I love Mexico. I think it is easily one of the most underrated countries in the world. When I lived in San Diego, I purposely chose my apartment because of its proximity to the border. Whenever I had a long weekend, I immediately headed south. I would roll down the windows with Shakira blasting and drive along the curves of the Baja California peninsula waiting for a certain feeling in my stomach to appear letting me know that I had arrived at the place I would be calling home for a couple of days.
Thus, when a fellow travel photojournalist Kirsten won a trip to Playa del Carmen that coincided with her 30th Birthday and asked if I would like to join her, I said “si” without a moment of hesitation. I already knew it was going to be a fabulous trip, but when it started off by 1) getting bumped up to first class and 2) with the flight attendant insisting that my latte be spiked, well then I knew for certain.
We stayed at the luxurious Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa, & Nature Park (HTR). It was my first time ever experiencing an all-inclusive resort. I was a bit overwhelmed during our first meal when I realized I could have whatever my stomach desired. My goal was to try a bite of everything over the next couple of days.
Nowhere does my soul become more alive than when I am near an ocean, so my mission was to explore HTR’s as soon as possible. We decided to save their public beach for another day and to spend the last remaining hours of sun on their secluded beach, which was tucked away in a mangrove forest.
Of course, one must always take advantage when traveling with a professional photographer. It was time for my first photo shoot of the trip!
After my foray into modeling, I needed a siesta and the nearby hammocks were the perfect place for my respite.
Kirsten and I captured one more photo of us together, before heading to the jacuzzi to watch the sunset.
The sunset was nothing less than spectacular! I was delighted that not only was I able to celebrate Kirsten’s extra-special Birthday with her, but that our first day in Paradise was perfect.