I’m sitting on an airplane flying back to States, and I’ve absolutely run out of things to do. I’m a terrible sleeper on planes because I can never get comfortable, and I can only watch Meryl Streep bake chocolate croissants, amongst other things, in “It’s Complicated” so many times. Okay, that last part was a lie, I totes could watch her all day, erryday. However . . . here I am! Hiieeeeee. Taking this time to write everything down I experienced in Mexico this past Thanksgiving with my familia. First things first . . . beware of all-inclusive resorts because you WILL eat everything in sight, and the tequila is free.90.free, along with the chips, guacamole, empanadas, and OoOof . . . s’full. Thank goodness for the gym or else I would have fully become a fluffy little piggy that went wee-wee-wee all the way home to California.
Many, and most of our days were spent laying in the sunshine, rolling around in the sand, and ordering drinks out of pineapples with faces at the beautiful Gran Porto Resort. It was the most PERFECT place to spend 8 days with 7.5 people. The 0.5 belongs to our little chiquita banana, my niece Clay a.k.a. chicken. The staff at Gran Porto was so friendly it was overwhelming (in a good way). My favorite part of the time was in the morning, right after the gym, we would head on over to have some breaky and I would go straight to my new friend. Her name was Chef Erika and she made the best damn scramble I ever did have. She also taught me mucho Spanish! Everyone was so helpful all the time, and SOOO totally in love with our little chicken, but I mean c’mon . . . who wouldn’t be? I, along with my family, have nothing but love and thankfulness towards this resort, but here’s what we did along the way . . . 5th Street //
Some of the best shopping we could of asked for in Playa Del Carmen. You were given a mixture of small privately owned shops, to an actual mall, to some of the yummiest hidden restaurants.
Ambasciata :: After eating an excess amount of Mexican food (I seriously thought I may turn into a small chicken quesadilla), all we wanted was a fat, juicy, pizza, and ohhh did we find GOLD. We found Italy in the heart of Playa at thee cutest restaurant called Ambasciata, and proceeded to order 5 different pizzas, and devoured every last bit. Muy bueno!
EZ :: Calling all sports fans . . . EZ is the place to be!! This bar airs every sporting event on tv. It was the place we turned to for Sunday football because . . . priorities, and the Patriots were playing the Jets, down leading by 1. S’stressful!
Bio Organics :: Later in the trip my sister and I went on an absolute hunt for the perfect bag that I had been dreaming about, and to answer your question, yes, I did find that perfect bag. However, along the way we came across and organic restaurant, a.k.a. probably where we should have been eating the entire trip, along with a quaint vegan bakery next door. Mind you, we found this on the second to last day, but they had boocha, and I was basically sold. It was called Bio Organics off 5th + Calle 26.
El Fogon :: This restaurant was not on 5th Street, and we had to walk a ways to get to it, but it is the BEST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD in Playa. Holy crap this place is good, and we knew right away when there was a line of people on the sidewalk, mouths watering, waiting to be seated. The chicken fajitas were on another level of holy goodness, and the quesadillas had the thickest cheese, a cow would be jealous. Must. Go.
Tulum was at the top of our list to visit. We definitely weren’t going to miss out on this little gem, and planned a full day trip, and covered as much ground as possible in 8 hours!! LOL. My dad pretending to be a tour guide proceeding to tell us that the tree was over 5,000 years old **in a spanish accent**Mayan Ruins :: We had our driver drop us here to start our day in Tulum, and we played tourist for an hour or two to check out the Mayan Ruins. You can either pay $1 to ride the train into the Ruins where you will then buy a ticket to get into the site, or you can walk. We chose the train because of chicken, but the walk would have been preferred if it were just us because it would only take mayybeeee 10 min, probably less. The Ruins were spectacular. If you just go in and look, yeah it looks like a bunch of rocks, and Fred Flinestone would be proud. BUT, if you sit back and think that each rock was stacked by hand, meticulously picked out, and over 1,000 years old, then yeah . . . it’s pretty bitchin’. Our next stop was TO THE BEACH. You exit the Ruins the same way you entered, and if you walk towards the main street, to the left there are taxicabs lined up. You want the ones with the red stripe on the side. So off we went!
Casa Banana :: If you know my family, you know we like to eat, and I was ALWAYS in charge of finding the perfect restaurant that would make everyone’s bellies happy (no pressure amiright?). Buttt no shocker here, I totes smashed it. Casa Banana was amaze!! The décor is next level, the cocktails are delicious, the beers are $2, and the hamburger was off the chain. From there, we walked across the road and through a hotel straight out to the beach. We basically just walked through like we owned the place. Not all at once, but it worked. Tulum + Quintana Roo :: After walking through the hotel we then walked a little ways down to the left to find the perfect spot. We found a half shaded area for the little chicken, and half sunshine for us. We frolicked in the water, no seriously like actually frolicked, I laid in the sand because I didn’t have a towel, closed my eyes and fully relaxed listening to the waves. The beach in Tulum was truly breathtaking, and I am most DEFINITELY going back. Buena Estrella :: Leading up to this trip my sister, and I both knew we were going to be spending a day in Tulum, so we started to keep an eye out for everything and anything Tulum. We found the mother load of vegan ice cream!! Yum, yum, yum. It was like having Pressed Juicery Freeze on the side of the road in Tulum, Mexico. I ordered the matcha/mint/cacao flavor and it was yum. They had so many flavors it was hard to choose, but everyone’s different concoctions turned out splendid! bikinis
nude kini top :: Stone Fox Swim
green bottoms :: American Apparel
burgandy kini top :: Stone Fox Swim
orange kini bottoms :: Beach Riot
orange kini top :: Tavik
leaf bottoms :: Kainoa
floral strapless top :: Triangl
orange kini bottoms :: Tavik
hat :: Peter Grimm
To sum the trip up in one word would be nearly impossible, but I feel so blessed to have been able to spend so much time with my family (8 straight days to be exact), and I am so thankful for all the adventures! I hope this blog gives you some ideas for your next Mexico adventure. Comment below if you have visited any of the places above. I would love to know your experiences.adiós bitchachos