I’m not sure which one of my friends first brought up the idea of going away for our next spring break, let alone the idea of traveling to Cancun. It all seemed to happen so fast–the discussion, the researching and the booking. But I’ll never forget the moment we bought our all-inclusive trip to Cancun. It was the week before finals my sophomore year of college and our trip was not until the following March. Once my friend hit the “place order” button, we were screaming and Snapchatting. The countdown had begun.
We flew out of Rochester and had a layover in Philadelphia. It was no more than 30 degrees in Philly so by the time we landed in Cancun and stepped off the plane, we were in paradise. Our package included transportation from the airport to Barceló Tucancun Beach where we would be staying for the week. I’ll never forget the moment I walked into the lobby and turned around to see the water. I had never seen anything so blue.
What I Loved about Barceló Tucancun Beach:
You can easily scroll through their website, but here are my thoughts about the resort:
- The friendly people. I didn’t have one negative experience with any of the staff. There was one employee, Gustavo, who worked by the pool area and ran all the games/competitions (see right photo). He really made an effort to get to know the guests and was great entertainment.
- The activities. There were a variety of things to do by the pool, like sports, water zumba, and competition games such as relays. At night, there were activities inside, but the only one we participated in was karaoke. There were also vendors on site for people who wanted to do different excursions such as parasailing or scuba diving.
- The pool. The pool had chairs that were partially submerged in the water, so only a few inches covered your body (pictured left). We hung around this area of the resort almost every day.
- Food. There were two buffets for breakfast and lunch and every day had slightly different options. There were also four restaurants at the
resort. Each one had a different theme and some were fancier than others (two required a reservation).
- Drinks. With an all-inclusive package, this was the best benefit. Not only were the drinks unlimited, but there was a menu available of tropical specialty drinks that were amazing (I wish I took a picture of the list). There was also staff that came around the pool area and took drink orders.
- Safe drinking water. To my knowledge, the water was filtered and the ice came in bags.
What made Cancun Such a Memorable Experience
Like any college spring break group of girls, we came for the party. There was a vendor at the hotel that was selling different packages and we were able to get tickets to Dolphinaris, Coco Bongo, and a Booze Cruise for between $100 and $200.
The first stop was Coco Bongo, located in the downtown area of Cancun. I’ve never been to Las Vegas but man, downtown looked like a mini version of the Vegas strip. Coco Bongo was one themed performance after another and the best way to describe the atmosphere of the club was electric. Two of my friends were invited up on the bar along with a mass of people and bartenders walked around pouring tequila down their throats.
Next was the Booze Cruise. We hopped on a boat that took us to an island and this was the craziest part of the trip. We were served dinner and drinks and then they brought us to an area that had a stage. There was an emcee for the night and he gathered people from the crowd to do the raunchiest things I have ever seen in my life (which I prefer not to disclose here). But what I can say is that there was a scavenger hunt for certain items from the crowd (use your imagination), wet t-shirt contest (of course) and many other activities throughout the night. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was the most entertaining night and gave me many stories for my family and friends.
The last part of our package was swimming with dolphins at Dolphinaris, which included a free day pass to the water park Wet ‘N Wild Cancun where it was located. This was my favorite part of the trip because I’d been waiting all 20 years of my life for this moment. It most definitely did not disappoint!
The girls later decided to purchase tickets to a foam party at Senor Frogs. Unfortunately I couldn’t go because I had somehow gotten “travelers sickness” the night before. I was the only one in the group that got sick and I’m not sure exactly how it happened since I brushed my teeth with bottled water each night. But thankfully, it happened toward the end of our trip so I was still able to enjoy most of it.
Tip: Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Try to make friends with other groups at your resort so that you can go downtown together. Funny enough, us SUNY Oswego girls met guys from SUNY Oneonta at the lobby bar and even though they were going to another club downtown, we exchanged numbers and met up after our night at Coco Bongo to catch the bus back together. It’s a good thing we did because we almost missed our stop if it weren’t for the guys. Barceló Tucancun Beach is set back from the main road and even though we were keeping an eye out, we didn’t notice our stop.
Maybe it was the fact that this trip was my first time leaving the United States or maybe because I lived out my childhood dream of swimming with dolphins, but it was definitely a trip that I will never forget.
Author: Lauren Taylar
Lauren Taylar is a digital marketer and blogger. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations. When she’s not volunteering her time with Make-A-Wish, you can find her reading a travel magazine and sipping a glass of hard cider or wine.