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

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!!

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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