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Saturday, December 26, 2015


The winter season is always nice when you can spend your days sipping hot chocolate and wrapping yourself up in a fleece blanket, but spending it in a tropical paradise is even better!

Ever since I was little I've always been a summer person. Although my favorite season is Fall (plus I really wish the weather was cooler here in Texas during that time) and I love whipping out my winter outfits, I would much rather be hot than cold. So this year I decided to be a real "Snowbird" and migrate down South for a week in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico.

Traveling with my boyfriend is always fun, so it was no surprise that the excitement of this trip had nothing on our incredibly EARLY morning flight! (We even had a cute breakfast date in the airport during our layover #s'cute)

Once we got to Cozumel, we took a cab to the condo John's family owns and immediately jumped off the pier into the crystal clear water. Honestly, if you know anything about me, then you would know that the ocean TERRIFIES me. I think it's because the water at the beach that I live by isn't clear at all (you can't see anything scary swimming around you), so it took some convincing, but I finally jumped in and fell in love!
I loved being able to see right down to the bottom of the ocean and not having a worry in the world about what was around me!

It was honestly so cool being able to see such vibrant and unique fish up close. During one of our morning snorkels, we jumped off the pier and was immediately greeted by a HUGE barracuda and to be completely honest I was terrified. They are known to be more aggressive than sharks and sharks are my biggest fear. However, the barracuda wasn't really interested in us, and we swam along as if nothing happened.

Other than eels, fish, and the occasional barracuda, one of the coolest and most memorable up-close experiences I have ever encountered involved dolphins. John, his uncle, Clive, and I were relaxing on the balcony of the condo when a pod of dolphins were spotted in the distance. We immediately jumped to our feet and raced down to the water. We decided to paddle board out and try to intercept them.

After waiting a while and not seeing a dolphin in sight, we decided to turn back around. Little did we know that the dolphins were right there! So we raced to get closer to them and ended up paddle boarding right in the middle of the pod. Paddle boarding with wild dolphins was honestly so majestic. I will never ever forget that!
While most of our days consisted of snorkeling around reefs and splashing around in the water, our nights were filled with delicious Mexican restaurants and tropical drinks.

It was amazing being able to go to the local restaurants and try authentic Mexican food. I'm already a sucker for Mexican food, so eating it for a week straight was like heaven to me. There were so many different meals that were so delicious I couldn't stop saying "Oh my God, this is sooooo good!" and "I'm so full but I can't stop eating because it's so delicious!" So moral of the story is... Mexican food=LOML (love of my life)
Since the condo was on the North side of the island where it just drops off into the water, we made our way to the South side of the island where the beach was for a day and it was so fun!

The first thing we did was stop by Coconuts, which is a restaurant/bar and had lunch (like I said, Mexican food=LOML). Then we made our way down to the beach and explored around there. I also got to drink fresh coconut milk out of a coconut, which made me really feel like an island princess haha!
I'm so happy I got the opportunity to spend a week in a tropical paradise while getting to know more of John's family. It was such a cool experience and I can't wait to go back next December!

Also, if you are interested in watching my travel vlog all about this trip, please visit my Youtube channel and subscribe for more adventures!

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