When I think of honeymooning, I always think of Sandals or some kind of typical all-inclusive beach resort with thousands of other newlyweds. For Danny and I, this isn’t exactly our type of travel. When we were planning our honeymoon, we originally thought that we wanted to visit Spain and train around the country. We quickly realized, however, that we wanted a respite from the busy-ness of life and a simple week spent together. Ultimately, we ended up finding a small, adults-only resort in the heart of the Oaxaca region of Mexico via a Reddit post that Danny stumbled upon during his scrolling. We purposefully chose our flights to include layovers for us to explore Mexico City (you can read all about that here!) I hope you enjoy reading about our week in Mexico. If you’re familiar with traveling in Mexico, please drop your favorite places in the comments as I already want to go back!
We flew Interjet from Mexico City to Huatulco airport in the Oaxaca region. This is a great budget airline if you plan to travel to Mexico, they even provide free snacks and drinks. Remember when airlines did that in the US? I digress, the Huatulco airport is small but very clean and surprisingly trendy. There were multiple angel wing murals on various walls, many food options to choose from, and the airport even has traditional thatched roofs. We had arranged a taxi to take us from this airport to the resort, and this was arranged through the resort itself. There seemed to be plenty of transportation options at the airport, but definitely do your research prior to traveling for safety and cost.
Tucked away in a remote corner of one of the poorest regions of Mexico was our honeymoon destination. Complete with only 4 villas, a palapa, a few hammocks, a pool, and private beach access we had reached our destination. We had selected the honeymoon package (duh) which basically meant that we would receive 2 drinks per day and an excursion of our choice included in the booking price. Mexico is a very affordable country because the dollar is so strong against the peso. Danny had never traveled to a developing country prior to this trip, and he could NOT get over how cheap things were. For a honeymoon experience, this resort was a steal. After living in LA County, we were amazed at the pure and complete quiet all around us. I kept saying, “shh, listen.” It was a sublime experience, just that.
When I say this was in a remote location, it was more so in the “country”. The power went out 3 or 4 times during our stay in the evenings. We ate our dinner in the mostly dark, and swayed in the hammock. They had the telescope pulled out one evening, and after the power went out, the owner’s got busy making calls, and Danny dialed in the telescope so that I could view the almost-full moon. It is moments like that, that make me feel such immense gratitude that tears well up in my eyes.
We essentially had the beach to ourselves day after day, we rarely saw anyone else besides a few divers looking for oysters. We climbed rocks, found tide pools and acquainted ourselves with all the local crabs. There was nothing to do besides explore the beach, walk 15 minutes down the beach to the little fishing village for a snack and a beer, read by the pool or nap in the hammock. This was wonderful, but it is for a very specific travel type.
We had already sent our dietary preferences ahead of our arrival, and without a doubt, the highlight of our time here was the food. Honestly, we could go on and on about it. As a vegan, you just come to appreciate things that mainstream meat-eaters take for granted. All-inclusive experiences are one of them. Vegans typically get shafted in these scenarios, very often there will be a few token vegan meals available but very rarely are they anything to write home about. Not so, at this place. Every meal is cooked by one of the owners, and she very clearly puts her soul into her food. Each morning, we were greeted with delicious local coffee (when I say local coffee, I don’t mean it was brewed locally, I mean the straight up beans are grown organically and nearby) along with a fresh plate of fruits. There were Asian, Mexican and even American inspired dishes throughout the week. One night, for dinner, we were served the most amazing sushi I have ever had in my life, bar none. And after? Warm almond cookies with hot Oaxacan chocolate. Okay, I will stop here as I’m sure you get the point. THE FOOD WAS GREAT. And if you want to see more of the food, you can watch this quick little video that I put together about eating while traveling.
REALIZING OUR TRAVEL TYPE
We chose to go on a whale and dolphin tour for our excursion, and we made a day of it. The owners took us into the town of Puerto Escondido. The town is very well known among surfers. The boat tour itself was wonderful, we saw more sea turtles than I can remember and ended up finding a pod of spotted dolphin. (Please spend your money to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Please do not spend money to view animals in captivity.) After the tour, we went to a local coffee shop and tried their homemade jams and nut butters, and of course their coffee. Danny and I stopped into Hotel Sante Fe for lunch, which was a little on the pricey side (for Mexico) but was very delicious and had plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. This part of the city along the beach felt very touristy, but still somehow very quaint and charming.
When we returned back to the resort, we were lounging by the pool discussing what our favorite part of the trip so far had been. While we were loving taking things slow, disconnecting and unwinding, we realized that we were getting a little restless by this point of the week. Our travel type is definitely adventurous. We are explorers. I am sure we will have laid back vacations in the future, but expect our next few to be a bit more on the daring side.
In today’s world, it can be pretty invaluable to be offered an opportunity to fully disconnect from the hustle and bustle and just be where you are. We are so glad that we chose this as our honeymoon; our minds, bodies and souls felt so rejuvenated and reconnected to one another.