Earlier this year I graduated from high school and my mother and I went on a trip to Cancun to celebrate. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my experiences with you and how I would visit Cancun differently.
Cancun is a big tourism city in Mexico, but if done right, it can be a beautiful vacation spot. My mother and I stayed at the Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort – something really fun for me, as an aspiring Environmental Studies major at the time. The resort is in the middle of a small jungle and even has cenotes available to tour. The overall atmosphere of the resort is amazing, it makes you feel as though you’re in the center of a jungle. Also, the layout allows for some privacy although there are many people in the resort itself. The food is not high-quality, though. The resort is all-inclusive, so the free buffets can become a bit repetitive and even the paid meals were not that great. All of the amazing meals we had were outside the hotels, but more on that later. The beach that the hotel is on is not the best, but it was great for daily sunbathing and swimming!
Here are some pictures taken at the hotel:
The biggest adventure we had were the Coba ruins near Tulum. We rented a car, an adventure I don’t regret doing, and drove the hour and a half long drive from our hotel to the ruins. I recommend getting the basic tour guide offered at the ruins; we learned a lot about the culture, but didn’t feel overwhelmed. We then rented bicycles and rode our way through the jungle to the various other ruin sites. Because Coba is not fully excavated, the ruins were not as busy as those of Chichen Itza, the more popular attraction. Overall, the experience was amazing and made me realize how much I appreciate ancient cultures.
Here are some pictures from Coba:
After the amazing adventure, my mom and I went to the most amazing beach: Akumal beach. The sand was incredibly soft and just stunning. Definitely one of the most recommended places to visit in Cancun.
And we had an amazing lunch near there at La Buena Vida Restaurant- yummy fish tacos!! And they even had a tribal dance performance while we waited for our meal. It was certainly a great experience, plus an amazing location: the restaurant was right on the water!
The last day we were there we decided to go snorkeling, but we didn’t plan anything in advance so we ended up choosing the first available one we could find at the hotel. This is one thing I would not recommend. Although spontaneity is something I always appreciate in vacations, if you want to go on very popular tours, they have to be planned ahead of time. We took a very bumpy, but refreshing, catamaran ride to the location and spent about an hour in the water (I honestly can’t remember how long it was, but I have a feeling it was about an hour). I don’t have any pictures or even know the company we used, but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway, so maybe that’s a good thing.
Overall, our trip to Cancun was incredible and served is main purpose: relaxing. Although I’m not a person that likes to relax on vacations, the trip was well needed after a year of stressful schooling. Definitely hope to visit Cancun again!