A family vacation to the east coast of Mexico
09.03.2016 - 27.03.2016 27 °C
March 9th to March 27th.
Doug and I flew to Cancun from Vancouver on Westjet and took the bus to an overnight hotel in Playa Del Carmen. They didn't feed us on the plane so we were famished by the time we arrived and went straight out to find a place to eat.
The restaurant we found was adequate, expensive because it was on the main street but we were too hungry to keep looking. Our impression of Playa Del Carmen was that it seemed very busy, touristy and not they place we wanted to spend time in. We were glad we decided to just spend one night.
In the morning we took the ferry to Cozumel, met up with our arranged rented car and drove south to a condo we rented at Residencias Reef on San Francisco beach. It was just perfect and we were sorry we were only spending 5 nights here.
The days here were spent exploring, snorkelling , and just relaxing. We did go into town one night to have dinner and there was a band playing in the main square with many families out to celebrate Sunday, (family day).
The next two weeks were spent in a three bedroom condo in the complex 'Quinta del Sol' located in the gated community of Puerto Adventuras. Our oldest son, his wife and our two grandchildren met us here and we spend a wonderful two weeks together. We swam almost every day, snorkelled a lot, visited a Cenote, Akumel to snorkel with the turtles, the ruins of Tulum and spent a day at Xel-Ha and also Xcarat. The weather was perfect but getting hotter near the end of the two weeks. It was a perfect place to have a family vacation.
Doug and I spent the last four nights in Puerto Morelos. Mica and family spent their last week in Playa Del Carman.
We had planned to rent a car and head north to Merida and Chichenitza but the weather was getting too hot, up over 30C, so we decided to stay close to the water. It was Semana Santa, (Easter week) and one of the busiest mexican holiday times. We were very lucky to find a room.
Our one bedroom apartment was spotless, very well appointed and we just loved it. It was in a building with 9 other apartments and had a very small pool in the centre. Bikes were available for use and we took advantage of that daily exploring the area.
Janice's sister and family were also in Mexico for a week, so they came and joined us in Puerto Morelos with Mica and family for a snorkel excursion to the reef, about a 15 minute boat ride from shore. The current was very strong but the snorkelling was amazing with lots of colourful fish but so much coral. It was a fantastic day.
Puerto Morelos was a perfect place to end our holiday, it was small, lots of Mexicans (not just American and Canadian tourists), and great beaches.
All in all it was a wonderful holiday and one of the most relaxing I have had for years. We came back to beautiful warm weather in B.C., so our timing was perfect.
I would return to Cozumel and Puerto Morelos in a heartbeat. We found all the local people that we met to be very friendly and helpful.