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Originally only a small fishing town, tourist first started arriving to Playa del Carmen with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel.
Playa del Carmen is distinct in the Yucatan beach towns both culturally and commercially. While its beaches are similar to other destinations', its nightlife and hotel culture is hipper in the European and American style, blending the traditional Mexican locale.
Safty is always still a question, Is Playa del Carmen Safe?
There is No swine flu and no border drug war violence in the Playa del Carmen area, so it is as safe as any other city and the same precautions and street smarts as any other tourist destination.
Things to do;
Main thing - be on vacation! That's what people do best there, wind down, relax and kick back. Get in vacation rest and fun mode. The slow pace of Mexico is even slower here in the Caribbean. Don't feel like you have to do things all the time. Just having a strolling around town, sampling good food and drinking ice cold beers and Margarita's is enough excitement for a part of your vacation, at least. The beach here is amazing, the perfect place to relax and enjoy. The white soft sand never gets too hot, so you won't burn your feet. The clear turquoise water is warm and clear.
Itching to do something?
Playa and the surrounding areas offer plenty of things to do.
Mayan Ruins - of Course
The Yucatan peninsula is unique for its many Mayan ruins. They are all over the place. There actually some in the town of Playa del Carmen and in Playacar. One can be found on Quinta Avenida, between Calles 12 and 14, another one inside the gates of the budget hostel/camping ground La Ruina on Calle 2 by the beach and yet another one in Playacar. These small coastal outposts are hints of the grand scale of the prolific and ancient Maya world. Many of the most amazing sites are near Playa, including Chichén Itzá, Cobá and Tulum. Do try and visit at least one of them.
Caves and Cenotes
Cenote Cristalino, about 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The absolutely unique geology of the Yucatan is an unexpected treat for many visitors. There's more to this area than just beach and sun. Vast cave systems with underground rivers are all over the place. There really aren't any over ground rivers or lakes to speak of in the area due to the topography and geological characteristics of the limestone base rock. In many places the roof of the cave has collapsed, creating a sinkhole and an entrance to the cave. The local name for such a sinkhole is cenote, stemming from the Mayan word dzonot.
In Playa, strolling along 5th Avenue, La Quinta, is a popular with vacationers and locals alike. Most of the time the street is pedestrian only, making it the perfect place to stroll along enjoying Playa's cute shops and boutiques, offering souvenirs, clothes, handicraft, silver and much more. Abundance of open air restaurants and cafes createan welcome ambience.
The aviary Xaman-Ha has many interesting and rare species of birds from the area. It's well worth a visit and maybe your only chance to see Tucans and pink flamingos. There is a large 'cageless' habitat where the birds can be observed as if they were in their natural setting. It's a great little outing for the whole family that is close by, easy, and self-paced. Mornings and afternoons are best for bird watching.
Hiking Trails in the Adirondacks
In the fair weather months this is an ideal base for walkers. There are trails for all levels and ages, special trails for families with smaller children.
The Adirondacks has the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondack Park offers some of the best hiking in the East with over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails. Most famous among these are the region’s trails leading to the 46 High Peaks, each over 4,000 feet. With so many mountains and trails to choose from, it's no surprise that hiking and climbing are favourites among the areas outdoor activities.
The area is stunningly beautiful with lakes and mountain, scattered small towns offering great restaurants and shops.
Looking for some more Adventurous Hikes?
If you are up for a challenge try Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in New York State, at 5,344 feet, or Mount Haystack, one of the most demanding hikes in the High Peaks Region. Tackle either of these and you’ll see the summit views are worth the hike!
Favorite Lake Placid Day Hikes
Looking for a hike that doesn’t take the entire day? The Adirondack Park is home to a number of day hikes that will leave you time and energy to enjoy the rest of what the area has to offer – and with a view! Try Cascade Mountain – a local favorite and one of the easiest of the High Peaks to climb known for its spectacular panoramic vista. Or for some of the region’s shorter hikes that don’t lack in views, try Owl’s Head, Cobble Hill or Balanced Rocks – all great for family hikes or quick jaunts with friends.
Whiteface Mountain facts;
Base Elevation: 1,220'
Little Whiteface Elevation: 3,676'
Lookout Mountain Elevation: 4,000'
Highest Lift Terminus: 4,386'
Highest Skiable Terrain: The Slides at 4,650'
Peak Elevation: 4,867'
3,430 feet — The greatest vertical drop in the east
3,166 feet — Lift serviced vertical drop
Number of Trails: 86
Longest Run: Wilmington Trail at 2.1 miles (total skiing and riding over 22 miles)
283 including 35 in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain skiing on "The Slides" (conditions permitting) 53 acres of tree skiing
As a member of IVHE you already know the great advantages that home exchange & trade vacations can bring you. Why keep it to yourself? Tell your friends, family and colleagues. Even other home exchangers that are not a part of IVHE as our unique home swap system that gives the option of direct home swaps and credits trades, all in the same place. We are always looking to increase the selection of exclusive properties we have on the site to improve the range of vacation options for you and all our members.
By introducing a new member to IVHE you receive 5 free credits (worth $500 of vacation time) for each qualifying new member joining, which results in a live property listing. There is no limit to how many new members you can refer, thus no limit to how many credites you can earn.
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Give something unique to the person that has everything. A membership to IVHE would make that perfect unique gift. Once they have enjoyed your gift for the year they will remember it for years to come on all their exclusive vacations, be it a romantic getaway, family fun, or city break.
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