Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cancun Getaway

Hi everyone, happy Wednesday! Hope you are having an awesome week. I recently returned from an early summer Cancun getaway and thought I would share some happy snaps. We've been having terrible weather in New York the last couple of days; rain, rain go away, take me back to Cancun!
White sandy beach

Cancun beach

Beautiful and sunny Cancun has much more to offer than just its party town reputation. We stayed at the Westin Resort & Spa and had such a fabulous time at the resort. The hotel has rooms with a lagoon or beachfront view. We were lucky enough to be facing the ocean. It really doesn't get much better than watching the sun rise and set over the white sandy beach and turquoise water everyday. The staff at the resort were also super friendly and very attentive. It takes a lot to impress an Australian with beaches, I must say, Cancun, you did a great job! :)
Blue green water

Cancun beach

Cancun beach

Relaxing on the beaches of Cancun

Westin Spa & Resort

Our 5 days at the resort turned out to be action packed, including getting up at 3:30am to see Chichen Itza. In terms of water activities, we really enjoyed the jungle tour, which included driving a stingray (think lowrider jet ski) across the Nicupte lagoon, and then snorkeling the Punta Nizuc reef. This area was full of sea life, creatures and coral reef formations. We also took to the air in the Sky Rider, which was like parasailing, but you sit in a seat instead of a harness. From way up in the sky, we could really enjoy an astounding view of Cancun. Of course, there was always time for chillin' by the beach with a good book, and watching the sun set across the horizon.
Sunset through the trees

Lagoon sunset

Brilliant mexican sunset
For those who may not be aware, Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is an impressive archaeological site located to the southeast of Merida, Yucatan's capital city. During its golden years, Chichen Itza was the most important political, economic and religious center for the Mayan civilization. Once you are there and standing in front of this architectonic beauty, you can understand why UNESCO has considered this archaeological city a World Heritage Site. If you plan to visit, I highly recommend going on a guided tour with a local archaeologist so you can understand and appreciate this historic site. Also, go early to avoid all all the tourist crowds, heat waves and insect bites (it's tough but it's worth it!).
Temple of Kukulkan

Chichen Itza


Mexican handcraft

Chichen Itza vendors
I hope you are excited about your next planned summer getaway. If you have not been to Cancun, I highly, highly recommend it!
Cancun beach hut
Thank you so much for reading!


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