New Riviera Maya Nickelodeon Resort Opening Delayed

For those of you anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Nickelodeon resort in the Riviera Maya, you will have to wait quite a bit longer.  While the Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort Riviera Maya was supposed to open Dec. 2017, there have been significant delays in its construction which has pushed the opening date to spring/summer 2019.  Take a look at an aerial view photo of the current state of construction posted by beallinclusive.net and you will have a better idea as to why the significant wait time.

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Temporary Restriction to Akumal Bay Snorkeling

For the months of February and September 2018, snorkeling tours will not be allowed to enter Akumal Bay in a further attempt to try and allow the ecosystem to recover from overuse (an estimated 22-23 million visitors each year visit the Akumal area, while snorkeling with the turtles in Akumal Bay is supposedly ranked the 10th most visited destination in the world for international tourists).  If you’re going to only swim and/or snorkel by yourselves without a tour guide, that is still permitted as long as the buoy restrictions are respected.

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico Room Category Clarification (Hopefully)

For those of you wondering about the room categories or guest room buildings at the new Hotel Xcaret Mexico, here is a quick review of what I have discovered about them.

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US Lifts Travel Advisory to Quintana Roo

The US Dept. of State has cancelled the travel advisory it had concerning the increased number of violent incidents reported in the area of Quintana Roo in Mexico since 2016.  While the advisory was issued August 2017 as a “Level 2″ (Exercise Increased Caution” when traveling to this area), visitors to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel can now breathe a bit easier.  It is wise to still use caution as one would normally do, but the overall number of violent crimes has decreased.

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Riu Dunamar Advisory

For those of you already booked or planning to travel to the new Riu Dunamar, there is a noise advisory for the months of February 2018 through April 2018–Riu is currently building another new Riu Palace resort just south of the Dunamar and the noisy part of construction will be occurring during this time.

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Updated Cancun Violence

While there have been an increasing number of media reports concerning violence in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it is important to keep in mind the areas/neighborhoods in which these events occur.  Don’t be too alarmed at the most recent reporting of an armed robbery at a Cancun Starbucks, that event happened deep in an area of “downtown Cancun” which most vacationers never visit.  Here is a short list of advice tips geared towards this issue–these are my own rules of vacationing in Cancun which I practice while in this area: Continue reading

New Resorts Open On Time

Both the Riu Dunamar and Hotel Xcaret Mexico are open for business, just as promised.  From what I have heard, there are the usual soft opening issues–getting some elevators to work at the Riu, some communication issues at Hotel Xcaret (limited English speaking from some staff), a la carte restaurant limitations with a less than full house, but these are not out of the ordinary issues given a brand new resort opening.  A pleasant surprise is the water park opening at the Riu (I didn’t even know they had adult waterslides).

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Ideas to Accessorize While on Your Beach Vacation

While I never like to take along expensive jewelry while on vacation (with the exception of my wedding ring), that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to accessorize while I visit my favorite beach resorts.  I have found the perfect compromise–SumnerDSigns by my very good friend, Dede Sumner.  Not only have I taken earrings and ankle bracelets with me on vacations, but I also have a number of beach-related suncatchers at home which helps remind me of my favorite places on earth–give me sand, sea, and sun anytime (oh, and a swim-up bar as well).  Those who have longer hair will also appreciate hair clips with a beach theme.

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Quintana Roo Taxi Rates to Increase

Make sure you have more pesos in hand to pay for your taxi ride while vacationing in Cancun and the Riviera Maya!  As of December 1, 2017, rates are supposed to go up a whopping 20% in order to compensate for rising gas prices in Mexico.  With the new restrictive Uber Mobility Laws being implemented (rides can only be paid for with a credit/debit card, etc.) and a new report of armed robbery for colectivo/combi riders, public transportation choices will be more difficult to make.

Colectivos Becoming Unsafe?

Use caution when choosing to take a colectivo/combi in the Riviera Maya; there has been a recent report of a robbery of a driver/passengers in the route from PDC to Puerto Aventuras on a Saturday night around 9:15 p.m.  Three individuals reportedly stopped the vehicle on the pretense of wanting transportation, got inside, then threatened to use force/guns if valuables including cell phones/purses, etc. were not handed over.  The robbers got away, so if they were successful once they may decide to do the same crime again.  Others may also see this as a quick way to make money and follow suit.

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