Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Cancun

A few weeks ago I went to gorgeous Cancun with my boyfriend for a sun-filled vacation.  

We stayed at the RIU Palace Las Americas (an all inclusive resort).  This was actually our second time staying there and it did not disappoint!  The hotel itself is beautiful both on the inside and outside.

We got an ocean-view room and I couldn't wait to get out to our balcony every morning to look at the gorgeous view.  The room and bathroom were nice and clean and I really didn't have anything to complain about.  Some fun touches were in-room liquor dispensers and a lounge area with a TV.  There is also complimentary wifi throughout the hotel but it only worked off and on.

As for the food there is a huge buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We would always grab food and then go to the outdoor seating area to enjoy the beautiful ocean view...after all that is why we were there!  If you get tired of the buffet there are also several restaurants for dinner that are part of the all inclusive but you do need to make reservations ahead of time.  Overall I would say the food was good but definitely nothing special.  I could always find something to eat but it was rare that I tried something and really loved it.  The one place I did really enjoy eating at was the Fusion restaurant.  If you stay at this hotel give it a try! The tapas they brought out in the beginning were so good we actually asked for another plate!

There were several bars on the premises.  Most nights we would find ourselves at the inside bar but during the day we would grab drinks at one of the outside bars or at the swim-up bar in one of the pools.  The employees were also constantly walking around and getting drink orders from us when we were on the beach (pina coladas for days).  

At night there was always some kind of entertainment in the theater room.  

The beaches were beautiful but did fill up so I would recommend claiming some chairs as soon as you can!

I love how clear the ocean is in Cancun.  I'm not normally a get-in-the-ocean kinda gal because murky waters kinda scare me but I couldn't seem to get out of it on this trip!  

The hotel was also within walking distance of shopping (both smaller local shops and big brand-names) and a bunch of fun places to go out in Cancun!  One day we stopped in at Senor Frogs and had a great time!

On our second to last day we decided to go on an excursion that consisted of visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum, going ATVing, and swimming in a Cenote.  The company we went through was Aventuras Mayas.  They had lots of tours to pick from that all sounded great!

The Tulum tour was a mixture of a guided tour and time to walk around and explore on our own.  It was an amazing mix of stunning views and incredible history.

My boyfriend and I went on one ATV and switched who was driving halfway through.  Since it was my first time ATVing I let him go first :)  There terrain we rode over was a mix of rocky terrain through the jungle and some moderately flat trails.  At one point we even rode into water!

Swimming in the Cenote was an incredible end to our day.  It's definitely something I would recommend to anyone visiting the Cancun area.

Have you ever been to Cancun or stayed at the RIU Palace Las Americas?  If so. what did you think?!


  1. That beach looks so amazing! Beautiful photos x

  2. Looks like a gorgeous day! I'd love a trip like this right about now! x

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  3. I would love to go to Cancun someday. I absolutely love beaches and ruins.

  4. These are such beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Oh wow what beautiful photos, I'd love to visit one day! xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  6. Oh my gosh your photos are beautiful!!!
    The ocean is so blue, I've never been to cancun but this definitely makes me want to go asap!!
    Looks like you had an amazing time!

    Jenn xx

  7. I'm so jealous of your trip! Your photos are just beautiful. The SO and I are overdue for a vacation, maybe we'll find ourselves at this resort for a little R&R. I don't think I've ever seen an ocean so blue. Looks like you had a great time!

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  8. Stunning photos!!
    Looks like you had an amazing trip
    ♥ Fran - xx

  9. Cancun looks amazing, sadly I have yet to venture to that side of the world yet but man all the adventuring you guys did looks awesome - love the idea of the beach and a little more action for rocky terrains ;) and the place you stayed at - majestic columns and ornate decorations, what a dream!

    Cherie x
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  10. Gorgeous!! I went to Cancun once when I was 14 years old. I would love to go again and experience it as an adult! We are going to Belize in a month so I am super stoked for that!!

    Hillary | A Very Charmed Life

  11. Oh wow, the ocean is so clear! I feel you on the murkiness, I'm always a bit worried about something coming up. I love the contrast between the white architecture and the blue ocean!

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  12. Your pictures are incredible, what a fascinating place! Those caves *sigh* and the blue azure of the sky and sea :D you are so lucky! xx

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  13. Cancun looks amazing through your pictures! You did a great job of capturing its beauty! The caves were amazing and that beautiful blue water! Can't wait til I can travel!

  14. Rachel, this looks like the trip of a lifetime!!! I'm so jealous! Looks like you and an amazing time! <3

  15. I've never been to Cancun before but it looks so relaxing and beautiful there, I can't believe how crystal blue and clear that water is too.

  16. Looks like an amazing trip, the caves are stunning!

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  17. Wow!! These are beautiful images, makes me want to do some travelling right now.

  18. OMG This looks absolutely beautiful! I need to add it to my travel list ASAP! All the pictures you shared are gorgeous and it looks like there is plenty to do. (: Thanks for sharing this.

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  19. Woah I'd give everything to travel there right now! Looks so beautiful :-) and warm!

    ~ Jasmin N

  20. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and experiences! Now I REALLY want to go to Cancun--the Cenote is unlike anything I've ever seen--so beautiful!

    1. It is definitely a must-see if you go there!

  21. This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, your pictures have made me want to go even more.. gorgeous! I would love to keep in touch, it is always lovely to make new blogger friends! x


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