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…
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.
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…
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.
Since leaving Canada in early December we’ve been hanging out in the warm weather of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
In the past few months we’ve enjoyed gorgeous beaches, interesting ruins, fabulous meals, snorkeling with turtles, hanging out in ecoparks, lounging in swimming pools, riding on buses plus pretty much everything else you would get to do living at home. It’s actually been low key compared to our previous trip, but we knew that coming in.
We’re only a few days from our flight to Spain. With the weather cooler there than what we’re now used to it will be a wake up call once we set foot on the ground.
We don’t have a lot planned so far, however I’m expecting we’ll spend a few days to a week checking out Madrid before heading south to warmer weather or maybe even west to Portugal. It should be a fun time regardless of where we end up and we’re looking forward to traveling Europe with our little ones.
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…
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…
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…
A few years ago, we had the good fortune of spending a few months hanging out on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We were surprised at how much we loved the area. With so much to do and being surrounded by some of our favorite foods, we instantly felt at home here. For that trip we decided to make Playa Del Carmen our base of operations and it turned out to be perfect for our needs.
Between the miles and miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, the many local attractions, the cheap transportation and easy access to shopping centers, Playa del Carmen had everything we….