Playa del Carmen , Mexico

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History

In its earliest days, Playa del Carmen was inhabited by the Mayan culture. It later spent time developing as a fishing area before growing to become the tourist destination we know today.The post-Classical period saw the height of the Maya civilization, with Cozumel, Cancun and Playa del Carmen becoming major players in the area trade industry. Playa del Carmen location, lying between the two ports of Honduras and Veracruz, makes it ideal for international trading.In the early 1900 Playa del Carmen became a territory of Mexico and, more specifically, a part of the state of Quintana Roo.The 1960 ushered in the growth of the surrounding areas of Cozumel and Cancun. Cozumel gained popularity because of an underwater documentary filming the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest reef system in the world. During this time, the tourism in Cancun also started to blossom, with the beginning of a big development project in the area.In the 1970, Playa del Carmen became more accessible to travelers, with the building of a boat dock enabling ferry service to Cozumel and the Cancun International Airport. However, Playa del Carmen remained an undeveloped fishing village. Gradually, more and more tourists started traveling to the area, leading to the eventual establishment of hotels, restaurants and all-inclusive resorts. The boat dock also opened up to cruise lines, bringing in more travelers.In the 1990, Playa del Carmen population substantially grew, making it known as the fastest growing city in Mexico. Playa del Carmen started becoming more popular in the international community.La Quinta Avenida , Playa del Carmen main avenue, became filled with more shops and restaurants that international tourists enjoy.Playacar also became popular to the more affluent tourists visiting the city.The Riviera Maya became counted as a top international destination in 2006. In the midst of commercialization, Playa del Carmen's local government has tried to keep the city reputation as a small charming fishing area, making it perfect for travelers who want a comfortable and fun-filled vacation.

Playa del Carmen Culture & Customs

Playa del Carmen is largely a beachy tourist destination as opposed to an authentic Mexican town, but there are certain sensibilities and customs that could make your stay there more pleasant.Many tourist industry workers speak English, but we do encourage you to learn a few Spanish words. Saying hello (hola), goodbye (adios), please (por favor) and thank you (gracias) could go a long way in quality service at hotels and restaurants.The dress code in Playa del Carmen is more lax and less conservative than other parts of Mexico. Typical beachwear is common on the beach and around the town, and "dressy casual" wear is typical for nightlife.
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Religion

There is no official religion in Mexico, as the constitution guarantees separation of church and state. However, more than nine-tenths of the population are at least nominally affiliated with Roman Catholicism. The Basilica of Guadalupe, the shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe , Mexico’s patron saint, is located in Mexico City and is the site of annual pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of people, many of them peasants. Throughout Mexico are thousands of Catholic churches, convents, pilgrimage sites, and shrines.Protestants account for a tiny but rapidly growing segment of the population, and their missionaries have been especially successful in converting the urban poor. A significant proportion of indigenous peoples practice syncretic religions—that is, they retain traditional religious beliefs and practices in addition to adhering to Roman Catholicism. This syncretism is particularly visible in many village fiestas where ancestors, mountain spirits, and other spiritual forces may be honoured alongside Catholic saints. Moreover, the identities of many saints and spirits have been blended together since the early colonial period. At times, however, belief systems still come into conflict. Among the Huichol (Wirraritari) and other Indian groups, for example, a hallucinogenic cactus fruit called peyote is employed in spiritual ceremonies; however, governmental authorities consider peyote to be an illegal narcotic