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How to Do a Mini Bachelorette Getaway in Cancun Safely and on a Budget

For my bachelorette party, I’d initially thought I wanted to a big party with lots of friends in Austin. However, as the wedding date got closer, I talked to my sister and we decided that it might be more fun to take a trip somewhere, just the two of us! We first thought we’d road trip to New Orleans for a fun weekend, but then we started dreaming about the beach. Awww, that sounded like the perfect getaway from wedding planning craziness! We used points to book flights on Southwest from Austin to Cancun (so basically free) and found a good deal an all-inclusive resort called Paradisus Cancun. Our stay was $800 for 3 nights, for two of us, for all-inclusive…$133/person/day for everything seemed like a pretty good deal to us. My mom was really worried about our safety, but we promised her we wouldn’t leave the resort…and we didn’t! We got off the plane and into a shuttle, which brought us directly to the resort and then we stayed there for the remainder of the trip.

On the flight from Austin to Cancun! Looking forward to the beach.
On the flight from Austin to Cancun! Looking forward to the beach.

After we got to the resort, we checked into our room and explored the property. There were lots of different restaurants and bars, a couple of pools, a night club, a gym, and a spa. We were impressed with all of the greenery that was growing inside. The buildings were shaped like pyramids and seemed to function as greenhouses.

Vivian checking out the view from our floor at Paradisus Cancun.
Vivian checking out the view from our floor at Paradisus Cancun.

We enjoyed checking out the different places to eat and being able to order whatever you wanted for drinks, dinner, and dessert. Felt so luxurious! However, probably not surprising, I didn’t think the food was great. There was lots of it, but a lot of it was bland or had a fishy smell. We pretty much stuck to the fresh stuff and classic Mexican dishes, like Sopa de Lima. One other thing that we quickly learned – you have to make reservations at some of the restaurants! We’d call the front desk on the morning of and request a table for later that night.

Vivian enjoying a fresh breakfast next to the ocean, with a sea breeze blowing in.
Vivian enjoying a fresh breakfast next to the ocean, with a sea breeze blowing in.

The best part about our stay was definitely the beach. The water was crystal clear (I later learned that they had to rebuild the beach after a hurricane and thus there are no fish) and the sand was soft. We moved between the beach palapas and the chairs by the pool, enjoying live music and piña coladas all along the way.

Vivian enjoying the perfect weather and Cancun beach views.
Vivian enjoying the perfect weather and Cancun beach views.
Wearing my "Bride" visor. Haha. Vivian's gift for the fun weekend.
Wearing my “Bride” visor. Haha. Vivian’s gift for the fun weekend.
This outdoor shower was unreal. Looked like an advertisement!
This outdoor shower was unreal. Looked like an advertisement!

After a day at the beach or by the pool, we’d come back to our room and clean up for dinner. One night, we had a spectacular sunset from our room’s patio and took some photos of the bay behind the resort.

Vivian taking in our last Cancun sunset.
Vivian taking in our last Cancun sunset.

We had a really nice time, just the two of us, filled with lots of laughter and fun meals shared together. Although we both enjoyed the all-inclusive on this trip, I don’t think we’d do it again. Haha. It’s fun to get out and try local restaurants and see more of the city. So, maybe we’ll do something different for Vivian’s bachelorette party? 🙂

Goodbye Cancun and Paradisus Cancun! Enjoyed your beaches and sunsets.
Goodbye Cancun and Paradisus Cancun! Enjoyed your beaches and sunsets.

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