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Beyond Wild on

By Danielleabroad @danielleabroad
Does anyone remember "Wild On," a travel show that was on E! from the late 90's (gosh, I feel old) into the early 2000's? Brooke Burke was one of a few hosts, and she traveled around the world to find "good times" a.k.a. "sizzling spring break spots" and "sexy dance clubs." Well, although I watched it, seeking out that kind of travel has never been an aspiration of mine. So when I found out we were headed to Cancún for New Year's, I was interested to see how it would unravel.  beyond wild on In the end, vacationing in Mexico was everything I'd hoped it'd be and more. beyond wild on Our all-inclusive resort was beautiful and thankfully served great food. Upon arriving on Thursday afternoon, we helped ourselves to one of many buffets. beyond wild on Unfortunately, because of the hotels positioning, our beach saw little sun after 3pm. The first day was uneventful albeit thoroughly relaxing as a result.  beyond wild on The next morning, I served myself a breakfast plate that would become consistent throughout our stay there: poached eggs in verde salsa, beans, fried plantains, fresh fruit, and a slice of whole grain bread... all enjoyed alongside a very strong cup of coffee. Delicious. beyond wild on Then, like every other day, we hit to the beach. I spent at least six hours/day here. beyond wild on And here. beyond wild on And here. Sometimes I simply lounged, eating up my light beach read of choice, or swam, riding the calm waves of the warm Caribbean waters. beyond wild on Other times I watched my siblings and their friends play beach volleyball. (Not my sport, but I'm a good cheerer). beyond wild on On Friday night, we dressed up to embark on a family booze cruise.  beyond wild on beyond wild onbeyond wild on beyond wild on The night ended at Señor Frogs with huge margaritas for all... because we're classy like that. beyond wild on The following morning, on New Year's Eve, we ventured to Isla Mujeres. beyond wild on beyond wild onbeyond wild on We swam with each other first, and then with a sea lion named Michelle, a manatee named Caesar, and two dolphins named ? and ?, It was a good time. beyond wild onbeyond wild on  beyond wild on We also had an amazing lunch, mostly made up of spinach & custard empanadas. beyond wild on Later on, around 5 pm, we went on our way back to Cancún to ring in the New Year. beyond wild on After spending most of the day in the water, we looked rough. But that didn't stop us from gleefully accepting flutes of champagne upon arrival to our resort.
beyond wild onbeyond wild onbeyond wild on beyond wild on It was a Happy New Year. beyond wild on We obviously had a slower start on Monday, our last full day there. In addition to my perfectly balanced and incredibly flavorful breakfast plate, I also had two pancakes and an extra cup of coffee. beyond wild on New Year's Day passed by seamlessly enough. Highlights include: a long, long nap on the beach, a long shower, and a delightful, nightcap bottle of wine shared with my mom and her friend at an Argentinian restaurant down the street. beyond wild on  And on Tuesday morning, January 2nd, my mom's 50th birthday, we left. beyond wild on beyond wild on But not before getting my fill on Mayan ruins. Yes, it was the most perfect family vacation. Not to mention that it was (oh!) complete with a New Year's kiss too...
beyond wild on  See, told you so :) I hope 2012 has been treating you extremely well so far.

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