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Suggested destinations, Yucatan Peninsula, Xmas/NYE.

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Hello! I am planning out a roughly 3 week trip, mid Dec thru the new year, taking my beach-loving sweetie on his first trip to Mexico. We are mid 40s, like great food but are not food snobs, and drink adult beverages with relish, but not to the point of excess. (Well, not usually, heh.) We are definitely more readers than partiers.

I am seeking location suggestions: am thinking a total of three spots so we are not too rushed (and one is already set; see below). If we stay thru NYE, maybe a large enough town that there'd be some public festivities? ADO is great and I thought we'd use them to get between spots, but I'm amenable to renting a car too.

We'll be continuing to work remotely some of the time, so the objective is basically picking places to immerse ourselves – walk to a beach and set up shop; stock the AirBnB fridge; walk out to get dinner and/or drinks sometimes; snorkel where possible. We also both need reliable wifi for work.

The following *highly subjective* opinions are drawn from my solo trip a few years ago & offered simply to help guide your advice. I am also 100% open to being told I didn't get the right end of the stick!

I love Isla Mujeres and that will be our first stop on this trip, for 5 days. I love that there are super touristy bits but also real Mexico bits - if you want to go have dinner in a local place where no English is spoken, you can. (I speak passable, if inelegant, Spanish.) Also, you can walk to the grocery store in town, and there’s always stuff going on at the square.

Puerto Morelos was cute but perhaps a bit too small/sleepy to be nominated one of our stops? The water right off the beach seemed rather weedy too, BUT I was only there on my last 1.5 days to boat out and snorkel, and be close to airport for flyout day. Was also the one day of my trip that it stormed, so my impression is certainly limited.

PdC beaches were beautiful and soooo many restos, but even though I picked a posada slightly away from the tourist center, it was maddening to not be able to walk down the sand without being pestered every five steps to buy something, and Quinta is so Starbucks-y - that is not what I’m in Mexico for. BUT – I am taking a NYC boy to Q.R. and want him to like it, so maybe that’d provide a bit of a city fix?

Tulum: the accommodations I stayed in on my first trip were represented as being *in* Tulum, but turned out to be in Chemuyil (which was actually super cute, but was not the Tulum experience I'd anticipated.) So for a week I drove back and forth to the Tulum beach clubs and was very careful how many cervezas I had, was always hassling with parking, and my short impression of town is solely from running to the ATM: on that glimpse, it seemed stuffed to the gills with young backpackers. (That's no longer my jam.)

The points of activity out by the Tulum beach were distant enough to require car/colectivo, I believe?And the restos looked bohemian and expensive. (I remember the grocery store as being quite awesome, though!) So, I suspect I judged this place unfairly, colored by the hassle from the unexpected rental location. But I am worried about iffy wifi down there - it is required for work.

I really enjoyed Merida, and the Noche Blanca activities were great, but that is probably way too far afield as one of the stops, plus no beach, though perhaps we could just pick a spot with a pool. (Hm. Unless we flew *back* from there. I’ll have to research that.)

For this trip, I'm considering Cozumel as one of the spots – I’ve always been curious to go; the worry over daily cruise ship humanity floods has been holding me back. And not sure if as a mere mostly-from-shore snorkeler I'd be able to see the underwater awesomeness.

Maybe staying in the northern end of PdC would alleviate some of my constant-sale-pitches/chain shop complaints?

Where should we try? What are your thoughts?

Sorry this is so long [and negative in spots], but I read the heck out of the forum whenever I plan a trip, so I know supplemental info is needed for advice-giving – thus I tried to be thorough!

Thank you for your input!

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