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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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 Hotel Xcaret Opening Soon

Looking to try out a new all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya?  Check out Hotel Xcaret, an “All-Fun Inclusive” resort located at km. 282 near beautiful Xcaret Park.  This all-suite resort with 900 rooms offers a new concept–unlimited access to several Riviera Maya parks and attractions including Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, and tours to cenotes, Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum ruins.

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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