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.
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.
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
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.
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.
For those of you wanting an update on the new Riu Dunamar, looks like it is slated to open the first week of December 2017 and is expected to be close to fully operational upon opening date. I originally had some questions as to its location, and from what I can gather it is situated north of Secrets Playa Mujeres more towards the end of the peninsula–next to Secrets is the new Palladium that is being built. While Riu Dunamar is listed as being in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, it is not actually ON the island of Isla Mujeres (which is a ferry ride across the sea). The new Riu is supposed to be a doable walk from the public beach area of Isla Blanca where winds are relatively stiff and kiteboarding is popular.
There are several significant changes to the Cancun airport, the most notable being the opening of the new Terminal 4 Oct. 31, 2017. While not all airlines have switched over yet from the other terminals, these are the airlines which are supposed to operate from here: Continue reading
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).