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A couple of weeks ago we finally got around to checking out Zenzi’s Sunday BBQ on the beach in Playa del Carmen. We had eaten there  several times before on one of our many Playa del Carmen excursions but we hadn’t made it down for the BBQ yet so I was eager to go. Who doesn’t love a beach BBQ? We gathered a group of friends together and set off for the day with just our towels and sunscreen since ZenZi has a funky beach lounge. It was a nice change from lugging our cooler, beach chairs, shovel and sun umbrella to the beach.

Every Sunday Zenzi has their all-you-can-eat beach BBQ for the very reasonable price of 120 pesos (less than $12) drinks not included of course. 🙂  We settled into huge bean bag-like seats under a large sombrilla and ordered our first drink of the day. It was a beautiful Sunday with barely any clouds in the sky and very little breeze so we made frequent trips to the ocean to cool off between playing rounds of dominos and catching up on everyone’s news…or should I say gossip? We even taught my girlfriend’s little girl how to play dominos and for a 4 year old she kicked butt!

Chillin' at Zenzi Playa

Finally just before 2pm the BBQ was ready and with grumbling stomachs we made our way to the line. You could separate the true meat lovers from the rest as the carnivores skipped the fresh green salad, pasta salad and potato salad and went directly to the grill. There they loaded up on burgers, plump sausages, pork chops and lightly charred chicken wings. Delish!!!! Armed with over-flowing plates we dug into our mouth-watering meals with gusto and some of us even went back for seconds…. and dare I say thirds? By now the live band had started up and the cool sound of reggae  filled our ears as we relaxed after our filling lunch.

More drinks were ordered and trips to the ocean became less frequent as we settled into our bean bags and passed the afternoon sharing stories and anecdotes about life. As the sun began to drop  we gathered our things, paid our bill and made our way back to Cancun. It had been a great Sunday shared with good friends and tasty food a winning combination by anyone’s standards. We all agreed that we would definitely go to ZenZi’s Beach Club for their BBQ on a Sunday again.

Just some of the food that can be found at the BBQ

Have you been to Zenzi’s before? Do you like BBQ’s?

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It’s been a busy 2 weeks since my last post but I  have suddenly found myself with a lot of free time coming my way for the next 3-4 weeks. Hubby and I have been very active lately, running in the mornings and afternoons and I have been going to Pilates classes with a couple of my girlfriends a couple of times a week, with the goal of losing some extra weight that I have dragged around for the last couple of years. Well, not anymore. This morning I fractured my toe (how stupid of me) and according to my doctor I will have to be off my feet as much as possible for 3-4 weeks-OH JOY!! So it looks like I will have loads of time to catch up with my blogging.

What a view!

At the end of April we set off to explore a new cenote for us and an old familiar one in the Riviera Maya. Since it was my Mom’s last weekend in Cancun we wanted to take her on an adventure before she returned to Vancouver. We hit the road early and made Cenote Manati our first stop of the day. When we arrived a tour bus had already beat us there but undeterred we parked and unloaded our snorkeling gear. My Mom decided to forgo the first cenote and instead she installed herself in a nice little restaurant on the beach and ordered a tall cool one. We were anxious to explore the cenote and we saw that they rented kayaks so my excitement grew as I thought that we were in for a great experience kayaking through the mangroves and waterways. We paid 50 pesos for each kayak and paddled off. Cenote Manati is located on the largest cave system of the world and is very picturesque to say the least; the crystal clear water  gives off the illusion of various shades of green and is surrounded by lush vegetation.Cenote Manati received its name because in the past you may have come across a Manati but with increased tourism to the area it is now very unlikely that you will encounter one of these very shy creatures.

Cenote Manati

As we were paddling through the waterways and manoeuvering through the mangroves I felt very peaceful and I was enjoying the physical exercise  accompanied by the beautiful scenery. After about 10 minutes we hit a dead-end and try as we might we just couldn’t seem to find a way to keep going so we paddled back to ask the guide for directions. Much to our disappointment we were informed that you couldn’t go any further so we decided to kayak the same short route again. At 50 pesos a pop per kayak we felt somewhat mislead and we were determined to get some more use out of our kayaks. After we had paddled around some more we ditched the kayaks and armed with snorkel gear we delved into the depths of the cenote in search of underwater life. Once we felt that we had enough we joined my Mom for a drink and a snack and then we set off for Cenote Azul.

Mom chillin' at Cenote Azul

After exiting the highway we found a nice shady spot under a tree and left our truck to make our way down to the cenote. It was a Saturday so understandably there were a lot of people cooling themselves off in the cool refreshing water and working on their tans. My Mom and I didn’t waste any time as we jumped into the water and swam around until we found a rock conveniently in the shade under a large overhanging tree. There we stayed until Cesar joined us and then I set off with hubby and snorkel gear to explore the cenote some more. As we swam around admiring the different species of fishes and underwater nooks and crannies I thought to myself what an amazing world exists below the surface.

Heavenly

As the sun rose high in the sky we began to feel a rumble in our tummies so we packed up our stuff and bid adieu to Cenote Azul and headed to Playa for a well deserved lunch on the beach. It had been another great day in paradise and a wonderful way to spend my Mom’s last weekend in Cancun.

Another view of Cenote Azul

Have you been to a cenote before? Which ones are your favourites?

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