Gran Melia Cancun changed to the Paradisus Cancun

Announced in November, 2012, the Hotel Gran Melia in Cancun has changed it’s name to the Paradisus Cancun. The hotel has 678 suites, 7 restaurants and a bar / restaurant perfect for chilling out. The hotel also has a 9 hole par 3 golf course.

Paradisus Cancun Resort

Paradisus Cancun Resort

Paradisus Cancun is located at KM 16.5, in the heart of the hotel zone.

Arriving to the Cancun Airport – What to expect

When I arrived to Cancun Airport I took this video so you can see exactly what it looks like. I could only start filming after customs and immigration. The video starts right after customs. Please excuse the loud background noise.

This is at Terminal 2. Cancun International Airport (CUN) has 3 terminals. Terminal 1 is the FBO / charter terminal. Here are the airlines that use Terminal 2 and Terminal 3:

Terminal 2 Terminal 3
Air Canada AA
Air Transat Delta
AirTran Frontier
CanJet Spirit
Condor Sun Country
Copa Thomson
Cubana United
First Choice US Air
Jet Blue Virgin America
SunWing USA 3000
Viva AeroBus


For a more complete list of the Airlines arriving and departing from the Cancun Airport including contact info, check out CARM Airline Directory.

Here I am with my best friend TJ after we exited the airport and found our sign. Our driver, Augustine, was waiting for us.

CARM airport Sign

Trina & TJ at the Cancun Airport with CARM greeter

Then it was a swift and safe ride to Cancun! You can book the same private airport transfer service to any resort in Cancun or the Riviera Maya here.

November 28 – weather

It rained again last night, but a light and gentle shower. By 7AM is was cool and clear, a lovely 75F. I walked my dogs with in a t-shirt and shorts and was very comfortable.

By noon it was 81F and a little cloudy. Still shorts and t-shirt weather. The ocean is warm, about 82F throughout the month of November. Check out MapChick’s excellent graphs for water temps.

At 8:30 PM it is 66F and you could use a little warmer clothing, like longer sleeves or capri pants. It is still very calm and nice. They are calling for a 30% chance of rain, but nothing yet.

Tonight is the full moon.

Animal Shelter in Cancun

There are several really great organizations in Cancun to help with the large population of stray cats and dogs. The problem is that all of these shelters are relying on outside donations to keep their doors open. Cancun, as far as I know, does not have a city, state, or federally funded program at all.

A very good friend of ours had a large yard and started taking in street dogs and cats. Before he knew it he had 20 dogs and his yard was full, not to mention his neighbors did not like it one bit. So he moved out of Cancun about 25 kilometers to a place with LOTS of land. Now his animal shelter Tierra de Animales is home to over 200 dogs and [Read more…]

Tejuino drink

We traveled north on Kabah Ave from Cancun centro to find a cart making fresh Tejuino. This drink is made with fermented corn and shaved ice with lime juice. Don’t be scared, it is surprisingly delicious!

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Tejuino is originally from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is made from corn dough. This dough is mixed with water and brown sugar, then boiled. It is lightly fermented, then mixed with a little salt and lime sherbet or shaved ice with lime.

Golden Parnassus – Day Pass

We spent the day at our favorite Adult Only All Inclusive resort, the Golden Parnassus. Since we live in Cancun we try to do a ‘stay-cation’ as often as we can afford it. We have 3 doggies at home, so a day pass works well for us.

Breakfast is a treat. The Golden Parnassus has an omelette grill to get your eggs cooked anyway you like. Lots of fresh fruit and all the usual American breakfast foods are on the buffet.

Next we head out to the pool to soak up the warm Cancun sun. The hotel is perfect for us because they do play some music, but not loud and they do have some entertainment, but not crazy. Just very relaxing. We order a couple of drinks before we find the perfect one. Miami Vice, piña colada, sex on the beach…nah, too sweet. We switched to beer by afternoon.

Now it’s time for lunch. [Read more…]

November 23 – Weather Stats

November 23, 2012
Temperature High: 79F
Temperature Low: 63F
Chance of Rain: 20%
Wind: 8 MPH from the east
Humidity: 62%
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 5:05 PM

Road Trip to Mayan Ruins – Part 1

Recently I went on a Road Trip with three friends. We visited ten of the Yucatan’s most special locations.

In order, we visited the archaeological zones of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak, aka Xlapac, Labna, Izamal and Coba. We also visited the famous caverns of Grutas de Loltun (31 km after Labna).

Join us on our journey . . .

. . .  We began early on a Friday. Hopping on the toll road it was an easy 1:45, 150 km / 95 miles to the Tizimin exit. This is immediately before the loop exit to Valladolid. There is a toll of $241 pesos a bit before the exit.

Mayan Ruins at Ek Balam

Mayan Ruins at Ek Balam

Heading north, you take a right after about ten minutes.

This road is a slow drive with lots of [Read more…]

November 18 weather – hour by hour

This morning started off cool and cloudy. At 7 AM it was drizzling rain, but that changed quickly. By 9:30 AM the clouds had broken up and it was mostly clear.

At 10:30 AM it was 75F (24C) and clear.
Wind is 8 MPH from the north.
Humidity 69%

11:30A AM – spitting rain just a tiny bit. Partly cloudy.
79F (26C)

1 PM – Cloudy again. No rain yet, but it looks like it might rain soon.
77F (25C)

2 PM – very cloudy but has not rained any.
77F (25C)

3:30 PM – very cloudy, windy.
73F (23C)

5 PM – starting to get dark early because of the cloud cover. I took my dogs on a 30 min walk and when we got about 3 blocks from home it POURED on us. We ran home, soaking wet. No fun at all. The downpour lasted about 20 min.

6 PM – fully dark now, clear and cool. It is still t-shirt and shorts weather, but some folks might like a light jacket.

November 14 weather

Well, not a great day for laying out. It rained on and off all day. Cloudy, cool and drizzling rain. We did not have any flooding however. Most times when in rains in Cancun it pours for 30 minutes flooding all the streets, then stops. That was not the case this time.

This has inspired me to post about Things To Do On Vacation When It Rains – Your Plan B.

It was still shorts and t-shirt weather, even with the rain. I understand further inland at Chichen Itza it was not raining at all and the cooler day made touring the ruins a delight.

November 11 – Weather Stats

Here’s my first Weather Stats Post. Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

November 11, 2012
Temperature High: 82F (27.7C) at 10:47 AM
Temperature Low: 69F (20.5C)
Chance of Rain: 10%
Wind: East at 9MPH
Humidity: 76%
Sunset: 5:07PM

It did rain last night, but by early morning (6AM) it was totally clear, warm and lovely. Beautiful day in Cancun!

November 7 weather

Today we had a high of 84F (28.8C) and it was clear most of the day. From 9AM – 9:30AM it rained a nice little shower; and it stopped raining by 10AM. After that it was clear and sunny. Binikis and shorts weather.  Tonight low will be in the low 60’s (17.2C) so it is best to have a light jacket.

Packing List Guidelines

When packing for your Cancun vacation, be sure to prepare your checked luggage and carry-on luggage properly. This will help avoid delays at the airport and will make security check-in a breeze.

Packing List Guidelines
Know the 3-1-1 rule. This rule applies to CARRY ON luggage. You can have your liquids and gels in 3 ounce bottles (no bigger).  All of your 3 oz. bottles need to fit inside 1 Quart-size zip lock bag. Each traveler is allowed 1 zip lock per carry on luggage only.

Now that you know the 3-1-1 rule, let’s start packing!

First, check out our Packing List. Next, let’s prepare for the flight.  Here are some great travel tips:

1. Wear slip-on sandals that are easy off and on. This can save a ton of time while you remove and replace your shoes at the airport security.

2. Bring a word puzzle or book.  3 hours or more on a flight is a lot of time to kill.

3. Bring a travel pillow and blanket or jacket. The inside temp is difficult to control. On one flight I was freezing, and on the next I was sweating. Be prepared for both.

4. Wear layers. This way you can remove your jacket or sweater when you arrive to the much warmer climates of Mexico.

5. Bring earbuds to listen to the in-flight videos, weather & movies.

Our friends at have made this great little video about the items most people forget to pack:

If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear from you!

New Site Design

Hi everyone!

We just launched our new site design for CARM.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

The navigation is totally new and we will be adding beach photos and a weekly weather update shortly.  Give us your thoughts and opinions.


Trina & Tomas