To read Part I of our vacation (the one where we stayed and pictures of the beaches), click HERE.
Vacations are a funny thing for Drew and I. We both love them, but tend to be on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our definites of "fun and relaxing." Drew is all about adventure, and vacation to him means new adventures, specifically ones that tend to be a bit on the dangerous and wild side. I, on the other hand, prefer nothing more than to sit beachside with a good book or magazine, sipping margaritas. In other words, I prefer rest ;) Thankfully Drew humors me by doing beach vacations, and we've been able to come to good compromises in balancing his need for adventure and my need to be lazy. Cruises have always been a happy medium for us, but since we decided to do an all-inclusive land vacation this time, we had to put our thinking caps together to come up with some ideas to drag me away from my lounge chair and pool side cabana.
When we went on our honeymoon 10 years ago, we did an excursion that took us to the Mayan ruins in Tulum, and then for half a day at a natural eco park called Xel-Ha. To date, this had been one of the most fun tours we had been on, and it was perfect for us because it combined fun things to do along with the option to sit and relax if you got tired. Since we both felt like seeing the Mayan ruins once was probably enough for us, we decided to just spend an entire day at Xel-Ha. I was so happy that we did, because we were able to adventure into areas that we hadn't even known about last time we had been down to Mexico.
We also wanted to try out something new this time we were in the Riviera Maya, so we decided on a ziplining park that is near Playa Del Carmen, called Xplor. I have to admit, this was done on the second day of our trip, and since I wasn't feeling the greatest, I felt like I didn't really get to experience the fun as much as Drew (I mean, nothing gives you a thrill by worrying that you'll literally poop your pants while ziplining over people). Plus, we literally had to climb up 10 towers, and if you know anything about me, then you know that extreme exercise is not my cup of tea. Combine that with jumping OFF of the towers, and I was just glad to have walked out of the excursion alive (and without pants pooping incidents) ;) Drew had a blast though, and so I was glad that we did it. Xplor was definitely up his alley in terms of fun and adventure.
In the middle of our trip we spent a morning touring some of the tourist areas in Playa Del Carmen. I loved 5th Avenue, which is lined with different open air restaurants and shops, as well as smaller, more boutique style hotels. My one regret is that I had decided to leave my SLR camera at the hotel, so I really missed out on some unique photograph opportunities due to the constraints that our point and shoot has.
Other than these three days spent outside the resort, we laid low by the pool or beach. I really couldn't have asked for a better vacation of relaxation and time away alone with Drew. It was perfect for us in every way. And evidenced by the fact that we were still referred to as "honey-mooners" by the street vendors in Playa, I'd say that 10 years later, we still got it ;)
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