I’m not here to give a review on every resort we have visited in the past. We have traveled to Mexico seven times in ten years. There’s something for everyone in Mexico. All adult resorts, resorts that cater to the LGBT community and family friendly resorts where children can run freely while the parents relax. It’s been almost three years since our last visit and I promised my daughter I would take her on vacation one of these days. I laugh and tell her that she was with us in Mexico one year, she was just in my belly baking. We always went to an adult only resort but there a plenty of kid friendly resorts that are amazing. Which we will be planning very soon. Mexico is my favorite place to visit that has beautiful warm turquoise water, (the East Coast of Mexico) the amazing people we met and kept friendships with and the memories that will last us forever.
What I LOVE about Mexico, is the All-Inclusive resorts where you don’t have to worry about meals and unlimited drinks. Spa treatments, the romantic candle lit dinner on the beach and being able to relax and not have a care in the world. My one pet peeve is the resorts who harass you about Time Share. Yes, they will be waiting for you when you get off the plane and waiting at the resort. They can be convincing when they are offering you a free dinner, massage or something intriguing that will have you listen for a hour or more about why you should buy a time share. We now kindly say, “no thank you” and enjoy our stay. An All-Adult Inclusive resort can range in prices. We’ve stayed for 5-7 days and have spent $1800-$4000 with air fare included. There are many resorts to choose from for any budget. Be sure not to visit during Spring Break when all the college students are on vacation and check to see when their winter season start. This can put a damper on your trip due to rain. The seven times we visited it rained only one once, which we still enjoyed our day. We traveled in the months of April, May and June and had perfect weather.
My husband is a beach lover and I’m the female Indiana Jones. You can relax or you can go on many adventures from snorkeling, visiting the pyramids, booze cruises, and checking out great restaurants.
Cabo San Lucas was our destination we set out to go. Cabo sits on the tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. We stayed in San Jose del Cabo. We read reviews of different resorts and I wanted to see real photos of visitors that stayed during their visit. I went to Trip Advisor where travelers share photos of there rooms, the resort and see what they had to say about their visit. We both agreed that we did not want a “family friendly” resort. We were on vacation and didn’t want to see any children while we were away relaxing.
When we booked our vacation during the big “Swine Flu” outbreak and officials made a warning for travelers going out of the country. We figured we could get sick from a person locally and headed on our way. We had a beautiful ocean view room with a jacuzzi that sat on the balcony. It was truly a romantic vacation. Due to the Swine Flu scare the hotel was 50% occupied. We had a great time. There were two pools, outside jacuzzi, three restaurants and the staff was amazing. They kept us entertained with daily activities and catered to all our needs.
We took a 30 minute cab ride from our resort to Cabo for our sunset cruise to see Lovers Arch. As we sailed across the Pacific sea we were greeted by of family whales. I never seen a whales so close before and was an amazing site to see. We watched the sun set and headed back to the resort and continued the rest of our vacation. At the end of our trip I was a newly engaged woman and no swine flu.
Now that we visited the West Coast part of Mexico it was time to get a taste of the East Coast. There was a difference of the coasts for me. The Pacific Sea was rough and we weren’t able to swim in the water and I notice the water was colder. The East Coast of Mexico is in the Caribbean Sea making the water warmer that is crystal clear turquoise with soft white sand. We have stayed in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Rivera Maya, and always take a taxi ride to 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen. We been to Mexico so many times, that we decided to rent a car to get around next time we visit. This is how comfortable we feel traveling when we visit. Playa del Carmen offer a strip of shopping boutiques, restaurants, night clubs and beautiful beach. During our visits we saw a few beautiful beach weddings. Mexico is also a big destination wedding location. This is something we considered, but spent our honeymoon here instead.
During our stay at the resorts we visited there was always a great staff, fun daily activities, night club on premises so you can have a good time and head back to your room. The rooms we have booked always had a king size bed, jacuzzi and some with an ocean view suite. Morning sunrise with coffee was something I didn’t grow tired of. During our stay we always made time to visit their spas for massages and I always booked my favorite seaweed wrap. It felt great waking up and walking on the the beach, soaking up the sun and being served drinks like royalty. The resorts have excursions you can book that leave from the hotel each morning. Tip: we did found out instead of going on the long bus tours you can hire a private driver for the day. You won’t end up on a 12 hour tour ( something my husband remind me all the time) but will have a private time and will be the same cost if not cheaper going with a driver. Speak to the hotel to have this arranged.
Chichen Itza was a spectacular site that is a MUST SEE, the Mayan architecture was incredible. Chichen Itza means, “at the mouth of the well of Itza”. Every time the History channel play an episode I yell to the TV, “I been there!” I felt like, I stepped back into time of the Mayans the structures were standing there untouched as they did in the past. The Mayans were technically advance but were quite brutal in their sacrificial offerings. When we toured here it was hot and not much shade to hide from the sun. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes, sun block, wear a sun hat and bring water. Tip: Buy souvenirs while you are here, they are cheaper. During our tour we were taken to a Cenote a few miles from the ruins. Cenotes were Maya sacred places of life and death, as their source of water and as the gateway to the underworld.
I will continue adding more trips to Mexico in the years to come. There are many places I want to explore and want to take my children along for the adventure. Here is my BUCKET LIST of Things to see in Mexico: Tulum, Cozumel, Merida, Copper Canyon, Sumidero Canyon, Marieta Islands, Palenque, and the Gran Cenote. Book your next vacation you won’t forget.