Whale Sharks and Sting Rays and Alcohol, Oh My!

sarahI was recently on vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.  The reason for the trip was to swim with whale sharks and other marine life, of which I did plenty.

It was amazing to swim next to a giant whale shark and look into its eyes, in the middle of the open ocean.  I also saw sea turtles, sting rays, baby squid and beautiful exotic fish.

I’ve been to an all-inclusive resort before and of course, alcohol was ever present, even more so than I remember from previous trips.  I think I was hypersensitive to it, for two reasons:

  1. Within my job as a nurse,  I work to promote the low risk drinking guidelines
  2. I was with my young daughter, who’s becoming more and more aware

Alcohol was everywhere. There was booze in the fridge in my hotel room, at the swim up bars, bottles of wine at every table, and mimosas were offered for breakfast.  Each night there were prizes during the entertainment, all alcohol – either tequila or red wine – and the poor kids that won one such game had to forfeit their prize.

Luckily, we spent most of our time in the water, so my daughter did not witness anything distasteful in relation to other vacationers getting intoxicated.  For certain, it helped that we were in bed a lot earlier than most…

Have you experienced or witnessed any alcohol-related happenings while at an all-inclusive resort?  Tell us your story.

2015Tulum Beach

Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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