Crazy for Cancun
At the end of every summer, my entire family gathers for an annual family vacation. Now we've been going to Orlando for the past seven or so years. I know, I know - you're probably wondering, "Doesn't it get a little repetitive going to exact same place every year?" You're right, it does. So for this year's family vacation, I managed to convince my entire family to go somewhere new. This year's destination? Mexico!
We stayed at Now Jade Riviera Cancun, which is located in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. It is an amazing family-friendly resort that's away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun if you are ever looking for something along those lines for all the kiddos in your life. During our six days there, I managed to squeeze in three different excursions. You'll find all the information (and pictures) below!
|Bathing Suit: Missguided | Sunnies: Sojos Vision|
|Bathing Suit: ASOS | Sunnies: Quay Australia|
|Outfit: SheIn | Shoes: Indigo Road|
The one excursion that my entire family participated in was an All Inclusive Catamaran Tour of Isla Mujeres. While the staff on board was amazing, there seemed to be just a little bit too much going on with this excursion. During the catamaran ride, there is an optional snorkeling tour of an underwater museum. I personally did not go because I'm sure you all know by now that I cannot swim. Once at Isla Mujeres, we were given approximately an hour to explore the shops and the beach. Afterwards, we were taken to a different area for a buffet lunch and optional activities such as going to the Ice Bar or swim with whale sharks. Unfortunately for us, the weather did not hold up as we were in the midst of Tropical Storm Harvey and our excursion had to be cut short.
|Bathing Suit Top: Missguided | Bathing Suit Bottoms: Missguided|
My next excursion was an Early Access Tour of Chichen Itza with Amigo Tours. I have to admit that this was my absolute favorite. Although I had to be ready for pick up at 5AM for a three hour bus ride, the early morning access was totally worth it. The crowds were at a minimum and the weather was perfect. Frank, the tour guide, was the cherry on top. His knowledge and enthusiasm was such a pleasure to be around. I'd highly recommend this tour if you haven't gone, and you're even luckier if you get Frank as your guide.
|Top: American Eagle | Bottoms: SheIn | Shoes: Steve Madden|
|El Castillo or Temple of Kukulkan|
My last excursion was a Half Day Tour of the Tulum Ruins with a Beach Break. Unfortunately on this day, the sun was blazing hot and I was sweating through all of my clothing. But on the plus side, the tour guide, Ariel, was sure to give the full run down of all the important facts while still making sure that we had enough time to explore and enjoy the beautiful beach. The Tulum Ruins are much smaller than Chichen Itza so you'd definitely be able to get through the entire fortress within an hour or so.
Between spending time with all fourteen people in my family and seeing as much of Quintana Roo and Yucatán as possible, I managed to do more than expected. To be able to experience another country with my family was a first for me - and it was definitely one to be remembered. We all left thinking about planning next summer's Annual Tran Family Vacation. Any recommendations?