I posted this question on the Playa del Carmen forum but haven't gotten many responses and am realizing (after reading posts here) that I probably should have asked it here... I apologize for the "double post".
I'm trying to plan a trip to the "Yucatan" for February. This will be our 4th trip to Mexico. On a previous trip to Playa del Carmen, we rented a car and drove to Merida for the night and stopped at Chichen Itza and Valladolid on the way back -- and we really LOVED the area. So, this time, I'd like to spend a little more time exploring the area. I've been trying to figure out whether it would be better to base ourselves in Merida and take day trips or stop in different towns each night. I'm leaning toward Merida -- perhaps about 4 nights?
We would like to end the trip on a beach somewhere for 2-3 days. I'm not a fan of all-inclusives but my husband is... I'm thinking a place like Petit Lafitte in Playa would be a good compromise.
We're an adventurous family of three (with a 12 year-old son.) I would really appreciate any suggestions, recommendations, etc. for places to see (we love the ruins), places to stay. We have no qualms about being off the beaten path and usually like a mix of rustic and luxury. We would really appreciate good (local) food.
Btw, the "beach" portion doesn't have to be in Playa. In fact, somewhere where there aren't rows of beach chairs as far as the eye can see would be preferable.