Lucas and I are kind of like those retired people who go on a cruise like every 4 months. Only, for us (who are both in our 30’s, mind you), our “cruise” is Mexico.
That clear blue Caribbean water, those white sandy beaches, the quick and affordable flights direct to Cancun, and of course, those all-inclusive prices. It’s been enough to lure us to Mexico 5 times since we’ve been together (including our honeymoon). Lucas is a creature of habit, and in his eyes — “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
And when it comes to the Riviera Maya, it’s hard to disagree.
This week I’ve found myself craving a trip south of the border yet again. But I don’t know how soon it’s going to happen, since we’ve already used up a lot of our vacation days for the year. So, for a quick fix, I started to browse through some of our old pictures.
Can’t decide if it’s helped…or just made me want to go back that much more.
The view from our balcony in Isla Mujeres.
Pier at Avalon Reef Club in Isla Mujeres. We happened to travel here about 2 days after Hurricane Ike went through. From what we heard, the water is usually like a crystal clear sheet of glass. We saw a glimpse of that the day we were leaving, but even without the “perfect” water, the place was still beautiful.
Isla Mujeres is actually an island off the coast of Cancun. It’s about a 20 minute ferry ride. Our hotel was on an island off the island, accessible by a narrow, wooden bridge.
The whole island is about 5 miles long. So the main mode of transportation is golf carts. You can rent them for the day and experience the entire island via one, gorgeous road.
One of the main attractions on the island is the turtle farm. It’s part of a major effort to enforce a new Mexico law stating turtles can’t be killed for meat, shells or eggs. The turtles are raised at the farm, and then school children set them free once they’re big enough to go out on their own. Very cool.
Amazing hurricane-induced sunset.
Puerto Aventuras (honeymoon)
We spent our honeymoon at the same hotel we stayed in the first time we went to Mexico. It was renovated when we went back, and had become Dreams Puerto Aventuras. The picture above is at our favorite bar, right on the beach.
Deep sea fishing. Caught a Trigger Fish.
And a scary barracuda.
And no matter what, we always meet new people and make new friends. This picture was the result of the full, top-shelf bar on our floor. Funny how you think you’re done for the night…and then, well, that happens.
Puerto Morelos (group trip)
We’ve had so much fun visiting Mexico, that we felt it was only right to share the pleasure with our good friends. So last May we took a group trip down there. We liked to call it Spring Break 2010. We plan to make this adventure an annual tradition.
We all took a cool little jet ski/snorkel trip.
And, yes, the swim-up bar is always a nice attraction, too.
…Okay. I’m convinced. Time to book another trip…