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Trip to Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico {The Little Kitchen}

In May, I was fortunate to travel to Cancun, Mexico! Along with 53 other members of the foreign press, I attended the Tianguis Turistico Conference in Cancun. It’s 39th year, this huge conference brings travel buyers and travel professionals from all over the world to a different city in Mexico to highlight the booming tourism industry in Mexico. It was my first time in Mexico, I ate a lot of amazing food and met some amazing people as well.

Cancun, Mexico {The Little Kitchen}

From Florida, I had a connection in Atlanta and was fortunate to have a first class upgrade. Sigh, it’s so lovely. I highly recommend that if you travel at least several times a year, to be an airline loyalist and be sure to sign up for that airline’s frequent flier program. I’m lucky enough to have had a few first class upgrades and it’s totally worth it. I’m a huge Delta fan, if you’re asking.

This was my view as we were landing in Cancun, the water is so beautiful!

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

The first few nights, I stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Hotel.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

The rooms were nice and spacious.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And had a nice seating area.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

The views were gorgeous. Look at that water.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And the beach.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

When I arrived, I was starving. We (as in Amanda and I), ordered lunch at their outdoor cafe (the Bikini Bar – I know it’s a funny name!) and these pescadillas were amazing. This was the beginning of many amazing seafood dishes in Mexico. I also ordered the coconut shrimp, pretty much the best coconut shrimp I have ever had (my pictures were horrible though).

We enjoyed this view…

Sunset | Cancun, Mexico

And then, Amanda and Sommer and I hiked it over to view the beautiful sunset at another resort.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Breakfast at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral is no joke…

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Sweets…

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Tons of authentic Mexican food…

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And this was my plate. The fried tortillas up front were my favorite!

I also ate a couple of times at La Joya – the Mexican restaurant at the hotel. Get the fried ice cream. I wish I could share with you a photo, it was amazing, the lightest fried ice cream I have ever had. But since the lighting was not so great, my images are just eh. I had it twice…so worth it!

The Grand Mayan, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The next day, we traveled over to the Grand Mayan and this is the hotel lobby…amazing!

The Grand Mayan, Riviera Maya, Mexico

I had a quick breakfast at their little cafe…look at this yogurt…with apples. It was amazing! I wish we could get it here in the US.

The Grand Mayan, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Beautiful views at the Grand Mayan, I want to go back…NOW.

The Grand Mayan, Riviera Maya, Mexico

We heard all about the new Cirque du Soleil show called Joya that’s coming to Riviera Maya. Here’s the construction site we got to see. It’s going to be amazing! It opens this November with different ticket options, including several that includes dinner. I have never seen a Cirque show! I would love to return and see Joya, it sounds amazing!

Tianguis Turistico | Kevin Spacey

We returned to the conference and got to see Kevin Spacey speak…eeek! He wouldn’t give us any hints about House of Cards (BTW, I just finished season 2 on Netflix oh my goodness!!). He kept talking about his mentor, Jack Lemon and his mom. His mention about giving back to younger actors and his tribute to Jack and his mom over and over again made him so endearing.

Rosewood Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

And then it was a long drive over to Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. It’s a gorgeous property.
Rosewood Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

The best way to be greeted — with margaritas.
Rosewood Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

We had an amazing reception on the beach. Look at that view.

Rosewood Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

And a fire pit on the beach!

Rosewood Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tons of sushi and amazing food…dreamy. I have to return to the Mayakoba, for real.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

The seafood in Mexico is incredibly fresh. Ceviche with a view.

Fiesta Americana Grand Hotel & Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And cocktails…I could have gotten used to that.

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And then we went to the Moon Palace hotel for the closing of the conference. More ceviche! This was a super spicy but super amazing ceviche.

Moon Palace | Cancun, Mexico

This is my room at the Moon Palace. It’s a nice hotel with three different lobbies, it’s a huge hotel. We stayed in the family-oriented portion of the hotel. The room was smaller than my room at the Fiesta Americana but it was still nice.

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Thanks to Amanda for taking this photo of me. Before our sushi and hibachi dinner at Momo at Moon Palace. We had fried ice cream again!

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Room service the next morning. They gave me extra bacon! The flowers were a nice touch, the bell hop gave us flowers when we checked in the day before. I kept them and put them in water when I got to my room. It added a nice touch to the room!

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

We took a long drive to take a ferry over to Isla Holbox (pronounced Hol-bosh). NO WORDS. It was amazing. I didn’t want to leave.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

So serene and the largest hotel has 40 rooms! No cars — the only traffic comes from motorbikes and golf carts. I had a lot of fun driving those golf carts.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

Just step right in…

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

We had an amazing lunch with the owners of Hotel Las Nubes.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

Hello, beautiful. An amazing fish dish with artichokes and zucchini.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

And one of the best tres leches cakes I have ever had.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

More views from Hotel Las Nubes.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

A view right outside one of the rooms…

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

And our tour guide, haha look at the dogs! They have great balance!

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

Isla Holbox, I promise you, I will return.

Isla Holbox | Cancun, Mexico

Gorgeous Casa La Tortugas Hotel.

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Back at Moon Palace, Amanda and I ordered room service and then went exploring. We found the little cafe that makes nutella stuffed crepes until late!

Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico

The next day we made the trek over to Isla Mujeres. I got a little seasick on the ferry ride over and didn’t get to enjoy much of the day.

Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico

We did a little shopping though. I got myself a bracelet and I bought Curtis a ceramic sugar skull. He loved it!

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And then we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Arrecifes, the Brazilian steakhouse in the Nizuc lobby of the Moon Palace Hotel.

That’s bacon!

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Let’s just say we enjoyed it and ATE way too much.

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And then had Mayan coffee!

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Amazing!

Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

And then, I enjoyed one more breakfast at the Moon Palace.

Cancun, Mexico

In the sky…on the way home.

I feel so fortunate I got to on this trip. I had so much fun, saw so much and ate SO MUCH amazing food.

Cancun, Mexico {The Little Kitchen}

Mexico, I love you. I’ll be back. Hopefully to see Joya the Cirque show, to see more of the Rosewood Mayakoba and to stay on Isla Holbox…that amazingly beautiful serene and peaceful island. I kind of want to go back to Cancun now!

Disclosure: My visit to Mexico was sponsored in part by the Mexican Tourism Board and the Cancun Tourism Board. I was not required to write this post, these opinions are my own and I only share what I love.

15 Responses to “Trip to Cancun, Mexico”

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — July 13, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    Love this recap of your trip, Julie! I loved following both you and Amanda on Instagram. The food looked incredible and getting a chance to see Kevin Spacey sounds awesome!

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    Crissy Page — July 13, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    Julie, what a trip! These pictures are making me feel equal parts bliss and super-green-envy. This looks like paradise and definitely on my bucket list!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — July 13, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Ohhhhh the food! And the views! All amazing =)

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 14, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    That trip looks amazing. I remember following along on instagram and wanting all of that food! Those tacos and sushi..so yum.

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — July 14, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    Stunning photos.

    Ready to travel…….at least through your trip. Love meeting new people on vacation, sometimes meeting new friends is THE BEST PART of the whole trip!!!!! And forming lifelong memories.

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    Kristen — July 14, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    We’ve been to Mexico several times and always feel like we are in paradise! Love your photos!

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    Karen — July 14, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    Gorgeous pictures. I guess you don’t have to worry about the water, fruit and such like I thought. Everything looked amazing!

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    • Julie Deily replied: July 14th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

      Hi Karen!

      Yes, I should have mentioned that…they told us the resorts were safe to drink the water. We were given bottled water a lot too. I felt completely safe and safe to drink the water. :) Thanks so much for your kind words!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — July 14, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun! Mexico looks beautiful, and don’t get me started on the food!

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    Tessa @ Handle the Heat — July 14, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    This looks like it was the perfect trip! Living in Arizona we used to always drive down to Mexico but I’ve actually never been to Cancun. I desperately want to go now!

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — July 14, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    I haven’t been to Mexico in years – this post reminded me how beautiful it really is. I think I need to go back very soon!

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    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — July 15, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    What a fun adventure! The Isla Holbox would be tops on my list to visit again, too. Gorgeous!

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    Las Nubes de Holbox — July 15, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    We really loved your article, so glad you came to visit us! Please come back soon! Abrazos from Holbox, Mexico.

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    Naomi — July 15, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    Get out of town! We just got back recently from Mexico and went to Holbox as well! We stayed on the opposite end as you, Casa Takywara and LOVED it! We enjoyed it MUCH more than our time in Cancun proper … so gorgeous!

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    Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired — July 15, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    What an amazing trip! Those views and the food! Love all of your photos, felt like I was right there with you and now I want to start planning a trip to Cancun!

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