7 Key Questions to Ask BEFORE You Book Your Cancun and Riviera Maya Tours

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In the old days (the 80’s and 90’s), we relied on an armful of colorful brochures from travel agencies when reserving tours to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Now that most tour and excursion bookings are done online, it might be a good idea to ask the following questions before plunking down your hard-earned money […]

7 Must-Do’s on Your First Time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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So it’s your first time in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, you’ve arrived at your hotel and you’re wondering how to make the most of your time here. We’ve put together a short list of ideas for you to get a great taste of the Mexican Caribbean so you can keep coming back for more! […]

XOXIMILCO-Taste a True Mexican Fiesta

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It’s Independence Month here in Mexico (and here you thought that was May, right?), and the celebrations continue well past September 15th. Here we’ll tell you about one of Mexico’s most beloved places of celebration, and also how you h’can experience it here in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.   One of Mexico’s most enduring […]

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Swimming with whale sharks

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Whale Shark Adventure

During the months from June to September the magnificent whale sharks visit us in Cancun, making this place one of the most visited at this time of year in the Riviera Maya.

The whale shark is dark spoted on the top and white on the bottom, measures 15 feet long but will probably grow to over 60 feet, it prefers warm waters, so it migrates to the Mexican Caribbean Sea to mate and feed on plankton, squid and small fish. It’s a very quiet and friendly animal that is not afraid to cross with people who are near him, but as respect for the shark is forbidden to touch them.

“The Swim with Whale Shark Touroffers you an adventure you can not miss. We do the tours on our boats going from Cancun to Isla Contoy to reach the area where we can find the whale shark, there you can observe and swim around the giant fish in several periods of 10 minutes in pairs, our guides will be with you all times to support you and give you the necessary information to make your experience complete.
Go ahead and make your booking here for your summer vacation.

Swim with Sting Rays

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Sting Rays

Experience this holiday a day full of excitement in Isla Mujeres, which is located in front of Cancun just 35 minutes by boat.
The tour of Isla Mujeres with Dolphins leaves from the hotel zone of Cancun and in addition to the program with the dolphins will include a meeting with Sting rays, where you can coexists with these harmless creatures of the shark family.
The Sting rays have no bones, they are made primarily of cartilage and can measure a few centimeters or up to 5-7 meters long. They are carnivores and they eat small fish, crabs and shrimp, always hunt at night using their sense of smell and special receivers to detect their prey.
Touching the stingrays you ll see them floating through the sea, giving the impression that their Flying, sometimes they remain motionless, almost buried in the sand exposing only their eyes.

After swimming with the dolphins you can  swim with fifteen rays, the activity has a duration of 30 minutes, the trainer will help you get a chance to touch and interact with these curious creatures.
Some say that swimming with Sting rays is an experience not to be missed in life. To learn more about this trip to Isla Mujeres in Cancun click here.

Adventure in Garrafon Isla Mujeres

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Garrafon Natural Park

Garrafon Natural Park is the largest water park in Isla Mujeres – Cancun Mexico  it has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Isla Mujeres is located just 25 minutes by boat from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

If your purpose on your vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula is to practice a bit of ecotourism adventure, At Garrafon you will find unique natural beauties and fascinating adventures in and out of the water. Its crystal clear waters and gentle currents allow you to enjoy the wonders of the underwater world. It is the ideal place to practice different water activities like snorkeling, kayacking. You can also do kayak or enjoy climbing a tower or zip line over the ocean.
Garrafon is the perfect place to tan under the sun and taste the great seafood and fast food. Inside the park you can buy handicrafts, traditional clothing or beach cloths.

If you also want to swim with dolphins, you can do it on the same day, since we stop to the Isla Mujeres dolphin station on the way to Garrafon.

Park opens daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 P.M. And closed on Saturday

Cozumel vs Isla Mujeres

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Cozumel or Isla Mujeres

If you want to visit an island, Isla Mujeres is the best ride you can take, definitively the crossing by boat to the island is more enjoyable, beautiful and fast compared with the visit to Cozumel.

Once you arrive to Isla Mujeres you’ll be in North Beach which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in this world. The small and unique village of Isla Mujeres surrounds you with an atmosphere of relaxation and freedom that your not going to feel in any other place of the Riviera Maya. Although many people prefer to experience crossing by ferry to the island, I think the best and economic option is a boat tour  called The Islander that has a beach club on Isla Mujeres. There you will have the best beach with all the comfort you can get: bath, restaurant and bar on the beach at a super price. If you choose to go by ferry you will not find these facilities unless you pay for them.

You can do different activities on the  Isla Mujeres or Island of Women  like: rent golf carts, bicycles, swimming with dolphins, visit the Sea Turtle Farm, snorkeling on the reef or jug in the park, and shopping. Indeed Cozumel is definitely the best option if you want to have a good day of snorkeling or scuba diving, taking a submarine ride  below 30 meters underwater or diving! The reefs in Cozumel are superior in beauty than in Isla Mujeres, so the call is yours!

What is Garrafon in Isla Mujeres?

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Garrafon Park

Garrafón reef is a park that is located on the southern tip of Isla Mujeres, located just 35 minutes from Cancun by boat.

Garrafon Park is known worldwide for its natural beauty, located on the shore of a small bay with a natural reef of over 300 meters long, which is part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.

In this beautiful reef you can practice mainly snorkel, kayak or simply enjoy the beautiful view all over the park of the Caribbean Sea and Cancun’s hotel zone, that only Garrafon Park Tour offers.

Garrafón is also home of the ruins of the temple of the goddess Ixchel, to get there you must walk trough a sculpture garden filled with works of art.

Garrafon Park is the best place to enjoy Isla Mujeres, if you plan your Cancun vacation you should include a visit to this beautiful place, that can be complemented with programs to swim with dolphins. We have incredible packages.

Dare to Fly in the Sky Ridder in Cancun

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Sky Ridder Cancun

There is another way to enjoy the turquoise Caribbean Sea in Cancun from the magnificent heights, the tour is called Sky Ridder, is perfect for people who do not like very extreme emotions and weighing less than 100 kilos, all children above age 7 years can do this tour.

Since it takes place in a parachute harness instead of individual, it has a couch for two people which is driven from a specialized craft reaching a height of 80 meters, the tour lasts 10 minutes, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the hotel zone of Cancun.

You can do this activity on your next vacation in Cancun, contact us for more information.

Buses and Taxis, the Best Form of Transportation in Cancun

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Cancun Hotel Zone

So you’re coming to Cancún on Vacation and you’re worried about how to get around from one point to the other without spending a lot of money? Worry no more!

All along the Hotel Zone we have two perfect and economic forms of transportation:

Public buses are labeled HOTELES and the area they serve, be it any hotel along the hotel zone or into Downtown Cancun. For example, R1 (Tulum Avenue), R2 and R15 (Wal-Mart, Market 28). These buses have a cost of 8.50 Mexican pesos per person (all children pay, unless being carried by their parents in their arms). The buses are reliable, run frequently (something like every 2 minutes) and during the season they don’t stop running, meaning they work 24 hours a day. If you plan on hitting the clubs and plan on returning by bus ask the driver before getting off, the schedule of his route, and take into consideration the buses could be a little tight as we local also use them.

Now, if you don’t like the tight squeeze of a full bus, for pocket change you also have the taxis at your service! Completely safe, you can check rates from your hotel lobby. If you take them on the street, ask the driver for his price to wherever you want to go.

Taxis are cheap in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but the rule is: don’t sit down until you’ve worked out a price!

What are you waiting for to visit us and enjoy the best vacation of your life?

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Safety in Cancun

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The subject of safety is an important all over the world, not just in Mexico. As Cancun is one of the main tourism destinations in the world, the Mexican government takes many measures so you can feel safe and experience everything the destination has to offer you. As always when you travel, you should take common-sense preventative measures on your vacation in Mexico. For example:

  • don’t carry a lot of cash with you,
  • confirm with your bank as to the type of insurance your credit card has,
  • at your hotel, make sure to keep your valuables in your room safe. If there is none, ask at the front desk.
  • don’t show your credit card to everyone who asks to see it, as Mexico has a high percentage of credit card cloning. Use it only for payment in stores and restaurants and don’t lose sight of it—ask for the charge to be performed right there in front of you, or swipe it yourself. Cloning can be avoiding if you don’t flash your card to everyone who asks for it and don’t let just anyone walk off with it.
  • Cancun’s Hotel Zone is protected by the Tourist Police, who speak both English and Spanish for the tranquility of our visitors.

In general, you will feel very safe day or night all along the Hotel Zone and Downtown as long as you stay in well-trafficked, nicer areas.

Why Rent a Catamaran?

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Catamarans in Cancun

Do you love the water? Does your perfect vacation with your family consist in sweet smooth sailing in Cancun, enjoying the sun and the ocean breeze with a cold, refreshing drink nearby? Then you definitely want to rent a catamaran!

We’ve got ‘em! Large and small, with a sail or without, you can enjoy either 4 or 8 hours as a private service. You can snorkel the reef, as the equipment and your guide is included! Find a delicious restaurant on Isla Mujeres and enjoy freshly grilled fish or a ceviche on board! Mmm, this is an adventure you can’t miss! If you come with a group or your family, the private service isn’t as expensive as it might seem, and it’s much more fun! Don’t waste any more time and ask for a price quote right now! And Sail on a Catamaran in Cancún!

 

Swimming with Manatees

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Manatees

Have you ever just wanted to go into the water and just hug one of these “Sea Cows”? Manatees are completely herbivorous aquatic mammals, Their scientific name is  Trichechus manatus, from the Greek tri (three) and chechus (nails) and from the Caribbean native manati (with teat). To me personally, they give me an immense feeling of tenderness, and to want to touch and hug them!!!

In general, the activity with manatees is very simple; you enter the water with them and feed them lettuce. It would seem that the activity has very little point but the activity is so gratifying!!!

Interaction with Manatees is possible at the dolphin centers of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras and in Xel-Ha. In your reservations for activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, don’t forget to mention them to find out which center is closest to you.

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