How to Get Around Puerto Aventuras from the Dreams Resort

Here’s a short video of the environs of Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort and Spa.  It is hosted by Christine Turner, a travel agent who has visited the resort a multitude of times and produced many resort videos.  The video shows approximately where the gated community of Puerto Aventuras is in relation to Playa del Carmen, as well as how to go about getting from the resort to the stores/restaurants and larger beach area in town.

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Karisma’s New Villa Opening in June 2017

The Karisma brand will be opening its fourth property within its Villa Collection, part of its esteemed Connoisseur Collection, in the Riviera Maya this June.  Villa Casa Del Mar is situated next to Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya and will consist of the following amenities: Continue reading

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Hosts Rock Getaway

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

Immigration/Customs Changes Coming Soon

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.

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More Info On Akumal Bay Snorkeling Rules

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.

PROFEPA’s Current Rules for Akumal Bay Snorkelers

As of March 28, 2017, these are the most up-to-date and concise rules concerning snorkeling in Akumal Bay: Continue reading

Matching Airlines With Cancun Terminals–How to Meet Up With Fellow Travelers

My latest trip to Cancun (which was Feb./March 2017) involved something I’d never done before–meeting up with another traveler coming into Cancun from a different city and different airline.  Since all my trips to Cancun had wound up in the same place and the same terminal (by the Air Margaritaville palapa hut which is now outside Terminal 3), I assumed my fellow traveler would wind up in the same place.  WRONG.

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Akumal Snorkeling Difficulties–Here We Go Again!

Vacationers traveling to Akumal in the next few weeks should be aware that PROFEPA (the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in Mexico) has temporarily suspended tour group snorkeling in Akumal Bay.  The agency determined that the original ruling of allowing only a certain number of tour group participants to snorkel had been grossly ignored by tour companies, so PROFEPA is trying to determine how to permanently resolve this issue while protecting the turtles, coral, and other sea life in the bay.  At the present time, individual snorkelers, for the most part, are allowed to swim and snorkel in front of Secrets Akumal and ABBWR without being harassed, but snorkeling north of this area may result in being told to get out of the water (the northern end of the bay is where most of the sea grass beds are and where snorkel groups typically have entered the water in the past). There are buoys marking these areas, but there is a lot of confusion right now about who is allowed in the bay and exactly where people are allowed to snorkel.  Some reports state that snorkeling is allowed as long as life vests and fins are not used, while others state info to the contrary.  If fins and life vests are not allowed, this seems to be a very unsafe snorkeling practice unless it is done immediately offshore.

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Downtown Cancun Shooting

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.

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