Our trip to Mexico was nothing short of a dream. We loved exploring Mexico’s history and seeing all that it has to offer. We were only there for 6 days but we loved every minute of it. I would definitely recommend this vacation. So grateful for the notification from Pomelo Travel on cheap tickets that made this trip possible!
We stayed just south of Cancun in a city called Playa del Carmen or Playa and it was amazing! It’s a smaller city which is nice because everything felt so close. Tropical beaches, hopping 5th avenue and gorgeous views. Playa was amazing!
In Playa we stayed at a darling Botique Hotel called Newport House and we would stay there again in a heartbeat. It was a block away from 5th Ave, where all the shops and restaurants are, so you are close enough to walk there every night but far enough away to relax and have a quiet night if you wanted. The room was sparkling clean, the front desk was a dream to work with and we felt like we were coming home every time we entered our doors. It felt so safe and we couldn’t say enough good things about it. If you come to Playa, this is the place to stay.
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The first day we were there we went and visited the Tulum Ruins. We took an ADO bus (cheapest form of travel) and it took about 45 minutes to get there from Playa. It was so hot and we were both dripping with sweat but it was worth it! The ruins were amazing and it was so interesting to read about their history.
On Saturday we woke up early and went on an excursion to swim with Whale Sharks. It was an absolutely incredible experience. They picked us up at our hotel around 6:00 a.m. and we drove up to Cancun. Once we arrived in Cancun we hopped on a boat and rode for about an hour. Once we arrived at the place where the whale sharks usually are we cruised around for about 30 more minutes till we spotted them. Once spotted we jumped in the water two at a time with our guide to swim with them. I was a little nervous jumping in at first but words cannot even begin to express what a breathtaking experience this was. The whale sharks were huge, like school bus sized, but they swam in the water with such grace that I was amazed. It was truly unforgettable! After we swam with the sharks for a little bit, we headed back to Isla Mujeres where the crew made us a delicious ceviche to eat and we relaxed on the beach. We were exhausted by the end of the day but it was such a cool adventure. We booked our excursion with Mexico Whale Shark and thought they were a great company to work with.
Sunday morning we went to church and then Trent convinced me to go fishing with him. Oh man, the things he can talk me into. We found a boat down on the shore, made them a good deal and we were off! We were out fishing for about 30 minutes when the captain yelled that they hooked something! Trent hopped into the fighting chair and reeled in a big Mahi Mahi fish. It was hilarious to watch because everyone was freaking out and I was simply trying to stay in the tiny boat. Trent was on cloud nine. We took the boat back to shore and the crew recommended a restaurant we could take the fish to to get cooked up. The restaurant was amazing and they fed us for two nights off Trent’s fish. It was so good! Best fish tacos I’ve ever had!
Monday we went Scuba Diving and this was probably our favorite part of the trip! We went with Deep Dive Mexico and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thailand Scuba Diving kind of freaked me out so I was a little nervous going into this experience. Our instructor, Marcel, was so incredibly patient and worked with us through everything before we even got in the water. All the equipment was well taken care of and I felt so safe. It is a smaller company which I loved because it was a much more intimate experience. We truly feel like we made a new friend with our instructor! We learned in a pool for a little bit and then went on two gorgeous dives in the ocean. We saw eels and lion fish and other amazing sea life. There is something so amazing about Scuba Diving and this experience made me want to dive more often. We loved every minute! If you are wanting to try out Scuba for the first time, Deep Dive Mexico is the company to do that with. It was amazing!
Tuesday was spent at the XPLOR park in Playa. It was fun to do a different activity than the other ones we’d done that week. XPLOR is almost like an adventure amusement park. They had huge ziplines, drives through the jungle, swimming through caves and some other fun activities. It’s all inclusive, which is nice, and just a fun day activity.
Everyday when we came home for our day activity we would relax by the pool, swim for a little bit and then head to 5th Ave. There were the most delicious restaurants and the night life was so much fun! We recommend exploring 5th Avenue when it’s cooler at night because walking around in Mexico during the day is brutal.
We had so much fun on this trip and will definitely be back! It was incredible! Please reach out if you have any questions. We would love to tell you more!