2021 Travel Update
We have just returned from a trip flying for the first time since COVID and I have never felt so safe traveling. We are planning a trip this June to our favorite country, Mexico. We have so many places to visit that we still have not seen. Mexico is taking all precautions for tourists to visit. There are great deals on resorts at this time, with some offering free additional stays.
Adult need a break too
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 for one year, she was just in my belly baking.
We always went to an adult-only resort but there are plenty of kid-friendly resorts that are amazing. Mexico is my favorite place to visit that has beautiful warm turquoise water, (the East Coast of Mexico) 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 that 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 you will have you listen to for an hour or more about why you should buy a timeshare. 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 airfare 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 starts. This can put a damper on your trip due to rain. The seven times we visited it rained only once, which we still enjoyed our day.
We traveled in 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, swimming with dolphins, and checking out great restaurants.
CABO SAN LUCAS
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 their rooms, the resort and see what they had to say about their visit. We both agreed that while we were on vacation, we didn’t want to see any children while we were away relaxing.
We had a beautiful ocean view room with a jacuzzi that sat outside on the balcony. It was a truly romantic vacation. We had a great time. There were two pools, an 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 family whales. I never saw whales so close before and it was an amazing sight to see. We watched the sunset 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 would be planning my wedding for the following year.
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 in 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 with crystal clear turquoise and soft white sand.
We stayed in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Rivera Maya, Puerto Morelos, and always take a taxi ride to 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen. We have been to Mexico so many times, that we decided to rent a car to get around the next time we visit. This is how comfortable and safe we feel when we visit.
Playa del Carmen offers a strip of shopping boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, and beautiful beaches. 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, the staff was fun and had daily activities for guests. There was a nightclub on the 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. Sunrise with coffee was something I didn’t grow tired of.
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 beach, soaking up the sun, and being served drinks like royalty.
Helpful Tips While You’re In Mexico
The resorts have excursions you can book that leave from the hotel each morning. We stopped at about 5 different hotels to pick up passengers before we got to our destination. We found out instead of going on the long bus tour you can hire a private driver for the day.
Admissions for your excursions are cheaper when you are on your own, rather than booking with your hotel/resort. You won’t end up on a 12-hour tour ( something my husband reminds me of all the time). You can enjoy a private trip and it 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 sight 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 plays an episode I yell to the TV, “I been there!” I felt like, I stepped back into a 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, sunblock, 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 Mayan 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.