Hola! (sorry had to) Look at me getting out a trip recap within the same month as the trip. V proud over here. Last time we went to Tulum in 2015, it took me MONTHS to finally type out part 1 and part 2. I’m going to split this trip up into 2 parts again because 2 posts with photo overload is better than 1.
Let’s start with how this trip came to be. We have been asking ourselves when we would go back ever since we flew home on our first trip. Flights are fairly cheap from LA to Cancun ($200ish roundtrip!), but obviously that adds up quickly as a family of 5. I’ve had people comment to me, “Wow, you’re so lucky how can you afford traveling!” and the answer to that is that we try to take advantage of credit card points/airline miles/tracking fares/traveling in the off season to make it affordable! So we were able to cover the flights (minus tax) with VirginAmerica airline miles and some hotel with credit card points.
**All the amazing photos are via Scott, all the okay iPhone photos are via moi.
Thankfully Virgin only has a direct flight from LAX-CUN especially after our little mishap in Mexico City last time, so the flight was about 4.5 hours which was manageable. We sat Atlas/Me/Prim —-aisle—- Oliver/Daniel/EMPTY SEAT! When we travel, I surprise the kids with a new activity/toy in their backpack to hopefully keep them somewhat occupied. This time I got them all one of those mess free marker + coloring book sets and secretly bought Moana and put it on the iPad which was such a lifesaver because we set the kids up in the row together and put on Moana and I napped for 20 on the extra seat, so win-win. They also got to pack a handful of whatever they could fit and carry in their backpack and also their own water bottle and some snacks. We also happen to have 2 old iPhones plus that iPad mentioned so those also kept the kids occupied.
We landed, got our rental car which was supposed to have 2 boosters and an infant seat we reserved but this was all we got—
We got to our hotel and caught the “just after sunset” beauty on the Caribbean really quick.
Ollie’s death grip is only second to mine.