Our Home Away From Home: the Royal Caribbean

Welcome to the Royal Caribbean in Cancun Mexico, our home for seven nights! This is a beautiful, beach-side resort along the Hotel Zone of Cancun on the main strip. It is equipped with suites with a wet bar, one-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom suites. It has a large pool, market inside (Royal Market), a large gift shop, sports department, activities department, a jewelry store, a pottery area outside where you can create your own masterpiece, a gym, a restaurant, cafe, and a deli. The Royal Caribbean in Cancun is also connected to the Royal Islander, which you are allowed to access. That particular site has two restaurants of their own.
 
Possibly the most important part of this resort is that you have your own beach! They have free lounge chairs with umbrellas, and wait staff bringing you drinks and food.  You can easily spend all day here and never want to leave.

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Finding Our Way to the Tulum Ruins

Have you ever spent hours trying to find something only to find out that it was hidden in plain sight after you’d given up trying to find it?
That was our experience with the Tulum Ruins in Mexico.
The day prior to our actual arrival at the Tulum ruins we spent hours driving up and down speed-bumped streets trying to get to the Tulum ruins in Mexico. Thanks to our not so handy GPS, instead of being sent to the ruins, we were sent to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Not exactly where we planned to see ruins. Just as we were heading in the right direction, following signs to the ruins (we found out the following day), we were spent, cranky, and decided to pack it in.

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On Top of Marigot in Fort Louis

 As much as St. Martin is known for it’s beaches, it should also be known for it’s views. Pic du Paradis, Fort Louis, and Fort Amsterdam offer amazing expansive views! On clear days you get a glimpse of Saba (The Unspoiled Queen), Anguilla, and St. Barth’s from various locations on the island. We love places that are rich in history with amazing views and this one definitely offers both!

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Looking for the Best Beach in St. Martin?

Look no further than Orient Bay!

If there is anything that St Martin in the Caribbean is known for (besides the nightlife, of course) is it’s beautiful beaches! I did not plan on spending this much of our vacation beach-side, but I cannot complain. We did our research before we arrived on St. Martin, but we wanted a local’s opinion.

During our flight to St. Martin we sat next to a resident of the island, who had immigrated to and lived on the island for the past six years. I asked her advice on best places to eat, best beaches, best places to go shopping, and anything else you could think of. She could not stop raving about one beach in St. Martin, Orient Bay: 
Orient Bay is located near the French/Dutch border of St. Martin in the Caribbean. The beach has everything you could want: lounge chairs with umbrellas, bars (hello, beach side service!), restaurants, a bikini shop (you know, in case you forgot to bring one and show up naked), parasailing, jet skis, a nudest area and…peddlers. Okay, so maybe you don’t want the last part. But really, what more could you want?

Our Unplanned Climb to the Top of St. Martin…Sorta

Behind every great idea comes a great woman…with a not so great idea, occasionally…and this idea was one of those.

You see, sunset’s at St. Martin are usually reserved for Sunset Beach. Tourists pack up their car, drive to Sunset Beach, and sit on beach blankets waiting for the planes to fly into the airportWe, however, had a far better idea. 

We made the last minute decision to ditch the norm and see the sunset at Pic du Paradis, the highest point in St. Martin. We heard that there was a road that lead up to it. It sounded promising, but therein lies our bad decision. We are going to drive up to Pic du Paradis, the highest point in St. Martin….in this: Continue reading