Traveling is one of the greatest pleasures life has to offer. Exotic lands, amazing foods and memories that last a lifetime are just some of the few things we take away from trips and vacations.
Traveling has already been one of the highlights of my summer and I couldn’t be more excited to share how to have an easy weekend getaway in Cancun, Mexico. Between relaxing on the beaches of Riviera Maya, trying local cuisines in Mayan country and seeing one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza, Mexico was one of the best trips and I’m so excited to share how to leave your life behind and dive into the unknown.
How to Have an Easy Weekend Getaway in Cancun, Mexico: Relax.
Sounds like the hardest thing in the world for a New Yorker to do! I’m constantly going, going, gone, so when I travel I need to make time to do absolutely nothing. We stayed at an all-expense paid resort in Grand Riviera Maya and I fell in love. Aside from taking amazing Insta-worthy shots, I truly wanted to just relax and enjoy the sun. The first day of our trip was filled with rain, but that didn’t stop us from exploring the resort and walking along the beach.
When I travel to a different country, I typically prefer to stay in the cities versus a resort. Resorts, however, can offer a “best-of-both-worlds” feeling – one that offers a full moment to relax while still offering options of adventure and getting to know the country. Packing for a resort can be daunting and fun. My favorite resort styles are:
- Flowy midi length skirts
- Cute bikinis and one-pieces
- Comfortable sandals
- Flowy tops and dresses
- One evening dress
- Cut-off shorts
Adventure Time: Exploring Valladolid, el Cenote, and Chichen Itza.
We took a day to plan an excursion we would all enjoy. I am a huge history buff and love learning about new cultures from around the world. As a Latina, I gravitate towards learning about Latin cultures, even if they are not my own. The first stop was to Valladolid, a small Mexican pueblo (village) in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula.
A colonial city of Spanish arcades and 16th-century spires, the pueblo is filled with amazing artists and artisans, exquisite cathedrals, and rich history. A distance from the beach, we didn’t get to spend too much time in Valladolid, but we did get to see and learn a little bit more about coastal Mexican culture. One of the first things you’ll notice about the pueblo of Valladolid is the amount of churches it has – 35 to be exact. Once an epicenter for Mayan culture, the Spanish conquistadors built over each Mayan temple and converted the locals into Catholicism. Still, one must appreciate the architecture in each church.
My gal pals and I satisfied our sweet tooth with a quick trip to the chocolate factory, professed our love for one another while sitting in the Lovers Chairs at the town square and spoke with friendly locals and merchants.
Mexico was extremely hot, even for this Miami native. For a comfortable look while exploring Mexico, I opted for:
- Cute DIY cutoffs
- An off-the-shoulder bell-sleeve top
- Comfortable sandals
I opted for an up-do that kept my hair out of my face; plus, I love the headband.
El Grand Cenote was even more spectacular. The water was freezing, but true natural beauties such as this always make me realize some things really are beyond me, beyond all of us.
Like nature, life has so many unsolved mysteries. We do our best, take it one day at a time, and hope we find the happiness we seek. In Spanish, cenote means a natural pit or sinkhole, words we associate negatively. Sometimes, what we think is negativity is actually something miraculous waiting to happen. It’s in times like these we should always choose to reflect and choose how we see things.
My last tip on how to have an easy weekend getaway in Cancun, Mexico is to explore and do things you never thought you could. The fact I not only good to stand in front of one of the seven wonders of the world, but learn about a new culture still blows my mind to this very day.
The Mayans were filled with an amazing culture, one that we must never forget. A complex of Mayan ruins, the ancient city thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. A lot of the original carvings and stone buildings remain, making this an absolute highlight of our trip. Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.4 million tourists visit the ruins every year.
I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better weekend getaway. Four days was more than enough, not to mention I got spend another four days visiting my family and friends in Miami. Off to an exciting adventure this summer? Share where below, I’d love to find a new city or town to visit. Until next time!