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Mexico/Belize Honeymoon: Stay Put or Multiple Stops?

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Hello! I'm planning my honeymoon and would love your advice!

Who we are:
I am 29 and have traveled to 13 foreign countries starting with living in France for a month at age 10. I am very lucky to have had parents who schlepped me all over the globe to learn there is more to life and art and culture than what was in my hometown. I speak Italian and am happy to study hard at another language to get off the beaten path. My fiance is 37 and has only had the opportunity to leave the US one time when he lived in England for a summer with his aunt and uncle at age 17. He doesn't speak any other languages but is an excellent driver.

What our challenges are:
My fiance would be fine to book a week at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun and call it a week. I believe that we can have a more authentic and memorable trip by avoiding all inclusive, renting a car, and traveling further from Cancun, but I've never planned a honeymoon before. I don't want to blow a great opportunity to show him a new (better!) way to travel, but I also don't want to over-plan a trip and turn it into a nightmare by pushing a tired person past their comfort zone. One of the most heartbreaking fights I ever witnessed was an exhausted couple breaking down into screaming and then tears when they missed a connecting flight in Paris (I had missed a connection too allowing me time to witness this) and were faced with the realization that they didn't speak French or Italian, didn't have a clue how to contact their Italian hotel, didn't know how to move forward, and were convinced it was a bad omen and their "perfect" trip was already ruined before it already started. I know expecting perfection in an over-planned itinerary is the fastest way to set yourself up for failure and frustration and wonder if my fiance might be right that all-inclusive, for this situation, could be the way to go.

What's already nailed down:
Already purchased great itinerary, super bargain 1-way tickets (only $150!) arriving in Cancun on Monday, August 12 at 1:40 PM
A window of a week, flying back on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday August 18/19/20
Enough frequent flyer miles on United to cover the return home via Cancun or Belize City
A budget of $2000 (ideally) to $3000 (maximum) for hotels, meals, adventures, and other expenses while we're in Mexico (and/or Belize)

What I'd like advice on:
1. Should we just stay in one place and if so, where should that one place be? Cancun or Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen?
2. If we aim to see a Mayan temple, which is our best bet, Tulum, Coba, or Chichen Itza? I'd like to climb a temple and believe that Coba is the only place you can do this. Any advice on renting a car to accomplish this day trip?
3. Is there any reason to drive anywhere else or attempt to drive to Belize? We can afford the plane tickets back, but is the time/energy/money it will take to cross the border worth it if we're not SCUBA certified and don't intend to get SCUBA certified?
4. How can we best take advantage of the mornings and evenings when the heat won't be as energy soaking? I've done a summer trip to Sicily and Sardinia and learned my lesson about trying to push yourself between 11 and 3!

Sorry for such a long post. Thank you in advance for any advice! I've never been to Mexico before and am excited we are starting our new "family" together in a place that is new to both of us.

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