I am so happy I took this spontaneous trip to Cancun Mexico. I love the place and the people there are so friendly. After we got to the airport we made our way to the Alamo car rental office which was only a short shutter ride away. Despite all the warnings and negative reviews online about renting a car in Cancun, we had a great experience and the service was great. If you're like me and prefer to do things on your own time and pace, renting a car is the best way to go. It saves you time, money and you can access places others couldn't with a regular group tour. Our first stop was in Playa del Carmen.
We rented an AIRBNB apartment right in the center near Walmart and the famous 5th avenue. Though very crowded, I really love the ambiance and all the little shops. With my husband we always buy those fridge magnets as souvenir and we found a great variety there. After shopping we went to El Fogon restaurant, one of the most popular place to eat in Playa del Carmen. The food was great and the portions were huge. We couldn't finish but went home full and happy. The next day, we drove about 1.30 hour to the Coba ruins.
On the way there, we decided to make a stop at Jardin del Eden cenote. This place gets very crowded during the day, so we made sure to arrive early at 8 AM right when they open so we could have the place for ourselves and take some nice photos without the distracting background. Entrance fee: $150 pesos per person. This place was awesome and though it was early the water was just cool enough for a nice dip. We highly recommend this place, and if you have time you should also visit Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino which are right next to each other.
Onto our destination, we arrived in Coba around 10AM. Unlike Chichen Itza, Coba is less crowded and you can make your way up the pyramid. The tallest pyramid is called Nohoch Mul. It takes 120 steps to reach the top, and at 137 feet high, Nohoch Mul is the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. But before you can even get to the pyramid you have to go through a long walk deep into the jungle. If you want a more unique and relaxing experience, I highly recommend that you can rent a bike, which is only $50 pesos a person. You'll get there faster, plus it'd save you some energy for the walk up the pyramid. When you get to the top, the view is superb and our photos just won't do it justice. We stayed there for a good 30 minutes, taking it all in, enjoying the fresh breeze before heading back to Cancun where we stayed at the most amazing hotel, Hyatt Zilara.
Cancun Hyatt Zilara is not the best hotel I've been in because it's an all-inclusive hotel. It is the best for everything else.
1. All-suite accommodations with ocean views: no matter which room you're booking, you are getting a suite with jacuzzi and a bottle of wine.
2. 24 hours in-suite dining to satisfy your midnight cravings.
3. Daily and nightly activities: we loved the Mayan show and Cuban Dance experience.
Customer service at Cancun Zilara is impeccable. From the day we checked in to the day we checked out, every employee we've met, whether it was the reception desk, the bartender, the cook or even the maid they all provided top-notch services. No matter the time of the day and how much drinks they've served under the hot sun, the workers always had a smile on their faces. Cancun Zilara's been the best experience so far and I can't wait to go back.
Trip dates: Monday 22nd - Friday 26th, May 2017.
Love, Angela Thao209.751.9052