It started as an innocent press junket to Cancun for the weekend. Five days, two hotels and a beach that stretched out like the tail of a runaway kite. I kicked off my shoes (and stress and responsibilities), anticipating a fun weekend of getting up close and personal with Cancun.
Falling in love in Cancun. Then it happened - I fell in love. It wasn't the kind of pulse-racing cliff-dive into love of my teenage years, but rather a slow and steady overtaking. Like a solar eclipse on a sunny day, Cancun stretched itself across me and I, well, I submitted.
I'm eager to share my vacation love affair with you and I can't think of a better way to do it than through the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who would be a GoGirlfriend if she were around today...
How do I love thee, Cancun? Let me count the ways.
My first sip of love. Cancun reminds me of a beautiful woman who commands attention with a bubbly laugh that unexpectedly fills the whole room. She's defined by her playful personality that can be as mischievous as a child - or as sultry as a lover.
Let me show you what I love most about Cancun (so far)...
Beaches that go on forever. Beaches that stretch across the horizon. I've split my time in Cancun between the JW Marriott and Casa Magna and every room boasts a uniquely intoxicating view of the beach. If you come here to work, prepare for delicious distraction.
Spontaneous celebrations. Spontaneous celebrations. Lunch at Yucatecan TikinChic, my toes wiggling in the sand while eating, a party broke out behind us on the grass. The band started playing and women started dancing, pulling their husbands (maybe lovers) onto their dance floor. They even took the tip jar around to the tables for the band. We should all celebrate life like this.
Its the small things. Little surprises. At the Casa Magna, I found this little decoration in the bathroom. Sweet, right?
Shopping on the beach. Beaches that offer a shopping option. I love to bake my bones as much as anyone but sometimes it’s nice to combine that with a little outdoor retail therapy.
Tequila, Mmmm! Tequila tasting. An evening that begins with a lesson in how to drink to tequila is a gift. Unabashed enjoyment your only choice.
Miami Vice fun on the beach
More tequila. And rum... Prepare your liver for the workout of its life. From margaritas and a Miami Vice (my first one ever) on the beach to tequila and beer - adult-style hydration is the theme. All vacations should have a theme.
Mexican wine tasting with Luisana. Mexican wine. I feel like every restaurant I've ever been to has cheated me out of a delicious wine experience. We enjoyed no less than three bottles of this wine (from the oldest vineyard and winery in Mexico) but Luisana only vogued one for us.
Resort swim up bars. Swim-up bars. Really, do I need to add anything to this picture? I thought not. Thank you Casa Magna for bringing the awesome to everything you do.
Delicious creations. Indulgence. Finishing an evening with just enough room left for desert is a glorious thing. And my deconstructed tiramisu at the JW Marriott? Divine.
La Habichuela Sunset. New experiences. We found ourselves at the La Habichuela Sunset for our last meal in Cancun. For dessert, we ordered a Mayan coffee, which includes liquor found only in the Yucatan Peninsula – Xtabenton. The flame throwing was a beautiful finish to a beautiful evening.
Media tours are designed to whet your appetite, to tease you into craving more. The best ones inspire me to find a way to return for a personal trip, perhaps with my lover. It's a clever trick, sliding into the heart of a journalist to inspire her to write about a destination with passion.
Thankfully I'm a willing victim.
Cancun, you've stolen my heart and I'm happy to let you keep it safe for me - until I return again...
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