As much as there is to see in Mexico- one place you definitely should not miss is Guadalajara! The second largest metropolis of the country and capital of the province Jalisco offers an incredible diversity of experiences of all kinds and therefore is the perfect place to become fully immersed into Mexican culture and the Spanish language!
I recently visited our school in Playa del Carmen and happy to report that it really is located in a very special setting, just 10 minutes walking distance away from the beautiful white sand beach and Quinta Avenida, the town’s main street. The streets in Playa del Carmen are clearly marked and most of the shops, nightlife and the school are located in a small area, it is very easy to find your way around the town.
The school itself is set in its own self-contained grounds with tropical gardens, a cafeteria where you can buy drinks and snacks, a volleyball court and hammocks where you can relax after class! Each classroom is situated in a sheltered outdoor cabana, overlooking the gardens, so you can enjoy the fantastic Mexican weather even when you are in lessons!
I’ve just come back from 2 weeks in Playa del Carmen and have to tell you about my amazing holiday. If you are looking for winter sun, this is the place to be, even at the start of November we were experiencing temperatures of over 30°c every day, which was a very welcome change from the British winter. Bliss!!!
The hub of the town is the Avenida 5, a pedestrianised street which runs parallel to the beach and stretches right across the town. This is the place to come if you want to go shopping and there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can get inexpensive Mexican dishes and of course sample the local cerveza.
Living and studying in Guanajuato was an amazing experience! I really still feel the warmth of its sun within me and the friendliness of its people is something I’ll never forget. I miss practising my Mexican Spanish accent (which I felt so proud of!), trying to sound like a local.
Everything was so vibrant there! : the sunlight, the smell of the fruit, the smiles on people’s faces and the colours, the truly vibrant colours – the colonial houses, the clothes, the blue sky…. I simply loved wandering around its cobble stoned streets and discovering new cafés with lovely terraces in my free time, or listening to the tanned and potbellied mariachis’ deep voices as they sang in parks and on street corners. Every single day I met someone new to chat to. In a week I already had loads of new friends!
Try to think of a typical day in your Spanish class. Now imagine learning Spanish just 5 minutes on foot from beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise blue Caribbean water as far as you can see. It sounds like paradise because it is! Playa del Carmen, Mexico was the most beautiful place I can imagine for a Spanish course.
I just returned from a trip there, had a great time and was so impressed with how fun-loving, friendly, welcoming, and laid-back the people were – I loved it. But who wouldn’t love a Caribbean location where you can also explore fascinating Mayan ruins, visit water parks, and try all kinds of water sports?!
On my first evening in Playa del Carmen, I took a stroll along 5th Avenue, or “La Quinta” as the locals refer to it – the main commercial, pedestrian boulevard in the city. Here you will find no shortage of sidewalk cafés, charming Mexican handcraft shops, lively bars, night clubs, and a range of restaurants wide enough to satisfy anyone’s appetite! And once you’re done exploring ‘La Quinta’ you should try 30th Avenue between Constituyentes and 34th Avenue which also has a great selection of incredible restaurants with authentic Mexican cuisine!
Look no further than Playa del Carmen, Mexico (or “Playa,” as the locals call it) in deciding where to take your Spanish language course abroad! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience than one immersed in the language, culture, and adventure in the magnificent Riviera Maya. I just returned from my Spanish course at the school in Playa, and words are not enough to describe the splendor of this place – you must live the experience yourself!
Playa’s excellent location also offers a wide variety of one-day trips around the region — including Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Cancun, the Mayan ruins at Tulum or Coba, the ecological water parks Xcaret and Xel-ha, and Hidden Worlds Cenote Park, which gives you the unique opportunity to do some swimming, diving, and exploring one of the largest collections of freshwater, underground caves in the area! If it is adventure that you seek, you are sure to find it in and around Playa.
I just returned from my Spanish course in Cuernavaca, and I must say that whoever nicknamed the city as “The Land of Eternal Spring” was spot on! Not only does the city mix the old with the new – colonial buildings, remnants of Aztec culture, and the feeling of a vibrant, modern university city – but the delightfully warm year-round weather is a treat for anyone studying abroad!
With Mexico City just an hour away, the beautiful beaches of Acapulco just three hours away, and plenty of water parks and natural hot water springs nearby, you can bet that I took full advantage of the wonderful weather in Cuernavaca. If you’re looking to cool off one hot afternoon, I would highly recommend paying a visit to the picturesque Salto de San Anton waterfall, which is in Cuernavaca’s western city limits. It was incredibly relaxing to hear the water crash down while watching the cool mist waft across the canyon below.
I ended up spending 5 fantastic weeks in Playa del Carmen, Mexico this summer after I graduated University and it was the perfect laid back atmosphere to practice my Spanish in.
Playa has something for everyone; less fast paced than Cancun, but still offers enough clubs, restaurants and shopping for those who can’t live without their creature comforts, not to mention turquoise water and white sandy beaches just a stone’s throw away from the school!
My time in Playa del Carmen and the Yucatan peninsula was the biggest and best adventure ever! I had more amazing experiences in two weeks than I ever imagined possible. I spent my first few days at my Spanish school in Playa del Carmen being utterly dumbfounded by the incredible blue of the Caribbean Sea, the whiteness of the sand, the warmth, the sunshine… the just plain TROPICALNESS of everything! I felt like I was living on the best holiday postcard you have ever seen, or, better still, living on the exotic set of a James Bond film!