Sail Away To Cancún

There is no wrong choice when it comes to traveling in a pandemic. I honestly feel it is a personal choice and you shouldn’t be travel shamed.

I guess we have to accept that this is our new normal . My normal is traveling and my getaway to Atlantic City just wasn’t enough .

So I went to Cancún, Mexico . I originally planned this trip before the Rona and wanted to go in June.

I honestly was tired of seeing everyone in Mexico having a good time and I woke up one day and just booked the flight .

Take Off

Instead of booking a few months ahead , I booked about 2 weeks ahead causing my price to be a little high but reasonable .

I usually like to go to the airport early but there was no need because of the emptiness. I didn’t need to check in to the kiosk since I had the boarding pass on my phone. I actually like to get the paper boarding pass just in case but I was rushed away by an employee.

TSA line ? Where ? There was maybe five people ahead of me and I was done within 5 minutes.

I found my gate and sat down and just waited for my flight .

Delta was amazing . Boarding began in the back rows. You are given a Lysol wipe to wipe your seat , monitor , and anything you needed. There were no middle seats occupied. This will extend until January 2021. Everyone wore masks respectively. Snacks are pre-packaged in ziploc bags. The flight was smooth . Customs took about 2 minutes . Have your passport ready at any given time.

I exchanged about $100 at the airport .

Make sure to book transportation from the airport. I didn’t because I was misinformed about Uber . Uber is not available at the airport but it is available around certain parts of Mexico.

With my street smarts , I walked around and found the best price for roundtrip transportation to my hotel and back .

All Inclusive

I chose Riu Palace Penisula based on price , location , and reviews.

My decision actually took me a while because there are so many hotels to choose from .

I highly suggest you join a few Facebook groups like Black Travel Movement and Black Girl Solo Travels to get insights and answers to your questions.

The hotel is 30% full . There are certain places with temperature checks . There are many sanitize stations all around. Masks are worn by everyone . There are also social distance markers all over . I always saw a person with a mop , broom , or wipe for constant cleaning .

It’s all – inclusive meaning food and drinks are FREE ! Also a few amenities were free as well.

Customer service was exceptional. Everyone greeted you and gave you a smile . All my questions were answered with extra information.

I never felt unsafe even walking around at night .

There is also an app to download for the map , questions , restaurant information, updates , and more .

There are five restaurants and bars all around the resort. You have direct access to the beach. You can also go next door to the nearby hotel. There’s ton of activities right on the beach . Each night , the theater put on a show.

Sail Away

There are so many activities to do , mostly water – based.

I decided to go parasailing. It was really affordable and seemed safe.

I sipped a little bit before I went to calm my nerves . The views were absolutely breathtaking and worth it. I’m glad I did it and I can check it off my bucket list. I might even go again.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes , preferably a swimsuit. You can take off your shoes. You can also store your valuables on the boat.

Coco Bongo

I love shows , musicals , and plays , so of course I had to check out the famous Coco Bongo. I had a great time.

There were a variation of acts and I liked every one. I did think the opening was a bit long though . Also since the “Mask” was the main performer , I feel like that act should’ve been longer.

Ticket includes entrance , light snack , and drink credit . I suggest going on a weekday for a cheaper price. I felt like I was VIP , I was moved to a better seat and my waiter was very attentive.

Coco Bongo is located Downtown, the hotspot for all restaurants , bars , the mall and more.


Since I was alone , I kept getting deals my whole trip . Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices . They want to make the sale so go down about five to ten dollars.

Change of Plans

I originally planned a day trip to Tulum but I woke up and decided not to go. It wasn’t too much money lost and I had fun just relaxing at the resort .

I wasn’t exactly interested in doing any other activities . I didn’t want to drive an ATV or jetski. I can’t swim so I didn’t want to do any other water – based activities .

Less Than A $1000

Next Time

I’m coming back . Mexico is one of those countries that you can’t just visit once . This time was just a relaxing time.

It wasn’t open this time but I do plan on visiting the Chitzen. I will also visit Tulum and Isle Mujeres . I might even stay in Cabo or Mexico City.

*Please note I took the COVID-19 test and tested negative. Be smart and responsible.

Smoovee Tips

1. Make transportation arrangements before you arrive . Although there are many companies outside the airport , you might find a cheaper deal online .

2. Exchange about $100-200 at the airport . You’ll need it for places that don’t take card and for tipping . There are barely any ATMs and if you find one , their fees are high.

3. Mostly everyone speak English , but you can use Google Translate if needed .

4. I was warned about mosquitoes, but I didn’t get bit at all. Just in case , carry some repellent .

5. There’s tons to do and you can sign up for activities right at the resort. You can also try Google or Expedia to look for excursions.

6. There is Uber but I kept getting the “unavailable” message. However , there are always taxis around and for a good price.

7. I downloaded the currency exchange app to easily see what prices are if not listed in US dollars. $1 is equal to 21.06 pesos.

8. Cancún is affordable , I would suggest a budget of $1000 or more.

9. There are many hotels , you can stay in the famous “Hotel Zone” or hotels around the zone .

10. If traveling solo , it is very safe . You can check my solo travel tips HERE .

Check out all of the videos and pictures on my Instagram – @kayysmooveereviews!

Please note this is my honest opinion based on my own travels . Everyone has their own experience.

29 thoughts on “Sail Away To Cancún

  1. I have to say I preferred Tulum to Cancun but I totally get the appeal of staying and relaxing at the resort if it’s an all-inclusive! It’s the battle of an all-inclusive – it makes me want to stay on-site more and explore less! Looks like such a fabulous trip though! And super jealous as I continue to battle the “to travel during covid or not” option!

  2. Great to hear you had such a good time. I’m so over the travel shaming too. I just want to go somewhere, but for me the difficult thing is the mandatory 14 day quarantine when I get back to Canada is just not practical right now. We’ve been talking about Mexico though and I think if everything is still the same later in the year we might just bite the bullet and make the trip

  3. I loved parasailing in Mexico years ago so this is total nostalgia for me. Thank you for being so open about the covid necessities too

  4. The water!!!! We cant wait to get back into warm waters and island life!! Good to know Cancun is taking precautions!

  5. this sounds so fun! i would love, love to go to cancun right now! so good to know all of those tips, like the currency conversion and that uber isn’t very reliable!

  6. That sounds like the perfect vacation away from all the stress! Cancun is awesome. Can’t wait to hear what you think of Isle de Mujeres 🙂

  7. Cancun looks beautiful! What a great place to escape and relax! Also, parasailing sounds like so much fun and the views look amazing! I’d definitely love to give it a try. Thanks for the great guide!

  8. I’ve been to Cancun. It’s an amazing spot for scuba. Shame you didn’t get to Chichenitza. It’s truly one of the wonders of the world. I wish I’d had more time there.

  9. These are awesome tips! I was wondering how travel was going after the pandemic but its good to know that it is safe and fun still. Thats a very good tip to budget at least 1000 before traveling. Thats how much i took to travel to Ghana and ended up not using all of it which was great xxx

  10. Great tips for travelling with our new normal. Would love to visit one day. Thank you for sharing

  11. i absolutely love this post! I LOVE Riu so I think that was such a great great choice! I typically always go to Dominican around this time so I thought travelling wasn’t a thing so I didn’t go .. AH this is really giving me the travel bug aha ! Thanks for this post!

  12. Cancun is always a great time! I think it is awesome too that Delta even gave Lysol wipes out and packaged all of their snacks. It seems like the right precautions are being taken, and I’m so glad you got to take a trip! Thank you for sharing this!

  13. This is one of the many testaments that traveling during COVID 19 is not so scary. With fewer passengers, limited hotel occupancy and protocols in place; travelers are safer. And yes, we should be responsible in our actions, there is no room for complacency. Cancun is amazing! Thanks for all the tips and infos!

  14. I love Mexico! I’ve gone to Tulum and Playa del Carmen and had an amazing time in both of those places! I agree that ultimately you have to do what is best for you in a safe manner. Great post!

  15. Sounds like a great time. I’m really looking forward to traveling again. Thanks for the post.

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