Back to Cancun. I previously posted about “Our First Day” in Cancun and as I said before…. AMAZING. I’ve been dying to post about the rest of the trip and I finally get to do just that. So, here are some of our adventures. Mexico is wonderful…. different, but wonderful. Cancun, we came to realize pretty quickly is very Americanized. This is a great thing if you are American and out of the country for the first time! There are still a few things we had to figure out on our own, like pesos and exchange rates, (which is a whole different story in itself, BJ would just love to tell all about that one!), a bit of a language barrier (obviously) and the city bus/transportation system. Thankfully, BJ knows Spanish so that was unbelievably helpful.
Our second day there was Mother’s Day! Like I mentioned in my previous post we woke up to our specially ordered room service breakfast which we ate out on the balcony! We spent most of the day out on the beach where I managed to get extremely sunburned, which is not surprising if you know me at all, we ate great food and went exploring. Just down the street from our resort was this huge outdoor mall called La Isla. It had pretty much everything. We went there to check it out and to get the usual souvenirs for the family. It was a really great day.
This is me, pre-sunburn. My pastiness didn’t stand a chance against that sunshine! (And yes Mom & Dad, I re-applied, multiple times!) Can sunscreen expire? Maybe that’s my problem.
After the beach, we went down to La Isla and stopped in all the fun little souvenir shops. I could spend all day in those, not really buying anything, just looking. We REALLY wanted to get this mask that is so commonly known from the unforgettable “Nacho Libre” but it cost a few too many pesos than we had to spend. That movie is a family favorite, mainly stemming from my brother-in-law, Tim. You better know a few Nacho quotes if you want to fit in with us.
I’m really glad this was just a statue or we would’ve been there all day. BJ loves to practice his Spanish with some authenticity!
La Isla sits right on the lagoon. This is the back side of the mall where a lot of restaurants and shops sit right on the pier.
A real life pirate ship! Okay, not real life, but almost! Even the great Jack Sparrow was aboard… he may or may not have been made out of cardboard. You will never know!
Attractive, I know. Have I mentioned that there is a lot of sun in Cancun?
The highlight the next day was definitely our snorkeling adventure. All I can say is EVERYONE needs to go snorkeling someday. We saw so many beautiful things. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with the ocean and snorkeling really brought it to life for me! I wish so badly I could show you the amazing things we saw but unfortunately we passed up the offer to buy the underwater camera. My favorite part of it was that our tour group consisted of me, BJ and our guide, Abraham. We really lucked out on that. Because of it, we got a more “in depth” tour, and a longer one…(I was pretty exhausted by the end). Probably the most memorable part of the tour was when we got chummy with a group of real life piranhas. “What?” you say, yeah… that’s what I said too. Let me just say, if it were just up to BJ & I, we would have just swam around them, but Abraham guided us right through the middle where we just sat there for a few minutes while they swam all around us. That definitely got my heart rate up. It wouldn’t have been so bad if Abraham would have just left me in the dark about what they were…. but no, right when we were in the midst of them and I’m thinking to myself “oh, what pretty silver fish… let me touch one!”, he motioned for us to surface and continued to tell us that they were indeed piranhas. I grabbed BJ’s arm so tight as I felt them tickling my feet. I could feel a bit of panic creep up on me, but just tried to tell myself they wouldn’t hurt me… right? All I could see in my head was this National Geographic Documentary we had watched the week before where a group of piranhas tore a bird up in the matter of seconds. Was I that bird??! AHH! We went back under the water to find exactly what we left, piranhas everywhere. I think Abraham could sense our tension, so he proceeded to lead us through them. Apparently some piranhas are nice? I’m just glad they didn’t nibble on my toes. I couldn’t have handled that…. obviously.
This is us, after a LONG, LONG journey full of a teensie bit of frustration, finally at Aquaworld ready to head out on our snorkeling tour.
As you can see from our natural glow, it was very, very hot.
This is us out on the top deck on the big boat that took us out to a smaller boat which then took us out to an even smaller boat. That’s the boat we eventually jumped out of to go snorkeling. Lot’s of boats. Fun time to realize you get a little sea sick!
Can we go back?So, the next day was once again, jam-packed full of adventure…. and a lot of boats. We went on a tour to ‘Isla Mujeres’. It’s this beautiful island about 45 minutes out from Cancun, on boat (I’m such a fan… not). This is what I pictured Mexico to look like. It’s old-town, full of beautiful people, so many bright colors and shops just lining the streets. Isla Mujeres is so tiny. It’s 5 miles long and less than .5 mile wide. We walked from ocean to ocean in less than 5 minutes. It’s really a beautiful place. We loved it there. This is the dock where we waited to get on our boat. It was full of character, everywhere! I was loving it.
He’s not grumpy… I just caught him off-guard. I get a little camera happy sometimes. (As if you couldn’t tell….)
So we got on the big boat and rode out 45 minutes.
We got off at this great resort where we had a couple hours of pure relaxation waiting for the even bigger boat to come take us to downtown Isla Mujeres. (I told you there are a lot of boats involved!) While we were at the resort, we enjoyed some amazing hammock/nap/pool time. AND, there were dolphins there. It can’t get better.
Beautiful burn isn’t it?
Yeah, we both fell asleep. Isn’t he a lovely sleeper?
Back onto a big boat that dropped us off at downtown Isla Mujeres.
Tricked ya. I told you we love Nacho. We found a very similar bike though and both got overly excited about it.
Time for a photo shoot on the ocean.
The next day was our last day before we had to leave paradise. We spent it watching the sunrise and traveling to Tulum to look at ancient Mayan ruins. It was a fantastic day.
So at our resort, if you come within your first year of marriage you qualify for the honeymoon package! We actually went a couple weeks after our 1 year anniversary, but it still counted! With the honeymoon package you get a special “romantic dinner” out on the terrace overlooking the ocean. We got back from Tulum, went and got a couples massage (first real massage ever. I can’t even begin to describe…) and proceeded to get spoiled some more. It was a lovely dinner…. and surprise after…..
After dinner and a great Michael Jackson show out by the pool, we went back to our room to find this! It truly was a wonderful resort. Yay for Beach Palace.
Sweet, right? We thought so.
The next morning we woke up to our last day. We had to head to the airport at 11:00 so we decided to spend as much time out on the beach and playing in the ocean as possible. It was a wonderful morning – wish it didn’t have to end.
And we say goodbye….
We are both so grateful we were able to go on such an unforgettable vacation. It’s something that we will keep with us forever. We made so many great new memories and look forward to making so many more.
Thanks for reading… it really was an “endless adventure”… and an endless post!