Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cancun Bounces Back!

Cancun Bounces Back!

As we all know Cancun’s beaches have been slowly eroding away but only became obvious after Hurricane Gilbert occurred, there is evidence that the hurricane effects are not the origin of the erosion. The hurricane only worsened a process that existed for a long time, probably due to the inadequate and excessive occupation of the beach front.

Different measures were taken to protect the zone, but they soon failed; the erosion continued and hurricanes Ivan and Wilma worsened the conditions of the whole barrier. Finally, things are recovering by means of sand nourishment which the Mexican Government is pouring millions of Pesos into.

There are a fare number of Popular beaches that are trying to follow the recovery trend.

PLAYA CHAC MOOL
Like many beaches in Cancun, the scene at Playa Chac Mool changes depending on the time of day. During the day, many local families flock here to swim in the relatively calm waves.

PLAYA DELFINES
Though the water is generally to treacherous to swim in, Playa Delfines is a popular place with adult tourists. The white sands are perfect for sunning, the water is many shades of blue and the view is incredible. This beach is also popular for surfing, and a great place for taking lessons.

One hotel that has put it’s money where it’s mouth is, and is a super-luxury property, all-inclusive and adults only is The Royal Hideway Playacar are leading the trend in major rehabilitation.

The resort just refilled their beach with one-billion gallons of sand, welcoming 200-feet of pure white beach for speedo-frolicking. That’s not all. In celebration of the new beach, they’re offering 30 percent off nightly rates with spa treatments and private beachfront dining.

That’s quite an incentive?

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Key West Is Closer Than You Think

Key West is an incredibly diverse tropical island. It is America’s most talked-about resort.

My first experience of the island of Key West was a port stop on my Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean adventure, like the other 660,000 cruise ship passengers who visit Key West every year to experience the beauty & zaniness that makes this island community truly unique.

The first thing I noticed was an off-beat, laid-back atmosphere. The beauty of the place is that within walking distance of the port, you discover historic homes, tropical gardens, art galleries, shops, gourmet dining, funky bars & of course fishing, diving & swimming.

As we didn’t have much time in port the best place to start was a ride on one of the tour trolleys; the conductor related stories with local color and it gives you an idea of places you will want to revisit to learn more. As we passed through the winding streets the friendly locals waved as we passed by, relaxing on their decks sipping cocktails, what a way to pass away the day!

When nighttime descends the pier comes alive with street entertainers, my highlight being the fire eaters, with lots of local craft stores selling locally made merchandise it was a fitting end to our action packed day in Key West.

This tropical island is a Mecca for writers and artists, celebrities and people who just want to get away from it all. A flourishing Restoration Movement and a cosmopolitan mix of people give the feel of a foreign country with all the amenities of the United States.

If you’re a cruise ship day tripper like me you will want to return and stay for longer. Key West has lodging places, shops and restaurants to provide you with a variety of accommodations, unusual clothing and gifts, and international cuisine. Guesthouses range from the quiet and relaxed (Laid-back) to the wild disco beat. The local shops carry everything from tropical to punk clothes and gifts. Nowhere else can offer such a variety of restaurants offering everything from authentic Cuban fare to eating in a tree house. The bars are open late and the crowd usually doesn’t hit full swing until after the bewitching hour. Most bars are open until 4 am.

With these bargain flights available from major gatweays how can you say no:

New York-Key West Return Flight USD $327.00*

Los Angeles- Key West Return Flight USD $420*

Vancouver- Key West Return Flight CAD $610*

*Taxes extra

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Solo Travelers Rewarded At Last

Club Med welcomes solo travelers with specially reduced rates!

At last the single traveler is being taken seriously by tour companies.

Club Med, one of the original innovators of the All Inclusive concept recognizes the importance of people traveling on their own and being charged a fair rate for their vacation.

Enjoy an all-inclusive vacation filled with exciting activities and gourmet cuisine.

Reserve your solo vacation now, for stays between February 20 and October 23, 2010.

0% single supplement in selected rooms at :
Turkoise, Turks & Caicos
Columbus Isle, Bahamas

25% or 50% single supplement depending on room type at :
Cancun Yucatan, Mexico
Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sandpiper, Florida

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