I’m not sure how I got a group of 15 to join me on my birthday trip to Cancun, but it happened. Everyone I know complains that I always leave the country without any notice or invitations. So for my last birthday, I decided to extend the invite. I am VERY picky when it comes to traveling buddies, and I barely have any patience for my trip to go horrible. We found flights for about $350 round trip and those that were serious were welcomed to book. You know once it’s time to pay, that’s flake time. I really thought this was only going to be a group of 4 maybe 5. I rented an Airbnb and everyone put in $200 which covered lodging and a refrigerator full of alcohol.
Day one, our airbnb was a 60-second walk to the beach, so we started the pregame at the house and went to the beach so everyone can mix n mingle. Great time, great vibes. Later that night we partied at La Vaquita. Nightlife in Cancun is a big deal and that means it’s going to cost big bucks. We paid $40 to get in and this included open bar. We drank oversized cups of margaritas all night long (and never got drunk) lol. We enjoyed the night with confetti falling from the ceiling, balloons being thrown around and a dancing cow hyping the crowd.
Day two, we woke up early and started the day on a Catamaran ‘booze’ cruise. Prices online were up to $90 so I called to see if I can get a group rate and they only offered me a $5 discount- NO WAY. This is the part where you have to learn how to negotiate with people! For better terms “learn to finesse”. I found several tour companies on the strip each offering different prices, and finally ended up negotiating to $40/person. That’s a better deal than $85! Learn how to negotiate on your trips! We were told the booze cruise was open bar and it was, but the open bar really meant all you can drink rum punch. There wasn’t a full bar available. Nonetheless, the booze cruise was absolutely amazing. We stopped in the middle of the ocean for an hour and we had the option to jump off the boat and go snorkeling to see the underwater museum. That was certainly at the top of my bucket list!!! We also made a pit stop to Isla Verde where there is a beach, tons of shopping and plenty of tequila tasting in the stores. By the time we cruised back home, we were exhausted, yet still managed to go back to La Vaquita for more.
Day three was a blur. After negotiating $40 a person to visit Chichen Itza, half of the group decided they didn’t want to pay. This is the part of the trip where you really have to determine the goals of the vacation. I didn’t want to go to the pyramid and leave half the group behind, so I made the decision for all of us to just stay. What a dummy! Every day I regret that decision lol and somehow I have to make a trip just to go back there. It rained all of day 3 so we just ended up walking around the hotel zone and eating. Later that night we brought in my birthday at the ultimate paint party in Senor Frogs. We had no idea what we were getting into. It started of with hand prints of paint and next thing we knew, paint was raining from the roof. This was certainly a party to remember. With unlimited drinks, we went from dancing on the bar to getting 2nd place in a twerk contest on stage. And if any of my friends are reading this, what happened at that bar stays at that bar LOL, this isn’t that type of diary.