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posted by Donna-Lee on Mar 23

A large number of island visitors return to their cruise ships by the early evening. After the ships weigh anchor and light up their rigging as they sail off, the nightlife in Cozumel begins.

Although it is not quite as much a party town as Cancún – perhaps because alcohol and diving don’t mix well – it still swings. The hottest eating, dancing and “ass-kicking” party place is Carlos & Charlie’s rooftop dance and grill restaurant, near the ferry dock on Av. Melgar. It’s up a steep set of stairs that guarantees a problem coming back down after a few drinks! Dine on the terrace overlooking the harbor and the main drag below.

When Carlos closes at 1 am the sleepless from Seattle may wander over to find you at Joe’s, a crowded bar and live-music super party place on Av. 10 between 1 & 3 South; or at Raga, the live reggae, salsa and rock music Caribbean restaurant and bar, on Av. Salas between 10 and 15 (opens at 10:30 pm). The oceanfront drive boasts a popular Hard Rock Café and a Planet Hollywood, both smaller and more intimate than their Cancún counterparts.

The latest entry in the late-night fun search is Hooks, a restaurant/bar (see restaurant review, above) that becomes a disco around 10:30 until closing at 3 am. Less strenuous is the Laser Karaoke Bar at the Fiesta Inn Hotel, a little south of the city. Follow the sounds of singing. If you’d rather listen to real singers go to Tony Rome’s (Av. 5 South No. 21), where the duo of Bryan and Tony Rome himself croon relaxing music with two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30. Tony’s offers good food and loaded drinks.

If you’re traveling with children or just prefer to party early, the Hotel El Cozumeleño (phone 987/2-00-50) has great nightly beach parties with live music. Locals and visitors alike love to spend hours at night people-watching downtown. If that appeals to you, go to the Aladin Video Bar on the northeast corner of the main square. Actually, any of the plaza-side or street-side places on the island are great for absorbing the environs in the evening .


The disco dance floors can become very crowded in Cozumel. Scaramouche opens at 9:30 and closes at 3 am, two blocks south of the square on Av. Melgar. Neptuno Disco, five blocks south of the plaza, was remodeled a year or so ago and is always filled with a good mix of locals and tourists who love to dance and mingle. They have huge TV screens and a sharp laser light show.

posted by Donna-Lee on Jan 5

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posted by Donna-Lee on Dec 29

Top Tourist Sites in Mexico

The allure of Mexico vacations has an appeal that crosses countries and borders. Mexico is well-known for its fabulous resorts and luxurious beaches. From white sand beaches to the mountains, Mexico is host to a wide range of natural wonders and breathtaking sights. Mayan ruins, mountains, volcanoes, and a wide collection of tropical fish and sea life can be found in Mexico. Mexico is home to some of the world’s top tourist attractions. Of these destinations, the top five Mexican tourist sites include Acapulco, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cozumel.

Acapulco is rated as one of the top tourists attractions in Mexico. It is also considered Mexico’s largest beach resort. It is home to some of the world’s finest hotels, as well as many beautiful beaches. Acapulco offers a wide range of activities such as snorkeling, fishing, golf, tennis, and scuba diving. Boats trips are regular features of a trip to Acapulco. Acapulco is also a great place for family vacations, as well as romantic getaways. Many all-inclusive packages offer fun filled activities for couples and families, but at a descent price.

Cancun is one of the world’s most famous resort towns. According to the town’s history, a computer selected its location when the Mexican government was looking for the perfect location to build its newest resort. Since then, Cancun has grown into a large community and one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. When looking for a vacation spot, many individuals automatically consider vacationing in Cancun. Cancun is most known for its nightlife; however, that is not all that Cancun is about. With nearby Mayan ruins, you can incorporate education into your vacation.

Puerto Vallarta
is another popular Mexico tourist attraction. It is considered a tropical paradise. As with Cancun, there are a large number of local historical sites. The Sierra Madre Mountains are home to a number of guided tours. While on these tours, you can easily spot exotic wildlife. Fishing and scuba diving are perfect daytime activities to engage in. Puerto Vallarta is also known for its nightlife. There are many bars, nightclubs, and discos. Another popular and great feature of Puerto Vallarta is the fine shopping experience. You will likely enjoy shopping at many high scale boutiques.

Mazatlan is famous as being one of the world’s greatest fishing ports
. The waters are known as being the perfect debt and temperature for fishing. Some of the other popular activities available in and around Mazatlan include surfing, tennis, golf, and fishing. It is also known for the malecón. The malecón is a long winding stretch that runs through nearly the entire city and covers roughly five miles of beach. Another great feature of Mazatlan is a celebration that is similar to Mardi Gras. It is held before Ash Wednesday and lasts for five days. This event often involves fireworks, parades, dancing, and music.

Cozumel or the Coral Island is Mexico’s most populated island. Cozumel is a popular attraction for who love to go snorkeling or scuba diving. This is due to the beautiful coral reefs that can be found underwater. Cozumel is the ideal vacation destination for those who wish to see the ocean at its finest.

posted by Donna-Lee on Dec 27

Travel Options While Vacationing in Mexico

Vacationing in Mexico is something that many individuals, families, and couples do. If you are interested in or you are planning on visiting Mexico, you may have to find ways to travel. Unless you are staying at a beach resort, spa resort, or golf resort, it is likely that you will want to get out and see everything that Mexico has to offer. If you plan on traveling while on vacation in Mexico, you have a number of different options.

Perhaps, the most preferred method of travel is driving. Most individuals fly into Mexico; however, some drive. If you drive into Mexico, it is likely that you would want to use you own car to travel. Driving in Mexico is not as hard as many people expect. The main thing that you need to be concerned with is the documents and insurance that is needed to drive in Mexico.

If you are planning on using your car to travel in or around Mexico, you will have to file for a vehicle import permit. These permits can be obtained before you leave for Mexico or your can obtain them as soon as you arrive. Vehicle import permits are important because without one you could be incarcerated, fined, or have your vehicle impounded.

In addition in acquiring a vehicle import permit, you will also need to have car insurance. Unfortunately, too many individuals believe that their current car insurance policy will cover their Mexico vacation. In most cases, this is not true. To obtain car insurance while in Mexico, you will have to find a Mexican auto insurance company or one that operates on an international level. When first scheduling your Mexico vacation, it is advised that you obtain auto insurance for your trip.

As previously mentioned, not all travelers enter Mexico by driving themselves.

If you choose to fly into Mexico, you can still use road travel to get around. A large number of tourist make the decision to rent a car. In Mexico, car rentals are a cheap and fairly easy way to travel.

Similar to car rental policies in the Untied States, you must be at least twenty-five years old to rent a vehicle. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, having a valid driver’s license and a current auto insurance policy. As with driving your own vehicle, you may need to obtain auto insurance from a company in Mexico.

Traveling by train, in Mexico, can be an amazing experience. In addition to getting to your destination, you will find that a train ride is a great way to see all that Mexico has to offer. Traditional train rides can take you from one destination to another. In addition to traditional train rides, you will find that Mexico offers a number of train tours. Similar to boat tours, these tours are a great way for you to sightsee while traveling to another part of the country.

In addition to car rentals, driving yourself, or taking the train, you can also travel around Mexico by taking the bus. In many areas of Mexico, traveling by bus comes highly recommend. Buses depart from popular Mexico vacation destinations, often, on an hourly basis. Buses are available throughout Mexico, even in vacation destinations that are not as well-known or popular. No matter where you are located, it should be possible for you catch a bus.

Traveling by car, bus, or train is often viewed as the only ways to travel around Mexico. It may also be possible for you to travel by boat. The only downside to traveling by boat is that you are presented with a limited number of travel options. If you are interested in traveling from one coastal city to the next, boat travel may be a great way to get to your next destination.

Whichever method of travel you select, you should be able to get to your next stop. By selecting the proper method of travel, you may be able to see amazing historical sites along the way.

posted by Donna-Lee on Nov 17

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Xcaret Xcaret is a great eco-park on the coast. Make it an all day affair to get the best value. The park is loaded with amusements: snorkel the underground river, an aquarium, butterfly exhibit, sea turtles, ruins, Mayan village, beach, dolphin swim & more. Then experience Xcaret at Night. A firelight Mayan ceremonial dance, Indiana Jones style dry cave, and fantastic amphitheater for regional music & dancing from around Mexico. Located just south of Playa Del Carmen.
Xel Ha Xel-Ha; Explore a Natural Wonder. The waters of Xel-Ha are a combination of salt water from the seas and freshwater from the underground rivers. There is also a collection of Mayan ruins in the Xel-ha archaeological park This provides a habitat for a variety of fish, birds and other wild life. You can enjoy snorkeling, tubing, biking and just walking around this beautiful area.
Aktun Chen Dry Cave and Jungle Tour Aktun Chen Dry Cave and Jungle Tour- you won’t want to miss this cave, the sign is just south of Akumal along the highway. A walk through Aktun Chen is as close to “dry cave diving” as you’ll get. A great example of the extensive caves in the area. The variety and number of stalactites is staggering! Great monkeys too. Located just south of Akumal.
cenotes oasis Cenotes One of the most unique features of the Riviera Maya are its “cenotes” which are literally the liquid life of Quintana Roo. Cenotes are natural oasis pools in the jungle fed freshwater by the submerged caves which honeycomb the underground. Many of these cenotes can be visited on organized snorkel-swim tours while others with signs along the road simply require a fee to enter.
Tres Rios Tres Rios Ecological Park- open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Enjoy unlimited use of bicycles on jungle paths, canoe trips on the jungle rivers, Kayaks on the beach, snorkeling, diving and swimming in the cenotes (springs), rivers and beach. Beach chairs, hammocks and palapas available at the beach. Located just North of Playa del Carmen.
Selvatica Selvatura Adventure jungle tour 19K west of Puerto Morelos on the road to Central Vallarta (west side of highway 307). Enjoy a combination zip line (tyrolean traverse) jungle canopy tour, biking and cenote swim. Prices $40-60 usd depending on package purchased. Food and beverage, souveniers are available at the main lodge/outfitting center. Certified guides.
Yaax Che Botanical Gardens Yaax Che Jardin Botanico– This is a great botanical 1/2 day trip to see tropical plants and trees native to the Yucatan peninsula, identified with tags in a natural setting. The gardens have paths which lead to varied environmental zones, a senic overlook, small Mayan ruins and an example of a traditional Maya “palapa home” and “chiclero” camp. Monkeys and birds are not uncommon to see. Located on hwy 307 just south of the entrance to Puerto Morelos.
Xaman Ha Aviary in Playacar, Playa del Carmen Xaman Ha Aviary– Xaman Ha Aviary is a wonderful natural habitat for some 60 species of tropical birds who populate the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Here you can see roughly 200 individual birds living in harmony with one another, all within an open-air sanctuary that has paths and trails leading to the birds’ preferred nesting areas. Xaman Ha Aviary is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya in Playacar, Playa del Carmen. Hours: daily 9am-5pm.

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