Six Tips to Save Your Cancun & Riviera Maya Vacation!

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So you’ve booked your vacation to the Mexican Caribbean. You’ve scoured the Internet for information on the places you might be visiting while here, and that’s a great start. Here are a few tips to help make your holiday even better by saving you time, money and effort.

 

1. Bring biodegradable sunscreen to protect your skin and to protect the water.

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Fish, plants, people and other living creatures DEPEND on clean water. Using Biodegradable sunblock helps protect those water supplies.

 

Note: in some ares, like cenotes, sunblock is not permitted at all, as that water is a direct supply of drinking water for local Mayan communities.

 

2. Bring a hat, swimsuit, comfortable walking shoes, and extra water for trips to Mayan archaeological sites.

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Most archaeological sites are pretty far inland, very far from the sea breezes that keep us cool in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The humidity can get pretty high in some places, so dress accordingly.

You’ll be doing a good amount of walking at many sites, so bring sneakers or hiking shoes if you have them. Bring a swimsuit and maybe even a change of light clothing in case you can take a dip in a pool, cenote or stream to relieve yourself of the heat.

An extra bottle of water in a backpack can help protect against dehydration if you don’t have an adequate supply nearby. And remember, we can get sudden downpours, so one of those plastic rain ponchos in  your backpack could be a lifesaver.

 

3. Bring a camera, or charge your phone to 100%, or bring an extra charger, as you’ll want to record this place forever!
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A little preparation can go a long way on the day of your tour. You’ll be seeing and doing things you may never see or do again, so record them for posterity!

 

Some tours sell photos of your experience, but they can get pricey, so snap away. Cameras, especially flash, are not admitted in some areas and in some places, taking photos is prohibited altogether.  Always ask permission first.

 

Buying a waterproof camera or buying one of those plastic containers for your camera or phone might be a great idea to get stunning underwater shots and to protect your equipment!

 

4. Bring mosquito repellant in case the bugs are biting.
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 If you’re visiting an archaeological site or cenote or anywhere near the jungle or even the lagoon, a little container of insect repellant (biodegradable if you can find it) could save you some heartache.

 

The local brand to look for is called Autan, in case you can’t find Off! Also, don’t wear colognes or perfumes or heavily-scented lotions or creams so as to not attract unwanted critters.

 

5. Bring CASH for tips, photos and shopping.

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A lot of the places you’ll be visiting on your vacation are set up to receive credit and debit cards. That being said, there are remote places  on your tours where cash is the only acceptable currency. Bring pesos (like 100 U.S. worth or more if you need it) just in case.

 

Also, make sure to let your issuing banks back home know you’ll be on vacation in Mexico to avoid credit/debit card authorization issues.

 

As for shopping, if you’re out in a remote community, buy your travel souvenirs from local vendors. You’ll get good prices, and it provides a sustainable income for outlying communities that would otherwise affect local environments negatively.

 

6. Check with your tour provider or rep to be clear on ALL costs and services included and not included in your trip.

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Again, a little preparation goes a long way on vacation in a foreign country. Don’t assume things will be just like back home. You aren’t back home.

 

As about optional or extra costs, services or charges. For example, on boat trips, sometimes you may need to pay a dock or pier charge or tax, or a fee to local environmental authorities when visiting natural protected areas.

 

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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!

Cozumel, Caribbean beauty

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Visit Cozumel

Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known worldwide for its magnificent coral reefs, is located in the Caribbean Sea, about fifty miles from Cancun and forms (with two inland enclaves Calica and Xel-Ha), one of the nine municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo.
Recognized internationally because Cozumel holds the second largest barrier reef in the world, Cozumel offers a wide range of water sports to practice as diving, sport fishing, snorkeling and kayaking. Chankanaab Park is one of the most visited parks of the island.

Most of the territory is undeveloped and the center of the island is covered by lush jungle and swampy lagoons and its the household of a hundred birds and mammals. At the southern end lies Punta Celerain and its historical lighthouse, as well as the Colombia Lagoon, home to numerous endemic species and other life forms in danger of extinction, such as sea turtles. 
 Also, on the island there are several archaeological Maya sites where, even today, you can feel the mysticism of the past. The peculiar contrast that forms the white coast, tropical vegetation and turquoise of the sea, added up with the hospitality of the people are an invitation for tourists to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

Things to do in Cozumel

Things to do in Cozumel

During your vacation in Cancun, be sure to visit the island of Cozumel a real paradise. Here we recommend some activities to do during your visit to this incredible island. 
 
 If you take a walk around the island, admire the beautiful sunrises on the horizon, enjoy the beach, visiting archaeological sites and museums. You can also go shopping, you will find crafts of the region, shirts, perfumes and even beautiful jewelry made ​​of gold and silver.

You can also snorkel or dive in the reefs. You dont need to be a professional diver to admire what the depths of the Caribbean Sea has to offer, just put on your snorkeling gear, and the clear water will allow you to see lots of colorful fish.

Recommendations for diving in Cancun

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Diving in Cancun

Cancun is one of the major tourist destinations in terms of diving. For those who want to start in this fascinating activity, please keep in mind the following points:

– It is important before diving is done a diving course. It should be noted that the underwater environment is not our usual way. There are subjected to physiological changes and we must consider, in addition, the displacements are different from the usual. Adapting to this new medium is something that is achieved with practice open water swimming and guided by qualified instructors.

– To be a certified diver to do a course in one of the many agencies that exist. There are different levels of certification, from basic to advanced. The existing certification programs are very similar.

– Most certification agencies have minimum age to dive 12 years of age. At that age can be obtained age-appropriate certifications with restrictions.

– Physical requirements for diving in the Mexican Caribbean sports vary depending on location. For the basic level of any sport diver certification, you must be physically and mentally well, besides having a minimum of physical condition. As the diver seeks higher levels of certification are needed more fitness.

– Please note that before the dive you can not drink alcohol. Within the first 24 hours after diving, one should not travel by plane.

– Before diving should drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and light breakfast. You should also sleep well enough before diving.

– Not everyone can dive. It is recommended that you practice with asthma, hypertension, epilepsy, pregnant women or people with respiratory problems.

Looking to take a diving lesson with a real immersion in the sea click here and book your place.

Discover the beauty beneath the Caribbean Sea

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Discover the natural beauty

Cancun is known worldwide as one of the best places for diving and snorkeling

All those wishing to discover the natural beauty offered by the depths of the Caribbean Sea can choose between diving in old cenotes along the magical coral reefs or also in the creeks and parks.

If you are not a certified diver you can join a beginners tour:

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The Great Mesoamerican Reef is the longest and most impressive reef formation in the Western Hemisphere. Its home to a wide variety of species of coral, molluscs, fish, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other striking sea creatures. A dream place for divers and snorkel lovers.

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Where to dive if I am a certified diver.

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Diving in Cancun

If you are a certified diver, we have a great treasures in the Mexican Caribbean very close to Cancun, under this waters we have what is considered the second largest reef in the world, join us and discover new havens filled with magic.

In Cozumel, with its beautiful crystal clear waters is possible to have a visibility of about 60
meters, Cozumel has one of the largest reefs in the world and its also famous for hes
walls, being home to a variety of sea life that gives you an unforgettable view wile
your dive.

If you are a certified diver and want to test your diving skills into something different and with a totally different and interesting view, you can take the diving tour to the cenotes of the Riviera Maya. That has the longest caves in the world that you cant miss.

So if your on vacation in Cancun and you are a certified diver you will also enjoy diving in the incredible coral reefs that lie between Cancun and Isla Mujeres with depths of 45 to 70 feet.

Your going to get caught by the diversity of fish and marine life found here.