|General Info||Cancun Airport Bus Station||$0.00||
There are public buses that leave from the airport at scheduled times. Buses go from the Cancun International Airport to the bus stations in Downtown Cancun and Downtown Playa del Carmen. This is a direct non-stop service to the bus stations only.
Buses to the Cancun Downtown Bus Station leave every hour starting at 8:10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Buses to the Playa Del Carmen Bus Station leave at 10:50, 11:30, 12:30, 13:20, 14:50, 15:35, 16:20, 17:10, 18:00 and 19:00. Buses leave from Terminal 3 and Terminal 2.
|Bus||ADO Bus to Playa del Carmen||$25.00||
Taxi drivers at Cancun airport are highly tuned into the tourism industry and will think nothing of trying to relieve you of $80 or more to get from the airport to Playa del Carmen. If you want to save money, come out of the terminal, turn right and walk straight to the end of the airport building (you have to go through a small barrier that looks prohibitive but just say ADO (ah-day-oh) and you’ll be waved on through).
At the small ADO terminal, you can take the bus for around £7 ($10) one-way per person direct to Playa del Carmen. The buses leave around every 30 minutes and takes just over 1 hour. The bus terminal in Playa del Carmen is located directly in the centre of town and so most accommodation is within walking distance once you get off the bus. Otherwise, a local taxi will be able to take you to most places for under $50MXN (around £2.50/$3). That’s a fair saving on the taxi prices at the airport.
|Flight||YEG to CUN||WestJet||Edmonton||Cancun||$1273.00||
WS 2206 YEG 10:30, CUN 16:03
|Other||Walk ADO to BnB||$0.00|
|Dinner||Tacos at El Popeye||El Popeye||$30.00|
|Bed and Breakfast||Cabaña Caribbean Frog||AirBnB||Playa del Carmen||$113.00||
Cabana Caribbean Frog is fantastic. It is quiet, private, clean, spacious and well-equipped. Rene provides a pool table, loaner bicycles, NetFlix, strong WiFi and water.
If you like being off the beaten path, this is the place for you. It is in a quiet area full of locals, 4km from the center of town, and all of the hubbub. If you want to enjoy a beach without pubs and throngs and barkers, you can easily walk to the actual beach nearby. From the house, walk down to Avenida 5 and hang a right. At the corner of Avenida 5 and 88 Norte is a little restaurant, La 88, which is good for coffee and breakfast. From Avenida 5, including opposite La 88, there are beach access trails that you can take down to the beach-ey beach (as opposed to the party beach).
We walked back and forth a few times from our place into downtown. Walking along Avenida 5 is great. As you head toward downtown, there are lots of interesting and beautiful wall murals painted on the buildings. There are walking/cycling paths in both directions.
There are a couple of restaurants nearby with local food and local prices, but no pubs in the immediate vicinity.
|Our arrival at CUN, and our bus ride to Playa del Carmen were smooth sailing. Very easy. Playa is really busy and crowded. One thing that struck me that I really like is that there are bike roads on nearly every street - it seems to be a very bicycle-friendly place. Our AirBnB accommodations come with free loaner bikes. I think we'll try them out tomorrow!|
Waiting for the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen
Calle Quinta Avenida
Brent and I had both interpreted this as being a main road from (apparently) looking at the map wrong. It has no activity on it, but it's well-lit, and PERFECT for bicycling on. We will certainly do that tomorrow.
Dinner after a long day of travel. Our waiter, Mariano, was really great, the food was super-tasty, and the cerveza was... well, it was CERVEZA!! Yay!