To say that I am excited about my upcoming trip to the jewel of Mexico, Quitana Roo, would be the understatement of my 26 year old life. So far our itinerary includes, Cancun (for the first night), Tulum, Coba, Uxmal, Merida, Vallodolid and the two big biosferas (Sian Ka'an and Lagartos). My preliminary research hasn't come up with any conclusive answers and I was hoping that the all knowing board could help.
Cancun: I know to avoid the hotel zone and go to el centro. I am a huge fan of open air markets and would not be opposed to sampling. Is there a Cancun specialty? (No, I'm not talking about Senor Frogs)
Tulum: El Tabanero has popped up twice and so has Playa Margherita--though I doubt I'll really be in the mood for Italian in the Corona-ad tulum. Another chowhounder has also recommending looking out for the lechon, which I will definitely keep in mind.
Coba and Uxmal: Really at a loss here since its little more off the beaten path. Any and all recommendations would be duly welcomed.
Merida: I'm not worried about finding great food in Merida, but I've heard about bars that require a drinking tab and then keep bringing delicious appetizers--this sound like a great way to sample the local cuisine. We are also planning to spend New Years in Merida, are there any recommendations of restaurant/bar/zocalo that is action filled?
Vallodolid: Again, not much in the way of recommendations here. Any and all would be duly welcomed.
Thank you and I'll be sure to post report once I return!