Cancun vacation tips and things to do in the Yucatan, Mexico
Viva Mexico! After spending time in snowy Aspen, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok, I couldn’t help but wonder…where do I want to go… for me?
Seeking a belated birthday gift for myself, I sought something that was less work, more relaxation. Less stress, more security. And I definitely wanted somewhere hot.
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Having had a remarkable time recently at the Villa Del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico, I didn’t hesitate to reach out for a trip back to my family’s heritage country. Round 2: Villa Del Palmar, Cancun.
To my surprise, ’tis the season where popular Caribbean destinations such as Cancun are sold out. It’s their busiest time of year, and apparently I wasn’t the only one thinking of pina coladas and cultural day trips.
Everyone loves Mexico. Okay, I can’t speak for everyone, but according to the U.S. Board of Tourism, Mexico is the the #1 destination Americans travel to. So, after making my three day weekend into a five day weekend, I understand why we can’t resist Mexico, especially Cancun.
1. It’s hot. Seriously, I was sitting on a beach in January.
While all my fellow Southern Californians are thinking that it’s sizzling in Santa Monica too, most of the U.S. is suffering with pouring rain or snow.
Do we like the winter? Of course, especially if sipping on hot chocolate in New York or defying the ordinary in Aspen. But if we can wiggle some sunshine into the season, we are going to do it.
The Zona Hotelera in the Yucatan sells out November to March because we want to escape the cold.
2. It’s easy and convenient.
They take U.S. dollars. We don’t need any visas. We know someone there will speak the English language. The flight duration is reasonable.
Despite an ongoing debate on the difference between “traveler” and “tourist,” the reality is that yes, sometimes we are tired and want easy, convenient, and comfortable vacationing. That doesn’t make us unadventurous or pretentious. It means we need to rest. Cancun provides us with that sanctuary.
3. The luxury outweighs the cost.
If you’re seeking an exceptional hospitality experience, the resorts of Cancun are an unparalleled oasis.
Fitness center? Check.
Wellness spa? Yes, please.
Oceanic views? Obviously.
The all-inclusive option or the chef’s secret gourmet menu? Perfect.
An adults only pool, private balcony jacuzzi, and kids center? Goaaaaaaaaaal.
4. There are lots of activities and culture.
Book a tour group or rent a car and explore nearby Mayan culture at Chichen Itza, Xcaret the ecological Disneyland, or Puerto Morelos. Snorkel in the Isla del Mujeres. Alternatively, pick one of the many activities right off the strip including shopping, shark diving, helicopter rides, parasailing, zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, and golf.
5. It’s safe.
While some Mexican border cities are about as safe as the “wrong” part of any city, Mexico’s major tourism destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Loreto are well protected. Mexico’s economy is stimulated by tourism, so if there’s anyone the police are looking out to punish, it will be any local dares to mess with a tourist. We can sun bake and adventure knowing that everyone wants us to have fun and come back again (and again). After all, how else would we share those anticipated tips :)
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