Last October I was fortunate enough to be invited on a trip to Cancun with one my best friends and her mom. I had only visited Cancun one other time when I was in middle school so of course I jumped on the chance. Plus my mom is a flight attendant so last minute trips are easy for me! We stayed from November 1-6, so we made it just in time for Dia de los Muertos weekend.
We stayed at the Grand Mayan in Playa del Carmen, about a 45-minute shuttle ride from the Cancun airport. Playa del Carmen is a little less “party hardy” than some of the main resorts in Cancun, but equally as fun! As the shuttle pulled up to the resort entrance my jaw literally dropped. This resort, including the rooms is stunning. You could go the entire trip without ever leaving the grounds, they have restaurants, pools, and miles of white sand beaches.
Staying poolside the entire week wasn’t in the cards for us though. We wandered around to surrounding areas like Puerto Morelos and Akumal. One day was full of adventure, we snorkeled with turtles, swam through underwater caves, and went zip lining! And eating. Lots of eating. The food was amazing, as you can see from my many dessert pictures below.
I was so excited to be in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos! I got my face painted in traditional Mexican fashion and we saw many people at the nearby cemeteries celebrating their deceased loved ones.
To be honest my friend and I were probably the youngest people at the resort, we didn’t see anyone else our age the whole week. I think it was the timing of the trip, but the down season is definitely the best time to travel!
This Cancun trip is the best vacation I have been on so far and I hope to go again very soon. The Grand Mayan started a new Cirque du Soleil the week after we left so I need to go back to see it!
Love and safe travels,