All posts filed under: Destination

Cancun boasts some of the best Caribbean beaches, amazing cenotes and diving sites, ancient Mayan temples, Island tours, whale sharks, nightlife and more.

Jazz Festival 2017 in the Riviera Maya

Jazz Festival 2017 in the Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen is one of the most stunning places to visit near Cancun, and this year it will be home to the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival between November 30th and December 2nd. This festival first began in 2003 and now draws fans of jazz music from all over the world to enjoy live music as well as a getaway in this stunning location. Mamitas Beach provides the stunning outdoor setting for the Riviera Maya Jazz festival, and here you will find that the relaxed atmosphere of the beach mixes well with the vibrancy of the jazz music. The Global Jazz Connection This may be a Mexican festival, but the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is very international in its make-up when it comes to both performers and revelers. Musicians from across the world come together to share their own unique styles and sounds with a diverse and eager crowd each and every year. This diversity is a huge reason as to why the festival is consistently outstanding and unique! This festival is without a doubt …

Renting a Car in Cancun

Renting a Car in Cancun

Public transportation in Cancun is efficient, and taxis are affordable, but renting a car makes getting around the city, and indeed the Yucatan Peninsula, so much easier! The freedom of movement and the comfort which renting a car brings can be the cherry on top of a great vacation! How to choose a car rental company? If you are already familiar with a particular brand, you should stick to that one, but you will find that most international brands operate in Mexico. Smaller “mom and pop” stores may lack the service that you are used to, so you should probably stick to a brand you already know and trust. Make sure you read reviews before you rent a car in Cancun, and compare prices. Things to remember Booking online prior to your trip can save you money and give you access to the best deals. Keep in mind, however, that the prices outlined may not include the obligatory insurance costs. We recommend that you opt for full coverage to ensure that your vacation goes without …

Why You Should Never Bring Your Children on Vacation to Mexico

Why You Should Never Bring Your Children on Vacation to Mexico

Mexico has long been a country that families flock to for memorable vacations, thanks to its beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere.  There is something for everyone in Mexico, which is why both parents and their children have found traveling to Mexico so enticing.   Blessed with awe-inspiring coastlines, incredible food, a culture that is rich in tradition, friendly faces and welcoming hospitality, Mexico is sure to make a lasting impression on your entire family.  If you are planning on taking your children to Mexico on a vacation, you may want to consider the following “dangers” of visiting this delightful country.  After all, you and your children may just love it so much that you won’t be able to stay away! Home to some of the most adorable and charming kids in the world, Mexico is a great place for your children to make some new amigos.  It might become the only place your children want to visit, just so they can see their new friends again. If your kids take up water sports such as …

Mystical Solstice – The Mayan Midsummer

There is no denying that the incredible legacy left by the ancient Mayans in Mexico’s stunning Yucatan area makes taking a vacation in Cancun and the Riviera Maya a unique experience. Unlike most beach destinations, the Yucatan Peninsula provides visitors with an unbeatable cultural richness. The Mayan culture is renowned for its contributions to architecture, mathematics and astronomy as well as for developing an accurate calendar. Such was their dedication to documenting and observing the movement of the sun and the planets that both the winter and summer solstices, and the spring and fall equinoxes, were important dates each year for the Mayans. They would observe the night’s sky and note the changing position of the setting sun to guide their agricultural patterns and rituals. Midsummer Solstice This year, the Midsummer Solstice in the northern hemisphere will take place on June 21st, where you will witness the longest day and the shortest night of 2017. In the southern hemisphere, people will witness the shortest day and the longest night, celebrating what is called the Winter …

Why Visit Cancun?

Why Visit Cancun?

Cancun is considered to be the heart of the Mexican Caribbean and year on year thousands of visitors who come to the Yucatan Peninsula end up right here! The gorgeous beaches, great weather, and amazingly clear and clean waters are huge pulls for many tourists, but Cancun has much more to offer than just this. No matter what you come here to enjoy, or how long you will stay, there are plenty of reasons to visit Cancun. We have put together a list of our top reasons why you should plan to visit Cancun and have the most unforgettable and enjoyable vacation of your life. Cancun is Rich in History If you’re a culture vulture or a history buff, the Yucatan Peninsula is the perfect place for you to visit, and Mexico is in a very history-rich area of the peninsula. During the Mayan period, the Yucatan Peninsula was a very important area dotted with religious, trade, and cultural centers. Today, you can still visit many of these places as they are very well preserved. …

Manatees in Cancun

Manatees in Cancun

Manatees are intelligent, brilliant creatures which, due to unfortunate fishing and hunting practices, have become an endangered species. Thankfully, however, they are now protected from such threats, and when you visit Cancun you may just get the chance to see them! There are specialized tours which take tourists out to see manatees in their natural habitat. Here are some of the basic facts about these wonderful aquatic mammals. The Life of a Manatee Manatees generally like to live in shallow and marshy coastal areas and their adjacent rivers (areas like the Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea). In fact, they are one of the few marine animals which can spend time in both freshwater and saltwater, although they rely on fresh water for drinking. This is why they can often be found in the lagoons around the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, which is about an hour and a half (by car) from Cancun. Manatees are the largest vegetarian animals in the sea, and can reach 60 years of age; they have no natural enemies, so to …

Coco Bongo Cancun

Coco Bongo Cancun

Rather than hit up another typical nightclub with only a DJ in charge of the party vibe, why not experience the most thrilling entertainment Cancun has to offer with a visit to Coco Bongo?  No two nights are exactly the same, yet each unique evening is sure to be filled with exciting performances that will leave you dazzled.  Situated in the heart of Cancun’s lively hotel zone, the atmosphere is pulsating with an infectious energy that partygoers can’t get enough of.  With media outlets such as Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC News, Playboy, Discovery Channel and MTV singing the praises of Coco Bongo, you know it must be a sensational experience!  If you are searching for a wild evening out in Cancun’s ultimate entertainment paradise, Coco Bongo is definitely the right place for you! You can always expect the unexpected at Coco Bongo, and featured acts range from bar-topping conga lines and live bands to acrobatic routines and musical impersonators, and you may even be showered with confetti, soap bubbles or balloons at some point.  The …

Playa Delfines in Cancun

Playa Delfines in Cancun

Although there are miles upon miles of stunning coastline featuring powdery white sand and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea around Cancun, one of the most noteworthy beaches is Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach) which is also nicknamed El Mirador (The Lookout).  Part of the reason why Playa Delfines is particularly special is that it is a completely unspoiled area that doesn’t have any hotels, restaurants or other structures built on the beach, which allows for a truly blissful, relaxing getaway in the sun and surf.   Getting to Playa Delfines in Cancun If you are driving to Playa Delfines, you will certainly enjoy the fact that the on-site parking is free (unlike many other beaches in the area); you may also get there easily by local bus or by taxi.  As so many travelers prefer to arrive to the beach without the worry of taking the proper gear such as chairs and beach umbrellas, you can rent these items when you get there.  Furthermore, everyone will appreciate the fact that there are …

Best Spots for Photos at Villa del Palmar Cancun

Best Spots for Photos at Villa del Palmar Cancun

In a world where everything is documented online, whether on Facebook, Instagram or SnapChat, finding the best spots for photos and selfies while enjoying your vacations is like a natural byproduct of the digital age. For those of you who like to take it easy and leave your cameras, smart phones or tablets in your suites, we have compiled a list of the best spots for photos at Villa del Palmar Cancun so you can perform a quick personal photo-shoot in your best gear and then forget about taking photos for the rest of your stay. Pier One of the most breathtaking locations for photos at Villa del Palmar Cancun is on the pier. This wooden jetty stretches over the crystal clear Caribbean waters and offers stunning sea views with Isla Mujeres in the background. Head there early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the sea. Beach Depending on the kind of shot you are hoping for, the beach can be tricky for novices to take a great photographs because of the bright …

Tips for Driving in Cancun

Pretty much everyone who vacations has heard horror stories about someone’s experience of  driving abroad, and Mexico is no different. As such, so many tourists come with a negative view of driving in Cancun before they have ever tried it. Nevertheless, while most of the stories you hear are often wildly exaggerated, it you are wise to be cautious when driving in Cancun or any city that is new to you. So long as you are smart, careful, and stick to the road regulations the experience can be very pleasant for visitors. In fact, it can add to your overall vacation experience due to the freedom it offers. The road between Cancun and Tulum, for example, is in good condition due to a recent highway expansion. So why not look at our tips, and then hit the road for a (relatively) smooth ride? Watch out for hazards In and around towns you will find topes (which are speed bumps of varying sizes). Topes can be hard to spot, as they are usually badly signposted, and …