The first week of this month my husband and I were blessed to be able to go on a vacation to Cancun, Mexico. The best part was that I earned the trip by reaching goals at my work so it was virtually no cost to us. While we did have some meetings to go to, for the most part we were able to relax and have fun. People kept asking me how I would style myself vintage on my trip, and my answer was, just the same as I always do! I’ll tell you all about my vacation, as well as what I wore and offer my tips for keeping your vintage hairstyle solid in high humidity.
We stayed at the all inclusive Unico 20 N 87 W resort in Riviera Maya. Let me tell you, it was amazing. Unico is a brand new resort that just opened in March 2017, so we were some of the very first guests to stay there.
When we first arrived we were greeted outside by our personal butler who had a tray of ice cold hand towels to put on our neck and face. I felt like we were royalty! That was just the beginning of the awesomeness that was in store.
I didn’t get a great shot of our room, but this is exactly what it looked like courtesy of Google Image. We were escorted to our room by our personal butler who gave us a tour of the resort on the way. There are four restaurants, including Cueva Siete (Cave Seven) that is headed up by celebrity chef Christian Bravo, who competed on Top Chef Mexico.
I failed at taking food pictures, this is the only one I got! Trust me when I say, it was all just as beautiful and picture perfect as this fried squash appetizer!
We arrived in the late afternoon, so we changed and went to dinner with friends and then went to bed rather early because we were exhausted from traveling all day.
Day One- Tulum & Coba
Our first full day in Cancun we traveled with a group to visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba. Tulum was a Mayan trading stop and Coba was a large Mayan city. Climbing to the top of a Mayan temple was definitely a bucket list item for me, and I got to check it off the list at Coba.
For our adventure, I wore this thrifted dress with my vintage 1950’s bathing suit underneath. There is the most beautiful beach at Tulum, so I wanted to be prepared as there wasn’t really anywhere to change. Unfortunately, it was very windy and the water was too rough to allow swimming so we couldn’t go down to the beach. We were still able to get some amazing pictures of it though.
I think this was the most perfect turquoise water I’ve ever seen. It was around 85 degrees with about 80% humidity, so I knew my hairstyle would be put to the test. I chose to do a “poodle” hairstyle so it would be up and out of the way. I used three kinds of Big Sexy Hair hairspray to ensure all-day hold; Get Layered, Spray & Play, and Weather Proof. I have to say it held up pretty well. The wind took a bit of a toll on the back section where I wasn’t as generous with the hairspray, but the front really did stay in place.
We also saw some wildlife in Tulum. We saw tons of iguanas! They were everywhere! Dayne snapped a shot of this big guy lounging on the rocks at the edge of the cliff.
After a few hours at Tulum we got back on our shuttle, went to eat lunch and then headed to Coba. Out of the two sites, Coba was my favorite. It was in the middle of the jungle and we were able to get right up to all the ruins and really experience the ancient city. I felt like Mrs Indiana Jones!
Mayan boys started training around the age of seven to play the game which consisted of fourteen players competing to try to throw a ball through the two stone rings on each wall of the court. After the game ended, the elders voted on who was the “MVP” winner of the game and that person was beheaded as a human sacrifice to the gods. This took the number of players down to thirteen which was a spiritual number for the Maya. We saw two of the seven existing Mayan ball courts in the world at Coba.
After we toured the lower part of the city it was time to make our way to the main temple. We decided to catch a taxi so that we could have more time at the temple site. It was about a mile from the main entrance and we were already very hot and worn out from spending the morning at Tulum. As soon as we started going, feeling the light breeze, and riding through the beautiful jungle, I was so happy with our choice to take the taxi!!
The main temple is 52 meters (138 feet) high and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would make it to the top. The stone steps are uneven in places and very narrow and steep. Dayne held my hand and we just kept our eyes on the steps and tried not to look down!
I’m proud to say we made it all the way to the top! You can see how far below us the trees are! Yikes. People kept remarking about how I climbed the pyramid in a dress, but honestly, it wasn’t a big deal at all! I had my bathing suit on underneath so flashing those below me while climbing wasn’t an issue. I wore some good rubber-sole shoes and I was good to go.
There was one little room at the top of the pyramid shown above. Other than that, they do not have rooms or tunnels in them like the Egyptian pyramids. The Mayan pyramids were built to climb high into the sky to be closer to god. We spent some time at the top admiring the view and taking pictures. Then we spent some time procrastinating because we didn’t want to climb down! I realized that going up was the easy part. It was so steep, and the steps so narrow that the descent was the scariest part.
As you can see most people opted to take the steps sitting down which is exactly what I did. I sat and lowered myself from step to step while clinging on to the big rope going down the center. Dayne was trying to give me a heart-attack by walking down normally.
We had an unforgettable day at the ruins and I’m so grateful for the experience. I’m going to end part one of our trip here, and I will do a second blog post soon about the send part of our trip including my amazing vintage 1050’s bathing suit I found on eBay, and my reproduction vintage bathing suit from Pinup Girl Clothing.