Playa del Carmen is a town in the Yucatan Peninsula, about an hour South of Cancun. We left Nashville at 5:30am, changed planes in Atlanta (there are some direct flights from Nashville to Cancun, but the days didn't work for us), and arrived at the Cancun Airport before 10am.
Also, for all of you with safety concerns regarding Mexico, I always felt very safe. The transfer takes you on a well-traveled, good road to your resort. The resorts are in secure, gated communities. We walked around Playa del Carmen a good bit and took an extensive tour and were always very comfortable with our surroundings.
Stay tuned for days 3-5 later this week!