Throughout the years, our travels have taken us to some amazing places around the world; and whenever we’ve set our sites on exploring a new country, we’ve always found a way to turn our wildest dreams into a sweet, sweet reality. Yet, there was one country that has continued to elude us over the last few years, and after 20 countries, it was finally time to add it to my list.
Our last port of call was on the tiny island of Cozumel, Mexico; and after some adventurous days scuba diving and exploring Mayan Ruins, we were looking forward to relaxing on the beach with a few margaritas and a lot of delicious guacamole. Because who goes to Mexico and doesn’t order margaritas and guacamole? Crazy people. That’s who. 😉
We set our sights on Paradise Beach — a quick ten-minute drive from the port of Puerta Maya — and as we pulled up to this beach-side paradise our taxi was cut off by two loca folks on a motorbike. Before we knew it, our taxi driver had reversed the van, rolled down the window, and began angrily exchanging a few “choice” words with the other driver. It was quite the welcome to Mexico! 😉
The somewhat chaotic taxi ride was soon forgotten as we wandered the lush grounds along Paradise Beach. Palm trees and dense tropical gardens provided much needed shade as we walked the path to the beach, and the friendly staff gave us a quick tour of the bar, the pool, the beach, and the activities desk. For only $3 a person we had access to most of the amenities at Paradise Beach, including: the large heated pool, poolside loungers, restrooms, hot showers, beach chairs, and more; and for an additional amount they offer access to their floating jungle-gym out on the ocean.
The staff at Paradise Beach was fantastic — attentive yet subtle — and our day at Paradise Beach was exactly what we were looking for: a relaxing day under the Caribbean sun. We did a little swimming, enjoyed a few fruity cocktails and fresh guacamole, wandered the beach, and mostly relaxed on the loungers and listened to the ocean.
Perfect, relaxing day aside, I feel like I need to add a little side note. Leading up to this destination, Mexico had us a little on edge. Some of our friends and family have come home from Mexico with incredible experiences to share, while others have had downright scary experiences. Combined with all of the negative publicity lately — like the violence, crime, and tainted alcohol, to name a few — we actually considered skipping this port and staying on the cruise ship. However, as soon as we said it out loud, we both quickly reminded each other that traveling is about getting out of our comfort zones and exploring this big beautiful world that we live in. We travel to see, learn, experience, and expand our views, and we didn’t come all the way to Mexico just to spend our day on the ship.
So, we set our reservations aside and set out on an adventure; and although we only saw a small portion of Cozumel, our day at Paradise Beach was muy bueno!