On the northern tip of Mexico’s south-eastern state of Quintana Roo – facing the Caribbean Sea – Cancun is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breath-taking turquoise waters. Here’s 4 irrefutable reasons for heading south this summer…
1. Nesting Endangered Turtles
With turtle season in full swing, Cancun does its best to make sure these endangered creatures have their best shot of survival by ensuring successful hatchings throughout the hotel zone and other beach areas. With an impressive conservation program, 90% of all beach front hotels in Cancun and Puerto Morelos work closely with the City Council and the Department of Ecology to implment Campo Tortugero, a marine turtle conservation program. Prior to nesting season, leaflets reach all the beach front hotels offering advice on how to facilitate the nesting process, what to do when spotting a nesting turtle and any precautions that should be taken. Training information for security and beach patrols are also offered with specific focus on how to differentiate between turtle species and how to build nest barriers to keep the eggs safe. Participating hotels assign a person to coordinate with City field supervisors in every aspect of this program, from gathering eggs into corrals to supervised turtle releases when the eggs finally hatch.
2. The Circus is in Town
Palace Resorts sees the return of Cirque Dreams this summer. Back by popular demand, this limited engagement of the company’s newest spellbinding pop rock stage spectacle, Cirque Dreams Rocks, comes to life at the resort from June 28 through August 11, 2013. Created and directed by renowned theatrical and circus impresario Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Rocks is a non-stop singing, dancing, music and acrobatic stage spectacle, mixing decades of pop and rock hits entertaining guests of all ages. Cirque Dreams features daring aerialists, gravity defying balancers, powerful strongmen and an array of edgy, awe-inspiring acts. As an added bonus, kids stay free all summer and Palace Resorts guests who book a stay of five nights or more will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance. Created and directed by renowned theatrical and circus impresario Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Rocks is a non-stop singing, dancing, music and acrobatic stage spectacle, mixing decades of pop and rock hits entertaining guests of all ages. Cirque Dreams features daring aerialists, gravity defying balancers, powerful strongmen and an array of edgy, awe-inspiring acts. Palace Resorts & Cirque Dreams’ partnership will also delight the resort’s younger guests, with the return of Cirque Dreams KidsTime, a youth-oriented interactive experience at Moon Palace’s Connection Zone kid’s club. Cirque Dreams KidsTime is a series of professionally developed and crafted programs tailored for kids to learn, laugh and explore their own imaginations. The hour-long masterclass led by Cirque Dreams’ talented performers and skilled experts, is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
3. Whale Shark Festival
Cancun is set to celebrate the next version of the Whale Shark Festival, taking place 11th – 14th July. Created in an effort to raise awareness for the preservation of the marine ecosystem, the event is specially geared towards visitors, local children and families and aims to highlight the importance of these species and what they mean to the city and the environment. Whale Shark season officially began on May 15th and will last until mid-September. These fish, known locally as Dominos, measure between 15 to 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 15 tonnes, making swimming alongside them a thrilling experience. These bus-sized creatures gather off the coast of Cancun in very large numbers during this time, becoming quite a spectacle for locals and tourists alike. It is estimated that 1,400 whale sharks pass through the waters of Isla Mujeres every year, making the island a hot spot for whale watching. Celebrations during this event include interactive activities for families and raffles to win tours to swim with these gentle giants.
4. Fancy that hotels
Cancun’s newest gem, Nizuc Resort & Spa, in Punta Nizuc offers a refreshing concept that blends traditional Mexican spirit with modern luxury. Nizuc is comprised of 29 Garden Pool Villas, 44 Ocean Suites showcasing breathtaking ocean views and the 201 Residence Suites that offer multiple categories with high ceilings and dramatic views. Exterior suite features include private pools, outdoor gardens, decks, panoramic ocean and mangrove views and contemporary outdoor furniture. Other amenities include five swimming pools, two exclusive beaches, kids club, and a 30,000 sq. ft. ESPA spa that offers Mayan inspired therapies like their signature Mayan Cacao massage. Nizuc is also home to a state-of-the-art conference and events centre that offers over 8,500 sq. ft. of space. In addition to four bars, there are six world-class restaurants to enjoy at this new resort that range from traditional Mexican to Asian cuisine.
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