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RIVIERA MAYA, CANCUN / HARD ROCK HOTEL

Aloha! What a wonderful trip to the Riviera Maya in Cancun. I had never been their before, but we did our homework. It's often referred to as the French Riviera of Mexico. There were so many interesting cultural exotic sites to see including the ruins at Tulum.

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It was much newer, cleaner and nicer than most parts of Mexico, with dozens of fabulous hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants. Having been to the actual French Riviera to watch the Ferrari / Porsche Races at the Concourse de Elegance in Monaco, the only thing missing were the Jean Claude Van Damme & his $60,000,000 yacht.

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Chichen Itza: 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World! So impressive!

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WE STAYED AT THE HARD ROCK RIVIERA MAYA

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At the Mexican Riviera, Hard Rock Hotel International in Riviera Maya, There are 2 Hotels: One for Adults. One for Families. Guests get access to BOTH hotels and all restaurants at BOTH hotels.

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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Must Sees:

At the Hard Rock International Hotel:

  • Rock Spa
  • Couples massage on the beach in private palapa <3
  • Tight Rope walk over the ocean
  • Feeding the fish (think: 100s of brightly colored fish around your feet in 10 seconds)
  • Reserve a Private ocean front Cabana with waiter service

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In Riviera Maya:

  • Chichan Itza: one of the 7 Wonders of the World
  • Tulum
  • Drive the Yucatan Jungle & swim in a Cenote (natural swimming pool in the Yucatan Jungle)
  • Main street shopping

 

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Bring an umbrella to shield yourself from the hot hot sun

MUST DO THINGS IN THE RIVIERA MAYA, CANCUN

CHICHEN ITZA

Even though we live at the beach, going to another beach across the country is a fun option. We took the kids to see 1 of the 7 Wonders of the world: Chichan Itza or as they call it "Chicken Pizza." We hired a private car and driver to take us there, about 3.5 hours away but worth it. Driving thru the Yucatan Jungle, make SURE you have ROAMING on your mobile phone in case of an emergency. Remember, there's NO AAA in the Yucatan Jungle! Chichan Itza was really impressive. It was much larger than I expected and you could feel the history just standing next to it. You used to be able to run up the steps. Not any more since it started to crumble.

Kiana Travel RM Chichen Itza

TIPS:

  • It's a drive, but worth it. I recommend MAKING SURE you confirm it's an air conditioned private car, taxi or tour bus. We opted for a private car because we (um, okay I) didn't want to be held to staying out there for 6-8 hours with a group. I wanted for us to be able to leave when we wanted to go and stop along the way to see the Cenote and buy souveniers if we saw a small town. The Hotel offers tours and all sorts of options.

  • Bring your own cooler back pack loaded with ice and water. Bring an umbrella to shield from the sun. When we went in June, it was over 100 degrees. Much to hot for my mom and mother in law. They stayed back at the hotel. You are in the jungle, only shade is under a tree. Really hot. We could have sold all of our water to the tourists who weren't prepared.

VISIT TULUM

Tour the ruins puzzle maze and hike to the ocean view cliff. Tulum was built late in the thirteenth century, during what is known as the Mayan post-classic period. With a little imagination and knowledge, the ruins become a giant puzzle waiting to be pieced together.

(Wearing my Strong is Sexy tank in Ocean blue available here.)

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LOVED TULUM

Loved the Ruins! Such history and energy!

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CENOTE? ISN'T THAT A GLORIED NAME FOR A SINK HOLE?

SWIM IN A WHAT?

Still pretty cool to see. It's a gigantic natural pool with long vines hanging from the trees above. It's a Natural sink hole / swimming pool....NOT the kind of sink hole you see on the news in Los Angeles...that's what I thought too! Really beautiful, but beware of the tiny catfish. Just don't look at them and you'll be fine. It's really amazing but for me, I kept thinking a sea snake would grab me! Quick dip and that's it! Kids and hubby had so much fun jumping off the steps!

Tips: yes. public bathrooms. public group rinse off shower. wear your swimsuit. don't bring valuables. rental life vests. small souvenier shop.

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Great photo opps and selfies 🙂

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