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a Aug 21st, 2002 08:52 AM

Yucatan Peninsula - where to stay???
<BR>Planning a trip to Mexico to see the Mayan Ruins. Is this the right place to visit to see all the wonderful history? or is there a better area? Also does anyone have any recommendations for accomodations or useful websites? Thanks a lot

Nancy Aug 21st, 2002 08:55 AM

A,<BR>You don't say which ruins you are planning on visiting, but the best base would be Cancun and points south - such as Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tankah.<BR>You could look at for an idea of what you might be looking for.<BR>Cancun is large and glitzy and not really as an authentic experience as some of the other places.<BR>I'd recommend Playa del Carmen. You can take bus trips to Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba from there.

Lynne Aug 21st, 2002 09:03 AM

I am also planning our first trip to the Mayan Riviera, and have been given a few websites from users of this message board to try that include resort reviews. Try or They have resort reviews of people that have been to the area that may be helpful in choosing your location. Seems like most people recommend the Playa del Carmen area as having the best beaches and most "tropical" experience/atmosphere.

a Aug 21st, 2002 09:15 AM

<BR>thanks to both Nancy and Lynne. <BR>To be perfectly honest, we're not exactly sure what ruins we want to see, but we definetly DO NOT want to go to a large resort. We would like to experience a quiet but somewhat adventureous vacation. We don't want to be stuck on a resort, and our main reason for going is to experience some culture and a little beach of course! <BR><BR>This is probably a really naive question, but what is in Playa del Carmen? Are there ruins there? Do the other ones you mentioned have any resorts? (Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba) or is it mainly that tourists go there on day trips?<BR>Thanks for all your help<BR>A

Nancy Aug 21st, 2002 09:19 AM

Playa del Carmen is a seaside town (used to be a fishing village years ago).<BR>There are many shops, restaurants and hotels. The ferry pier to Cozumel is also there. It is the perfect place to stay as a base to explore the ruins.<BR>Tulum is less than an hour away, and Coba and Chichen Itza are day trips by bus. The beach at PDC is STUNNING!

Ally Aug 21st, 2002 09:25 AM

Playa Del Carmen is a town about 45 minutes to one hour south of Cancun. It does have a lot of big resorts just south of town in Playacar, but there are also several small hotels in the town area that will give you a more authentic mexico experience. The area has beautiful beaches, as well as being well centered to see the ruins. <BR>Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba are the name of the ruins in the area. There are some places to stay in the small town of Tulum, near the Tulum ruins. I'm not sure there are any places to stay near Chichen Itza and Coba, but I don't think there are. As previous poster suggest, you could do an internet search for 'Playa Del Carmen' and 'Tulum' to check out the area and hotels.

Monica Aug 21st, 2002 09:34 AM

Playa del Carmen is the place you want to be. Why? Its centrally located-the beach is fantastic-no huge hotels except for the Porto Real and the Continental Plaza-many small hotels, the list is endless. One I like to recommend is the Hotel Colibri-on the beach, only 25 rooms, in a great location, safe, quiet and secure. And the best part it is not that expensive.

Earl Aug 22nd, 2002 05:40 AM

This is roughly the route we traveled on one of our trips to the Yucatan.<BR>You don't give us much to go on as far as your budget, but I would suggest renting a car at the airport and spending your first night in Cancun. <BR>If it is ruins that you are interested in, get an early start and head for Chichen Itza. Stay there for a couple of nights at the Club Med Villas Arqueologica or the Mayaland hotel. You can walk right in to the ruins from either hotel. ( Close by are the Grutas de Balankanche'. Well worth a visit.<BR>Leave Chichen early and head toward Merida. Follow the Puuc Route to the ruins at Mayapan. Then drive through to Uxmal. Again, stay at the Club Med or Mayaland and spend several nights in the area. <BR>You can see the ruins at Uxmal, a large site. An easy day trip will take you to some small ruins at Labna, Sayil, and Kabah. You can also visit the Grutas at Loltun on this drive.<BR>Another early start will give you plenty of daylight hours to drive to the ruins at Coba. Stay at the Club Med and spend a day at the sight. Leave Coba for a short drive to Tulum. Get there early, before the tour busses start pouring in. <BR>Akumal is a short drive up the coast. The beach is beautiful, snorkeling is fantastic in the Yal-Ku lagoon and it is the perfect place to finish out your trip. We have stayed a Hotel Akumal Caribe many times, and love it.<BR>Akumal is less than a 2 hour drive from the Cancun airport. You don't even have to go back in to Cancun.<BR>This is a trip that can be done in nine or ten days without feeling rushed. <BR>If you would like any more info, eme.<BR>

Carole Aug 23rd, 2002 04:12 AM

Here are a few other helpful web sites for the Tankah/Tulum area.<BR><BR><BR>Casa Tropical Tankah... Romantic, Mayan Riviera, beachfront villa, located on privately owned, 1/2 acre lot. Located in Tankah, Mexico, a 1 hour drive south of Cancun airport, 3 miles north of the Tulum ruins, with other major archaeological sites within driving distance. Great views with barrier reef just offshore, and Manatee Cenote up the beach for diving, snorkeling or swimming, jungle style. Two guests quarters with kitchenettes, private patios, maid, gardener, manager. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is just south of Tankah and Tulum.<BR><BR>Weather Base (past weather history, temps, rainfall, etc.)<BR><BR><BR>Hidden Worlds snorkel & dive tours of cenotes<BR><BR><BR>Aktun Chen <BR><BR><BR>Maps of Riviera Maya Can-do Maps <BR><BR><BR> Check out this web site for tours lead by the Friends of Sian Ka'an group. It is a non-profit organization and tour guides are usually biologists. Very informative tours lead by a very worthwhile organization. <BR>Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve<BR><BR><BR>photo of tankah's cenote'<BR><BR><BR>

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