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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cancun Family Vacation Review

There is no secret about the fact that I love traveling.

The world is so big and there is so much of it to see and I am determined to see as much of it as I can.

Image may contain: one or more peopleSo, this year when planning our big trip for the year we knew we wanted to include the boys and maybe get them interested in travel. We looked and planned and budgeted and eventually decided on taking them to Cancun. I am so glad we did. The experience of traveling internationally and seeing a whole new culture is something, I hope, they will always remember.

I am not going to lie, I was so nervous about traveling with them to a foreign country because it can be so stressful and a bit complicated. But, lucky for us everything went so smoothly. Other than a little hiccup getting stuck in downtown Cancun on Saturday night, the whole trip was perfect. So let me give you the highlights!

First off, we booked our trip with Cheap Caribbean  and got a fantastic deal. We were able to score the boy's flights' free with ours and book at Crown Paradise that was an all-inclusive, family-friendly resort. If you are traveling with a family and want to go a resort that welcomes kids, this one is it. From the multiple pools to the slides, and kids club, there was so much to do the boys never even uttered the word "bored" the entire trip. 

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Kids Club

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The beach at the resort


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Slides
Day 1: We spent traveling. Traveling with kids can be challenging but between extra chargers and some snacks we made it into Cancun without a hiccup. The biggest thing I read when researching was finding reliable hotel transport. I booked a month in advance with Olympus Tours so, when we arrived our driver was waiting with ice cold water and some info about the city. I highly recommend booking ahead of time to avoid going through the dozens of transport companies looking to sell you their services upon arrival. 

Once we were dropped off at the resort we checked in. Everyone at Crown was so nice, let me warn you though, they will try to set you up for a sales breakfast the next morning. If you aren't interested, don't do it. They may tell you it's for something else, but if they are asking for a reservation for breakfast, say no. 

Once we dropped off our bags, we admired the view and then set off to explore the resort. We ate at one of the snack bars and then hit the beach. 

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Day 2: We spent the day on the resort. Between the beach, slides, pool and kids club we stopped only when we grabbed food at the buffet. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted and ready for the excursion the next day.
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Day 3: We took an excursion to Tulum and a little dip in a Cenote. The Mayan ruins were amazing to see but my advice is, dress comfortably. There is a lot of walking and it is HOT. The excursion I booked with Get Your Guide , best place to read reviews and find a company that meets your needs. 

The perfect end to a hot tour was swimming in a cenote. Coolest experience of the trip. 

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Image may contain: drinkDay 4: Shopping in downtown Cancun. The best part of this is the negotiating prices. I love to haggle and find bargains and that's how the markets are. Plus, we found a Starbucks!
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Day 5: Our big excursion for the week was Xcaret. The park was a mix of a natural water park and Mexican culture. My big advice on this one, make sure you book transport. I spent an hour on the phone the night before because I booked transport and they couldn't find the reservation, talk about frustrating. But, the park was a great experience. After leaving the resort super early, we arrived at the park and immediately hit the underground river. An hour swimming through a river is super exhausting so, we hit the gorgeous beach at the top of the park that was filled with hammocks. Gorgeous. Snorkeling, sightseeing and lunch later, we headed back to the resort. The park was a great experience.

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Day 6: Cancun Marathon! So, I think it's best seeing a new place on foot. Plus, my wife is a BIG encourager so I found myself registered for a race. I'm glad I did though. What a cool experience! I had no clue what anyone was saying or if I was even in the right corral, but it is definetly one of those races I won't forget. After 13.1 miles of cancun heat, I felt accomplished and like I had a good ending to a fantastic week in Mexico.

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Travel day: After dragging ourselves out of paradise we made it home. Due to some wintery weather, we had a few cancellations and delays but we made it home. I think my kiddos first international trip was a success and we are already planning our next adventure. Image may contain: ocean, sky, cloud, tree, outdoor, nature and water




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