Birthday Trip|Cancun

Getting to Cancun was a journey in and of itself. I recently filmed a story time video on my Youtube Channel sharing the drama that surrounded this trip. Be sure to check it out after reading this post! For my birthday my best friend and travel buddy Kyla visited Cancun, Mexico. We had an amazing time! Kyla and I travel together quite often (5 countries and counting)but every trip is different and the memories we share are endless!

Deciding on where to stay took a lot of searching because there are just so many options. I spoke to a few people and based on their recommendations we stayed at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort.

View from my room


This hotel is located in the Hotel Zone and is close to all the restaurants. The hotel was great. It looked exactly as pictured and every guest gets a personal concierge. Mine was great and helped with book excursions.

Some trips are for relaxing at the hotel, but this definitely was not one of those trips. We were in Cancun for 4 nights and 3 days and we booked 3 excursions! This was the most activity filled trip and it was awesome !

Day 1 Activity: Day trip to Chichen Itza   

Duration: All Day

Cost: $130

There were a few options for trips to Chichen Itza but we went with this one because it was a smaller group of people which made for a more intimate experience. At the end of the day I felt like I made new friends. Chichen Itza is about 3 hours from Cancun so the bus picked us up super early and we started our day. Our tour guide was extremely informative. Visiting Chichen Itza, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world is something I would highly recommend.


You will be fully immersed in such rich culture.

Then we visited a cenote. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. We had to be harnessed into the cenote, but it was a fun experience.


I am always in awe of nature and things like a cenote that happens naturally. The company we used owns the cenote so it was not crowded which is a big plus. There are some activities you can do while in the cenote or just relax and swim.


Activity: Parasailing at Aqua Word

img_9221Duration: 30 min

Cost: $60

I’ve always wanted to go parasailing and we just did it just because. It’s relaxing and you get to see the city from a different vantage point, but honestly, it’s not worth the hype.

dee and ky.jpeg

Activity: Xplore

img_0689Duration: All Day

Cost: $130

This was the most action packed day. This is an all inclusive tour with round trip transportation from your hotel, food and drinks and activities to keep you going all day. We drove amphibious vehicles through the jungle and caves, fly on 13 different zip lines over the forest and swim through caves.

At the end of the day we were so tired but it was honestly so much fun. I would recommend you get a waterproof case for your phone and water shoes as most activities include getting wet.

Final Thoughts

Before going to Cancun everyone told me how unsafe it was and how I should be extra careful. There was not one moment where I felt like I was in danger. Cancun just like any other place I’ve visited is beautiful. 99% of the people I interacted with spoke English. They did appreciate when we tried to say things in Spanish though. Before going make sure you plan for airport pickup. If you do not have airport pick up arranged you will be overwhelmed with the people asking if you need their services. The food is not great. I was a bit disappointed that even the tacos was missing flavor. Remember the conversion rate. At the end of one of our excursions I gave our tour guide a tip of 30 pesos. My friend was like, “Deeana you know that’s only $3 US Dollars right?” My intention was definitely not to tip someone who spent the entire day with us only $3.

Have you been to Cancun before? What was your favorite part? Would you like to visit? I hope this post was helpful.

Thank for reading.


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