Originally Posted by eglbc
Thanks for your feedbacks, I appreciate any insights, because I dont know anyone who has travelled that region personally.
When i laid out budget, i was imagining a higher end, but relaxed vibe, like aman resorts but not quite as costly.Emphasis on view, nice rooms, and spa. Think coqui coqui tulum.
Its honeymoon so no hostles. Design influenced lodging is a plus.
We are going for about a week, wouldnt mind 2 main destinations. jungle/forest/mountain/lake and then a beach for pure downtime.
Very interested in ruins, cenotes, caves, snorkeling and hiking. Authentic cultural experiences a plus, so this makes me think that playa carmen / tulum may be out of the question. Though merida and valliodad look very interesting and near ruins.
I know the word bohemian is kinda vague and loaded, but i want somewhere that you wont find drunken pink NJ tourists, instead a culturally refined clientele. (NYT T magazine readers
Our initial plan was belize then tikal, but seems like the May weather in belize veers towards cloudy all month into rain.
How do i get mods eyes on this for the move?
Whelp, you do now. Always happy to help a bear at a picnic table. Report the thread and ask for it to be moved.
Just to clarify - hostels have private rooms, so you could easily have your own time while still being 'bohemian'. Just throwing it out there.
Saving that, find a cheap-ish hotel. Any one will do. None of the areas you really want to go to, save Cancun, are all that pricey.
I was completely unimpressed with Merida. I know Lonely Planet raves about it. But the center of town is one zocalo and.....that's about it. Its cute, but its so far out of the fucking way of anything that its really not worth it IMO. You won't be there for whale shark season, but if you want the completely off the beaten path thing, Isla Holbox is a tiny little island where all the streets are sand. Cute place. I couldn't do more than a day or 2, mostly because I just don't like tiny places like that. Cancun gets a bad rap IMO. Honestly, the beaches there are some of the nicest I've seen. And you usually can score a good deal on a hotel since there's fucking overrun with them. Food and drink aren't overpriced, and if you stay out of the clubs, its not bad at all. You can get to Chitzen Itza very easily from there (about 2/2.5 hrs each way) which makes it an ideal jump off point for doing that. There's nothing worth seeing in Valladolid. NOTHING. Mark it off the map.
Now, if you do stay in Cancun, again which I recommend, you can get to Isla Mujeres from there. A larger island than Holbox, and more refined, but still not so big that it loses its charm. All tourists and locals though. Cozumel is off the cost of Playa del Carmen. The ONLY reason to go to Cozumel is if you scuba dive. If you don't, scratch it off the list. Playa's an alright place but I thought it was overrated. Kind of a Rio-light vibe there. I do get the impression that you'd LOVE Tulum though. An absolutely gorgeous beach, two ruins (one that literally sits on a cliff overlooking the beach, the other less than 30 minutes away), cute boutique hotels and palapas on the beach, and a very bohemian feel to the city (which is tiny). Also, very easy access to the cenotes in the area which are pretty fucking cool. Some to snorkel, some to dive. I'd definitely recommend that for you.
As far as 'authentic' cultural experiences go, they're few and far between. Saving an authentic restaurant, or eating at someone's house, there's really nothing that special about the area. Is very touristized, and the things they do advertise as being authentic, often end up feeling cheap and touristy anyway.
Now, if you want, you could get into Mexico City. From there, you could see a WHOLE host of other cool shit. Transport to and from Cancun is ridiculously cheap. If you like trains, and hiking/cool shit, I cannot recommend the train ride through the Barrancas del Cobre (the Mexican Grand Canyon) highly enough. Absolutely incredible vistas, excellent excursion opportunity, and some amazing scenery. Or, you could head south from Tulum to Chetumal and hop the ferry to Belize. Or you could go south west from Tulum to Palenque (my second favorite ruin) and see the ruins and Agua Azul. Then you could get into San Cristobal and from there into Guatemala.
I got a TON of options for you.