A Local’s guide to Cancun

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Here are a few tips if you are on vacation in Cancun and would like to venture a little further than the hotel beach and pool.

A good beach to spend the day is at Playa Gaviotas.  You can reach this beach by a small pathway right next to Coco Bongo nightclub.  Its hidden behind the Hard Rock Cafe right in the Party Centre but the ocean and sand here are truly beautiful although the waves may be a bit big if you have small children.  If you have kids with you then another great choice would be Coco’s Beach Bar at Km3  which has a beautiful wide beach with plenty of seating and shade under the palm trees.  They also have swimming pool here so the kids really do have a ball.

Many tourists do not venture into town but its worth going to the Parque de las Palapas, a large market square where the locals gather in the evenings.  They often have live music and shows and lots of street stall selling delicious local food.  The children also love it here as they have play area and electric cars to drive around the square.

For really tasty authentic Mexican food at much more reasonable prices there are plenty of restaurants downtown worth a vist, from street stalls to much more classy restaurants.

So during your vacation in Cancun, be adventurous and explore where us locals go.  www.cancun.travel

Holbox Gastronomic Festival 2013

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Holbox Gastronomic Festival is organized by the Holbox Restaurant Association.   This will be the Second Annual Holbox Gastronomic Festival October 16 – 20 showcasing the best dishes from the region’s top chefs and also local dishes.   The festival will be held from the 16-20th October, from 2.30 pm until late.

Holbox, a small island, just 26 miles long, off the coast of Cancun and this event draws both  locals and tourists to this beautiful island located just northwest of Cancun.   Visitors can admire the natural scenery of Holbox as they stroll down the streets lined with picturesque Caribbean-style houses and sample the great restaurants and local cuisine.  There will be food, wine, tequila and mezcal tastings and live entertainment each evening. Continue reading

Google to promote MUSA, Cancun Underwater Museum

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Cancun’s Underwater Museum situated just off the coast of Isla Mujeres has been selected by Google to be promoted under their list of most interesting museums to visit.  They will appear alongside 70 other museums such as the British Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York within the catalogue from the Google Cultural Institute.

All of the chosen museums will have an interactive online search where you can take a virtual online tour of the museum.  This will be a fantastic way to promote MUSA which is an incredible sight to behold. Continue reading

Ultrafemme Cancun – 18th Annual Summer Festival

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Ultrafemme submerged the guests of the 18th Annual Summer Festival in a shower of fragrances, beauty and color at the Ultrafemme boutique in Luxury Avenue.

Several special guests enhanced the event, which included the International makeup artists and cosmetologists of important brands such as Estée Lauder, Chanel, Clinique, Lancome and Shiseido.  Marta Guzmán, who was the weather girl on the ECO TV news show and also worked beside Adela Micha on Primero  Noticias, was the official master of ceremonies. Her experience in reporting the weather proved to be quite beneficial while she reported on the various showers of aroma, beauty and color that were happening all around the boutique. Continue reading

6th Annual Whale Shark Festival, Cancun July 11-14

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Cancun and Isla Mujeres welcome the world’s largest fish with the 6th Annual Whale Shark Festival taking place July 11 – 14.
Whale Shark season officially began on May 15 and will last until mid-September. These fish, known locally as Dominos, measure between 15 to 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 15 tons, making swimming alongside these species a thrilling experience.

These bus-sized creatures gather off the coast of Cancun in very large numbers during this time, becoming quite a spectacle for locals and tourists alike.  It is estimated that 1,400 whale sharks pass through the waters of Isla Mujeres every year, making the Island of Women a hot spot for whale watching and other activities. Continue reading

Sea Turtle Season Begins in Cancun

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Sea turtle season is currently upon us and in response, the destination is implementing the efforts of an established conservation program. 90% of all beachfront hotels in Cancun and Puerto Morelos work with the City Council and the Department of Ecology to set up Campo Tortu-gero, a marine turtle conservation program.
Prior to nesting season, informational pamphlets are sent to all beach-front hotels and advice how to facilitate the nesting process, what to do when spotting a nesting turtle and the precautions that should be taken. Training information for security and beach patrols are also given with specific focus on how to differentiate between turtle species and how to build nest barriers to keep the eggs safe.

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The Festival of the Oceans In Cancun

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The Festival of the Oceans was conducted from June 6 to 8, 2013 with the purpose of promoting the care and love for the oceans through artistic, gastronomic, recreation and academic activities. In the artistic part it included the children’s drawing competition “The Oceans and I” having as winners: Michelle Ramírez Martínez in the category from 1st. to 3rd. primary school, Federica Sánchez y Carrillo in the category from 4th. to 6th. primary school and Andrea Gutiérrez Torres, winner of the secondary school category.

Two events were conducted in the gastronomic part: the Culinary Intercollegiate Competition where five academic institutions competed: Universidad del Caribe, Culinary, Universidad del Valle de Grijalba “For the Oceans” where Lionfish was the central theme of the dishes. Culinary was the winner, second place was Universidad Valle del Grijalba, while the third place was awarded to Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún.

The Festival concluded with a beach cleaning in Isla Blanca, municipality of Isla Mujeres, where 170 volunteers collected 409 kilograms of waste formed by 3 kilograms of plastic caps and cigarette butts, 22 kgs of PET, 138 kgs of glass and 246 kgs of not-reusable waste or garbage.

May this be a lesson to us all to look after our paradise.

For more information on what to do during your vacation in Cancun visit http://www.cancun.travel

Mexico’s Most Popular Destination Celebrates Its 43rd Birthday

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On April 20, 2013, Cancun celebrated a momentous occasion: its 43rd birthday! Since its inception in 1970, this magnificent strip of Caribbean coastline has become one of the most important tourism destinations in Mexico, inviting international and national visitors to experience a taste of Mexico’s flavor, culture, landscapes, and its famous warmth and hospitality.

Cancun continues to be recognized as the top international destination for American tourists by Orbitz and Expedia, and was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Destinations in Mexico” by TripAdvisor’s Travel Choice Awards in 2012. For the fourth consecutive year, Cancun International Airport was also ranked the best airport in Latin America and the Caribbean by Airports Council International (ACI) for its excellent quality of service. Continue reading

Alltournative contribute to local Mayan community

Alltournative operate eco-archaeological expeditions in the Riviera Maya aimed at preserving the jungle while creating jobs and some financial income to improve the life of the villagers.

Pacchen is a great example of a Mayan community which has benefitted from sustainable tourism. One of the major difficulties which affected their primary school educations was the high turnover of teachers. This was because there was nowhere to spend the night, and since many of them came from other villages, the cost and the time of daily transport was too expensive. Continue reading

Cancun Easter 2013 – most successful spring season ever!

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The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau reports one of the most successful Spring seasons ever, marked by world-class events and high occupancy rates welcoming over 2 million visitors.

During the past four weeks, families and students alike selected Cancun as the ideal destination to enjoy beautiful beaches, nightlife, adventure and culture. National visitors from all parts of Mexico and international tourists from the United States, Canada and beyond attributed to 100% occupancy rates in certain hotels in the area.

“Easter week was incredibly successful for Cancun, with more than 500 daily flights at Cancun International Airport and an approximate 90% occupancy rate,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Cancun remains the top international destination for North American tourists and continues to meet and exceed expectations in terms of service and the general appeal of this full-fledged destination.” Continue reading