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.
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~Classic JamesPodcasters gonna podcast….lolsunrise over Cancún
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?