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

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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New Riu Dunamar to Open in December

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.

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New Changes at the Cancun Airport

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

Panama Jack Rebranding “Look”

Curious about the general “look” of the new Panama Jack resorts coming to Cancun and Playa del Carmen?  Here are a few photos to whet your decorating appetite.  And by the way, they are now open for bookings.

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DreamWorks Theme Park Is Out, Amikoo Resort Is In

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).

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Fire at Oasis Cancun

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.

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Travel Warning for Quintana Roo

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.

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