Readers and vacationers have spoken–the results of the 2017 Eastern Mexico Best Resorts are in and here are the winners: Continue reading
While everyone expected the Mexican government to give the official OK to a DreamWorks theme park in the Riviera Maya, they have instead decided to authorize the building of a Mayan-inspired amusement park and resort in the area of Punta Maroma in the Riviera Maya (located north of Playa del Carmen).
A short circuit was to blame for a fire which broke out on the 4th floor of the Grand Oasis Cancun hotel. While the flames spread to several rooms, the three responding fire units helped to keep this one under control with only room damage. The last big fire this hotel experienced was in 2013 when the entire hotel was evacuated.
Surprise for some–Hacienda Tres Rios, an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, has been awarded “Best Family Resort in Mexico and Central America” during the World Travel Awards ceremony. Congratulations!!
Many beaches in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are currently experiencing red flags or closed entirely due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. Although the Yucatan Peninsula was not in the direct path of Irma, strong waves are coming onshore and in some cases flooding some areas with water rushing past beachfront restaurants/stores and entering parking lots beyond. This phenomenon is called “mar de fondo” , or wave systems created by strong winds originating from other areas.
For those interested in where the buoys/roped-off areas are for snorkelers in Akumal Bay, here is a pic which was posted by Kay Walten of Locogringo.com. For the month of Sept. 2017, all guided tours are officially suspended from the bay (but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any out there), while general visitors may still snorkel outside the roped-off areas. Here is the map I found on Kay’s Facebook page. Notice how these areas extend onto the front sea area of the Secrets property.
Semarnat (the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources) has temporarily halted swimming with the turtles in Akumal Bay for the month of September 2017 for guided tour groups; general visitors are allowed to swim and snorkel as long as they stay outside the buoys/roped areas. The month of Sept. happens to be the busiest in terms of sea turtle mating, spawning/hatching of sea turtle eggs–Semarnat wants to limit access to these turtles in order to facilitate a successful breeding season.
Palladium Hotels and Resorts has renamed The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium; it will be called TRS Yucatan Hotel by Palladium. The rebranding will involve guest room renovations, guest rooms with a private pool, the addition of an infinity pool and Ibiza-style beach club, and new dining venues. Additional staff will be hired in order to provide a higher level of customer service. This part of the Palladium resort complex will remain adults-only.
The US Dept. of State has just issued a travel warning for parts of Mexico including Quintana Roo, an area in Mexico which covers Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel, due to an increase in homicide rates from 2016. Most of these homicides in Mexico involve drug “turf wars” and targeted assassinations, but innocent bystanders have been hurt or killed in such incidents from time to time.