Day three was a Sunday and Allen and I got a taxi from our resort to town and Nuestra Senora del Carmen (click on the name for the link). We participated in a beautiful Mass complete with a mariachi-style band (lively, but authentic and lovely). Written English translation for the readings was provided. As a side note, Nuestra Senora del Carmen has a chapel on 5th Ave. (near the ferry) that has most Masses in English. It also has Eucharistic Adoration almost all day.
We were picked up promptly at 6:30am by our tour guide and driver. One other couple went on the tour with us.
After a light breakfast beachside, we boarded our nice van for an hour drive into the interior of Mexico. When we arrived at Coba, we were met by our Mayan tour guide and jumped on bicycles to cycle around. Coba is a huge archaeological site and the highlight is the tall, steep pyramid that visitors are still allowed to climb. The entire tour was very interesting.
The Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort Select Club (they like long property names there) had good and bad points. The property was beautiful and clean. Our room was very nice and the staff was very friendly. I really liked the international clientele; with all the different languages spoken, you knew you were out of the US. Unfortunately, the food was pretty bad. Admittedly, I'm not a big buffet fan, but I really wasn't impressed with the food. I'll still recommend the resort, as it is an excellent value, but you need to go there knowing the food situation (and bringing lots of snacks).
We had an easy transfer back to the airport and a quick couple of flights back to Nashville. The Yucatan Peninsula is a very accessible, high-value destination from most of the Southeast and Midwest (with numerous direct, non-stop flights). There is a wide range of properties to choose from, from basic to luxurious. Regardless of your price point, you'll find friendly people and a gorgeous setting. Call me today to start exploring the area for yourself!