Just a day following the tragic shooting at the Blue Parrot Nightclub, downtown Cancun was rocked when gunmen attacked the state prosecutor’s office with explosive devices and firearms which resulted in four deaths; reportedly, three of the gunmen were killed along with one police officer. While there is no evidence at the present time to link the two events, many individuals (tourists and locals) are now wondering whether Cancun’s insulation from Mexico’s problem with drug cartels has now reached this popular tourist destination. Here is a short article with more information about both attacks.
Cancun’s Union of Taxi Drivers has started their own private transportation service called VIP Fleet. It is meant to compete with Uber which recently began services in the Cancun area. VIP Fleet will be using digitally metered vehicles and will be charging by time and distance rather than mileage or artificially inflated rates. A “user fee” of 15 pesos will automatically be added to every fare. All vehicles used are 5 yrs. old or less, have A/C, and are supposedly in excellent condition.
Uber began offering their private car service in Cancun Sept. 14, 2016 under a temporary operating license. While it is now up and running, the Mexican government is trying to find a way to temporarily halt the service until it can be regulated just like the taxi service. Understandably, taxi drivers are also upset and trying to highlight current government traffic laws which supposedly outlaw outside companies, such as Uber, from operating in Quintana Roo.
For those of you that don’t already know, Temptation Resort is closing for a total renovation. The resort will be closed starting September 25, 2016, and will reopen August 2017. Everything about the resort will have a new look–the new look is described as “sensual minimalism”. Here’s a sneak peek.
If you’re not too familiar with Cancun or the Riviera Maya, now there’s an app which can help. The Cancun Convention and Tourism center has launched an interactive map which allows visitors to gain access to various information about public beaches, shopping malls, entertainment venues, distances between destinations, as well as host to weather widgets and live webcam feeds. Check out this link for more information concerning what this app covers and where to go to access this great travel “friend”.
Sorry families, the Beloved Playa Mujeres is scheduled to become an adults-only resort come Sept. 1, 2016. The resort is planning on adding more features and amenities geared towards an adults-only group of vacationers, but this info. is yet to come.
Sad day to admit that Cancun may be joining the ranks of other larger cities anywhere in the world in terms of firearm violence. Whenever I have visited Cancun I always traveled around thinking I was perfectly safe in a beautiful and well-monitored tourist environment. Unfortunately, I may have to re-think that position. Yesterday there reportedly was a shooting near the Riu Palace Peninsula infinity pool which involved a beach vendor and some other Cancun locals. The bullet entered the vendor’s lung and he was later pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. Needless to say there was pandemonium amongst the guests (this resort is family-friendly so a lot of frantic parents) with some Riu resort staff either denying the incident or telling guests not to discuss the matter.