Viva Mexico!

by Kristen Sarah

With a Native American heritage and a distinct Spanish flavour, Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. Our resident Blogger Kristen Sarah shares her recent experience exploring Cancun, Tulum, Isla Muejeres and Playa del Carmen:

Over the past few years, there has been quite a bit of negative press about Mexico, but things are starting to turn around.  During my time exploring the country, not once did I feel threatened or in danger.  Instead, I felt welcomed by the Mexican people.

One of the hottest spots to stay in Mexico is Cancun, and that is where I started my trip.  I spent a few nights at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, which is one of the leading Cancun hotels with friendly staff, great food, a beautiful swimming pool, hot tub, and miles of pristine white sand beaches.

Casa Magna, Mexico

Located only nine miles from Cancun International Airport, CasaMagna is a pretty good choice for those wanting a combination of luxury resort living and easy access to nearby Mexican cities.

A great day in Mexico would start off by waking up in the morning and stepping onto your balcony to see the most magnificent turquoise water you have ever seen.

Casa Magna, mexico

Once you’ve stretched and dressed yourself, you can head down for a buffet breakfast at La Capilla Argentina Steakhouse or Sedona Grill, located next door at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa sister property.  After you’ve filled your belly, you can rent a car for the day to explore the surrounding area.

Located about an hour and a half from Cancun is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city known as Tulum.  While many people come to Tulum solely to visit the ruins, Tulum Pueblo/Town, located only 5 minutes from the ruins, is also worth the visit.  Well-designed open-air restaurants line the main street along with craft vendors, cute shops and food stalls is what you’ll find in Tulum Pueblo.  If you are planning to visit the ruins, it’s best to do so early in the morning or after 3PM, as the Tulum archeological site is a stop for many cruise ships that bring in countless tourists to the site daily.  Tulum is the only Mayan city built on a coast.  It is also one of the few protected by a limestone wall.  The 784-metre wall that is seven metres thick and three to five metre in height, was an ancient seaport trading mainly turquoise and jade.  As to why a wall surrounds Tulum, well there are a couple of theories. One theory is that it was built to protect the people on the inside from invaders and the other suggests that it was used to separate the upper class from the lower class people.  As you probably realize, there is a lot of history surrounding the ruins making it worth the visit.

Another great day trip from Cancun is to Isla Mujeres.  Getting to the island from Cancun is a piece of cake.  It only requires a short car ride to the ferry dock and a quick and entertaining ferry ride to the island.

Isla Muejeres, Mexico

Isla Muejeres is a cute island with some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. A popular and fun way to get around the island is by golf cart, scooter or bicycle. If you’re looking for a great place for snorkeling, dining, shopping and partying, Isla Mujeres has it all.  On the contrary, the island is a great place to relax and find tranquility.

Mexico water


A two-hour road trip from Cancun is the very happening Playa del Carmen.  There are a lot of great places to spend the evening including dance clubs, beach fire shows and rooftop bars.

playadelcarmen food, Mexico

Then of course there is the famous Coco Bongo which features acrobatics, impersonators and dance party.  The $50 entrance fee not only includes the entertainment but also all you can drink, all night long.  Tequila, anyone?

If you’re still not convinced that Mexico is a great destination for your next vacation, check out my video below:


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