Traveling internationally, or traveling in general, is something Peter and I have been wanting to do more of! So, for my birthday this year, Peter and I decided to have a relaxing trip to Mexico. And it was worth it. Our first international stop? Playa del Carmen.
FLIGHT + SHUTTLE + RESORT
Peter and I purchased our flight and reserved our resort through our Chase points. I am in no affiliation with Chase, but it is definitely worth getting the Sapphire or Reserve if you love to travel! Because we saved up so many points, we only had to pay so much for our trip. I won’t go too much into detail since there are sooo many awesome benefits, but visit this link for more details!
We booked our flight with United and arrived at the Cancun Airport. During the flight, the flight attendants pass out forms for customs, so make sure you have a pen on you!
Upon arrival, we took the Cancun Shuttle Bus. Our flight was about an hour late, but the driver waited for us. He was great and the ride only took about 20 minutes to our resort.
Peter and I had an amazing stay at the Platinum Yucatan Princess, an adults-only all-inclusive resort. This beautiful beachfront hotel is perfect for a couples getaway! We booked the Platinum Deluxe Swimout room which came with exclusive services and features. Features include a special lobby, dipping into the pool as soon as you wake up and a huge shower with two shower heads – in case your partner doesn’t like their water temperature as hot as yours *ahem Peter*.
The great thing about all-inclusive resorts is that most everything is included in your reservation. Meals, events, activities (and drinks) are all included! Although, one tiny issue we had was that the schedule for activities and events that we received upon arrival was incorrect. This wasn’t too big of an issue since they had a large board by our pool that had an updated schedule. You are also welcome to schedule excursions with third-parties.
Food. One of the most important parts of mine and Peter’s vacations. The breakfast buffet was amazing and head delicious coffee and mimosas. I must admit that the restaurants were a solid 6 or 7 out of 10 which was kind of a bummer…
The staff was probably one of the best parts of the resort. Everyone was extremely attentive, friendly and always cleaning!
Visiting Chichen Itza was one of my favorite parts of our trip! It was even more breathtaking in person… I mean, it is one of the new seven wonders of the world. Peter booked this excursion through Trip Advisor for only $40 a person! Our trip included roundtrip transportation, a professional guide, a visit to a Mayan town and lunch. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and engaging, as he is of Mayan descent. Since we departed from the hotel around 5:30 am, we beat the rush of tourists. Very worth it!
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Peter and I went into the city for a couple of days. The tacos were the BEST tacos I have ever had in my life. I would definitely recommend going to El Sobrosito del Fogon! In town, there were several vendors, restaurants/bars and a mall. It was fun to just stroll down the streets of Playa and have a drink… or two.
The biggest bummer was the seaweed problem that is taking over Mexico. Seaweed has been coming up to the shore of many beaches, but many resorts are doing a good job of taking care of it with barriers. The smell was VERY strong when it rained, but other than that, it didn’t bother us at all. This is something to keep in mind when booking your resort.
Hope this helped! Peter and I plan on going back to Mexico in the future. The people and culture are beautiful and we cannot wait to explore more. Let us know where our next international trip should be in the comments below!