Guacamole on The Beach, Mexico

I’m sure this will sound very silly to you…

But nevertheless, I must confess. For the longest time I have dreamt of going to Mexico, stretching out on a white, sandy beach and eating my own body weight in guacamole.

To dive into a bowl of sun-ripened, rich, Mexican avocado and wash it all down with a salty rimmed margarita was one of my key ambitions in life.

Silly, I know! It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do!

One way or the other things have always gotten in the way and until very recently indeed, I had never been to Mexico.

As part of a little pact with myself to go and experience as much of life as humanly possible, to race out and do everything I’ve always wanted to do… I booked a last minute trip to Tulum, one drizzly January afternoon.

I called my very best friend in the entire world, and told her to pack her bikini.

We were off on an avocado expedition!

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Straw hat // Tacos & Tequila t-shirt // Sunnies

Sneakers // Suitcase

We jumped on a flight at sunrise, waved goodbye to the rain and landed in Cancun late afternoon.

Stepping off the plane was like coming up from murky depths and gulping down that first gasp of air.

A warm breeze, thick with moisture, whipped around us bringing the smell of palm trees, flowers and far off sea salt with it. The perfume of the tropics.

We raced through the airport as fast as our legs would carry us, leapt into a cab and hurtled down the highway towards Tulum.

Stopping off a little over half way there, at our first hotel of the trip; Esencia.

We tore off shoes, discarded jumpers and suitcases, and made a beeline for the beach.

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Birds danced over our heads, the crickets began to sing as dusk started to settle.

We emerged onto velvet sands just as the sky and the waves turned pink.

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Laughing and hugging we dipped our feet in the warm sea and wallowed in the fragrant air of this new world.

Pulling ourselves together, we skipped the short distance to the bar to tick a little something off my bucket list…

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Frozen margaritas, guacamole(!) and scallop ceviche.

Eaten on the beach, watching the waves roll in and the pelicans scoop up their supper.

One more round later and we were ready to hit the hay, and check out our new home properly.

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I’ve always had great faith in i-escape when it comes to their choice of hotels (they only choose lovely little independent places and give you their honest opinions) but this time they’d really outdone themselves.

I would never have even heard of this place if they hadn’t recommended it so heartily!

Our perfect room led onto a perfect little bathroom, and a perfect little jungle jacuzzi.

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After lounging in the hot, bubbling water and listening to the palms rustle overhead, we collapsed into bed, pressed one button beside our pillows and black-out shutters descended from above, plunging us into peaceful, blissful darkness.

We awoke with whispers of “you ‘wake?” just before sunrise, and went down to the sea to enjoy the show.

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Watching the sun slowly rise over the ocean from our little tiled breakfast table.

Coffees in hand and utterly mesmerised.

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After an exceptionally lazy breakfast we pulled on our explorer hats and set off to see some of the jungle.

Hunting the Cenotes we’d heard so much about.

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A quick climb along a winding, well trodden path led us to Cenote Azul.

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A limestone pool of the clearest, cleanest, fresh water you’ll ever come across.

A surreal oasis and a godsend with the humidity reaching 100%.

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Mum and I swam through the pools, stretched out on rocks like fat lizards and marvelled at the magic of the place.

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I’d always thought cenotes looked nice… but I was totally unprepared for how unique and special they really are.

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I’ve never felt so safe just floating, so small, so at peace.

Though things really transform below the surface, as it’s only then you can grasp the sheer scale of the place.

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The water’s so clear you don’t need goggles, there’s no salt or chlorine to get in your eyes.

But a snorkel certainly helps if you’d like to stare a little longer!

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We were there early, so only shared the place with a handful of other travellers and a fair few iguanas.

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And of course the hungry fish, happy to give you a tickly pedicure if you stand still for even a moment!

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There’s a deck to catch your breath on, rocks for jumping off and endless pools to peer into.

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Blue lace up swimmer (55% off!) // Red lace up swimmer (also in black)

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Mum getting her fishy pedicure!

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If you’re squeamish about fish perhaps wear diving shoes, try to keep moving around and know that they mean you no harm.

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We enjoyed the dappled sunshine pouring through the palms until an avalanche of people arrived, at which point we slithered out and headed home through the jungle.

Nodding thanks to our hosts as we left.

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Safely home in our own manicured little jungle, we set off to conquer some sunbeds.

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Lace backless dress

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And live a little more of my dream!

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Something we’d end up doing at regular intervals every day of our trip!

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The guacamole was even better than I’d ever imagined, and the coconuts cooler than I’d dared hope for.

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Such a joy to be able to share it with my favourite partner in crime, and mega beach babe…

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Mum!

Strapless swimsuit // Sarong

Jewellery her own designs

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We dipped in and out of the sea between snack dips.

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Watched pelicans swoop overhead.

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And splashed our way through the waves of Mexican “winter”.

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Striped bikini

We had a late lunch at our same breakfast table, this time covering it in all manner of Mexican goodness.

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Taco’bout a feast!

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Spicy shrimp tacos.

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Avocado fries (so making these at home! Will share a recipe when I nail it.)

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Fish tacos! (Try this recipe or this, if the craving strikes!)

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Tangy fresh ceviche.

All followed by a siesta in the shade.

And strawberry margaritas in the surf.

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Once nighttime fell we sank into the spa…

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… never to be seen again!

 

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  • :)

    Great post Rosie! You look tanned already, Im going on holiday soon and I could do with a bit of a base tan before I go! Do you use a fake/gradual tan that you could recommend or are you lucky enough to have olive skin?! xxx

    • Rosie

      I popped into a salon in NH for a spray tan before we left!
      Go to your fave salon, I’m sure they have a good one. Just be very sure to exfoliate properly first, moisturise your elbows and any joints – and don’t go wearing any makeup!
      Then when you’re away exfoliate daily and it’ll rub off about the same time your real tan starts to come through! xx

      • :)

        Brilliant! Thanks Rosie! xxxx

  • Madalena de Lellis

    looks incredible – I know where I’m taking my mum for her birthday now!

    • Rosie

      Such a great plan M! xx

  • Ana SimΓ΅es

    What and amazing place and what an incredible website. Thank you so much for sharing. It seems like you had the greatest time.

  • Katja

    HI! I just want to ask your favorite clothing stores in London? If you can reccomended some good ones. πŸ™‚

  • Those cenotes look absolutely gorgeous to take a swim in! I went to Mexico last year but stayed in a much more touristy city, so I’d love to go back someday and explore the more unique and local side of the country!

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  • Agnes Pierce Jones

    What camera do you have/use for these pictures? x

    • Rosie

      You can find all my camera info in my FAQs! x

  • I’d never really thought about going to Mexico before which is crazy as I’m crazy for Mexican food and that guacamole looks incredible…and the tacos, and the salsa, and the the avocado fries!! *looks up flights immediately*

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    • Rosie

      Sounds like it needs to move to the top of your list immediately Harriet! x

  • These pictures look amazing! I need to book a trip to Mexico!!

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  • Looks gorgeous! Mexico seems like such a popular place at the moment – I went a couple of years ago but I think it’s time to go back… Love the photo of you in the red swimsuit xxx

    • Rosie

      Seems like it’s always a good idea to go, Steph! Make it happen! x

  • Shade of Red Blog

    What a fabulous post! I felt inspired by your trip to Saint Lucia in August and booked myself in for The Body Holiday. Thank you, Rosie, I will report back!
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    • Rosie

      Oh excellent news! Can’t wait to hear what you think! x

  • Megan

    I need to be sitting on that beach with a vat of that guacamole on hand.

  • Oh so dreamy! Love looking at your photos, they make me feel as if I was right there with you and think of my next adventure.
    Margi
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  • This looks like a dream! I hope to go on similar holidays with my mum one day πŸ™‚

    Ella xx

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    • Rosie

      I’m sure she’d love that, Ella! x

  • Annabella Cull

    While sitting at my desk in the middle of Salisbury Plain on a cloudy Tuesday, that looks like absolute heaven! *Starts saving*

  • deegeeme

    This is why I love your blog Rosie! Your pictures are fab and make me feel like I’m experiencing the trip too. Love it! And your mom is a total Babe-raham Lincoln.

    • Rosie

      ha! She is indeed! xx

  • Your vacation blogposts are my favorite ! Magic!

    • Rosie

      Mine too Vic, thanks! x

  • What a heavenly escape with your mum! I’d never really thought about going to Mexico before but it looks gorgeous!

    Gemma x
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    • Rosie

      Really worth a trip, Gem! x

  • I am going to Mexico this summer and I am so excited now, i’m sure every post you will put up will be the next thing on my list of things to do πŸ™‚ Frankie from http://www.newgirlontheblog.me

    • Rosie

      Arrgghhh I’m a little jealous! Can I come too?! x

  • What a fabulous sunny and exotic gateway Rosie, you and your mum must have had a brilliant time! It think that’s exactly what you need at this time of the year. Sadly we’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy some sunshine here in London or until the next holiday. Beautiful swimming costumes by the way, you always look fabulously stylish! xx
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    • Rosie

      Spring’ll be here in no time, Julie! x

  • Michelle

    i-Escape mentions there are lots of kiddos on the property– did you find that to be the case? X

    • Rosie

      Didn’t see 1. But it wasn’t school holidays x

      • Michelle

        Thanks for your response! Gotta convince the boy now πŸ˜€ Looks positively dreamy!

  • This post makes me miss Mexico so much! I love eating guac and ceviche on their white sandy beaches washed down with a shot of Don. Ugh, it’s the best. You MUST go visit Isla Mujeres next!! It’s a little island off the coast of Cancun (short 20 minute ferry ride) and is just it’s own little piece of paradise where you can roam amongst the locals and eat the fresh catch of the day literally as it’s unloaded off the boats. You drive golf carts around the island and it takes about an hour to go all the way around, if that gives you an idea of what a little gem it is. It’s amazing. xx

    • Rosie

      Sounds perfect to me, Nicole! x

  • Emma

    Lovely post, I could almost taste the guacamole the way you talked about it! Also your mum is so beautiful xx

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  • Cressida Murrell

    siiiiiiiiiiiigh.. πŸ™‚ looks incredible, thanks for sharing! xxx

  • Oh my gosh, it looks like you had such an amazing time! You completely make me want to go to Mexico now! Just for the guac alone!! And the cenotes!!

    Katie

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  • It looks like you had an amazing time in Mexico! Your pictures are gorgeous and that guacamole….I may just have to travel to Mexico just to get some.

    • Rosie

      I think you should, Shannon!

  • Im so jealous of your tan!!! I wonder what camera have you used here? I seem to have no luck with my camera. I have a canon miii but It’s too bulky and heavy to bring at the beach. I myself is a avocholic!! I shall move to Mexico.

  • marigabrielle

    Im from Mexico and its so nice reading your impressions about my beautiful country! Im super glad you liked it! Its better than reading all those negative news that you see everyday about Mexico. I wish more people could see what you saw! πŸ™‚

  • Wow that limestone pool looks amazing! How far away were the Cenotes from your hotel? Were they touristy enough that they were easy to find?
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  • This looks beautiful Rosie! I’m going to Mexico in May and this has made me so excited πŸ˜€ x

  • Looks like you had an amazing time, wish I could travel constantly!

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  • Amaaaaazing. This is making me want to jet off to somewhere sunny and eat as much guacamole as humanly possible. Taco ’bout a dream vacation!

  • Mexico looks amazing. I’ve never heard of iEscape but I must check them out. I’m making this year the year of adventure! x

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  • This looks AMAZING. Just got back from Cuba with a bunch of people who had been to Tulum just beforehand. It is definitely on my list!

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  • I’m in the middle of the Norwegian Winter, dreaming of my next holiday – so this post just killed me! It looks absolutely amazing there, and I can’t wait to go to Mexico now! Planning a trip with my best friend for the Autumn, now I KNOW we’ve picked the right place πŸ™‚

    What camera do you use for underwater pics, btw? They look amazing, way better than I manage with my GoPro πŸ™‚

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  • Your mom designs jewelry?! Amazing! Two mega-babes for sure. I’m heading to Mexico myself for the first time this spring and I CANNOT WAIT! So much guacamole to be had πŸ™‚ x

  • Becky

    Oh your trip looks amazing! Those ‘walking out of the sea’ shots are like something out of a movie πŸ˜‰ And your mum is a total babe! xx

  • Ah it looks absolutely amazing!
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  • The slow pace

    I’m suffering in the dark, cold, terrible German Winter… thanks to you I got a little bit of much needed sunshine!
    xx,
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  • AdΓ¨le’s Getaway

    I really fell in love with your blog! Love all your post πŸ™‚ Great job!

  • This is such a dream! I can’t imagine anything better than beaches, swimming, Mexican food and spas – literally my perfect day! xxx
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  • Kari Guastella

    Mexico is such a short flight away for me. I’m thinking a long weekend trip is needed!
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  • This looks like such a beautiful location! And that food looks delicious!!

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  • Madison

    How gorgeous!! Your pictures are absolutely stunning, and I LOVE that white lace dress. Amazing choice to go with your mom – mother/daughter trips are simply the best!

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  • Ashley Christabelle

    A great roundup! I would be so frightened of the iguana hahaha! x your mum is awesome!

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  • Megan Indoe

    Guacamole, avocados, tacos, margaritas, ceviche… I can’t wait to go to Mexico or back to Southern California! Being in Seoul for a year and looking at the mouthwatering food and drink photos is making me reconsider my life choices! Beautiful photos and the beach isn’t so bad either! Thanks for sharing!

  • WOW this place looks heavenly, from the beach to the bedroom what a fab place to holiday with your mum – I know mine wouldn’t complain if I whisked her here…

    Lauren x
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  • I’m just in awe at how incredible this looks! I absolutely adore travel, the way you do-exploring by day, beach by afternoon, and spa by night, and honestly //need// to get around to visiting Mexico! Also: I adore that you call your Mum your best friend….it’s so true isn’t it?! Have fun in the sun!

    xx

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  • You have the best beach wear wardrobe Rosie! The lace dress is gorgeous. I love the secluded vibe to this place & the food looks amazing. Hurry up & nail those avocado fries!!!!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • This place is literally so dreamy. That guac and coconut set up = all I’ve ever wanted! And the hotel and cenotes are so beaut. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Anthony Kershaw

    Lovely vacation. Your mom looks wonderful. Very relaxed.

  • So cute that you included your mom! That food looks sooo delish! Especially those fried avocados. Mmmm…

  • What a dreamy vacation!! I hate to be stuck here with work and cold weather…

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  • mycitymylondon

    That avocado fries are a must try:) Wow the sea looks amazing! I need to hide away from the cold and rain and jump on a plane too:( my fingers and toes are really suffering in the cold

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  • This must be the dreamiest post ever written. Two beautiful women in such a magical landscape makes for gorgeous photos! x

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  • gina

    it looks so beautful! although 100% humidity would not do my hair any favours!! gorgeous pics.. completely jealous! πŸ™‚ hope you had fun. thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ahh the denotes look incredible!
    So beautifully clear! xo

  • cestmoi

    Wow! Best blog post ever, it seems! I don’t even remember how I stumbled up it but I’m sure glad I did. Those guac, salsa and chip bowls–I want those.

  • Loved the post and the soft tone in the pictures!
    Bookmarking this as I have Mexico on my mind, probably first thing next year πŸ™‚

    Checked iescape and I love it already!
    Cheers Rosie!

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  • Wow! That looks amazing! We are going to Mexico now in about a weeks and this post makes me even more excited. Can I ask where all that delicious food is from? πŸ™‚