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

Dreams Tulum

Tulum is a beautiful destination.  It is about an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half south of Cancun’s International Airport (CUN).  It is well worth the hike, as the beaches are beautiful.  The Tulum Ruins are also worth a visit, but make sure to come early to avoid the long lines of tourists as well as the heat.  Ok…below are some photos of the resort.  A review will follow.  Enjoy.  Back to Mexican Resorts. Dreams Tulum is an excellent family-friendly, all-inclusive, beachfront resort set on a lovely stretch… 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

Katie’s Birthday Mexican Style!

Kathryn turned 11 this past week.  What a joy!  She is the first to celebrate a birthday since we left home two months ago, so we wanted to make sure it was special.  We knew it would be hard, being away from all of her friends and family. But…we were not alone.  Our teachers from Spanish Joyfully joined us in our celebration.  They shared our festivities with a fruit-filled Piñata (thanks, Katya), homemade ice cream cake/tort (gracias, Isabel), and empanadas (stuffed, fried pastries, muchas gracias,  Annabella). Katie was completely surprised!  She went first to… Read More

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Photos first and then our review/thoughts on Secrets Silversands.  Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom!  Back to Mexican Resorts. Secrets Silversands is a lovely, adults-only, beachfront, all-inclusive resort just north of Puerto Morelos.  It is close enough to both Cancun and Playa del Carmen for the adventurous traveler who likes to get off property and explore the surrounding areas and towns.  One great thing about this all-inclusive resort?  No wristbands! Size:  Secrets Silversands offers 433 luxurious suites.   That said, I would not describe it as a… Read More

Azul Sensatori Puerto Morelos

Family-friendly beach resort.  Photos first and then our thoughts/reviews below.  Back to Mexican Resorts. Azul Sensatori:  Fact Sheet Azul Sensatori is a family-friendly active beachfront resort with about 435 suites.  It is located about fifteen to twenty minutes south of the Cancun International Airport.  While it says it’s in Puerto Morelos, please note that the resort actually sits just north of the small town of Puerto Morelos, next to the Secrets Silversands Resort.  This resort is part of the Karisma chain of properties that offers “gourmet inclusive” vacations.  Since the Karisma Resorts are pretty… Read More

Akumal with Ryan

Yesterday, we drove down to Akumal, which is south of where we are living right now.  There, we met up with some of our friends from our church and snorkeled with them. This place is very famous for it’s endangered green sea turtles, which, yes, we did see. These sea turtles usually live in warm, tropical water, and are overly hunted. That is why laws now protect these turtles, and why they are on the list of “endangered species.” The sea turtles ranged from almost smaller than my head, to larger than… Read More

El Dorado Royale and Casitas

A picture paints a thousand words,  so photos first, reviews later.  Back to Mexican Resorts. El Dorado Royale and Casitas: El Dorado Royale and its sister property El Dorado Casitas are adults-only beachfront resorts located about thirty minutes south of the Cancun International Airport. Playa del Carmen sits about twenty-five minutes further south of the resort as well, so day trips to either Cancun or Playa are easily done. El Dorado Royale and the Casitas are part of the Karisma chain of properties that offer romantic, “gourmet inclusive” vacations. They are both… Read More

RTW Day 43: The Crazy Things We Crave…

Packing up all of our belongings as well as packing for fourteen months on the road was a bit overwhelming.  In the chaos of everything, we inadvertently forgot our precious Indian Spices, which my parents had bought for me when last in India.  What a sad mistake.  Indian food is one of our favorites, and chances of finding a lot of great Indian restaurants here in Playa seemed pretty slim. Our cousins, Abe and Liza, came to the rescue!  They packaged up our spices and sent them off to Mexico.  Now I… Read More

Video: Swimming with Endangered Green Sea Turtles

2014 Akumal Endangered Green Sea Turtle from Deena Gainor on Vimeo. Our family of six is taking a year to travel around the world. Our first stop is Playa del Carmen and we are here until November, 2014. We are exploring as much of the area as we can. This weekend, we traveled to Akumal, famous for snorkeling with Endangered Green Sea Turtles. We were more than excited but didn’t know what to expect. Akumal did not disappoint. Here is video we captured of these gentle giants. We were able to enjoy… Read More