With only a few days left in Mexico, we decided it was time we checked out the very popular island of Isla Mujeres for ourselves. This little tropical hideaway, that’s just 20 minutes by ferry out of busy Cancun, is a day tripper’s delight. With miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, fantastic restaurants and tons of things to do it was sure to keep us busy.
All the kids cared about was that we were planning on renting a golf cart to get around for the day. However, we got off to a late start and nothing is ever guaranteed. Come along as we give you a rundown of how our day on Isla Mujeres went and if we’ll ever return…
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Playa del Carmen is known as one of Mexico’s most expensive destinations, but it is possible to have a great time in Playa on a budget.
Admittedly, we did have to dig pretty deep in the four months we spent in Playa to find free activities. That said, our list of free things to do in Playa del Carmen should keep you busy, even if you don’t have much cash to spend.
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After enjoying the Christmas holidays in Merida, and wandering its lovely colonial centro, we were excited to explore the countryside surrounding the big city. We were curious to see what this side of Mexico’s Yucatan had to offer.
The open road was calling and we piled into our rental car for a day long road trip to see the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltun, the port city of Progreso and a few sites along the coast. We were also on the lookout for the elusive flamingo…
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Limestone and empty beer bottles. Two founding pillars holding this area of Quintana Roo, Mexico up. The problem is, how do you use those to their fullest extent possible? Simple, you put a hole in them and fill them with sweet, clear liquids.
Mexico has beer varieties in spades so that’s not a problem if you’re looking for a nice cerveza to cool off with. The problem is, what good is solid limestone?
Luckily, mother nature has been kind to this area and over the years the limestone has disintegrated and left sparkling clean and clear pools and underwater caves to explore.
With some new friends along for the ride, we had the pleasure of checking out Cenote Dos Oyos just outside of beautiful Akumal, Mexico. Come along with us as we explore this awesome cenote phenomenon.
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Join us on our fun filled day through Xcaret Park in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Only 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Xcaret packs a wollop of fun, with everything from a world-class scarlet macaw conservation program and a sea turtle hatchery to swimming in an underground river, eating at a buffet next to jaguars and watching a two hour Espectacular show literally filled with balls of fire…
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Merida, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatan, is famed for being a cultured, vibrant colonial city. Founded in 1542 by the Spanish, the city has a ton of history and amazing 18th century architecture. It’s also a stone’s throw from the port and beaches of Progreso and Celestun, the lovely yellow city of Izamal and the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltún and Uxmal.
Come along with me as I take a photo journey through Merida’s Santiago neighborhood in the old Centro area of the city…
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Izamal’s colonial center, painted a sunny ochre-yellow, is impressive. In this small town in Mexico, the Franciscan convent San Antonio de Padua claims the largest atrium in the Americas (only the Vatacan is said to be larger). San Antonio de Padua was visited by the Pope in 1993, and countless numbers have walked under its archways overlooking the city plaza since it was built in 1553.
But underneath all of that history is something even older…
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The Mayan Riviera has a reputation for being expensive and touristy.
There’s some truth to this, but it’s possible to check out some of the best sites in the area for not much more than the cost of decent latte.
The little beach town of Akumal wins big points for delivering one of the coolest attractions in the area for almost nothing: snorkeling with endangered green sea turtles.
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We’ve just returned to beautiful BC after a month-long road trip to visit family in Manitoba and Alberta, Canada. In total, we spent over 48 hours in the car (darn you, Canada for being so… large) with our two little ones and our cat, Cosmo. Cosmo was lucky enough to stop for part of the trip and spend a few weeks at Grandma’s garden and luxury cat spa (aka my Mom’s house) while we drove to Manitoba to hang out at the cabin and play in the lake.
Aside from traveling and visiting family, we’ve been busy giving interviews (how fun is that!) and writing for some great travel sites. Here are a couple of the other projects you might have missed, including a fun interview with me and an article on finding out of the way things to do in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
I have two words of advice for anyone on a long road trip with little kids: …
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First things first, Merry Christmas everyone from beautiful Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what we’ve been up to these past few weeks. The last time I posted I was explaining the daily grind and the more mundane facts of life we’ve been living. I would love to talk about all the incredible things we do on a regular day in this paradise like setting we find ourselves in but it would only lead to your heartbreak and our self delusions.The reality is that we don’t do much everyday. Between entertaining the kids and us researching our next leg of the trip, we barely have time to lounge by the crystal clear blue ocean or our pool (which we do almost daily). We barely have time to drink the 2 or 3 fruit smoothies we constantly inhale. We also barely have time to walk around in the +28 Celsius sunny sky weather we’re forced to endure day in and day out.
Yup, it’s a hard life we live. I say that all with a mischievious grin and a shake of my head. If only life was always like this. Please don’t get me wrong. We’re loving this lifestyle and to us no price is too high to live like this.
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