The Honeymoon Pt. 1

With the wedding being on the 27th, that meant we had to wait one more week till we were laying on the beach, sipping sweet blended goodness. Alison and I asked quite a few people where we should go for our honeymoon. Lots recommended Sandals in St. Lucia. After looking into it, it was decided that we were better off going to the Mayan Riviera for 2 weeks at a 5 star and we would still have enough money to do another holiday for a week somewhere else. Although we would love to one day see St. Lucia, it seemed more practical to do this. We flew into Cancun on the Saturday morning for the start of our 14 day honeymoon! Our hotel was located about 45mins from the airport directly off the main highway to Play del Carmen. Along the way you see some ritzy hotels with grand entrances but then our van turned into our and we started to get nervous. The entrance was under construction and our hotel was still nowhere to be seen. It was still about a 2km drive off the highway between large 20 foot concrete walls that looked like they had been through a war. Then the van made a right turn and our resort could be seen. It was amazing! Everything was white with marble floors and counters. One of the great things about resorts is that they generally are wide open, as in have no walls to they're buildings. You can feel the humidity and the breeze coming off the ocean. When we booked our trip, we decided to splurge a little and upgraded our package to the "platinum villa suites". This is what the room looked like when we arrived.

And check out the private outdoor shower!

With us being in the Platinum Villas, this gave us access to special perks. Check out the exclusive pool reserved for guests in the villas. There was a private bar and personal concierge. Surrounding the exclusive pool was about 10 private cabannas with beds and curtains. Needless to say, it was a great escape from the 40°C heat and the place where we would take our afternoon naps.

We were set to meet our vacation rep. on the Sunday to look at the available excursions. Uncharacteristicly, we showed up an hour late. (No Justin, Mexico time is not the same as in Calgary) Once we had the time change figured out our rep showed us two out of the eight trips. That was all Alison and I needed to see. We booked one for each week.

Our first excursion was a cattameran trip combined with snorkeling around a reef and then swimming with the dolphins. (In 2008 when we were in Cuba, we actually booked an excursion to swim with the dolphins but then a monsoon came in and we decided to go to Havana instead. It was an experience we're glad, we were forced to make.) We started the day early at 7am and proceded to go to Cancun to the waiting catamaran. Oddly enough, there were 2 other couples on our trip that were married the same day as us. We sailed for about 45mins till we got to this reef.

As you can tell it's pretty much in the middle of the ocean. This being both our first times snorkeling, we didn't really know what to expect. The scenery wasn't the greatest as we didn't see much other than a few starfish and school of about 100 bright yellow fish swam right through us. Plus the current was so strong that you felt you really had to fight against it. From there, they dropped us off in Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). There was a typical market and port but it was so hot that we really just tried to seek shade. We boarded the Catamaran again and headed to the dolphin enclosure. We had heard that there are some pretty cruel enclosures out there but this wasn't horrible. This housed 28 dolphins and some manatees. It was amazing how smart these animals are. They did the usual kiss and dance tricks but then we swam out about 100 feet and the dolphin would come from behind and push the bottoms of your feet and you would shoot forward while holding a flutter board. It was really quite cool. Alison even tried to add her own trick to it and did it one handed as her other hand was reaching back to keep her bikini bottoms on. We then sailed back to Cancun and enjoyed some bevys on the boat.

Stay tuned for Pt.2, including our next excursion!

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