Everyone knows, has been or has heard of Cancun, Mexico’s hottest beach destination and biggest tourist trap – lol, okay that might sound dramatic but it’s totally true to some degree; The wild spring breakers, big chain hotels like Hard Rock Café and the simple fact that some places only accept USD, I mean, c’mon!
Well, with all this in mind I had avoided traveling to Cancun for years until this summer when my sister suggested we take a family vacation there. I was against it immediately arguing that Cancun was going to be SUPER expensive and that there would be a million people on the beach and well, that it was just an overall bad idea. With everyone excited to go I couldn’t fight the crowd so I went with the flow and very reluctantly booked my ticket to the infamous Cancun – lol.
We arrived to Cancun and I quickly changed into my swimsuit and headed straight to the beach. Not a single soul was out. It was just I and the beautiful crystal clear blue water and soft white sand aaaand the most perfect sunny day. I ran into the water and swam for a while super confused at the fact that the beach was deserted. I got out of the water and lay in the sand, enjoying the sound of the waves in peace and quiet. It was perfect.
We rented an Airbnb that was beachfront but away from all the bigger hotels and clubs, which is probably why there weren’t any tourists out on the beach. It was awesome. The week we spent there went pretty much like this: beach, breakfast, beach, lunch, beach, dinner, beach – lol. What made our stay extra awesome was having a kitchen. I know it’s weird but we took a bus to the local super market and fish market (OMG the seafood was amazing, so fresh!) to buy food for the week. We cooked and didn’t have to go out to eat which helped limit our expenses and let us really just relax and not worry about getting all dressed up to go out, paying for a cab or an Uber (which btw are supposedly illegal in Cancun – still dubious about this) and most importantly, it helped us maximize our time on the beach. We also bought bottles of tequila and beer at a corner store which was super great too – lol, we were our own bartenders on the beach ::sigh:: can I go back now?!
During our time there we decided that it’d be good to at least do 1 of the many excursions Cancun has to offer, so we went on the Extreme Adventure Tour. This particular excursion included: ATVing through the jungle, swimming at a beautiful cenote and zip lining, OH and it included a delicious traditional Aztec lunch (cochinita pibil) after everything. We all had so much fun exploring the jungle and seriously mega enjoyed our lunch, which was probably the best cochinita pibil I’ve ever had, all with a side of tequila J lol – it was perfect.
I’m sure you can tell by now that I deeply regret avoiding Cancun for so long - lol. I’M SORRY – I’m a fool, I know! LOL. Welp, if you didn’t already know that Cancun is one of the most stunning beaches in the world, you do now and definitely shouldn’t wait as long as I did to travel there – I totally and very highly recommend you do, at least one or twice ;)
Below are photos from our trip if you’d like to see all that I’m raving about.