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Sunday, September 1 - Bus ride to Playa & A Long Walk

Another visit to our favorite, Playa del Carmen

semi-overcast 84 °F
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We packed in the morning to leave our resort, Westin Lagunamar. This was a great place to stay in Cancun. Highly recommended.

We were picked up promptly at 9:30 a.m by Cancun Transfers for the ride to the airport. There we purchased tickets from ADO for 120 pesos each (about $9) for the ride to Playa del Carmen. This is easy and inexpensive. Avoid the taxi as that would be about $50.

In the afternoon, we walked south from our condo. This ended up being a really long walk - the Google Maps Distance Calculator shows a distance of about 5 miles total round trip distance. We almost walked to Xcaret!


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Saturday, August 31 - Another Cancun Beach day

sunny 87 °F

This day,

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Friday, August 30th - Swim With the Whale Sharks

International Whale Shark Day

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We were picked up at our hotel at 6:30 a.m. for the ride to the marina north of Cancun. I booked our adventure with the Whale Shark Daddy (Roddrigo) of Cancun Whale Shark Tours. This firm was highly rated on Trip Advisor. The cost per person was $155.

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Thursday, August 29 - The Little Mexican Cooking School

And, the Gamecocks open their season

sunny 88 °F

Around 8:00, we were on the local bus to the downtown Cancun collectivo station (across from the ADO bus station). The collectivo fare to Puerto Morelos is only 20 pesos per person - that's a deal! Once we were dropped off by Highway 307, we caught a taxi to The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos at the Casa Caribe hotel. The class cost was $122 U.S. per person. Highly recommended.

From the website -
Our classes are an adventure in preparing and tasting authentic and modern Mexican dishes and geared for curious travellers. Get ready for a fun-filled and inspiring food day that will start with delicious pastry with Mexican organic coffee then an overview of authentic Mexican ingredients and an introduction to the cuisines of Mexico.

Next, participate in the hands-on making of 7 to 8 dishes and authentic drinks. The day will culminate in a full Mexican late lunch of the dishes you helped prepare- a true comida fuerte!

You’ll take home a recipe booklet of the dishes taught that day at The Little Mexican Cooking School as well as a souvenir apron so you can practice and impress your guests back home!

We left Puerto Morelos around 3:30 for the journey back to our hotel - taxi, collectivo, hotel zone bus. We needed to get back to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks play North Carolina to open the football season on ESPN.


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Wednesday, August 28 - Scuba Diving in Cancun!

My first scuba dive was at an underwater museum!

semi-overcast 85 °F
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This morning was another day at the pool with sunny weather again. We started out with a walk going North from our hotel. We walked to the punta (point) of the Cancun hotel zone. This was about 2.5 miles one way, so our total walk was 5 miles. This is a very nice section of beach for a walk and beautiful water colors.

In the afternoon, we took the bus down to Scuba Cancun. This was my FIRST ever scuba dive! I was PADI certified 19 years ago, but never did a dive after that. Two weeks before this trip, I went to Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC for a scuba skills update course. My dive experience in Cancun was great! Francisco, the dive master, was very helpful. We dove at the Cancun Underwater Museum (max depth about 30 feet) between Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

The museum consists of 450 permanent life-size sculptures, the largest underwater artificial art attraction in the world. The sculptures are made and designed to become artificial reefs to become coral areas for marine life. The sculptures will change over time as the coral grows and marine life colonize the sculptures.
Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun's Underwater Museum - YouTube
Scuba Cancun on Facebook


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