This year I had the pleasure of going to Cancun, Mexico in early February and it was experience. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait to go back. So here are a couple of things that I recommend you do if you get a chance to visit.
I had a chance to stay at the Oasis Palm which is a family resort, but the all-inclusive was definitely worth it. The layout of the resort is great and had some great views from the room. I think that all inclusive is one of the best ideas ever. Drinks and food all day with no strings attached, I definitely recommend. It can become a little overwhelming, but if you pace yourself you will enjoy every bit of it. All inclusive is an adventure. Here are some highlights from that. I am not big on buffets, but for breakfast they had an omelet, fresh fruit bar, and quesadilla station, so that was all I needed. There were many more options available in buffet style, but I just wasn’t interested, but a lot of people seemed to be enjoying it. For lunch I found a restaurant that I loved on the property Los Agaves. They served fajitas. I ate them everyday for lunch until my heart was content or they ran out of chicken lol. For dinner there were other buffet options, but the best for the all inclusive was Los Agaves. For dinner you had to have a reservation and the menu was very different from lunch. A meal with an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and after dinner drinks was definitely a highlight.
Casitas at the Ritz Carlton
Ok, first let me say this. If you like the beach and good food, you should definitely go here. They set up a casita, it’s like a cabana on the beach, with decor and lighting. The restaurant is in the back of the Ritz Carlton and there is a walkway with little lights that has been placed on the beach. A waiter walks you to your private casita and you hear and see the ocean waves and from the terrace of the restaurant behind you there is a jazz musician playing. This is a very relaxing and lovely space. They have a couple different menus, including one specifically for vegetarians. The meal started with a drink, so of course I ordered a margarita. It was heavenly. Next, I decided on my entrée which was a grilled piece of Tican Xic, a local fish to the area. Let me tell you, the fish was grilled to perfection and was very “meaty” but good. I also ordered sautéed vegetables and sweet potato fries as sides, but they were huge enough for an entree. The food was amazing. After eating the server made up a beach bed and said since I paid for the whole night, I could relax and listen to the waves. It was so peaceful out there I ended up falling asleep right on the beach. I did wake up in time to leave and go back to the hotel. For about $115 they do the setup and then you order your food on top of that. You have to pay in mexican pesos or by credit card, so I opted for pesos just because. This was a great experience and one that I won’t forget.
Steve’s Boobs Cruise
Ok, so this is an adults only catamaran adventure. However, it was so much fun that I can barely articulate into words, just how much fun it is. It’s a great experience, all you can drink while sailing in a large catamaran across some of the “bluest” water you have ever seen. There is a dj on the boat and plenty of adult fun, complete with snorkeling and swimming in the ocean. It’s not just for anybody, but if you want to have some fun outside of the norm, this is definitely the boat for you. We passed by a lot of other catamarans as we sailed to Isle Mujeres for lunch and they all wanted to get on the boat we were on. The lunch was pretty good, it was a buffet style as well and then there was time to hang out on the beach, oh yeah on the island the open bar continues. I just wanted water though lol. I want to note that this cruise is NOT FOR EVERYBODY! It is for those that want to have fun, like to drink and are just enjoying life. One of the great things about the cruise is that there is a fundraiser for cancer awareness and highlighted any breast cancer survivors. That was beautiful. I will be honest, I used to think I could dance and drink, but this boat put me to the test, drinks constantly flowing, shots being poured, it’s like 80+ degrees outside and the boat is rocking across the water. When the boat docked, I felt like I had been to a homecoming weekend and played all of the drinking games lol. So, I crashed when I got back to the hotel, almost missed dinner lol. (Oh, yeah most important if you don’t like Boobs ,this is not the boat for you.) If you determine that this is not for you there are plenty of “booze cruises” that you can go on that are cheaper, so you may like that. Boobs cruise runs about $108 (US dollars) more if you use a credit card. Other cruises are about $50 or $60 per person.
“The little cow”, this club rocks. It’s the only club in Cancun that plays hip hop and r&b. I know you are probably wondering why I would go to another country for this. Well, I wanted to go out to a place that I knew I would enjoy. So, at this club, Open bar is a big thing. The first drink was a “Big Gulp” size, giant slurpee size cup. However, since it is open bar, you can get as many drinks and shots as you want, but the bar will always win. (Remember that) The music was cool, it felt like I was at a hip hop club in the states and they played videos, had a dance contest, confetti flowing from the ceiling, at one point they were giving out balloons to everyone. It was just an all around carefree time. I definitely recommend this club as well. I think open bar was about $35 (US dollars) and that included admission to the club, so you just walked right in and didn’t have to wait in a line.
Performances on the Beach
If you can catch a performance on the beach, I suggest you pull up a beach chair and enjoy it. While out walking to the beach bar I noticed a light on the beach, then I heard music. I heard the sound of a djembe. ( I have spent a lot of time listening to drums in my life and that sound is distinct) So immediately I was drawn to the beach like a moth to flame. I had to see what was going on and to my surprise there was a performace of dancers with fire performing to a rhythm I knew all too well. This made me feel great. Hearing african drums being played and the dancers dancing to a Guinean rhythm Sinte made me realize how much of an impact african influence has made all over. It was a beautiful feeling. The best part of watching a great performance on the beach is that it was FREE, can’t beat that price.
- These are my top five things to consider trying out when you visit Cancun. I know that some may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed every bit of my trip and am already trying to figure out when I can return.