Cancún & Nearby Towns
I loved staying in Cancún and I’m glad I booked nine nights at this wonderful party hostel. The owners, Mama and Papa, were the best and made everyone feel like we were a family. This was the most social hostel I have ever been to and the owners make sure everyone is having the time of their life. The party always got started around dinner time when the whole hostel got together for dinner and a shot of tequila.
On a day trip, a friend from Hostel Queztal and I went a few hours south to visit these beautiful seaside ruins. There were an abundance of iguanas (and people) everywhere! We also visited Dos Ojos, one of the best cenotes in all of Mexico. Unfortunately, the GoPro we took with us did not produce any great pictures! But there I went snorkeling and swimming in the cool waters of the limestone sinkhole.
Christmas Day was spent at this little island off the coast of Cancún that was just a short ferry ride away. This island was incredible and it was by far the best Christmas I’ve ever had! The north end of the island was beautiful, white beaches and colorful fishing boats. My traveling group and I got eventually rented a golf-cart and a few bikes to head south (lucky for them I got to drive us). The south point was the most eastern point of Mexico (the sun rises there first!) and featured very, very ruined ruins as well as rocky shores.
Some traveling friends and I took a quick day trip to this tiny fishing town roughly an hour south of Cancún. This area was not touristy at all, which I always love. It was a very nice escape from the hustle and bustle of life in Cancún.
Playa del Carmen
Towards the end of my stay in Cancún most of our traveling group left to go to Playa del Carmen (a beach town about two hours south). My friend, Nate and I bought a bus ticket left for Playa the next day. We were easily convinced by the rest of the group to come join them. We booked one night in some random hostel and met up with the rest of the group. This city was amazing. It is a smaller, more intimate Cancún. It still had touristy stuff, big clubs, and beautiful beaches but everything was closer together and nicer looking. I really wish I had booked way more time here!