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Jet Lag and Motion Sickness for Travelers to Cancun Jun 21

Jet Lag

Your body is regulated by light/dark cycles that trigger the rhythmic release of hormones throughout the day. When you cross multiple time zones, you are exposed to light and darkness at uncommon times. As a result, your natural hormonal rhythms may be drastically disrupted, creating symptoms such as daytime fatigue, reduced mental and physical performance, irritability, or general malaise.

Fortunately, jet lag is typically reserved for individuals who have crossed multiple time zones. For practical purposes, travel from North America to the Baja California does not place you at much risk unless you are coming from the East Coast, Hawaii, or Europe. There is not much that can be done to reduce the symptoms of jet lag and often only time relieves them. Some recommendations include:

* Get a lot of sleep and rest in the days before you travel.
* Adapt as quickly as possible to the new time zone by waking and sleeping as others do I that time zone.
* Nap and rest between activities during the first few days after your arrival.
* If you are traveling west (and your day is increased), avoid prolonged periods of sleep. Try to take small naps instead.
* If you are taking a night flight, try to get good sleep on the plane.

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is generally a genetic predisposition that affects people to varying degrees. If you become ill in the back seat of a moving vehicle, on a bumpy plane ride, or on the ocean, there are some maneuvers and medications that may lessen your symptoms. Sometimes, avoiding these situations is the best approach.

Motion sickness rarely affects children before age two, and tends to peak about the age of 12, becoming less noticeable over the years. Symptoms may include nausea, abdominal discomfort, dizziness or unsteadiness, drowsiness, cold sweats, and in -severe cases- even vomiting and dehydration. Factors that may increase your risk include fatigue, alcohol, certain drugs, anxiety, and exposure to foul smells.

If you are on a large aircraft, try to choose a seat over the center wing. The same goes for traveling by boat: try to position yourself in the center of the craft where there is less to-and-fro movement. Focus your vision on the horizon. In smaller boats it seems to make no difference where you are located. If you are in a car, try to sit in the front seat with the window open, focusing your gaze on the horizon.

Some medications have been found to be helpful, including Transderm Scop (scopolamine) Patches, Scopace tablets (scopolamine), Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), and Stutgeron (cinnarizine). While all of these will help, they do have inherent side effects common to their drug class, such as blurred vision, drowsiness, dry mouth, and dizziness. These medications are not recommended for use in children. Instead, you may safely use Benadryl (diphendydramine) for your child. Ginger or ginger root can help calm a queasy stomach.

From my friends at MedtoGo.

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Life is delicious in the sea Cancun Mexico May 14

• The first two sculptures of the Museum of Underwater Sculptures in Cancun will soon be installed
• Sport fishing Tournaments will soon be held in Puerto Morelos and Cozumel
• All ready for the Sacred Mayan Crossing

Cancun, Quintana Roo, May 11th, 2009. Cancun has great news for scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling fans. Thanks to their positions opposite the Great Mesoamerican Reef and next to the Nichupte Lagoon system, Cancun and Puerto Morelos are the ideal destinations for practicing water sports such as the ones that are programmed soon:

• One of the most important nautical projects undertaken this year in the coral reefs of the National Marine Park of the Occidental Coast in Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, is the Museum of Underwater Sculpture in Cancun, where they will submerge sculptures that will serve as new reefs, and be the refuge for multicolored fish.

This project will not only attract visitors to admire the underwater art made by the London sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, but will also ease the number of people exploring the natural reefs. The authorities from the Marina Park and the Nautical Associates from Cancun confirmed that this first stage will be achieved with federal funds contributed by the Community Projects for Sustainable Development Program (PROCODES), along with contributions from the association itself. The first two sculptures will soon be installed at a depth of 4 meters and will be named “The Gardener of Hope” and “The Keeper of Dreams”. These represent the synthesis between art and science because once they are submerged, fragments of broken, live coral, taken from areas that have been harmed by human or natural activities will be placed on it. This technique has been established as a procedure for reef conservation, as it provides a new adequate substratum for the rescued coral.

The second stage of this artistic proposal involves 200 more sculptures made of a special concrete which has the adequate resistance and alkalinity for durability without harming the marine species.

• On 30th May the 4th International Swimming Marathon in Open Waters, from Cancun to Isla Mujeres “Por la Libre 2009” will take place. The event is organized by the AMC Association of Master of the Caribbean and Starc Productions, with the support of the state association Swimmers of Quintana Roo and the Mexican Swimming Federation.

Under the slogan “Put your Heart into Your Swimming” the organizers will develop many events in the state of Quintana Roo to promote this discipline, and support noble causes. The event is known for its friendly family atmosphere.

• The National Sport-fishing Tournament in Cozumel will take place from the 15th to 17th May and is open to all registered Mexican boats. It is a traditional event and is being celebrated for the 38th time at the island. This has now been named as one of the most important fishing events in the country owing to 195 boats and 1300 fisherman taking part in the 2008 edition.

• The third edition of the Sacred Mayan Crossing will take place from the 21st to 23rd May this year. Thirty 8 meter canoes will depart with a crew of 4-6 rowers. The aim is to cross the Cozumel Canal from Pole, modern day Xcaret, to the island of Cuzamil, now named Cozumel, and the next day cross to Xamanha, now named Playa del Carmen.

The Sacred Mayan Crossing is a recreation of the ritual pilgrimage undertaken by the inhabitants of these villages in the Yucatan Peninsula to worship the goddess Ix Chel (the goddess of fertility) and consult her oracle.

Once the crossing begins the 30 canoes destined for Cozumel will travel about 28 kilometers, one way, which represents about 6-7 hours of continual rowing in the open sea with a depth of 420 meters and south to north currents of about 2-4 knots. This is why all the participating canoeists started rowing, swimming, floating and physical fitness training since last February.

The Sacred Mayan Crossing takes us back to the Mayan past during the XI century AD to the XVl century AD with its rich history and cultural legacy. It is a live example of the relationship between the Maya and all things sacred. Relive the bravery and audacity of these ancient mariners that contributed to the splendor of their culture in the Yucatan Peninsula through their commercial networks. Today it is a tradition that the people of Quintana Roo look forward to year after year.

• The tours to the Isla Contoy National Park continue as usual, on Thursday and Sunday on board the caravelle “La Pinta” with Colon Tours, and on Tuesday and Saturday with Asterix Naviera.

Isla Contoy is the oldest Natural Protected Area in Quintana Roo, decreed as a Natural Reserve Zone on the 19th January 1961. Within the park there are three endangered species of marine turtle, Blanca, carey and caguama. It is also the refuge for the most important marine birds in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, home to 150 migratory, resident and occasional birds.

• On 7th May the hotel chain Palace Resorts, announced through the Palace Resorts Foundation that the 2009 Season for the Integral Program for the Conservation of the Marine Turtle, which as just in the last three years managed to protect nearly 3000 nests and set free in the ocean more than 338 babies of these endangered species.

The Palace Resorts Foundation A.C. works widely with the municipal, state and federal authorities and shares this ecological experience with the guests, collaborators and visitors, especially children with special needs, as a means of sensitivity to nature.

• There are great expectations among fishing fans for the XX Sport-fishing Tournament in Puerto Morelos taking place from the 29-31st May and finishing o the 1st June to celebrate the XCll Anniversary of the National Navy. This tournament brings together more than 100 boats and 500 fishermen, and has become a tradition in Cancun and Puerto Morelos.

This Tournament is really special for the Cancun CVB, since it will be dedicated to the memory of a great colleague, fisherman and friend, Fernando González Cahluni.

Due to the support of the Puerto Morelos Hotel Association, there will be prices for the first five positions within each category, with complementary lodging from participant hotels, such as: Zöetry Paraíso de la Bonita, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Ocean by H10 Hotels, Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, Blue Bay Resorts, Palace Resorts, Azul Beach y Azul Sensatori by Karisma, NH Riviera Cancun, El Cid Resorts and Excellence México.

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With Thanks to Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Experience Real Beauty under the Sea in Cancun Mar 12

Ever thought of swimming under extremely crystal clear waters while observing the most incredible and beautiful marine species that inhabit the second largest reef on Earth?

We have good news for scuba diving and snorkeling fans. Stop dreaming and visit the spectacular paradise that awaits you in Cancun, considered one of the top places in the world for scuba diving. Whether you are an amateur or a professional diver, Cancun and its surroundings, offer some of the best natural landscapes and the highest quality in resources to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Visitors can admire the amazing wildlife including brightly colored fish found only under the radiant surface of the Caribbean Sea. Cancun’s coastline is found directly in front of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, an amazing system extending 450 miles all the way from Punta Nizuc to the Bay of Islands in Honduras and is the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere. This reef system is home to 100 coral species, 350 mollusks, and 164 species of reef dwelling fish, sea turtles, crocodiles, lemon sharks, dolphins and manatees, among other exotic creatures that are unlikely to be seen elsewhere. The best news is that you don’t have to travel many hours to dive since there are between ten to 12 coral reefs, some of which are located at only 45 minutes from the shore.

Cancun offers a wide variety of scuba diving venues offering the best in training-including the PADI certification- and equipment for both novice and experienced divers. Professional trainers and guides ensure visitors’ safety by arranging diving sessions for small groups of people at a time. There are more than 25 fully-equipped water sports centers and marinas that operate under strict environmental standards to avoid any harm to marine life. Under the supervision of certified guides, vacationers will have a fulfilling experience. Also, several hotels and resorts offer hour long scuba diving courses in areas of extremely shallow waters for guests who are interested in getting a taste of Cancun’s diving offer. One of the greatest advantages in Cancun is that water depth reaches a maximum of 100ft., which makes it the ideal and safest spot for both, beginners and pros.

In Cancun, variety is the norm. Tourists can choose between open water diving along the reef where they have the opportunity to explore sunken vessels- like the famous C58- or dive along natural caverns and cenotes (sink holes), some are so deep that are beyond the reach of sunlight. Cenote diving is characteristic of the state of Quintana Roo which has one of the longest cenotes route in the world. A complete cavern diving course lasts one week and includes a series of 14 diving sessions.

For those who prefer to go snorkeling, Punta Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos offer the possibility to experience the marine wonders of the Mexican Caribbean, allowing tourists to have a close encounter with marine creatures such as tropical fish, sea monkeys, grouper fish, parrotfish, as well as invertebrates like jelly fish, crabs, lobsters and octopus. Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos is particularly attractive because the coral reef is located very close to the shore, keeping the waters calm and shallow- the perfect conditions to have a safe and enjoyable snorkeling trip.

Those who want to experience the peaceful mood of a fishing village can take day trips to Holbox Island, Contoy and Isla Mujeres conveniently located a few miles from Cancun. These islands combine tropical life with the charm of virgin white sand beaches and the Mayan heritage. While being popular destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving, visitors also have the opportunity to interact with nature above the ocean’s surface through activities such as bird, crocodile and turtle watching. Also, these places offer the opportunity to swim with magnificent creatures such as whale sharks (locally known as Domino whales), dolphins and manatees. Better yet, you can be a part of an expedition to discover the mysteries of the sleeping sharks cave.


About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

With Thanks to the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tee Time “A la Cart” only in Cancun Feb 22

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Did you know that Cancun is more than beaches, exotic nature and Mayan archeological sites? Cancun is a international premier golf destination featuring 11 courses in operation with three other under construction. The uniqueness of these golf courses lies in the variety of exotic sites that surround them. State of the art resorts, combined with natural beauty, air connectivity and exceptional service make Cancun the first option for a round of golf. And the best news is that more is to be expected in 2009. The Mexican Caribbean is becoming the “New Green Paradise where investments in golf infrastructure have increased as a way to contribute to sustainability in an area with a privileged natural landscape and economic progress.

Top world designers, such as Nicklaus, Norman, Dye, Jones and Aoki, are increasingly designing new venues to meet the demands of golfers around the world. Golf courses in Cancun and Riviera Maya meet the highest standards set by professional golf tournaments.

Whether you are a professional golfer, or an amateur, you’ll find everything you need from beginner to challenging courses and luxurious golf resorts. Visitors can rest assured that in Cancun they will get the best value.

Pok Ta Pok
Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1976 is considered a leader in the region and is special for being surrounded by ancient Mayan archeological sites, the Nichupte lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. This course is the oldest in the region and is conveniently located at the heart of the hotel zone. The 18-hole, championship Hilton Cancun Golf Club is set within 150 acres of tropical paradise with lush fairways tended with the utmost care and surrounded by archeological sites; this challenging yet fair course is suited for golfers of all levels of experience.

Designed by Nicklaus, Mayan Palace Riviera Maya is located between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen and features an extraordinary natural landscape of lakes and native vegetation that makes this 18-hole par 54 course exciting. The Camaleon Mayakoba designed by Greg Norman, is the first golf course in Mexico to be chosen to host the PGA Tour since February 2007.

Riviera Cancun
Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts by Palace Resorts is the newest golf course in Cancun was inaugurated by Jack Nicklaus. The course offers a beautiful natural scenario with spectacular ocean views, and strategic bunkers, wooden bridges and a Club House fully equipped with sauna, lobby, reception space, pro-shop and a bar. This 18-hole course will serve the guests of Palace Resorts among other properties.

Cancun is conveniently located only minutes away from the Riviera Maya, a short trip in ferry or bus from Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, all home to magnificent golf complexes. The Moon Spa & Golf Club a 27-hole course by Nicklaus features a unique concept of environmental conservation, surrounded by a beautiful landscape and mangroves. The Cozumel Country Club has been carefully crafted, surrounded by mangroves and tropical rainforest providing attractive challenges for players of every skill level.

Other options include: Playacar Spa & Golf Club designed by the famous architect Robert Von Hagge; Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club with its characteristic vertical movement and distinctive rock work, typical of the P.B. Dye design. For those who enjoy interacting with local wild life, in Puerto Aventura golfers will run into dears, iguanas and tropical birds.

Playa Mujeres
Widely recognized as one of the top golf courses in Mexico, Playa Mujeres Golf Club welcomes golfers with challenging ocean and lagoon holes as part of the 18-hole course built in the middle of a spectacular green paradise. Its location is responsible for the presence of trade winds that demand accuracy in the game and challenge even the best players. This course is located within 930 acres of Playa Mujeres Resorts and it’s just seven miles north of Cancun. It features amenities that include a club house, a restaurant, golf shop and a lounge area.

Cancun Country
2009 will be a great year for golfers; Cancun will welcome three new important projects. First, The Cancun Country Club complex will feature two 18-hole championship courses built under the standards of the PGA tour and the fist two courses outside of the U.S. to be certified by the TPC (Tournament Players Curse). The courses were designed one by Tom Fazio and the other by Nick Price. Bahía Principe Resort will feature a 27- hole championship course along with a golf academy.

Puerto Cancun, one of the destination’s greatest developments will feature an upscale 18-hole signature course designed by Tom Weiskopf; a luxurious residential complex of 2,100 condominiums with a clubhouse, marina, residential lots, shopping center and five resorts located next to the beach. Puerto Cancun will feature the largest elite and high class resort, sports and residential development available in Cancun.
Despite having entertainment, nature and state of the art golf complexes, travelers are more demanding and are more budget conscious than ever before and this is why Cancun becomes a savvy option since it is a quick flight away from home! Direct flights from gateways in over 180 destinations operate daily to and from Cancun which means that Golfers don’t have to wait many hours to start the first round and won’t spend thousands in getting there!

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

With Thanks to The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Omni Cancun 2009 Hotel Rates Oct 06

Experience Caribbean Luxury in a Cancun Resort

The recently renovated Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas is the perfect Mexico resort destination – whether you are considering a long weekend in luxury hotel accommodations or an extended vacation in a villa rental. The Omni Cancun Hotel is a six-star, “Gran Tourism” resort nestled between the dazzling Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island.

Our newly renovated guest rooms and villas surround you with the spirit and tradition of the Mayan culture while offering the latest amenities. Expansive, pristine beaches, majestic lagoon sunsets, spectacular ocean views and unparallel service make the Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas the perfect choice for your luxury resort getaway in breathtaking Cancun, Mexico.

Along with our partners Consultores en Viajes Internacionales, we are pleased to present our Fall 2008 and 2009 Rates for the Omni Cancun. Prices are per Adult based on single, double and triple occupancy.

Through December 22: Deluxe Room All Inclusive $250; $182; $159
Through December 23: Deluxe Room with American breakfast $138; $70; $65
December 22 through December 23: Deluxe Room Ocean View w/AB $162; $82; $73

December 24 through January 2, 2009: Deluxe Room Lagoon View w/AB $337; $169; $132
January 3 through April 13: Deluxe Room Lagoon View w/AB $196; $98; $85
April 14 through December 23: Deluxe Room Lagoon View w/AB $148; $75; $69

December 24 through January 2, 2009: Deluxe Room Ocean View w/AB $400; $201; $153
January 3 through April 13: Deluxe Room Ocean View w/AB $232; $117; $97
April 14 through December 23: Deluxe Room Ocean View w/AB $165; $89; $76

For stays of 5 nights or more, we include %50 off Airport Transfers, the CanDo Cancun Map & Guide, and the Cancun 2 for 1 Dining Card.

Our prices Always includes taxes. E-mail us for Family Rates.

Please contact Susan in Cancun here on the Cancun Blog for more information.


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Vacationing in Cancun? Aug 14

If so, here is some legal advice that may come in handy. This was written by Robert H. Page, MD and Curtis P. Page, MD authors of the MEXICO: Health and Safety Travel Guide and the Healthy Traveler Regional Series

If you run into legal trouble in Mexico, the U.S. and Canadian consulates may be able to provide limited assistance. Remember that the consulates have no legal jurisdiction in Mexico. Their main purpose is to provide you with information. As a visitor, you are subject to local Mexican law, which will interpret your actions and behavior. Mexican law is very different from U.S. or Canadian law.

If you are arrested in Mexico, ask the local authorities to contact the closest consulate. Consuls cannot act as your attorneys or have you released from custody; however, the consuls can work to protect your legitimate interests and ensure that you are treated in the same manner as Mexican prisoners. They can provide a list of attorneys and information on Mexico’s legal system, offer to contact the arrested person’s family or friends, visit on a regular basis, protest mistreatment, monitor jail conditions, offer dietary supplements, and keep the U.S. State Department or the Canadian government office informed of your situation.

There are basic differences between North American, Canadian and Mexican law and their judicial systems. For instance, in Mexico you are considered guilty until proven innocent, and you may be considered guilty of a crime by association. For example, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you will be detained in a jail until the circumstances of the accident are resolved. This may mean a lengthy incarceration, even if you are not at fault. Also, if you pick up a hitchhiker who is later found with contraband or weapons in your presence, you may well be charged with a crime.

Jail conditions in Mexico are very poor. Food and medical care is substandard. If you want good food you will have to have someone from the outside bring it to you. You may be extorted by other prisoners and required to pay fees for protection. So, do your best to avoid any actions that could land you in a Mexican jail.

If you become hospitalized in Mexico and cannot pay your hospital bill you cannot be lawfully detained against your will. If this happens or is threatened, call the ministerio público (district attorney) for help. For your city or town’s district attorney’s phone number and address, you may refer to the emergency information section of each city listing.

Typically, you will have to sign a waiver of legal recourse on entrance to a hospital or emergency room. In many instances you will be required to pay in advance or leave a deposit. All too many Mexican hospitals have complained that they have treated foreigners who later skipped on paying their bills. This strict policy is a result of this unfortunate practice. It is your duty to pay your bill and seek reimbursement from your domestic insurer when you return home. Make sure that you request thorough documentation of your treatment from your Mexican doctor(s) or hospital.

Here is the address and phone number for the U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun:

United States Consular Agency РPlaza Caracol II, 3er. Piso KM 8.5 РZona Hotelera РCanc̼n, M̩xico 77500 Р011-52-998-883-0272

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