Goodbye Windy City, hello sunshine! My mom and I arrived in Cancun, where we were greeted at the airport by a friendly Lomas representative. He took us straight to the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, where they treated us like royalty!
At check-in, we were greeted with smiles and champagne, and they even upgraded us from a Garden View to an Ocean View. Sweet! The room was beautiful, with the perfect view of the ocean and hotel grounds.
Of course, we didn’t spend much time there when we arrived – we dropped everything off and headed straight for the beach! there, we enjoyed delicious drinks and food. The fish tacos were amazing.
That afternoon, we hopped on a bus to check out the hotel zone of Cancun. The bus was very easy to catch and only cost $1. The ride was breezy and beautiful, as we passed the resorts on the right side and the lagoon on the left side. We explored the Kukulcan Plaza and La Isla Shopping Center (of course!). La Isla reminded me of venice with a little canal, boats and bridges.
Tip: If you go to town in the evening, bring a sweater. It gets a bit chilly when the sun goes down.
Back at the hotel, we had some drinks and sushi for an appetizer while we waited to be seated for dinner. For our meal, my mom had a fillet wrapped in bacon with potatoes and a Tuscan soup, and I tried the duck with berries and caprese salad. Yum! We ate every bit and it was fantastic.
In the morning, we went snorkeling in Puerto Morelos. Upon our arrival they served us a little shot glass of fresh orange juice. So refreshing. We hopped on the boat and set off.
I was excited, and jumped in right away when we got to the first place to snorkel. My mom was pretty nervous, but the guides were great. One of them stayed with her the whole way, which made her feel more comfortable.
We saw a barracuda! Crazy!
The second snorkeling spot was much shallower. Be careful, it’s easy to cut yourself on the coral here. The best thing to do is lie flat on the surface and let the water float you over the coral. It’s so beautiful!
The next day, went snorkeling again – this time at the underwater museum. It was pretty wavy that day, but we were able to go anyway. We saw a sculpture of a car, a house and a bunch of people. Next time I think I’d try scuba diving to get up close to the sculptures.
One thing that was really fun was putting my Spanish to use with one of the tour guides. He didn’t know much English, and I only know some Spanish, but together we managed to have a conversation. We’re still in touch by email and Facebook!
Note: The hotel staff at the Fiesta Americana works incredibly hard. They scrubbed down every single beach chair until way past sunset. Make sure to tip!