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Girls Week in Cancun!

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Back at the beginning of summer, Kevin had to do some traveling for work. While he was away, I was extremely fortunate to be able to spend a little quality time with friends on some fun trips and girlfriend getaways. One of my favorite trips was to Cancun, Mexico with two of my favorite food bloggers, Sommer and Julie.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

I had never been to Cancun before, and honestly it was not in my top list of places to go. I always thought it was just a party beach for drunk spring breakers. Boy was my mind completely and totally changed. After one look at the crystal clear, neon-turquoise waters, after sinking my toes in the velvetiest, softest sands I have ever felt, after just my first hour there, and then after spending 8 decadent days there, my opinion did a complete 180 degree turn.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Cancun had the most vibrant, turquoise waters I have ever seen in my entire life. They were stunning. They honestly looked photoshopped in real life. I could not get over them.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

It also had the softest sand I have ever felt. It was like baby powder. We learned that the soft sand comes from the Great Mesoamerican Reef, located in the waters right in front of Cancun. The Great Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Pieces of coral break off and wear down over time, then wash up on the shores of the beach creating the unique, powder-soft sand.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. This was the view from the balcony. We were in our own little slice of heaven.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We had breakfast outside every morning. We piled our plates high from the incredible buffet with tropical fruit, pastries, cakes, and local Mexican breakfast fare.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We started each day with a nutrition-packed  jugo verde, or green juice. This is as common in Mexico as orange juice is for breakfast in America.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We spent our days chit-chatting, laughing, and walking on the beach.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

It was seriously gorgeous weather. May is the perfect time to go to Cancun! It wasn’t ridiculously hot or crowded.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

The lifeguards kept us in line. ;)

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

You could rent jet skis or go parasailing.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We had lunch a couple of times outside on the beach at the Bikini Bar. This was honestly some of the best food I’ve had in my entire life. I am still dreaming about the steak quesadillas. The cheese was incredible!!

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

And this was the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

One afternoon we walked over to the famous Forum Beach. The beach in front of our hotel was quiet, secluded, and private, which I loved. It felt very safe and totally separate from the party scene that Cancun is known for. But because of this, it didn’t have a long stretch of sand to just “walk on the beach.”

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Fortunately, Forum Beach was just right next door. We could see these rocks from our hotel.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Here we found the long stretch of beach for walking as long as you wanted to walk.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

The water was warm, calm, and crystal clear.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

We swam, floated, and chatted the day away.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

It was literally paradise.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Despite applying sunscreen nearly 500 times, we got way too much sun from our walk. :) So later we relaxed in the shade and treated ourselves to foot massages while we closed our eyes and let the breeze from the ocean cool our skin.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

After our massages, we laid back in the daybed and ordered lunch from the Bikini Bar while we watched the waves crash on the beach. Loved these steak tacos. And the guacamole!!

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Seriously could not ask for a more perfect afternoon.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

What lunch-on-the-beach-in-paradise would be complete without dessert parfaits?? :)

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

Cancun has stunning sunsets over the ocean.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexico

The turquoise waters are vibrant and highlighted by the setting sun.

These incredible travel photos from Cancun will make you want to book a trip immediately!! #travel #cancun #mexicoBut this was just the beginning. More from Cancun to come soon. :)

Thanks so much for looking!! xoxo

 

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19 Responses
  1. Katy Dyer

    The pictures are beautiful! I am going to Cancun in November and I am terrified of getting food poisoning. I heard a horror story from a co-worker who got a parasite, was in the hospital, missed a lot of work, etc. I have been a vegetarian for years, so I think that will help. Do you have any recommendations? I would really appreciate it because I am super stressed. Thank you so much!

  2. Melissa Griffiths

    I’m so excited that you mentioned that you thought Cancun was full of drunk spring breakers because i thought the same thing! I’m now looking at it for our family! We are on the west coast so it’s so much travel to get everyone to the bahamas. I’ve always written off Mexico!

  3. Patsy

    I am so excited to find this in your posts, I follow your trips and absolutely want to visit everywhere you have been. I am planning a trip to Cancun to celebrate my college graduation and I am ready to chill, this place looks perfect!!!

    Thanks again for sharing all of your beautiful pictures and trips, now on to your camera tutorial so I can improve my photography skills.

    Patsy

  4. Anna

    I’m excited to see this post – my husband and I have decided to stay at a new all-inclusive resort in Playa Mujeres for our anniversary this fall! Neither of us had ever been too excited about Mexico, either. But when I started doing research I found this gorgeous place, it’s easy to get to and the flights are pretty cheap. Can’t wait!

  5. suze

    OK, WOW….the pictures are gorgeous. And I must say that I am so jealous. You did at least three of the things on my bucket list, zip line, Cancun vacation, but the best one, the Dolphins. I love animals, spend my days in rescue of them, animals and the love that they give are at the top of my list of happy moments. You look like you had a blast.

  6. Mande

    Amazing pics!! We stayed there for our engagement trip!! P.S. Found you via I Love Juice Bar on Instagram- do you live in Hunysville?? We are relocating there this fall!!

  7. Holli

    If you loved Cancun, you need to plan a trip to Czoumel. It’s even more laid back, safer, and the people there are just wonderful. The food, oh the food. Some of the best I’ve ever had! I’m going there on my honeymoon in September, but have been several other times before. Definitely put it on your list.

  8. Kim G.

    I love the photos you took!! I clicked on a few, to see what settings you used, and was SO surprised you took them with your phone! Did you just use your normal apps (that you listed in that other post awhile back) to take these?? They look incredible!

  9. Sharon | What The Fork Food Blog

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS!! I’ve eaten breakfast outside almost every morning this summer but my view is nowhere near the same! Jealous!

  10. Ashley | CenterCutCook

    Oh my gosh… GORGEOUS! That crystal clear blue water (and the steak quesadillas and guac!) are calling my name. :)

  11. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    That water is amazing! Your coconut shrimp puts the coconut shrimp we had for dinner last night to shame. Must find a good recipe for it since I happen to have plain shrimp waiting for a good upgrade!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I would have given my right arm for a girls trip! Wow, that sounds like JUST what I need! I stayed at the Fiesta America in the 80s with my parents as a little girl! And I’ve been to Cancun for everything from spring breaks to yoga retreats; always a good time. Your trip looks AMAZING! look at that water! Gorgeous!

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