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About: Mexico - Playa Del Carmen
This was our latest excursion to Mexico - on the Yucatan Peninsula. The week was spent at the fabulous Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar, a resort that I would recommend to anyone. The food and drink here was awesome, service was some of the best I've had, rooms and grounds were perfect. I was expecting a lot worse considering the area was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma just a few months before.

Trips in the area included a drive into the interior to visit Chichen Itza and Coba Mayan ruins, along with some local towns. I think the choice to rent a car and drive there on our own was a great one - we were just finishing our tour of Chichen Itza when the masses of tourists arrived in all the resort buses. The drive was easy (though long), and very enjoyable. Another day we drove down to Xel Ha, a nature park with snorkeling, etc... The snorkeling was not the best, water was somewhat murky. This is a nice place to hang out, but kind of a tourist trap and not cheap by any means. Still, it's a fun place to go and not as crazy as Xcaret.