Azul Fives

Azul Fives is a family-friendly beach resort located about ten minutes north of central Playa del Carmen.  Photos first and then our thoughts/reviews below.  Back to Mexican Resorts.   Size:  Azul Fives offers 360 contemporary suites, 4 gourmet restaurants, and a Vassa Spa and Fitness Center. Star Level:  In terms of service and overall property, we would rate Azul Fives a solid 4.5 star.  It is a beautiful resort.  This rating, however, is based on two separate site inspections of about two hours each.  We have not yet stayed throughout the day,… Read More

Sunscape Sabor Cozumel, 2014

Sunscape Sabor is a family-friendly resort located 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the beautiful island of Cozumel.  The resort is located about 20 minutes from the Cozumel Airport and is also just a fifteen minute taxi ride away from the ferry terminal.  Below are photos we took while using a day pass to visit the property from 7 am until 11 pm.  As always, photos first and then the review.  Back to Mexican Resorts. Size:  This resort offers 218 guest rooms and suites.  It is a small… Read More

Three Months: Mexican Independence Day Celebration!

We arrived in Mexico exactly three months ago, on June 16th.  We can hardly believe we’ve been living abroad for that long already.  The time has passed so quickly, we have experienced so much, and we have made some lifelong friends.  What an adventure this has already been, and we haven’t even left North America yet.  We look forward to all that is ahead. Here are a few shots from our Independence Day celebrations in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  The fiesta started at 10pm and continued on long into the night.  We… Read More

Generations Maroma

Generations Maroma is a new resort located right next to the famed El Dorado Maroma.  It is a family-friendly resort on one of the best beaches in all of the Riviera Maya.   As always, photos first, review after. Enjoy!  Back to Mexican Resorts.   Generations Maroma is a luxury gourmet all-inclusive, all-suite, all-butler beachfront resort for families, couples, groups, and weddings.  It is located about 35-40 minutes from the Cancun airport and about 15-20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Adults and children 16 years old and older are able to… Read More

Day 77: Living on Coco Beach

In one day, we transition from our condo in Coco Beach to our condo in Playacar.  It is a bittersweet move, as we have loved being here.  The view alone through our picture windows has given us hours of joy!   The truth is, it has also felt like home, and for that, we are very thankful.  The electric bill, however, was beginning to kill our budget.  We are on the top floor of our condo, and exposed on three sides.  The upside?  Gorgeous sea views!  Seriously, they were spectacular!  This photo below doesn’t come… Read More

Mexican Plants

These are a few Mexican plants you might or might not know. ( I didn’t know them, so don’t feel too bad. I’m not this smart in real life ) A Mexican plant known as the Acanthocereus Cactus (get your breath back ), also known as Barbed-Wire cactus, has six species within it’s group.  This cactus is very much shaped like a vine, and it usually has thin stems, which can climb several meters in height. We have some of these in the area we live in, and they are pretty cool…. Read More

Beneficial Plants in Mexico

There are many plants in Mexico which have great benefits and many uses.  Whether they are shrubs, trees, herbs, or flowers, they all have characteristics we can benefit from.  Three ones that I find interesting are these: Chicalotes, Desert Willow Trees, and Marjoram herbs. Chicalote plants are very interesting.  While their stems are prickly and look dangerous, their flowers are pretty and their medical productivity is amazing!  They have bluish-green leaves, bright-blue lines, and jagged edges.  The flowers are normally white or yellow and have a paper-texture.  The fruits are long and… Read More

El Dorado Maroma

One of our favorite boutique-style resorts on the BEST beach in all of the Riviera Maya!  As always, photos first and then our review.  Back to Mexican Resorts. El Dorado Maroma is an incredible resort.  I have had the opportunity to do two site inspections at this resort as well as stay here with Ryan for four days.  For photos and commentary from our last stay, visit:  El Dorado Maroma 2011 El Dorado Maroma is a beachfront gourmet all-inclusive resort for guests age 16 and older.  For people looking for an intimate resort… Read More

Day 64: Why Not Rather Suffer Wrong?

The timing of this strange question could not have been more perfect.  Since we arrived in Playa almost two months ago, we have been cheated over and over again.  I know that seems a bit harsh, and I don’t mean it to be.  I love Playa del Carmen and I especially love its residents!  Hopefully you already know this through my other posts. Many of the taxi drivers (taxistas), however, have not garnered the same affection in our hearts.  To them, we are ‘turistas’, naive, ignorant, Gringos!  Apparently, we also have plenty… Read More

Mayan Meals, Games to the Death and More

Mayans had meals that may not be appealing to many of us in some ways, though they ate things that we would eat today, like fruit, cornmeal, corn.  They would also eat rabbit or turkey as well as soup and beans.  Even chocolate.  Sounds pretty yummy, right? Hey, they even ate tacos. Did I mention the tacos were bug tacos? Did you throw up or lick your lips in anticipation? You may want to skip this paragraph, or maybe you want to grab a notebook and pencil so you can jot down some… Read More