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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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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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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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Just Sitting on Top of….the Coba Ruins

 “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. 
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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. 
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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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