Five weeks of fun and Spanish in Playa del Carmen
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!
Although I thought that 5 weeks was a pretty long time to stay in a town on the coast, there was always an excursion offered by the school to see the outlying area and Mayan ruins to change things up on the weekends. During the week, I really enjoyed the cooking classes and although I was a bit too chicken to do it, some students went on scuba diving expeditions that the school helped them organize.
After having studied Spanish at University for 3 years, I was a bit curious to see if the school could offer me a suitable course. Not only were there other advanced students of a similar level to myself, but when I did feel like I needed more of a challenge, the school offered me private tuition instead! of group lessons. I am really happy with my progress over the six weeks.
The school had a great atmosphere; both the staff and the other students were a lot of fun. With tonnes of people from all over the world staying there, it was easy to make friends while sitting by the pool, lounging on the hammocks, or just eating breakfast in the morning.
I am so glad that I picked Playa del Carmen for my five weeks of fun in the sun!