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Riviera Maya – Bahia Principe Akumal

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.

Riviera Maya, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Riviera Maya, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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.

Riviera Maya, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Riviera Maya, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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.

Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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!

"Hope" - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

“Hope” – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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!

"A New Start" - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

“A New Start” – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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.

"To Love & Protect" - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

“To Love & Protect” – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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.

"Weary" - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

“Weary” – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Brown Pelican - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Brown Pelican – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

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.

"Dark Flight" - Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

“Dark Flight” – Luxury Bahia Principe, Akumal, Tulum, Mexico

Carnival Cruise

Growing up I would go to a Caribbean resort every year.  I’m not really into the resort scene anymore but I still need to take a break from the long Canadian winter.  This past year, I went on my first cruise and I have to say it was fab-u-lous.  We went to Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  I’ve been to Mexico and Jamaica numerous times, but visiting them back to back – I realized how lush and beautiful Jamaica is, and hope to return again one day.  Being on a cruise was great because it was very relaxing but I was able to go on some adventures at each of the ports along the way .  Also, being a water baby, I loved cruising on the open sea.  Oh, and the food.  Fantastic food.  Thank god there was a running track.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

Making Churros - Cozumel, Mexico

Making Churros – Cozumel, Mexico

Postcard Palms - Cozumel, Mexico

Postcard Palms – Cozumel, Mexico

Carnival at Night - Cozumel, Mexico

Carnival at Night – Cozumel, Mexico

Stingray Alley, Grand Cayman

Stingray Alley, Grand Cayman

Jerk Chicken - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jerk Chicken – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

On and On - Carnival Cruise

On and On – Carnival Cruise

Ocean Drive, Miami

Ocean Drive, Miami

Miami Beach

Miami Beach