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Visiting Another Mexican Wonder: the Gran Cenote…

…and that time I left my actual camera in the car.

Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula specifically, is well known for it’s beaches and ruins, but there is another reason people visit this particular area: to swim in Mexico’s cenotes.

Cenotes are natural, clear, and albeit, chilly swimming holes. Essentially, they are sinkholes that were caused by limestone bedrock collapsing beneath the surface. The water below the surface would become exposed, resulting in these beautiful pools of water. While some of these cenotes in Mexico are similar to caves where they only have a small opening to enter, others are completely exposed, like a lake.

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Swimming with Sea Turtles in Akumal

Let’s just get one thing straight: I love turtles. For realz. In fact, at 20 years old I got a sea turtle tattooed on my back because of my love for turtles and Mackinac Island. So, this may come as no surprise to you that I literally jumped at the opportunity to swim among the turtles.

When searching for things to do on the Eastern side of the Yucatan we quickly came across the idea of snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal, which is known as the “Place of Turtles.” Clever, huh? The sea turtles at Akumal lay their eggs during May/June and come November they hatch and are released into the ocean. Unfortunately, we were there during the wrong month.

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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?