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I have been failing miserably at my weekly posts, I have found myself with almost no time to sit down and actually pull out a computer to write. However, I am about to make up for it with a nice lengthy one for you guys. I have been asked a few times over the week for the details of my latest getaway from friends who are in the process of planning trips to Cancun. So, I am going to lay out all my details, from hotel stay, food, excursions, and transportation. I only had four days of vacation time, and started planning months back with my best friend where we should go. We were on a pretty tight budget so we thought Cancun would be out of the question. Even with free airfare the resorts around the Hotel Zone can tend to be pretty pricey. We narrowed it down to two places to celebrate my belated birthday; it was a toss up between Cancun or Austin, Texas. Now that the trip is all said and done I am convinced that we would have spent more in Austin then we did in Cancun, so I am so overly content that we chose to celebrate in Cancun. It was so surreal, every part of this trip was amazing, relaxing, and not to mention breathtaking.

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I stalked hotels all month and then decided that it would be cheaper to book a few days before our trip when hotels go on last minute deals in order to fill rooms. November was the perfect time to go, it was off-season, leading to better deals, less crowds, and the perfect weather; Cancun has some pretty insane humidity in the summer. We booked our hotel through an app called Hotels Tonight that led to many amazing options of all-inclusive resorts so we wouldn’t have to worry about food and drinks. We ended up only spending $250 a person for three nights of stay, food, and drinks…we definitely took advantage of the 24-hour room service. We knew we wanted to stay in the Hotel Zone; it’s the liveliest place in Cancun with everything only walking distance away. You can book up to seven days before your trip on this app. Use the code CMOHSINI and get $25 off your first booking of any hotel! We stayed at the Grand Park Royal resort; everything you need is at this resort. They offer two large pools with bar service, three different amazing restaurants, snack stands throughout the hotel, and did I mention 24-hour room service? Oh, and the best tacos my taste buds have encountered. The staff was so accommodating throughout our whole stay, everyone looked genuinely happy to be working there…although, I probably would be too with that view on the daily.

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In order to get to and from the airport I knew we did not want to take a taxi as it can easily be a $70 trip each way. I ended up finding a great deal on transportation online that was only $25 per person round-trip. They made it so easy to book; right when we landed they were waiting outside the airport to pick us up. When it was time to leave they came and picked us up from the hotel right on time. I found that this was the most affordable option for transportation. The driver was so friendly he even stopped off in town at a little market in order for us to get some last minute things we needed so we didn’t have to deal with paying for tourist prices at the resorts. Here is the link if you would like to book this shuttle.

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We were both completely content with relaxing at the beautiful beach and pool right outside our room for our entire stay. However, we got a last minute recommendation to visit a place called Xel-ha. I am so glad we decided to do this day trip, it was most definitely the highlight of our stay. I do not even know how to describe this beautiful place; the best description I can give still does not do it justice. Every few minutes we kept repeating how unreal the beauty was. It is basically an outdoor natural water park. We spent the whole day swimming with fish, stingrays, and dolphins, zip lining, exploring the caves…oh and eating. It’s a few miles long, there is so much to see I cannot wait to go back. Everywhere we turned there was another iguana or unfamiliar animal coming to greet us on our trails. We booked the Xelha day trip through our hotel, we haggled it down to $120 a person which includes all access to the park, all you can eat/drink, and snorkeling gear. If you book online through Expedia in advance I am certain you could knock off $20 or more.

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We only stayed for four days and definitely were sad when we had to go. However, even four days felt like the perfect little refreshing getaway. The beauty we saw in four days made this for one of the best trips I have ever taken. We are already planning our next visit there again! Here are a million more pictures for your guys’ enjoyment. SO MUCH BLUE!

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