We went to Playa del Carmen (PDC) when we were in college
with my family and friends and have fun memories, so of course, we are pumped to go
meet Jeff’s mom, dad and brother Jon.
Jon lived with us for the first year we were married, and we saw him all
the time at home, so we are happy to spend some time with him. Like most vacationers to PDC, the Yaeger’s
were staying in an all-inclusive. The hotel
they were at was booked and way out of budget, so we opted for the close by,
Phantom Paradise Hotel, or shall we say "Phantom Menace" down the street. We found out at 10pm that night, when the club felt like it was next door, why it was such a good deal. Oh well, if we can sleep through fiestas, barking dogs and street noise, we'd be fine. We spent the next few days on the beach, catching up with family and
went to good restaurants at night. Jeff’s
parents even got us passes to enjoy the amenities of their resort as well,
|excited to be with family|
|sportin' the colors, both patriotic and festive|
|Christmas Eve Dinner|
|Tulum, makes you want to swim.|
|he hung out on the beach with us|
|the beautiful Debbie, floating in style|
Yes, we made it across, Xel-Ha
|Yax-ha Campground, Chetumal|
|welcome to paradise|
|San Pedro, where you can have any car you want, as long as its a golf cart or a Toyota Delica van|
We finally got to use our SCUBA
gear and do a local dive. Unfortunately,
from all the off-roading our gear had taken a beating and we needed to replace
some hoses in our regulators, which we found out after getting to the boat, easy fix, we just didn’t get to use our gear. The dive itself was alright. We hadn’t dove in the past year, so it was an
easy refresher and a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve.
That night we went to a
beautiful dinner. The Yaeger’s usually
have a big Christmas Eve party, so this
was our way of celebrating on the road.
Christmas day was a full day of relaxation. Although I was sad to be away from my parents and brothers, I'm grateful we had family to spend the day with.
We went to Tulum the next day. It was swamped with tourists and vendors, but
once down on the beach, its really an incredible sight.
That night the Yaeger’s resort was having a
luau, so we partied the night away there.
At 5am the next morning, Jeff woke up with what we knew would hit us at
some point, we just didn’t expect to get sick from a resort buffet. We’ve been eating street food for a month now
and of all places… oh well, at least we were in a hotel for him to
recover. That night, big Jeff and I drove
to get our friends, Andrew and Traci, from the airport. Andrew is one of Jeff’s best friends from
college and was a groomsman in our wedding.
The next day the whole crew went to Xel-ha. Again, its super touristy, as most places in
the Yucatan are, but a really good time.
It was our last day with the Yaegers, so it was nice to float around the
place with them before seeing them in Costa Rica.
That evening we drove to Chetumal, to the Yax
Ha campground. This is one of the nicest
campgrounds we’ve stayed at yet and had a really interesting evening with the
owner a week later, but that’s another story.
That night, the luau food decided to attack me, however I had to spend
the night in the tent (quite possibly my worst night camping EVER). Our buddy Enrique offered to keep an eye on
the Landcruiser at the campground while we took off for the week. Our plan was
to catch the ferry to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize so I had to suck it
up and take the crowded, hot, smelly ferry out to the islands while feeling
like I could lose it at any minute. Two hours
later and after clearing what may be the cutest customs area we were on a room