After an 8 year hiatus, it was finally time to return to Mexico. My Mom, sister, and her boyfriend were joining us so we felt like revisiting a past trip to the Riveria Maya was a solid choice. Staying at Iberostar, we had a great time there with the little kids because there is a lot to do. The weather didn’t disappoint at all. Plenty warm with a nice tropical breeze all the time. We spent many days at combinations of the beach and the pool. My kids could live the rest of their lives doing that every day. However, we did get off the property a couple of days and visit some of our favorite local attractions/parks. They have some neat adventure park/swimming/zoo like things down there. You go spend the day and for once price they feed you, give you equipment, and shuttle you back and forth. It is all inclusive, just like the hotel. Feels nicer than a US-based experience to me as you are constantly take care of and you aren’t faced with signs and rules all day.
The all-inclusive nature of these resorts is a nice change. No cash or credit cards on you. Just a bracelet and you are off. You can eat and drink 24×7. The food is great — and it isn’t all Mexican. They have a healthy selection of different flavors at each meal. You could go the entire week without ever eating a burrito. Actually, Mexican food is almost hard to come by sometimes!
Nothing better than a beach vacation where you live in your bathing suit and get to lay on the beach. Or in it.
Being animal people, my family always is attracted to the wildlife. These guys in this next video are called Coatis. Kind of like a racoon. The locals might not love them but the tourists sure do. They are real cute. But you don’t feed them as they have a strict diet of bugs and stuff. Watch them climb and dig!
Xel-Ha remains our favorite attraction in the region. It is probably the only bay on the coast and the wildlife know that. The bay is full of fish, stingrays, and more. They have a great “ride” where you get in tube way back inland in a mangrove forest and swim through it until you reach the bay and sea. There are activities along the way like cliff diving, rope courses, and zip lines that all start or end in the water. You are wet all day!
Reagan wanted to do a manatee encounter so I did it with her. Pretty neat. Not like those pesky dolphins swimming fast and jumping. These guys are gentle giants.
The manatee and I getting some lunch. He took a full stalk of lettuce out of my hand.
She doesn’t ever pose for photos but Sydney must have gotten this one on her. Thanks to Kim for organizing the trip. She is our built-in travel agent!
Some day this will be a permanent view…not necessarily here but you get the idea!
I could probably find a job. This guy has it figured out.
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