If you’re thinking about booking your first trip to Mexico several thoughts have probably crossed your mind, ranging from “Is my vacation going to coincide with ASU’s spring break?” to “Will I get shot?” Well, here’s the good news: even if your vacation happens to fall on a week that’s popular for college freshman travel, there are still plenty of incredible spots in this huge country that you can visit—places where we can pretty much guarantee you won’t get caught in the middle of drug cartel turf wars either. One of these areas is the Yucatan, which stretches down from the craziness of Cancun to the serenity of Tulum, with towns like Playa del Carmen and Akumal falling somewhere in between. And, to make things even easier, we’ve put together a quick guide for what you can expect when it comes to your maiden Mexican voyage.