A La Playa

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Did I blog yesterday? Yep. Mmm… don’t remember much about it. I was very cansada!

We woke up this morning dazed and confused. Why am I not cold? Who are these people singing drunkenly in Spanish? Why is this lady knocking at the door asking if we want la limpieza?

Oh right. Cancún.

After a cold shower and a quick desayuno, we took the bus to go to the beach. We are not staying on the waterfront, in one of the ubiquitous resorts with pseudo-Mayan names, but away from the hotel zone. At least, taking the bus is easy: Cancún is built along a long and narrow straight road.

Finding access to the beach was challenging: the beach is public but access to it isn’t. We tried to walk through a couple of resorts’ lobbies but we were stopped right away by security: propriedad privada. Eventually, we found a public access, a very narrow path leading to blinding white sand and amazing shades of blue. The sea is amazing here. I’ve rarely seen these kinds of colours anywhere else. Water isn’t all that clear (and there were a lot of waves) but the gradient is stunning.

Except for the beach, Cancún looks like Niagara Falls with sand and saltwater. The same corny attractions, lame signs and ubiquitous franchises, the same kinds of “made in China” souvenirs.

But where are the tourists? The beach was almost empty, certainly not as busy as I remembered. Tourists seem to be mostly Mexicans and we haven’t seen a lot of Americans. Granted, they may be enjoying their private beach but still, Cancún looks remarkably quiet  for this time of the year.

Love these painted walls!

Cancun, One Straight Road

By The Shore

Lying on the Beach

Mall in Cancun

The Strip

Trying To Tan...

Different Shades of Blue

Cancun Beach

The Beach

The Beach


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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.


  1. The sea looks fantastic! It’s too bad all these lovely beaches became tourist nests. Or, actually, I wouldn’t mind the tourists if it was not for these big ugly building all along the sea 🙁

    Can’t wait to see more photos of your trip! Enjoy!

  2. um you’ve done a ton of stuff in just 24 hrs, especially to make all of us up here in Canada jealous! How beautiful! Halfway wishing we were going on a trip before I get back to work.

  3. Whenever I go to a great tourist destination I am annoyed to see so many tourists. Wait, what am I saying? We see what we want to see. Look past the the little nuisances and marvel at the beauty of the sea. Do what Miss Zhu does. She always makes the best of everything.

    • You just can´t escape tourists! But really, there aren´t that many. Australia was annoying for that, tons of backpackers everywhere. Here it´s more locals traveling.

  4. I find interesting that many Americans and Canadians like to see painted walls, I wonder…

    It seems you are having fun!

    Ottawa is freezing today (from my mexican point of view…)

    • Latin America is so colourful, I miss that in Canada or in Europe. But you´re right, it´s funny to take pictures of painted walls!
      I bet Ottawa is cold… even by my standards!

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