And trip recaps!! Sorry for the hugeness of the pictures, but the one size was too small and the next was too large... no just right, sigh.
Ok, John and I stayed at the Crown Paradise Club Cancun from 12/11-12/15, in the Crown Club rooms. We left early early early Saturday morning (our flight departed at 5:45 AM) so we were really tired/hungry by the time we got to Mexico. The good news was that because we left so early, we had all day at the resort (we got to our room at just past 11 AM local time). The place was stunning. This was the view from our room:
And here's a little more of the resort.
The other half of my birthday gift to John was an excursion while in Mexico. We went to Xel-Ha and Tulum. Xel-Ha is a really, really pretty natural aquarium. We snorkeled for a little, but it was 20 C (about 68 F) and windy, so it felt pretty cold. So we got lunch. Xel-Ha had this AMAZING indigenous buffet and the best margaritas I've ever tasted. And let me say, I'm not a margarita person, but I loved these. After that, we went and hung out on the hammocks, then rode bicycles around the park for a bit. One of my favorite parts was the floating bridge. Fish just swim right up. The guy in this picture is right next to a huge school of fish:
Yeah, all the dark stuff in front of him? Fish. Anyway, here's another stunning pic of the place: