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Watching giants

In Los Cabos, the whale watching season has started. An amazing spectacle you should not miss.

We invite Royal Holiday members to visit Los Cabos, the best location in the world to watch the arrival of 8 out of the 11 cetacean species to the Mexican coasts. These mammals come in search of the Northern Mexico warm undersea streams.

As Wintertime approaches, the whales take the longest migratory trip on earth, because they travel 19 thousand kilometers (11.8 thousand miles) for 6 months from the frozen waters of the Arctic until the Baja California peninsula, where they linger for several months. Many of them breed, some give birth to their calves, and by the end of March they initiate their trip back home.

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We recommend you to take a watching tour on board of inflatable boats. Several companies in Los Cabos offer this service, or you may rather be a part of a photographic safari. Don’t forget your camera!

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During this tour, you will be able to watch mainly gray whales, which are specimens of about 16 meters (52.5 feet) long, weighing up to 30 tons. In general, they easily allow you watch them and are described by tour guides as docile and curious.

The whale watching season officially starts on December 15th and ends on April 15th. Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership during this Winter season to enjoy this amazing experience by reserving this promotion at Park Royal Los Cabos.

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The year is about to end!

dsc07060-minBefore it does, you cannot overlook November’s News.

Vacations should be a universal right for every human being. That is why we are introducing you into the Royal Holiday Foundation and, most importantly, its cause to which you will be able to join.

Also, take a look of this new option at Mexico City: My Place at Santo Domingo, you will love the location and the full equipped rooms, each one with a different theme!

If you have not yet traveled this year, you are still on time! Look up the video of Park Royal Cancún and get your suitcases ready!

Remember that every day we add appealing last minute offers on our website. Enter, review and book right away.

Happy holidays!

Enjoy the Autumn!

 

The final stretch of the year has begun. If you’re thinking of Mexican Caribbean, now, you may fly from Cancun to Cozumel, or enjoy the Maroma Adventure Park. Read the article with all the details.

And because planning ahead enables traveling anywhere in the world, follow theeveryday life saving tips we suggest so you can travel without limits.

For those willing to rediscover the marvelous city of New York this Fall, may we suggest you to watch the video of the month, featuring the Manhattan Club, only 5 minutes away from Central Park.

Lastly, check upon the last minute offers on our website, where you will find the best destinations with great promotions.

Happy holidays!

Novelties in the Mexican Caribbean

Did you know you can take a local flight from Cancun airport to Cozumel in a jiffy? Forget about the ferry exhaustion and fly conveniently by Mayair. Thus, you save time and travel safely while enjoying a splendid view.

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Mayan Riviera is much more than Xcaret, hence may we suggest you to visit the Maroma Adventure Park, located only 10 minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Seize numerous activities, such as:

  • Snorkeling, diving, and fly-boarding.
  • Swimming with dolphins.
  • Riding on 4-wheel ATV, horse, camel, and more.
  • Sailing on a catamaran or sports-fishing.
  • Gourmet dining on the beach.

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For more information, visit www.maromaadventures.com

There is always something to discover in the Mexican Caribbean. Book in one of our Park Royal or Grand Park Royal Hotels.

Enjoy your trip!

Punta Cana: A Magical Destination In The Heart Of The Caribbean

Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com

Punta Cana is located on the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic. The territory starts at the north with a beach called Arena Gorda and follows south Bávaro Beach, Uvero Alto Beach, Macao Beach and El Cortecito Beach. Further down you will find white sands and blue waters present in Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo.

The weather in Punta Cana is ideal for vacationing and enjoying all the beaches without any excessive heat, due to the lowest average temperature staying around the 68 degrees and a maximum of 89 Fahrenheit.

Punta Cana is considered one of the main places to visit in the Dominican Republic, providing travelers with around 50 kilometers of beautiful pristine beaches, some of the best hotels and the opportunity to take up some of the most exciting aquatic sports, excursions and leisure activities; all of it, very near to the Punta Cana International Airport.

Bávaro Beach

Famous for its crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sand. Visitors opt to stay at Bávaro Beach partly due to the beautiful hotels that offer a wide array of culinary options and traditional cocktails. Aquatic sports like sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more, are some of the main attractions on this beach.

The UNESCo declared this beach as one of the best in the world due to its particular beauty. A beautiful place to see while in Bávaro, is the Bávaro Manatee Park and check out the many shows that display beautiful fish and dolphins people can interact with. During the nighttime, they hold exhibitions with horses as well.

Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com

Playa Rincón.

Located in Las Galeras, this beautiful natural beach is considered to be in the top ten destinations to see in Punta Cana. The beach is quiet and peaceful with welcoming waters to swimmers. The coast is broad and large so people usually play sports like volleyball and soccer. Aquatic sports are also common with windsurfing and kitesurfing being favorites. Restaurants in the area specialize mostly in seafood and have some of the best culinary offers available to visitors. For those interested in learning about the history of the beach and about the Spanish conquistadors and their travels, they may find tour guides specialized in talking about all the historic significance of the area. There are a few areas in Playa Rincon that are off limits to people and protected.

Las Terrenas Beach

Located 225 kilometers from Santo Domingo and 48 kms from Samaná. This is one of the most popular and most visited beaches in the area due to the low footprint it has and for being one of the most protected by its high vegetation. The fine sand and clear waters are perfect for those looking to rest in a quiet place.
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Boca Chica Beach

This is the closest beach to Santo Domingo. As you walk through Boca Chica Beach, you can find food stalls, restaurants, markets, fruit vendors and other type of specialty shops that make this area very charming. The beach offers the opportunity to experience a true Caribbean atmosphere and a livelier environment than other beaches. The water is about 4 feet deep and there is a coral reef formation nearby that makes it so a natural pool is formed. Boca Chica is welcoming and the people there truly make you feel glad you chose to stop by. Try the local dishes at small stalls and the local drinks as well that are usually sold by small vendors.

Bávaro Manatee Park

This is a natural theme park located right at Bávaro Beach. Visiting is highly recommended for families traveling together specially, but they have things for everybody. The tropical flowers and orchid gardens are truly breathtaking. During your stay at the park, you may enjoy different types of activities like dining at the different restaurants, shopping for traditional artisan-made souvenirs and the main attraction, swimming with dolphins. The park has shows with exotic parrots, horses, sea lions and dolphins as well as local dancers and other artists. There is also a small zoo where you can see up close iguanas, snakes, crabs, flamencos and other animals indigenous to the region.

The food offer and shops are varied and very inclusive. You can find anything from pizzas, fast food and small snacks to a full restaurant with gourmet dishes of the most extravagant sea fare.

The park works as a place of conservation and care for the environment and the land so it will be available to the many generations to come.

For more information on deals, hotels, cruises and more, check out our page and our blog at Royal Holiday Destinations. Also, make sure you check out our articles about other Caribbean beaches you must visit!

Taking the kids on vacation

Taking your kids on vacation can be a lot of fun, especially if you are in the perfect destination. The Mexican Caribbean is full of fun adventures and recreational activities for you and your little ones.

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Cancún, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya have many family-friendly activities to keep your kids occupied throughout your vacation. First and foremost, kids love water. If you keep them where they can swim and snorkel they’ll be happy. Here’s a list of attractions and activities for your children:

Your kids will remember forever The Swim With Dolphins program, set up just for young children, and older kids can do the regular program too.

A popular outing with families of all ages is the Hummer Jungle Tour with activities like the petting zoo, ruins, a zip line, swimming in Cenotes, and the beach.

Selvatica Canopy Tour is an exciting family adventure with zip lines through the jungle. Family fun for ages 3 and up!

A trip to Xel Ha or Xcaret will keep the kids entertained all day long, and they’ll always love a day at Wet N Wild or Garrafon Park.

New to Cancun are Xplor Adventure Park, featuring zip lines, water landings, subterranean rivers, cenotes, and self-drive amphibious vehicles. It is taking Cancun by storm!

The Cancun Interactive Aquarium is a family-friendly activity that is popular.

The Jungle Tour is popular with kids, as are the ATV tours (at least for older kids).

The Subsea Explorer and Atlantis Submarine are unique ways to see the underwater world of Cancun without ever getting wet. Perfect for families with kids of all ages – they will be excited.

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Campamentos All-Inclusive marvels

It may sound obvious to mention, but the last thing you probably want to do when you are on vacation is to shop for groceries, cook and do the dishes. Your best bet when you travel with kids is to get the All Inclusive plan. This means that meals, drinks and recreational activities are included. Whereas choosing the European plan allow you to eat in the hotel’s restaurants but you’ll spend more money.

Park Royal Cancún, Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Grand Park Royal Cozumel or the Grand Riviera Princess offers the All Inclusive plan as well as a world of amenities and recreational activities. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is to enjoy.
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Campamentos Beach means happy times

The beach is the ideal place to let your child dump, scoop, and pour sand and water to their heart’s content. They can use buckets and shovels, cups and spoons, or your hands; go on a scavenger hunt and collect rocks and shells. They can also build sand castles while you read a book sipping on a Margarita. Freshening up in the hotel swimming pool after a sand sculpture class will feel good.
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Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership and plan a vacation in the Mexican Caribbean. For example, Quintana Roo is one of the most complete beach destinations in the world boasting pristine beaches, archaeological ruins, theme parks and an array of water sports.

It’s one happy island, it’s Aruba!

1. Paradisiacal beaches

The beaches of Aruba are widely considered to be among the cleanest, widest, and most spectacular in the Caribbean region. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges while swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, kayaking and other water sports. Eagle Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The white sand here seems to stretch on forever. The water is great for swimming, and there are numerous refreshment spots.
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2. Arikok National Park

It’s Aruba’s national treasure and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The Visitors’ Center houses an exhibit of endemic animals such as the Aruban whiptail lizard (cododo), Aruban cat eye snake (santanero) and endangered rattle snake (cascabel). Park rangers offer individualized tours that showcase fascinating flora and fauna and interesting historical sites. The park has great beaches; ocean waters can be rough and currents strong. For cooling off the National Pool is perfect for taking a dip.
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3. Aruba wreck dive sites

Aruba is known as one of the world’s greatest scuba locations in the world. It’s famous for having the best wrecks to dive in the entire Caribbean. Quite a few interesting wrecks rest on the sea floor off the shores of Aruba, including airplanes, huge tankers, barges and tugs, and a four hundred foot German freighter that was scuttled during World War II.
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4. Delicious dishings

Aruba’s dining scene is exceptional, and pleasing to a variety of palates. There are more than 200 beach-y bistros, romantic restaurants, and classic cunucus serving superb food. We recommend the Sopi di Pampuna (Pumpkin Soup), Keshi Yena (a filled cheese shell with spiced meat), and the Signature Papaya Fish (red snapper filet, confetti polenta and The Old Man & the Sea’s famous signature papaya sauce), among many other culinary dishes. Aruban cuisine: a delightful adventure for your taste buds you can’t miss!
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5. Nightlife

Aruba’s nightlife caters for a variety of tastes. There are several charming and exciting nightspots with dancing and entertainment as well as lively action-filled casinos. Hotels and nightclubs feature water ballet, international entertainers, fashion shows, local dance groups, limbo and fire dances, steel bands, discos and the pulsating beat of local bands. For casinos be it in blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, Aruba’s casinos offer it all.
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6. Shopping

Aruba shopping offers fashionable international brands at duty free prices. Shoppers often visit this happy island looking to buy jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, locally made handicrafts, Cuban cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, and many more superior and favorably priced goods.
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If you arrive by cruise ship, you will have no problem finding the shopping district as L.G. Smith Boulevard runs right through it. The shopping area is also only a few minutes walk from the seaport. Many stores are located on Caya G.F. (Betico) Croes.

Aruba traveling tip: Some stores close between noon and 2pm, and many shops and malls close by 6pm. If you plan to make a special trip, call ahead to be sure the stores you want to visit are open.

The Paradise Beach Villas in Oranjested are tastefully equipped with all the modern comforts and luxuries complemented by warm and friendly service. Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership by staying here.

Cape Cod, a first class destination in New England

capecodeDiscovering everything the East Coast has to offer can be a challenging task. Cape Code is a great starting point for exploring so much natural beauty. Here are 6 musts when you are in this amazingly beautiful cape.

1. The National Seashore
40 miles of the best beaches in the US, where besides basking in the sun, you can enjoy a Broadway play in the summer; do some mountain biking and savor seafood dishes New England style.

2. Pristine beaches. Find the ideal one for you.
The vast white sand beaches of Cape Cod offer a diversity of choices, including, salt water and fresh water beaches, calm water and big waves, and a range of sizes from small secluded to huge beaches with plenty of room to play volleyball. Our recommendations:
Race Point Beach, Provincetown
Coast Guard Beach, Eastham
Hardings Beach, Chatham
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Old Silver Beach, Falmouth

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3. Glorious gastronomy!
Cape Cod is a peninsula divided into 15 towns, each with its own unique gastronomy history. Fried clams, fresh broiled or grilled fish, lobster rolls and fish and chips are still favorites. We recommend that you check out the Chatham Pier Fish Market in Chatham.  and Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham. You can also find great pizza and meet sandwiches like roast beef, very popular in the East Coast. Homemade ice cream is the way to go for desert. Suggestions: The Ice Cream Smuggler, in Dennis and the Cape Cod Creamery, with two locations: one in Hyannis and South Yarmouth.

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4. Nauset Light Beach en Eastham
Built in 1877, it was one of Chatham’s lighthouses and was reinstalled in Eastham in1923. The lighthouses were originally manufactures in wood and used to warn ships about the dangers on the coasts. Since 1987 this lighthouse has been part of the National Registry of historic monuments.

5. Provincetown
Provincetown Harbor was the initial anchoring place of the Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower in 1620, before they proceeded to Plymouth. MacMillan pier is a great port from which fleets of ships offer white and humpback whale watching adventures. If after this unforgettable experience you have worked up an appetite, the easiest way to decide where to eat it so stroll up and down Commercial Street. Expect to find taste temptations along this street like fish and chips, pizza, burgers, crepes, clam chowder and all sorts of seafood appetizers.

6. Cape Cod Rail Trail
This 25-mile paved path is a safe and enjoyable way to spend a Cape Cod summer day. Traveling through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet, the smoothly paved surface (akin to gravel asphalt) makes the CCRT ideal for cyclists, walkers, inline skaters and runners. Bicycle and rollerblade rentals are also available at various bike shops conveniently located right along the trail in Dennis, Brewster, Orleans and Wellfleet.
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Enjoy Cape Cod with your Royal Holiday membership. You can stay either at Cape Cod Holiday Estates at the Cape Winds Resort, hotels with all the comforts for an unforgettable vacation.

April, your Travel Assistance Guardian Card

Introducing April, your personal travel assistance guardian card ready to help you in case of unexpected contingencies or emergencies when you are on vacation. It’s provides you with year-round assistance, any time and anywhere you travel.

Because your safety and peace of mind comes first,  this insurance card will cover you for up to $50,000 USD per emergency*, for just $3,65 USD a day.

April’s year-round benefits!

  • Cancellation policy. You can cancel your April Assistance Travel Guardian card any time, no questions asked. You will get reimbursed partially or in full based the insurance card you acquired.
  • It covers you in case of an emergency or unexpected contingencies when you are travelling.
  • Assistance for travelers up to 85 years of age travelers,
  • Life insurance in case of sudden death or accident regardless of the circumstances.
  • Covers immediate expenses for personal needs in case your luggage gets lots or delayed.

Sign up for your April, Travel Assistance Guardian Card today! Talk to your Holiday Advisor.

* Ask your Holiday Advisor about different coverage. Terms and conditions apply.

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!