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.
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 a new 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. Well, we were actually here for a wedding, so wedding vacation?
Fast forward to our arrival at the Dreams Puerto Aventura grounds, all our woes were truly forgotten.
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.
Wonderfully, we had a day to ourselves before the wedding so we decided to seek out some adventure.
Not wanting to waste a moment in the day, we moved from adventure to relax out in the pool area, learn some salsa, and eat to our heart’s content. 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.
For 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 so much fun 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 quite literally (well, not literally, but… ya dig) danced the night away.
For our last full day at the resort, we lazily drifted through our final moments, desperately trying to find loopholes that would result in a trip extension.
But all good vacations must come to an end. This one was one of the hardest to say goodbye to, but we consoled ourselves with the fact that we had an absolutely amazing few days. An all inclusive resort vacation is perfect if you’re wanting to relax completely, as everything is taken care of from the moment you walk in.
My only regret is not being able to explore more of Cancun or Riviera Maya. However, we came to accept that this simply was not the trip for that, and we promise to come back to do some exploring in the future.
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