August 23, 2011

Riviera Maya Vacation {Part 1}

Our vacation to the Riviera Maya was absolutely perfect. When we decided we wanted to go somewhere, we didn't really know where, we just knew we wanted a beach. I searched online for awhile, but it was just too overwhelming, even though I've always booked our trips that way. My sister-in-law told me about her travel agent friend, so I decided to contact her to see what kind of prices she could offer us. She got back to me with lots of options, and honestly the prices weren't any higher than what I'd seen it was so convenient to have someone taking care of the details. We ended up deciding on the Riviera Maya, and stayed at the NOW Sapphire, which was wonderful!
Our resort was AMAZING! The pools were great. They have a huge main pool, and my favorite part were the tile lounging chairs in the water. You can see them in the two pictures on the right. They also had an adults only pool with lots of cabanas. We seriously could have slept out there. The beachfront was also fabulous, but unfortunately my camera wouldn't cooperate with the moisture in the air, so I didn't get any good pictures. So sad about that!
The main parts of the resort were all open air with water and fountains in between spaces, with walkways connecting each area. The top right picture was a little place you could eat dinner. We had sushi there one night...but of course I didn't have my camera on me so no pictures unfortunately. The atmosphere was amazing though! The bottom right picture was where we usually ate breakfast. The view was great and it was the perfect way to start the day.
Here we are right before heading to eat sushi. I have to say that I love these headbands and always think they look so cute on people, but I've never had the guts to wear it out in public. Until vacation, that is. :)

On Tuesday, we went to an adventure park that had zip-lining and all sorts of fun stuff. There were cameras throughout the park that would take your picture so we made sure to cheese it up for them. And yes, we had to wear the dorky helmets all day - ha! :) The picture above was my first time going into the water. I still had a cover-up dress on at this point...didn't realize we'd be going into the water already! It was SO fun though.

Here we are at the end of one of the lines. That crocodile was fake, but we'd just gone over a group of real ones. They had a pit of those as well as a pit of jaguars, and you could see them when you were flying over. Very cool!

This place also had underground caves that were beautiful. The rafting was an adventure to say the least...pretty sure Patrick has never worked so hard because I kept crashing us! :)
We also got to go off-roading in an amphibious vehicle. I swear Patrick drove the majority of the time, so it's crazy that we have not one picture of him driving! Let me remind you again that we intentionally decided to be dorky cheesy. Yes, we're that cool. :)
Just a few more photos of us zip-lining. I only screamed the first few times. :) Their lines were great! Three of which went into the water...very cool, but exhausting, experience!

I will stop here and finish sharing the rest of the pictures in a separate post as this is getting pretty long.

Happy Tuesday! :)

P.S. I am suddenly very aware that I over-use amazing, awesome, great, cool, and fabulous. Time to bust out the ol' thesaurus.


  1. LOVE the headband!! U look adorbs!!!!!! Thanks for sharing pics, looks amazing!! We haven't been to Mexico in 4 years because of all the drug wars going on? How safe did u feel down there?? I would love to go back but too afraid!!

  2. How fun!! You got a little relaxation and a little adventure! We went zip lining on our honeymoon and even though I am terrified of heights, I absolutely loved it! So glad you had a great vacay!

  3. Gosh, it looks like y'all had so much fun!
    This place looks so relaxing.

  4. ahhh how fun!!! I love mexico!! my hubby and i already want to go back. love the pics!

  5. Oh man, this looks like a blast!! I'm so glad you guys had the chance to getaway.

    We went ziplining in Costa Rica and I screamed like a fool the first few times too. Ha!

    Love the pics!

  6. I just love your blog. I see so much joy through your photos and words. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks like a fabulous trip !!! Wonderful pictures :)

  8. This looks so fun!! I've always wanted to zipline. I'm hoping to do it on our Mardi Gras cruise.

  9. what an amazing vacation!!!! looks like so much fun! we went to the RM on our honeymoon ;)

  10. Your trip looks like so much fun!! I love that headband and I feel like i use the same words all the time too...let me know what new ones the thesauraus gives you!!


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