Staying at a Resort for Under $2 to Celebrate the 2-Year Anniversary of the Blog

One this date in 2016, we published our very first blog article on this site. Since then, our articles have been viewed almost two million times and have been republished in various periodicals across Mexico.

Not bad for a couple of retirees who spend much of their time just lounging on a beach.

Last week, Linda and I were trying to come up with a cool way to celebrate the two-year anniversary. We wanted to incorporate the number 2 in our celebration, so I first proposed going out for some celebratory tacos and spending two dollars or less.

Linda’s idea was much better — she proposed going to an all-inclusive resort for the weekend for under $2. Her idea won.

Celebrating on a Budget

When it comes to living large on a budget, no one does it better than my wife, Linda. She is a master of finding low rates on hotels and once she finds one, she looks to maximize the savings by booking through sites that offer loyalty points (like Expedia) and paying for the purchase with a credit card that gives cash back.

After all, if you’re going to spend the money anyway, you might as well get the most bang for your buck.

After our recent trip to Italy, we had accrued quite a few points, so we decided to pamper ourselves and book a single night at the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun resort. It’s an all-inclusive resort located almost 50 minutes north of where we live.

Without the points, this resort would of cost us $358.66 for a one night stay; however, with our points it only came out to $1.18 USD.

When we stay at an all-inclusive near our home, we often book it for only one night. We’ve found that it’s a very cost effective way to enjoy a couple of beach days in a row.

We normally show up in the morning around 10 and check-in. Although we can’t have our room until 3 PM or so, the hotels still allow the guests who arrive earlier to eat, drink and enjoy the facilities.

When we check out of the room the next day (usually by noon), we always ask the staff at the reception desk how long we can stay and enjoy the property. The most common answer is that we can stay as long as we like, but some hotels will give us a specific time that falls somewhere between 5 PM and midnight.

A few hotels have even offered us the use of a courtesy room where we can shower and change before leaving the property. Now, that’s really nice.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Our success is a direct result of the efforts of our loyal followers who take the time to share our posts on social media and tell their friends about us. Thank you very much, we couldn’t have done it without you.

It would have been great to have a bunch of you come to the resort with us, but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough points for that 🙂

About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

67 Comments on "Staying at a Resort for Under $2 to Celebrate the 2-Year Anniversary of the Blog"

  1. Joan Dervin | April 22, 2018 at 11:40 am |

    I need Linda to manage my vacation saving!

  2. Carrol Wiley | April 22, 2018 at 11:40 am |

    I love your blog!!!

  3. Patrick Lyons | April 22, 2018 at 11:44 am |

    You guys are so damn cool. My wife and I can’t wait to run into you two some day. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Maybe by year 3 anniversary….you will have so many points, we will all come and join you! Really happy for you that you got to spend some lovely resort time. Best of both worlds…..

  5. Betsye McDonald | April 22, 2018 at 11:53 am |

    Congratulations on 2 years writing the blog! Thank you for the time you both put into the blog to help us out!

  6. We buy a week off a friends timeshare.Last time was the Mayan in PV. The Marina. 275.00 CDN for a week. they gave us a 300.00 food and drink voucher. we’ve done this many times and if you know someone with a TS it’s the way to go

    • We have a timeshare at Paradise village in jelescio north of the airport and have been coming done since 1995 how does one go about sharing their timeshare without getting burned. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:10 am |

      Wow, that’s awesome!

  7. Really like your blog! Good info. Moving to Merida next week.

  8. David Purcell | April 22, 2018 at 11:56 am |

    But Paul, my friend: How MUCH MONEY did you have to take out of your SAVINGS for the trip to Italy??

    BTW, this is Dave – the “would be” expat, who so far hasn’t made it down there. If your memory serves, I’m the Florida AR gun builder-guy ~ who you saved from spending his Golden Years in a Mexican Prison. Email advice or not, I owe you for that !!!!!

    If I ever make it, buddy, I’ll spring for a night at one of those ‘all inclusive’ joints – for you AND Linda. 🙂 🙂

    Dave Purcell

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:13 am |

      We’re able to save a significant amount each month by being aware of our spending and staying within our budget. We use a portion of that money for our one big trip every year.

      I do remember you, Dave. Thanks for the super generous offer!

  9. THANK YOU for your 2 years of blogging helpful, useful, dream making information!! And also for the Spanish lessons 🙂 I see your blog referenced on other blogs about Mexico … you are the go to for concise and fun Mexico living!

  10. David Purcell | April 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm |

    PS:

    IN RE ALL COMMENTS:

    I think Linda should start-up a side-line micro-biz advising all sorts of people on “How to Manage” their savings ~ vacation ~ or otherwise… Linda, you’re utilizing some pretty creative money management strategies. I know it takes time and some cunning financial/logistical planning!! To say the least, you are very, very good at this…

    DP

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:15 am |

      She would be great at it; however, anytime I bring up the idea of starting a business, she scowls a bit and reminds me that retirement is too awesome to start being responsible people again…lol.

  11. Thanks so much to you both for all the info and for Linda’s responses. Look forward to moving there ourselves.
    George Corbeil

  12. I love your blog. I keep learning new ideas. We actually are spending two nights at a small hotel in Playa Centro, near Calle 6 and Ave 5, in May, for $0.00 U.S.D. We had just enough airline points with AA to cover the stay. Since we no longer drive after dark, this will be our chance to enjoy some of the evening life in Playa (before 9 PM, anyway). And dinner at Babe’s!

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:16 am |

      That’s great! Points are the way to go. If you’re going to spend the money anyway, why not get something extra for it along the way.

  13. Glory Jordan | April 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm |

    You two look so happy..retirement in Mexico really agrees with you!

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:17 am |

      We are very happy down here. This move to Mexico turned out better than we had ever imagined.

  14. Anne Walmsley | April 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm |

    Happy Anniversary and thank you for brining us so many interesting articles. BTW you have an awesome holiday planner for a wife

  15. Great Job on your blog, just recently discovered you, very impressed, we are in Playacar Fase 1 PDC, if ever you are in the area till the 19th of May would love to meet you.

  16. Jim Fandrich | April 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm |

    You are just too cool.
    L&B. (Lounging & Blogging).
    Later, Jim

  17. John, regarding sharing your timeshare: If you are an RCI member you can purchase a guest certificate for $50 US and whomever you gift it to can use that week. Of course you would charge them the $239 exchange fee. You are still on the hook for your annual maintenance fee.

  18. shannon collier | April 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm |

    I truly enjoy reading your blog and of course tip bits from Linda. I’m a retired Canadian looking for a place to rent for Jan, Feb, March 2019. I would prefer to be in the same area as where you are. I say this because if this is the area you choose to live then it must be a good area. I would like to be within an hour of the airport. A one bedroom near the beach would be great then again it all comes down to cost. And as you know our Canadian dollar compared to the US dollar is .75. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thank You

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:19 am |

      If you send us a request via the contact form, we can put you in touch with a property management company that handles rentals in our area. They represent over 55 properties, so you should have some options to choose from.

  19. Marie Martin | April 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm |

    Awww wish I would have known! My friends Erik and Humberto are concierges there at Capri. I would ask them to look for you and do something special. Although, Secrets resorts take very good care of you anyway. I’m a return “offender” lol to Secrets Akumal 6 times! Happy Avviversary

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:20 am |

      That would have been great. This was our first time at a Secrets resort. The food was very good and the staff was amazing. Those are two big things we look for in an all-inclusive.

  20. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. I love Mexico and to be specific Cancun and San Miguel de Allende. If you have not been to San Miguel you should check it out. It will be a nice getaway. Hope to meeting you and Linda over some tacos. Cheers and have a lovely day!

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:21 am |

      We visited San Miguel last year and we may return again this year. We haven’t made all of our ravel plans for the rest of the year yet.

  21. Alan P Benton | April 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm |

    Happy Anniversary!
    Love the blog!

  22. Robert Baechle | April 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm |

    Congradulations on the 2 year anniversary. As many have already said, thanks for your no nonsense information. You deserve to be happy and relax after your years of service. Keep the info coming, I have 5 years 1 month, but who’s counting 🙂

  23. Congratulations on the 2 yr anniversary of your blog. I haven’t missed one! I love the lifestyle and think I am happiest and most relaxed when down in PDC or Riviera Maya a few times a year. Though I am not quite retirement age, your blog helps me think it’s possible to make the move down there and have a comfortable life.Thank you for sharing and your insights. Keep up your great work!

  24. Diane McNair | April 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm |

    Job well done, congratulations to you both!

  25. Congratulations! And great info!

  26. Good job Linda!

  27. iFelicidades!
    Except for the beach and resort stuff, you two seem to be the hardest working expats in Mexico. I don’t know how you manage it all! Thanks for using your precious time to help out the rest of us, Paul and Linda!

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:25 am |

      Thanks, John. We stay pretty busy for two retirees, that’s for sure. That’s why we don’t promise to post regularly on the blog.

  28. I would caution against using Expedia for bigger vacations (including airfare). I’ve read too many horror stories on travel sites complaining that when/if something goes wrong (cancelled flights, problems with the hotel, etc.) the airlines/hotels are not flexible because the trips were not booked with them directly. In Linda’s case, there was probably little chance of something going wrong (delay, sickness, etc.), so it was fine in this instance.

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 23, 2018 at 7:26 am |

      Yes, that can be a problem. That’s why we always spring for the travel insurance and we have had to use it on two occasions.

  29. I so enjoy everything you write. Blessings to you and Linda.

  30. Thanks for sharing Paul. Capri is our favorite adults-only AI property in the Riviera Mays for many reasons, the staff being number one. The location is also close to our new home so it was convenient to stay there while our place was being built.
    One visit we spent a week at Capri, and 3 of the 7 nights were free. This was from our “gambling winnings” at their Casino Night on a previous stay. We won several million “pesos” and were able to convert our winnings into a 3-night stay through an auction there. Love the resort, small, intimate property with excellent cuisine and drinks. The beach has been impacted during the last 4 years but is still gorgeous.

    We are also founding UVC members but will cancel that since we now live in the area. Thanks again for sharing!

  31. YVAN BOUTIN | April 23, 2018 at 7:12 am |

    I read you every day love it

  32. Pabo (Patti and Bob Parigini) | April 23, 2018 at 11:15 am |

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! Keep up this great blog as we are charter members!

  33. Congratulations and thank you for those 2 years. You’re good people that’s why life is generous with you. (Besides having a smart woman by your side. ; )

  34. They should have let you stay there for 2 bucks just because you mentioned the resort in your blog post.

  35. Javier Chung | April 25, 2018 at 5:21 pm |

    I was in Playa del Carmen two days ago at the end of my trip. I saw the disgusting “sargazo”, ruining the ocean front propertie’s beautiful beaches along the Riviera and Costa Maya ( I also explored from Mahahual to Xcalak). The worst “sargazo” was right on front of El Señor Frog Restaurant, next to the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen. What is your take on this issue?

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 26, 2018 at 8:16 am |

      The sargassum comes and goes. Right now we’re having a lot of it, but eventually we’ll get a break from it. It’s been around for a long time, even Christopher Columbus wrote about encountering large floating patches of the stuff back in 1492.

      2015 was a bad year for sargassum (similar to this year) but 2016 and 2017 weren’t that bad, hopefully we’ll get a break from it soon.

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