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Weekend Getaway: Arrival in Mexico

Hi everyone! I’m currently on my way back to the US after a long weekend in Mexico. I think this was the longest break I’ve had from blogging (three days) since I started this blog. I knew going into the weekend that the hotel had WiFi in the lobby but not the rooms and I didn’t have time to prepare posts ahead of time so I just decided to take a blogging break. Not gonna lie, it was pretty nice to totally disconnect.

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This trip was booked pretty last minute which was actually awesome because there wasn’t a lot of build up to it. It was kind work, work, work and then throw everything in a bag and leave. Travel was seamless leaving Charlotte on Friday morning. Breezed right through the airport, picked up Jamba Juice and a coffee and no delays taking off.

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We are so lucky in Charlotte that US Airways offers a ton of direct flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Our flight left Charlotte at 9:30 a.m. and we arrived in Cancun at 11:40 a.m. local time (one hour behind).

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I’ll write more about my travel experience later but the Cancun airport was extremely easy to navigate and get in and out of. I loved the Corona tower when we touched down.

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The transfer from the airport to the hotel in Puerto Moreles (just south of Cancun) was under 30 minutes and we were at the hotel by 12:30 p.m. The room wasn’t ready yet (which I anticipated from reading reviews online) so we grabbed lunch while we waited.

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And did a dessert sampler that unfortunately, as I expected, looked pretty but tasted like nothing.

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The room was ready after lunch and after throwing bags down and a quick change we hit the beach.

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I’ve vacationed in the Caribbean many times but this was my first trip to Mexico. I was excited to see what the Yucatan Peninsula was all about. Again, I’ll post a bigger review about the resort, the area and the beaches later. It was pretty sweet to leave Charlotte at 9:30 a.m. and be on the beach in Mexico by 2 p.m.

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After beaching I got showered and wandered around the resort for a bit before dinner.

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I was excited to find a tequila tasting in the lobby.

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Speaking of the lobby…it was so modern and loungy. It was one of my favorite features of the resort. It felt like a giant W hotel lobby.

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Dinner the first night in one of the resort restaurants.

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Salmon, steak and pineapple skewer with veggies and rice.

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And another pretty but relatively bland dessert sampling. After dinner I was wiped out from a long week of work and a long day of travel so I promptly passed out.

Okay, we’re in bumpy air and getting ready to land so I’m going to shut down but I’ll be back with a recap of the rest of my weekend and a review of the resort over Β the next few days.

{ 33 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Michelle September 30, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Was this another yoga-group trip? Who’d you go with? looks so relaxing!

    • 2
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:03 pm

      nope, just a weekend getaway but i will be returning to this part of mexico for a yoga retreat in february.

  • 3
    Annie @herightfit September 30, 2013, 6:49 pm

    This looks so perfect right now. I’d love a getaway. I always find that the food at these places (at least the places I can afford) are sort of “meh.”

    • 4
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:04 pm

      the food was very “meh” but the resort and beach were beautiful so i could tolerate it for a few days! πŸ™‚

  • 5
    shannon September 30, 2013, 6:49 pm

    i’m so excited you were able to fully disconnect and take a break from blogging and enjoy the beach and some relaxation!!! πŸ™‚

  • 6
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 30, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Wow I want to plan a last minute trip to Mexico!! I could really use that right now! Looks so beautiful! Hope you enjoyed every second of it πŸ™‚

    • 7
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:04 pm

      it was a wonderful break!

  • 8
    Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine September 30, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Ahhh, weekend getaways are the best. I’m disappointed the desserts were disappointing. They look beautiful!

    • 9
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:05 pm

      i know! all of my food pics make it all look so good but it was pretty bland overall.

  • 10
    Erin September 30, 2013, 8:24 pm

    can’t wait to hear more…sounds like a blast! you deserve it!

  • 11
    Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 30, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Excited to hear about the rest of the weekend. I am sorry that all of your desserts were pretty but not tasty. It looks like you had quite an amazing time though!

  • 12
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 30, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Who’s we? πŸ™‚

    • 13
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:07 pm

      mi novio πŸ˜‰

  • 14
    She Rocks Fitness September 30, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Who were you traveling with hot stuff??? HAHAHA! So glad that you were able to disconnect for a couple of days and enjoy the beach and whomever you were with….LOL! Bland desert…that stinks!

    • 15
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:08 pm

      see response to hillary above πŸ˜‰

      it was wonderful!

  • 16
    Erika White September 30, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Love, love, LOVE all of your pics! Looks like you are having such a blast. I am just curious, I really like your necklace in your first pic. Is it a mala necklace by chance and if so where is it from? Thanks!

  • 18
    Katherine September 30, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Who’d you go with? πŸ™‚

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

    • 19
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:09 pm

      see my response to hillary! πŸ™‚

  • 20
    Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 30, 2013, 11:08 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Who is this ‘WE’ you speak of?! πŸ˜‰

    • 21
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:10 pm

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ see above

  • 22
    Sana October 1, 2013, 12:47 am

    I hope you had an awesome time πŸ™‚

  • 23
    Alexis October 1, 2013, 2:55 am

    Ooooh we had our wedding in Puerto Morelos! Did you go to the cute little town? There’s a fantastic little Mexican cooking school there. And I hope you swam in a cenote!

    • 24
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:11 pm

      the trip was so short that we didn’t get to go into puerto moreles but i want to when we go back in february. the cooking school sounds like a fun activity!

  • 25
    Sara October 1, 2013, 4:51 am

    Agree about desserts at Mexican resorts. Kind of a good thing though since you’re in a suit the whole time!

    • 26
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:11 pm

      good point!!!!

  • 27
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 1, 2013, 5:27 am

    How fun that you had such a quick and impromptu vacation!! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read more about it!

  • 28
    Erika White October 1, 2013, 7:28 am

    Looks like you had a great time! Love your necklace in the first picture. Is it a Mala necklace and if so where did you get it? It’s so pretty!

  • 29
    Julie Wunder @ Running in a Skirt October 1, 2013, 7:38 am

    Awesome! Good to know those Charlotte flight options are so good! We could drive from Asheville and have some great options.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the trip!

    • 30
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:12 pm

      yes, check out the us air direct flights. it’s pretty great not to have to spend a whole day traveling.

  • 31
    Shashi October 1, 2013, 10:39 am

    Wow – gorgeous photos Jen! So sorry those desserts didnt taste as good as they looked.
    So glad you really got to disconnect and relax this weekend!

  • 32
    Liz October 1, 2013, 11:51 am

    Haha. So, I was in Mexico this past May and your dessert experience was the same as mine. I absolutely love sweets and promised myself I would sample as much as I could. How things were set up at the resort was literally perfect for my little plan. BUT … everything was bland :/ such a bummer!

    Looks like a gorgeous and relaxing getaway!

    • 33
      Jen October 1, 2013, 12:12 pm

      i know, most of the food in general was like this at the resort where we stayed. looked good, tasted eh.

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