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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.


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


Dinner the first night in one of the resort restaurants.


Salmon, steak and pineapple skewer with veggies and rice.


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 }
  • Michelle September 30, 2013, 6:28 pm

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

    • 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.

  • 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.”

    • 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™‚

  • 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™‚

  • 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™‚

    • Jen October 1, 2013, 12:04 pm

      it was a wonderful break!

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • Erin September 30, 2013, 8:24 pm

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

  • 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!

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

    Who’s we? πŸ™‚

    • Jen October 1, 2013, 12:07 pm

      mi novio πŸ˜‰

  • 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!

    • Jen October 1, 2013, 12:08 pm

      see response to hillary above πŸ˜‰

      it was wonderful!

  • 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!

  • Katherine September 30, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Who’d you go with? πŸ™‚


    • Jen October 1, 2013, 12:09 pm

      see my response to hillary! πŸ™‚

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

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

    • Jen October 1, 2013, 12:10 pm

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ see above

  • Sana October 1, 2013, 12:47 am

    I hope you had an awesome time πŸ™‚

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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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