To stay in the topic of the Island vibe, we are heading now  to Cancún in Mexico!  This is the first strip Andrew and I have done outside of Europe. Mexico is such a big country with so many sides to it, we chose Cancún as we wanted to enjoy the  Caribbean Sea.

Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is an important tourist destination in Mexico that was made famous as it is the favourite American “Spring Break” destination.  However,  Cancún and the surroundings offer way more than just beautiful beaches and tequila… but let’s say that it is a good start!

The main currency is pesos  but as it is a main touristic area, you can pay in dollars in most of the shops. Same with the language, you will be just fine by speaking english but it is definitely the occasion to brush your spanish as I found mexican spanish one of the most easy to learn from.

Here is a quick guide on how to get around in the region:

  • The Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan peninsula

One of the Mayan ruins is Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities and was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through to the Early Post classic period and that demonstrated a variety of Maya and non-Maya architectural styles.

The second one is very dear to me is Tulum. A late post classic site situated on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea and was probably occupied at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The site was probably founded to expand the coastal trade routes of the Yucatán Peninsula. Both are sites are absolutely incredible as the ruins are quite impressive and they are located in amazing nature landscapes.

My favourite one was Tulum as he is right by the coast and surrounded by white sand beach.

  • Swimming in the Cenotes

For those who don’t know  Cenotes are natural swimming holes, underground rivers, and cave networks filled with cool blue water. They are fresh water, but many of them empty into the sea. There are thousands of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Ancient Maya cities were often built around cenotes because it was a source of clean water. The Mayans considered the entrance to the underworld and other dwellings of the gods. Today, they are a great place to cool off in the intense Yucatan heat.

  • Xel-Há Water Park

Dive into your own aquatic adventure at the waterfront oasis of Xel-Há Park. Get up-close with tropical fish on a snorkeling adventure, explore the Yucatan jungle, or take a leap of faith into a deep blue cenote as you sample the park’s 20 different activities, all framed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Start your day in the lagoon, where you can don a snorkel and mask to look for the bright yellow stripes of Angelfish or the graceful strokes of a sea turtle. With over 90 species of marine life, there’s plenty to see below the surface.

Afterward, explore freshwater mangrove tunnels, float along the park’s quiet river, or go for a dip in the covered Mayan Cave cenote—an enchanting natural cavernous pool. For a more thrilling experience, make your way to the Stone of Courage. Rising 15 feet (5 m) above the water, it’s the perfect perch to test your mettle with a courageous leap into the lagoon.

  • A show at Coco Bongo

The Coco Bongo is a popular nightclub and famous landmark in Edge City. It first appeared in the The Mask film where it was owned by infamous mob boss, Niko, under the management of Dorian Tyrell, the film’s antagonist.

  • A trip to Isla Mujeres in Catamaran

Board an elegant catamaran at the dock and set your sights Isla Mujeres while the crew casts off your mooring lines. Grab a seat on the open-air deck and let the gentle breeze cool you as you cruise. When you reach the edge of the Great Mayan Reef—the world’s second largest—don a snorkel and mask to do some underwater exploring. Spot schools of tropical fish, look for graceful sea turtles, and watch delicate coral sway in the ocean current.

Dry off quickly in the Caribbean sun and grab a drink from the open bar before you anchor up at a quiet, secluded beach club. Tuck into a tasty lunch before heading into town, where you can spend the afternoon working on your tan at beachfront bars, or shopping in the colorful shops that beckon visitors away from the surf.

  • Try the delicious Mexican food

There is a reason why the Mexican food is known all over the world. Just to delight you here are the must have foods while you are in Mexico :

  • Ceviche :

It is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and cilantro, may also be added. Ceviche is usually accompanied by side dishes that complement its flavors, such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain

  • Cochinita Pibil :

Cochinita pibil (also puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote) is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Peninsula.  Preparation of traditional cochinita involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice, seasoning it with annatto seed which imparts a vivid burnt orange color, and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf.

  • Guacamole :

is an avocado-based dip, spread, or salad first developed by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine, it has become part of international and American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient

  • Visit Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of the favourite destinations for vacation, especially in summer, according to Trip Advisor, as it is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, you will always find a Hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest, especially in the edge of town that offers the quietest beach areas.
If you prefer action, in Playa del Carmen you will find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef. Great musicians of Mexican and international jazz offer concerts every year. The beauty of the beaches and the many activities that Playa del Carmen has for you will force you to come back.

  • Try to stay in a local area at Casa Mexicana

To make the best out of your stay, we would definitely recommend you to stay out of the city center as you will find great accommodation and be able to avoid the noise. To make the most of our stay, we chose to  stay in a bungalow in Casa Mexicana. The decoration was really colorful and typical from the region which made us feel at home.

On top of that, at the restaurant, they serve you fresh fish from the morning catch ( you have to try their steak tuna:), tropical fruits and one of the best guacamole I had !

No doubt that choosing la Casa Mexicana  made our stay very special and unforgettable.

Well, you get it guys, Mexico really amazed us ad we can’t wait to come back to try different regions of the country. If you have been in Mexico and even Cancun, don’t hesitate to leave your feedback as we would love to hear from you too.

Until then, cheers to you guys!