I could not have chosen a better destination for my first time out of the United States. I lived a rather sheltered childhood, and I only just ventured to the West Coast last year. After that, I knew I had caught the travel bug, and there was no going back. Dying to go somewhere tropical, I thought that Mexico would be a good start for me since it wasn't too far away —plus, hablo un poco de espaƱol. 

From Cancun, it was about an hour and a half drive to Akumal, the town where Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort is located, but it was 1000% worth the wait. It felt like we had arrived in a private jungle world, where there were many more palm trees than there were humans. There were evenwild spider monkeys on the property! How had I waited so long in my life to experience this beauty?!

Our room had a big balcony that overlooked the jungle and ocean. It was amazing to sit on and listen to the waves crashing. Of course, it was great for photo ops, too.

When we went down to the beach for the first time, I was DYING!! I had never seen such beautiful turquoise, clear water in my life. You could see all the little fishies swimming around without needing to snorkel. I did snorkel on my last day there, and it was for sure one of the coolest experiences of my life. There were maybe two other people in the section where I was, and I was swimming with literally hundreds of fish. They swam up against me and around me and I felt majorly like the Little Mermaid.

One of the coolest parts of this resort was that it was in the middle of so so many acres of unharmed land. There was so much wildlife. Iguanas on the pathways and the beaches, tons of cute coatis trying to steal our food on the beach, and of course, all the palm trees. We took a bike tour that the resort offered where we learned about the wildlife, biked through dirt paths in the jungle, and saw cenotes, which are natural sink holes. That's where the spider monkeys like to hang out! 

On top of all the natural beauty, the resort was all inclusive so we ate SOO MUCH! All you can eat buffets are my favorite because I have a huge appetite. Every morning I had a million strips of bacon, tons of coffee, and fresh watermelon juice. I have nothing bad to say about the resort, and would go back there in a heartbeat. Stay tuned for another blog post with film photos from my trip! 

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