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!

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


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.”

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


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.

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


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

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

When I found out I was staying at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston during my stay while visiting the Bud Light Brewery, I started Googling right away. I read that it was a boutique hotel and I thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” I had never stayed in a boutique hotel, but I had heard of them before. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but upon arrival that all changed.

When I arrived at the Magnolia Hotel Houston, the first thing I noticed is the historic building in which it is housed. Built in 1926, the structure has remained a significant part of the city’s history, previously serving as a corporate office for the Houston Post Dispatch Newspaper and Shell Oil Company. In 2003, after extensive renovations, it reopened as the Magnolia Hotel.The integrity of the building’s unique exterior was kept intact, while modern, luxurious touches were added inside. Continue reading

I’M BACK!!

Well for a taaaaaad bit at least. Studying has taken over my life so after my next blog post I will be taking a hiatus until after October 28. Wish me luck on my PE licensing exam y’all!

So last week we had the most AMAZING opportunity to visit the great Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. My cousin got married there so we decided to make a mini-vacay out of it.

I fell in love with the food, the colors, and the people of Guadalajara and I can’t wait to go back.

The wedding was BEAUTIFUL and was at this super cute hacienda on the outskirts of Guadalajara.

As you might have guessed, I am very proud of my Mexican heritage and background.

I love Mexico with all my heart and, despite all the troubles the country is going through right now, I will always see it as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Continue reading

I was around 8 when I was first introduced to Las Vegas. My parents had been visiting for years, but it wasn’t until I watched a special about Las Vegas on The Travel Channel that I began to notice.

I was also really into the Rugrats and in 1997 Nickelodeon came out with “A Rugrats Vacation” where Tommy, Chucky, Phil, Lil, and Angelica go on a Vegas adventure. Their adventure along with their rendition of “Vacation” was enough to hook me to the idea of Vegas at the age of 8.

Las Vegas always seemed magical to me even before I truly knew the magic of it. Las Vegas is a place that suggests that the rest of the world is the desert and IT is the oasis. There is no other place that captures the full spirit of America than Las Vegas for me. Continue reading