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.**

 

Why I Love Cancun’s Plaza La Isla

Sometimes when you live in a beautiful tourist destination like Cancun, it’s easy to get sucked into everyday life. Even though I’m just minutes away from some of the world’s best beaches and most incredible All Inclusive resorts, I often forget there’s more to life than wake up, go to work, go to the gym, watch TV, sleep, repeat.

So when I really want to feel like a tourist in Cancun, there’s one perfect place that’s just a cheap bus ride away: Plaza La Isla.

Plaza La Isla is a beautiful outdoor mall set in the middle of the Hotel Zone, complete with charming canals, luxury boutiques, inexpensive brands, high-end department stores, fast food, fun restaurant and upscale dining. It’s unbeatable location right on the lagoon makes it the perfect spot for a romantic evening.

One thing I love about Plaza La Isla is the fountains, which always manage to draw in a crowd! Everyone oohs and aahs over the jumping water fountain, while kids can be seen running through the ground fountain by the lagoon.

See? Kids can't help themselves 🙂

So many of my best Cancun memories have been in Plaza La Isla: margaritas with my sister, dinners at Thai Lounge, a quincenera party at Planet Hollywood, tons of photo ops by the fountain, shopping at Guess (my favorite), root beers at Johnny Rockett’s, petting a shark, panoramic views of the Hotel Zone from the top of the parking deck, and of course… Jorge proposing to me by the lagoon.

Next time you’re in Cancun, make sure to visit this beautiful outdoor mall. I recomend arriving around 4 pm so you can see it in the daylight, at sunset and in the evening.

View of the Hotel Zone across the lagoon

What’s your favorite place to shop in your city?

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