Love Me in Cancun…
Cancun is a demanding place. It demands your attention, appreciation, and taste buds. Every human sense will be dominated with tropical touch. I cannot get enough of this place! I love the people, the music, the food, and the scenes. If you’re looking for advice on what to do on a local resort, this blog is not for you. I’m going to take you to the most beautiful scenes Cancun has to offer, while showing you it’s history and culture. I love indulging in food, embracing the locals in warm conversation, and visiting the surrounding areas. Keep reading to find out my favorite recommendations!
Where To Stay
My requirements for a resort are pretty low key. I am kinda nuts, so it needs to have a pristine bathroom. Other than that, I am just happy to be in Cancun. I have stayed at the Krystal Grand Punta Cancun a couple of times, and I cannot say enough good stuff about it! This hotel is kid friendly, equipped with a kids center. Didn’t bring your kids, like myself? No problem! There are areas that are adult only, and even an adult only swimming pool with cabanas and the works! My husband, Levi, and I stayed in the new addition, The Tower. We stayed up on the 14th floor, overlooking the gorgeous Gulf Of Mexico. Our room was immaculate, beautifully designed, and boasted a bathroom to die for! Ok, I am REALLY in love with the fact I could open a sliding glass door inside my shower, that opened up to the balcony overlooking to ocean! WHAT?! Not to mention the rain fall shower head. Walk out to the porch and you can enjoy a beautiful view while sitting in the hot tub. It just doesn’t get any better. The staff is so friendly, accommodating, and polite. Their breakfast is to die for, and the floor to ceiling windows allow for a beautiful morning ocean view. The hotel is located towards the end of the peninsula, which everyone knows: location, location, location! This is perfect because there is not much traffic and noise down there, but it’s a quick 5 minute walk to the strip. The beach is well taken after, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a sea turtle nesting eggs like I was!
Where To Eat
Cancun has a lot of tourist trap type of restaurants there, but I wanted to get away from the tourist areas and eat the real deal. First of all, you need to try Al Pastor. Slow grilled rotisserie style pork, marinated and juicy, and ready to fill a tortilla. You can find Al Pastor on the strip, or just about every corner. This is a Mexican staple and once you try it, you’ll realize why it’s so popular!
Porfirio’s was an awesome fine dining restaurant, with a beautiful waterfront view and gourmet Mexican food. Feeling brave? Try their sauteed grasshoppers! I highly recommend the lychee martini! This martini was so light and delicious, with a floral hint to it. The food was fabulous, the atmosphere was romantic and modern, and we truly enjoyed watching the sunset while sipping on their awesome selection of spirits.
La Parrilla was an amazing hole in the wall restaurant in donwtown Cacnun, which is off the beaten path for a lot of tourist. This places offers a wide variety of traditional dishes in a very relaxed setting. We enjoyed a table by the window, and watched the locals walk on down the street. We loved the mariachi band swooning us with their classic hits, and the long stemmed rose from the local selling them individually from a huge, velvety, fresh bouquet.
What To Do
Cancun has so much to offer, and it truly can fit everyone’s needs. It’s a beach goer’s dream, a partier’s place, and everything in between. Firstly, the beach is my all time favorite place to decompress. The warm water and white sand is a great place to relax, or even rent a jet ski and get that adrenaline going. Either way, there are plenty of lounge spots to pick from, and Krystal Grande has those amazing cabanas right on the sand to lay and enjoy the view on!
The strip is such a cool place! The artwork, the people, the noise! There is so much to take in, and it only gets louder and more exciting as the day ages. Levi and I enjoyed a few drinks at a cool dig called Monkey Business. We enjoyed a hookah and a few laughs over the drunks trying their best to sing their fool heads off. We enjoyed the simplicity of just being amongst the moving crowd of people and walking along the strip. There are all sorts of vendors, food, and clubs. Yes, ladies and gents, you have to hit the tourist traps once, just for fun! This strip is full of them, but there is no place like it!
I could make an entire vacation out of Tulum! If you’re looking for a lowkey place, this is it! Its about two hours south of Cancun, and is passed all the tourist traps. Tulum is what dreams are made of. First stop were making is the cenotes!
Dos Ojos Cenotes
Grab up some snorkeling gear and get ready for a guided tour through the Dos Ojos Cenotes. There is so much to take in! The cenotes is off the beaten path, and down a bumpy dirt road. We gathered our snorkeling gear and walked down their steps, revealing a body of water unlike any other. The water is crystal clear, and the cave is encrusted in stalagmites and stalactites. The guided tour is engaging and informative, swimming through some small passages with bats flying overhead. The beauty of this experience is that it is deep in nature, and nature never has a script. Just as we thought we had seen it all and were leaving, monkeys surprised up by swinging from tree to tree overhead. Visiting the cenotes was by far the best way to break up a two hour car ride to Tulum. Head back to the taxi and downtown Tulum is only a 20 minute drive!
Tulum Mayan Ruins
I really enjoy history and culture, so naturally this was an absolute must! Upon pulling up, you will have to park in the shopping center’s parking lot, but truth be told, it’s a life saver. It was such a hot day, and it’s best to prepare accordingly, because this tour is in the scortching sun. Grab yourself a fresh coconut water before you head out, you’ll thank me later. After a short walk, you will be guided throughout the areas beautiful city. They Mayan city was built upon the 15 meter high cliffs, with a castle facing the ocean. Each building was so beautifully thought out, you can imagine the life the city provided. After the tour, you are welcome to walk down the cliff steps and enjoy a swim in the ocean, while gazing up at the Mayan ruins. Can you say INCREDIBLE?
We stayed away from the tourist areas of Tulum, despite my urge to indulge in their bohemian themed lifestyle. Instead, we opted for the true down town experience, and we were not disappointed! Much like Cancun, Tulum has a great sense of freedom of expression through art form. All sorts of buildings display gorgeous graffiti, and businesses keep their shops vibrant and ecentric. We walked along the business district and enjoyed all that the shops had to offer. I especially loved walking into a Mexican bakery! I could not get enough of the aesthetically beautifl display! After a long day in Tulum, we excitedly sat down to order some al pastor from a small vender, and called Riguel to close up our exquisite day trip to Tulum.
Hop on a ferry and head over to Isla Mujeres! The ferry ride is about 20 minuets, and allows a beautiful turquoises water view. Getting through the port is quick, and it’s in the center of the business district, so a majority of things are accessible by foot. Not to worry, there are plenty of taxis to be had, but better yet, rent a gulf cart and really explore! This little island offers a lot! The beaches are pristine, of course. We had to get in the water right away, while sipping on a cool coconut water. The life. Before the day blew by, we hopped in our gulf cart to go chase some food.
This place is not on the beaten path of the main business district, but is such a cool spot to hide out at for a little while. I recommend going to the location that is the 420 suite, which is close to Punta Sur. This rasta themed restaurant has got all the good vibes. Good drinks, good food, and even a good little doggie named Marley who lounges around. Live music plays as you rehydrate on their frosty margaritas and indulge in their salsa verde enchiladas. The trees create a natural sun screen with their large overhangs, making this place straight up magical. It’s hard NOT to love this place! Once your ready to head out, take a drive around the cliffs up ahead, and stop in to the small time ice cream vendor. He sells it on foot out of a little cart, and scoops you a cold ice cream cone. I highly recommend the coconut one! And of course, it’s ice cream with a view! Sit on the wall around the edge of the cliff, where he is located, and eat that ice cream before it melts.
After leaving The Joint all stuffed and tired, we dipped for a little joy ride. Punta Sur is breathtaking, with azure waters below limestone cliffs, and vibrant native plants sprawling across the land. The surrounding neighborhoods are so colorful and amazing. Pull off to the side of the road and enjoy the small vendors. I especially love the fresh, tropical fruit vendors. Words can barely grasp the tranquil setting Punta Sur offers. Your soul is just going to have to feel it for yourself.