time, you’re right next to the
ocean. If you don’t speak Spanish you’re not gonna have any problem at all. what
about you, what do you think? Playa it’s nice, the beach is great, I think this makes a
great vacation spot but not a spot that I would probably come back to. One of the
downsides for us in Playa is that it’s a way more expensive than other Mexican
cities were used to. Oh yeah! It’s double triple the price of what we’re used to
paying in Mexico. And in our experience so far, there are always things sneakily
added to the bills so that’s something to like watch out for. By the way, we’re
back at our hotel it’s called Hotel Lunata. I’m super glad we picked this place because it’s right on the main street (Fifth Avenue), so
close to so many restaurants, and all the action-ey things that are happening.
You’re not on the beach but it’s a fraction of the price because of that
and the beach is one block away. One block away. And even though we’re right on the main busy
street, it’s super quiet back here! It’s like a nice little relaxation station. A
relaxation station. Weee! So we’re not usually after dark people but we’re setting out in Playa del Carmen almost after dark so we shall see what happens! [Laughter] Vamanos! So we just left the Tequila Barrel and
that was a hoot and a half! Yeah that was fun! I’m not a late-night
person, anymore at least, but that was a good time and you’re not a late-night
person either – not at all. What did you think? I’m well past my bedtime right now but it was a lot of fun. And now we’re walking down Fifth Avenue seeing what there is see. It’s 11:45 p.m. and there’s
a whole bunch of people on the beach we’re like oh maybe there’s a turtle laying an egg or something? Not the case. There’s tons of people surprisingly, but as we continue to walk
along the beach it seems like completely all Mexicans, as if smartly, all the
locals go to the beach because there’s so many tourists during the day, the only
time they can actually enjoy the beach is at night. We’re heading back to the
hotel now. Time to get some sleep. It’s time to get some shut eye. Good morning, this is day three in Playa
del Carmen. We are sitting here at this highly recommended cafe Madrez [Maddie’s struggling to pronounce the name] Madrez. We stayed up way past our bedtime so we’re also kicking off the morning with a
healthy dose of caffeine! I’m excited for this breakfast, it’s like gonna be a
waffle with eggs and stuff on top of it. Ooh yeah! We’re back here once again for the
second day in a row at Lido bar and restaurant right on the beach,
because good food, some of the best prices we’ve seen in Playa, and you have
this awesome view! Well, as much as we were really enjoying having view of the
ocean, and having some drinks, and food. Mother nature had different plans for me.
My uterus is currently trying to kill me. Heading back to the hotel room where I
can at least die in air-conditioning. [Laughter] [Maddie talking to the cat. Meow!] Ahh! We are back at the hotel, it feels so good to be in air-conditioning and this bed has my name on it. Hoping that in like an hour or 2 this goes away so we can continue our adventures in Playa del Carmen! She’s alive! I’m alive! It’s a few hours later now but I feel much better after resting a little bit and lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil helped a lot. We’re going to
try to rally. We’re now walking around some type of a fancy pants mall. Oh there’s hotel rooms above here. Steve Madden, there’s hotel rooms above here, No way we can afford anything around
here! Are you trying to kick him to make sure
he’s not real? I saw someone get fooled yesterday. So if you want to do any
shopping – Playa del Carmen is great place to do it. There are tons of stores for
souvenirs, we’ve run into a couple of malls with major brands like Victoria’s Secret
and American Eagle. If it’s like other malls we’ve been to though, for US brands – expect to pay higher prices than you would in the states. Yeah, the import taxes will get you. I just realized, you get on an escalator and you become
like the laziest person in the world. You don’t even take another step. Do do dod do do do do! Wow, this is exhausting, when will this ever end? Earlier I mentioned that we thought Playa del Carmen was quite a bit more expensive than the cities we’ve become accustomed to in Mexico, and
I know that if I don’t put this disclaimer in here I’m gonna get a whole
bunch of comments saying “well you have to get out of the tourist areas.” Yes, yes.
But comparing the tourists centric areas of each city we’ve been, this is the most
expensive, for sure! And Puerto Vallarta, I think was like a sister city to Playa del Carmen, however even though we thought Puerto Vallarta was expensive at the time, this
far surpasses that. We found more swings! I don’t know about you Jordan, but I’m a little bit disappointed with myself that I ever
went to a bar that didn’t have swings and consented to that. [Laughter] Drinks are coming. Our drinks are coming! [Laughter] Miss, can you please take the drink from the top? Can you? I don’t know! [Laughter] Okay, grab the beer, just the beer. Just the beer? Just the beer. [Laughter] Ready? Yep! And the red eye for the guy. [Laughter] [Laughter] Margarita. [Laughter] You’re very talented! Thanks a lot! [Laughter] Thank you! That was super super cool! That’s one more place we can recommend to you guys – Carboncitos! The food was really good and they didn’t try to screw us over or anything, so that’s always a plus! The
service was pretty cool too, bringing drinks out on his head added a nice
extra touch to it. Thank you guys for watching up until
this point! Tomorrow you can look forward to our video from the island of Cozumel
wherever we’re snorkeling in the ocean, and you get to see Laska’s reaction
when we come back to Ajijic. At that point we are going to be moving – going to a new city. Then we’re going to be going to Día de Los Muertos, and if you’re as
confused as we are about where the heck in Mexico we are, let us know in the
comments! Please give this video a thumbs up if you liked it and subscribe our
channel to see these upcoming videos we have for you guys! And GONG THAT BELL, so you get notified the next time we put out those videos and we’ll see you there!

100 thoughts on “PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO – A Giant TOURIST TRAP?!?

  1. If you're wondering why we're posting so early, it's because a scorpion stung Jordan on the back of the neck while we were sleeping. It took 30 minutes to kill the son of a beesh and, well, we're awake now!! What home remedies do you recommend?

  2. Enjoyed our time but one big tourist trap. Way to expensive. Get a kitchenette and eat in to save on cash and stomach.

  3. The problem with you going there is that you went as normal tourist usonians and you should have talked to some one that know where to go, eat, sleep and move around, there is so many ways of enjoy Playa del Carmen without selling an organ, next time talk to your subscribers before go to some place and you will have so many tips for your visit

  4. Found your channel on my recommendations which is awesome since I'm going to PDC soon.
    I love all the videos I've seen (thanks for the tips) and you two are so cuteee together!!

  5. If this whole "scorpion thing" is just Jordan's way of trying to squeeze a superhero movie deal from Marvel Studios……….it just MIGHT work !!!!

  6. Do you guys ever stay at hostels ??? Many budget travelers prefer this option, so it might be a good idea to try one or two sometime. There's many great ones in Mexico. All over the place.

  7. BIG TIP ON PDC: If you can avoid it, NEVER have a beer on the 5th Avenue strip. They cost a minimum of about 30-60 pesos. If you venture into one of the side streets, you can find 2×1 deals for about 25-40 pesos. Same applies with food. The strip is a major tourist ripoff of epic proportions !!! I used to live in this city, so I have first-hand knowledge.

  8. CANCUN = More American tourists
    PLAYA DEL CARMEN: More European tourists
    TULUM: THE BEST OF ALL…….virgin beaches, bioreserve of Sian Kaan, Tulum ruins, Coba, tons of cenotes, great array of bars & restaurants, rustic cabins ON the beach, etc, etc, etc…..better ambiance all around.

  9. I'm headed to Puerto Adventuras to go spearfishing the 11th. Sorry I missed you two. We could have met for fish at a restaurant.

  10. With all do respect tangerine , you are so very beautiful and attractive. Jordan is a lucky lucky man. I hope he’s hitting it very good. Love your videos.

  11. Love my hometown, I remember that prices when down from the beach to the 5th av and use to be alot cheaper in the 10 av and calle Juarez.

  12. Playa is expensive if you don't know the good and affordable places. If you eat only on 5th av yes it is. But to say that a city is expensive is too much for a tourist. I mean there are like literally more than 20 places where you can eat Tacos, sopes, salbutes, quesadillas or a whole food called "comics corrida" for less than 70 pesos which is 4 usd…. There are no places on USA for example where you can get a decent food for that price. Don't mention Europe! You must know how to move or meet a local. For me all the tourists that spend the money on big chains like Señor Frog's , Tequila Barrel or Coco Bongo are just plain people that don't enjoy the local life!

  13. Sargasso is all up and down the coast these days. Some days it's fine. Other days it covers the beaches. In tourist areas, they try to clear the beach each night.

  14. Hey Maddie and Jordan, I sure enjoy your videos. I know you guys are busy but have you ever thought of putting together a video on how you create your videos? Software, equipment, graphics, etc? I’m particularly curious about how or where you got your intro created. Thanks for all you do, hugs!

  15. I just came home from my first ever trip to Mexico, an all inclusive in Playacar, a safe and expensive bubble on the edge of Playa del Carmen. We did not get around to exploring the real town beyond a very quick foray to the central plaza on the beach. We hated the constant pushy vendors. This vacation was a once in a lifetime luxury experience. For people looking for that, Sandos Playacar was fantastic. However, the next time I want to have improved my rudimentary Spanish to where I am comfortable riding buses, renting a little house with some other old ladies trying to escape a chunk of Canadian winter, and doing my own cooking. For health reasons my margaritas have to be virgin, and at 75 I have other priorities than you two. But it s fun getting an idea of Mexico from your videos. Carry on!

  16. I visited playa last year but the beach is always nasty is good for entertainment ,nightlife and restaurants. Only recommended for people that like shopping.

  17. I subscribed to your channel a few months ago once a trip to playa was planned, I’ve gone & just returned. First I want to say gracias for making me feel like the sun was the scariest part of Mexico ( as long as I didn’t buy drugs) myself & my friends all very much enjoyed our trip, 5th Ave was an adventure & I had to learn to say NO to people very quickly. Also, in shuttle from airport last week I saw a tiny tangerine car parked on the side of road and waved, either to you or some wannabe!! Lol, I’ll continue watching to see if you travel to another part of Mexico that sparks my interest!

  18. Cutest couple in the world, follow you
    Thru your travel. As an old lady I am offering a suggestion.You said it had you uncomfortable to be looked at like you were a piece if meat. You are in a Latin Country and as much as Jason thinks you are beautiful, AND you are. I feel you are in danger by not being more modest. Your young so you dont think like this. But I assure you,
    My thought are correct. Please for both of your safety. Cover up. YOU CAN DO PIN UP FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER. People will not know where you are are what you doing so you will not be so vulnerable. Please take my advise for your safety.

  19. Loved the video! But bro your facial hair game is weak… its ok not everyone can sport a beard. I can't either. You are a handsome guy! Although you would look a little younger clean shaven…embrace your strengths! Ask yourself why you choose to sport the beard, its not doing what you think it is for your look…brutal honesty from a guy who would appreciate the same.

  20. I walked along 5th avenue 2 years ago with my hubby for about an hour or so. It was part of an excursion with our hotel. We liked it – the hustle and bustle. But then we walked one street the other way and had some delicious and inexpensive pizza slices (wow there were a lot of pizza places in that area).

    Great dancing skills as well Maddie – WAY TO GO

  21. girl, you are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome

  22. I’ve never hit the bell on any channel until yours, you have such a fun flare in advertising it I had to, just cause of the effort you put into it lol

  23. I know you like Tacos… Wondering if when you were in Playa you tried El Fogon (across from the Mega). Easily out favorite tacos in all Mexico. We hit it multiple times on every vacation to Playa/Tulum. Far from 5th Avenue prices and mobbed by locals…

  24. Hola! I love your videol,so much fun,very informative,and makes me want to return to Mexico.I was a student in DF in 1982,and learned a lot of Spanish.I was also able to travel  to other parts,and I went to Michoacán,Oaxxacca,Cancun,Acapulco.I alkso retirned in 1988,and went through Baja California.I recommend that you check out "La Baranca de Cubre""The copper canyon",you take a train from los Moches,and about half way there is a small town Creel.they say it is like the Grand canyon.I also like that you went to San Blas,it is so beautiful.I have also been to Mazaltan.Keep up the travels,and best wishes!

  25. I remember the first time that I visited playa del carmen I tasted drugs,some hierbs and I was like crazy running naked in the beach , It seemed me,very funny most people that visit playa they like the drugs

  26. hola!!!saludos desde U.S.A , pienso visitar playa del Carmen y Puerto moreno este year , por favor me podrían mandar algunos airbnb que tenga; agua caliente ,una buena cama y aire acondicionado.Mi celular funciona en Mexico ósea no Necesito WIFI .Gracias por la información y estamos en contacto. saludos Kenneth.

  27. Hola!!! otra ves espero que la estén pasando bien!! donde este en Mexico !!!!queria saber cuando es la temporada alta en playa del carmen para no ir en ese tiempo, GraciaS por la información , saludos Kenneth.

  28. So glad to hear you enjoy essential oils I swear by lavender and peppermint it's a staple in my home.

  29. At 11:00 a slightly plastered Maddie, looks like you had a blast you do have a stalker though! Great dance moves, great video. Laska is a ragamuffin at the end.

  30. Be sure your credit cards are in a shielding sleeve, and be careful to check your statement. I had 2 fraudulent charges to my account after being in Playa.

  31. We are 60+ and were planning on going here in January , but after seeing this maybe not. We're past our dancing on the table phase. But go Maddy.

  32. Jordan, your hair always look great, whether you utilize gel or let it go natural! You & maddie always look great! such a good looking couple! Ignore the haters! We love you in alk your different types of dress or hairdos!

  33. A couple things to note as a local.

    – I think the best way to get to and from the airport is in a Taxi Colectivo (not the same as the van colectivos). It´s cheaper than ADO, you share the cab with a couple other people, and its much faster than the bus. Also if there is an accident or a road closure the taxis can take back roads, while the bus can not. You can grab one at the taxi stand on 5th next to the ADO.

    – The trick to taking a taxi in Playa is to never ask for the price. If you ask the for price then you´re sure to be taken advantage of because you´re basically telling them you don´t know the prices. I´m charged $25 – $45 pesos to most anywhere within Playa del Carmen. You can download the official taxi rates here: https://www.qroo.gob.mx/imoveqroo Always sit in the back seat, and don´t let the cab pick anyone else up (unless its a woman with a baby)

    – $600 pesos sounds fair from Tulum. The problem is when you ask a taxi to drive into a different syndicates territory they have to drive back with an empty car so it is expensive.

    – Don´t try to save $0.25 on a churro from a street vendor trying to make a living when you´re able to afford drinks at Tequilla Barrel. come on..

    – I´ve never been asked for a tip from a taxi. That driver was a dick, but you´d probably be better off just turning it into a joke rather than a serious confrontation. (no mames guey, que juevos, jajaja. Buenos noches mi amigo, muchas gracias!)

    – Use trip advisor, yelp, or some other travel app, the jewels are hidden and off 5th ave. Senior Frogs, and Tequilla Barrel. Eww!

    – I feel this video was a bad representation. You didn´t mention any of the nature. Cenotes, etc, anything off 5th ave.

    – You were both right. It´s Sargassum in English, and Sargasso in Spanish.

  34. Was there this past winter. The sea weed was out of control; even on the windward side of nearby Cozumel. Playa has some top drawer & memorable restaurants: eg Corazon.

  35. I've been trying to keep up with your fun and educational YouTube Mexico videos. You are a very decent young couple and do a wonderful job. It must be a lot of work editing all of your footage I imagine. I've never been to Mexico, but you've inspired me to finally take the plunge. I'm from Toronto, Canada and I usually go to Cuba, which I dearly love (Over 12 Visits). Since I have another week off this autumn, I am considering Playa Del Carmen. I found a place online called The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences Curio Collection by Hilton. It seems nice and well located from what I can see and It's a decent price point for a single 55-year-old guy like me who just needs a break from the Toronto rat race. Congratulations on all your great work, and best of luck in the future! I can't wait to watch your next adventure! Gong that bell! 😉

  36. Love your videos! they're so useful and fun to watch….could yall do a Q&A….how much longer do yall plan to stay in MX….is this a permanent move?

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