7 Reasons You Won’t Regret This Luxury Retreat in Playa Del Carmen
I recently traveled to the Riviera Maya, a popular destination in Mexico located on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. There are quite a few places to visit and stay along this 120 mile stretch of amazing beaches and natural wonders. The Riviera Maya runs from the northern tip of the peninsula down to the city of Tulum, where you’ll find stunning ruins of an ancient Mayan city located along the rocky coast.
Our Favorite European Beach Destinations
“Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore.” I write this on the whiteboard for my Monday morning English lesson using tongue twisters – or trabalenguas in Spanish.
“What is shore?” someone asks. “Tienda?”
“No,” I respond, “tienda is store.What does shore mean – where the water meets the land?”
“Like the bitch?” someone asks.
“Umm, well, almost. Yes, the BEACH. Or the coast,” I explain. “Orilla in spanish.”
This lead to our digressive discussion about the difference between ‘bitch’ and ‘beach’. Or between ‘pitch’ and ‘peach’ – another example I used to aid my sidetrack. However, this English lesson also lead to my reminisce about beaches and beach destinations that I’ll soon be enjoying once summer rolls back around.
Hangover Cures & Cocktail Hours at Cafe Sitges
Many of our Spanish friends have vacationed in Sitges so we understood it was a gay friendly city that would require our attention eventually. But upon arriving in the small coastal town just 35 kilometers south of Barcelona, my eyes widened and my jaw slacked. I fell in love immediately. And with that immediate love and connection I felt with Sitges came a bit of irritation and anger toward my friends. How had they not insisted that I visit Sitges earlier?! Sure, they’ve recommended it in passing. But hear me readers, I insist you visit.
Some Island R&R in Mykonos
I first heard about Mykonos from an Irish volunteer I met at Casa Guatemala in Rio Dulce. She said it’s the island you have to go to in Greece. So after Athens, that exactly what we did. A little R&R on a sandy beach sounded perfect after the rough life of sightseeing in Europe. Auston still couldn’t get in the water due to the mosquito bites so I had to spend double the time enjoying it for the both of us. The water was that picture perfect clear blue color you crave when spending time in the sand. The dry bland terrain around the island was obviously not the attraction, but the ocean more than makes up for it. The roads are underdeveloped and not made for pedestrians, but it’s fairly easy to get around by public bus.
The island is a major tourist destination and that’s immediately seen in the prices. Fortune was on our side though when we booked the second half of our stay in Mykonos through hostelworld. Apparently there was an error in pricing which led to us staying in a studio for less than half the price. Hopefully that helped to offset all the other overpriced expenses!
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Photos from Caye Caulker
After our time in Guatemala, we were supposed to head straight back to Mexico City to catch our next flight. But we had a few days to spare and figured why not go see Belize. It was a quick 3 day trip, but well worth it. We just went to the tiny island of Caye Caulker for some sun and snorkeling. It’s not an island with beautiful beaches or anything, but the water is clear and gorgeous!
Here are the few pics we took.