Over the years, our Christmas wishes change with our tastes and our needs; you've probably been finding over the last few years, more and more, that, although it isn't a likely present, you wouldn't mind having your very own Mexico condo on the beachfront for Christmas.
You're not alone. Playa del Carmen is already home to as many as 10,000 Americans – a number which definitely grows during the winter – not to mention a good number of Canadians and Europeans. Many of these are enjoying a relaxing lifestyle in a Playa del Carmen beachfront condo, overlooking the turquoise Caribbean sea, and the soft, wide beaches that have made this community famous.
Temperatures in the winter here range from about 65 degrees on the coldest nights to about 85 degrees on the sunniest days. While many are still putting up with snow and the aches and pains that go with it up north, Playa del Carmen condo owners are enjoying walks in the sand, refreshing swimming in the ocean, and games of golf.
Playa del Carmen also offers a unique outdoor shopping area, known as Fifth Avenue, just a block or two away from the beach. There are also many of the same conveniences which Americans are used to from back home, like a Walmart (a second one just opened in December 2010), 2 large screen movie theaters, 2 new malls, excellent health care, and a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from local Mexican specialities to American fast food and Oriental gourmet.
Enjoying the outdoors all year also becomes much easier when the coldest winter weather is more like a mild September day. Sailing is made easy through the area's 4 full-service marinas; boat and deep-sea fishing tours are also available for everyone who doesn't own a boat. The area's "cenotes" are natural pools ideal for a relaxing dip; the water from the underground waterways holds a fairly constant temperature, and tends to feel warm during the winter. Guided tours of the same underground cave system (specially lighted) are also available.
For those who enjoy a good bike ride, many communities offer long bike trails, and many of the roads themselves are also very calm for riding; the months between October and April are ideal for enjoying bike rides or just a relaxing afternoon walk.
Since it's the "winter," you might see the locals wearing winter jackets; to them 75 degrees is pretty cold. For you, on the other hand, you'll never had had a warmer Christmas!
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