Updated: Jul 4
Luke and I love a good all-inclusive resort, especially when the price is right! We stayed at Iberostar Coral Level Cancun (adults only) in March for 4 nights.
The flights and hotel included cost us $1,200 total. For the caliber of hotel this was a fantastic deal! We booked our stay directly through Iberostar.com. Sometimes resorts offer there own promotions and deals! It is worth looking into the hotels official website before booking through a 3rd party such as Expedia, Kayak etc.
Our room had an ocean view, a king size bed with a sitting area, an amazing shower, and a balcony that featured a tub!
The hardest part about traveling is keeping everything organized and packing correctly. Over the years I have collected a few items that are convenient and make traveling easier, while other items just bring me joy. Once you bring these functional packing essentials with you on vacation, there's no going back!
Things to Do in Cancun
We took a speed boat tour through Cancun's mangroves and snorkeled a reef that featured an underwater statue. We drove our own boat following the guide leading us. The boat is fast and easy to drive. We booked this experience last minute and we had an absolute blast! Cost $45 per person.
How to get to Isla Mujeres Yourself
Highly recommend taking a day trip over to the "Island of Women". We Took the ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres. We booked through Ultamar. Round trip tickets cost $19 USD per person. The Puerto Juarez port was a 25 minute cab ride from our hotel. Cost $40 round trip cab fare.
There is a closer ferry port to Cancun's Hotel Zone called Playa Tortugas. The Playa Tortugas port has fewer scheduled times the ferry runs. Just be sure to check the time schedule to see which port works best for you.
The ferry is the cheapest way to get to Isla Mujeres, but many people prefer to book a catamaran cruise tour. Which often includes snorkeling, drinks and snacks. Also giving you a few hours to explore Isla Mujeres yourself.
Scuba Diving MUSA Underwater Museum
Once we arrived at Isla Mujeres we had a short walk to the dive shop where Luke and I were fitted for our Scuba gear. We booked a 2 tank dive with Squalo Adventures. We dove at the MUSA underwater museum and the second dive was a coral reef. If your lucky you'll see turtles near the reef! Unfortunately, we forgot our GoPro and did not get any footage of our underwater adventure. It was an extra special and a total in the moment experience! Total cost $90 per person.
How to Book Scuba Diving in Cancun
I usually book my dives through padi.com to ensure the dive shop is reputable and PADI certified. Otherwise I do diligent research on the dive company to make sure they are safe and follow protocol.
Where to go in Isla Mujeres
We rented a golf cart for $40 USD to use the whole day. It was great, easy to find parking, and explored the whole island up and down. Be sure to visit Playa Norte and the Isla Mujeres sign! There is also a turtle sanctuary.
How to Plan a Day Trip to Chichen Itza
Luke has already been to Chichen Itza and it‘s an ALL day excursion so we decided against it for our trip. If you are staying a week or longer and have the time, I highly recommend going! Be prepared to pay an entrance fee of $30 USD. Most tours I’ve researched do not Include admission to Chichen Itza. Some tours include a visit to the Saamal Cenote too.
How to Find a Private Driver and
Transportation in Cancun
If you are like Luke and I and prefer to be on your own time. I usually look up transportation services through Trip Advisor. Most times you can find a private transportation company (even if they are just offering airport service) contact them directly via email and inquire about hiring a private driver for the day to the destinations you’d like to go.
Most company‘s I’ve asked have been more then accommodating and offer very reasonable pricing. I have used this method of ”finding an affordable private driver“ for our Bali trip and Jamaica trip.
We personally used USA Transfers for our airport transportation. We booked a private air-conditioned van, no waiting, and it was cheaper then our resorts airport services. Highly recommend. Cost $55 round trip.
See you soon in Cancun, Mexico! Hope this itinerary helps you along your journey. Let me know in the comments if you decide to plan a trip to Cancun & what activities you are planning?? I’d love to hear about your upcoming travels!
Talk to you later,