Where to stay, shop and film the best content of your trip
For some travelers, the experience of immersing yourself in a new place is about disconnecting from the rest of the world. This is not the series for them. Think of STYLECASTER as your HipAdvisor: we provide cool first-person accounts of where to stay, shop, and dine in a new city, while capturing content worth watching. on the grid.
Whatever the season, and whether your Instagram feed is full of summer wine pairings in the Hamptons, pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, cozy winter days or spring picnics outdoors , there is a permanent travel destination. paradise status: Mexico. And if you’re looking for an affordable, fun and relaxing getaway, look no further than Cancun. There are a plethora of things to do in Cancun that will make you forget what you do for a living.
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Personally, I love Mexico given its proximity to most East Coast cities (after all, it’s only a 4-5 hour flight away). What I don’t like is several lazy days by the pool; there are only so many books I can pretend to read or selfies I can take. Mexico is a culturally rich and diverse destination in its cuisine, liquors and awe-inspiring sights and excursions, and for those looking for a few days away from reality, Cancun is the perfect getaway. From the popular downtown flea market Mercado 28 to the La Isla outdoor mall, you can pick up one-of-a-kind pieces at incredible prices. And if you’re interested in capturing content, read on for the special locations (and private beach photographer) that will have your followers screaming.
Below is your complete guide to where you should stay, eat, shop and see in Cancun. Only thing to do? Take your Away suitcase and your sunscreen.
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While Air BnBs are a great option for travelling, when it comes to Mexico, opt for an all-inclusive resort. The Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spanestled between the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon of Bahia Petempich, is a luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resort for those looking for an effortless getaway.
Located minutes from Cancun International Airport, this resort is a personal favorite brimming with endless entertainment options that strike the perfect balance between quiet relaxation and social sophistication. If you and your partner are looking for a romantic getaway, you’ll love the tranquility this resort has to offer. Treat yourself to a couples (or single) massage, experience a rejuvenating hydrotherapy circuit, watch a live flamenco show, taste delicious Mexican tequilas, play volleyball or corn hole , or practice one of the many water sports available at the resort. Whatever you do, chances are the resort can accommodate it.
If instead you’re traveling with your crew for a bachelor or birthday party, or a solo trip, consider staying here so you can experience nearby xcaret, an ecological and archaeological theme park. It makes for a great group travel activity and you’ll learn a thing or two about Mayan ancestry. Gone are the days when holidays revolved around the pool, there is a whole world to explore.
I always enjoy collecting souvenirs and trinkets from my travels as they make great travelogues and are lifelong reminders. Last minute shopping at the airport is fine, but I prefer the authentic experience. In Mexico, there is nothing more local than Market 28, a popular downtown Cancun flea market filled with vendors selling Mexican crafts, all types of jewelry, pottery, clothing, and of course food and drink. It’s only 35 minutes from Secrets Resort & Spa and a great way to immerse yourself in local Mexican culture.
If you are looking for high end boutiques and souvenir shops then La Isla Shopping Village (also 30 minutes from the resort) is one of Cancun’s modern and plush outdoor malls. However, if you’re not interested in leaving the premises, the resort has an excellent gift shop for buying beachwear, Cancun branded clothing, and any essentials you forgot to pack (let’s be realistically, we all forget or run out of toothpaste and mosquito repellent!)
Let me tell you a little secret: before going on vacation, I always look for places to take pictures. Luckily, Mexico is full of Instagrammable and TikTok-worthy places to shoot your next content. After all, the white-sand beaches, swimmable turquoise waters, and glorious sunsets overlooking your hotel room will make your devotees jealous.
If you decide to venture, Puerto Morelos (located just 15 minutes away), is popular for its seaside restaurants, deep-sea fishing, and bars and lounges that will give you your picturesque shots. At Secrets you also get a free photo session – get a professional from Adventure photo take photos of yourself, whether you’re traveling with your loved one, friends or solo. Keep the snaps you’re absolutely in love with and ditch the ones you don’t.
Good food and drink is one of the key elements of a successful vacation. At Secrets Resort & Spa, you have plenty of options from any cuisine your stomach desires. Rosewater Restaurant offers an international menu so your love of avocado toast and oatmeal bowls can follow you down south. If your palette craves other dishes, try Coquette for an exquisite French dining experience or Spumante for Italian pasta and wine. Both of these restaurants are in the connected sister station Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa, and I guarantee you will feel like you are in France or Italy. Pair dinner with a private wine cellar tasting or tequila tasting by experienced sommeliers.
What’s a trip to Mexico without margaritas and tacos? Le Picante serves Mexican fusion cuisine and locally inspired small plates. But, if street tacos are your thing, head to downtown Cancun to satisfy your craving. There aren’t too many tacos.
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