We're traveling to the Yucatan Peninsula finally - Yea! (been waiting 20+ years.) Coming from Portland, Oregon. Will be two nights and a day in Playa, then five days in Merida including Christmas, I know someone in Progresso so we'll visit there for a day, then on to Akumal for a week. Will do a day trip or two from there. Can't wait! We hope to spend a day learning, cooking and eating with David Sterling at Los Dos in Merida
Here are some things I am wondering about:
Are things open, celebratory and special on Christmas eve and day, or more closed - better to be with friends/family? - like this friend in Progresso.
How long to drive or bus from Merida to Campeche? We've read that it's great, but I'm afraid there's not enough time.
Is it reasonable to drive from Merida to Akumal, stopping at Chichen itza and Valladolid along the way? or would that be too much?
Any restaurant recommendations anywhere along the way of course! We love the smaller and off-the-beaten road finds, but we're not adverse to mid-town or even (gulp) touristy - though that's usually not the preferred meal.