In search of some Vitamin D

February 8, 2023

Fun in the Sun!

Being from the Midwest, we have found that by the time February rolls around that we are in serious need of some warm weather and sunshine.


The kids cashed in their Christmas present and we all headed to Cancun for some fun in the sun. The best part? We convinced my family to join us! 


My family and my siblings love an All-Inclusive (AI) for a quick and easy getaway and these are the top reasons we keep coming back:


Actual Adult R&R – no dishes, no laundry, no clean-up…with 10 kids total…enough said! As adults, we get to actually relax, have a cocktail and hang out with the people we love. 


Endless Entertainment – with this crew, it is all about the kids. No one does this better than AI’s or cruises. Waterslides, poolside games, sandcastles and so much more keep our kids entertained for days!


Bottomless Food – no meal prep or planning. You want 3 Nutella pizza’s…sure!?! With a large group, everyone can eat on their own timeline and cater to even the tiniest of tastebuds. 


Pure Fun – my daughter said it best “Mom, you just get to play!” 


Parenting can be so overwhelming but once you eliminate all the chores…man, we can laugh, play and have so much fun!


Off the Beaten Path:



Want to add on some more adventure to your upcoming beach stay? 


The Riviera Maya has so much more to offer from Mayan archeological remains, cenotes and amazing culinary experiences. 


Go off the beaten path with some of these amazing options:


Swim with the whale sharks: As one of the ocean’s gentlest giants, whale sharks are incredibly safe to swim with. Their natural beauty and sheer size make them one of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. Anyone can swim with whale sharks, though proper equipment, training, and the supervision of a trained guide are necessary. Best time to swim with whale sharks: June to mid-September (peak of season is July and August)


Visit Mayan ruins: Most tourists go visit Chichén Itzá or Tulum ruins but we highly recommend one of the best kept secrets…Ek Balam. Ek Balam translates to “Black Jaguar” in the Maya language and the imposing size of the buildings demonstrate how significant the city was to the Maya from about 500-900 AD. It is estimated that about 15,000 people lived in the city, which was fortified with three walls as protection from invasions. Most of the buildings are well preserved and display substantial period details. 


Swim in a Cenote: Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is home to more than 6,000 cenotes—subterranean limestone pools or sinkholes full of crisp groundwater, stalagmites, stalactites, and endemic wildlife. Cenotes can be open, semi-closed or closed. The Mayans saw these cenotes as a connection with the underworld and the afterlife and often used them as burial pits or places of ritual sacrifice. They were sacred and entire Mayan cities, such as Chichen Itza, were built around them. 


Unique Dining Experience: Scattered throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya, scores of restaurants, and small eateries beckon, dishing up everything from gourmet fare to fast food. Spend an evening off property and discover some of the best and unique culinary experiences, from Cancun’s hotel zone to Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Our personal favorite…Alux. Situated underground inside of a 10,000-year-old cave, Alux takes elegant dining to a whole new level. Restaurant goers enter the vast cavern as if stepping into another world. A stunning place to dine, surrounded by magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, with food that matches the extraordinary setting.