Spring Break 2008 - My Family Travels

 Heaven, many people say that such a place doesn’t exist, but I strongly disagree.  There is a place I like to call “heaven on earth” right in the middle of the America‘s.  Now you might have a few places in mind such as: Puerto Vallarta or San Jose, Puerto Rico, but the correct answer is the Yucatan Peninsula

 My mother and I stayed at a beautiful new resort called the Barceló.  One of the many great things about this resort was that, since it just opened, the price per night was cut in half. 

As beauty is held in the eye of the beholder, the title of “heaven on earth” is handed out the same way. When we first arrived, we had to wait in a long line, which for a person like me, becomes quite unbearable very quickly.  However, I would later realize that this wait should be treated like suspense right before the climax because after we were given the room keys, the fun began. 

Our room was fantastic, it had a large 47″ LCD television, two queen sized beds, each with six pillows ( I love having a lot of pillows),  a separate area with two comfortable couches and coffee table, and last but not least, a balcony with a beautiful view.  Oh, I almost forgot, there was a free minibar (YES, a FREE minibar) that was refilled everyday with beer, that I wasn’t allowed to drink, chips, soda, and candy. 

Now, by this time I was almost ready to call this paradise and never leave, but then I remembered, even though the room is fantastic, how is the rest of the resort?  Well, you can stop worrying, because it was awesome.  They had white sand beaches with pristine blue water and plenty of large, clean, freshwater pools with poolside bars.  If you don’t like swimming, no worries there are plenty of alternatives such as volleyball, soccer, tennis, and basketball courts.  Even if people are feeling exceptionally lazy they can just pick a nice spot under the many palm trees and rest with any drink they want.   

I could probably write a 600 word essay solely about the beaches and arenas, but there is just so much to tell; like the food.  The Barceló had three buffets that were open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  Not only that, there were plenty of gourmet restaurants scattered around the resort, each with their own specific style of cuisine.  My mother and I went to four of these restaurants because the resort gave us free meals at any four restaurants we chose.  The second night of our stay, we went to a Spanish style restaurant, where I ordered a large steak and soda, while my mother ordered a salad and pasta.  The fourth night, we took a short, but worthwhile walk to the Brazilian cuisine restaurant.  Right when I walked through the door, I could smell the aromas of freshly barbecued meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.  To tell the truth, I’m sort of a carnivore, so this restaurant was like an oasis in a desert of “leafy greens” in which I was able to indulge all my senses in the ecstasy that is meat eating.  Sadly, I cannot remember what other two restaurants we ate, but I can assure you, both were fantastic and had outstanding food and service. 

On the last day, I was devastated to leave the Barceló because I felt I was getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden, but that day, I promised myself I would return one day.

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