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5 Lessons I Learned From My Vacation in Mexico

I just came back from a 3-day vacation to Puerto Morelos in Cancun, Mexico. I went for my friend’s wedding and it turned out to be the funnest vacation I’ve ever been on. Plus, it came at the exact right time with all the terrible-ness happening in the world (especially in Ferguson). I was so ready to lay my burdens down and luxuriate.

On Thursday morning, I got on my flight, turned off my phone and took a nap to start what was 3 days of complete gluttony, relaxation and disconnect from everything.

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I walked away with 5 lessons.

1. Black people really CAN sunburn.

Our resort had 2 pools: one for kids and one with a bar that you swim to and sit on stools. It was 95 degrees consistently and super sunny. We had no other choice but to get in the water so our skins don’t melt off. We were in the pool for hours at a time. Day 1 of doing that was ok fine because this melanin is good for that. We used sunscreen too, by the way. Day 2 of 5 hours in the pool wasn’t so kind to some of us. I was fine (and 3 shades darker. YESSSS CHOCOLATE ME)! But my girls Li and Summer didn’t fare so well. By Sunday morning when we left, they were both sunburned. Li goes “I’m pretty sure my skin is falling off and I just can’t see it.” She was all red too. Bless her heart.

So it is not a myth. Black folks can get sunburn. Melanin can only take you so far.

b. All-inclusive is the way and the light.

Going to an all-inclusive resort is the only way to do vacations right. This trip taught me that. All the food and ALL THE DRANKS you want for the free at all the hours you want it. The food is what mattered to me because I’m not a drinker but my goodness. We’d be at the pool and staff will come over with all types of food we asked for and some we didn’t. They were bringing over ceviche, nachos, burgers, fries, pasta, salad. It was like Willy Wonka and the Glutton Factory and I loved it so much. And the drinks. My friends indulged in ALL THE TEQUILA. The Vodka. The wine. The Rum. Anytime the staff would see the drinks were half full, they’d come with fresh drinks like alcohol genies.

I just kept ordering virgin strawberry daiquiris. They were slushies of deliciousness.

One day for breakfast, I asked for Frosted Flakes, eggs, hash browns, pancakes, fresh fruit and yogurt just because I could. I didn’t even eat half of it. I’m so wasteful. I just wanted to test it out.

Frosted Flakes in Mexico

In case you ever wanted to know what Frosted Flakes is called in Mexico.

One night, we were at the hotel bar late and around 1am, our girl D called room service and they delivered huge trays of chicken nuggets, quesadillas and fries to us right outside of it. Everyone smashed that and went to bed happy.

Pay the extra for all-inclusive because you will more than drink and eat your share. Everyone on the trip talked about how this week is about detoxing and drinking nothing but water. For good reason too. Some people shouldn’t even LOOK at alcohol for the next month. I’m pretty sure folks were sweating ethanol by the end of the trip. You know who you are. Shade. Love you! 😀 Also, I’ve had my share of cheese for the next month too.

iii. 20 Black people who love music will turn into the cast of GLEE.

You put 20 Black people who are into music together and we will sing like we were getting paid for it at that moment. We’d be hanging out (anywhere) and someone will say something that might maybe resemble a line to a song and all of a sudden, everyone would start singing a song. It happened at dinner, at the bar, at the pool, at the beach… we even had battles happen as one table of us would try to outsing the other. It turned to a live episode of GLEE: Black folks edition.

We sang everything from Luther Vandross to Beyonce to Bobby Womack to Journey. At one point, a white dude asked us “are you guys a theater group?” Nope. Just some singing ass Black folks. I can’t blame him because we were singing like we were one. It was awesome. This is also why some people have no voice right now. They left their vocal chords in Mexico.

Oh Happy Day Turn up

This was us. Especially that last panel.

4a. You’ve never gotten a massage unless it’s from a man named Roberto.

I got THE BEST MASSAGE OF MY LIFE and it was from a man named Roberto. There was a massage chair by the pool, where you can get a 10 minute rub down from one of the resort’s spa aestheticians. I got Roberto and after that 10 minutes, I was like sign me up for the full 50 because he laid magical hands on me and I needed more. These knots in my shoulders weren’t gon smooth themselves out.

Chile, when I got in the room and Roberto started working these shoulders and arms and back out? Son. My muscles sang a song. He did this thing where he took my arm and bent it back and stretched it out while he massaged my palms. Mannnnnn listen. LISTEN. I lived.

I’ve gotten many massages in my life. Many. But none were as good as the one Roberto gave me. When he was done, I almost felt drunk. He put me in a dark room afterwards, placed a hot bean bag thingie around my neck and gave me tea. I was like “Oh so he just wants to romance me so I can propose to him so he can have my babies. I see what he’s doing and it’s working.” At this point, I was sure we go together.

I will compare every massage I get to that one henceforth and I hope I’m not sorely disappointed. Me: “You’re no Roberto. Dambit.”

5. You should go on at least one vacay where you have no outside contact.

We are all so plugged in all the time. Some of us make our living through being in the loop all the gahtdamb tahm (like me). So when we go on vacation, we often post pics of what we’re up to, our amazing view, updates on what we just did. I’ve done that. But when I was headed on this vacay, I wanted so badly to fall out of the know so I could clear my head and get a reboot. That is what I did. I didn’t even call anybody.

I turned off my phone for most of the time I was there and just enjoyed the place, the company I was with and the sunlight. I don’t even have a lot of pictures from this trip and that is ok. I do have this one, doe.

Luvvie in Mexico

HA! My dress is the same color as the Frosted Flakes box.

Those of us who are in social media career-wise should especially challenge ourselves to take a DISCONNECTED FROM THE MATRIX vacation at least once a year. Our audience will still be here waiting for us, whether it’s 3 days or a week. We deserve to not document every moment of every day sometimes.

The older I get, the more selfish I am with my time and my space. When I went to Puerto Rico in December and May, I mostly disconnected too. It’s a beautiful thing to give yourself the attention you need.

Turning off my phone for 3 days and doing the wobble under the moonlight on the beach in Mexico around a bonfire as we ate marshmallows and apples dipped in white chocolate to celebrate my friend’s wedding with all these amazing, incredible and beautiful people is exactly what I needed.

Everything good was in abundance: food, drinks, laughter, people. I reconnected with old friends and made so many new ones.

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Yes. Yes it is.

This was the best getaway I’ve had yet. Ever. Shoutout to the Azul Beach Hotel for taking such good care of us. That service was unlike any I’ve ever experienced. Just superb from top down.

I didn’t take a vacay from Oct 2010-December 2013. But since then, I’ve taken four. I CAN STOP ANYTIME I WANT! >__>. It’s officially a problem. I’m actually planning my 30th birthday trip now and buying more bathing suits. My only requirements is that it needs to be somewhere that I’ve never been and somewhere tropical. IT IS ON.

Anywho, I’m back but jumping into everything is giving me pause. Like when you dip your toe in the pool and the temperature difference makes you jump. I am still avoiding things and scrolling through my timeline and newsfeeds quickly. I know I should just dive in and deal with the cold but I just wanna sit on the edge of the pool for a few more minutes. Just a few more minutes.

So… where should I go for my 30th?

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24 Comments

  1. Shevy
    August 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Yeeessssss!!!! All-inclusives are the way to go. I gained 5 pounds in one week. But it was worth it.

  2. August 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    You should come to Jamaica for your 30th! I’ll meet you at the airport with a platter of delicious food 😀

  3. Beth
    August 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I highly recommend St. Maarten for that 30th birthday trip. It’s the business. Glad you had an amazing time!

  4. Milaxx
    August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    When I found out I need a new roof for my house this year, I rolled my eyes and promised myself that I was taking a vacation this year. We need them. Glad you had a good time.
    Welcome back!

  5. Dee
    August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I just fell in love with the trip all over again! The good, the bad, and the sunburn ugly of all inclusive! But this trip was definitely oooohhhh soooo GOOD.

  6. dmaclee
    August 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hubby and I have done several all-inclusive vacations. None as beautiful as Costa Rica. Stunning and they didn’t laugh too badly at my husband’s hanky SE DC accented Spanglish. Our family just got back from a 7 day cruise. We were all sitting around when got home like where’s the Lido deck? I was so confused and sad that I couldn’t eat nuggets, fries, and gourmet pizza at any hour.

  7. BE
    August 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I knew you were at Azul beach the second I saw that pic. You should visit their adults only sister resort, El dorado Royale. They have a Casita suite with an outdoor shower. Lol…we call it the sexy shower. And their martini bar!!! Lawd Jisos!!!

    If you need a travel agent, hit me up!!!

  8. BE
    August 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Iberostar grand Bavaro in Punta Cana. Butler service, great food, beautiful beach. The new breathless Punta Cana is nice too. You get the luxury and the turnupness

  9. Claire
    August 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Sounds like a little piece of “off-the-grid” heaven! Glad to hear that you take good care of yourself, Luvvie!

  10. Kayla Adams
    August 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    You should go to Punta Cana! My husband and I married there almost 3 months ago. There are lots of all-inclusive resorts too!

  11. Queen D (Dionne S)
    August 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Luvvie,
    Love this post, your site, and your personality. You are definitely my friend in my head! Have you tried Belize or Costa Rica? Hear they’re both vey nice. Just about any Caribbean Island should be nice, especially in Jan (fellow Capricorn!). Happy planning; wish I could join you for Jan birthday fete!

  12. LegalEase
    August 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Costa Rica would be WONDERFUL! I spent five weeks there and can’t wait to get back.

  13. MissTish
    August 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Welcome back, Ms. Luvvie! I’m loving your tan (one chocolate bunny to another) and I swear you grew some hips in Mexico. Since it seems like you like to dance, find yourself in Barbados at some point. I don’t remember the name of the street, but the entire district is made up of nothing but bars and nightclubs, and the people-watching on the street is worth the trip. Many people just take advantage of the fact that the music from any given club/bar is playing so loud, you can just skip the price of admission and get your party on on the sidewalk (and spend that extra money on your hairhat and your alphet). Many of the clubs have private beaches, so there’s lots of dancing in the surf. The sand on the beaches is fine like talcum powder, and the water is always at least 75degrees. All the food I had in Barbados was marvelous, (and they serve Blackfolks portions) but the seafood in particular is what brings you back. Also, you haven’t lived until you go to the Globe Drive-In Theater! They have the usual snack bar suspects-soda, popcorn, candy, etc-but you can also get jerk chicken and grilled fish/burgers/hotdogs, fresh fruit nectars and liquor, if you’re into that. It’s the coolest thing ever – a double feature for less than the price of a single American ticket, and you bring your lawn chair, or stretch out on the roof or hood of your vehicle, or ignore the movie altogether and stroll around doing the see-and-be-seen…You would LOVE it!

    • M
      August 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      I think you’re talking about St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Barbados.

      • Nicole
        August 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Yep. It’s the Gap she is talking about. And if you go Barbados, make sure to go Oistins on Friday night….best seafood ever!!!!

  14. jaz
    August 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    A ) yes the brown folks burn. I went to Jamaica a few years back and I came back crispy-even though I used sunscreen
    b) soooooo where have you been??? You know so we have ideas of where to send you

  15. Jangelis
    August 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Love the vacation recap. Has me considering a trip to Mexico in the not too distant future.

    For the big 3-0, any of the Caribbean islands would be a great option. I’m recommending Grenada, which has a few highly rated all-inclusive resorts.

    Sandals Grenada. http://www.sandals.com/main/grenada/ls-home/

    La Luna Resort.
    http://www.laluna.com/

    Spice Island Beach Resort
    http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/

  16. Carriecnh12
    August 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Hey Luvvie, glad you had a fab time in Mexico, and I nominate my island home of Barbados as your b’day celebration spot 😀

  17. Carriecnh12
    August 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Ooo to Tish it is St. Lawrence Gap you are referring to, and lets not forget Oistins on a Saturday for the fish frys and b.b.qs and then there is my favourite which I have to get whenever I visit home (I now live in Toronto), fried chicken gizzards and necks from Granny’s in Oistins also, one of the best things you will ever eat. And lets not forget the snorkeling and swimming at Brown’s beach as we locals call it, and the Atlantis submarine tours are spectacular, and driving around the Island to view landscapes that are unique to Barbados as being the only limestone island in the Caribbean.
    Yes I sound like a travel agent (I am), but I love and miss my country sooo much, I encourage people to visit all of the time. 😀

  18. AB
    August 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Come to Turks and Caicos!!

  19. chaotic_genius[email protected]
    August 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO ARUBA OR TURKS AND CAICOS?

  20. MsKay
    August 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Come to Jamaica mon!

  21. August 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    COME TO BARBADOS!!! For sure!

  22. oceangift
    September 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Welcome Back Luvie, If one doesn’t drink, as I don’t may I highly suggest St. John’s or St. Lucia – no other islands will suffice. I went on a cruise and I love turning every electronic device off. Great blog, great advice.