I wanted to share with my readers some of our new memories in order to give you a sneak peek into the boundless appetite of adventures, food, beauty and fun we acquired while planting our feet around this impeccable island.
Before I share my photos with you, I wanted to stress the fact that Cozumel is honestly our new favorite vacation spot. We've been all over Mexico, including the west coast of it, California, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and so on... but honestly, Cozumel is an unforgettable gem. I highly recommend this island to those who wish to seek out new adventures while feeling safe, who like to snorkel and dive wherever they please, who love exotic views and scenery, and most of all... who love to eat at mom and pop dives while still having the luxury of fine dining which surround the hotels and touristy part of downtown.
The one thing we didn't do, regretfully, was rent a jeep and drive around the entire island. Towards the end of our trip, we learned that so many vacationers do this and love, love, love it! Next time, we are renting a jeep for a day or two and seeing what the other side of Cozumel has to offer.
We began our vacation, officially, when we landed in the Houston airport, better known as a "hub." There are tons of connecting flights which venture out to the Caribbean and Mexico from here. We had a four hour layover (awful, I know) in Houston's hub. After having breakfast at a diner inside the airport, I decided to take advantage of the time and get a long walk in since I didn't exercise yet. My iPod clocked my walk at 3.25 miles inside the airport. It felt awesome!
When we landed in Cozumel, we met other tourists who were staying at our all-inclusive hotel, the Park Royal. Those tourists love Cozumel so much that they make it a yearly trip and stay for a whopping 10 days! The dear and I thought this was crazy but now, we totally understand why. Next year, we plan on staying for a full 10 days.
|This is the Park Royal All-Inclusive where we stayed|
Now I'm going to share some photos of our incredible vacation... Enjoy!
This shot was taken by the dear when we went snorkeling off of the waters of a dive restaurant we stumbled upon.
Here we are swimming under caves in Playa del Carmen. We took the ferry over and went on an XPlore adventure. We also zip lined through forests and water as well as drove ATVs but the camera died before we got to those places.
Pretty cool, right?!
This is a view from a dive we found and went snorkeling right off its edge. We also ate really good grouper and guacamole there after we came up from the water.
This was such a sweet fish off of that little dive restaurant we found. The other big ones kept hassling us for food but we managed to swim away where we found him=)
This is the lobby of our hotel. We were waiting for a cab to head into town to find some real local Mexican food.
This hole in the wall we found is called Los Seras and in this photo is the main chef. They make some really yummy pork, chicken and steak tacos.
I'm very happy with my food.
Iguanas were all over our hotel... very cute but extremely jumpy!
A bird flew into our room and didn't want to leave! It was really neat looking.
Almost sleeping on my dear's finger.
Here we are, waiting for another cab to venture into town and find a new dive taco place to dine.
We found one called El Pique. This was by far, the best place we had been to for pork tacos... out of this world!!
It was definitely a dive but had the tastiest tacos... other than Don Sirloin in Playa del Carmen.
Here we are at another one of our favorite restaurants, Habaneras. We met the owner there and when I told him my children's book author name, he looked me up on his little iPad. Two minutes later, he was shaking my hand and telling me how honored he was to have me at his establishment. I know what your thinking... only in Mexico! But hey! It felt good to have a few moments of glory before reality hit once I got home, ha! Oh well... I will get there someday!
This is my new Mexican abuela. She is so sweet! We bought a bunch of pastries and fried goodness from her cart two nights in a row.
We met a really nice group of people on our vacation and headed into town with them one of the nights.
This is beef tongue taco! I know, sounds disgusting, right? Well, it was, ha! Everyone seemed to like it but I thought it tasted like liver.
The owner of this restaurant (the guy with crazy eyes) visited Cozumel 15 years ago and after one visit, moved down there for good. There were a few other people we spoke to who did the same thing. That is me in the background with the funny little Mexican headband on my head=)
This is my dear and me in one of the infinity pools of our hotel.
If you have never tried this, you absolutely must! It's called a Fish Spa and you soak your feet in the aquarium while tiny fish eat your dead skin! Sounds gross, I know! It really tickles and leaves your feet feeling extremely soft once the fish are done with their meals=)
This was my reaction when I first dipped my feet in the tank, ha!
That's it for the dear and me! I hoped you enjoyed seeing some of our beautiful memories and think about making Cozumel your next destination! You won't be sorry.
A little note to my beloved readers, friends and family,
The Liver Life Walk 2014 will be held in Philadelphia on September 27th. As some of you already know, my mother received a liver transplant the day after Christmas in 2012. She would have died that following January if she didn't receive such an irreplaceable organ. My sisters, aunts, mother and I will be walking in this year's Liver Life Walk.
This organization raises money and awareness to help fight against one of the fastest growing public health concerns, liver disease. There are currently 30 million Americans living with this disease and sadly, some don't even know it. Not to mention, many will die from it. This means 1 out of 10 people are walking around with this horrible illness.
If you would like to donate to our cause, we would greatly appreciate it. Anything helps, even if it's only a few dollars. If you are unable to donate, then please help us raise awareness by spreading information about this walk to ensure people how important it is to help put an end to liver disease. It is a very sad and unbearable sickness to endure.
Here are both of our pages where you can find more information on how to donate and sponsor either one of us.
My mother's participation page: Ceal Webber
My participation page: Gina Stoneheart (my real name will be shown on my participation page)
Thank you my beautiful friends, family and readers! I wish you all a week of love and creativity. Sorry if I am late catching up to your blogs. I'm looking forward to visiting your wonderful writing again!