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Playa del Carmen busy despite rains

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Despite heavy rains and cloudy skies, Playa del Carmen businesses say they have had a steady arrival of both domestic and international visitors.

The rains may have kept some away from the beaches, but entrepreneurs along the city’s popular Fifth Avenue say they have had a healthy flow of sales in consumer shops as well as restaurants and bars.

According to Civil Protection lifeguards, they saw an average of 1,000 people per day hit the beaches, about half of whom were people enjoying the two-kilometer walk and half who took to the waters despite the rains.

Javier Hernández, watchman of the center’s beaches said, “Despite the weather we see that there are people on the beach some them walk and some go into the sea. That is why we are watching to ensure that risks are not taken, that people drinking do not enter the water and that parents take care of children because the waves are strong.”

“The hotel occupancy is around 85 percent and in restaurants, between 75 and 80 percent of capacity. At certain times the establishments are filled, exceeding expectations,” said Manuel Garcia Maldonado, director of Canirac.

He pointed out that normally, restaurants do not hit full capacity until July 10 as school is finished and the official summer vacation begins in Mexico.