Dine and Dance on the Water at Xoximilco

At this beautiful setting located inside Cancun I sampled platters of traditional Mexican cuisine and danced for hours to the virtual parade of boats that would float alongside us to perform their music. It was an unforgettable experience.

I loved that we got to hear a variety of sounds from the marimba to other styles like mariachi, bolero, and the jarocho.  Eating and dancing on the peaceful waters of the canals was a blast. If you can find another experience quite like this, let me know, I’d love to try it!

-Funjet Insider Laura

How to Become a Tequila Aficionado

Once a week at Excellence Riviera Cancun you have the chance to learn about all the different flavors tequila has to offer by sampling each one!

I learned that just how cognac must be from Cognac and champagne from Champagne, tequila must be made in the state of Jalisco, in the region surrounding the town of Tequila. During the tasting I learned about the process involved in each variety while I enjoyed it. Younger varieties have a bold punchy flavor and remain clear, while aged tequilas are much more mellow and take on a golden color.

The most popular way to enjoy tequila in Mexico may be straight up, but I like what is called the bandera. The bandera is named after the Mexican flag, three different glasses for the three colors, green lime juice, white tequila, and a red drink – sangrita. Sangrita is mixture of orange or tomato juice and hot chilis!

I loved learning about all of the great ways to enjoy this amazing drink, and I’m even more delighted I was able to remember them all by then end!

-Funjet Insider Laura

Dining in Cancun’s Floating “Field of Flowers”

My night at Xoximilco will not be soon forgotten! At Xoximilco, you’ll join up to 20 people on one of the famous trajineras, once used to transport flowers, fruits and vegetables from the legendary floating gardens of central Mexico. It’s a bit of Mexico City transported to the Caribbean coast.

As you can see, there’s plenty of traditional food and culture to enjoy, paired with free flowing margaritas and plenty of great music.

With more than 20 different central Mexican dishes to enjoy on your tour, you will not be leaving hungry. My favorite dish was the chicken in mole sauce—I love a good mole sauce! It’s another piece of culture dating back before the arrival of Europeans.

What Mexican dish makes your mouth water? Share in the comments below. 

-Funjet Insider Laura

How to Survive the Polar Vortex 2.0

Winter is coming.

And given that The Old Farmer’s Almanac – traditionally considered an expert in long-range seasonal forecasts – is predicting another blast of icy weather with above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures…well, around the Funjet offices, we’re all planning our get-out-of-winter vacations.

With all that vacation-planning expertise, we’ve decided to share our knowledge with you – because while we may not be at Winterfell, it’s best to be prepared with an escape plan.

Tips for Surviving the Polar Vortex 2.0

1. Plan in advance. Late-October through mid-December are optimal times to make your vacation plans for January through April. You’ll be able to find good values, while flights and hotels aren’t totally sold out (yet). After all, you know the saying: the early bird gets the best vacation package.

2. Be flexible. Sometimes, moving your travel dates by one or two days can mean dramatically different costs. And while it may be a bit less convenient for you to travel on certain days, we feel it can be a good trade-off for a better deal – or even a longer vacation without paying much more.

3. Take more than one trip. No, you don’t have to spend a lot to do this. Rather than taking one long vacation of 7-10 nights, take two or three shorter trips of 3-4 nights. This has several advantages: you won’t have to miss a long stretch of work days; you can break up the long winter months; you can explore more than one tropical destination; and your tan won’t fade too much in between!

There they are – our Insider tips for surviving round two of extra-cold weather with a super-sized side of snow.

Where do you plan on traveling this winter to escape the cold?

Deep Sea Fishing – No Experience Necessary

On Monday I posted about learning how to make my own mojito. Today’s post is about learning how to catching my own dinner deep sea fishing in Cancun!

Maroma Adventures’ deep sea fishing excursions include fishing gear (including licenses), instruction for beginners, and cold beer. You just have to remember the sunscreen.

Their yachts can accommodate up to 8 people, on 4 or 8 hour trips (for a beginner, 4 hours is plenty). The best part? At the end of the day, just bring your catch to Maroma Adventures’ restaurant and they’ll cook it up for your dinner for free.

And yes, it was delicious.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Making Mojitos at Excellence

In my opinion, a mojito [mo-HEE-to] is a classic vacation cocktail. Fresh, a little bit sweet, and—here’s the kicker—a little bit too complicated for your average bartender to throw together. Not so at Excellence Riviera Cancun. Not only will Armando and the rest of the crew make you a perfect mojito, they’ll show you how to make your own.

If you’re planning a vacation to Excellence Rivera Cancun or Excellence Playa Mujeres, put this on your calendar now: Mojito making lessons, 4 pm every Saturday. If you won’t be getting to Mexico any time soon, here are Armando’s four steps to the perfect clear mojito:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 lime slices, 8 mint leaves and a shot (or two) of white rum in a cocktail shaker. Add a dash of mineral water.
  2. Muddle the ingredients together. Don’t press too hard, or the chlorophyll from the mint leaves will make your cocktail bitter.
  3. When you start to really smell the mint, add more mineral water and strain into glass with ice.

Garnish with lime, sip slowly and enjoy. Voila – it’s an instant vacation in a glass.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Fun Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

It is possible to indulge and keep up your fitness routine at the same time. In fact, free from your daily responsibilities and layers of cold-weather clothes, you might be more inspired to get out there and get your heart pumping (Okay, ziplining and parasailing will also increase your heart rate, but they won’t burn calories). Think of it as another way to indulge yourself.

If your usual routine is some time on the treadmill, indulge in an outdoor jog surrounded by the Riviera Maya’s lush surroundings. I made sure to check out the running path at the Excellence Riviera Cancun:

If you’re visiting someplace new, it’s a great time to try something new! Many all-inclusive resorts offer wide range of daily activities and classes–and because it’s all-inclusive, you won’t end up paying for a class you might not like. Excellence Resorts offer everything from daily yoga classes to beach volleyball.

Need just a little more motivation? Think of how amazing that massage you have scheduled at the spa will feel after an hour on the tennis courts.

If you have any tips and tricks for keeping your fitness routine going on vacation, share them in the comments below.

-Funjet Insider Laura

What’s Your Perfect Paradise?

There are so many awesome destinations to choose from for a getaway this fall or winter. So how are you to choose? Never fear, we’ve got you covered with our Perfect Paradise Personality Quiz!

Just answer the questions and find out what destination you should be Funjetting on your next vacation.




 




 




 




 




 

Your answers:

If you got mostly A’s: Your perfect destination is Punta Cana in Dominican Republic! With a plethora of fabulous all-inclusive resorts, you can spend your time lounging on the beach and sipping your favorite cocktail.

If you got mostly B’s: Jamaica is your jam. You like to relax but you’re more interested in fun activities like exploring waterfalls, cliff jumping and snacking on jerk chicken from a beach shack.

If you got mostly C’s: Las Vegas is your destination soulmate. You want to be in the middle of the action, and Las Vegas has no end to that. Dining, entertainment, gambling – you want to experience a little of everything.

If you got mostly D’s: Cancun and the Riviera Maya are perfect for you. Combining the excitement of Cancun with the laid-back vibe of the Riviera Maya equates to your ideal vacation destination where you can strike that perfect vacation balance.

What were your results? Tell us in the comments below – and whether you think the quiz got it right! 

Welcome to Punta Cana: An Airport Guide

Who doesn’t like to be met at the airport by a smiling face? When you arrive in Punta Cana, head to the transportation area, past the taxi stands and airport porters (turn them down with a firm “no, gracias” unless you’re willing to tip for their service) where you’ll be met at the IslandSun Experience desk by a representative like Anais Governatori. I’ll let her explain more about the transfers, tours and other services they offer.

As Funjet’s in-destination support team, IslandSun provides shared or private transfers to your hotel, and also offers several tours and excursions you can add to your vacation package.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Bike Tours at Excellence Riviera Cancun

Even if you’re staying at the most luxurious all-inclusive resort, it’s nice to get out and explore. Excellence Riviera Cancun offers a great way of doing that with their daily bike tours to Puerto Morelos.

The bikes are comfortable, and it’s an easy ride to Puerto Morelos. Work off a little bit of last night’s dessert, find some souvenirs, and enjoy the ride. Be sure to check out a few of my previous posts on dining and shopping in Puerto Morelos.

-Funjet Insider Laura