After months of anticipation, the time finally arrived to celebrate my best friend’s wedding in Mexico. We left the cold, rainy November weather behind and arrived late in Cancun, then driving for an hour out to Akumal in the Riviera Maya.
The resort was very nice and required shuttles to get around because it was so huge. I wouldn’t classify this hotel as luxurious, but I wasn’t looking for luxury either. Resorts aren’t usually my preferred way of vacationing but are a quick and easy getaway. If I were to book an all inclusive, I would definitely return to the smaller resorts in Central America as I don’t care too much for a fancy resort, all I need is a beach and tasty, local food.
The beach was inviting, with lots of interesting coral and tidepools to explore. The snorkeling was pretty decent right along the beach in front of our hotel and we swam for hours exploring the reefs, chasing fish and even saw a giant barracuda – at least 4 feet long with a piercing, menacing stare. We kept our distance…
The food at the hotel was OK but pretty much the same fare every day. While we loved all the seafood; different types of grilled fish, smoked fish and carpaccio, there wasn’t much variety in terms of local food. The one restaurant we were able to get a reservation at wasn’t good at all. We tried their International Restaurant – the food was way too salty and their martinis were pretty much undrinkable.
Service was hit and miss. Free WI-FI was a scam, and if you wanted any sort of reliable internet service you had to pay. That said, we were happy to be cut off from the world for awhile, but we wasted a lot of time trying to connect to this “free” service. This was the only resort I’ve ever had to wait in line for to get into the buffet restaurant, I’m not sure why as there were always plenty of free tables once we were allowed inside. The evening entertainment was quite impressive though, and we were treated to a Cirque de Soleil show one night. I love the Cirque shows, I’m always so amazed at what the human body can do!
On the day of my friend’s wedding it poured rain all morning My friend tried to cancel or move her wedding but was told they would be charged – and that there were two weddings that day and only one “b” rain plan, which sounded completely unacceptable to me. The entire ceremony and reception was outdoors with no cover, I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t cleared up!
But, thankfully, after an hour delay, the skies cleared and the ceremony began. I think that rain is really cleansing and many cultures believe it to be good omen so after the Persian wedding ceremony – called the Sofreyeh Aghd – was completed, my friends started their new life together walking down a fresh, clean path.
On our last full day we indulged in some couples massages on the beach and I finally scored some time with the bride and we spent the last few hours of the afternoon jumping among the waves and pelicans.
The brown pelicans that fished around the beach were so tame, we could walk right up to them. I give credit to my boyfriend for this last shot of the trip.