Updated: Nov 4, 2019
It's that time again, post three will be on our trip to beautiful Cancun. A quick trip from Dallas but technically still international so I figured we may as well do all of those first. I realized I hadn't mentioned this in the previous two posts, but of course you need to be sure your passport is up to date and valid. Also be sure that the country you are visiting doesn't require a specific amount of months before your passport expires as well as any other paperwork, especially if you are planning on an extended stay. Now that the basics are covered, let's talk about Cancun!
A flight from DFW was only about a 2.5-3hr ride, and rather inexpensive. Due to being a pretty common beach vacation, there were several airlines and pricing options to best fit your needs. We went for 5 days and 4 nights, definitely the minimum I would suggest for any vacation. Especially internationally, or to a place as beautiful as this. We did not want to leave, at all.
Where we stayed:
Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas - $168USD/Per Night - https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/mexico/cancun/hotel-riu-palace-las-americas
Riu is an adults only, all inclusive resort. They are a chain and I have since discovered they have several locations, and I'd definitely stay there again in other countries after my experience. This was our first all inclusive type of trip and to be honest we were skeptical in the beginning, but of course we did our research and trusted our gut. I would suggest you do the same! And am I so glad we did. We had the best time. Worry-free, relaxing, LIT experience. Truly ALL-INCLUSIVE, which of course was our biggest worry. Since this was an all inclusive experience, this blog post will be structured a little different.
The hotel was massive. It had at least 5 different restaurants for all your different meals, a 24hr snack bar and room service from that snack bar, four different bars with ALL drinks included, liquor taps and mixers in your room, an entertainment atrium with various programs on different nights. Of course two huge pools, one that is more for the party goers and the other for the ones seeking a relaxing zen moment. There are so many other amenities but you get the picture.
Now let's go over some facts you may need to know, or a reminder of at least. First things first, don't drink the water, duh, I know...everyone knew that. But our question was, did this include ALL the hotels water? Like even in the restaurants? The answer is NO. The restaurants water is filtered, but they also stock your room's mini fridge and the 24hr snack bar's with bottled water for whenever you need it. If you forgot about that little tidbit, you would instantly remember once you smelled the water. Haha, it smelled horrible. I hated even showering. I used bottled water to brush my teeth and wash my face, and 'sensitive parts'. lol
Secondly, we personally didn't even want to leave the hotel grounds but if you do - Please do your research and be smart; travel in pairs, keep your phone charged, don't go down any allies or off the grid locations, ya know the stuff you see in horror movies - avoid those... There are crazy things happening all over the world, not only in Mexico, I know. But I just had to say my piece. Lastly, in regard to this hotel specifically. We were in the Jr. Suite King Bed, and pretty much all the rooms have two full size beds pushed together making a pretty large bed. Since the floors were tile, the beds continued to shift apart which made it pretty annoying. However, we put a sheet down and eventually just slept on either side. That was about the only thing that we had an issue with.
What we did:
- Pool party galore - that pretty much sums it up. lol
- But in all seriousness, the pools and planned entertainment hosted by the hotel fulfilled all our needs and wants. We were never bored.
What we ate:
- As mentioned above, the hotel had a series of restaurants. Mexican, Italian, Asian, Steakhouse, French, and a buffet that had a little bit of everything that we ate breakfast at. (The guac, the fruit, is amazing!!)
- A couple days the hotel grilled out by the pool for lunch. It was a great switch up to the routine. One day they had typical BBQ - hot dogs, hamburgers; and another day they had street tacos and corn, with all the fixings.
What we suggest:
- We booked private transportation from the hotel to the airport both ways. This was just for piece of mind, no language barrier, per-scheduled, no scam on fee amount, etc.
- Carry minimal cash in small bills, for tipping if you choose - nothing was expected
- Weather was great so your typical beach attire will be perfect
- Don't forget sunscreen, there was a small store onsite for things like sunscreen, pain meds, but of course it cost a pretty penny.