I wrote earlier about what a disaster the cesspool of Cancun is and how you should never go there. Luckily, nearby is one of my favorite places in Mexico: In place of drunk fat sunburned American tourists you have chic Italians, cool Mexicans, Russian models , and great nightlife at much less tourist trap prices.
Playa del Carmen is definitely a single dude recommended destination. See any cute Mexican girls waiting for baggage?
Did you come in on the flight from Miami? After you get their phone numbers and Facebook, get your bag and proceed towards customs. If you get the random red, they will search your luggage and take your weed. After that, proceed through the airport ignoring everyone who comes up to you and buy a bus ticket in the terminal for Playa.
The buses run regularly and take an hour and drop you off in the bus station. When you get out of the station turn left and voila you are in Playa, and right on the main drag, too! It runs all the way from one end of town to the other and is just a couple blocks from the beach. I stay at the Caribe Sol hotel right on Quinta Avenida between 4th and 6th streets and get a little apartment for about 40 bucks a night overlooking the main drag.
Go buy a bottle of tequila or rum to keep in your room for later. If you need weed, ask any shoeshine boy or cheap tourist shop owner. If you want harder drugs ask young ritzier store owners or gay guys. The Mexicans are helpful and friendly always. Now you can settle into the Playa routine, which is wake up at noon, go to the beach and meet girls, have coffee and meet girls , go to happy hour and meet girls, and then go to the clubs and party your ass off with the girls you picked up at the airport, beach, coffee shop, happy hour, etc.
This town is about as easy as it gets. All you really need to do to get started is just walk from one end of Quinta Avenida to the other and when something looks cool, stop in and have a drink or a coffee. Playa is a major destination for Europeans and there are a lot of expat owners running nice places out there. El Bistro — Great food, great service, not too expensive. A great place to take someone you really like. But not all of them actually have good food, so try an appetizer before you go for a full meal.
A lot of the more touristy ones on the main drag are very nice looking but with shitty food. Looks can be deceiving. This little town always has lots and lots of pretty girls walking around. A large number are rich European tourists. Also keep on the lookout for hot Russian supermodel types. At the club it is much harder to pick up chicks as there are many club douchebags, so I always focus on meeting girls during the day. They generally speaking will not be as hot as the European tourists but are very friendly and are really looking forward to meeting you!
At night, the key is to find the cute threesome of Mexican girls in the corner of the club that no one is hitting on much and go say hello. The Mexican girls can easily be picked up and taken home the same night. Get your wingmen to do the same with her friends.
Lesson number 1 today: One thing to be aware of: So you basically need to hand the guy pesos 10 bucks when you stagger home drunk with some floozy. Standard protocol in Mexico. Great time, and lots of hot chicks come in from all the world to do drugs and listen to house music.
Put it on your life to-do-list. Just beware of douchebags. Lots of douchebags come from Montreal, surprisingly! All in all, Single Dude Travel heartily endorses a trip to Playa. So go down and have a great time, and try not to screw it up for the rest of us.
In all honesty, You hit all the major points. The chocolate Mexican girls would give me their phone numbers because I was dating someone well known. An interesting lesson on women in general. Show up with a knock-out and you gain massive points, which is why I rolled with HOT wing girls from then on. See my upcoming article on that issue.
Club Med Cancun is a great value, has lots of single girls who really want to hook up including the french staff, and has the best beach and reef in Cancun, hands down.