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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.

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Puerto Aventuras resorts

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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.

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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



Book through Hello Booking and get the #HelloExperience at Catalonia Riviera Maya or Catalonia Playa Maroma. You won’t regret it!

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  1. You are one lucky lady!

  2. Hola Chica

    I’m Janet from Miami. As a Cuban I gotta say I love/admire how much you embrace different cultures.

    I found your blog recently and I’ve read mostly all of it (STALKER!) LOL

    I felt in love with the fact that you are an american of course living in such beautiful place (oh the envy!)

    I visited Cancun with my family from June 10-15 and I felt in so much more in love with Mexico. I did not get to do much because it was raining for 3 days so I missed my chance to see Isla Mujeres 🙁 But hey I got to eat pescadillas and ceviche at El Galeon del Caribe!!! That was the BEST of all the food I had.

    I have always loved Mexican culture and I’m obsessed with anything Talavera and Dia de los Muertos (my daughter was born that day).

    Anyways, I wished I had found your blog earlier this year because the resort I chose was horrible (Royal Solaris) and the WiFi expensive!

    Your Bebe is gorgeous! I have a 3 year old boy 😉 and 8 year old girl.

    Well, I’m sure I will visit again and get to do so much more…and stay at a nicer place 🙂

    • Hola Janet! Thank you so much for reading, and for your very sweet comments.

      You live in Miami, that can’t be so bad! But I hope you are able to visit Cancun again very soon. You’re close, the flights must be reasonably priced!

  3. I got a good package deal from Expedia but the hotel was not what I was expecting.
    Miami is great but Cancun I gorgeous and I loooveee authentic mexican food and cheladas and margaritas and habanero salsa…I better stop

  4. Which one would you recommend? I prefer all inclusive because we are a big family…lol

    • My favorites are Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and Moon Palace. 🙂 In the Hotel Zone I love Westin Lagunamar and Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

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