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Old 02-16-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I'm from Yakima, Washington and need a real vacation. I've heard a few stories from friends about Playa and thought it would be a good place to go. I was a bit hesitant at first since I'll be going solo and I'm not a social butterfly, but enjoy hanging out and meeting new people. Sounds like Peep Meets are the way to go and I'm hoping there are a few while I'm there. I'm looking at coming down in March need to get my act together and book my trip. Still have lots of reading to do and decide on a place to stay. Not sure if I want an all inclusive or something a bit more laid back. I want to be within walking distance of bars and restaurants and need wireless internet access. Maybe somewhere tailored to the 40 something crowd. Also looking at a trip to Chitzen Itza and wondering if I should book that before I come down or if it's just easier to do while I'm there. Anyway, great discussions here and I guess I'll get back to reading.

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Hi everyone. I'm from Yakima, Washington and need a real vacation. I've heard a few stories from friends about Playa and thought it would be a good place to go. I was a bit hesitant at first since I'll be going solo and I'm not a social butterfly, but enjoy hanging out and meeting new people. Sounds like Peep Meets are the way to go and I'm hoping there are a few while I'm there. I'm looking at coming down in March need to get my act together and book my trip. Still have lots of reading to do and decide on a place to stay. Not sure if I want an all inclusive or something a bit more laid back. I want to be within walking distance of bars and restaurants and need wireless internet access. Maybe somewhere tailored to the 40 something crowd. Also looking at a trip to Chitzen Itza and wondering if I should book that before I come down or if it's just easier to do while I'm there. Anyway, great discussions here and I guess I'll get back to reading.

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Welcome! So many options for you. Don't over think it because ANY choice you make will be awesome! You will do what most do and "adjust" on your second trip. Or not.

We have often thought about mixing it up but our repeated visits have always been great. Why change?

What sort of things are you looking to get out of the trip?

Also, Coba and Tulum are viable options for ruins closer than Chitzen Itza from Playa.
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Thanks for the reply. I guess what I am looking to get out of this trip is some fun and relaxation. Some lounging around, eating some good food, and good drinks and conversation with some sightseeing and shopping thrown in there. Maybe I'll just book my trip, come on down and see what happens.
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You can easily book Chichen when you get down to PDC and also have the advantage of being certain about the weather. Don't make my mistake of doing too much during the first trip. You should go into the trip knowing most people go back and many, like us on this board, can't stay away!
I'd say Tulum, Akumal and Puerto Morelos should be high on your list to do in one of your first trips.
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thanks for the tips. I will just see what I want to see once I get down there. I don't have to worry about doing too much my first trip as I'm pretty relaxed and don't like to rush. I'll have to check out the other Mayan sites you listed. I really want to see a pyramid and Chitzen Itza is so iconic and very well known.
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thanks for the tips. I will just see what I want to see once I get down there. I don't have to worry about doing too much my first trip as I'm pretty relaxed and don't like to rush. I'll have to check out the other Mayan sites you listed. I really want to see a pyramid and Chitzen Itza is so iconic and very well known.
Yes I agree. you can sit by a beach anywhere. You can't see the ruins of an ancient civilization just anywhere. A must see in my opinion. Tulum is nice because it's close, and on the beach. You can sight see then swim. Coba is still being discovered so you get that Indiana Jones kind of feeling. You really can't go wrong with any site as they are all spectacular.

Check out the tours on this site. (Trip planning tab on the home page) Ask Heather for advice. Then relax and have fun.

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Thanks for the reply. I guess what I am looking to get out of this trip is some fun and relaxation. Some lounging around, eating some good food, and good drinks and conversation with some sightseeing and shopping thrown in there. Maybe I'll just book my trip, come on down and see what happens.
I agree, we figure out what we want to do for the day when we wake up,
if it's a calm day maybe Akumel for a snorkel with the sea turtles and rays, no plans, no expectations, just day by day on holidays, The only sure thing is lots of Bacardi and coke, and there is always lots of people willing to socialize.
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Nandi - if you are going solo suggest the non inclusive - tend to be groups and couples. Find a condo or hotel just off the beach. So many venues and restaurants where you can meet people! I've been to Yakima!

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Thanks for all the great tips! Cynder50, you've helped me decide on a non inclusive. I'm looking for something within staggering distance to the restaurants and bars and the beach. I'm sure there are a few. Now, just to decide on dates. I see there are at least 2 Peep Meets on 10 March at Bad Boys and 12 March at Mannies? At least I think I read that correct.
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Cynder50. Cyndy? Where are you on the Island?
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I'd recommend the Luna Blue Hotel - it has a bar where lots of the guests hang out so you can meet people. Also, I have made friends with people I've met in Playa - we stay in touch and visit each other, from London, Minnesota, New Jersey, etc.
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Harleychica,

Thanks for the hotel tip! I'll check it out.
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Luna Blue is a great choice, but if you give us your nightly budget that would help with hotel suggestions.
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Money isn't an issue, the right place is if you know what I mean. I just want a friendly atmosphere. The room doesn't have to be the best, but everything else does. Good bar, food, atmosphere, beach and proximity to the rest of the bars and restaurants. I want to have fun and be able to rest once I get back to my room.
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Thanks for all the great tips! Cynder50, you've helped me decide on a non inclusive. I'm looking for something within staggering distance to the restaurants and bars and the beach. I'm sure there are a few. Now, just to decide on dates. I see there are at least 2 Peep Meets on 10 March at Bad Boys and 12 March at Mannies? At least I think I read that correct.
Check out Vrbo - a ton of places - we've rented a condo this year and going to be there in 4 sleeps!
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