Isla Mujeres A spell bounding “Isla Bonita”!

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Discover the mystical island of Isla Mujeres, a gem off the coast of Cancun lying peacefully in the Mexican Caribbean. Magic is precisely how you will hear isleños -island residents- and visitors describe this island. This Isla, endearingly called by most residents, is 5 miles across the bay from Cancún. Catch the ferry that leaves from Puerto Juárez or Playa Tortugas.

10 must-do activities in Isla Mujeres

1. Venture out to Garrafón Park, a special area for ecology, nature and adventure. Enjoy this tropical treasure through more than 20 activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, zip lining, trekking, swimming with Dolphins to name a few.

2. MUSA snorkel offers you the chance to know one of Cancun’s top attractions: Cancun’s Underwater Art Museum. Admire + 460 Jason DeCaires Taylor’s statues while snorkeling in a guided tour. No experience, no problem, the guides will take care of you! The total museum installation will one day form an artificial ecosystem where various fish and marine mammals will thrive.

3. The Dolphin Royal Swim is definitely the best swim with dolphins program and one of Cancun best things to do. The Dolphin Royal Swim is done at Isla Mujeres, where you’ll be able to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat not in a pool. Enjoy more than 7 different dolphin behaviors including the “Foot push” and “Dorsal Tow”. You’ll also be able to handshake, hug, and kiss and have free time with the beautiful dolphins.

4. Once you reach Playa Norte, the island’s main beach, you won’t want to leave. Its warm, shallow waters are the color of blue raspberry syrup and the beach is crushed coral. Unlike most of the island’s east coast, Playa Norte is safe for swimming and the water is only chest deep even far from shore.

5. Tortugranja (turtle farm) is a government-sponsored hatchery for endangered sea turtles. At this Turtle Farm, eggs are deposited into safe, caged areas to keep them safe from predators. Once hatched the baby turtles are moved into ponds until they grow big and strong enough to be released into the sea. Easy to find, the turtle farm is located on Sac Bajo (North of Playa Paraíso).

6. Swim with Whale Sharks. Immerse in the Most Amazing Adventure in Isla Mujeres swimming with the Biggest Fish in the World and experience these humbling gentle giants up close. Also enjoy the crossing where you can see playful dolphins and stingrays in their natural habitat.

7. Tropical fish in El Garrafón de Castilla. Not to be confused with “Garrafon Park”. A golf cart will get you here. Hardly any tourists seek it out or visit it. It’s a great family beach and a protected snorkeling area. To make it interesting, buy some fish food, stand still or float, and friendly colorful fish will envelope you looking for lunch.

8. Catamaran Isla Mujeres. Don’t miss the chance of spending a wonderful day sailing through the Caribbean Sea and to Isla Mujeres in a catamaran. Enjoy the sun and the breeze while sailing to the reef where you will have the opportunity of snorkeling and admire hundreds of colorful fish.

9. If you are into archaeology, at the southernmost point tip of the island you’ll find a religious center that dates back to the 12th century dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Fertility. The temple has another purpose, as it was used as a lighthouse for the Mayan ships travelling along the coast.

10. Before you catch the ferry back to Cancún, you can rent a bike or golf cart and cruise the Island. At the south tip you’ll find a small lighthouse from where you can appreciate the stunningly beautiful turquoise clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean.

Remember that Royal Holiday has several hotels in Cancún, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen to make your stay in the Mexican Caribbean an unforgettable one. Reserve now!

Scuba diving in Cancún: explore the silent underwater wonders of the Caribbean

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Usually when we hear about the Mexican Caribbean what comes to mind is sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and fun in the sun. However, Cancún, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya are some of the most exciting places to scuba dive and snorkel in the world.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef north of Cancún extends over 600 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras, and is the second largest coral reef in the world; it contains over 500 species of fish, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whale sharks. The Cancun, Riviera and Costa Maya boast over 186 miles of underwater life, ideal for aquatic sports.

South of Cancún (51 miles) is the Island of Cozumel, an excellent vacation destination year round. If you are a scuba diver or snorkeler, diving the waters of Cozumel really is exceptional and breathtaking; the dive sites look different even if your return to the same spot in the same week. Water temperature averages 78 degrees.

If you are an experienced diver, head to Puerto Morelos (36 km south of Cancún), where you can explore submerged shipwrecks like the General Anaya and the Juan Escutia. The Mexican navy intentionally sunk these ships in the 1980s in order to create an artificial reef to preserve biodiversity in the region. Other points of interest include Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, and the Sian Kaán and Xcalak biosphere reserve.

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The Cancún Underwater Museum, located in Isla Mujeres, has a total of 500 submerged sculptures, each with its own personality and human features. The sculptures were created with ecological materials to become artificial reefs and avoid harming the ocean, sea life and reefs.

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For those who want to experience the most thrilling dive in the world, Bull Shark Diving in Playa del Carmen is the place to be. Bull sharks measure 11 feet, are not shy and do make passes close to the divers; it is strictly for advanced divers with more than 30 logged dives. The warm water and good visibility allow us to appreciate the beauty of these predators between November and March.

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As you see, the Mexican Caribbean boasts some of the most exciting places for aquatic and extreme sports; and through your Royal Holiday membership you can plan to stay at Park Royal Cancún, Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Grand Park Royal Cozumel or at the Grand Riviera Princess in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy your vacation in paradise!

12 travel resolutions: Destinations you should visit once in your life.

1. Buenos Aires

Sexy, alive and supremely confident, beautiful Buenos Aires is unforgettable. Take a Tango class; enjoy an afternoon of soccer at the River Plate stadium; and finish the day savoring a flavorful beef Parrillada (juicy beef steak) in the land that has perfected grilling.
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2. Whistler

Whistler is internationally known as one of the leading ski resorts in the world and is repeatedly voted as the #1 destination by ski, travel and lifestyle magazines. Although acclaimed for its winter events, Whistler is year round destination, with festivals, activities and fun for every season. Including skiing in the summer!
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3. Río de Janeiro

There’s no other place like Rio. It’s a combination of golden beaches, samba-fueled nightlife; spend the evening catching music jams around Lapa; join friends amid the roaring crowds at Maracanã Stadium; or greet the sunrise from Copacabana Beach. The carioca spirit has the urge to live life to the fullest.

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4. Las Vegas

Sin city is the ultimate escape; it’s the only place you can spend the night partying in ancient Rome, brunch under the Eiffel Tower, watch an erupting volcano, or sip a frozen vodka martini set on a bar made of ice. There are no clocks inside casinos, just never-ending buffets, ever-flowing drinks and adrenaline-fueled gaming tables.

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5. Mexico City

Organized chaos rules in this high-octane megalopolis, yet rest assured that the city offers plenty of escape valves in the way of old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, dramatic murals and dozens of recently found archaeological ruins. It has countless restaurants, boutiques, museums, galleries, arts & crafts markets. The sky is the limit as to the cultural richness you can find in Mexico City.

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Salzburg, Austria

Beyond Mozart and The Sound of Music, Salzburg hides a city with a burgeoning arts scene, wonderful food, manicured parks and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year. The Baroque old town with its beautiful churches and cathedrals, the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s House and St Peter’s Monastery, among other sites, will leave you speechless.

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7. Barcelona

Sited between the sea and the mountains, Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture like Dalí, Miró, Gaudí and Picasso… It’s a truly amazing city to visit.
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8. Cusco

Incas deemed this spot the belly button of the world.  But Cuzco is just the beginning; beyond lies the Sacred Valley that leads you to Machu Picchu: a tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power; one of the 7 wonders of the world. It’s located about 7,970 feet above sea level.
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9. New York

Enjoy the timeless traditions of winter in the Big Apple, like ice skating in Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show; or a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Because as Simon Beauvoir well said: “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.

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10. Prage

Prague’s maze of quaint cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer. Just a few blocks from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars. Plus, the beer is the best in Europe.

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11. Punta del Este

Gorgeous beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise modern buildings, colonial architecture, glitzy restaurants, is one of South America’s most glamorous resorts. Gorlero Avenue is full of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, galleries, boutiques, cinemas, casinos and shops. Love Uruguay!

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12. Hawaii

Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise: sugary beaches, coral reefs, volcanoes, islands scattered in a cobalt blue ocean… Whether you’re swimming in waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you will fall in love with this island. It’s absolutely beautiful.
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It’s just a matter of deciding where you want to spend your next unforgettable vacation.

New Year. New life. New Voyages

The New Year is the best time to make fresh new beginnings. Get the most out of your membership and plan in advance your 2016 vacation.
We have prepared some fun articles to can help your choose your next destination. Read everything about the advantages of the All Inclusive plan ; and make sure to read 12 cities you must visit at least once in your life with Royal Holiday. Plus, learn about the reasons why you should get an All Inclusive Plan on your next vacation.

To complement our recommended 12 Travel Resolutions, feel free to watch our video of the month. We hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a blessed Happy New Year.

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