dave jorgensen replied to glowbride's topic in Newbies!!Hi! I've been to the cancun area many times, and would be glad to offer some advice. Regarding where - tulum playa del carmen, or cancun: Cancun has big hotel towers, big night clubs ( some holding 1000's of people), shopping malls, Lots of concrete. Playa (the town) has smaller 2 or 3 story buildings, more laid back. Nightlife is more 'funky' with 50ish patrons. Tulum is to Playa as Playa is to Cancun. You are getting away from it all. from airport, cancun is ~20 minutes, playa closer to 60, tulum 90. if you plan to see some of the major sights, which I highly reccomend Chitchen Itza 2.5 - 3 hours from anywhere Xcaret, Xel-Ha are close to playa. Nice ruins (but small compared to Chitchen) in Tulum. basically, your location should depend on what activities you want to do. Shopping / big nightclubs = cancun. funky chic & activities = playa. getting away from it all = tulum. As others have said, travel agent should get you a better group rate than booking yourself.