Mexico’s Riviera Maya

The year was 2015, the month November and we (Mofi & I) had just flown into the airport in Cancun from two different cities, and into two different terminals.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

There was some miscommunication prior to our departure. And, to make matters worse, neither of us had phone service. The result? Two confused girls in an unfamiliar country frantically searching for each other. After what seemed like forever – and at least 20 nightmarish thoughts – I spotted my equally flustered travel buddy.

CANCUN RIVIERA MAYA 

The ride from the airport to our hotel was about 1hr and cost us 55USD each. Pause. Shed a tear or two for our pockets. Yes we had the van to ourselves, yes it was air conditioned, but, no, we were not expecting it to be so expensive. “But we are in Mexico”, we said, “we’re on vacation,” we said.

Fast forward to our arrival at the Dreams Puerto Aventura grounds, all woes were forgotten.

vsco-cam-18
Throwback to these classic glass bottles.

This was both of our first time at an all-inclusive resort, so we had few expectations. We were simply content to not pay extra for food and wi-fi, but Dreams set out to stun us.

For starters, we were upgraded to a room with a beautiful view of the resident dolphins who were shy but popped up enough to satisfy us.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetWe had a full day to ourselves before the wedding so we booked an excursion with a company called Aventuras Mayas.

Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset
First, breakfast.
vsco-cam-19
Prepping to Zipline

vsco-cam-17

vsco-cam-20
Rappelling off a 70ft tower

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset
Cenote – A natural sinkhole.
vsco-cam-23
Do we look like we are freezing? No? We are.

vsco-cam-7Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetNot wanting to waste a moment in the day, we moved from adventure to relax out in the pool area, learn some salsa, and eat! By this time we had made several friends on the Dreams staff who often asked us how we were, invited us to resort events, and made sure we were taken care of. I know they probably did the same for everyone, but this is exactly my point.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with k3 preset
Ceviche : A medley of raw seafood infused with lime (which cooks it) and other garnished like cilantro and onions.

Processed with VSCO with k2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with k3 presetProcessed with VSCO with c2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with kk2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetFor the better half of Saturday and well into the early hours of Sunday, we celebrated with the bride and groom at Barcelo Maya Resort. Weddings, in general, are exciting but this was the most fun I’d had at a wedding in a long while. The food and drinks were stellar, the company even better. We spent the rest of the night dancing to bachata and salsa with the rest of the wedding party.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetvsco-cam-5-1Processed with VSCO with m5 presetvsco-cam-10-1

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
Stuffed crab was excellent
Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset
Melon Liqueur + Sprite

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with k3 preset

For our last full day at the resort, we lazily drifted through our final moments, desperate  to find loopholes that would result in a trip extension.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with k3 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s3 presetvsco-cam-17-1Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset

All good vacations must come to an end and this was one of the hardest to say goodbye to.  We consoled ourselves with the fact that we had an amazing few days.

My only regret is not being able to explore more of Cancun or Riviera Maya. However, we recognized that this was not the trip for that, promised to revisit Mexico in the near future.

vsco-cam-18-1

Have any of you been to Mexico? Where did you go + what did you get up to? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Until next Friday, 

Thanks for reading!

All photos shot on iPhone 6


same footprints, different sands

Advertisements

Posted by

Small-town girl living in the Bay

3 thoughts on “Mexico’s Riviera Maya

  1. You take great pictures and this was an amazing read! Nothing else signals a good blog to me than one with proper grammar, good punctuation and little to no typos.
    You’re in for a great blogging ride, Tiese💕

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s