In case you didn’t know: Playa del Carmen is a metropolis. And like any other metropolis, we, too, have a 5th Avenue that is our main shopping area, only that we call it Quinta Avenida. Which is a good thing for not everybody fancies getting spat on by people trying to pronounce “fifth”.
Lately, this area has changed a lot. We got a somewhat fancy new mall with stores like “ALDO”, “Forever 21″, “The Body Shop” and whatnot. All of a sudden, we also got MAC, BOSS, ZARA, and Armani Exchange, so we do not have to drive to Cancun all the time we want to shop something other than beach wear or souvenirs.
Look at that! Those are refrigerator magnets mostly. Almost a work of art.
Already, I heard people complain about Playa losing its charms. Well, I am not so convinced it was the least bit charming before with nothing around but touristy knickknacks and beer bars for miles. Luckily, though, for those people who consider this kind of shopping experience desirable, they will still find what they are looking for.
Last week my in-laws were visiting and during our many strolls I came up with a list of what I’d consider the most worthwhile souvenirs (apart from a large variety of STDs and party drugs that you can both get on every corner if you are interested… just sayin’…):
1. T-Shirts with silly messages. Always a big trend. See, what I found:
I pooped today. – Really?
“May I suggest the sausage?” – How terribly polite. I also like the numbered stuff, like “Bitch 1 – 4″. It’s a good thing to let people know what they are dealing with.
2. Bracelets with your name. Always comes in handy when you had too much tequila.
3. Temporary tattoos. So venturesome.
4. Hair braids. Honestly, who doesn’t look good with those? Around the corner, there is a family business of hair braiders. In the evenings, I can see how they are checking each other for head lice. Sounds promising, right?
Hair braids, tattoos, bracelets – what more could you wish for?
5. And my absolute favourite: Wrestling masks. I actually see people buying those and I cannot help but wonder: Do they use those in the bedroom? Or when driving too fast so nobody can prove it was them? Or is Playa just THE holiday destination for wrestlers?
In this case, these are also suitable for children, but they were the only ones I found that were displayed on dummies. I was actually tempted to get a spiderman mask for my godson… yes, yes, I admit it!
Have you ever bought some silly souvenirs? Do you like getting souvenirs?