I was always scared to travel to Mexico! All the news coming out of the country was so negative and I had this preconceived notion that it was too dangerous to travel there. When a friend invited me on a trip to Playa Del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, I decided to go despite being worried about the violence that was occurring in the country and I ended up not regretting that decision. I arrived in Cancun and made the hour-long drive to my hotel in Play Del Carmen and immediately liked the place. The atmosphere was lively, the street was vibrant and the hotel I was staying in was cozy. A long, sandy beach was located only a two-minute walk from my hotel. I spent my mornings walking around the little town, mingling with the friendly locals, eating in the restaurants, sipping coffee on a stoop overlooking the street and browsing the little shops. Afternoons were spent on the beach sunbathing and swimming in the clear, warm waters of the lagoon. Evenings were spent sitting at the beach and watching the sun set with the sound of Spanish music and the smell of Mexican food permeating the air. The town had a relaxed feel to it like any other Caribbean destination. The other thing I really liked about Playa Del Carmen was the ease of getting around to nearby attractions. I found a bus station that offered rides to some Mayan ruins at a very cheap price and I did not, at any time, feel any danger during my time in the area. In fact, I have recommended it to many people since!