Soaking wet from the surf and rollicking in the sand.

That’s what we kids did when we spent summer vacations with our Grandparents on the coast.

My parents would complain but Grandpa always smiled and said, “Sometimes its okay to get sand in your pants”.

Grandpa would have loved a trip to the El Dorado Maroma.

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is home to the world famous Maroma beach and that is the setting for one of the most romantic getaways on the planet.

El Dorado Maroma is an enchanted Caribbean resort on a beautiful white sand beach in a picture perfect tropical setting.   The Travel Channel touted Maroma as one of their “Top Ten Beaches in the World”.

Think loveseats, tandem bikes, and matching tee shirts.  This is a couples resorts from start to end.  You definitely do not come here to get over a broken heart.  You come here to prove you still have a heart.

One of the highlights for any couple is a romantic sunset cruise on a huge catamaran.  Swapping canapés, enjoying the Caribbean breeze, and imbibing from the international open bar with a loved one is an unbeatable moment.

The crystal colored water turns to glass under the waning light and you are treated to a four course dinner on the sandy beach.

While a saxophone player lays down the live soundtrack you enjoy Lobster tail, Surf and Turf or a juicy steak with a yummy spinach cream.  The evening ends with a sparkling wine toast and trip back to the resort.

Here’s a quick tip.  Wear comfortable shoes; bring insect repellent, sun block and sunglasses.

Your all-inclusive vacation at Eldorado Maroma with the Gourmet Inclusive feature covers snorkeling.   It’s worth a couple extra bucks to book a snorkling adventure through the Maroma Marina.

The amazing Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System lies just offshore the resort.  Trained lifeguards guide your exploration of this colorful reef teeming with brightly colored fish.

Some of the reef discovery packages include a terrific buffet lunch and open bar with domestic beverages.

Thrill seekers can crank up the excitement zipping across the warm, turquoise water on powerful wave runners.   Plenty of speedboats if that’s your style and don’t forget the sky high view of the resort that parasailing affords.

Think about Mi Hotelito Beachfront Suites to complete your waterfront experience.  The romantic suites have a king size bed and giant terrace put you just a few short steps away from having sand between your toes.  The beach is that close!

Here’s a bonus.  Bar “24” is the mega-popular ocean-front bar next to the Mi Hotelito accommodations.   Ice cold Mexican beers, a crayola-colored collection of tropical drinks or healthy energy drinks are served with cheladas made to order.

I love wrapping up the day on our private terrace after El Dorado Maroma room service delivers our a la carte food in a gourmet basket.

Thinking back over a magical day of sunshine, tan lines, and frolicking on the sandy beach it’s impossible not to smile and toast Grandpa.

“Yep, here’s to sand in your pants”.