July 29th, 2015
“On our first day in Playa Del Carmen my girlfriend and I met a local couple who had retired here from Canada. After joining them for breakfast they shared the to do’s in the area and pointed us towards Sherry. They told us she would be able to help us find someone reliable who could take us out fishing. She was able to provide us with several options ranging in price. After exchanging several emails she recommended a local fisherman that didn’t pop up in my google searches. We followed her advice and was the best thing I could have done. By the end of the day we had a great time on the boat and caught a great fish (was damn tasty too). Over all Sherry was more than willing to do a great deal of info hunting to get us what we wanted. This included replying to emails late in the evening an on weekends. We couldn’t be happier with our experience.”
Grande Prairie AB, Canada
June 1st, 2015
We have great private guides that can take you on custom tours to many amazing hard to find places in the Riviera Maya. We have some unique Cenotes, Underground Rivers and lagoons that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling or in some cases cavern diving for the open water certified divers. Please ask about private Guides and itinerary options!
You can do a variety of stops… you can go to beautiful beaches along the coastline, beachfront restaurants, swim with turtles, See ruins, Swim Cenotes and fresh water rivers. You can build a wonderful day tour to fit your favorite activities. For help building your private day tour, just write is an email, email@example.com
April 22nd, 2015
If you would like to rent a bicycle while in Playa del Carmen, this is one of the few places that rent bicycles daily. Many bike shops are just selling bikes, repairing and selling parts.
But Biciplaya Dos located on Ave 30 and Calle 22 rents by the day : ) I have personally rented and had renters who have also rented with good experiences.
April 21st, 2015
fruit for sale from the back of trucks in the neighborhoods
February 23rd, 2015
immigration laws playa del carmen
Written by: Carlos Underwood. Original article can be found online in the www.playatimes.com website or printed papers.
According to information published in the Official Journal of the State on January 12, 2015, any foreign person staying in Mexico who was in an irregular situation before November 9, 2012 will have the right to legalize their status by proving their arrival to the country prior to that date as well as meeting some other requirements.
dato1pag1The Temporary Program of Migratory Regularization aims to establish a proceeding with which the National Immigration Institute (INM) may legalize foreigners without a visa who live in the national territory since that date and who are interested in getting temporary residency.
The main requirements in order to start the process are to prove the foreigner’s stay in the country before November 9, 2012 and to not have a criminal history. For the former, irregular residents can submit plane tickets, electricity or water bills and leases in their name as well as an official document stamped with the arrival date, such as a passport.
According to the lawyer Jorge Zavaleta, specialized in migratory processes, if the subject arrived to Mexico before that date but left the country at some point, he will not be able to start his regularization.
Neither the Official Journal nor the INM publications specify fees for the processes. They are only available by requesting them personally or through a lawyer at the INM office at Plaza Paraíso, on 10th Ave.
The Playa Times spoke with the officers who stated that individuals must pay $1,124 pesos in order to have an initial analysis of their situation. Once the INM establishes that the subject meets the requirements, there are two options: to apply for a one-year visa, which is $3,519 pesos, or for a four-year visa, $14,076 pesos.
This temporary visa is not a work visa but allows those who have it to apply for one, as well as to go out and return to Mexico, since it grants a legal migratory status. In order to get your working visa, you should have a job offer and apply for a status change which is $2,356 pesos, according to the INM webpage.
Those who do not meet the requirements have the right to bring a revised appeal 15 days after the resolution. In case of losing the appeal, the subject must leave the country in the next 30 days but will not pay a fine for having been staying illegally. No migratory authority is allowed to report or deport any foreigner who goes to any INM office in order to ask for information about the program.
The application for the Temporary Program of Migratory Regularization (Programa Temporal de Regularización Migratoria) is available until December 18, 2015. For more information check www.dof.gob.mx and www.inm.gob.mx.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carlos Underwood - He currently works as a reporter for the Playa times and two other publications.
December 15th, 2014
Christmas time in Mexico
Holiday Decorations for sale in Dac…. Ave 30 between Constituyentes and Calle 20.
March 3rd, 2014
At the moment this is being posted, there is 5 days and 9 hours left for bidding : )
A few examples of some of the items currently up for bid in the auction. Ends soon!!!!
February 28th, 2014
Just “click” on poster to enlarge text : )
Feb 27th – March 4th, 2014
Carnival Schedule Playa del Carmen 2104
February 22nd, 2014
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November 4th, 2013
Pan de los Muertos
The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd. It is a day to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away. One of the most interesting traditions of this holiday includes making private altars called “ofrendas” to honor the deceased using photos, personal items of the deceased, sugar skulls, marigolds (gold and/or pink usually), as well as leaving on the alter the favorite foods and beverages of the loved ones who have passed. You will find these alters in private homes in particular, inviting their loved ones to return and partake in the food and drink they once loved. Many will also visit the graves with these offerings as gifts. There is also a specific sweet bread made especially for this holiday called, pan de muerto (”bread of dead”). It is one of the many items often left at the alter or shrine. Family members often pray for and tell stories about the honored souls of the departed.
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