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Pictures to Prove that Cancun, Mexico is the Perfect Winter Vacation Location

mexico20Up until August of last year my only experiences outside the United States were two visits to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I expected the next foreign country I visited to be Italy, and I didn’t expect that to happen for at least 15 years.

With a spur of the moment decision to go on a Cruise my plans changed and Mexico became the second foreign country I visited in my life. The cruise ship made its first stop at Cozumel, Mexico and Casey and I spent our first day in a foreign country lounging on the beach as locals brought us drinks and home cooked Mexican food.

A couple months after our cruise, Casey learned that she and Addie would be going on a Disney Cruise as Vivi and I stayed in chilly Indiana. Casey and Addie made two stops in Mexico on that trip and I was pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to go. I needed a vacation from the cold winter almost as much Casey, and we had both been dreaming about going on a Disney Cruise for the past 6 years and yet I had to stay in Indiana and worry about the ice accumulating on my driveway.

Surprisingly, out of nowhere Casey was offered an opportunity to work in Cancun, Mexico and she immediately called me at work to see if I could go to Mexico with her.

Of course I could make going to Mexico in the middle of February work. The trip turned out to be exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Cancun turned out to be one of the best vacation spots I’ve ever been too. It was a perfect combination of warmth, ocean, scenery, relaxation, and food. If I ever have the chance to go to Cancun again, I’d jump at the opportunity.

Here are a few pictures of our trip to Cancun, Mexico:


  • The Beach 1 of 13
    The Beach
    I love the ocean. It doesn't matter if it's 50 degrees or 70 degrees, I'll find a way to stand in it so I can feel the waves lap against my legs.
  • Our Hotel Room 2 of 13
    Our Hotel Room
    Our hotel room was great. Although it had two beds, it was clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking the lagoon.
  • Breakfast Overlooking the Beach 3 of 13
    Breakfast Overlooking the Beach
    The restaurants at our resorts had floor to ceiling windows and they all faced the beach. It made eating breakfast in the morning a very enjoyable experience.
  • Sun Rises and Sun Sets 4 of 13
    Sun Rises and Sun Sets
    The resort was located on a strip of land that had a lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other. The ocean side had excellent sun rises, and the lagoon side had perfect sunsets.
  • Spot the Drowning Cody 5 of 13
    Spot the Drowning Cody
    Casey pulled out her camera and started taking pictures of me playing in the ocean's waves. As I tried to ride the waves to the sandy beach, Casey played a game she called "spot the drowning Cody."
  • Public Transportation 6 of 13
    Public Transportation
    Cancun's public transportation was excellent. Public buses made stops along the main tourist strip about every 2 minutes. Occasionally a local would bring his guitar and sing a few songs.
  • Mexican Food 7 of 13
    Mexican Food
    I don't think I need to write much more than local Mexican food. I love Mexican food and the local stuff is excellent. Chips and salsa were prevalent and I had some for pretty much every meal.
  • Familiar Food 8 of 13
    Familiar Food
    Cancun had a mix of restaurant chains from the United States and restaurants from Mexico. I ate wings from Hooters on one night and good Mexican food from a local Mexican restaurant the next night.
  • Haagen Dazs 9 of 13
    Haagen Dazs
    Haagen Dazs desert shops were all over Cancun. I don't think I had ever seen one of those before, but I'm sure I will be looking for them now that I've experienced ice cream fondue.
  • Surprised Nativity Set 10 of 13
    Surprised Nativity Set
    We browsed through several of the local tourists shops where tourists could find souvenirs. Casey found a few nativity sets and fell in love with this nativity set--mainly because all the people look surprised and the sheep looks unimpressed.
  • Photo Bomb 11 of 13
    Photo Bomb
    The maids at our resort left us a plate with chocolate syrup and a marshmallow valentine bear thing that tasted like a Peep. Casey tried to take a photo of the bear and I photo bombed her picture.
  • Resort AND Spa 12 of 13
    Resort AND Spa
    I had never had a massage before, but my first massage was an excellent experience. After the massage we got to hangout in the resort's fancy steam room and sauna.
  • Last Day 13 of 13
    Last Day
    Our last full day in Mexico was cold and windy. It was so windy the 10 foot waves were broken up well before they got to shore. Although the temperature was in the low 70s, the wind was blowing so hard it was too cold to lounge on the beach. The cold made it more bearable to know we were heading back to Indiana.

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