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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Riviera Maya Resort Snags “Best Family Resort” Award

Surprise for some–Hacienda Tres Rios, an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, has been awarded “Best Family Resort in Mexico and Central America” during the World Travel Awards ceremony.  Congratulations!!

Hurricane Irma “Red Flags” Beaches

Many beaches in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are currently experiencing red flags or closed entirely due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.  Although the Yucatan Peninsula was not in the direct path of Irma, strong waves are coming onshore and in some cases flooding some areas with water rushing past beachfront restaurants/stores and entering parking lots beyond.  This phenomenon is called “mar de fondo” , or wave systems created by strong winds originating from other areas.

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Map of Akumal Bay Snorkeling Restrictions

For those interested in where the buoys/roped-off areas are for snorkelers in Akumal Bay, here is a pic which was posted by Kay Walten of Locogringo.com.  For the month of Sept. 2017, all guided tours are officially suspended from the bay (but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any out there), while general visitors may still snorkel outside the roped-off areas.  Here is the map I found on Kay’s Facebook page.  Notice how these areas extend onto the front sea area of the Secrets property.

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Swimming With Turtles Suspended for Guided Tours

Semarnat (the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources) has temporarily halted swimming with the turtles in Akumal Bay for the month of September 2017 for guided tour groups; general visitors are allowed to swim and snorkel as long as they stay outside the buoys/roped areas.   The month of Sept. happens to be the busiest in terms of sea turtle mating, spawning/hatching of sea turtle eggs–Semarnat wants to limit access to these turtles in order to facilitate a successful breeding season.

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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Crackdown on Illicit Alcohol–Results of a Surprise Investigation

Mexican authorities have recently done an investigation on 31 resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs in both Cancun and the Riviera Maya in order to see who may be serving illicit/bootleg alcohol.  Their investigation resulted in the following findings: Continue reading

Adulterated Alcohol Risk In Cancun

Following alcohol related lab tests done by COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risk), it has been determined that the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar is NOT serving any tainted alcohol to its guests.  This comes after allegations made by a Wisconsin family earlier this year that the resort had given their 22 yr. old daughter adulterated alcohol which resulted in her subsequent death.

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