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Playa Del Carmen Mexico Road Cycling

Old 03-13-10, 11:37 AM
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Playa Del Carmen Mexico Road Cycling

I am going to Playa Del Carmen on Wednesday (March 17). Looks like the only option for a long road bike ride is the Carretera Federal 307 highway. Is it doable for a ride or am I just asking to get drilled by high speed traffic?
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Old 03-13-10, 11:43 AM
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More likely you'll be kidnapped/killed by drug gangs or off-duty police--which sometimes are the same thing down there. Stay out of Mexico.
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I spend a lot of time in Mexico and love it. Plan to live there in two years. That said, you can't ride a bike on Rt 307 with any degree of safety. It is being widened but is still too narrow with traffic going too fast. You can see where the trucks graze the trees on the side of the road so there's is no room for a bike.
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It's been a long time since I was at Playa del Carmen -- but wow. No.
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There's nothing but jungle on either side of that road, and there are people living in that jungle- some not so friendly. Not to mention all of the huge trucks and buses going back and forth on it. Do yourself a favor and go scuba diving instead.
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We were just in Playa a couple of months ago. It was really nice (even though I am definitely not a beach person), but I don't think I would have the nerve to ride a bike there- looks deadly to me. Instead, I highly recommend taking the Rio Secreto tour- you can take a cab or van there in about 15 minutes from town.
It is interesting, however, that around town I saw a whole bunch of Benotto beater bikes. I had always thought of Benotto's as kind of higher end back in the heyday of steel frames, but had no idea they also made clunkers- I guess those never made it in to the US.
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Alternatively have you considered snorkeling?
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I was in Playa earlier this month and saw some roadies out on the highway. I thought they were pretty brave, but it was mid-morning on a weekday so the traffic was a bit lower than normal.

So, you can do it, but why? My resort had a pretty decent spin class every morning.
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Take a vacation..if you want it to be a cycling a vacation then go on a cycling vacation otherwise go to Playa and get hammered and sit on the beach like everyone else.
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I wouldn't go there, 19,000 killed since the drug war started...
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Originally Posted by Caad 8
I wouldn't go there, 19,000 killed since the drug war started...
Nothing like getting your info from the headlines. Lots of folks are killed here in the old US but most of us just stay away from the dangerous areas. Same in Mexico. Don't let uninformed opinions change your mind. Playa is a great vaca spot but not a great cycling spot. Some of the colonial towns do have bike clubs that have regular rides but there's no beaches there.
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I wouldn't go there, 19,000 killed since the drug war started...
Not in Playa.
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Originally Posted by mercator
I was in Playa earlier this month and saw some roadies out on the highway. I thought they were pretty brave, but it was mid-morning on a weekday so the traffic was a bit lower than normal.

So, you can do it, but why? My resort had a pretty decent spin class every morning.

Please, for the love of everything holy, do not go to Playa del Carmen Mexico and take a spin class. You can do that at home the other 51 weeks of the year.
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Please, for the love of everything holy, do not go to Playa del Carmen Mexico and take a spin class. You can do that at home the other 51 weeks of the year.
You mean he should actually leave the resort and meet some real Mexicans? What a concept!
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Was in Cozumel in '07 and took the ferry to Playa and then onwards to Chichen Itza. Second time I've done that actually with #3 likely in July.

Not worried about the drug wars but would be worried about riding. Riding on Cozumel might not be too bad but never tried.
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