After my sister visited LA and Vegas on our America Part 2 travelling trip (read about it here and here), we decided to head to Cancun. OLE!
We'd actually never been to Mexico before and always wanted to visit Cancun as we'd been told by different friends how breathtakingly beautiful it is.
However, these friends failed to mention a few home truths. Read on for details:
1) The bars and clubs are full of 18-year-olds.
I don't have anything against 18-year-olds or anything, but I'm almost 26 now. When I go out on nights out, I expect there to be a mix of ages. I don't want to feel like the kids have Grandma watching over them at the club. What I didn't realise about Cancun is that it's full of American underagers as the legal age to drink in America is 21, but it's 18 in Mexico. HELLO, SEVERAL ROWDY TEENAGERS WHO HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO HANDLE ALCOHOL.
Cancun has a decent nightlife, with the ultimate highlight being the Coco Bongos club, but at times it did feel a bit like I was chaperoning a school disco. (NO, SERIOUSLY - who plays Cha Cha Slide in a bar?!)
2) Tourists tend to stay in the fancypants hotels.
If you're not an 18-year-old coming to Cancun to get drunk for the first time, you're a middle-ager paying thousands to stay in one of the five star all-inclusive hotels. There honestly doesn't seem to be much of an in-between (unless you're me and my sister, staying in more of a budget hotel because you're travelling). YES, WE'RE COOL.
The friends who recommended Cancun to us all stayed in the five star hotels, which would explain why they had an overall marginally better experience of the place. Perhaps.
3) Some locals like to stare.
We met some people on a night out in LA who wouldn't stop going on about how local Mexicans like to stare at tourists. I thought they were joking, or at least exaggerating - turns out NOT SO MUCH. We experienced this for the first time heading onto the beach on the first day and decided to spend the rest of the days sunning ourselves around our hotel pool.
I'm probably being unfair and generalising massively here but, yeah, it did happen to us.
4) The food is as cheap as chips...
...And it's seriously better than you'd ever imagine. I wasn't sure what to expect with how much things would cost in Cancun, but I was honestly pleasantly surprised. The exchange rate from pounds to pesos is better than dollars to pesos at the moment, so we found that food was less dear than we imagined (which meant that we could have more of it)! #winning
I'd always wanted to have an authentic Mexican meal as I'm a big lover of fajitas, quesadillas and enchiladas - and, trust me, it was worth the wait! SO MUCH YUM.
5) The sea really is that ridiculously blue.
I remember seeing my friend's photos when she visited Cancun not too long ago. She had a couple of photos on the beach and the backdrop looked insane, like it had been painted. The sea, in particular, just looked the most amazing colour.
In real life, it was just as blue - SO blue, in fact, that it looked like it'd been applied with its own personal Instagram filter.
I'd definitely have to say that the beaches in Cancun are some of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen. A TREAT FOR THE EYES.
6) The tequila in Mexico is ten times stronger than in any other country.
Obviously with Mexico being the home of tequila, we just had to sample the drink both in cocktail and shot form. The mistake that we made was sampling it in shot form all night one night, on top of other drinks.
For the first time in our lives, let's just say that one of us was sick and the other one had to clean it up. #SISTERGOALS
All in all, we really enjoyed our week in Cancun. It's somewhere that I would consider going back to when I'm older and married, to perhaps stay in one of the five star hotels and do nothing for a week, but otherwise I feel like I've checked it off.
Next stop: Miami.
(Have you been to Cancun before? What did you think? Katie-xo)
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