Cuando La Amistad y El Amor Se Encuentran: Mexico, Playa Del Carmen y Tulum

Playa del Carmen is known for its sandy beaches and as one of the most luxurious coastal resort town in Mexico. It is famously known for its Quinta Avenida where restaurants and nightspots meet and perfect for a wedding. My best friend’s destination wedding was hosted by Paradisus Playa Del Carmen located in Calle Quinta Avenida. Here love and friendship met and my experiences traveling as a Latina definitely was found living vicariously through my friends.

Not so long ago I wrote a short passage for the New York Immigration Coalition, the message read:

ea4d36_62008467404b42a3af42c2c50eb1b066~mv2“I was born in Brooklyn, New York, so therefore, I am not an immigrant. I want to share my story because being raised by immigrant parents, in my opinion, does have an effect on your struggle and your identity. Growing up I never identified as an American. I was and am Dominican and while I may have some type of privilege for being born in the U.S., my family has always felt marginalized by the American society. I am still proud to be Dominican and that I have roots in immigration and will stand for those in search of their identity.”

The “American Dream” is defined as the idea that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. When you picture this (in my experiences) you picture having a good job, a single family home in which you own, and prosperity that others won’t try to take away from you.

I was born in America and never lived the “American Dream

In Mexico, I learned that my American Dream was travel. My dream was and is to see my friends travel. Traveling is my encouragement and I know that I will be discriminated against when I travel because who said Latinas can travel?
I know I will be told that I can not travel, that I am part of the minority group that will not have the socioeconomic means to be exposed to other lands and cultures. Here in Mexico my friends and I, all first-generation Americans, students, and travelers are defining our own American dream.

Places Close to Playa Del Carmen: Like in many islands around the Caribbean you will experience the sexy blue Caribbean Sea, good music, and views. Here are some things we enjoyed on our trip to Mexico.

Quinta Avenida

Also known as the Five Avenue, this location is one of the busiest streets in Mexico good for Shopping, Bar hopping and late night tacos.

Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins contains a 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological empire! Definitely a must see!

Cancun Blue Flag Beach

Blue flag beach was amazing! and the local ceviche was the best I have ever had. Our trip was short and sweet but fun. Check out my husband video, hope you enjoy!