SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
Palm trees in the morning, snow flurries in the afternoon. NOOOOOOOO!
So our day trip to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza was over. We had one full day left on vacation and then it was time to get up early again and head to the airport. Last year we weren’t sure if we would like an all-inclusive resort so just tried a short 4 night stay. That was good enough for us to up our game to a full week this time around. On this trip, somewhere between the lunch buffet and the chaise lounge at the beach on about the third day, we knew that next year a 10 night stay was looking really good! I had finally found a way to relax and enjoy taking a break. You would probably be surprised but these trips were the first time I went on vacation and wasn’t ready to go home. Usually I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and being in my own home but these last two spring breaks it was more like “NO! I don’t want to leave!” There are a few tricks of going to an all-inclusive resort that we wish someone had told us before our first one last year. This time around we were a lot more prepared but still had a few missteps. If you are thinking of going to one of these resorts I am going to pass along some of the tips we found to get the most fun for the least worry. Here they are in no particular order.
1. Not really an all-inclusive only tip but; don’t get a stupid early flight if you can avoid it. For us to get to our plane to start our vacation we had to wake up at 2am! Get ready, leave the house at 3 and get to the airport at 4 to check in two hours before our 6am international flight. We got to our resort so early we had to wait almost 5 hours before we could get into our room. In the meantime we were tired, hot and uncomfortable. And we had been up so long we couldn’t really enjoy the first night. You may not have many options for different flight times, especially with a charter, but if you do, TAKE IT! Even if it costs a few dollars more, it’s worth it! We would have been MUCH happier with a 10 or 11am flight.
2. By all-inclusive that means drinks are free and everywhere. You want to pace yourself! It’s pretty easy to get out of control if you’re not used to it! On this subject, we brought our own insulated and covered drink cups this time. The bartenders will fill up anything you bring to them but if you didn’t pack your own, usually you will get either a flimsy plastic cup or at the least, something that may not be the size you hoped for. Having the insulated variety kept our drinks cold much longer than the resort’s cups. We went with a reasonable 16 ounce size but we saw people carrying huge jugs! Even insulated I think whatever they were drinking would get too warm before you could finish. Plus they are a bit difficult to carry and stash away. Ours fit nicely into my beach bag.
3. I’ve mentioned this one before but bring insect repellent (either spray or towellettes) and LOTS of sunscreen. They will gladly sell you either one of these items but that cost is not part of the inclusive and will be much higher than you would pay at home. We were lucky that we didn’t need the insect wipes much but something bit me and it still itches 3 weeks later! For sunscreen, use your best judgment but take more than you think you’ll use. I am pretty good in the sun but my husband doesn’t tan at all, he goes straight to red! We had two cans of spray for two people for 7 days and that wasn’t enough. To be safe we probably should have doubled that.
4. Check out all the eating options. On our first trip we skipped the buffet most of the time but then discovered they had some great theme nights we would have preferred over where we did eat. And when you’re at the buffet take the time to walk around instead of loading your plate at the first station you come to. We found that the Mexican Corner in our buffet often had the tastiest and freshest food. Being in Mexico this made sense but it took us a couple visits to figure this out!
5. Bring a LOT of small bills. We brought probably $70 in one dollar bills. You don’t have to tip but pretty much everyone does. It’s almost impossible to break a big bill anywhere so bring an envelope full of tip cash. On our first try last year we figured out a somewhat clever way to get small bills. We went to the onsite casino and put maybe $20 on our card. Then we would lose only a dollar or two and cash out. They would give us some ones which we would put away. Then we’d put another $20 on a card and repeat. Eventually we had enough tip bills to get us through but it was the long way around!
6. Don’t expect good internet. We used the free Wi-Fi both times and it was very S…L…O…W. In fact this is not a bad thing. You are supposed to be relaxing so leave the work back home! But it should be good enough to do a quick email check to make sure all is well and let people know you made it. Or maybe send a picture of you at poolside with a margarita to instill that vital jealousy. I mean why go on vacation if you can’t rub your friend’s noses in it?
7. Finally, try to get yourself on vacation time ASAP. It seems I always take a couple days to wind down. My husband can get in vacation mode at the airport! I’m getting better but the sooner you chillax the longer your vacation will seem. And that’s the goal!
That’s about it for our vacation. Thanks so much for traveling along with me. And for you who were wondering if I’d ever get back to my drivers training stories, the answer is YES! I’m back on the road soon! Hop in and ride along!
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