Escape to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Ashley Strickland, Special to CNNUpdated 31st May 2012
(CNN) — When you're planning a vacation in Mexico, you have a lot of options -- two coastlines, big cities, quaint villages, deserts and jungle.
One of the most popular areas, with good reason, is the Yucatan Peninsula.
From the azure waters of Cancun to lazy, sun-soaked days in Valladolid and Merida, iReporters share photos from this verdant part of Mexico that overflows with history and good food. Check out the gallery above.