The Nueva Latina

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Happy Thursday! I am SUPER excited to do my post on Playa del Carmen! It’s almost been a whole week since I was there and I am already missing the TROPICAL summer/fall air. Texas summers and the beginning of “fall” in Texas can get old reeeeal quick! Haha

When the bride invited me to Playa del Carmen for her bachelorette, I was a little nervous. Girls’ Trips, in general, make me nervous after a bad experience I had. I was excited to go back to the Cancun area, though, since the last time I was there it was for my sister’s big 1-8.

Although I won’t be hitting up Playa del Carmen for my bachelorette, it’s the PERFECT place for a bachelorette. There is SO MUCH to do! The weather is PERFECT! And the food is AMAZING!


To Stay

Luna Encantada Vacation Condos

6 Nte, Centro

Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

Right in the middle of the action! I have never stayed in an Airbnb anywhere else but in the US. I was a taaaad bit skeptical when the bride booked this Airbnb. I just didn’t know what to expect. It was amazing! Our condo was right next to the infinity pool and we had direct access to the beach. We saved a ton of money since we had our own refrigerator and full kitchen. My favorite part was the 24/7 security they had on site. I didn’t feel unsafe at all once during our stay.

TNL Travels: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo - The Nueva Latina


To Do

Selvatica

Ruta de los cenotes Km 18, Carretera Puerto Morelos – Leona Vicario

77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico

I am DEATHLY afraid of heights. One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to try to begin to get over that fear. When I found out we were going on a zip line tour, I wanted to cry. But, anything for the bride right? Haha. Selvatica is one of the Riviera Maya’s popular extreme zip line adventure tours that should be on your vacation to-do list if you are staying in Cancun or anywhere in the Riviera Maya! Imagine gliding through 2 miles of untamed Yucatan Jungle, zipping from one tree platform to another on the ultra-cool cables. Imagine feeling the wind in your face, butterflies in your stomach and a liberating sensation of freedom and excitement. Sounds great? We are not finished yet. Hop on an ATV and drive through the jungle. Dive into a cenote, and then take your pick how you want to get back to the start! You can even ask to zip line UPSIDE DOWN! The staff is super friendly and kind. They play with you and they joke with you to make you feel more comfortable. Our main guide, Dennis, was AWESOME! He is originally from Florida and kept the laughs going throughout the whole excursion. On top of everything, they are well-trained in what they are doing. I will DEFINITELY be back when I am back in the area!

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To Eat

El Fogon

Avenida Constituyentes, Quintas del Carmen

77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

BEST TACOS EVER!  When I think of Mexico, I think of good, but I mean GOOOOD tacos. They were actually some of the best tacos I have had in a very long time. I was super glad we found it. El Fogón is an open-air taquéria off the beaten path of bustling Quinta Avenida. If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican dishes and drinks, this is the place. Tacos al pastor (served only at night), chorizo, arrachera (steak) and chicken tacos lead the list of favorites. Nopales (pickled cactus), frijoles charros (beans), rice, guacamole and salsa with fresh chips are a great accompaniment. Micheladas (beer with lime juice) and licuados (fruit smoothies) are “musts.”

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The Grill at 1 26

1a Avenida Esquina Calle 26, Centro

77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

BEST hotel food I have had in my whole life! Yes, this restaurant is inside the Grand Hyatt!! The Grill’s rating is a 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews so you know it must be good This was out “fancy dinner” during our trip. This isn’t just some steakhouse. I’ll be honest. I’m still guilty of thinking that most of the best restaurants will be located far outside the walls of most hotels. After eating at The Grill 1 26, I stand corrected. This restaurant is easily one of the best steakhouses in Playa del Carmen, and they do have some stiff competition. Rodrigo, our waiter, brought us out an indication of what to expect: a fresh piece of homemade bread made with red wine and berries, and served with hazelnut butter and three different salts infused with coffee, chili peppers, and white wine, respectively. I had the oysters topped with chorizo to start, along with a glass of champagne. They had a “seafood and bubbles” special going on. I then go the rib-eye, medium, with a side of asparagus. It was all really AMAZING.

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Nightlife

La Vaquita Playa Del Carmen

Calle 12 Nte, Gonzalo Guerrero

77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

The bride and I had out adventures at La Vaquita Puerto Vallarta during college, so when we found out they had one in Playa we both knew we had to check it out! The staff here is AMAZING and they really treated our group like queens while we were there. Isaac was our main guy and his customer service skills are ON POINT. Bottle service runs about the same it does in the states at a regular club. But, the level of service compared to back home was waaaaay better. This was by far my favorite bar/club in Playa del Carmen and I will be back anytime I am there for sure.

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I had a great time in Playa del Carmen and I can’t wait to be back!

Have you ever visited Playa del Carmen?

What is your favorite thing about the Riviera Maya?

What other bachelorette destinations are fun?

TNL Travels: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo - The Nueva Latina

Happy Hump Day!! I am officially 1 day away from my trip to Playa del Carmen for one of my bestie’s bachelorette party weekend. I haven’t been to the beach in Mexico since two years ago for my baby sister’s big 1-8. The beach is my favorite place to be and I am excited to finally be back.

I wanted to do a pre-trip post to tell you all about where I am going, how I prepare for my trips, and my packing essentials.

We are staying at the most amazing looking AirBnB from Friday to Sunday. I have never stayed at an AirBnB in Mexico, but I am super excited about it. Continue reading

[This is a review post for Dry Society Lounge in Austin, TX. All the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

I have had a BIG issue with getting a blow-out. I had my go-to place for a while. A chain that is really well known. They did my hair for my cousin’s wedding about 3 years ago and it was ON POINT. I ended up winning some gift cards to there too so I kept going to try it out. After the first, though, they started not doing so well on my hair. They would say that it was “uncurlable” and that they just couldn’t curl it. I was super confused with this. I have a wand at home and I curl my own hair just fine. Continue reading

I HAAAATE tequila. So, when I received an invite to go and check out Austin’s new mezcal and tequila bar downtown, I was a little hesitant. But, the amazing people and mezcal at Las Perlas Mezcaleria were able to get me like tequila a little more.

This Oaxacan style cantina exists as a living tribute to Mexico’s native spirit, Mezcal, with the finest selection of more than 400 premium agave spirits in the United States. Las Perlas cocktails arrive garnished with everything from wild hibiscus flowers to the Oaxacan delicacy of spicy, roasted chapulinas, while also offering ice cold Mexican cerveza. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by Hive but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

Happy Thursday y’all! So, as many of you may or may not know, I am getting married in November to the love of my life. We are in the wedding planning process as well as looking further into the future of our lives together. I have always had a goal in mind to own my own home before I turned 30. Before I met the fiance, I didn’t think I would ever be able to do that here in Austin, TX where the housing market is CRAZY. Now, with both our incomes and saving money, we are ready to start looking for a house and I am SO EXCITED! Continue reading

It’s officially Labor Day Weekend!! And the fiance’s birthday! AAAAAND the start of Longhorn Football!!! YAAAAAAAAAAS!

The past week and a half have been crazy and super hard for a lot of my family and friends. Many towns and cities in East Texas were impacted by the flood brought on by Hurricane Harvey. I haven’t had the heart to write because I felt like being happy at a time like this was not allowed. Continue reading

Hello y’all! I promised you all the I would do a post on the latest The Ring Boxes box and here it is!

As you may or may not know, I am getting married in November! I am SUPER excited and I am EATING UP this whole “being a bride” thing. And, if you have been reading my blog, you know I love subscription boxes. So, when I found BRIDE SUBSCRIPTION BOX, I knew I just had to have it!

Planning a wedding can be super stressful and overwhelming. Getting a monthly gift in the mail to help you during your wedding planning journey can make planning so much easier and more FUN! Continue reading

Happy Thursday! I am SUPER excited to do my post on San Diego! It’s almost been two weeks since I was there and I am already missing the COOL summer air. Texas summers can get old reeeeal quick! Haha

When the bride invited me to San Diego for her bachelorette, I was a little nervous. Girls’ Trips, in general, make me nervous after a bad experience I had. I was excited to go back to San Diego, though, since the last time I was there it was for a family trip.

Although I won’t be hitting up San Diego for my bachelorette, it’s the PERFECT place for a bachelorette. There is SO MUCH to do! The weather is PERFECT! And the food is AMAZING! Continue reading

HELLO August!

Y’ALL…WE HAVE OFFICIALLY MADE IT TO AUGUST 2017!

I can’t believe August is here ALREADY here! The year is going by SO FAST!!

Since relaunching by blog, I wanted to start a new monthly tradition. I want to share my goals with you all at the start of every month and I want to hear YOUR GOALS too!

I am not going to lie, I have been SLACKING lately on the blog. I sort of kind of lost motivation there for a bit. And I was also trying to be the “chill bride” and have let wedding planning slip a bit and now I am starting to fall behind when the wedding is now a little more than 3 months away! So, now here we are! I need to jump back on it and start GETTING THINGS DONE. Continue reading