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

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May 4, 2018
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Return to The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

Bebé and I recently returned for a second stay at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun. The last time we stayed there, it was the smallest, quietest section of Moon Palace Cancun, which is actually 3 resorts in 1. However, The Grand was completely expanded and redone and is out of this world!

Where to start?!

Instead of a play-by-play, this time I’m going to talk about the different (and amazing) aspects of The Grand, starting with…

The Room

The room was huge and comfortable and we received a warm welcome.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun Presidential Suite

Photo: Palace Resorts

In addition to all of the usual amenities there was a hot tub in the room, snacks in the minibar area, a liquor dispenser, a beach bag, and your bracelet opens the door, so no key cards to worry about. Plus there were plastic bags in the room to take your wet clothes home in. I love that.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun in room Jacuzzi

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun view

The Restaurants

Yum! The food was excellent, especially in the a la carte restaurants. Each restaurant has its own children’s menu. Bebé liked the one at the Japanese restaurant, Jade, the best.

We also ate at the Italian restaurant, Tavola, and the Lebanese restaurant, Habibi.

Everything was delicious. This is not the usual all-inclusive resort fare.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun dining

The Boulangerie cafe is a highlight. It is open 24 hours and offers cookies, ice cream, sandwiches, salads, and of course, coffee.

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The Grand at Moon Palace also offers 24-hour room service and that fantastic breakfast arrangement where you can place your order by filling out the card the night before and specifying what time you want your order to be delivered the next morning.

The Pools

There are so many pools at The Grand. There’s something for everyone.

There is a family activities pool…

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An adults only pool…

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An Olympic sports and activities pool (there are actually 3 pools here)…

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There is also an activities-wellness pool and a couple others. Never a problem finding a lounge chair at The Grand and best of all, no towel cards!

Most pools have a swim-up pool bar and there are also snack bars and/or restaurants at all of the pools.

Kids Activities

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is a paradise for kids. I have never seen anything like it, and I have stayed at quite a few resorts. Bebé was over the moon!

The Playroom

The Playroom features arcade games, a mirror maze, bumper cars (yes, I said bumper cars) and much, much more.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun Playroom

Moon Palace Grand Cancun arcade games

Can you find Bebé in this picture?

Moon Palace Grand Cancun mini golf

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The Grand at Moon Palace Playroom

There are also kid-friendly snacks available at all times. The Playroom is for children ages 4-12, and you can leave your children there. I didn’t do that though, because they can come and go as they please. Children under 4 must be supervised. There is also a special play area for very young children.

Each morning we went to The Playroom before we headed to the pool. It wasn’t easy getting Bebé to leave!

Outside of The Playroom there is a water park with a lazy river, a small wave pool, a surf simulator and huge water slides. (It should be noted that the surf simulator and water slides aren’t open yet.)

You can see the water slides here in the background.

The Grand at Moon Palace waterpark

This contraption dried your wet clothes!

Wired

Wired is located in the lobby and features arcade games, video games, a snack bar (with cupcakes!!), and more. Bebé played FIFA on Xbox (he doesn’t have one at home) for an hour each evening before dinner, while I had a cocktail at the gorgeous bar in the lobby (more about that later). Wired is supposed to be the teen club but there were children of all ages there.

One day we headed over to the Sunrise section so Bebé could try the FlowRider.

The Beach

Moon Palace is not really known for its beach, but at The Grand, the beach has been left natural. The vegetation wasn’t disturbed and it’s very pretty. It reminded me of the dunes in Michigan in the summer.

There is a large beach club as well. That being said, I didn’t see many people spending time on the beach, but the views were gorgeous.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun grounds

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun views

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun beach club

How to Get Around

You may want or need transportation to get around The Grand because it is very large. There are well-marked golf carts to get you where you’re going.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun golf carts

There is a shuttle that runs between resorts every 10 minutes.

Our Favorites

Palace Resorts App

I have always carried around the huge pamphlets that included a map and schedules and information about dining, activities, etc. They still give you a map, but Palace Resorts now has an app that gives you access to activities and restaurant schedules. It’s really easy to use and super convenient.

Palace Resorts app

The Grand Lobby Bar

It’s just sooo gorgeous! The cocktails were perfection. I wanted to sit there for hours.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun lobby bar

This was like the strongest margarita I have ever had. I couldn’t even have a second one!

The Grand at Moon Palace lobbyVanilla Cookies (!!!)

They had these last time we stayed at Moon Palace and we were thrilled to find them again, but take note, they only have them at the cafes in The Grand and Nizuc. Best of all, they’ll give you a bag so you can take some with you to the room, pool, etc.

Activities Pool at Sunrise

The pools at The Grand are pretty chill, but if you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it at the activities pool at the Sunrise.

Moon Palace Cancun Sunrise activities pool

Magic Show & Michael Jackson Show

On Friday night we went to the magic show in The Grand and it was very well done. We sat there with our mouths wide open most of the time!

If you are a fan, the Michael Jackson Show at the Sunrise is really entertaining.

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The Restroom in the Lobby

Just look at it. I had to take a picture. I considered applying my make-up here instead of in the room.

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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun also has a bowling alley (extra charge applies), a nightclub, a fitness center and gift shops.

It should be noted that guests of The Grand have access to the Nizuc and Sunrise sections, but guests of Nizuc and Sunrise do not have access to The Grand. However, special day passes are available for purchase.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is truly an ideal all-inclusive experience!

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April 17, 2018
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Live “The Royalton Life” at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Last weekend Bebé and I lived “The Royalton Life” (they actually have their own song with the same title) at Royalton Riviera Cancun! The resort is located about 10 minutes south of the Cancun airport. We had never been to a Royalton resort before, so I was very anxious to check it out.

This was the first thing we saw… the view from the lobby… so pretty!

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We were guests of TravelSmart VIP, Royalton’s vacation and travel club, so we were taken to their lounge to check in. It was stocked with snacks, cocktails, beer, soft drinks and water.

After we checked-in we headed to the room, which was also very pretty. The resort is only a few years old.

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Annnd, no key cards! Your bracelet opens the door! Bebé loved it.

The room had all the usual bells and whistles, but one particularly cool feature was the outlet INSIDE the safe, so you could charge your device while it was locked up.

This was the view from our room…

Royalton Riviera Cancun splash park

We had a bit of a view of the ocean as well.

We arrived in the early evening, so it was already time to head to dinner and evening activities. There are many activities available throughout the day and evening, including a fitness program.

We ate dinner at Hunter Steakhouse and it was delicious. The resort has 9 restaurants, an awesome little cafe and a whopping 11 bars.

After dinner we joined the Glow Party!

Royalton Riviera Cancun activities

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There was a DJ and dancing robots and other surprises.

The next morning we got up and went to Marche for the buffet breakfast. The place is HUGE and they have everything you could possible want for breakfast. The food was very good.

Royalton Riviera Cancun Marche

They also have a bar! Hello Mimosas and Bloody Marys!

Royalton Riviera Maya breakfast buffet

Then it was pool and beach time!

The resort has sooo many pools.

The beach is wide with powdery white sand, but it should be noted that it does not have the aqua blue Caribbean water like in the Hotel Zone.

Look how tall Bebé is now!

We didn’t have time to check out the kids and teen clubs, but he really enjoyed the huge splash park.

Royalton Riviera Cancun kids activities

And I could relax a bit… wrinkles and all… (no filter, no make-up).

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That day we Bebé also found some kids to play with and I had a great time with their parents!

That evening we got ready and headed to the Mexican restaurant, Agave, for dinner. Then saw the Michael Jackson show. Bebé loved it, he never tires of it!

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The resort is really beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking pictures…

The sunrise from our room…

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How would you like to get married here?

Look at this cool food truck by the main pool…

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Oceanfront rooms…

TravelSmart VIP beach bar…

Chillin’!

The resort also offers a full service spa and fitness center.

We stayed little later than check-out time on Sunday, and we really enjoyed using their hospitality rooms to shower and change.

Gracias & salud to Royalton Riviera Cancun and TravelSmart VIP!

 

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March 23, 2018
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Rock of Ages Cancun at Dreams Playa Mujeres

Most resorts in the Cancun area feature nightly shows, and they are generally entertaining, but Dreams Playa Mujeres has taken things to a whole other level with Rock of Ages, a local version of the Broadway musical that features rock hits from the 80’s.

And well, I am a child of the 80’s! I absolutely loved it and I sang my heart out the entire time.

The almost entirely Mexican cast performs the show completely in English. I was very impressed with the singing. The acting, sets and lighting were excellent as well. With over 100 shows under their belt, the musical has been featured since October 2017, and they are hoping for another extension.

Before the show we got to hear a little from the cast, and we took some pictures in the lobby.

I tried to make a rock face here but I think I look more like the devil.

Then it was time for the show! I laughed, I sang, and I almost cried at the end. (I was in shows in high school and musical theater always makes me very emotional.)

Here you can actually see that I sang my heart out because somehow I ended up in this video…

The show is really very entertaining, especially if you like 80’s rock. It’s a great evening activity for those who want to do something other than go to a nightclub or bar.

Quick info:

Performances: Wednesday—Monday: 8:30 PM

$119 USD for adults including transportation at participating resorts and open bar

$69 USD (ages 13-17) including transportation at participating resorts listed below

or

$99 USD for adults no transportation and open bar

$49 USD (ages 13–17) no transportation 

The price for locals is just 900 mxn and includes open bar.

Email: roa_reservations.drepm@dreamsresorts.com

Tickets: http://bit.ly/RockOfAgesTickets

Official Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/RockOfAgesCancun

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March 16, 2018
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A Wedding and One Night on Isla Mujeres

A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s wedding on Isla Mujeres… ALONE. I mean well, I wasn’t alone per say, a lot of my friends were at the wedding as well, but I actually went to Isla Mujeres ALONE and rented a room and stayed ALONE. It was so much fun! I felt so free! (Sorry about the gushing, but single moms don’t get a lot of alone time.)

Anyway, I headed to the island on Saturday afternoon after dropping Bebé at his papá’s (I dunno, seems a little awkward to call him Papi now). I parked in the Ultramar garage (only 132 pesos for 24 hours), bought my ferry ticket and literally walked on to the boat as it was about to disembark.

The ferry ride never gets old. Never.

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ferries to Isla Mujeres

After the quick trip I jumped off the ferry (I felt so light on my feet with just my purse, a backpack and no Bebé in tow) and took a few pictures during the walk to my Airbnb.

Isla Mujeres fishing boats

Isla Mujeres street scene

Isla Mujeres mural

I am disappointed to say that the island is A LOT more crowded than it used to be, and I feel guilty for contributing to that, at least in a small way (maybe I’m giving myself too much credit) but it hasn’t lost its charm… at least not yet.

I easily found my Airbnb but before I went inside I needed an iced coffee. Found this little place around the corner…

cafe Isla Mujeres

Then I went back to my Airbnb, met the caretaker and got my key. Simple but central, clean, and absolutely adorable.

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They don’t have hot water and there is a bar right next door that plays music until around 12:30 am but they are very clear about it on the website.

Next, it was time to get ready for the wedding, and I was really excited because I had a brand new dress from Boutique Mexico (they don’t sell dresses anymore, but the bag is also theirs and all their stuff is AMAZING so check it out).

Whaddya think? I was very happy with my look.

The decoration and set-up were gorgeous… colorful and very Mexican. As we waited for the bride, we took some pictures.

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Then it was time for the main event. Divorced and jaded, I am still a sucker for a good love story, and this one is a tear jerker. I am so happy for my friend, who is beautiful inside and out.

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The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was fun yet relaxing, with some interesting twists. For instance, they had marquesitas (a traditional Yucatecan street treat which consists of a rolled-up crispy crepe filled with melted shredded cheese and a sweet filling of your choice) instead of a wedding cake.

So after about a million Sol cervezas, Palomas (tequila with grapefruit soda or juice served on the rocks with a lime wedge and a salted rim), a delicious Yucatecan dinner, and some Salsa dancing, I headed back to my room and bathed in the shower, which interestingly enough had a sink inside of it.

I slept in for the first time in ages and woke desperately needing fat and sugar. I had researched some restaurants but decided that all of them were simply too far away (like 5 blocks ha), so I ended up at an old, convenient favorite, Compadres, which is on the pedestrian street Miguel Hidalgo.

It was just what the doctor ordered. Perfect.

I have eaten here many times over the years and they just do good, simple food well.

It was then time to head home. As much fun as I had, I missed Bebé and Sunday housework was calling. But I must say, it does feel good to know that there is still an independent girl somewhere inside of this single mom.

Oh, and I almost forgot… I caught the bouquet!

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January 5, 2018
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The Backstreet Boys Sing Their Hits at Moon Palace Cancun

Soooo good.

That’s my official review of the Backstreet Boys concert at Moon Palace Cancun.

🎶 Last Friday Night 🎶 my Cancun bestie and I attended Palace Resorts‘ hugely successful year-end event. I didn’t even realize how much I needed a fun night out and this was the perfect occasion.

The concert was originally planned for December 29, but it sold out so quickly that Palace Resorts added a second show on December 30.

When we arrived there was still parking available inside the resort, but we had to take a bus from where we parked to the Moon Palace Arena. Everything was very well organized. They even gave us a card to help us remember where we parked and which bus we would have to board when the concert was over.

Once we were inside the arena we ordered draft beers. They were huge and cost 100 pesos each (5 usd), which is a bit expensive for Cancun but totally reasonable considering it was a concert. There were also waiters available inside the venue, where the beers went up to 150 pesos (we still bought them LOL).

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I was super excited to meet up with the PR girl who hooked me up with the tickets. We have worked together online for years but had never met in person. Palace Resorts has a supurb PR team. We couldn’t believe it when we found out we had floor Front Stage tickets!

By now it was time for our second beer, but there was suddenly loud music coming from inside. The waiter seemed to take forever but finally he brought the beers and we ran in. We were about 3/4 of the way back in the Front Stage section. If we wouldn’t have been so worried about our beer and had gone in earlier we could have been much closer, but it was still pretty close and luckily we are both tall.

The concert began at about 9:15 pm, and well, we screamed like 14 year old girls.

Photo: Palace Resorts

They played it right. They didn’t try to switch things up, they kept it simple, and it was perfect! It was a trip down memory lane (to the 90’s). They have so many hits and they sang all of them. One of the things I loved most about the concert was the fact that everyone in the audience sang along to every song.

Each of them took turns chatting with the audience during breaks/wardrobe changes. The effects and sound system were excellent. At one point there was a video montage of each of them that everyone loved. Nick still seems to be the favorite with the ladies.

Photo: Palace Resorts

The Backstreet Boys weren’t my favorite group or anything, but I know all their hits, have their greatest hits CD (yes CD), and basically I know almost all the words to every song.

Plus, Brian, AJ, Kevin, Howie and Nick look great. The singing and dancing were still on point.

Photo: Palace Resorts

When they left the stage, we knew they were coming back, because they hadn’t sung Everybody!

I do have one negative thing to say that has nothing to do with the band or the concert. Today’s young people need to enjoy experiences instead of filming the entire thing. Of course I took a few photos and videos, but mostly, I sang and danced. I couldn’t help thinking that the band probably notices the cell phone thing as well, since they didn’t exist in the same way in the 90’s.

Here is just a little taste of the concert…

Bravo Backstreet Boys and bravo Moon Palace! It was a night I will never forget! We loved it so much that we wanted to go again the next night.

The Backstreet Boys play a residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and even if you’re only a semi-fan, I would definitely recommend seeing it!

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December 15, 2017
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The Table at La Joya, the New Dining Experience at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun recently debuted The Table experience in their breathtaking Mexican restaurant, La Joya. Besides memorable meals with family and/or friends, this is the single best dining experience I have ever had. Really! From the food to the presentation, everything was delightful and so very unique.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. The meal is described as a “Hi-Tech-Interactive ‘Gourmet Mapping’ Dining Experience. I imagined a video projected on the wall and possibly some music.

After a couple of La Joya’s Cadillac margaritas (they are perfection, but be warned, they are very strong) we headed up to the second level of La Joya and found this table waiting for us.

That’s when I knew things were going to get interesting.

We checked out our view and our first course, a palate cleanser / amuse-bouche was served.

Now I don’t want to give too much away, because the surprises are a big part of the fun, but the experience follows the history of the Yucatan Peninsula, as do the ingredients, cuisine, explanations and projections on the table.

Here are a few more pictures…

This truly enchanting meal is an 8-course dinner accompanied by cocktails, wine and even shots!

The Table is available Friday and Saturday nights and begins at 9:00 pm. The cost is 115 USD per person. Tax and service are included. 

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is home to one of my favorite lobbies in Cancun. It’s no surprise that they have a spectacular Christmas tree. I couldn’t wait to see it, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

For those visiting over the holidays, the resort invites their guests to join them in celebrating Mexican traditions.

– They hold piñata parties where kids can have fun winning candies and parents can also score some special gifts such as Gem Spa treatments, upgrades and more. 

-They create a “posada” or reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem in search of a place to stay. 

-At Coral KidZ Club, young guests get in the Christmas spirit by decorating Christmas cookies. 

For those who will be in Cancun for New Year’s Eve, the “Coral Fire” white-themed event is an interactive, high-tech party which transforms the ballroom into an underwater oasis via video-mapping technology highlighting oceanic scenery. The event includes a live show featuring colorful, energetic acrobatic performances. The party continues until 4:00 am and includes a complimentary Mexican buffet.

November 29, 2017
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Seadust Cancun Family Resort: A Pleasant Surprise!

A couple of weeks ago Bebé and I were treated to another wonderful mini vacation, this time at the Seadust Cancun Family Resort, formerly the Great Parnassus Family Resort. I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to think. The resort recently changed owners and I had read some reviews that were less than stellar, but I was very pleasantly surprised and Bebé loved it. It’s a wonderful resort for families.

People always say that the resort looks and feels like a cruise ship. Now I have never been on a cruise ship, and I didn’t get that feeling at all, but I can kind of see why people say that. What do you think?

Photo: Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Either way, the lobby and restaurant area are really beautiful.

We got there are on Friday evening after Bebé’s soccer game. The bellboy was very friendly. He even wrote his extension on the pad of paper in the room just in case we needed something. That was a first!

There was a nice surprise waiting in the room for us.

That first evening we had dinner at El Maguey, the Mexican restaurant and the only one not located in the central area of the hotel. It was excellent! And really pretty!

 

In fact, all of the restaurants were quite good. We also had dinner at Samurai, the Asian restaurant and Big Ben, the steak house. Other restaurants open for dinner include La Maison de Michelle, a French restaurant which is only for adults, and Portofino, an Italian buffet restaurant.

We always dress up a bit for dinner! It makes a vacation feel even more special.

We never had lunch or dinner at Magnus, the main buffet, but we had breakfast there two mornings and it was good, a pretty typical all-inclusive resort buffet.

There is also Le Creperie, which serves crepes, ice cream and donuts and is open in the evenings, and Manhattan Deli, which offers late night snacks. We had lunch at the snack bars. There is one at the main pool and one by the waterpark.

They also offer 24-hour room service. We ordered it twice, once when Bebé was starving before bed and once for breakfast. For breakfast you must place a sign on your doorknob with your order before 3 am and you can choose what time it will be delivered.

The resort also has many bars. Took full advantage of that in the evenings!

The next morning we could fully appreciate our room and its view. (Our room looked just like this one sans the yellow things on the bed.)

Photo: Seadust Cancun Family Resort

They are renovating all of the rooms, floor by floor. The room had a phone, television with cable, toiletries, safe and iron and ironing board. It is important to note that WiFi is free in the lobby but there is an extra charge to have WiFi service throughout the resort. The signal is very good. There was a mini bar in the room but there is also a daily charge to have it filled. Different packages are available.

This was our view from the balcony. *Sigh*

There is actually undeveloped land (almost unheard of in the Hotel Zone) next to the resort so we could see the lagoon as well.

We didn’t get any towel animals this time, but I loved this… so pretty!

Of course, we spent most of our time at the beach, pool and waterpark, not in the room.

The beach is perfection… the Cancun beach everyone imagines.

The first day it was much to rough to go in the water. See how you can’t really tell from which direction the waves are coming? Bad sign! (Note: Pay attention to the beach flags. It can be very tempting to go swimming anyway, but it’s very risky. Lifeguards constantly have to rescue people and there are drownings all the time. Respect the sea… it’s very powerful!)

Bebé didn’t care one bit. He met some nice people and played beach soccer with them. (Click on the video to play.)

 

The next day it was much calmer.

Each morning we spent some time on the beach, then headed to the pool, which is divided into three infinity levels. There were always fun activities taking place. I did aqua aerobics and Bebé played water polo.

They use the towel card system. There is also an adult only pool but I never visited it.

One thing we loved about the pool was the fact that the staff pushed around a little “paleta” (popcicle) cart and handed out authentic Mexican flavored paletas. Perfect for a hot day.

After pool time we always headed to the waterpark. This is the area where the baby (18 months to 4 yrs.), kids (5 to 12 yrs.) and teen club are located. There is actually an entire family area above the waterpark with a snack bar as well. One of our favorite things about this area was the popcorn machine! Bebé loves popcorn, which was also available at the shows every night.

Bebé almost never wants to spend time alone at the kids club, but a friend recently stayed as Seadust and her 5 year old loved it. They keep the kids busy all day. He did however enjoy the xbox in the teen club since we don’t have one at home.

We had a blast on the big waterslide (adults can use it too) and Bebe liked the waterpark.

This is the baby club.

Every evening after dinner we went to the show. We saw the Fantasy Show which was fun and a bit wacky. We absolutely loved the Grease show, which was lip-synced but still very well done. Sunday night we went to the karaoke bar which is a small nightclub. Bebé played pool with some other kids and Mami sang two songs!

The resort also has a minigolf course (go in the morning or in the late afternoon or evening to avoid heat stroke) and best of all, a zip line for kids! Bebé was really nervous but as soon as he landed he said, “Otra vez!” or “Again!” There is also a climbing wall but he didn’t try that.

Seadust also offers a full service spa, which looked really pretty, and a fitness center.

This is not the newest, fanciest resort in town (Bonus: it’s not the most expensive either!) but we had an awesome mini vacation at Seadust Cancun Family Resort! I would definitely recommend it for families and in fact, a friend from the U.S. has already booked her next family vacation there.

November 6, 2017
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Catering in Cancun

I love having friends over but often times we end up ordering pizza for dinner because I just don’t have the time or I’m too lazy to cook.

The solution? Catering! It’s not something I can afford to do, but you might be able to, and Jen, formerly the owner of The Alley/El Callejon in Cancun, has started catering events, parties and get-togethers with her company Catering Cancun.

Jen catered my casual get-together last weekend, and it was super convenient, a full meal delivered to my home. Our menu consisted of:

Appetizers

Crab dip

Fresh veggies and dip

Bruschetta

Dinner

Beef and vegetable kabobs and rice

Cole slaw

Pasta salad

Dessert

Banana split kabobs

Portions were huge and I had tons of leftovers.

Check out Jen’s website and blog and here is a cool PDF with her most popular dishes. She also offers transportation and concierge services.

October 27, 2017
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An Adventurous Beach Day at Isla Blanca, Cancun

Last weekend my friend was visiting from the U.S. (I have known her since 1st grade!) and I wanted do something new and special. We had never been to Isla Blanca, a virgin, off-the-beaten-path (really) beach to the north of Cancun, so I thought it would be the perfect time to check it out. Bebé brought a friend as well.

To get to Isla Blanca you basically drive north on Bonampak Avenue, the first street in downtown Cancun, and keep going until you literally can’t go any further.

It was an interesting drive, made up of new highway ( it’s super depressing, tons of new hotels are being built in the area north of Cancun, which is technically Isla Mujeres, even though it’s on the mainland) where you couldn’t even tell if you were on the correct side of the road to bumpy dirt tracks with huge holes in them, and everything in between. From downtown Cancun it probably took us 45 minutes to get to Isla Blanca.

There are a few signs before you get to the very end that offer beach access, but I recommend simply driving until you can’t drive anymore. You will literally run into a small sand “parking lot” where you can pay 35 pesos to park. It was almost full and the elderly man who was collecting money suggested we park in the other section (literally on the beach) by driving on a suspicious two track that looked like it went directly into the lagoon. I declined and we squeezed into the last available spot.

We brought everything we needed. A huge sheet, towels, food, water, sunblock, toys, rafts, beer (shhh… more about that later) because there isn’t much around. There is something that could loosely be called a “beach club” with mismatched, run-down tables, chairs, umbrellas and palapas, but we didn’t check if they sold food or anything else.

We walked about 50 yards past the “beach club” and set up camp. If the boys hadn’t been with us I would have walked further but after the ride, etc. they weren’t up for the walk.

We had left the umbrella in the car because it was kind of cloudy but we found a nice tree that could provide some shade.

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“isla” means island, but Isla Blanca is more like a peninsula. On one side there is a beach facing the open ocean (above) and Isla Mujeres can be seen to the south, and on the other side a huge lagoon.

lagoon Isla Blanca Cancun

For a better idea of where and what Isla Blanca is, are are an aerial view and a map.

Map: buycancun.com

Right in front of our little camp, there was a huge, dead sea turtle. Heartbreaking. Hopefully it died of natural causes.

sea turtles Cancun

At one point it rained on us for about 15 minutes. Bebé was a little dismayed but when we pointed out that he was already wet anyway, he got over it!

Our things dried quickly in the sun and sea air, and we had a wonderful day. We played football, the boys played in the sand and we had lunch. The Caribbean was rough that day, but they had a blast “surfing” right on the shoreline.

Soon it was time to head home. I didn’t want to try to find my way home in the dark and the Caribbean was getting super rough. My friend took this time lapse video of the road back to civilization. This trip was actually about 30 minutes long.

 

I had heard that they put up roadblocks to check for drunk drivers on the one road that leaves Isla Blanca, but I figured they probably normally do that on Sundays when tons of locals go. However, there it was! My first alcoholmetro. Luckily they didn’t even test me. I think it was obvious we weren’t drunk and they saw the boys in the back seat (Bebé was totally passed out and his friend used his teddy bear to wave at the officer) but take note! I’m sure they are there every weekend. If you get busted (the level is VERY low, .04) they will take your car and take you to jail.
We will definitely visit Isla Blanca again. In fact it just might be my new place to take all visitors, as Isla Mujeres has gotten very crowded!
concerts Cancun

September 30, 2017
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Backstreet Boys in Cancun, Alright!

I’m really excited about this one!! Backstreet Boys and “awe-inclusive” resort Moon Palace Cancun are teaming up for an awesome end of the year fiesta.

concerts Cancun

Backstreet Boys are the most popular boy band of all time and now Cancun will have the opportunity to sing along with all of their hits (I know you know all the words too! ♫“Quit playin’ games with my heart” ♫), when they perform their “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” concert at the Moon Palace Arena on December 29 and 30, 2017.

They were originally scheduled to appear only on December 29, but the show quickly sold out, so a second show was added for the next day. Tickets for the second show went on sale this week.

Best of all, Backstreet Boys still consists of the original members including Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson. Which one was your favorite?

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Moon Palace is a great place to see a concert. Their events are always very well organized. I’ve seen both Usher and Ricky Martin at Moon Palace. They have hosted many shows as well. Last December Bebé and I saw The Illusionists, which will appear at Moon Palace again from December 22, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

Cancun all-inclusive resorts

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Palace Resorts are some of my favorite hotels. We have stayed at AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace, Beach Palace and Playacar Palace, and we loved them all. They have all of the bases covered when it comes to the perfect all-inclusive vacation.

Tickets for the “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” concert in Cancun range from $89 USD (Bronze) to $459 USD (VIP). Palace Resorts guests will receive a discount and may purchase tickets in advance. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Backstreet Boys concerts 2017

Note: Palace Resorts is currently offering its Kids/Teens Stay Free Promotion. Families can bring kids age 17 or younger, and their kids’ stay is on the house.

Palace Resorts guests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 Resort Credit.