John & I have been incredibly lucky to be able to do a *ton* of traveling around Mexico during our two years here. The last item to check off our list has been Yucatan & Quintana Roo states, better known to most gringos as CANCUN. Truth be told, I have never had a burning desire to visit Cancun itself– nothing against Cancun, but I’m just not a big all-inclusive, high-rise hotel type, as its Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is largely known for. However, the area around Cancun (a.k.a. the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo) have a veritable festival of amazing sights, gorgeous beaches, and restaurants that aren’t Señor Frogs.
While it may seem like I have been traveling up a storm, John (bless his little heart) has been trapped at work for many moons. So we decided to make this our last big hurrah– 10 days of vacation, because he deserves it. AND we’re belatedly celebrating our two year wedding anniversary (since I was in China on May 22)! We carefully mapped out our itinerary (read as: sent out rapid-fire B&B/hotel inquiries over the last 5 days) to include 2 nights on Isla Holbox, 1 night in Valladolid, 3 nights in Tulum, and 3 nights in Playa del Carmen.
However, our flight from Mexico City arrived into Cancun Airport around 6PM the first night, so we thought it would be easiest to just spend tonite in Cancun and start the ~2 hour drive to Chiquila in the morning. (Chiquila is where the ferry departs for Isla Holbox.)
In good Midwestern tradition, I felt that we shouldn’t waste money staying in a fancy-pants Cancun hotel if we’re only going to be there for 1 night & leaving early. When looking for a cheapy-but-clean hotel, I have traditionally been a Holiday Inn Express fan due to their combo of free internet, free breakfast, and white sheets not covered in a dirty, skeevy-looking comforter. Also with plenty of beach time coming up, we felt ok with skipping a beach-side locale for one nite.
So it is that we are here tonite, big pimpin’, in the land-locked Holiday Inn Express near-ish to Cancun’s Zona Hotelera. And so it is that I learn that Holiday Inn Express may be a better choice when one is in land-locked southwestern Virginia rather than Cancun, Mexico.
Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin #1: this letter we received at check in:
Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin #2: hotel pool doubles as murder scene for slow-moving mice.
Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin’ #3: Me drinking high-rent Cris-tal water while wearing my Mexico team colors, sitting on the hotel bed.
Anyway, I anticipate things perking up when we get to Holbox tomorrow. Signing out from Cancun’s finest, the Holiday Inn Express!!