Travel Tuesday: Cancun, Mexico
Because I pinned it this week on Pinterest, I thought it would be fitting to talk briefly about Cancun. We have been twice and yes, stayed at Club Med Cancun both times. But it was a tale of two Club Meds…..
The first year we went, 2004, was a couple of weeks after Hurricane Ivan impacted the Yucatan. The club itself was fine (undamaged) but the beach was trashed and pretty much closed. The rooms seemed run down. It was also the that Michael made me take the excursion and we toured/climbed Chichen Itza. I am very glad that we did that because later that year, they closed the pyramid to climbing.
The next time we went to Cancun was 2009. We arrived on the first day that club reopened from a major renovation and it was PHENOMENAL! The changes they made were gorgeous. The beach was beautiful. The snorkeling was AMAZING. You see, Club Med Cancun is at the southern end of the tourist area and sits right on the reef that every other resort uses for snorkeling. So when you want to snorkel, the GO’s (Club Med staff) hand you a mask and some flippers and say, while pointing, “swim that way! Stop at the buoy.” There is a barracuda named Elvis and some huge sea turtles along with various other beautiful ocean creatures.
Like every other Club Med, it is all inclusive and serves 3 buffet-style meals each day with snacks available and a specialty restaurant. You can take a cab into the city for nightlife (we didn’t) or shopping (we did in 2004). Michael toured Tolum in 2009.
I would definitely go back to Club Med Cancun. I have no interest in “spring-break Cancun) but Club Med is far enough out to be removed from that atmosphere while still having access to it if you want it.
Oh, final word: Club Med Cancun does have special facilities for children (and babies) of all ages. But because of that, we hardly noticed they were there. They kept the little occupied all the time and even had a separate pool and meal time.