I’m back from an amazing, relaxing, beautiful week in Cancun, Mexico. As vacations tend to do, the week FLEW by and now it’s back to reality. Luckily we got home on Saturday afternoon so we had yesterday to bum around the house, do laundry, get groceries and generally prepare ourselves for going back to work and school.
So without further ado, here is the recap of the first half of our Cancun trip.
Our trip TO Cancun was long. We drove to Vancouver last Saturday afternoon then took a red-eye flight to Toronto and after a three hour layover there we caught another flight to Cancun arriving at noon on Sunday.
We had an oceanview room with a king-sized bed and it was lovely! Our hotel wasn’t exactly anything special, and I wouldn’t describe it as “luxurious” but the view from our balcony more than made up for that…
We were famished so the first thing we did when we arrived was go down to the restaurant and eat! We had an all-inclusive so ate most of our meals at the restaurant attached to our resort. Once again, not amazing food but good enough. Breakfast and lunch was actually quite delicious but I was not a fan of the dinner options at all.
After eating we napped! Ha. Red-eye flights are not good for sleep. Then we spent the first evening in Cancun walking on the beach. Nothing too exciting!
Our first full day in Cancun was Monday and I have very few photos to share from it because we spent the day scuba diving! I am seriously kicking myself for not buying a disposable underwater camera because it was AMAZING. We dived with Nautilus Diving in Cancun and I highly recommend them. I thought the price was really reasonable and it included: a mini course on scuba diving as well as practice diving in the pool, all the equipment, and two dives at two different reefs! There was four of us diving, three of us were beginners, and three dive masters came on the dive with us, which was awesome and helpful!
It was super windy in Cancun for most of the week, but especially on Monday, with winds of about 35km/hour. We almost had to postpone our scuba diving because of this. This meant that the water was VERY choppy which made it a bit hard to go down the rope and also meant there was quite a current on the bottom (30 feet underwater) which made it harder to control yourself than either of us expected. On the first dive we had to hang onto a dive master the entire time because both Eric and myself had trouble controlling our buoyancy. On the second dive the reef we were at was bigger and offered more shelter from the current so we were able to control ourselves better and dive on our own. It was definitely a bit of an art form to control your buoyancy down there though, I didn’t expect it to be so hard. Despite that it was by far one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done in my life and I already can’t wait to do it again! Here are some photos grabbed from Google Images of the fish we saw!
On the first dive we saw about 10 barracuda’s! We were only about 6 feet away from them!
On the second dive we saw a lion fish and also swam very close to a school of hundreds of yellow snapper fish! Once again, so so amazing and like nothing I’ve ever experienced!
Anyways, lesson learned, when (not if!) I go scuba diving again I will definitely be bringing an underwater camera. Here we are after the dives:
After diving and before heading back to our resort we wandered across the street to a place called Casa Tequila and had margarita’s and nacho’s! It was good and well-priced, I would recommend it!
After that we caught a cab back to our resort, napped (can you see that this is becoming a trend in our time there! haha) and then got dressed and had dinner in the restaurant.
More margaritas were had!
And then it was bedtime. Scuba diving takes a lot out of you!
Day two was an insanely mellow day. We slept in, and then spent the ENTIRE day laying by the pool and drinking pina colada’s! The sunrises from our balcony were also pretty amazing
99% of Day 2 was spent in this position:
We occupied this huge, incredibly comfy, chair for most of the day and read and napped. Luckily it was pretty cloudy that day so I didn’t get too sunburnt. I say luckily because we only spent a couple of hours outside the following day and I got SEVERELY sunburnt despite wearing SPF 30 and reapplying twice! The sun was shining in full force!
Finally after a full day of lazing around and drinking (seriously, that’s it, that’s all) we went for a walk on the beach. We walked for about an hour on the beach that night and it was a lot harder walking barefoot in the sand than I thought it would be!
After drinking the day away, laying in the sun and going for a walk on the beach we were tired so we went back to our room and… you guessed it… napped!! Siesta is a spanish word so I guess it was appropriate we had one every day we were in Mexico!
We had a late dinner that night and then headed to bed. I would say our time in Mexico (with the exception of the two days we did outings) could be summarized by the following words; drinking, napping and reading, which was perfect. It was a super relaxing time which was exactly what we both needed! I had never been to Mexico before nor had I ever been on an all-inclusive vacation and I loved it, it is something I would definitely do again.
I will recap the second half of our trip in another post
Have you ever done an all-inclusive beach vacation? Have you ever gone scuba diving? Would you want to do either of those things if you never have before?