The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Quintana Roo, Mexico

I'm going back in time to put up our photos from our trip to Mexico in September 2013.

Since these photos have been buried in my hard drive for a few years, I forgot that we had seen quite a lot on this trip.

We made our home base in Playa Del Carmen and explored the area from there.

Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is a touristy beach destination just about an hour south of Cancun. It's a developed area with a lot of hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and boutique shopping—making it an ideal location for any tourist.

We heard that Playa Del Carmen didn't have the same party reputation that Cancun has, which is why we chose to stay here. Though if we had wanted to party, there were plenty of night clubs and party spots for us to choose from.

We discovered the Michelada here, a sort of bloody Mary beer. It's beer mixed with tomato juice, lime, and Worcestershire sauce. Very refreshing.

It rained a lot while we were there. 

We also found our favorite Mexican restaurant in Playa Del Carmen. When we were tired of tacos, we ate here. We ate here often. This is a chile rellano covered in a cashew sauce and topped with pomegranate seeds.

We traveled by bus further south and stayed in Tulum for a few days.

Tulum has miles and miles of super soft sand and blue water.

There are big and small hotels along Tulum's coastline. We chose a small hotel and stayed put.

Tulum's highlight is the Mayan ruins perched on a cliff, overlooking the water. 

We swam in the water below and enjoyed looking up at the ruins from there.

After Tulum, we headed back to Playa Del Carmen. From there, we jumped on a ferry for a day trip to Cozumel. 

From this little dock, we boarded a little fishing boat for a short snorkeling tour.

We hung out with sea turtles in the waters here. They feed on sea grass on the bottom of the ocean floor. While snorkeling, we came across a huge ray resting in the sand. It was the largest ray I'd ever seen. From its side fins, it had to be at least 4 feet wide. 


El Jardin Del Eden
We swam in this cenote, a natural sink hole. 

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