We had a fab time and loved Cancun! It was a bit commercial but we met lots of people at the hostel we were staying at and had a few good nights out. Ladies night was a favourite of Em's, free entry and free drinks for girls!! We took a trip out to Las Islas Mujeres one day and visited the turtle sanctuary! Saw a few dolphins on the way too. After a week we decided to move on to Playa Del Carmen, and we loved it more! It was much more chilled out with a bohemian-hippy atmosphere. Also the beach was right on our doorstep, whereas in Cancun it was a 15 minute bus ride away. Our accomodation was interesting, with a mattress on the floor in the roof area, seperated from other travellers with drapes! We also had a few nights out there, once with some Ozzy boys and an English boy we met back in Cancun. The 3pound litre cocktails had a lot to answer for in the morning! The town was very small, and had some gorgeous little shops and restaurants which we could have spent our whole budget in! Then it was onwards down to Tulum, a historical area with Mayan ruins right on the sea front. We loved this place EVEN more! Maybe because we stayed in a hut right on the beach for 7.50! It had no electricity so it was candles after 6pm, but very romantic! It was very quiet, (only the 3rd place we've visited that hasnt had a Macdonalds!) and the ruins had a spectacular backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.For 3 days we lived off of jam sarnies as we didnt have a fridge and the budget didnt allow us to eat out all the time, so come Valentines day we were ready for a treat! Em's Grandparents very kindly helped us out with a posh meal at a gorgeous Thai restaurant that overlooked the beach. It used organic ingredients only from Tulum and was delicious! During the day we went snorkelling in some nearby cenotes, which are underground caves. Back in Mayan times, they were an underground network across the Yukatan Peninsula used for shelter. Explorers have only recently in 1995 found around 24 of the caves, but there are believed to be around 7000 altogether. They are now filled with water due to rising sea levels, so they are great for snorkelling and diving. The Mayan people say that bathing in the water will make you look 10 years younger, so start saving for a flight ladies! The owner of the cenotes we went to is an american, and he lives in a tree house in the jungle! All of the profits from the tourists go back into conserving the parks.
After Tulum we continued south to Belize for a few days, which we will tell you all about soon! xx