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SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

Palm trees in the morning, snow flurries in the afternoon. NOOOOOOOO!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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?

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

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!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS
SPRING BREAK CANCUN GENERAL TIPS

SHOP MY LOOK:
Sunglasses @Fendi
Beach cover @Michael Kors
Bikini @OP

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY

Watch what I am wearing

Cheers!

Grace

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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

Warning! Hot sauce ahead!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

If you’ve been following my posts (Thanks!) you know that my husband and I went to sunny and warm Cancun, Mexico for our spring break vacation a couple weeks ago. We stayed in the all-inclusive resort of Grand Bahia Principe Coba. Even though they had plenty to keep us occupied, we decided to take a daytrip to see one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in nearby Chichen Itza. In the last couple posts I introduced you to our tour team and the site of Chichen Itza itself. Now it was time for lunch! We all got back on our colorful tour bus and drove a very short distance to our restaurant. A buffet lunch offering traditional Yucatan food was included in our tour ticket, and we had worked up an appetite wandering around the ruins in the Chichen Itza National Park. We were greeted with a glass of a local drink made with the juice of a native plant that I can’t pronounce. But it was refreshing and we went through to our seating area. Instructions were given to grab a plate and get in line. There were plenty of food choices including boring standbys like spaghetti and potatoes for the less adventurous.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

And we were warned that the bowl of harmless looking sauce at the end of the line should be treated with extreme caution! It was habanero sauce! I have learned from eating Szechuan food that I have to go easy on the hot spices, so skipped it altogether. But my husband tried a few drops on his pork and chicken tostadas. He came to regret it almost instantly! I cook a lot of food with Jalapeno peppers but those are rated only about 2,000-3,000 on the Scoville chart that they use to compare how deadly a pepper may be to your stomach. I’ve had some pretty hot Jalapeno peppers and others that were quite mild. The Habanero pepper in comparison is rated about 300,000 Scoville units! So when the locals from this area warned us to be careful, we thought we’d better listen! But the meal was delicious! We had the usual rice and refried beans but the meat dishes had some special seasoning that was quite tasty. There were also some local veggies and some fried crispy flour snacks that added a tasty crunch. After a second trip through the line (after all, we still had a long bus ride) we went to do a bit of souvenir shopping nearby. I always like to look for some local fashions and had my eyes on some of the colorful cotton blouses that you see in a lot of pictures of Mexico.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

Unfortunately I struck out at the small stores on the way back to our bus. We did pick up a new ornament for our Christmas tree though so I was happy about that. We have found that this is a great way to remember our vacations over the years. Every holiday season we pull out the ornaments we’ve collected over the years and around the world and remember the things we saw and did on that trip. I was heartbroken two years ago when I dropped and broke the glass ball we had bought in Venice, Italy! On the plus side, now I have a good excuse to go back! Anyway, because of the loss, now I try to find more durable materials and for this trip we picked up a soft but colorful doll made from corn leaves. We got back on the bus and started the return trip to our resort. We did stop briefly at a sink hole or cenote pool called Ik Kil. This place was sacred to the ancient Maya and is supposed to have healing powers. It has been a stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions and you can go down a long stairway, wait your turn and jump in the water. The line was long and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of having wet hair on the bus for the next 2 hours, so we just watched for a while until it was time to get back on the bus for the final leg. Everyone was pretty tired and mostly slept all the way to the resort. For those who still wanted more education, they played a video about the Mayan culture and history. All in all, we were VERY happy we had made the trip and would agree it was a “must do” if you are in the area. And based on our experience with the Cancun Passion tour company, I would grade them a solid A.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 3

SHOP MY LOOK:
Yellow flower crown @Forever 21
Dress @Free People
Sandals @TJ Maxx
Sunglasses @Clhoe
Necklace @Vintage
Braceldts @Express @Nordstrom Rack
Studded bag @Nordstrom Rack

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY:
Stylish Saturday

The Fashionista Momma

Cheers!

Grace

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