A Little Slice of Paradise…

(Beach in Cozumel, Mexico)

Ellen and family relaxing at Paradise Beach in Cozumel, Mexico

Let’s pretend you happen to find yourself in Cozumel and you want to have an amazing day.  What does that look like for you?

Does dad want to lounge on the beach under an umbrella watching the waves roll onto shore while sipping buckets of beer?

Do the kids want to go kayaking, snorkeling, or jumping and sliding through an inflatable water park?

Hair braiding and henna tattoos plus free wifi for insta posting for the tween? 

How does mom feel about having a relaxing massage on the beach, followed up by one of Cozumel’s best mojitos and lunch from a taco truck?

Parasailing? Yep!

Jet skiing?  You got it!

Banana Boat Rides?  Heck yes they do!

Huge freeform pool?  Check!

Clean restrooms and showers?  Oh my goodness, yes.  Ellen does not do porta pottys!

In honor of their grand reopening on February 1st, I wanted to let you know about one of my secret happy places.  But, lets keep it between us so it doesn’t get overrun with tourists, ok? 

Paradise Beach in Cozumel is about a 10-15 minute ride from the cruise ports and easily accessible by taxi.  When you get into the cab, the driver may try to convince you to go to another beach club (where he gets a kick back), so just let him know you are meeting friends at Paradise Beach.  No need to arrange return transportation because there are always plenty of taxis waiting when you are ready to leave.

Upon arrival, you can purchase the $3 pass, which is access to all of the facilities and use of a beach chair with or without an umbrella for the day.  Come early in the day (they open at 9) if you want a front row view of the water.  But, they always have plenty of chairs at the beach and the pool, so sleep in if you want.  It’s your day, your way.

The $18 fun pass upgrade will also give you access to all the inflatable water toys, kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear. 

You will be expected to spend some money on food and drinks during your stay, so don’t miss the homemade tortilla chips with fresh salsa and guac.  We have never had a bad meal at Paradise Beach, so work up an appetite and order away.  Check out the menu here

Or, you can opt for the all inclusive day pass, which currently runs around $64 per person and includes all of the fun pass activities plus all you can eat and drink for the day.  We don’t usually opt for this option, because I am “Two Drink Ellen” and my husband tends to take “all you can eat and drink” as a personal challenge to get his money’s worth.

Parasailing ($50 per person), Jet Skis ($50 for 30 minutes), Banana Boat Rides ($10 for 10 minutes), Massages ($30 for 30 minutes), Henna Tattoos and Hair Braiding are all available but additional. 

Why do I love Paradise Beach?  It’s safe and clean.  There is something for everyone.  You can just hop in a cab and go there whenever it works for you.  Same thing on the return.  When you’re ready to go, just settle your tab and hop in a cab.  See what I did there?!?

Sometimes, I hate having a “tour” and a “schedule” to follow.  I don’t want to pay 2 months in advance for “A three-hour horseback riding excursion from 9 am until noon” only to find out it is actually only 45 minutes on a horse.  The rest of the time is standing around in line waiting and traveling to the horses in a bus packed with sweaty tourists.  And then it starts to rain.  Priceless!

I have lost count as to how many times we have visited Paradise Beach in Cozumel, but it never disappoints.  It’s just flexible and fun.  What’s that you say?  Your friend told you there was another beach club on Cozumel that’s way better than Paradise Beach?  Awesome.  Check it out.  Then visit Paradise Beach and let me know how they compare.  😉

This is not a paid ad and I have received nothing from Paradise Beach except happy memories.  They are currently offering a discounted rate if you prepay your day on their website here.

I will wrap this up with a personal video example of what happens when you let grown adults play all day while enjoying buckets of beer.  My daughter was the projectile.  Good times.  😊

Oh 2020, Why’d You Have to Do Me Dirty Like That?!?

I rang in the New Year 100% confident that 2020 was going to be my Best.  Year.  Ever.  Seriously.  I was so confident; I MADE A VISION BOARD!  Swear.  I really did!  For the first time in my 54 years, I laid out all of my goals and my hopes and my dreams and I planned to manifest them into my reality.  Oh, silly naïve Ellen. 

By the end of January, I had planned, booked and paid for an amazing array of travel adventures, including

  • Sailing from San Diego to Vancouver on Holland America’s Konigsdam ship, including a stop in Seattle which was a new destination on a new cruise line for me
  • Celebrating my daughters 21st birthday with a weekend train trip to Toronto to see Hamilton (well, the girls were planning to see Hamilton while my husband and her boyfriend checked out the NHL Hall of Fame Museum), followed by dinner at the top of the CN tower
  • An Alaskan adventure with a group of 100 friends and family in July, including a day trip to Katmai National Park to watch the bears feeding and salmon spawning and then sailing from Seward to Vancouver on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas for 7 nights, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Icy Straight Point
  • A romantic adventure with my hubby to Hotel Xcaret in Riviera Maya where we planned to ride ATV’s, go ziplining and swim in the cenotes
  • And, to finish out the year, a New Years cruise on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, sailing to their private islands of CocoCay and Labadee

By the end of February…Covid was starting to spread around the world and the entire travel industry was beginning to crumble. 

By the end of March, everything was shut down, all travel was cancelled and my full time career became signing and mailing refund checks to hundreds of disappointed clients.

And here we still sit, 10 months later.  In this crazy limbo land between what was and what will be.  Between staying home to stay healthy and getting immunized, so free, and able to travel again.  Life of a vagabond is not cancelled…just postponed. 

The vision board still hangs in my bedroom on my side of the bed, so it is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I see before I go to bed each night. 

I’ve changed the 2020 at the top to 2021.  My momma didn’t raise no quitter.  Laissez le bon temps rouler!

2020 2021 Vision Board

Imposter Syndrome

Ellen of ellensemptynesters.com

Looking for a kind, gay talk show host in her 60’s?  Woops!  Wrong Ellen!  This empty nester is MUCH younger 😉, happily married to the man of my dreams for over 30 years and I can sometimes get a little sassy when the situation warrants an attitude.  Don’t feel like you have to scurry off, though!  Pour yourself a cup of coffee with a splash of Coffee Mate peppermint mocha creamer (yum) or, if you prefer, a glass of Bartenura Moscato (yummier) and let’s get to know each other.  My calendar and my nest are both looking pretty empty, so I have plenty of time to hang out and chat. Let’s talk about life and plan some amazing travel adventures together.