New Riu Dunamar to Open in December

For those of you wanting an update on the new Riu Dunamar, looks like it is slated to open the first week of December 2017 and is expected to be close to fully operational upon opening date.  I originally had some questions as to its location, and from what I can gather it is situated north of Secrets Playa Mujeres more towards the end of the peninsula–next to Secrets is the new Palladium that is being built.  While Riu Dunamar is listed as being in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, it is not actually ON the island of Isla Mujeres (which is a ferry ride across the sea).  The new Riu is supposed to be a doable walk from the public beach area of Isla Blanca where winds are relatively stiff and kiteboarding is popular.

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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

Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort Review

My daughter and her husband (age range 25-30) visited this resort from the dates of Oct. 14-21, 2017.  This is a review of their stay at the Valentin.

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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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Fire at Oasis Cancun

A short circuit was to blame for a fire which broke out on the 4th floor of the Grand Oasis Cancun hotel.  While the flames spread to several rooms, the three responding fire units helped to keep this one under control with only room damage.  The last big fire this hotel experienced was in 2013 when the entire hotel was evacuated.

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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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