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A Blissful Escape: Our Unforgettable Trip to Cancun

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

There's nothing quite like embarking on a romantic getaway with your loved one, and my recent trip to Cancun with my fiancé was a dream come true. From the moment we set foot on the white sandy beaches, to exploring ancient ruins, and indulging in mouthwatering cuisine, every experience was a testament to the beauty and allure of this Mexican paradise. Join me as I take you through the highlights of our unforgettable journey, and perhaps inspire you to plan your own romantic escapade.



How to Get There

Getting to Cancun is a breeze, with numerous options available to suit every traveler's preferences. If you're flying from abroad, Cancun International Airport is well-connected to major cities around the world. Direct flights are available from various locations, making it convenient to reach this tropical haven.


We flew from Juarez, Chih. on a direct flight to Cancun Quintana Roo with Volaris. The flights are extremely inexpensive when flying through national flights. If you are near a border city, consider flying out of a Mexican airport. If you decide to flight with a Mexican airline, remember you can purchase food, snacks and drinks on the flight with cash or card. Make sure you have the appropriate documents and permits to travel through México if you are a US citizen. For more information read my blog, Ready to Jet: The Ultimate Guide to Applying for a Passport for Your Child.


Once you land at the airport, you can easily take a taxi or arrange for a shuttle service to your accommodation. As you exit the airport, there is an abundance of sellers offering various packages to travel and excursions. I do not recommend purchasing there given the prices may be elevated.


Pro Tip: Ubers are not allowed in Cancun, however, you can schedule a personal driver to pick you up prior to your arrival. They will wait for you in the family & friends pick up locations at the airport and take your directly to your hotel. Contact your hotel or Airbnb and ask if they have any transportation options.


Where to Stay

When it comes to choosing the perfect place to stay in Cancun, you'll be spoiled for choice. This vibrant city offers a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget and preference. If you're seeking luxury and indulgence, the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera) is the place to be. Here, you'll find an array of luxurious resorts and all-inclusive hotels that offer breathtaking ocean views, private beaches, and world-class amenities. For a more local and authentic experience, consider staying in downtown Cancun. This bustling area offers a mix of hotels, boutique accommodations, and budget-friendly options. It's also conveniently located close to local markets, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Another popular option is to stay in Playa Mujeres, located just north of Cancun. This tranquil beachfront area is known for its upscale resorts and serene ambiance. No matter where you choose to stay, Cancun offers accommodations that cater to all tastes, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay during your visit.


All Inclusive Resort: Fiesta Americana Condesa Hotel

If you're looking for a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and impeccable service during your stay in Cancun, look no further than Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel. Situated in the heart of the Hotel Zone, this exquisite resort offers an unforgettable experience. From the moment you step into the stunning lobby, you'll be greeted by a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The beautifully designed rooms provide a haven of relaxation, boasting elegant décor, plush furnishings, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea or the lush gardens. The resort's amenities are second to none, with multiple pools, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and a variety of dining options to please every palate. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the diverse restaurants, where talented chefs serve up a fusion of international and traditional Mexican dishes. The attentive staff goes above and beyond to ensure that your every need is met, making your stay truly exceptional. Whether you're seeking relaxation on the pristine beach, engaging in exciting water sports, or simply unwinding by the poolside, Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel provides the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay in Cancun.



Airbnb: Tahk Tower Penthouse

For a truly unique and luxurious experience in Cancun, consider staying in the Airbnb penthouse at the Tahk Tower. This stunning accommodation offers a blend of modern elegance and breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. As you step into the penthouse, you'll be greeted by sleek and stylish interiors, thoughtfully designed to create a sophisticated ambiance. The spacious living areas are adorned with contemporary furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing natural light to flood the space. The highlight of this penthouse is undoubtedly the expansive terrace, complete with a private pool and comfortable loungers, where you can relax and soak up the sun while enjoying the mesmerizing views. The penthouse is equipped with top-of-the-line amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, high-speed internet, and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Located in the heart of Cancun, you'll have easy access to vibrant nightlife, shopping districts, and renowned restaurants. Staying at the Tahk Tower Airbnb penthouse promises an exclusive and luxurious retreat, offering the perfect base for a memorable stay in this tropical paradise.



What to Do


1. Sun-Kissed Beaches and Crystal Clear Waters:

Cancun is renowned for its pristine beaches, and our first day was all about basking in the sun and sinking our toes into the warm, powdery sand. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea beckoned us, and we couldn't resist taking a dip. Snorkeling together in the vibrant coral reefs was a magical experience, as we marveled at the kaleidoscope of colorful fish and underwater wonders. We spent hours walking hand-in-hand along the shore, cherishing the serenity and tranquility that enveloped us.


2. Exploring Islas Mujeres:

Start your adventure by exploring the island's breathtaking beaches, like Playa Norte, known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery white sand. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will be captivated by the vibrant coral reefs that surround the island, teeming with colorful marine life. For a cultural immersion, take a stroll through the charming downtown area and visit the lively Mercado Municipal, where you can shop for local crafts and savor delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Don't miss the chance to visit the Punta Sur Ecological Park, home to ancient Mayan ruins and a mesmerizing cliffside viewpoint overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Isla Mujeres is the perfect tropical haven to escape the everyday and indulge in unforgettable experiences.


We booked our snorkeling experience as we docked the ferry in Isla Mujeres. There were plenty of excursions and activities for sale. The specific one we booked was only $40 per person and included four points of the island: snorkeling, a fresh swim in shallow waters, dolphin watch, and a buffet stop at a beach club party.

Tip for Tequila Lovers: Walk to this cute boutique and try some free tequila samples and perhaps take one with you. Have you ever tried a tequila with a scorpion, rattle snake or worms?


3. Exploring Mayan Ruins: Chichen Itzá & Tulum

No trip to Cancun would be complete without immersing oneself in its rich history and ancient wonders. We embarked on a day trip to the iconic Mayan ruins of Tulum, situated on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. As we wandered among the well-preserved structures and intricate carvings, we couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and reverence for the civilization that once thrived here. The panoramic views from the cliff's edge were simply breathtaking, and we reveled in the shared experience of stepping back in time together.


Embark on a journey through time by visiting the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Chichen Itza, located just a few hours away from Cancun, Mexico. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to the grandeur and architectural brilliance of the ancient Mayan civilization. As you step foot into this historic marvel, you'll be greeted by iconic landmarks such as the majestic El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, with its impressive stepped pyramid design. Explore the intricate stone carvings and intricate artwork that adorn the structures, and marvel at the mathematical precision of the Mayan calendar. The rich history and mystique of Chichen Itza make it a must-see destination for history buffs and curious travelers alike, providing a glimpse into the ancient past of Mexico's fascinating indigenous cultures.


Both of these excursions can be booked through the Airbnb or Expedia apps. Most of the time, the excursion is encompassed by a cenote visit, food, and many other options. The excursions are great when experienced with a local tour guide to educate and answer any questions you might have about the beautiful sights.


4. Savoring Mexican Gastronomy:

Cancun is a paradise not only for beach lovers and history enthusiasts but also for food enthusiasts like us. We indulged in the vibrant flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine, tantalizing our taste buds with mouthwatering street tacos, freshly prepared guacamole, and zesty ceviche. We relished each bite, discovering the perfect balance of spices and savoring the local delicacies. Romantic candlelit dinners on the beach allowed us to savor the delectable creations while gazing at the moonlit waves, creating memories we'll cherish forever.


5. Cenotes- Cancun and Tulum:

Embark on an aquatic adventure like no other by exploring the mystical cenotes of Cancun and Tulum. These natural sinkholes, formed by the collapse of limestone caves, offer an otherworldly experience for swimmers and snorkelers. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of these underground marvels, where the sunlight filtering through creates an ethereal ambiance. As you glide through the cenotes, you'll be mesmerized by the mesmerizing rock formations and stalactites that adorn the cavern walls. The cenotes are also home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it a haven for underwater exploration. Snorkelers will delight in encountering colorful fish, turtles, and even freshwater cenote-dwelling species. With numerous cenotes to choose from, each with its own unique charm, you can create an itinerary that caters to your preferences, whether it's the open-air cenotes surrounded by lush jungle or the partially covered ones with beams of sunlight shining through. Whether you're a seasoned snorkeler or a first-timer, the cenotes of Cancun and Tulum promise an unforgettable experience that blends natural beauty and adventure in perfect harmony.


Pro Tip: Make sure to take your bathing suit, comfortable water shoes, and mosquito repellent. The waters are very cold but refreshing! Most excursions will provide any additional equipment necessary for each cenote experience.


6. Xcaret- More Than Just a Theme Park:

Step into a world of enchantment and adventure at Xcaret, a mesmerizing eco-archaeological park located in the heart of Cancun. This extraordinary destination offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and thrilling activities. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of underground rivers, where you can snorkel and swim amidst stunning rock formations and vibrant marine life. Explore the lush jungle trails, where you'll encounter exotic animals like jaguars and butterflies in their natural habitats. Dive into the rich Mayan history by exploring the ancient ruins and ceremonial sites scattered throughout the park. Be captivated by the vibrant cultural performances, showcasing traditional dances, music, and rituals that transport you to the heart of Mexican traditions.


For adrenaline seekers, Xcaret offers exhilarating experiences such as zip-lining, snorkeling with sharks, and swimming with dolphins. End your day by witnessing the breathtaking evening show, "Xcaret México Espectacular," a mesmerizing journey through Mexico's history, dance, and folklore. Xcaret is more than just a theme park – it's a gateway to a world of adventure, exploration, and cultural immersion that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Pro Tip: Book this excursion through Expedia where they will schedule a pick up and drop off in your own hotel. Keep in mind, the price listed is for the entrance and several of the park activities, however, special activities such as swimming with sharks, dolphins and stink rays are at an extra cost. Lastly, I recommend purchasing the photo package: there are numerous photo opportunities throughout the park and you will receive your pictures digitally at the end of the day.


7. Scuba Diving in Rivera Maya:

Embark on an extraordinary underwater journey in the Riviera Maya with a private scuba diving excursion that will take your breath away. The pristine turquoise waters of this stunning region offer a hidden world of wonders waiting to be explored. By opting for a private excursion, you can customize your dive experience to suit your preferences and skill level. We booked our travel experience with Rivera Maya Diving Adventures through the Airbnb Experiences. I highly recommend this company, especially if you have never experienced scuba diving before. They were patient, knowledgable, experienced, and very helpful when we felt unsure or scared.


Dive alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you to the most breathtaking dive sites, where you'll encounter colorful coral reefs, an abundance of tropical fish, and even the possibility of swimming with majestic sea turtles and gentle rays. As you descend into the depths, you'll discover a captivating world where over 500 life-sized sculptures are carefully positioned on the seabed. These striking sculptures, created by renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor, serve as an artificial reef, providing a habitat for marine life and promoting coral growth. As you explore the submerged museum, you'll witness the magical transformation as corals and sponges begin to colonize the sculptures, creating a mesmerizing underwater landscape. This extraordinary fusion of art and nature makes scuba diving in the Riviera Maya's underwater museum an unforgettable journey that combines the thrill of diving with a profound appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our oceans.


Whether you’re a seasoned diver or new to the underwater world, a private scuba diving excursion in the Rivera Maya promises an unforgettable adventure, allowing you to discover the hidden treasures of the Caribbean Sea at your own pace.


Check out my TikTok video of our scuba diving experience!


8. Cirque Du Soleil- La Joya:

Prepare to be dazzled by the mesmerizing world of La Joya, a Cirque du Soleil production that will transport you to a realm of enchantment right in Cancun. Settle into the state-of-the-art theater and let your senses come alive as the show unfolds before your eyes. La Joya combines jaw-dropping acrobatics, vibrant music, and stunning visuals to create an immersive experience like no other. From gravity-defying aerial acts to mesmerizing dance routines, the talented performers will leave you in awe with their artistry and agility. The storyline weaves together elements of Mexican culture and folklore, captivating audiences with its rich tapestry of storytelling. The colorful costumes, intricate set designs, and captivating lighting effects add another layer of magic to this extraordinary spectacle. Whether you're a fan of Cirque du Soleil or new to their world of wonder, attending La Joya in Cancun is an unforgettable opportunity to witness the beauty, grace, and sheer brilliance of live entertainment at its finest.


This extraordinary production not only captivates your senses with its breathtaking performances but also delights your palate with an exquisite dining experience. Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of the pre-show cocktail hour, where you can savor a selection of artisanal cocktails and tantalizing appetizers. As you take your seat for the main event, prepare to be treated to a gourmet feast that combines international flavors with traditional Mexican cuisine. Each meticulously crafted dish is a work of art, showcasing the creativity and expertise of the talented culinary team. From succulent seafood and perfectly grilled meats to innovative vegetarian options, there's something to satisfy every palate. The impeccable service and attention to detail ensure that every aspect of your dining experience is nothing short of exceptional. Combining world-class entertainment with the finest gastronomy, La Joya Cirque du Soleil offers a truly unforgettable evening that immerses you in a world of wonder and indulgence.


Pro Tip: Arrive an hour earlier than your showing to enjoy the delicious drinks from the bar, walk along side the beautiful river, and enjoy the incredible dinning experience.


9. Vibrant Nightlife: There’s a Place for Everyone:

Get ready to experience the vibrant and electrifying nightlife of Cancun's Hotel Zone. As the sun sets and the city comes alive, this famous strip becomes a playground for party-goers from all around the world. Start your evening by exploring the lively bars and clubs that line the streets, each offering its own unique atmosphere and music. Dance the night away to pulsating beats at the renowned nightclubs that have made Cancun a global party destination. From trendy beach clubs with stunning ocean views to high-energy nightclubs with top-notch DJs, the options are endless. If you're in the mood for a more laid-back evening, indulge in a sunset cocktail at one of the beachfront lounges or enjoy live music performances at the local bars. The nightlife in Cancun's Hotel Zone caters to all tastes and preferences, ensuring that every night is filled with excitement, energy, and unforgettable memories. So put on your dancing shoes, embrace the lively atmosphere, and get ready to experience the legendary nightlife that has made Cancun a nightlife hotspot for travelers seeking an unforgettable party experience.


Some fan favorites are Coco Bongo, The City, and La Vaquita. If you are a dance enthusiast, I highly recommend Abolengo, a salsa dance nightclub with delicious drinks, ceviche and great vibe! We purchased a hookah to enjoy as we waited for our food and celebrated Chris’ birthday with fireworks, shots, and a conga line with lighted dancers!


Watch my TikTok video about our nightlife experience!


10. Adventurous Excursions:

For the thrill-seeking couple, Cancun offers an array of exciting activities to get your adrenaline pumping. We embarked on a thrilling zip-lining adventure through the lush jungle canopy, experiencing an exhilarating rush as we soared above the treetops. We also took a refreshing swim in a cenote, a natural sinkhole with crystal clear freshwater, where we marveled at the ethereal beauty of the underground caves. These activities not only brought us closer together but also allowed us to embrace the natural wonders of the region.


Conclusion:

Our trip to Cancun with my fiancé was an experience of a lifetime, filled with romance, adventure, and relaxation. If you are planning or considering a trip to Cancun, I recommend reaching out to Chozet Travel to help you plan your dream vacation and assist finding the best prices for your trip! From the breathtaking beaches to the exploration of ancient ruins and the indulgence in mouthwatering cuisine, every moment was a testament to the captivating allure of this Mexican paradise. We returned home with hearts full of cherished memories, and our bond strengthened by the shared experiences. If you're looking for a romantic escape that combines natural beauty, history, and delectable food, Cancun should be at the top of your list. So, grab your loved one's hand and embark on your own unforgettable journey to this tropical paradise.



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