I headed out to the Cancun area recently, somewhere I have visited on numerous occasions before, each time experiencing something different to do and discovering new places to stay. I think this trip goes down as the best yet, getting to see a rock legend perform at a brand new innovative hotel, hurtling around the laid-back island of Cozumel in the hottest taxi in the world and over-doing it on ice-cream thanks to the coolest dispenser ever.
I was lucky to get a ticket for the Jon Bon Jovi concert which was part of the opening ceremony for the incredible all-inclusive Hard Rock Riviera Maya Hotel, a large resort with fantastic range of facilities for the young, really young and young at heart, housing fascinating music memorabilia, great kids’ clubs and a spa with 75 treatment rooms (yes, 75, it’s huge!). Jon Bon Jovi and his band absolutely smashed it and I’m still singing Wanted Dead Or Alive now.
By contrast, the following day I took the public ferry between nearby Playa del Carmen over to the island of Cozumel, ‘the place of swallows’, a popular stop for cruise ships by day and the location for some of the best scuba
diving in the world. The ferry only takes 40 mins and costs around £7 each way, the trip is worth it just to view the stunning turquoise seas and Riviera Maya coastline. You’ll find the local people very friendly and nowadays
there’s some excellent hotels so I would recommend mixing things up a bit and spending a few nights on Cozumel; there’s some lesser-known Mayan ruins, idyllic white sandy beaches, the sunsets are awesome and I found the smallest Hard Rock Café in the world on the bustling waterfront.
After a hot day exploring I rewarded myself with refreshing ice-cream back at the Excellence Riviera Cancun Hotel, where they really go out of their way to cater for your every need, such as the shaded limitless ice-cream vendor available 24/7 – genius but addictive .
Good times, can’t wait to return, viva Mexico