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.
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.
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
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.
The new resort, Ocean Riviera Paradise, has now officially opened its casino. For those who want to check out the resort, follow this link.
Riviera Maya’s Xel-Há Park is set to debut the world’s fourth tallest waterslide this summer. Faro-Tobogán will be 141 feet tall, and riders will travel at 26 feet p/second; toboggan riders will end their ride in a cenote. In addition to the waterslide, the Faro-Tobogán water park will include tunnels and submerged sculptures, so the waterslide is part of a new attraction within the existing park.
The Hard Rock resort in the Riviera Maya will be the host for the first time music festival called Rock Getaway. The festival will occur during two separate multi-day events, Oct. 26-29, and Nov. 2-5, 2017. Performances will occur at multiple locations throughout the resort and will include the following performers: Continue reading
There is a pilot project beginning in Mexico City’s airport Terminals 1 and 2 which signals a significant change to the current Customs and Immigration procedure currently in place at Cancun and other Mexican airports. Mexico wants to do away with the Declaration Form and instead have everyone’s bags X-rayed between connecting flights or prior to unloading baggage onto carousels; also, the dreaded red/green light at Customs entry points is also going to be a thing of the past. No more will travelers need to stand in line wondering whether they will get the red light and have their bags randomly searched–I’m all for that! Traveling can be stressful enough without adding a procedure which purposefully induces more stress.
I found a nice link concerning the most recent info about snorkeling in Akumal Bay–it even has a small map so that people can get an idea of where snorkeling is allowed. Just follow this link.