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Kara Sewell: Mexican sun

Travel down to Mexico is fairly easy, so when our good friends from Wichita asked us to join them in Cancun we jumped on the chance to put our toes in the sand and laugh with people we haven’t seen in a year.

I’ve never felt uncomfortable visiting our neighbors to the south even in 2009 when the swine flu was in full swing, it just meant the pools were empty and service outstanding. I’ve traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun; all three have a very different vibe and beaches but the hospitality and laid back atmosphere is the same.

I always make sure I schedule an airport transfer through the hotel to make me feel more comfortable and we get out of the airport as quickly as possible to avoid being harassed by all the time share representatives.

We stayed at an all-inclusive which I hadn’t done before but since I promised myself not to leave the resort (this time) and actually relax it seemed like the best option. Excellence Riviera Cancun greeted us with a champagne toast and baggage service to our room, and we had another cocktail in our hands before we ever hit the beach.

I would like to think of myself as a relatively experienced traveler, that being said, I had no idea October was off season for Cancun.

The first two and a half days it rained – I should say poured! No problem, we came prepared with dominos…card games and the resort had plenty of activities throughout the day to keep us entertained. But by day three we were ready to see some sun!

Side note: by visiting during off season the hotel was only 65% full so beach chairs, floats and waiters were easy to come by. If you can deal with a little rain and clouds it might be a good option so you don’t have to fight for a spot by the pool.

Mother Nature cooperated by day three and it’s a good thing because the resort offered games, singing and equestrian tricks pool-side. I learned I still suck at beach volleyball and if you use spray suntan lotion…rub it in! (blog post to come) The resort offered seven different restaurants including French, Mexican (duh), Indian and Asian. Another issue during off season – seaweed! It dies in the fall like the leaves on our trees and washes on shore. Wading waste deep in the ocean isn’t exactly pleasant, good thing there was a swim up bar at the pool.

We didn’t do much more than talk, lie around and listen to live music offered by the resort; it was the first time I did nothing and I enjoyed it. I think our favorite part of the resort may have been the coffee house on site with all you can eat pastries and lattes breakfast was our favorite meal of the day.

It was hard to say goodbye but we felt fortunate to spend 5 days with some of the best people we know. We promised to vacation together every other year and I know it’s one I intend to keep. Hasta luego! 

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