About Tony & Cheri
Hi, we’re Tony & Cheri.
Seven years ago we were deeply entrenched in the rat race and living in San Francisco. While on vacation in Mexico, we fell in love with Playa del Carmen. Like so many people, while lying on the beach and sipping margaritas, we turned to each other and said, “We should live here.”
In a fit of middle-aged madness, we decided to make the move. In a tropical version of the Beverly Hillbillies, we loaded everything we could into a Chevy Express van and drove 4000 miles to our new home. We bought a run down hotel and spent the next year turning it into what is now the most popular small hotel in all of Playa del Carmen, the Luna Blue Hotel & Bar. About a year after our grand opening, we proudly accepted the 2006 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award for Best Bargain — Caribbean !!
We know we’re living a dream shared by a lot of people. How we got here–the ups, the downs, the good and the bad–is a story many people seem to enjoy hearing. So we decided to start PlayaZone, a blog about our adventures in Playa del Carmen, Mexico along with links to some of our favorite sites about travel and the Caribbean.
We also wanted to share our love for Mexico and Playa del Carmen with other people. One of the things that people say makes our hotel special is our willingness to share our knowledge of this beautiful resort area with visitors. As locals living here, we have firsthand experiences with the best and worst restaurants, the prettiest and most secret beaches and the best tours. We can tell you where to get a great shrimp taco, find a deserted beach, or climb a thousand year old pyramid without spending a lot of money. Stick with us; we won’t lead you astray.
And for the record, this Playa del Carmen blog is a non-commercial site. Every restaurant, tour or activity we recommend is because we like it, not because we’re getting a commission or kickback. No business, enterprise or activity has paid any money for us to mention them on this site. The opinions expressed here will be honest ones, whether we like something or not.
To read our blog, simply click on “Home” at the top of the page. This will take you to our latest blog entry. You can scroll down to see our prior posts. Or, if you wish to go to blog posts concerning a particular subject, click on the “Categories” section on the right-hand side. That will take you to entries on that particular topic. And always remember that you can leave a comment on any blog entry.
To take our virtual tour of Playa del Carmen, we suggest not only reading our blog entries, but also clicking on the “Pages” listed at the top of column to the right. We are continually updating this information. Between our blog postings and our information pages, you will get a pretty good idea of what is available to do on vacation in Playa del Carmen.
Ask a Destination Expert a question: We have been designated “Destination Experts” for Playa del Carmen by tripadvisor.com, the world’s largest online travel forum. If you have a question about Playa del Carmen, click here to post it on tripadvisor.com’s Playa del Carmen forum. You can even address your question to us, if you wish. Either we or some other knowledgeable person on the forum will give you a prompt reply. And you can always email us for a personal reply at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our favorite links: On the left sidebar, you’ll find links to some of our favorite websites, including the web page for the Luna Blue Hotel & Garden in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Thank you for visiting us here at PlayaZone. If you do get to Playa del Carmen, please stop by the Luna Blue and say hi. We’re here almost every day, still livin’ the dream.
Tony & Cheri
Luna Blue Hotel & Garden
P.S. While exploring Playa del Carmen with us, we suggest tuning into Radio Margaritaville. We think it’s the perfect soundtrack for your travels through Luna Blue’s PlayaZone. Enjoy!
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