This Is How You Do a Bachelorette Party in Cancun

Cancun is a pretty cool place to live. I could lie and downplay things and say, “It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.” And sometimes there are tough days… but then I get to go on a bachelorette party yacht cruise to an island and it hits me that life is pretty good here in paradise.

My friend Jessica is getting married soon. She lives in Puebla, but she often comes to Cancun or the Riviera Maya for vacations, and her bachelorette party was no exception. Jessica’s a fellow Mexico blogger (check her out at MexicanAtHeart.com) and she brought a bunch of her family to Cancun to celebrate her last days of “freedom”. A few of us Cancun bloggers/friends joined her and her family for a Saturday afternoon bachelorette party on board a beautiful yacht called the Sea Horse from Sunset Marina & Yacht Club. The clouds were looming overhead all day, but we didn’t get rained on once.

We even ran into a bachelor party group at the marina, so of course we had to take a group shot before we split into our separate boats!

And guess who else was there? Fellow Cancun bloggers like Kelly (CancunCanuck.com), Kristin (WhatAmIStillDoingInCancun.com) and Marhu (MarhuBlog), plus one of my favorite Cancun tweeters Rebecca @BeccaMex. Yes, we’re all friends and if you follow our Twitter feeds you’ll see we hang out quite a lot!

First the Sea Horse took us through the mangroves of Nichupte Lagoon, then out to the Caribbean Sea. We were heading to Isla Mujeres! Along the way, we played some bachelorette party games and of course took some pictures of the amazing scenery.

I freely admit to getting pretty excited when the yacht anchored at North Beach on Isla Mujeres. We all know about my North Beach obsession, but very rarely do I get to see it from a boat. (I think this was the 3rd time.) Some of us couldn’t resist a little swim in the Caribbean Sea, and everyone had fun just hanging out on the boat with snacks and drinks. Just… oh my gosh, heaven.

Above photo by Kelly McLaughlin @CancunCanuck

After a few hours playing on the yacht, it was time to head back to Cancun, where I just napped for the rest of the afternoon. What a day!

After a day like this, it was easy for me to see why so many people choose Cancun for bachelor parties, weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries. My city has so many unbelievable ways to celebrate a special event!

Big thanks to the Sunset Marina and Yacht Club in Cancun… Beautiful place, beautiful boats and a beautiful event, as always!

Another Isla Mujeres Beach Day

By now it’s no secret that Jorge and I loooooove Isla Mujeres for a beach day! It’s so close to Cancun, the ferry ride is gorgeous, and the waters at North Beach are super calm for wave-haters like us.

So of course, we couldn’t start 2015 without a day on the island. Unfortunately, the day was very, very windy and even the pool-like water at North Beach had waves! We were disappointed at the rough-ish water, but that didn’t stop us from chilling on the beach all afternoon.

Not much new to say here, but I had to show you guys our pics from this weekend. From the Ultramar ferry to North Beach, Hidalgo Street and the Malecon.

 

Fenix Beach Club on North Beach Isla Mujeres

On the same day that we did the Seawalls mural tour of downtown Isla Mujeres, we also spent the afternoon at Fenix Beach Club! It was my first time there, and I was absolutely in love.

Fenix is located on the northern end of North Beach (by the bridge to the Mia hotel), and it has the same crystal clear, shallow waters that the rest of North Beach is known for… but with even less waves! Even though the water in this part was just as clear and beautiful as my previous North Beach pictures, for some reason it didn’t photograph quite as well. Very strange.

Jorge, my friends Tori and Laura and I had an awesome day with limonadas, ceviche and lots of time in the water. To use one of the beds and umbrellas at Fenix, we just had to consume $300 pesos in food and drinks. Not a problem.

Here are some of my favorite pictures! Since it was right in the middle of whale shark season, there were lots of tour boats just offshore enjoying their post-tour lunches. What a beautiful (and ridiculously hot) day.

Color and Culture on Isla Mujeres

It’s no secret to my friends that I love bright colors. My wardrobe is mostly teals, greens, oranges and hot pinks. So when we saw pictures from the Sea Walls project on Isla Mujeres, my friends and I just had to go!

Sunday morning, I went with Jorge and my fellow gringa  friends Tori and Laura N. to the nearby island of Isla Mujeres to view the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans event going on in town. Throughout the downtown area, artists had spent the week painting large and colorful murals inspired by local sea life, and we got there just in time to see them put the finishing touches on their works of art.

Small crowds were gathered near each piece with people snapping cell phone pics of these bright and beautiful murals. And of course I was there with my trusty camera.

This was my personal favorite!

I loved this, too. The orange clouds spoke to me.

 

And for some reason I was obsessed with this jade mask. Quite the fashion statement.

 

RAWR!!!!

 

And here are some of my favorite shots from our little downtown Isla Mujeres mural tour:

If you want to see the murals in person, here’s a handy map of the different locations. They’re very easy to find!

And to view the completed murals, check out the Sea Walls Facebook page!

No Better Place for a Day Off!

We just had a 3-day weekend here in Mexico! Many people in Cancun who work at hotels had to work on Monday, but Jorge and I are blessed with jobs that gave us the day off on Monday. It was also our 7-year anniversary of becoming a couple and the weather was PERFECT, so we knew we had to go to the beach. But which one? We woke up Monday morning and I asked Jorge where he wanted to go, and he said Isla Mujeres. (He almost always chooses Isla Mujeres), an island located just off the coast of Cancun.

Around noon, we headed to Puerto Juarez to catch the ferry. We had lunch, walked around town, bought some ice cream, then headed over to Playa Norte / North Beach. I’d mentioned to Jorge that the part of North Beach where we usually go had been crowded the past few times, so we decided to go to the northern end of North Beach for the first time. It was just as crowded, but we still liked it better! This end didn’t have the big black sand bags that the other part of North Beach has, plus it has no hotels, which means less loungers and umbrellas for rent. We felt like we fit in better at this part of North Beach because it was overall a younger crowd (20s and 30s mostly) and everyone just spread their blankets on the sand like we did, instead of having the view blocked by hotel loungers like usual. Some people were even smart enough to bring their hammocks. It felt like a beach camp!

 

The water was calm and peaceful, just like the rest of North Beach, but it was even shallower! Instead of being waist-deep, it was only knee-deep  or calf-deep.

 

The knee-deep water meant that Jorge and I spent most of the afternoon doing this:

 

There was a little silver fish that decided we were tasty and spent quite awhile exfoliating / nibbling at our feet, just like at the fancy spas! But for free 🙂

When I took my camera into the ocean, Jorge kept telling me not to get it so close to the water. But I couldn’t resist! And the pictures were worth it.

After awhile in the water, we went back to our shady spot under a palm tree and napped for an hour. When we woke up, the view looked like this:

After the beach, we had a pretty amazing dinner and saw a side of Isla Mujeres we’d never seen before… but that’s a story for another blog post.

 

 

 

Ceviche and Sunsets on Isla Mujeres

Work is fiiiinally starting to slow down, and I’m back to share some more of my adventures with you guys! Two weeks ago, Jorge and I got to go to Isla Mujeres with some friends for a fun Sunday afternoon. The other two couples with us weren’t as familiar with the island as we were, so we got to show them some of our favorite spots.

We also stayed until dark, which is something we’ve never done before.

First was my favorite part: the ferry ride! Seriously, for the absolute best Caribbean Sea views, grab a camera, get a seat on the top deck of the Ultramar ferry and thank me later.

 

Next was a little walk through downtown Isla Mujeres. I love all the different kinds of island transportation.

 

And of course, I tried to get a few pics of the downtown Isla Mujeres lifestyle. I’m working more on getting pics of people and things instead of just scenery and alcoholic beverages…..

 

For lunch we went to my favorite place: Jax! Upper story terrace with ocean views. Sadly I only got 1 pic because I was too busy stuffing my face with a Coke float and ceviche. (It was ridiculously hot that day.)

 

After lunch, of course we walked up the street to Playa Norte (North Beach). I really need to stop going to Isla Mujeres on weekends. So. Many. Boats.

 

We spread out our sarongs in the shade of a palm tree and took turns going into the ocean to cool off. As the conversation flowed, we found out that one couple used to live in the same apartment the other couple lives in now. (It was the first time the two couples had met.) Cancun is really, really small.

 

A few of use bought some ankle bracelets from a vendor walking along the beach. Here’s mine (still wearing it now)!

 

A few hours later, we saw the sun going down over the water and moved closer to shore. This is really sad, but I had no idea that you could see the sun set from Playa Norte. Cancun sits on the eastern coast of Mexico, so we can see sunrises but not many sunsets. Isla Mujeres is an exception.

 

Once it started to get dark, we walked back downtown to one of Jorge’s favorites: the delicious and super-cheap Los de Pescado, a fish taco and burrito joint right by the main square. Then it was back to Cancun on the ferry, where we came within inches of crashing into a pirate ship. (I can’t really elaborate much more on that story… it’s exactly what it sounds like.)

Hasta luego, Isla Mujeres!

 

 

Jam-Packed Anniversary Weekend

Yesterday our 2 year wedding anniversary!

Despite the fact that Jorge had to work all day Saturday, It still turned out to be a really great anniversary weekend. Very very late Saturday night, we tried a new little bar in downtown Cancun called The Beer Box, located at Galerias Infinity. It was perfect for a quiet night out, and the service was great.

Jorge may or may not have had 2 1/2 of these pitchers.

They have some $10 peso shots that we made sure to try. They had a blue one with vodka and Bacardi that I loved, along with these mango vodka shots. (I wasn’t a big fan because I hate powdered chile. Hate hate hate.)

Our mango shots, with vodka and powdered chile

Some friends caught up with us later that night, but the bar was preparing to close. Even though we were about to leave, they insisted that we could stay. So the guys had another beer pitcher while the servers took down the tables and mopped up.

Sunday, Jorge and I went to Isla Mujeres for the day. On a whim, Jorge mentioned he wanted to walk around the streets of Isla’s downtown area, something we never do. We were pleasantly surprised.

We saw a new location of one of our favorite Cancun restaurants, Los de Pescado, right by the main square, so we ordered a delicious and cheap lunch of fish tacos and shrimp burritos on their terrace.

So many diet rules were broken. And it was so worth it.

After lunch, we strolled down Avenida Hidalgo, which was like a smaller, less crazy version of Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Jorge and I made a mental note to try some of the restaurants on our next trip.

At the end of Avenida Hidalgo, we walked through to Playa Norte. It was such a hot afternoon that we didn’t even lie out on the sand, like usual. We just dropped our bag on the sand and ran into the ocean.

Then I snapped a few pictures to share on my Facebook page, of course. One of the hazards of being a blogger is constant picture taking, but I controlled myself a little this time.

Jorge had been dying for an ice cream all day, and a quick walk back down Avenida Hidalgo took us to a little gelato shop we’d seen right under Los de Pescado. This shop was called Parad-Ice Cream. So adorable! I wish I’d thought to take a picture, but I was so excited about my Ferrero Rocher and Tiramisu ice cream cone that I totally spaced.

Ice cream in hand, we walked one block over to the boardwalk area, sat on a bench and watched the waves.

Back in Cancun, we spent a few hours with Jorge’s family, got tortas from our favorite food stand and watched 2 episodes of The Mentalist. Definitely a busy and memorable day!

What did you do this weekend?

 

Isla Mujeres Pics and My Dream Home

On the way back to Cancun from our Whale Shark tour, we swung by one of our favorite places: Isla Mujeres. The Solo Buceo tour guide team provided us with lunch and snacks to eat on the boat while we cruised along the Isla Mujeres coastline.

We rode by Playa Norte

Then we made our way to the south end of the island, which I’d never seen from the ocean before. There was lots of lush greenery and a few tiny islands. I was in love!

That's the Cancun skyline on the horizon.

We even got to swim a bit just off the coast. Even though the water was crystal clear, it was also quite deep!

Nadia and me

But my absolute favorite part was spotting my dream house. My long-time readers know about my obsession with houses (I blame my parents), and this one, although under construction, did not disappoint. It was set right on the edge of a rocky peninsula, bordered by turquoise on two sides. It even had a few palapas and pergolas being built.

Tomorrow I’ll post some pics of our arrival back to Cancun and dry land. WHAT A DAY!

Where would your dream house be located? (Would it be a hurricane risk like mine?)

 

Day Off on Isla Mujeres

 

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Jorge’s work schedule was changed to the evening shift, so I didn’t see him much at all during the week. However, they gave him Sunday off, which is also my day off! Hurray!

There was beautiful weather on Sunday, so we took the ferry over to Isla Mujeres for a much-needed beach day on Playa Norte (North Beach).

Here are the best pics of the day:

On the ferry

On the ferry

Marina

Our palm tree

My question for you today: Have you gotten sunburned yet this year? (’cause I sure did!)

 

Trash the Dress Photos Part 3

Monica send us more photos of our Trash the Dress shoot at Garrafon Park today! There should be 1 more batch of photos after this. I’m thrilled we got so many good shots!

Part 1

Part 2

Credits and thanks:

Location: Garrafon Park, Isla Mujeres

Photography: Monica Lopez

Makeup: Vanessa Dominguez Alvarez

Dress: MOM!