What am I still doing in Cancun?

The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

Chicago skyline

September 22, 2015
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Escape from Cancun: Our Summer Vacation

Every summer Bebé and I visit my home state, Michigan, and my 2nd hometown, Chicago. It is a welcomed chance to escape the brutal summer heat and humidity in Cancun. Each year the trip is busy, fun, and if I’m being truthful, a little stressful, but it strengthens the bonds that become weakened when you live far away from your loved ones. It also gives Bebé a chance to connect and create memories with our family and friends.

This year instead of posting countless pictures of our family and friends, I’d like to share some of the sights we enjoyed. I hope you enjoy them as well!

Bebé surfing in the Cancun airport!

Cancun airport

There is nothing like the view of Cancun from a plane!

Cancun from air

We flew into Chicago. A dear friend picked us up from the airport and we drove to Union Pier, Michigan, where some of my closest friends have cottages. It was a long travel day, especially for Bebé, but this was our reward… a day at one of Lake Michigan’s beautiful beaches.

Lake Michigan

After spending the weekend in Union Pier, my mom picked us up and drove us to my brother and sister-in-law’s in Grand Haven, Michigan. We love spending time with them. It happened to be Coast Guard Festival week so we went to the carnival and the boat parade. We also spent a day in Grand Rapids visiting with my dad.

This was a flag on one of the Coast Guard ships.

American flag

My niecey learned a new trick. #model

Have to post one picture of the kiddies, they are getting so big!

Grand Haven Dairy Freeze

After 5 nights in Grand Haven my mom picked us up again (yes my mom is the best) and we went to Ludington to spend 5 nights with her.

After the customary lunch at Olive Garden (we love the soup, salad and breadsticks deal) we got this delicious and very cute cookie from Starbucks. #yum

Starbucks cookie

In Ludington we were able to spend a lot of time with family, which was wonderful. We also went “camping”, which is what Bebé calls making smores.

Michigan summer

Bebé even got to ride our cousin’s horse! #soexciting

It was so beautiful of at my cousin’s house. It reminded me of my childhood in Michigan and it made me so happy.

Michigan landscape

One day another awesome cousin took Bebé for a few hours so mom and I could shop and go out for lunch. We went to the most Mexican restaurant I have ever been too!

El Rancho Michigan

We had so much fun. I love this picture of us. Check out the giant margaritas… and that was the medium. :O


After our time in Ludington it was time to head to Chi Town! We always take the Amtrak train from Holland, Michigan to Union Station. It is an economical, safe, relaxing and enjoyable way to get there.

In Chicago we spent time with many dear friends, including a friend that I hadn’t seen in about 15 years! We also went to Navy Pier. I took this shot from the ferris wheel, which I just learned is closing so they can put in a bigger one.

Chicago skyline

We also visited some friends whose balcony has the best view in Chicago…

Lake Michigan Chicago

There is always a downside to our visit home. I don’t get to see everyone I would like to see. It always makes me feel sad and guilty. I wish they could come visit us in Cancun, where we could give them all of our attention.

We need 12 months to recover from these whirlwind trips, so I guess it’s good we only go once a year.

Mexico vacation

June 22, 2015
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A Mini Vacation at Catalonia Riviera Maya

Although most of our days are filled with work and school, I’ll admit, Bebé and I are pretty spoiled! A couple of weeks ago we spent a long #HelloExperience weekend at Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa as guests of Booking Hello.

The resort is located in Puerto Aventuras, which is a gated community just south of Playa del Carmen. We arrived kind of late on Thursday night (well late for us) so we just had dinner and then went to the “glow show” which was thoroughly entertaining. (Think lights off and neon-clad dancers.)

The next morning after breakfast Bebé was raring to go to the pool. We don’t sleep in when we’re on vacation. :/

I think the resort was two hotels at one point because there are two lobbies and two pool areas, all of which are really nice. The lobbies have high palapa roofs and the pools have swim-up bars, different levels and areas and kids pools.

Riviera Maya vacation

Puerto Aventuras resorts

Riviera Maya resorts

Mexico vacation

After we checked out the pools, Bebé wanted to scope out the kids club.

Catalonia Riviera Maya kids club

To my surprise, he wanted to stay there alone! This had never happened before.

Normally I would be thrilled to have some time alone (single moms don’t get much time alone), but as I wandered off to the pool I thought, “What do I do now?” I don’t even bring books or magazines to resorts anymore because I never get a chance to read them. And you may have never noticed, but there aren’t many people on vacation alone in an all inclusive resort. Everyone already has someone to talk to.

So I had a mojito at the Pure Chill Out beach bar.

Cancun resorts

And I took some pictures.

palapa Riviera Maya

Then I went and spied on Bebé collecting sea shells with the kids club.

Catalonia Riviera Maya Mini Club

Of course we did have plenty of time together. When I went to see if he was ready to hang with Mamá he said, “What took you so long?” :)

Picture taking has become a bit of an issue during our mini vacations. Bebé isn’t as willing to pose as I would like, and he isn’t the greatest photographer yet. But we did get these two good shots of each other. A good one together didn’t happen this time.



But let me tell you more about the resort! There are various beach areas. The biggest one is quite rocky and there is some seaweed but it’s still a good area for snorkeling. The lagoon is perfect for swimming.

beach Puerto Aventuras

beach Catalonia Riviera Maya

Puerto Aventuras hotels

At night after dinner (the resort offers two buffet and three a la carte restaurants) there’s plenty to do at Catalonia Riviera Maya. We love shows and went every night. The Mr. Catalonia show was hilarious but my favorite was the Latin Show, which was different types of tropical dancing. #loved

On Mexican night they had Mexican games, a piñata and an auction around the pool.

Mexican night

There is live music in the lobby bar some nights and a disco that’s open every night after the show.

I want to thank Hello Booking for the invitation and the sweet surprises they left in our room.

PicMonkey Collage



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June 1, 2015
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La Habichuela Sunset Restaurant in Cancun

After living in Cancun for 14 years, I finally dined at La Habichuela in March, and now I’ve also dined at La Habichuela Sunset! So far it’s been a good year as far as eating is concerned!

La Habichuela Sunset is the sleeker little sister of the original La Habichuela, which is situated in a building that was once a house in downtown Cancun. Sunset was custom designed and is located in the Hotel Zone on the lagoon.

Again, the cuisine, service and ambiance are stellar here. They even offer the same menu. However this time I noticed that it has a key to help diners choose between Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean and International dishes.

Since we went for margaritas last time, we tried mojitos this time around.

dining Cancun

And a scrumptious ceviche mixto (mixed) to start…

seafood Cancun

I ordered the Seafood Parade as the main course. #delicious

seafood restaurant Cancun

The restaurant is very large, with indoor and outdoor sections on many different levels. It has a dreamy, celestial feel, especially when the sun goes down and the twinkling lights come on.

restaurants Cancun

fine dining Cancun

Photo: La Habichuela

If you want to witness one of Cancun’s rosy sunsets, have a drink inside, upstairs, before dinner. This will give you the best possible view.

Mexican food Cancun

Caribbean food Cancun

Photo: La Habichuela

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays La Habichuela offers a Mayan show at 8 pm. It really adds to the entire experience.

Mayan show Cancun

Photo: La Habichuela

This dancer came around before the show and offered to paint a Mayan symbol on guests’ faces. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Mayan dancers Cancun

Mayan food Cancun

On Thursdays they feature live jazz.

Oh and we loved the photographer, he took a picture of us with our hair blowing in the wind!

Cancun vacation

So, which La Habichuela did I like better? I really enjoyed both of them, but I think the original downtown wins with me, only because it’s smaller and has a more intimate feel. Bigger, showier La Habichuela Sunset is perfect for the Hotel Zone.

Garrafon Park infinity pool

May 21, 2015
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A Day at Garrafon Park on Isla Mujeres

Last month big sister was here for another visit. I really wanted her to see Isla Mujeres, so we went on the Royal Garrafon VIP Tour which is run by Dolphin Discovery.

Garrafon Park is located on the southern end of Isla Mujeres, close to Punta Sur, the southernmost point of the island and the highest point on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s also the first place the sun touches the country of Mexico each morning.

The park is built into the side of the island, and the views are absolutely spectacular. It was really windy the day we went, so we didn’t go snorkeling or kayaking, and since I had done the zipline before, I didn’t do that either. But the good thing about Garrafon Park is that it is a place where you can spend the day relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views.

The boat ride to Isla Mujeres is always wonderful.

ferry Isla Mujeres

boat to Isla Mujeres

Garrafon Royal Tour

I really wanted the kids to see Punta Sur, and the Mayan Ruin that is there, so we headed there as soon as we got to Garrafon. It was really beautiful, but it was much farther than I thought and really, really hot outside. There is a bike tour, so that might be a better option next time.



Punta Sur Isla Mujeres

When we got back to the park we went directly to the VIP deck. There is an indoor lounge, a small deck with a pool and a larger deck that is only for adults.

The view from the adults only deck…

Garrafon VIP

Bebé wanted to hang out in the larger infinity pool downstairs so we spent most of our time there.

Garrafon Park infinity pool


I am so proud of myself, I totally photoshopped a guy out of this picture…


There is a buffet restaurant that is included with the tour, but we decided to eat at the snack bar, which serves hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, and the like (also included).

Then Bebé spotted the bungee trampoline. We spent about an hour here!

activities Garrafon Park

It was a little hazy, maybe because it was so windy, but here is a view of the zip lines. They are the only ones in the area that take you over the Caribbean Sea.

Garrafon Park zip line

The Royal Garrafon VIP Tour is a convenient way for vacationers to see a little of Isla Mujeres. Oh and there is beer on the boat ride back to Cancun… score!

Moon Palace Grand pool

May 15, 2015
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We say YES to the Moon Palace in Cancun

A couple of weeks ago Bebé and I spent 3 glorious nights at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa All Inclusive Beach Resort. Oh how I have grown to love all inclusive resorts!

To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the Moon Palace. It’s huge… three full all inclusive resorts in one. But…

it was spectacular!

The Moon Palace is made up of the Sunrise, Nizuc and Grand sections. We stayed in the Grand section, which is much smaller and quieter than the other two. It was the perfect place to go back to after a busy day and/or fun evening.

However, when we weren’t in our HUGE room, we spent most of our time at Nizuc and Sunrise. It is a lovely walk along the beach (there’s a boardwalk) during the day between sections. We would walk to Nizuc, spend awhile there, and then continue on to Sunrise.

Our room

Moon Palace Grand rooms

The Grand’s pool

Moon Palace Grand pool

The beach

Moon Palace Grand beach

Moon Palace beach

Photo by Bebé


Nizuc pool

Moon Palace Nizuc pool

A dramatic pose??


Bebé and I both LOVED the waterslide at Nizuc. He is no longer afraid of big waterslides and went down at least 50 times.

Moon Palace waterslide

Can you see him in the water near the bottom of the slide?

Moon Palace pools

Bebé loves to play basketball, but the pool was too deep for him to stand, so the activities staff moved it so he could shoot baskets for awhile. I found the Moon Palace staff to be friendly, helpful and courteous. They always went out of their way to help, for instance, in the a la carte restaurants they would bring Bebé chicken nuggets (yes, yes I know, I am a horrible mother) even though they weren’t on the menu.

Moon Palace Nizuc section

The FlowRider, a surfing machine (for lack of a better description) is in the Sunrise section. I was pretty sure Bebé was not going to try it, the water is very powerful, but after watching for 10-15 minutes, he wanted to know if he could do it. Again, the activities staff were awesome and helped him so he could try both the boogie and surf boards. (I didn’t post the video of the first time he tried it where he was kind of terrified and half yelling, “Mom! Mom!”)

Moon Palace FlowRider

The Sunrise section also has this little waterpark for kids…

Moon Palace Sunrise

The Playrooms or kids clubs were so cool. I should know because we spent hours in them. There is a very large one at Nizuc and a smaller one at Sunrise. There is also a teens club called Wired.

Moon Palace Nizuc Playroom

Moon Palace Sunrise Playroom

Each night (after a nap) we would get all dressed up, go to a nice dinner (gotta go a la carte all the way, really yummy) and go to a show. Bebé loves a show! The first night we saw the circus show, the second night Michael Jackson, and the third night traditional Mexican dancing (which Bebé chose over the fire show). All of the performances were really professional.

The second night I didn’t feel like going straight back to the room after the show, so we hung out in the lobby bar of Nizuc and I drank wine and Bebé played with his tablet and ate chips (again, crappy mom). It was so much fun and he is so spoiled. The lobby bars are surprisingly lively and it’s fun to spend time in them.

After I exhausted the resort’s supply of white wine, I had a margarita.

margarita on the rocks

My Bebé is really fun to go on vacation with (most of the time, let’s be honest he is five and has his moments).


Almost forgot, one of the best things about the resort is the cafe they have in both the Nizuc and Sunrise sections (the one is Nizuc is better) where you can get pastries, cookies (get the plain ones, they are to die for), ice cream, coffee, sandwiches, crepes… to eat there or to go. HEAVEN.

Feel like staying at the Moon Palace now? Yeah you totally should!!

Cancun restaurants

March 23, 2015
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La Habichuela Restaurant in Cancun

I have lived in Cancun for 14 years, and I have always wanted to dine at La Habichuela, a legendary restaurant in downtown Cancun that has been open since 1977.

The owner, Armando Pezzoti, opened the restaurant in what was once his home. It’s almost as old as Cancun is!

I finally got the chance to dine at La Habichuela, and I’m happy to share that it was worth the wait. This Cancun dining institution lived up to it’s stellar reputation. The restaurant is located on Calle Margaritas in Parque las Palapas.

Cancun restaurants

La Habichuela is known for it’s cuisine, service and ambiance, and it delivers on all three counts. The garden is so charming!

outdoor dining Cancun

Cancun dining

Ordering a margarita is a must. Please don’t order a frozen one. A margarita should be enjoyed on the rocks with a salt rim.

downtown Cancun restaurants

The food was incredible. Really. The dishes, based on family recipes, are prepared with tender care and incorporate Mexican and Mayan ingredients, some of which have been used for thousands of years and have rich histories in Mexican culture. The service is attentive yet not annoying.

seafood Cancun

tacos Cancun

There are so many wonderful choices. It would be a good idea to dine with a lot of friends and share. The Cocobichuela (entree, lobster and shrimp in curry sauce served in a coconut with rice and tropical fruits) and the Kukulcan Pyramid (dessert, drool) should not be missed.


desserts Cancun

Of course if you’re not on the mood for a chocolate pyramid, they offer loads of other scrumptious desserts.

La Habichuela actually invented the Mayan coffee, which I missed this time, but I won’t make that mistake again. I’ll try it at La Habichuela Sunset, located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Can’t wait!

I want to thank my amiga @CancunCanuck for this photo, and for suffering through this experience with me.

Cancun vacation

March 2, 2015
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Xcaret Park and the New Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Night Show

We’ve been to Xcaret countless times, but it never gets old. The park is huge and you’d have to spend a few days in a row there to really take advantage of all it has to offer.

I really wanted Bebé’s big sister (she has been here for an extended visit, her first time outside of Cuba) to see Xcaret , especially the new night show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, and since she is leaving to return to Cuba soon, we went last Saturday.

After walking through the tempting gift shop (seriously they have the cutest stuff in there) we took the customary arrival picture. Notice the flamingos and parrots in the background.

Hello Xcaret!

Cancun activities

Since I now know the park pretty well now, and we arrived in the afternoon and didn’t plan on doing any of the (awesome) water activities, I knew we wanted to hit the aquarium first, but not before we took some pictures on the ancient Mayan structures that are part of the park.

Mayan ruins Cancun

When we arrived at the aquarium, they were starting a “swim with the sharks” session and Bebé was loving it, so we hung around there for awhile and then headed inside.

coral Cancun

Next we visited the sea turtles. They are sooo big. Really mindblowing.

On our way to the cemetary, we stopped by the beach area. I have never been able to take advantage of this part of Xcaret. It is really beautiful.

Playa del Carmen vacation

Playa del Carmen activities

Then we took a nice hike through the jungle on the stone paths (one must wear comfortable walking shoes to Xcaret) to my favorite part of the park, the cemetary. This is almost a pyramid-type structure, with seven levels for the days of the week. There are 365 graves that symbolize each day of the year, and at the main entrance the staircase has 52 steps representing each week of the year.

Riviera Maya activities

things to do in Riviera Maya

attractions Cancun


I love this selfie! Check out the sweet-looking tree growing out of my head! It reminds me of the one I took on my friends balcony in Chicago last summer… another happy accident.


Then we headed to the Mayan Village, just steps away, and got a good seat for the Dance of the Mayan Village, which is truly stunning.

Mayan Village Xcaret

It was now about 5:30pm, and there was so much more to see! After the Dance of the Mayan Village we saw the equestrian show, and went 80 meters up in the scenic tower, something Bebé and I had never done before. Then it was time to get our snacks and seats for Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.

And it certainly is spectacular, breathtaking, awe-inspiring. We hadn’t seen the new version of the show yet, which has been infused with hi-tech elements, but not in a way that takes away from the beauty of the show.

The show begins with the entire audience holding lit candles, including Bebé. Love his face here.


Most of my photos of the show were unshareable, so I’ll share a few of Xcaret’s pictures.


Riviera Maya attractions

Photo: Xcaret Park

Playa del Carmen attractions

Photo: Xcaret Park

voladores de papantla

Photo: Xcaret Park

Cancun entertainment

Photo: Xcaret Park

The show is over two hours long and incorporates some 300 dancers and actors. It inspires chills, laughs, and sometimes tears, and filled me with pride for my adopted country.

xcaret night show

Photo courtesy of Jessica Seba

February 16, 2015
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#BridesBoat #Cancun: A Bachelorette Party *hiccup*

Another one bites the dust! My friend and fellow Mexico travel blogger / social media chica Miss (soon to be Mrs.) Jessica Seba aka @MexicanatheartJ is gettin’ hitched! (Well actually she got hitched on Saturday.)

Can you think of a better place to have a Bachelorette Party than in Cancun on a luxury yacht? I can’t!

So last Saturday Jessica and some of her craziest female (and one male) family members and friends, including yours truly and my mommy, boarded the Sea Horse of Sunset Marina Admiral Yacht Club & Marina for a 4 hour cruise. The first order of the day? Mimosas!

Bachelorette party Cancun

tours Cancun

We were a little worried about the weather… it wasn’t that ideal clear day that you’re hoping for when you have outdoor plans, but we got lucky and it didn’t rain. Plus, no sunburn!

We made our way through Nichupte Lagoon and once we got out onto the Caribbean the games began. I must admit, I don’t normally like games at these event-type parties but I really enjoyed them. Jessica’s cousin did a super job.

celebrations Cancun

Dirty cherades was especially fun. @CancunCanuck shows us here… two (dirty) words!

yacht rental Cancun

Had never played the toilet paper wedding dress game before! And my team won!


boat rentals Cancun

Photo: Jessica Seba

The boat was full of social media chicas, so there were a lot of selfies taken… here is @CancunGringa looking gorgeous!

selfies Cancun

And here I am with @BeccaMex…

yachts Cancun

We spent most of the time anchored at the northern end of Isla Mujeres. The island is so very beautiful, even on a cloudy day.

Isla Mujeres

Some of the girls (and the boy) went swimming… here are @CancunGringa and @MarhuBarreto enjoying the clear, shallow water.

North Beach Isla Mujeres

4 hours gave us plenty of time to just hang out and chat too, and of course take lots of pictures and shots… a lot of shots.

@CancunCancun & @MarhuBaretto

Cancun boat tours

@CancunGringa, The Bachelorette @MexicanatHeartJ & @CancunCanuck (and her drink) and I.

Cancun yacht tours

@CancunCanuck & @MexicanatHeartJ

Cancun yacht tours

When it was time to head back the music got louder and so did we. Bye Isla Mujeres!

ocean Cancun

Isla Mujeres

It is really difficult to dance on a moving yacht.

marinas Cancun

I haven’t laughed so hard or taken so many shots in long time. I noticed that in @CancunGringa’s post about the Bachelorette Party, she mentioned that she napped the rest of the day. Some of us had to go home and take care of our kids. But well, she’s pregnant so I’ll have my revenge. 😀

Congratulations Jessica! Thanks for including us in your special celebration!

Photo courtesy of Jessica Seba

Photo courtesy of Jessica Seba


aesthetic medicine Cancun

January 12, 2015
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Cosmetic Procedures in Cancun

It’s something that a lot of us think about, but don’t like to talk about… getting older and how to look younger. I am part of the generation of sun worshipers… in fact, I used to drench myself in baby oil and lie on a metallic silver blanket every chance I got. I also smoked for years. It’s like I was intentionally trying to cause wrinkles!

I am trying to accept getting older, to grow old gracefully, but there are just some things that are unacceptable. For the most part I can handle the smile lines around my eyes, and my face isn’t that saggy… yet. But it seems like overnight I developed lines around my mouth that were making me really self-conscious. Others probably didn’t notice them… yet. But I could imagine what they were going to turn into if I didn’t do something about them.

I spoke to a friend about it, and it turned out that she has a friend who is a very well-respected (in all of Mexico, not just Cancun) physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine.

Medicial tourism is becoming very popular in Cancun. Many vacationers come from Canada and the U.S. and while they’re here they, you know, get a little something done. Whether it’s a dental procedure or a cosmetic procedure, they have time to rest and recover, and well, if they choose, the whole thing can remain a secret.

That’s where Med Spa Cancun comes in. Turns out my friend’s friend, Jenny Loria, has been the medical director of Med Spa Cancun, located in The Royal Sands resort at km. 13.5  in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, for 7 years. She has been named by Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, etc.) among the 5 best aesthetic doctors in Mexico. She is also one of Allergan’s speakers and trainers in their “Allergan Academy” Training Seminars. She normally assists at 3 worldwide seminars per year, which are held in different parts of Mexico, USA and Europe.

aesthetic medicine Cancun

This lady, my friends, knows her stuff. And her work is natural and subtle too, no fish lips here!

So I figured, if I am going to do anything, I should do it at Med Spa Cancun.

cosmetic procedures Cancun

Med Spa Cancun offers:

  • Visia Facial Analysis (complexion evaluation)
  • Thermage (skin tightening and cellulite reduction)
  • Fractional CO2 laser (reverse premature aging)
  • Botox (wrinkle reducer)
  • Juviderm/Restylane (filler & lip enhancer)
  • Vycross (long lasting filler)
  • Microdermabrasion (skin condition improvment)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (skin rejuvination)
  • Mesotherapy (cellulite and reduction treatment)
  • Dzugan Physio Logic (a new logical approach to health)

botox Cancun

Because Med Spa Cancun offers reasonable prices and is located in a resort, they have a lot of repeat customers that return year after year. They also serve guests of other hotels and locals as well.

Who wouldn’t love a place that has a Botox Christmas tree?

dermal fillers Cancun

Oh, are you wondering if I got a little something done??? Well I probably wouldn’t be posting about Med Spa Cancun if I didn’t, but I’ll never tell. A lady never reveals her secrets. 😉


Med Spa Phone: 52 (998) 881 0100 ext. 65906 

Med Spa Website: www.medspacancun.com

And here’s a little more info about Jenny… 

Dr. Jenny Loría Muñoz M.D., Director of Aesthetic Services

Dr. Loría graduated as a medical surgeon from the University del Mayab in Mérida, Yucatán. After completing her internship at the Ignacio Garcia Tellez IMSS Hospital in Mérida and her Social Service requirement in Playa del Carmen, Dr. Loría worked as a Medical Director in a Spa and a Laser Clinic and has taken advanced courses in Thalassotherapy, Medical Aesthetic, Cosmetic Laser therapies and Anti-aging medicine. She also has diplomas in Anti-Aging Medicine  and Aesthetic medicine from SCMME (Sociedad Científica Mexicana de Medicina Estética/Mexican Society of Aesthetic Medicine, endorsed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and UIME) and Spa Administration from La Salle University. Dr. Loría specializes in minimally invasive aesthetic and cosmetic procedures with expertise in Thermage, Botox, Platelets Rich in Plasma, IPL Photo Rejuvenation, Laser Collagen Enhancement and Acne Treatment, Microdermabrasion, Laser Vein Removal, Mesotherapy and SmartLipo. She is U.S.-certified for all FDA-approved treatments. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.


December 2, 2014
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What We Love about the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Bebé and I recently stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya again, for four glorious nights! Without recounting every minute of our visit, I’d like to share what we love about this rockin’ resort, located just south of Playa del Carmen in Puerto Aventuras.

The Beach

The kayaks, the snorkeling, it’s all included, and located in a tranquil, protected, turquoise blue cove.


Someone offered to take a picture of us when we were kayaking. #thanks





resorts Puerto Aventuras

It doesn’t get much better than this.


The Pool

It’s huge, features a big swim-up pool bar and waterslide, and has many different sections, so you can choose between peace and quiet and lots of activity.

Riviera Maya vacation

The Entertainment

The kids club has a full schedule of activities, meals and shows all day. There are daily activities in the pool and beach areas. The night shows are thoroughly entertaining. Karaoke with a live band was just one of the highlights. Bebé made me sing and I chose Bob Marley.

kids club Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

entertainment Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

The Food

There is a variety of restaurants, not to mention the buffet, room service and the serve yourself snack bar by the pool. In addition, they will grant special requests, for instance, chicken nuggets in the Asian restaurant.



They were building the Agave Veranda during our visit, can’t wait to see how it turns out! (Don’t know if she’d like it but I loved this Frida mural.)


Music Lab

And if all that isn’t enough, the new Music Lab is a unique program unlike anything offered by other resorts. Guests can film a music video, learn to DJ or play in a rock band. Professionals help with the process and the best equipment is utilized. In the evening, participants show off their new skills in the Sun Bar. It’s hard to believe, but there is not an extra charge for Music Lab.

activities Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is a super cool choice for a modern family vacation.