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Friends Getaway

A trip away with good friends is always fun, but when you mix in pristine beaches, historic ruins and delicious food, it’s hard to go wrong. Cancun is a lively city with a mix of natural delights and shopping areas. Its close proximity to spectacular sites like Chichén Itzá and natural cenotes makes the trip more special than the normal beach getaway. Grab a mezcal cocktail and settle in for three days full of equal parts adventure and relaxation.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Coffee First.

    Head into town for breakfast outdoors at Café con Gracia. Snag a seat in the yard and order a plate of piping hot waffles and a large coffee. Go for a strong finish with a cold frappe in your choice of flavors (the marzipan is a unique and delicious choice).

MIDDAY
  • Market Day.

    Mercado 28 is the largest of the open-air markets in Cancun, where you can shop for tourist trinkets and authentic handicrafts alike. Prices can be negotiated, if you’re up for a little haggling. 

  • Luxury Avenue.

    For a designer boutique-focused shopping outing, head back to the hotel zone to Luxury Avenue, which houses household name brands like Burberry, Cartier and Armani. Check out the shopping center’s own Concept Store with handpicked highlights of Mexican and Latin American fashion designers you haven’t heard of before. 

AFTERNOON
  • Into the Lagoon.

    Drive your own two-person speedboat for a tour through the mangroves and deep blue water of Nichupte Lagoon. The tour leaves from Marina Chac Chi and allows for time to go swimming at Conchitas Beach after taking in breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. 

EVENING
  • Steak Dinner.

    No doubt you’ve worked up an appetite from an active day. Settle in for an ultimate surf-and-turf meal at Harry’s, where you can start with a variety of crudo and ceviche before moving on to cuts of USDA Prime beef. Save room for the decadent dessert sharing platter. 

Day

2

MORNING
  • Mayan Ruins.

    The Mayan Ruins of the Quintana Roo region are world famous, and Chichén Itzá has been classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get an early start by being picked up at the hotel for the two hour-plus ride to the ruins. A private tour guide can tell you the mythology and history behind the structures as you walk around the UNESCO Heritage Site. Keep an eye out for vendors selling local handicrafts and souvenirs. And take a good sun hat and plenty of water with you — the ruins are in unshaded, open grassy areas. 

MIDDAY
  • Lunch in Valladolid.

    The colonial city, filled with pastel stucco and deep roots in Mayan heritage, is the perfect spot to decompress from a morning of sightseeing. Sit in the shade of the outdoor patio of El Atrio del Mayab for traditional Yucatan dishes, and wander your way to Coqui Coqui’s intoxicating perfumeria for presents to bring home. 

AFTERNOON
  • Sink into a Cenote.

    The Yucatan peninsula is dotted with underground caves filled with pools of fresh water. These cenotes are popular spots to stop and swim in, especially as they are shaded from the strong afternoon sun. The road between Valladolid and Cancun has a variety to choose from; your guide will be able to suggest one that’s not too touristy and crowded.

EVENING
  • Dinner on the Beach.

    Time to unwind after a full day of sightseeing. Enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood and excellent service inside a private cabana on the beach at Casitas at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. Listen to the lapping of the waves as you dine on short ribs, shrimp tacos and a warm Ki-Xocolatl brownie with ice cream and hibiscus.

Day

3

MORNING
  • Sun Salutation.

    Greet the new day with a sunrise yoga class. A fitness professional will help guide the group through a series of poses and breathing exercises to help you center and stretch. Clear your mind and detox your body for a fresh start to the day.

MIDDAY
  • Hit the Beach.

    It’s time to enjoy the fine white sand and clear turquoise waters of the beach. Reserve a private thatched roof palapa for the group, where you’ll enjoy a wooden floor to leave your belongings on, lounge chairs and a hammock. Each cabana accommodates up to four adults and has personalized service. You can even order a delicious lunch to your villa from the Caribe Bar & Grill. 

AFTERNOON
  • Spa Time.

    Head to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun for treatments that incorporate the Mayan heritage of the area. The Zac-Xib Bath Elixir (which means “clean man” in Mayan) combines a body scrub and a renewing bath treatment, with essential oils and extracts of lemon, peppermint and brown sugar. Your muscles and mind will relax. 

EVENING
  • Bella Vista.

    With over 30 years of experience, Cenacolo combines fine Italian dining with stunning views of Nichupte Lagoon. Expect homemade pastas, risotto, grilled meat and fresh seafood. For added fun, order one of the pastas made right at the table. 

  • Party On.

    You may never experience anything like Coco Bongo again. A mix of nightclub and disco, you’ll see a rotating show of celebrity impersonators, acrobatics and DJs. It’s not a quiet night out by a long shot, but if you want to live it up on your last night in Cancun, this is the mega-spot most tourists will hit for over-the-top entertainment and dancing.