We arrived at the Cancun International Airport for our first time ever, and it was hectic. The customs area was extremely crowded, but the lines moved faster than they do in the United States, which we thought was amazing, they really want you to get out of the airport and onto your trip. We decided to skip on a national car rental company because the prices were outrageous, mainly the refundable deposit, which you get back when you return the vehicle five days later, instead we used the shuttle service Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort provided.
The shuttle ride from the airport to El Cid, in Puerto Morelos, was about 20 minutes along Highway 307 in Quintana Roo. Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort in Puerto Morelos, this was our first stay at an all-inclusive resort. We had only cruised twice before we decided to fly to Mexico, and stay on a resort. Upon arrival we were greeted with drinks from bar after check in, the resort had about five different restaurants, swim up pool bar, great rooms, marvelous views. We spent most of the day on the resort looking for all the amenities.
We had enough of the resort life; we decided we needed to get out! There isn’t much to do on a resort unless you just want to be pampered all day, we were seeking ADVENTURE! We decided to catch a public bus back to the airport to rent a car, bus fare was extremely cheap and it was fun riding with the locals. Back at the airport now we decided to rent from a local company, which was cheaper but we would not recommend it, since you get what you pay for, and we didn’t pay much and ended up being stranded in the middle of Cancun at dusk. Yes, our “Mr. Bean Car” stopped on at a gas station in Downtown Cancun at night, we had to call the owner who showed up about 20 minutes later with a replacement car, this time he brought us an upgraded Mr. Bean Car, really no difference.
Once we got our second Mr. Bean Car, we went out to Senor Frogs for dinner, a popular tourist restaurant in Cancun. The food was good, but the place is known more for the party atmosphere. When you’re seated at the table a balloon clown greets you and gives you a few party favors. Cancun at night is fantastic, it reminded us of Las Vegas, full of lights and tons of tourists walking the streets. After Dinner we found a billiards bar tucked off into an alley and decided to shoot pool with the locals, it was a real “hole in the wall”, not a place we would visit in the U.S., but when we are out the country our “Alter Ego’s” come out and we do everything different.
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort offered us a Catamaran sailing which we enjoyed. The captain cracked a few jokes and spelled out the tips about what to expect and a quick snorkeling class. Once we arrived to the snorkeling point at the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, we dove into the turquois water. Make sure you bring an underwater camera, so you don’t miss any underwater pictures, at one point we were able to catch a baby starfish.
Snorkeling was a blast, and it made us hungry, after our three hour catamaran sailing and snorkeling adventure, we headed back to shore for some lunch, we ordered calamari and a squid salad.
Day 3 After Lunch
After being out on the water for three hours, and after lunch it was time for us to hit the road again! We spent the afternoon driving up and down the highway admiring the many resorts between Puerto Morelos and Playa De Carmen. Playa de Carmen is a hot spot for tourist and the gateway to Cozumel since the Cozumel Ferry is nearby, we were going to take it, but we missed the cutoff time; it only works twice a day. In Playa De Carmen you can find all the shops, restaurants and other establishments catering to the tourist that disembark from the nearby cruise ships or those that drive in from the main highway. The main street is Avenida 5 (5th Avenue), but the entire town is just as busy. If fun or trouble is what you’re looking for, you will definitely find it here, we prefer to call it “fun-trouble”, because that’s what we do, you only live once.
After a long day of snorkeling, driving and running around Playa de Carmen, we needed a little bit of resort time to unwind. We ordered room service and ate dinner on our patio before jumping into the adult Jacuzzi pool, while enjoying a Cuban Cohiba.
Night 3…Later that night
After the Jacuzzi, we went out to the pier and the beach on the resort to take a few pictures and that’s when we came across the beachside bar, wow! We had a BLAST! We met a few other guests, and after mingling we were all naming different shots and the bartender would serve them up non-stop. The bartender was making 20 shots for everyone at the bar, jokes and stories were being told back and forth, as if we had all been friends for years, reminiscing on the past.
Night 3…..way later that night.
We were drinking shots like fish, but it was okay, we were just a walk, stumble and crawls, distance away from room, so we didn’t care. Well, our escape plan didn’t work as planned, what ended up happening was that we woke up on a beach palapa, yes we passed out somewhere on the beach. That’s not even the best part of the story, our passports were missing! Yes, missing. We woke up to the sun in our faces on the beach and could not find our passports and some cash; we had a scene just out of Hangover the movie. We eventually informed resort security and within the hour all our documents were located in lost and found, apparently someone turned it in for us, as of this day we still do not remember how we fell asleep on the beach, how we lost our passports and who returned it, our morning after pictures speak for themselves.
Our passports were just found and this morning and wanted to just chill out and replenish our energy, we stayed on the resort that morning and went for a walk along the beach and the resort grounds, we eventually had lunch at one of the five different restaurants on the premise. We eventually headed to the pool area and jumped off the cliff a few times, after the pool we headed to the beach for some waves.
We went to Xplor Park, a great place for families and a must when visiting Quintana Roo. The park offered zip-lines, amphibious vehicles for cave exploration and cave rafting. Everything was physical, we would recommend being in some kind healthy shape, the only way to get to the top of each zip-line tower is by walking up the stairs and the towers get higher and higher. The underwater river is the second best activity; if your time is limited make sure you do the river swim and the zip-lines. Make sure you take breaks between each activity, the heat and strenuous activity will burn you out, there are snack shacks positioned throughout the park for convenience and a full lunch buffet which comes with the entrance fee, this a place where you spend the whole day to get your money’s worth.
We left Puerto Morelos and drove West to Cancun for another must do activity; we went on a Jungle Tour. This was yet another tour that was fascinating, we were the only attendees since they were about to close, but it didn’t matter, our guide took us out by ourselves and he allowed us to go wild on the speed boat. We went through the beautiful mangroves and eventually out to the ocean where we snorkeled. This time the snorkeling was better, our guide kept throwing food into the water and eventually we were surrounded by hundreds of fish, it was a feeding frenzy and we were right in the middle of it.
Our last day in paradise on this trip, we wanted a few more pictures of the resort. We started with a great breakfast, then headed out to the beach, along the way we came across a Spiny Tailed Iguana and a waterfall that is located in the middle of a lagoon. We eventually made our way to the fourth floor of our building and took some wonderful pictures from above.
Our last night, no we didn’t get blitzed drunk, but we did drink. We had a wonderful dinner, yes; we did order five different plates of food for dinner. It’s all-inclusive, so everything is included, and already paid for, so we took advantage of it. We really just wanted to try each plate, and they don’t offer sample plates. After dinner, we headed out for our final pictures of the night, and eventually made it to the beach hammocks for a drink and another Cuban Cohiba and called it a night.
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