As I imagine you have surmised, our trip to Mexico was fantastic. It was, in my opinion, the best vacation I’ve ever had. The weather was perfect, the location was beautiful, and the company was ideal.
We stayed in small beach hotel in Tulum, about 90 minutes south of Cancun. It was most decidedly not a big all-inclusive resort and I probably wouldn’t have chosen this route if we weren’t traveling with Sharon and Al. They have been to Mexico many times and I knew going with them meant that we could do more of a choose-your-own-vacation type of trip. We were free to wander the beach, visit any restaurants we wanted, and go on excursions on our own. Ours was not the fanciest hotel in the area but it had everything we needed, including bar service on the beach. And I quite literally stepped out of our front door into the sand.
While we were there we went snorkeling at Akumal. Now, snorkeling isn’t my thing but Dale loves it and I was willing to give it a shot since I knew the fish would be pretty. And they were. I have no idea what they were but the colors were vibrant and lovely. We also snorkeled in a cenote which was completely different from the lagoon and it was really cool when the bats were flying over our heads in the cave.
We also visited the ruins and they were pretty amazing. It’s awesome to think about how old they are and how they represent a time period long gone.
And we shopped! We brought home blankets and jewelry and clothing and more. It was fun to talk with the different shop owners and haggle for the best price. Spending pesos wasn’t like spending real money anyway and I had to keep telling myself “divide by 12” every time I looked at the price of something.
We had some fantastic dinners and fell in love with ceviche. And we drank lots and lots of cerveza and tequila. We danced to a local band, we met some great women from Austria, we played and partied hard and truly loved every minute we were there.
Finally, because I can’t decide which photos to share, here’s a slide show of all of them. Enjoy!
I’m sure you can understand why I can’t wait to go back next year!
I’m so happy y’all had such a great trip! One of my own best-vacations-EVER was to Akumal — such a glorious and peaceful spot — so I can well imagine your trip. Thanks for sharing your photos! Now I can feel like I had a restful week in Mexico, too. Ahhhhhhh. . . .
Ahhh, it looks amazing! so glad you had such a wonderful time. (and thank you for all the photos…perfect for a chilly wet Monday morning!)
So thrilled you had such a great time 🙂
You look so beautiful, so rested and so happy in every photo. It may not have been the most elegant of resorts, but it looks like a slice of heaven on the Mexican beach! What more could a grrl want than friends, shopping and booze!?
Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like a vacation at the beach!!
Kelly K says
Awesome Photos!! Glad you guys had such an enjoyable trip! Sounds like a really nice time. I can NOT EVEN WAIT to go for Our Honeymoon! Only 56 more days, but who’s counting? lol
I spent a little more than a week on the Maya Riviera…it was da best!
I’m so glad you guys had a nice relaxing, FUN vacation! What a great spot – right on the beach. Heaven….
Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful photos! Sometimes the simplest vacations by the beach are truly the best! Glad you had a wonderful time.
Mary K. in Rockport says
wow, my teakettle boiled dry while I was looking! I think that show needs a sound track, don’t you?
Oh my…that looks heavenly! I’ll have to talk with you one day…I’m going warm in 2014 if it’s the last thing I do! 😉
Cheryl S. says
Looks like you had a fabulous time. The beach hotel sounds perfect – I think I’d enjoy that much better than a big all-inclusive resort.
I wish I enjoyed haggling when shopping, but I hate it. So of course, I overpay for everything.
Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. It’s obvious that you had a wonderful time in a beautiful place.
Sounds divine. I love the smaller hotels that offer things like stepping out the door onto the beach as opposed to “manufactured” attractions! Glad your vacation was so great!
My, my what beautiful photos. I’m a little envious of your ability with a camera! Thanks for sharing all of them. Sue
I’m so happy for you! What a fabulous trip!
Looks spectacular! The ruins, vegetation, ocean, birds, hotel setting all make for a relaxing adventure. Now the abundance of lizards? Hmm. You all look fantastic!