During the planning phase, things in Mexico took a nose dive. Violence was at the forefront of news coming from our neighbors to the south. When we first planned the trip it was far from our minds. As we got closer and closer to Thanksgiving the perceived danger of traveling to Mexico filled our thoughts. We were not so much worried about ourselves but rather David. Once we started thinking about the danger regarding the violence we also started thinking about the logistics of taking a 22 month old to Mexico.
Think about it, Mexico is a third world country. We had no idea what would happen if David fell ill and we needed a doctor. How does that work in Mexico? You can't really count on the police or the government for help... We were nervous.
How did it turn out?
It was fantastic. It was easy. It was a great trip! The water at the resort was treated and was perfectly safe. The resort had a doctor on site and on call 24 hours a day. The violence was concentrated up near the border and we were in Cancun. Very far away. Add to that the federal police presence, and it seemed as if it would be very bad idea for any criminal element to make a move.
David really enjoyed having his run of the entire resort. He loved the pool, the beach but most of all, he loved it iguanas. He wanted to see them every time we went somewhere. He thought they were some kind of cool. He had a bit of a hard time pronouncing iguana. It came out more like benihana than iguana.
We spent the afternoons on the beach digging in the sand.
He even liked lounging by the pool.
David doesn't get to have juice at home. He drinks water or rice milk. While on vacation.... he likes to live a little.
But most of all, David enjoyed spending so much time with his Grandma and PopPop (the mere fact you call it that, tells me you're not ready yet).
Overall the trip was a great success. Due to the terrible economic status and the violence up near the border the resort was sparsely populated. It seems that this is a popular trend around all of Mexico. So much so, the Mexican government, in an effort to incent travel, is giving each room booked $1500 worth of funny money. It is like resort credit that you can spend on tours, golf or even the spa. I had THREE 80 minute massages, April had two, got her nails done and got a hair cut. We also got to experience something that I thought was incredible. We swam with dolphins.
It was really a great way to spend a vacation. I would have no problem recommending the place we stayed.
One of our favorite parts of the trip was the relationships we developed with some of the workers. Our favorite was a kind man named Carlos. He was the father of a little girl about the same age as David. He was really kind to David and would go out of his way to make sure David was always well taken care of. At the end of the trip we traded addresses with Carlos so we could keep in touch.
Of course, I got sick. I got hit by a massive stomach bug that haunted me for several days after the trip. Stomach problems not withstanding... it was a great trip.