“Arrive early,” the concierge said, “it gets hot later in the day when you climb the Coba Ruins in Mexico.”
Maybe I failed to mention to him or mother nature that I am not a morning person. It appears during this trip in Mexico, however, I am going to have to pretend to be.
At 9:30, the Coba Ruins in Mexico parking lot contained no tour buses and there were no more than 10 vehicles in the parking lot. It seems that we have beaten the rush…and the heat.
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.
Our trip to the Petrified Forest National Park in the northeastern corner of Arizona started off like any other day off while living in the Grand Canyon
. It was in the middle of June and it was a cool
120*F. I remember that fine detail only because I thought that it could not get any hotter the day before (and I was wrong). We hopped in Adam’s 1998 black on black leather interior Oldsmobile Intrigue, with an air conditioner that was busted, for the nearly 300 mile trip to the Petrified Forest National Park.
We arrived at the Petrified Forest National Park around 1:30 in the afternoon, close to the hottest part of the day, and spent much of the day trying to avoid the heat (funny, considering it might have been hotter in our car than outside of it). After entering the National Park and paying the $10 entrance fee, we arrived to the sight of this…:
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!
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?