S: The Moore Family Vacation, 2011
1: July, 2011
2: Iberostar Paraiso Lindo ...is a luxurious and elegant hotel on the Riviera Maya. Located right on the beach between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this 5-star All-Inclusive resort has amazingly beautiful traditional architecture in a rich natural environment. The best entertainment services and an exquisite gastronomy make it the best choice for an unforgettable vacation.
4: Our trip to the Mexican Riviera introduced us to several unique animals. Wild peacocks and Coatimundi made their home at the Iberostar resort and Iguanas were commonplace on the Yucatan. Parrots colored the tree branches and not to be outdone by either Turks or Jamaica....the Iberostar had its fair share of cats that liked to hang out under a lounge chair or in the beautiful gardens.
5: Let the Journey Begin
6: Swim! | Another Day In Paradise
10: explore | We spent a day of our trip taking a cab ride, and a boat transfer to the island of Cozumel where we chartered a boat for some deep sea fishing! Stephen reeled in the only big catch of the day...a barracuda! We also bottom fished and caught many trigger fish.
12: "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone."
13: Mike and Judy took an afternoon to hit the links at Iberostar's private golf club. We learned Pop Pop's adage about it "never raining on a golf course" was NOT true and after getting drenched on numbers 8 and 9, headed back to the resort.
14: "Laughter is an instant vacation."
19: Tulum (Yucatec: Tulu'um) is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans, it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise.
20: "Mi corazon esta en Mexico" | Tulum
22: Another Day In Paradise
25: Xel-Ha—Mayan for place where the water is born—is unique in all the world and is one of the Riviera Maya's crowning jewels. Located only a few minutes north of Tulum's Mayan ruins and 63 miles south of Cancun, Xel-Ha is an aquatic paradise where crystal clear freshwater, flowing from underground rivers, meets and mixes with the turquoise Caribbean. At Xel-Ha you can snorkel with hundreds of multi-colored fish, tube down a tropical river, float around the emerald main lagoon, explore jungle nature trails to the park's adventure activities, discover Aventura cenote and its rope swing ~ the Flight of Mo, traverse the floating bridge by the sea entrance, and jump from Courage Cliff and plunge five meters into the blue river. Xel-Ha has shaded lagoon view restaurants, semi-private sunbathing by the water's edge, an oceanfront lighthouse with viewing area, chairs and hammocks, logo, gift and souvenir shops, a childrens' playground, one of the best Swim with Dolphins experience programs in the area, and Snuba and Sea Trek underwater adventures where you dive with the fish.
29: Let the Journey Begin
30: "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben