After much deliberation on location, John and I have decided to take a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, October 29-November 7. I went to Cancun for my high school graduation trip with my three best friends and have always wanted to return and actually see this part of Mexico. I've been to Sonora, Mexico countless times as I grew up in Phoenix. During college we often went to Puerto Penasco, a.k.a. Rocky Point, for Spring Break and weekends. I even went back to the original hotel, the Plaza Las Glorias (now the Penasco del Sol) http://www.penascodelsol.com/ three years ago with some friends. Nothing has changed, it's still shady almost-border-town Mexico but its beaches are pretty and it's a hell of a good time.
We been discussing how we want to actually do this trip. John likes to travel in style to resorts and I like to backpack and stay in small hotels. We have traveled together to Hawaii a few times but stayed in very nice places. This will be our first short trip with a wee bit more adventure. I want to travel, what I like to call The Modified Backpacker. We only have 8 whole usable non-travel days. I want to ride a bus, eat some street food, napping on a beach, see the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins, haggle with someone and meet some randoms. John open to all of the above for a few days of the trip requested for the other days: a nice room with a view, room service, food, drinks, and relaxing on a beach.
I can oblige so we've decided on a sort of hybrid trip. I've bought the Lonely Planet: Cancun, Cozumel and the Yucatan and now we need a plan.