From Here To There: Isla Mujeres

Our Weekend in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Some time ago I started this trend where I start all travel recaps series with just that, a recap of my trip. I throw in the little details about what we did, the things that might not get a post of their own, and then I add some photos that aren’t quite perfect for deeper overviews. I have recently noticed the abundance of travel bloggers that simply post photo diaries from their vacations, and I LOVE them.

I am going to start doing a mix of the two. My From Here To There posts will now be a slight overview of our trip, and also a long photo diary. Cherishing the moments through photos is one of my favorite things to do, so I think it deserves a larger space on the blog.

Last week we returned from an amazing vacation in Mexico. We decided years ago to try and rotate years between Europe and Caribbean vacations, so to celebrate our anniversary this year, we booked a week in Mexico. We also invited my grandparents along and as much as they said they didn’t want to “crash” our trip, we insisted they join us. I am so glad they did! They have not been on a real vacation in 8 years, so I wanted to show them a really great time. Starting with champagne in our private transportation from my airport…my grandmother cried. I thought it was from simply seeing alcohol 😉

We spent our first 4 days on the island of Isla Mujeres with my grandparents and it was a tropical paradise. We stayed at the Mia Reef Resort and I can’t say enough about this resort. It was all-inclusive, on it’s own island, with the most beautiful water and delicious meals. We were loving life. It was a bit rainy for our first 2 days, but we made it work by relaxing, swimming and drinking- no complaints there!

There was a pool bar (one of the only requirements my grandparents had for this trip), most of the other guests were so much fun, and we played flip cup around the bar. It was my grandfathers first time playing and he got it on the first try- every single time! You could lounge in the pool, sit in the water, snorkel in the sea, and explore the “kings bath” which was a natural water bath with an endless amount of sea creatures.

Mia Reef is actually currently under construction, but both of our rooms were newly renovated and beautiful. I can’t wait to recap the location! The island itself was beautiful and we rented a golf cart one day to drive around. In total it is 5 miles long, and we explored from one end to the other. We also were surrounded by some of the best snorkeling in the area, it was amazing to sit in the water and have fish all around you.

I’m going to separate our trip into two vlogs and recaps, one from Isla Mujeres and the second from Cancun. Enjoy the first blog!

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PS- Join me and Jacquelyn on Tuesday for our brand new, monthly recap link-up!

  • Megan

    Agh I can’t wait to read more about your trip! The photos look stunning and helllllo can you braid my hair like that?! I literally go to the Haute Blow Dry bar just to have them braid my hair! Love the vlog and the Casey inspired music 😉 Wait, I’m sorry, your grandparents played flip cup?! I’m dying. This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen!!!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! To be totally honest I was 110% prepared to get frustrated and throw my hair into a bun but to my surprise, the braid worked right away! It must have been the salt in my hair 😉 I can easily do that to other people, just never to myself. Thank you! I found some great songs and then went to read the descriptions and 2 of them had been used in his videos haha, Dave said to use them anyways. YES!! I was so excited to see them playing and doing so well!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Your grandparents are absolutely precious, all your outfits are adorable and I want to go there now. That is all.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Aren’t they the cutest?! I pray to be half the couple they are when we are married for 50+ years. Thank you!!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    HOW COOL are your grandparents?! Looks like such an awesome trip! I can’t wait to watch the vlog! So happy you had a great vacation :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Right?! I am 110% certain that they are cooler than we are, they seriously made friends with EVERYONE.

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    It looks beautiful there!! I love the idea of a photo diary for trip recaps because otherwise too many photos go without a post!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is exactly how I felt, so I feel like this is a nice way to recap things but also use the photos I wouldn’t otherwise include.

  • http://mylifeasbrianne.blogspot.com/ Bri

    Looks like a great trip! I really love your dress!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!

  • Lindsay

    I LOVE that you went on vacation with your grandparents. How cute!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! At first they didn’t want to go, but I couldn’t be happier that they decided to come with us.

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Oh my gosh, this vacation looked like so much fun!! That purple patterned dress is so pretty, and I can’t wait to see more from the trip!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I wish we could go back at stay at this resort longer, it was breathtaking all around.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I love that you went on vacation with your grandparents because now you have some amazing memories with them! You can’t beat a pool bar, and I love that y’all got to explore the island as well! Your bathing suit is so cute! I love the high waist bottoms!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Exactly!! I am so happy we could talk them into coming along with us, now to bring them with us on every trip! That bathing suit is actually from Amazon and it was totally cheap, I had to size up but I love it so much. (http://amzn.to/29p6lQi)

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Sounds like an amazing time! Love the balcony.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you! Isn’t it so pretty, I love that it was glass so you could still see everything.

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    We’re in the mist of planning a trip to the Yucatan//Riviera Maya right now, so I can’t wait to see your recaps and what all you did. So sweet by the way that you guys insisted your grandparents come

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That will be amazing! We went through Riviera Maya when we were going to an offsite excursion. I can’t wait to see everything you decide to do. I am so thankfully they decided to come, it meant a lot to make those memories with them.

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    Oooh looks so pretty and so fun you were able to have some family time!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was such a nice time, I wish we could have stayed twice as long!

  • http://www.portland-grace.com Portland | Grace – Travel Blog

    Love it. Heard such great things about Isla Mujeres – glad you shared images from your vacation. Happy Anniversary.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I highly recommend visiting if you ever have the chance- it was such a beautiful and inexpensive island.

  • http://www.VeroSays.com/ Veronica Vargas

    How sweet of you to invite your grandparents! So nice! Watching the vlog now!! Xo

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