Great Services in Playa del Carmen
I hear an awful lot of complaints about “service” in Playa del Carmen; Poor service from waiters in restaurants, dishonest practices at beach clubs, rip off artists at Pemex, NO at all service from Telmex…. I tend to focus on the positive and appreciate some of the great services we DO have in Playa del Carmen that make my life a lot easier. I’m a busy Mom and business owner and anything I can do to lessen my load and reduce the number of places I have to rush to in a day I see as a HUGE plus!
These are a few of the services that can help keep all the balls in the air and make daily life in Playa del Carmen a lot more manageable.
LoQSea.com Grocery Service – I have nothing to complain about when it comes to grocery shopping in Playa del Carmen. I moved here 10 years ago, before the emergence of Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and the like so perhaps I don’t know what I’m missing. When we moved here, there was no Sam’s Club, no Walmart, no Mega or Soriana. There was just the Chedraui on 307 and Super (and I use that term very loosely) San Francisco on Av. 30. Shopping, per se, was pretty hit or miss and I was reduced to tears more than once in the aisles. Things have improved greatly and I actually don’t mind the occasional trip to the grocery store. However, why shop when LoQSea will do it for me AND deliver it to my doorstep! You order online (in English or Spanish), choose your delivery time and VOILA! Your groceries are delivered in recyclable shopping bags and insulated coolers. You can pay online or upon delivery. It’s fantastic! They are adding new items all the time and they shop where I shop. They even run to COSTCO once a week! There is no upcharge for any of the items, just a very reasonable delivery charge that is often waived if you purchase enough. Best of all, LoQSea gives back to the community with donations to organizations like Coco’s Animal Welfare and Contando con un Amigo so I’m happy to give them my business!
In-Home Vet Oscar Galindo - Unlike a trip to the grocery store, a trip to the vet, even for the most routine check up, is torture for me. I have some pretty serious allergies and while I have grown accustomed to the dander of my own cats and dogs, stick me in the waiting room of any veterinary clinic and I am reduced to a pile of snot in a bout 5 minutes. I would do anything to avoid a trip to the vet including putting of regular medical care for my furry friends… not good…. When I heard that Oscar Galindo offers in-house vet service, I jumped to set up an appointment. I've known Oscar for several years as he had a hand in saving two of my dogs so I felt pretty confident when I called him to make a house call. Oscar arrived, fully equipped and was able to take care of all 3 dogs right here, all at once. They got their vaccinations right on the spot and a follow up visit was scheduled to address some health issues with one of the dogs. The consult was VERY well-priced and Oscar was a gem with my unruly beasts. Most recently, we called Oscar to help us say goodbye to one of our dogs. He came to our home was able to give our boy a comfortable, stress-free and loving trip over the rainbow bridge. If you have more than one pet, a pet who hates to go to the vet or even if you are just a very busy person I highly recommend his services.
GAIA Mobile Pet Care – Again, anyone with pets…especially multiple dogs….knows what a hassle it can be to get our furry friends in for a regular grooming. Wrangling the beasts into the car, trying to find parking…it can be an all-day affair. Wouldn’t it be great if the groomer came right to you? With just an appointment, Marce and her assistant will arrive in her fully equipped mobile pet care van, ready to make even the stinkiest dog sweet smelling and ready for cuddles. Both regular and medicated shampoos are available. Marce is trained in veterinary science and all techniques of professional canine grooming and she also offers a range of veterinary services including vaccinations and deworming. To make an appointment, you can reach Marce via messenger on the GAIA Mobil Pet Care Facebook page or on Whatsapp at 984-240-7066.
Playa Now Restaurant Delivery – If there is one service I cannot possibly live without, it is Playa Now. Playa Now puts all the great food in Playa del Carmen at my fingertips. They have about 50 cooperating restaurants covering all types of cuisine. Simply visit the webpage, select a restaurant or several restaurants to order from, view the menu and then call or send in your order via Skype. What could be easier! The website is even set up to deactivate the menus for the restaurants that are not open at the time. The drivers do their best to get the food to you hot and intact and they are always polite. There is a very small service charge of per pick-up location and I always tip on top of that which the drivers really appreciate. To call in an order in English, call 984-131-4499. You can also reach them on Skype.
Michele Kinnon and her husband Rob are the owners of BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors and BuyPlaya Akumal Real Estate. Michele is a member of Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside, the organizer of Kicks 4 Kids and participated on the founding committee for Taste of Playa, the Riviera Maya’s largest and longest running culinary festival. She also supports numerous local non-profit organizations, blogs, writes local interest articles and administrates the Riviera Maya Events Calendar. Michele and Rob have lived in Playa del Carmen with their two children since 2004.