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Musical Theater Cancun

January 11, 2019
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Rock of Ages at Now Jade Riviera Cancun

During the holidays Bebé and I rocked it out at Rock of Ages at Now Jade Riviera Cancun. I had seen the show before at a different resort, but I was very excited to bring Bebé along this time around. He is all about music, dancing and shows, as am I (I was in all of the musicals in high school) and Rock of Ages does not disappoint!

Musical Theater Cancun

Rock of Ages is a musical featuring classic rock songs from the 1980s (the decade of my teenage years), including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, and other well-known rock bands. I had a great time singing along!

The music and singing is all live. The show is really well done and the set, sound and lighting is very professional.

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The show is in English and features a few of the actors from the last run, and some new ones that are doing an awesome job.

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There are a few risque parts, Bebé was blushing, but nothing too intense.

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Many of the lyrics are cleverly projected on the screen, in case you’ve forgotten them!

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You do not have to stay at Now Jade Riviera Cancun to see Rock of Ages. Here’s the lowdown on prices and how to get tickets…

Prices per person: ADULTS: $ 75 USD CHILDREN (17 and under): $ 45 USD (there is a discount for guests of the resort)

Ticket includes beer, soft drinks and bottled water.

To book send the following information to rockofages@nowresorts.com:
a) Your full name
b) Date you want to see the show
c) Number of people
d) Phone number

Agents will reply to your email to confirm your reservation and to answer any questions.

– The show plays Wednesdays to Mondays at 8:30 pm and is over 2 hours long.
– Recommended minimum age is 13 years old.
– You cannot take public transport to Now Jade Riviera Cancun but you can take a taxi.
– The best way to get there is by car and free parking is available.
– Round trip transportation is offered at an additional cost. It can be booked through the agents and the cost per person varies depends on the distance.

You can also book through the AM Resorts website: http://www.amresorts.com/rock-of-ages/

Or through this link to TicketMaster MX: https://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/Rock-Of-Ages-boletos/artist/2315336

I leave you with a taste of Rock of Ages, a great way to add a fun, unique experience to your vacation!


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January 3, 2019
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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort: The Biggest All-Inclusive Resort in the Cancun Area

Bebé and I recently spend a wonderful weekend at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort. Barcelo Maya is located in the Riviera Maya, south of Playa del Carmen, and is the largest resort in the Cancun area. There are five resorts on the property; Barcelo Maya PalaceBarcelo Maya TropicalBarcelo Maya ColonialBarcelo Maya Beach and Barcelo Maya Caribe, and they are building another one! We stayed at the Caribe, which is really the place to be. Everything is close.

Guests can dine and participate in activities at all resorts accept for the Palace, unless of course they are staying there.

The Room

Our room was awesome. We stayed in a Premium Level room with a sitting area and a balcony with a jacuzzi that overlooked the swim-up suites and the Caribe pool.

Barcelo Maya Caribe Premium Level

Barcelo Maya Caribe swim-up suites

The room included a television with satellite programming, air-conditioning, WiFi, a safe, a mini bar with drinks and snacks, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, bathrobes and slippers, toiletries and 24 hour room service.

The coffeemaker didn’t work, but hotel room coffee is always pretty terrible anyway, so every morning I ordered coffee and pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) as soon as I woke up. I think this is what I miss the most!

Barcelo Maya Caribe room service

It is important to note that superior rooms do not include WiFi, toiletries, or 24 hour room service.

The Pool and Beach

Barcelo Maya Grand is located on over a mile of beach. Some areas are quite rocky, but the beach at the Caribe was good for swimming. It was also wide and there were plenty of chairs available.

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Barcelo Maya Caribe beach

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The pools were great! There are quiet pools, pools with music and activities, pools where you can practice laps, and pools with water parks for kids. So many pools!

Barcelo Maya Caribe pool

Barcelo Maya Beach pool

They have also solved the umbrella problem. We loved these shades and the many hammocks under them!

Barcelo Maya Caribe pool area

The Activities

We weren’t bored, that’s for sure! There were plenty of activities available, but Bebé’s favorite was the basketball court by the pool. We must have signed that basketball out at least 8 times in 2 days!


Basketball and the other activities by the pool were part of the all-inclusive plan, as was the mini golf course during the day, but there were other activities that were not, including, bowling, video games, Pirates Island Water Park and the FlowRider, among others, so it’s important to plan for that.

Flowrider Barcelo Maya

Pirate Water Park Barcelo Maya

water park Barcelo Maya

Strikers Sports Bar & Bowling Alley is located in Maya Mall in the Caribe, a super cool area with shopping, restaurants and activities.

Maya Mall Barcelo Maya

Strikers Barcelo Maya

Strikers has snacks available 24 hours a day (I loved the jalepeño poppers while Bebé was partial to the soft serve ice cream) and plenty of TV screens where you can watch the big game.

There is also Barcy Kids Club which offers activities all day, but Bebé has never liked being dropped off at the kids club unless he can play video games, but there are designated times for those.

The Shows

We ended up heading to the Colonial every night to see the shows they offered. We really enjoyed all three of them. The first night we saw the Circus Show, which is always a favorite.

Barcelo Maya circus show

The second night we saw the Michael Jackson Show, AGAIN.

Never. Gets. Old.


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The third night we saw the Variety Show, which was performed by the Barcelo singers, dancers and musicians, and it was excellent!

The Restaurants

We were able to enjoy a lot of different restaurants at Barcelo Maya. We ate breakfast at Caribbean Buffet in the Caribe every morning. I loved their Mexican offerings!

Barcelo Maya restaurants

We had lunch every afternoon at Captain Morgan grill and pool bar. It was very convenient because it was right next to the pool and was a buffet.

We had dinner at Trattoria (Italian), Tokyo (Japanese) and Mexico Lindo (Mexican). I would say Mexico Lindo was my favorite. Most of the restaurants had a kids menu (so important), and the one that didn’t (Tokyo) was happy to serve Bebé a hamburger and fries.

Since guests can dine in any of the resorts (except for the Palace) there are many additional restaurants to choose from, including a steakhouse, seafood, Spanish and other Japanese and Italian restaurants.

Bonus: The Decoration

Barcelo Maya Grand is a beautiful place. The decoration and landscaping is really impressive.

Barcelo Maya mall

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In addition, since we visited shortly before Christmas, we had the pleasure of seeing their breathtaking holiday decorations!

Barcelo Maya Christmas

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The decorations in Plaza Mexicana, which is a shopping area that sells Mexican handcrafts (in other words, no need to leave the resort) was my absolute favorite…

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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort also offers U Spa & Fitness Center, a sports facility that has been used by various professional teams, convention facilities, a Dolphinaris, a small hospital, a church, a dive center, a casino, an adult nightclub and a teen nightclub.

Barcelo Maya Grand Resort has everything a family needs for an awesome all-inclusive vacation, including hands down the very best spot to take a vacation photo…

Riviera Maya sign letters

November 27, 2018
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Another Weekend in Puerto Morelos at Kaam Condos

The Cancunenses have invaded Puerto Morelos once again…

Last weekend we left the big city for some small town charm with my mom, who is visiting from the U.S., and a member of our Cancun family, a close friend’s son.

Of course we stayed at our favorite condos in Puerto Morelos once again, Grupo Kaam Condominiums.

This time we stayed in the yellow building. The KaaNaab building is set up exactly the same as the Je Eleb building, the only differences are the color and decoration. For details about the condos and what they offer, check out my post about our stay at Je Eleb.

Puerto Morelos condominiums

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Puerto Morelos rentals with pool

Puerto Morelos condos with pool

When we arrived on Saturday, the boys went swimming and we relaxed by the pool and had cold beers. I found out a local secret this time…  there is a tiny store right across the street that sells beer, and it’s MUCH colder than Oxxo’s. Plus, Oxxo is further away!

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(Note: Ask the Kaam folks about the family of eagles that live on the tower that you can see from the pool.)

When it was time for dinner we headed downtown to the town square or “zocalo”. (It’s all of 3 blocks away.) There is a very simple playground but Bebé just loves it.

On weekends there is live music, dancing, and stands selling arts and crafts in the square. It’s so charming and relaxing!

Puerto Morelos town square

Puerto Morelos market

Puerto Morelos food

Puerto Morelos artists

Puerto Morelos handicrafts

We had dinner at La Sirena, which faces the town square. The ambiance is nice, especially on the roof (Note: You cannot have dinner up there, only appetizers.) and everything was good. I did find it to be a bit pricey for we locals.

I love this picture of the boys taken on the roof in front of the lighthouse.

Puerto Morelos lighthouse

After dinner we headed back to Kaam to relax before bed.

Although Grupo Kaam offers a free continental breakfast at El Pirata, this time we just brought stuff for breakfast so we could lounge around in our pjs in the morning. I remembered to bring napkins this time too!

On Sunday we headed to the beach. You may or may not have noticed that in the last post, I did not mention the beach. That was because it was covered in seaweed.


Puerto Morelos My Paradise

Oh joy! Not anymore!

We spent a beautiful, wonderful day at My Paradise Beach Club. We love My Paradise because you don’t have to rent the chairs and umbrellas. They require a minimum consumption, but it is very reasonable… 500 per station (two lounge chairs and an umbrella) for the front row and 300 per station for the other rows. Their food and drink prices are reasonable as well. Happy Hour starts at 3:00 pm. Ask for José! He’s awesome. Oh! And there’s no annoying loud music.

Local friends and Bebé’s dad aka Papi joined us.

My Paradise Beach Club Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos beach clubs

It was a perfect day… sunny, warm and breezy… and the boys bought kites!

That evening, we did the town square thing all over again, but this time we ate at Tacos.com, which is located just half a block from the park. It was quaint and inexpensive. I had a vegetarian and two picky boys with me, and they were very helpful with suggestions. We all really enjoyed our meals. We even got a free, impromtu breakdance show during dinner.

After dinner we got ice cream from a place right around the corner from Tacos.com that faces the park may or may not be called Paana e Cioccolato. (That’s the name I found on Google Maps.) Whatever it’s called, the ice cream was great!

Monday morning it was time to head back to the big city, but not without taking pictures at the Puerto Morelos sign, which I forgot to do last time! It’s located right between the town square on the boardwalk or “malecon” and the beach.

Note: Taking pictures in the afternoon when the sun would be facing the sign would be preferable.

There are a couple of other places to take pictures by the main dock…

It was another fun, relaxing weekend in Puerto Morelos with Kaam Condos as the perfect home base.

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November 9, 2018
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Xcaret Festival de Vida y Muerte 2018 (plus Halloween in Cancun and more)

It’s that time of year again! Or it was last week, when Bebé and I went to our all-time favorite Cancun event, the Xcaret Festival de Vida y Muerte (Festival of Life and Death Traditions). This yearly event celebrates Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, a multi-day Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family members who have passed. The festival is a colorful celebration of life and death that includes theater, dance, music, food, tours, exhibitions, expositions and workshops.

Every year one Mexican state is featured in the festival. This year that state was Zacatecas. We weren’t able to make it to the festival last year so we were very excited.

Since it worked out so well last time, I hired someone to paint our faces again, and I was very happy with the result…

maquillaje Catrina

sugar skull make-up

Bebé did not want any make-up on his mouth!

We left super early, since Xcaret is south of Playa del Carmen, and arrived right as the festival began. It’s quite a trip. You have to park far away and take a bus to the entrance, but everything is very well organized.

First order of business was to fix our make-up! Bebé smeared his sleeping in the car and the baubles on my chin fell off, but luckily there are make-up stations all over the park. (Yes, Xcaret thinks of everything.)

Xcaret Festival de Vida y Muerte

I have a lot of experience with this festival, so I planned which performances we would see ahead of time (the schedule is posted online weeks beforehand). The first performance we saw was a story told by two actors and the Xcaret dance company accompanied by live music. It was wonderful!

traditional Mexican dancing


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It’s even more fun to go to the festival with Bebé now because he is more patient, he doesn’t get tired as easily and he really enjoys the performances. He also loves to study the map and program.

Cancun Day of the Dead events

Unfortunately my sandal broke after the performance (!!!) and I had to buy some really uncomfortable, really expensive flip-flops from the gift shop. After that was taken care of, the next order of business was to explore and take pictures!

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Day of the Dead altar

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Catrina make-up

I have been dying to have my picture taken with the huge wings at Xcaret, and what better time than when I was dressed up for Day of the Dead?

Catrina con alas

Then we were off to our next 3 performances. They were all excellent. Two were comedy and one was a Mayan legend told through dance and music.

teatro festival Dia de Muertos Xcaret

Photos: Xcaret Facebook

We never stay for the big concert at the end, maybe someday, but I had to work the next day and let me tell you it was no picnic driving back to Cancun and then taking that make-up off.

It was worth it though! Thank you Xcaret for this truly spectacular cultural event!

Halloween and more Day of the Dead in Cancun

Although it’s a U.S. holiday, in recent years Halloween has become quite popular in Mexico. Bebé dressed up as Dipper from Gravity Falls, our favorite cartoon.

There was a Halloween party at school and we also went trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.

They also created Day of the Dead altars at school. (It is so beautiful but it drive me NUTS that the cross on the floor isn’t centered. LOL)

I ate pan de muerto, aka dead bread, which is yummy, sugary sweet bread, during the entire month of October, but heavenly mucbipollo aka pib, a traditional Yucatecan Day of the Dead dish is more difficult to get. We ordered some for work on November 2. Mucbipollo is made from corn dough and chicken wrapped in banana leaves. Traditionally it’s cooked in an underground pit called a pib but many people now cook it in the oven. Some of the ingredients include tomato, onion, achiotexpelon and epazote. So. Delicious.

pib Yucatan

Día de Muertos is definitely my favorite Mexican holiday. It was a fun, busy week, and now it’s time to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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September 24, 2018
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A Weekend in Puerto Morelos at Kaam Condos

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since my last post! We had a busy summer (kids here only have 6 weeks of summer vacation) that included our annual visit to the U.S.

School is back in session now and we’re back in our routine. I just celebrated a birthday and decided it would be fun to spend the weekend in Puerto Morelos, the small town that started out as a fishing village between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. My friend, who I have known since 1st grade, flew in from Texas, and Bebé brought a friend as well. We stayed at Kaam Condominiums.

It’s common knowledge that I love all-inclusive resorts, but I also love the less structured feeling of staying in a condominium, and Kaam was awesome. It includes two brand new buildings, each with it’s own small pool. We stayed in Je Eleb. The other building, Kaanaab, is on the next block and is orange and yellow. Both buildings also have a rooftop deck with a breathtaking view.

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Kaam Condominiums truly has just about everything you need for a stay in Puerto Morelos. I would call them one-bedrooms, but there is a pull-out futon where two 9 year-olds slept comfortably together. The kitchen includes glasses, dishes, silverware, cookware, a microwave, a stove top, a fridge, a coffeemaker and a “garrafon”, a huge bottle of water. There are also garrafones in the halls, so there is no need to buy bottles of water, which pollute our oceans. Most apartments have a private balcony as well.

In addition, a free continental breakfast at El Pirata is included. The breakfast consists of coffee, a huge plate of fruit and piece of toast.

Puerto Morelos condominiums

Puerto Morelos condos

I loved the coffee and wine glass rack! #truestory

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The condos are tastefully decorated with works by local artists, and they’re all for sale! It’s important to note that the condo does not include a hair dryer or iron, but they plan to provide both soon. Don’t forget to buy napkins like we did. Deliciously scented toiletries which are made by local Mayan communities are included as well. They are small, so depending on how long you are staying you might have to purchase more. The condos are non-smoking, inside and out.

We arrived Friday evening and got a pizza for the boys and made guacamole for ourselves. On Saturday we spent the entire day at the pool and a couple Puerto Morelos friends, including Papi, Bebé’s dad, joined us.

Condos with pools Puerto Morelos

The pool is small but quite deep and the fact that it’s not in the sun all day means it stays cool.

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It was so nice to be able to keep beer in the fridge in our apartment (or in my friend’s case, vodka in the freezer). We made hot dogs for the boys for lunch and picked up an entire chicken half a block away at El Romano (with tortillas, potatoes, onions and salsa included) for the adults.

I am a little bummed that we didn’t try Yeyitas, which was right across the street from the condo. It’s super rustic, but they serve grilled chicken and fish and “comida corrida”, a varied, inexpensive daily menu that generally includes soup, a main dish, tortillas, a drink and sometimes even dessert.

That evening, everyone was tired so we decided to grab something to eat and bring it back to the condo. The boys wanted to check out the little playground in the town square as well. As we walked to the playground (a total of like 3 blocks) we stumbled upon The Burger Underground and decided burgers would be good for dinner. The very nice owner (who is from Detroit… yay) said he could have them ready for us to pick up on the way back from the playground. I ordered the Big Zack and it was delicious! It had cole slaw on it!

Puerto Morelos is a quiet, charming, safe town.

Puerto Morelos restaurants

Puerto Morelos town square

We took these pictures of the boys, but I’m annoyed that we forgot to take picture at the Puerto Morelos sign that is by the waterfront!

The next morning we headed back to Cancun early because my friend was flying out that day and I had my usual Sunday housework to do to get ready for the week. Another day or two was probably needed to really enter relax mode, but I really enjoyed our stay. I loved that once we arrived, we never got back in the car until we left Puerto Morelos. Everything is within walking distance and if you want/need to head to the other side of the highway, it’s easy to grab a taxi.

Thank you Grupo Kaam and Puerto Morelos, we’ll be back! (And not only because I want to take that picture.)

Playacar Palace pool

June 15, 2018
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Playacar Palace: You won’t want to leave!

A couple of weeks ago Bebé spent a long weekend at Playacar Palace, located in Playacar, a gated community right on the edge of Playa del Carmen. We had stayed here before, two years ago, and loved it, so we were anxious to return.

Playacar Palace is very small, which is one of the things that makes it really relaxing. The staff is super friendly and provides excellent service, and at the same time they seem really relaxed as well.

Verdict: We still love it.

Here’s why…

The Room

Playacar Palace and all the Palace Resorts have everything you need in the room, including a hot tub, a stocked minibar and 24 hour room service.

Playacar Palace guest rooms

Playacar Palace all inclusive

The room had a few snacks as well, and a espresso maker, iron and ironing board and a safe.

They welcomed us with these sweets including an Aztec calendar MADE OF CHOCOLATE.

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This was our view.

Playacar Palace ocean view

We loved the table between the beds that lit up (we aren’t hard to impress).

Playacar Palace suites

And we didn’t order it this time, but one of the great things about Palace Resorts is the room service breakfast that you can order the night before and specify what time you want it delivered. Just hang it on your doorknob!

Playacar Palace 24 hour room service

The Pool and Beach

If you check back to our last visit, you’ll see the beach was much wider back then. Mother Nature and the Caribbean have reclaimed some of it, but Playacar Palace still has decent sized beach. Unfortunately the entire coast currently has a sargassum issue, but that comes and goes and there isn’t anything anyone can do about it. There are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach.

There is only one pool, but somehow they manage to divide it into the pool bar / activities pool, the quiet pool and a toddler splash pool section. We never had a problem finding a nice place to sit.

Playacar Palace pool

Playacar Palace resort

Playacar Palace Playa del Carmen

The pool area is gorgeous at night!

Playacar Palace at night

Another thing we loved about the pool was the fact that you can order food at the swim-up pool bar!

And of course cocktails as well, mudslides for instance! (Bebé did not actually drink any of it.)

It’s so difficult to eat healthy foods when you’re on vacation (at least for me it is) and I loved that they had these crudités on the grill menu. I ordered them more than once. They also had them at The Grand at Moon Palace. And they are accompanied by blue cheese dressing!

Playacar Palace crudites

The Restaurants and Bars

Ahhhhhh the food and the drinks, the drinks and the food! I have no idea how people stay here for 10 days, I would gain 10 pounds! The food is delicious.

The main buffet, Cafe del Mar is small, but so complete. At breakfast and lunch it is generally international, while at dinner it is mostly Mexican, but there is a grill where you can also order omelettes, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc., depending on what time it is. We had dinner at Cafe del Mar the first night and I was really pleased that I could order grilled chicken for Bebé.

And look at these desserts!

Playacar Palace pastry chef

Breakfast at Cafe del Mar was awesome, which is why we never ordered room service.

Playacar Palace buffet

Playacar Palace breakfast

The second night we sat at the hibachi table at Mo Mo No Hana. Every single course was delicious and the chef was fun and entertaining.

The third night we had dinner at the beautiful La Terraza, which serves Italian food. Again, everything was excellent. I scarfed down every bit of the delicious lasagna.

Playacar Palace Italian restaurant

There is also pizza available next to the pool, a terrace where they serve Brazilian-style meats, and a tiny adult only “Mayan” restaurant called Lahna that serves Yucatecan food from the neighbor state of Yucatan.

There is a very big swim-up bar at one end of the pool. There were always seats available.

Playacar Palace swim up bar

resorts with swim-up pool bars in Playa del Carmen

There is also a lobby bar, where they also have the shows, and a lounge/nightclub.


Photo: Palace Resorts


The Activities, Kids Club and Entertainment

They keep you busy at Playacar Palace, but only if you want to be busy. Bebé played Xbox in the kids club, which is small but right next to the pool, and participated in tons of the activities, which actually gave me a chance to relax a bit. I did water aerobics both days and also did paddle board yoga which was fun and challenging.

Playacar Palace kids club

We really enjoyed the night shows. One night there was karaoke in the Luna Lounge (I sang three songs), then the surprisingly delightful “sand show” (don’t want to give it away), and we got lucky and caught the Michael Jackson show as well (we never tire of it).

Favorite Things


Playacar Palace’s location is ideal. Playacar is a quiet neighborhood yet on Sunday before we left we walked a whole 5 minutes to Paseo del Carmen shopping mall to go to one of my favorite stores, Old Navy (there isn’t one in Cancun).

My beautiful butterfly! 😍 #playadelcarmen #playacar #mexico #butterfly #mylove

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Playacar Palace’s staff is efficient yet friendly and relaxed.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

The main buffet restaurant Cafe del Mar offers ice cream sandwiches made from their awesome cookies! Which leads me to our next favorite thing…

To go

You can get things to go at Cafe del Mar, which is so convenient. We got cookies or ice cream sandwiches every night before bed. (See what I mean about the eating?)

Palace Resorts app

We discovered the Palace Resorts App while staying at The Grand at Moon Palace. I downloaded it again and used it constantly at Playacar Palace.

Palace Resorts app

A Wedding

During our stay there was a wedding party staying there as well. They were a wonderful, friendly group of family and friends. Bebé bonded with them at the pool, and also jumped into a couple of their group photos, so when we waved at them during the reception, they called us over. Unfortunately the picture isn’t great but the photographer took some as well so in 20 years when they are looking at their wedding photos, everyone is going to be like, who is that kid??


We you wish a lifetime of love, health and happiness!

I still highly recommend Playacar Palace (and I’m still trying to figure out how to get to Moon Palace Jamaica)!


June 6, 2018
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Pittsburg Steelers Meet & Greet and Football Camp at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa


Antonio Brown Pittsburg Steelers

Photo: Behind The Steel Curtain

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is giving locals aka Quintanarroenses (people living in the state of Quintana Roo) the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a meet and greet and football camp with NFL team, the Pittsburg Steelers.

You can still book a stay for at least two nights for this Friday, June 8 though Monday June 11, 2018.

Prices per night start at $2695 pesos for adults and $500 pesos for children 12 and under. The all-inclusive package includes access to the meet and greet and football camp with the Steelers for one adult and one child.

The meet and greet is June 8 at 7:00 pm and the football camp is June 9 for adults and June 10 for kids at Centro Educativo MonteVerde in Cancun.

You can reserve by calling 998 872 9200 or writing to reservations1.drerc@dreamsresorts.com

Follow all the news and info about the Pittsburg Steelers’ visit with the hashtag #SteelersEnDreams

Pittsburg Steelers in Cancun

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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.


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…

Cancun couples vacation

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

Moon Palace Grand Cancun kids activities

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 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.

Cancun Michael Jackson show

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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.

pretty restrooms

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…

Riviera Maya sunrise

How would you like to get married here?

Look at this cool food truck by the main pool…

Royalton Riviera Cancun restaurants

Oceanfront rooms…

TravelSmart VIP beach bar…


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!


Cancun musical theater

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


$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