December Beach Day in Cancun

The past few months, Cancun has been beaten up by ridiculous amounts of rain. We managed to escape a hurricane yet again in 2013, but we had to deal with several weeks worth of significant street flooding. Now that I’m working from home, I don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like to because it’s just not worth it to leave the house most days. Today, however, was different.

After being stuck indoors Sunday through Tuesday, I smiled when I woke up to a bright blue sky this morning. Jorge and I decided it would be the perfect chance to go out and explore the Hotel Zone on my lunch break. And it was.

We went to Chili’s at Plaza Forum… not the most creative choice, but Surfin’ Burrito was closed for the day and Chili’s is one of the only Cancun restaurants with an ocean view. This was the view from my seat:

After lunch, we couldn’t resist stepping onto the sand to sit down, relax and take a few pictures! These are all from between Forum Beach and Chac Mool Beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone (just outside Plaza Forum and Salvia condos).

Sometimes during a particularly bad rainy season, it’s hard to remember that I live in a really cool city. It’s impossible to make weekend plans because most of the time they will be cancelled. Even if it’s sunny when you step out to go to lunch, the streets might be too flooded to make it back home by the time you’re done eating.

Today was perfect, though.

Fish Fritanga: Authentic Mexican Seafood in Cancun

I’ve been gone from the blog awhile… lots of work, lots of trips, but now I’m back. It looks like I have finally caught up on all my work. (Famous last words, amiright?) If you want to catch up on what I’ve been doing, I post mostly to my CancunGringa Instagram account now. Still, I really miss blogging and hopefully now I can get back into it.

Back to the blog post at hand… A few weeks ago, Jorge and I had a lunch date! We used to go on dates all the time, but lately we’ve been hanging out more with friends on the weekends. We decided to revisit Fish Fritanga, where we had gone once with my blogging buddy Ang and her fiance (now husband!) and loved. Fish Fritanga is a little bit expensive, in my opinion, but it has the best seafood I’ve ever had in Cancun. It tastes just like the freshly caught seafood we eat with Jorge’s family in Chabihau, Yucatan, so it must be authentic!

It’s located in the Hotel Zone, about halfway between Plaza La Isla and Plaza Kukulcan on the lagoon side. From the street it looks like a tiny takeout place, but if you head downstairs you’ll find the main restaurant and bar area with palapas on the sand and views of the Nichupte Lagoon.

It looks empty in the pictures (and it was), but that’s only because Jorge and I got there early. The big lunch crowd came in as we were finishing our meal, around 2 pm. Since we got there before the crowd, we picked a table right by the lagoon/marina/mangrove and got to watch the little fish swimming around.

We started off with some guac…

And I couldn’t resist asking for a mojito, which had some words of wisdom to offer:

"A veces no hacer nada es hacer algo" (Sometimes doing nothing is doing something)

For the main course, Jorge got his usual ceviche, while I got my favorite: chilpachole soup!

If you’re ever in Cancun, Fish Fritanga is one of my top restaurant recommendations. (My 3rd favorite!) Authentic Mexican seafood, great outdoor atmosphere, and an easy-to-find location right in the middle of the Hotel Zone.

 

De-Stressing on the Beaches of Cancun

The month of January was pretty rough on me. Life was great, but I had tons of extra work at my office job, plus my usual freelance blogging work. I was working a lot at home after office hours, and I was tired.

Just last week, Jorge started teaching high school math for the first time. (YAY!) He loves giving classes, but writing up his lesson plans took up many, many hours of his time.

To escape the stress of Monday through Friday, we decided to spend Saturday goofing around. One of my favorite things about living in Cancun is that on any given weekend, I can just let loose, escape and pretend like I’m a tourist. We spent most of the afternoon at Delfines Beach (where I took my pelican photos), which has the brightest blue water in all of Cancun, even if the waves are a little rough. There were parasailers on the ocean, kids flying kites on the beach… it’s as if the beach knew I wanted to take pictures of it!

*Note: I didn’t edit the colors of the ocean. That’s God’s artwork, not mine!*

The best photo of the day goes to this one of Jorge.

Hottest math teacher ever.

Sunsets and Flyboarding on Cancun’s Lagoon

I have a confession. I’ve lived in Cancun for over 7 years, but I’ve never been out on the Nichupte Lagoon. Never taken a boat onto the lagoon, never been parasailing, etc etc etc. I’ve only ever looked at the lagoon from a distance.

So of course I was thrilled to be invited to the Sunset Boat Parade this weekend. The Sunset World brand (they own properties like Hacienda Tres Rios and several “Sunset” resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen) was renaming some of their properties and hosting a boat parade on the lagoon and the ocean to celebrate. The Sunset Lagoon hotel is now the Sunset Marina Resort and Yacht Club, and the Admiral Yacht Club is now the Sunset Admiral Yacht Club and Marina.

I arrived at the Sunset Marina Resort and Yacht Club at about 4 pm, and spent some time catching up with some friends and snapping pictures of the marina. I’d never been before, and it was stunning!

Soon it was time to view the sunset over the Nichupte Lagoon, and all the guests pulled out their cameras to get an image of this amazing Cancun sunset. I took a few pictures then put my camera away to just enjoy it for a few minutes.

My absolute favorite part of the evening was seeing the flyboard demonstration. I’d seen videos of flyboarding before, but I’d never seen it in person. Oh. My. Gosh. (Contact the Sunset Admiral Yacht Club and Marina if you want to do this as badly as I do!)

Once the sun had dipped under the horizon, it was time for the main event: the boat parade. It was such a blast, with an open bar (hello Tequila Sunrise!), an entertainment team, dancing and even fireworks. We started in the lagoon, took the canal out into the Caribbean Sea, then traveled along the Cancun Hotel Zone coastline for awhile before going back.

I’m not the best nighttime photographer, but here’s what I could do with my trusty cell phone:

Part of the boat parade following us on the Nichupte Lagoon

Fireworks over the Cancun Hotel Zone

Fireworks over the Cancun Hotel Zone

What a great night with sunsets, friends, drinks and music on the water! If you’re ever in Cancun, I highly recommend looking into a sunset boat cruise with the Sunset Admiral Yacht Club and Marina… and maybe invite me along if you go. 😉

**Most of these pics are unedited! It really was that beautiful. Check out the Sunset World Pinterest Page for more incredible photos of this event.**

 

Cancun’s Forum Beach

Just a few pics from our afternoon at Forum Beach last Sunday, located behind Coco Bongo in the Cancun Hotel Zone. We come here a lot, but the colors still blow me away every. single. time.

Everyone in Cancun is hoping this week’s stormy weather will clear up by Saturday! Have a great weekend, everybody.

 

A Weekend of Clubbing in Cancun

Jorge had to work the graveyard shift Friday and Saturday. Since I don’t like being in the house by myself all night, I decided to make the most of it and spend each night out!

 

Friday Night in Party Center

I met up with Nadia for a girls night out at Señor Frog’s in Cancun’s Party Center. Can you believe I’d never been there after living here 7 years? I’d always heard it had a crazy party atmosphere, but I think we might have gone on a dull night. There were plenty of people and the music was good, but it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be.

I will say that the guys there were a bit… um… “agressive”, and I felt pretty uncomfortable the whole time we were there. We even had this conversation:

Argentinean Guy: You guys should really try this drink I just ordered! It’s so good!

Nadia and Me: Umm, no thanks.

Argentinean Guy: No really! It’s good for your heart.

Nadia and Me: No, no thanks.

After the weird Argentinean drink incident and several other frightening moments, I’ve come to the conclusion that women should never go to Señor Frog’s unless they’re with a large group or there’s a guy present.

Senor Frog's

Next we walked up the strip to Congo, my personal favorite. It was packed (as always), but at one point they turned the fans off and it got so hot that we wandered next door to XX Bar. I love XX, although it gets so crowded that it’s hard to dance much. There were tons of people there and everyone was having the best time, plus they play a lot of hip hop, which I love to dance to (even if I’m really bad at it)

A very blurry XX Bar

We also saw a guy who looked exactly like Peeta from Hunger Games. I really wanted to get a picture with him, but I didn’t want to freak the poor guy out.

All in all, I only spent $130 pesos the entire night (about $10 US dollars)! Since Nadia and I don’t drink, we just chose Party Center clubs that don’t charge cover, then didn’t order anything while we were there. We did buy some bottled water at the Oxxo between clubs, though, and we got some snacks at Surfin Burrito before we went home.

 

Saturday Night in Downtown Cancun

I went out to celebrate my friend Grelty’s birthday at Dubai, a popular nightclub for locals in downtown Cancun. While tourists usually dress pretty casual to go to the club in Party Center (I wore shorts and flip flops on Friday, for example), locals loooove to get all dressed up in their most sparkly outfits and their highest heels. I fit right in:

Sparkly top? Check. New jeans? Check. Sky-high heels? Check.

At Dubai, nobody gets too crazy because Cancun is a small town, and you probably know/work with/went to college with half of the people there. Mostly it’s just locals wearing cool outfits and dancing a lot, which I don’t mind at all!

Benja, Penny and Jhonny

Me, Nelly and gorgeous birthday girl Grelty

Penny and me 🙂

At Dubai, I only spent $40 pesos (about $3 US dollars). I ordered a bottle of water, which Jhonny generously offered to pay for, and I only had to pay for my cab ride home!

That’s just $13 dollars for 4 nightclubs plus Surfin Burrito! Transportation included! It may not be for everybody, but not drinking at the club can be a huge money saver. 🙂

Bonus: I even managed to get up on time for church Sunday morning.

What are the nightclubs like where you live?

My Run at the Temptation Resort 5K

Yesterday morning was the 5K race I’ve been going on and on about. I’ve been really nervous for the past 2 months while training, but I discovered that there was nothing to be nervous about!

I woke up at 4:30 am (!!!) for a light breakfast and a little Powerade, then I took the bus down to Temptation Resort in the Hotel Zone. Pretty quickly I ran into a bunch of my friends and coworkers who would also be running. It’s so nice to have people there to cheer you on!

Nadia, me, Trina and Tori before the race

They had closed off a stretch of Kukulcan Boulevard (the main road going through the Hotel Zone) on one side, leaving a nice, palm-tree-lined stretch of road to run along. It was early in the morning and not too hot, so overall it was a pretty pleasant run.

Since this was my first 5K, my goal was pretty much just to finish. I had already completed several training sessions where I did 5K or more, but always mostly walking with some running intervals.

It was hard to measure how much I ran (compared to walking) during the race because the distances were not correctly marked. (The halfway/turnaround point said “3K”… ) From the best I can estimate, I ran the first 1.5K, and ran about 3K overall, a personal best 🙂 I didn’t feel too bad doing some walking because there were many other people walking as well.

My time was 42:07, which was a lot less than I expected! I was 89 out of 107 runners in the women’s category, which goes to show that I wasn’t completely kidding myself.

Trina, Tori and me with our race medals (Photo stolen from Trina, who came in 7th in the women's 5K!)

After the race, they gave out some pretty great fruit snacks!

Several friends have asked when I’ll do another 5K. I gotta admit, it is tempting to try and see if I can beat my time, or even run the entire thing! But then I remember that I hate running.

Thanks to Temptation Resort Spa, CancunCare.com, and all the other sponsors for giving to Kindness for Cancer, such a great cause!

 

How Not to Hit on Girls at Clubs

Saturday night, my husband Jorge went to a bachelor party while I went out to the Cancun Hotel Zone with some of my girl friends. Our first stop was Surfin Burrito for some drinks, which was great because I’ve never been to Surfin Burrito at night!

A few hours later, we walked up to Party Center to see what all the tourists were up to. Nadia was dying to dance, so we went into Congo nightclub.

Inside Congo, Nadia and I were dancing our hearts out on some stairs in the middle of the club. Some random guys asked to take a picture with us… which was weird, but we were in a good mood so we smiled and posed. A few minutes later, one of the photo guys was trying to dance with Nadia while the other one began asking where I’m from. No big deal, but it was a little crowded anyway so we moved to a platform at the edge of the club where lots of girls were dancing solo.

“Perfect,” I thought. “We’ll be able to dance because nobody can hit on us up here.”

So. Wrong.

Not 10 minutes later, an 18-year-old guy hopped up on the platform and began awkwardly dancing near us. Eventually, he asked me if I spoke Spanish, and I told him I did. Then he inched closer to Nadia and after 3 minutes or so of awkward kind-of-dancing, the kid asked Nadia if she minded that he was dancing there. After another 5 minutes of shyness and no success, he excused himself to go to the restroom and never came back.

Nadia and I got to dance for awhile once again, until two guys hopped up on the platform and began awkward “I’m dancing far enough away from you that I might be dancing by myself, but close enough that I might be dancing with you” behavior for several minutes. (This is the worst because I can’t tell them I’m not interested because they’re *technically* not dancing with me, but at the same time they’re taking up my space on an already small platform.) I had my back to them, and one placed his hand on my shoulder. Already annoyed by their hovering, I immediately shrugged him off and kept dancing.

The other one continued to try to dance with Nadia, but she was definitely not interested. To save face, the 2 guys stayed on the platform for a few more minutes dancing on their own, and that’s when we decided to leave.

Can’t 2 gals in committed relationships go to a club without spending 50% of their time wondering how to get rid of creepers?

I dunno. I totally get that lots of single people try to make a “love connection” or whatever at clubs, and if you have the guts to try to make contact with someone, that’s GREAT! I don’t mind at all. I’ll even be nice to you. But why beat around the bush? Just swoop in and make your move already! That way I can turn you down politely and quickly, and we can both move on without 10 minutes of awkward “Are you trying to dance with me or are you just uncomfortably close?” action.

 

Ok readers… Have you ever experienced any awkward advances? Tell me about it!