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I hate air-con. Feng loves it. I lost the battle and froze all night at the hotel. Okay, the nightclub down the road was noisy so the  white noise was welcome.

We woke up somewhat refreshed and headed to Chedraoui, the local supermarket, to grab some breakfast. The selection of fresh pastries at the panadería is pretty amazing… better than in France (and food is cheaper too!)! We ate our bananas, yogurts and sweet breads in the street and drove to the nearest public beach in the zona hotelera: Playa Caracol.

This is our fourth time in Cancún and we are fairly familiar with the city, the good spots and the bad ones. Common backpacker wisdom would tell us to look down upon the city–it’s a resort town, a gringo paradise and the “fake” Mexico. I disagree. Sure, there are plenty of resorts along the road in the aptly named zone hotelera and you can find familiar U.S franchises, such as WalMart, Blockbuster (not bankrupt yet here, apparently!), Applebee’s and so on. Many beaches are private and tacky souvenirs are everywhere.

But there is a lot to enjoy too in Cancún. Public beaches are awesome—white sand, blue sea, clear water and perfect waves. There are many delicious eateries catering to locals, as well as lively zocalos where you can hang out with Mexican families. Sure, you can get drunk and party on the beach after a dinner at Outback Steakhouse but you can also relax under the warm sun and find your own little piece of Mexico in Cancún Centro.

We enjoyed beach for most of the day and then drove back to the hotel, covered in sticky white sand. Shower for everyone before Cancún Centro!

You can see the full set of Estación México on Flickr.

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

7 Comments

  1. It looks amazing! Is that water warm?

    I’m glad that you got away from Ottawa’s horrible winter. From what I have heard talking with family and friends back in Ottawa, it has been really bad this year. I love the Christmas winter wonderland, but after that it’s just unbearable. Once January rolls around, the Christmas high is over, the snow is piling up, the windchill is worse everyday and people just hide indoors. You know it’s really bad when you go outside and the snow crunches under your boots. You know that crunching sound?

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your Mexican breakfast! I hope that this trip will give you the boost you need. I never managed to leave a comment on your “I’m not okay” post, but maybe part of the problem is that you miss travelling/backpacking?

    I’m not a parent, but I think that in some ways Mark’s age is harder to handle than a newborn. At this age, kids are active, running around everywhere and you really have to keep an eye on them. Mark is really dependent on you now, but it won’t always be like this. I think that it may seem that every mom is handling things better than you, but I’m sure that they feel many of the insecurities and fatigue that you feel – they are just not talking about this because they don’t want to seem like failures. So they talk about how great things are instead.

    Have fun in Mexico and try to relax!

    • Thank you for your kind words! Yes, this winter is tough. It’s cold and we had a lot of snow… it’s hard to keep a toddler busy and we feel trapped at home.

  2. Oh, what a great time you are having there! I also like your perspective of the city – that is is not all so touristy and one can find real gems hidden away from an aye of an average vacationer. Just reading and seeing your sunny pics makes me want to go somewhere warm!

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