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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!

Where in the Heck is Huatulco Anyway?

The Park Royal family will extend all the way to Huatulco, as of September 1st 2014. Incredible, fully All-Inclusive, the new Park Royal Huatulco is perfect for the family holiday, the romantic getaway or a long holiday with your closest friends.

Extending the full service associated with the Park Royal name could really only make it better. All-Inclusive, and then some, it’s more than just a change of name.

The Park Royal stands, already, for incredible service, attention to every detail and cleanliness right down to the regular detailing of every room.  This newest hotel to bear the Park Royal name – the Park Royal Huatulco – invites Royal Holiday travelers to enjoy the full Bay of Tangolunda, one of the nine bays of Huatulco, with the full comfort, satisfaction and style you’ve come to know in Cancun, Cozumel and Los Cabos.

Truly grand California-style architecture stands out from an exotic jungle – and guests take to the eco-tourism, the biking and to a lot of forlorn and heartbreaking beaches. That’s when they’re not living it up at the secluded beach club, complete with a swimming pool, lounge and dinner club.

But up on the main resort grounds Royal Holiday travelers take to the main swimming pool, overlooked by a cute trattoria and lots of the suites for which the Park Royal Huatulco will be famous. Breakfast can be taken right on the deck, and each comfortable suite boasts a private terrace, air conditioning, coffee maker, strong box and satellite TV.

With a modern airport welcoming flights not just from Mexico City, it’s still one of the best kept secrets on the Pacific. The nine bays had been an ultra-obscure surfing hideaway for decades before the Huatulco scene caught on briefly in the 1990s. Today’s Huatulco is still not well known – but with nine protected bays – everyone’s got a favorite.

With everything familiar from the Park Royal family of hotels & resorts – it’s still a very different vacation experience.  Oaxacan food is among the most famous – complex, sophisticated and dynamic – of all the many regional cuisines of Mexico. It makes not only a fine addition to what the Park Royal is serving, tonight, but something “oh-so-different” to experience on your next holiday.  

Destinos de Película con Royal Holiday

Dicen que el mundo es un set cinematográfico, y hay muchos lugares que han quedado inmortalizados en maravillosas películas que quedarán para siempre en el recuerdo.  Y varios de estos destinos los tienes a tu alcance con tu Membresía de Royal Holiday, así que ya puedes planear unas vacaciones de película, recorriendo las ciudades que han hecho historia.

Nueva York es quizá la ciudad más fotografiada en la historia del cine, en sus calles constantemente se ven equipos de filmación y estrellas de cine preparándose para la acción.  Desde la legendaria “King Kong” donde el edificio Empire State era el protagonista, hasta las películas de Woody Allen que inmortalizaron el famoso puente de Brooklyn , o el Central Park, pasando por “El Padrino”, “ X-Men” y “Madagascar” por nombrar sólo algunas.  Caminar por sus calles y museos es toda una experiencia cinematográfica, y casi cada rincón ha aparecido en alguna película.
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Paris también ha sido inspiración para los cineastas más importantes del mundo.  La reciente producción de Woody Allen “Medianoche en París” no sólo es un homenaje a las callecitas parisinas, sino a su gente y su historia cultural.

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“Amelie” nos regaló un París más cotidiano  y pintoresco, y “Ratatouille” nos compartió ése Paris famoso por sus restaurantes y cultura gourmet.  Como dicen por ahí, en París hay que sentirse como en una película.

Y si Paris te inspiró, en Madrid te vas a sentir en una película de Pedro  Almodóvar, porque si viste sus películas ya debes saber que la zona más animada es Chueca y que el ambiente más madrileño de todos está definitivamente en sus bares y cafés.

Y si viste “La Dolce Vita”, no puedes perderte “La Grande Bellezza” e inspirarte para conocer Roma de arriba a abajo de una vez por todas, y disfrutar de ése ambiente increíble en sus calles y monumentos, que tan bien retrataron Fellini, y el mismo Woody Allen en su inolvidable “A Roma con Amor”, una de sus películas más inspiradas.  Roma también es de ésos lugares que dan la sensación de ser una escenografía y que todos somos “extras” en una escena callejera.

Y si quieres darles un gusto a tus hijos, recorre Londres y descubre con ellos los lugares donde fue filmada la saga de Harry Potter.  Con un poco de suerte, y algo de magia, podrás subir al “autobús noctámbulo”,  llegar a la Plataforma 9 ¾, y luego recorrer los estudios donde fueron filmados los interiores de la escuela de Hogwarts.

Y volviendo de este lado del mundo, los paisajes impactantes de Río de Janeiro como el Pan de Azúcar, la animada Copacabana y el Cristo Redentor, quedaron inmortalizados para siempre en “Moonraker” una de las películas de la saga del 007, con Roger Moore protagonizando sus clásicas escenas de acción acompañado de lindas chicas cariocas.

buenosairesargBuenos Aires, por su parte, ha dejado ver sus encantos escenográficos en “Diarios de Motocicleta”, y en “El Secreto de sus Ojos”, ganadora del Oscar.  Madonna eligió Buenos Aires para filmar “Evita”, y hay que decir que es una ciudad muy solicitada para producciones europeas, ya que sus calles ofrecen una arquitectura muy variada que puede simular distintos países a la vez.

Y si quieres vacaciones de película, pero en la playa, no podemos dejar de mencionar  los destinos mexicanos,  que han sido escenario natural para cientos de producciones ya clásicas de la historia del cine, como Puerto Vallarta, que inmortalizó John Huston en 1964 en “La Noche de la Iguana” con romance incluido entre Richard Burton y Ava Gardner.  A partir de ésa película, Puerto Vallarta se puso de moda como destino turístico del jet set internacional, carácter que conserva hasta la fecha.tules

Y finalmente, Acapulco, con sus clavadistas, su ambiente nocturno y su belleza natural, supo recibir alguna vez al mismísimo Elvis Presley, que cantaba alegremente mientras conquistaba al mundo entero en “Fun in Acapulco”.

Ahora sí, comienza a escribir el guión de tu propia película, con Royal Holiday elige donde la quieres disfrutar.

Riviera Maya and Cozumel in One Magnificent Journey!

rivieraRoyal Holiday travelers hit the beach all over the world. Some of the most fantastic beaches are on either side of the fabulous Caribbean sea that separates Cozumel from the mainland. What a mainland it is, too. The Riviera Maya is world renowned for wide, pristine beaches and some of the world’s most gentle and beautiful beach country.

The Mexican Caribbean, as a whole, is always the most favored travel destination for Royal Holiday members no matter where they’re from. This offer is a double-dose – guaranteed to please even the most travel weary.

All Royal Holiday members are welcome to book the Grand Riviera Princess as of May 1st 2014. And many of them already have. This special offer gives you a taste of something totally new – and a trip back to the tried and true at the Park Royal Cozumel!

The Grand Riviera Princess puts up guests in Jr. Suites, or Deluxe Jr. Suites big enough for two adults and two kids. The resort boasts no fewer than 12 restaurants, eight specialty restaurants and four “munch-all-afternoon” buffets. That’s quite possibly more specialty fare than some guests will get to try in a quick vacation. Italian food, Spanish delicacies, Seafood, Asian and Mexican dishes are all served up fresh every day.

The Riviera May beach is unmatched, unparalleled and almost too indescribably beautiful – but just as turquoise and clear as you remember in Cancun. The resort offers no less than 13 swimming pools, some in the shade and some in the sun. There are also nine tennis courts, organized activities and plenty of space for free-form fun. At night, the Areíto club stays open late for revelers and if you’re still not tired – just imagine a moonlight walk on a beach like this!

In fact, a week at the Grand Riviera Princess is proving so popular, we’re inviting all members to mix it up a little.

Book a week in May, June, September or October at the Grand Riviera Princess. Then extend your stay for 3 nights FREE at the Park Royal Cozumel – just a ferry ride across the water. Or take your Three Free Cozumel nights – anytime in 2014.

Or book 4 nights at the Grand Riviera Princess and take advantage of a 3-for-the-price-of-one offer across the channel at the Park Royal Cozumel.
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This offer is only for Members in good standing and must be booked prior to March 31, 2014 – for travel only in May, June, September or October of 2014. Call your Membership Services rep today. Subject to availability.

* See the complete terms and conditions on Royal-Holiday.com. This offer is subject to availability and applicable only with NEW reservations. Not valid during Prime season, on long weekends or state holidays. All-Inclusive fee is billable for the total nights booked. 2 Free nights offer in Cozumel must be consecutive nights, but may be used before or after the reserved nights. 3 free nights in Cozumel requires All-Inclusive fee be paid for each night.