5 Ways Cancun Surprised Me + An Amazing Travel Deal For You

We are proud to partner with Sunset World for today’s post. All opinions & editorial decisions are my own.


Our trip to Cancun was truly paradise. And what better way to capture that magic than with a video?! We are so excited to share it with you today! (If it gives you wanderlust like I’m thinking it might, then check out our unbelievable travel deal here!)

As for Cancun? I was wrong about a few things:

  1. I  thought Cancun was one big party on a beach.
    It can be if you want it to! But it’s also a lush, tropical paradise with so much terrain (caves, cenotes, Mayan ruins) and wildlife (whale sharks, snorkeling) to explore.
  2. I thought Cancun was small.
    In the “hotel zone” everything is relatively close together. But Cancun is also part of the Riviera Maya, which extends all the way to Tullum (about 2 hours by car), includes Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel is a short ferry ride away
  3. I thought Cancun meant staying in one place.
    The highway that connects Cancun to Tullum is wide, super clean and safe. I highly recommend renting a car or hiring a driver, and visiting all the attractions in and around the Riviera Maya.
  4. I thought Cancun would be like home.
    The hotel zone certainly boasts the comforts of home – shopping malls, and restaurants like Domino’s and Ruth’s Chris. But spend some time in the lush landscape of the Riviera Maya and you will definitely feel like you are a world away.
  5. I thought Cancun would not be my favorite destination.
    But I already want to go back! We barely scratched the surface, and there’s so much more to explore.

The very best part though?! An amazing travel deal just for you. The two resorts featured in our video – Hacienda Tres Rios and Sunset Royal – are offering unbelievably good prices to our readers. Go here to read the full details and to book your trip!!

Here’s a quick comparison of the two hotels to help you decide which one is right for you:


Hacienda Tres Rios

  • For the adventurers and/or serenity seekers
  • Located in the lush, tropical landscape of the Riviera Maya, about 30-45 minutes outside of Cancun, halfway to Tullum
  • Snorkeling, kayaking, bike rides, the beach, a spa, two huge pools right there at the resort – you won’t want to leave!
  • All-inclusive food and drink, or just pay as you go
  • Family-friendly and romantic – there’s some activity but it’s also very quiet, too
  • Great food – buffet options and nice sit-down restaurants
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Sunset Royal

  • For the beach lovers
  • Located in the hotel zone in downtown Cancun right in the middle of the action
  • The prettiest beach and blue water you’ve ever seen
  • All-inclusive food and drink, or just pay as you go
  • A busier hotel that’s abuzz with activity
  • All the conveniences of home

I certainly hope you’ll give Cancun a try! You’ll be so happy you did!