crushing on cancún – a postcard from the beaches of mexico

Just four days into 2016, I took my very first trip south of the border to the colorful, captivating and controversial land commonly known as MEXICO! James, Mollie, Julie (my favorite travel compadres) & I woke up super early/in the middle of the night, boarded a flight from dreary New York, and a few hours later were greeted by the swaying palm trees & heavy, humid air of Cancún. IMG_7640

We spent the majority of the week lounging on beach chairs in the hot Mexican sun, where servers from the hotel would periodically check in to take drink orders. I had never stayed in an all-inclusive resort before, and even though we had paid for this trip months before, it felt almost too good to be true. We sampled essentially the entire drink menu, and even took advantage of the full lunch menu that was offered – they brought us real, GOOD food… ON THE BEACH! The luxury of it all was beyond comprehension.


Breakfast in a Mexican resort


One of my favorite parts of the trip was just simply being at the beach – and how thrilling it was to be getting a little sunburnt in January. The water was so warm and so clear, it was hard to believe this place was REAL – that it wasn’t a creation of someone’s fantastical mind, that no one made the water that blue, it just really really really was that color. We spent hours in that sea over the course of the week, playing like we were kids again at the Jersey shore.

We were an advertisement for happiness all week long.

the view from our room ~heart eyes~IMG_7627Classic JamesIMG_5237Podcasters gonna podcast….lolIMG_7611sunrise over CancúnIMG_7723

On our last night in Cancún, we look a few sunset photos on the beach, and then had a DELISH dinner at Captain’s Cove by the lagoon across the street. After a close encounter with a crocodile, we sat down to feast on creamy octopus, crab & shrimp risotto, crab cakes, crab-stuffed shrimp, and in my case, too many margaritas. (IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!)

We ended the night by singing embarrassing karaoke (….Dixie Chicks….Taylor Swift….Shania Twain…) to a crowd of about 12 people, and falling in love with a boy who was probably 5 years younger than me from Utah. With whom I did not exchange one word. Sigh.






We only left our hotel on the Americanized and tourist-driven little strip of land a few times, but my starry-eyed first impression of Mexico was that it was a country full of friendly, bubbly (hungry for tips?) people, an impressive history, beautiful beaches and the best cuisine this world has to offer – and I already can’t wait to return.

Have you ever visited Cancún?

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  • Reply HeavyCloud

    Beautiful. And happy belated birthday!

    February 22, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thank you and thank you!

      February 22, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Glaiza Binayas

    Wow! Such a great place. Would love to visit it someday. Happy belated happy birthday to you! 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Definitely worth the visit – especially if you can find some great deals like we did! 🙂 & thanks!

      February 22, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply camerapacker

    Fun px of a great place.

    February 22, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Well thank you very much 🙂

      February 22, 2016 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Mollie Simon

    Take me back! I love these pictures 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Reply Kristen

      And I love you!

      February 22, 2016 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    Y’all are so cute. Hooray for fun, warm, sunny, happy trips!!! <3 <3

    February 23, 2016 at 11:16 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Yes hooray hooray hooray!

      February 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Laura (PA Pict)

    It looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday with friends. Coincidentally, I also spent my last birthday (in November) in Cancun. Our hotel (the CasaMagna) was also right on the beach and had a fabulous pool. I loved being able to swim outdoors at night. We didn’t spend much time on the beach, however, as we were there to explore Mayan ruins.

    February 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Yes it was so nice to be so close to the water! We also visited the ruins – I’m going to share some photos from Chichen Itza soon!

      February 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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