Justin Bieber Escapes To Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, After Apologizing For His Racist Video

Justin Bieber is always in the news and barely for the right reasons!

Justin Bieber Escapes To Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, After Apologizing For His Racist Video

Justin Bieber Escapes To Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, After Apologizing For His Racist Video

Recently, an old video of his surfaced which shows the pop star telling a racist joke. In the clip, Bieber is asking – “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” He then answers his own question with a hint to the N-word.

Justin did apologize for his tasteless joke but to avoid all the heat that is blowing over due to his scandalous video he’s escaped to Mexico!

The teen pop sensation was spotted yesterday in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, easing it up with his crew and singer Rita Ora.

With stunning white sand beaches, crystal blue Caribbean waters, a relaxed atmosphere and luxurious accommodations, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, has for long been a hit with the rich and the famous. Nestled in the Yucatan peninsula, the town is ideal for sun worshippers and party animals so it does not come as a surprise that many A-list Hollywood celebs have often been spotted vacationing here.

According to sources, Justin’s been put up in a lavish 5-bedroom villa in Playa del Carmen. The luxurious property also has a private squash court, gym equipment, sunken trampoline, outdoor hot tub, snorkeling gear, a private chef and a personal concierge.

While the Girlfriend crooner is living it up in Playa del Carmen away from all the chaos created by his scandalous video, there are rumors doing the rounds that another one of his videos, involving racial slurs, is all set to be released. Now if that is true, we are going to be seeing a lot more of Justin Bieber in the news in the coming days!

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

May is the month of fishing tournaments in Puerto Morelos. It’s a great time of the year for the people of ‘La Joya del Caribe’ and Puerto Morelos condo owners as two fishing tournaments are scheduled to take place in May. The Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament  2014 “Don Andres Garcia Lavin” is scheduled during May 23, 24, 25 2014.

 Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament  2014

Many events such as beach volleyball, Football, swimming and Bikini contest apart from the fishing tournament will be held. you can enjoy these events with your family and kids.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014  is a popular event where hundreds of fishermen from Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum as well as other countries participate.

For more information  info@puertomorelos.com or call (998)8710473

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

This charming fishing village is making its mark as a destination with a difference. If you want to experience true Mexican flavor then Puerto Morelos real estate region is perhaps what you should try at least once.

Top Five Travel Tips for Cancun Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Cancun Spring Break is a heady time in Mexico. Thousands of students from USA descend to Cancun and spill over to Playa del Carmen & Akumal in search of beach, sand and unlimited fun. But alcohol, youthful exuberance, crowds and a foreign land doesn’t mix well. The result is that we read quite a few cases of students  getting in to trouble. Usually Cancun is quite safe for foreigners but being aware and smart is always recommended.

To prevent such unwelcome situations, US State  department has issued a press release – Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014. (http://1.usa.gov/1kmp1OR)

Here is the complete list

For some college students, Spring Break is a time to bask in the Caribbean sun. Some use their respite from classes to volunteer in a foreign country. Others venture across the Atlantic to embark upon a European adventure or to visit friends studying abroad. Regardless of the destination, the U.S. Department of State encourages students to follow our tips for traveling abroad:

  • Avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption. “Overdoing it” can lead to an arrest, accident, violent crime, or death.
  • Obey all local laws, and remember they might be different from our own. Don’t carry or use drugs, as this can result in severe penalties. Don’t carry weapons either—some countries have strict laws, and even possessing something as small as a pocketknife or a single bullet can get you into legal trouble.
  • Before you leave for your trip, learn as much as possible about your destination at our website dedicated to student travelers: studentsabroad.state.gov. Here, you can find out about entry requirements, crime, health precautions, and road conditions.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program keeps students up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, such as Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and security messages.
  • Keep in touch with your parents. If you will be without Internet or phone service for a few days, let them know. We receive many calls from parents who fear the worst when they have not heard from their children. In most cases, their child is fine, but has been too busy to check in.

Of course, even well-prepared travelers may face an emergency, like a lost passport or an injury. In those cases, our embassies and consulates are available to help 24/7. Be sure to write down the contact information for the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination country.

Members of the media who wish to speak about Spring Break travel tips with an official from the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs are encouraged to contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov.

Golfing in Playacar

Golf Club & Spa at Playacar
One traveler asked on Tripadvisor a question regarding golfing in Playacar, Playa del Carmen. He will be staying at the Hotel Coral Turquesa and wants to know from fellow travelers if there are any good golf courses in Playacar and means of transport. He doesn’t want a scenario where he brings his golf club but won’t get a chance to indulge in it.

The answers were positive. Playa del Carmen has many golf courses and golf course residences. Any golf lover will be spoilt for choice in Playacar.  One is the Golf Club & Spa at Playacar which is a 72 par golf course. It is one of the most difficult courses in Playa del Carmen. Since it is located right in Playacar, it is close to all the hotels in Playacar. In fact you can walk down to this course.

Other options are the El Camaleon at Mayakoba and golf course at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso are also some of the better options.

Transport to any of golf club is both very easy and affordable. Taxis are easily available across Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is easily accessible from Cancun airport. All the major parts of Playa del Carmen are just a walking distance away or Taxi is available.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

Riviera Maya is fast emerging as the cultural capital of Quintana Roo. Since last two years, Riviera Maya has been hosting the Riviera Maya Film Festival to promote the Mexican film industry, find distributors for the Mexican film by talented film makers and showcase foreign films to the Mexican audiences.

Started in 2012, RMFF has been steadfastly going about its endeavor. Riviera Maya Film Festival has announced its official program of domestic and international films to be screened at this year’s annual event to be held from March 9th to March 15th, 2014. RMFF not only showcases films but also the beautiful beach destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. No wonder, the festival receives large number of participants from all over the world. In 2014, more than 50 films from 23 countries will be screened during the festival.

The competitive sections of the Festival are Mexican Platform, in which the jury bestows two Kukulkan Awards with prize money of 300,000 MXN each and a Kukulkan Youth Jury Award which carries a prize of 100,000 MXN; the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each; and the RivieraLAB/Work in Progress, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each. In total, the Festival grants 1,500,000 MXN in prizes.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in beach destinations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Below you can find a selection of some of the films which will be shown at the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival:

  • A Promise (Director Patrice Leconte, Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray)
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Director Arnaud des Pallières, Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross)
  • Grand Central (Director Rebecca Zlotowski, Starring Tahar Rahim, Oliver Gourmet, Léa Seydoux)
  • Hard to Be a God (Director Aleksei German, Starring Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri)
  • Holy Field Holy War (Director Lech Kowalski)
  • Night Moves (Director Kelly Reichardt, Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat)
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2 (Director Lars von Trier, Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf)
  • Oldboy (Director Spike Lee, Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson)
  • R100 (Director Hitoshi Matsumoto, Starring Mao Daichi, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda)
  • Seduced and Abandoned (Director James Toback, Starring Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger)
  • The Double (Director Richard Ayoade, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska)
  • Til Madness Do Us Apart (Director Wang Bing)
  • Tip Top (Director Serge Bozon, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karole Rocher)
  • Why Don´t You Play in Hell (Director Shion Sono, Starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Akihiro Kitamura)

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras

Recently someone posted a question on Tripadvisor asking for suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras.

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras - Suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras – Suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Paparazzi Pizza’ is one amazing family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras. On the menu, you will also find authentic Nepalese pizza, which is baked in a clay oven! Another good restaurant that children would love is ‘Hippo’. The ambience is great and they can cook up any dish that you like! Plus, since it is located on the marina, you can view the dolphins as you pamper your taste buds. Another good option is to take a taxi and head few minutes north of Puerto Aventuras, into Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen has a lot of nice family-friendly restaurants to choose from, but if you prefer a more quiet setting, then Puerto Aventuras would be a better bet. You can also go to the restaurant page of TripAdvisor, select your destination and choose something that fits your requirements.

Photo of Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras Paparazzi Pizza is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Is 1 Day Round Trip to Isla Mujeres By Bus from Puerto Aventuras Possible?

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Recently someone posted a question on Tripadvisor asking if it is convenient to go to Isla Mujeres by bus from Puerto Aventuras for a day trip? What will be the journey time and also if it is important to return before it gets dark?

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

A same day round trip from Puerto Aventuras (Check Puerto Aventuras listings) to Isla Mujeres by bus is doable for sure, but could get slightly tiring. Get on the bus that stops over in Puerto Aventuras and then takes you to Playa del Carmen or Cancun, but with frequent stops all along the way. Journey time will be approximately 2 hours. Once at the Cancun bus terminal, a taxi will be your quickest way to the ferry. Depending one what activities you would like to do in Isla, it should not be a problem getting to Isla and back before sundown.

If your budget allows (USD 150 for round trip), taking a taxi will be the easiest and fastest way to the ferry terminal.

Reverse these steps for your return journey from the ferry. We suggest you begin your trip at dawn and catch the first bus to Cancun.

Top 8 Safest Places To Visit In Mexico

For all of those living in Playa del carmen or Cancun, Mexico seems to be a perfectly normal and safe place to live. But after news of drug related violence in the country in the recent years, a common question posted by travelers is: ‘Is Mexico a safe country to go to?’ The answer is yes, if you know where to go and do your research well. So before you dismiss a vacation to Mexico this year, take into account our list of the 8 top safest places to visit In Mexico (there are quite a few other contenders as well!), in terms of safety, charm and attractions. Also, none of these 8 Mexican getaways feature on the US State Department’s warning list.

Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City

Loaded with entertainment, plentiful cultural offerings, a bubbling street life, history and an year-round spring-like climate, there is no doubt that Mexico City is one of the most fascinating cities in the world! Twenty years ago, the city was regarded unsafe, but successive local surveillance, like a widespread presence of police and security cameras, has made it safe for residents and visitors. With an increasing population of over 8 million, Mexico City is considered to be the cultural, political as well as the financial capital of Mexico. The tourist attractions of this city are quite different than those offered by the country’s beach destinations. This ancient city has Aztec canals (Check about Xochimilco Cancun Park), pyramids, revived colonial buildings, elegant eateries and a whole lot more. The downtown area, known as Zocalo, is the best place to take in the historic sites and it gives you an idea of the essence of the city. Palacio Nacional (The Presidential Palace) lies on the east side of the Zocalo whereas the Catedral Metropolitana is located on the north. Government offices are located south whereas the west side of Zocalo is lined with jewelry shops and extravagant hotels. The streets are full of vendors selling all sorts of knick-knacks. A conventional Mexican night begins at 10pm, and keeping up with this tradition, Mexico City parties until the wee hours of the morning.

Oaxaca

Mazunte beach, Oaxaca

Mazunte beach, Oaxaca

Though it encountered severe political disturbances in 2006, the city of Oaxaca has recovered completely and today is regarded as a safe area for travel. Oaxaca has the vivacious vibe of a small Mexican town coupled with a rich cultural history. Visitors can expect to be pleasantly surprised with the spontaneous fiestas on the streets. Oaxaca also offers stunning Pacific beaches with world-famous surfing opportunities, an acclaimed art scene, beautifully designed laurels and an interesting shopping scene. For some exceptional finds, head to the street markets of Oaxaca that sell everything from unique crafts and artwork to mouthwatering Oaxaca chocolate and mole sauces! The city also boasts of an impressive range of cuisine and accommodations, from classic and economical to contemporary and stylish.

Merida

Paseo de Montejo, Merida

Paseo de Montejo, Merida

One of the safest and cleanest cities in Mexico, the colonial city of Merida is located four hours inland from Cancun. With its many hotels and restaurants, hidden courtyards, tropical gardens, cultural attractions and lively shopping scene, Merida is not just an underestimated additive to a beach vacation, but is a destination in its own right. The city looks and feels the best on weekends, when the historical center – a setting of 17th-century cathedrals made from Mayan bricks – shuts out all vehicles and transforms into this lively place with open-air stages, taco stands and much life. Merida is encircled by world-famous Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, which is 74 miles to its east, Uxmal, which is 50 miles southeast and Dzibilchaltun, which is just nine miles away.

Todos Santos

Surfing in Todos Santos

Surfing in Todos Santos

Near the southern tip of Baja California, the tiny Mexican town of Todos Santos is a haven for surfing, fresh seafood and ravishing scenery along the Pacific Ocean. There are a good deal of places here to have a drink in a laid-back sort of a way, so enjoy your beer against the gorgeous setting of golden sand beaches and the serene, turquoise waters. A couple of hours from Cabo, this easygoing, little beach town also has a thriving art scene. With splendid beaches and tiny taco stands, Todos Santos is safely secluded from any sort of crime or violence negating the question, “Is Mexico safe?”. For your next Baja trip, if you wish to escape the crowds, live off the grid, have the most genuine experience, but still be on the beach, Todos Santos would be worth considering.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Located in Central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a stunner, without any traces of drug violence. A Unesco World Heritage site since 2008, the magical town of San Miguel de Allende does not have gorgeous beaches like the other popular Mexican resorts of Cancun, Cozumel, or Los Cabos, but has that something to make tourists fall head over heels in love with it! So much so, that most visitors decide to revisit the place while many others plant to settle here permanently! No wonder then that expats contribute to 20 percent of the town’s population.

This irresistible city, famous for its rose-tinted turrets, is full of pretty guesthouses, handicraft shops, 17th-century churches and botanic gardens. San Miguel de Allende’s snug lifestyle, cobblestoned appeal, splendid restaurants, perfect weather, intriguing architecture and a healthy art scene make it extremely easy for newcomers to settle in also contribute to making vacationers have a fantastic time.

Puebla

Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

A 2-hour drive from Mexico City is Puebla, a colonial wonder city, long known as one of the safest cities of the country. Loaded with cathedrals, monasteries, forts, battlefields and a magnificent museum displaying ancient artifacts, Puebla is famous for its culinary contributions and its ‘talavera’ pottery. History- lovers will be delighted to visit the city’s architectural marvels. The publicly accessible bell tower of Puebla Cathedral, at 226 feet, is the tallest bell tower in Mexico and is filled with historic frescoes and offers an extensive view of the city. Other colonial churches to visit in Pueblo’s center include the Temple of San Francisco and the Temple of Santo Domingo. Must-see museums include the Museo Amparo and the Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal. (for more museums in Mexico, click here)

Playa del Carmen

Undeniably the most chic and popular spot on all of the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is most famous for its beaches, shopping and nightlife. Quinta Avenida or the 5th Avenue is this touristy town’s main street and is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment, take-away tacos and vendors selling souvenirs and knick-knacks. Just a short walk from the main beach, this area bounces back to life after sunset. You can dance the night away in one of Playa’s nightclubs, have a quiet drink in one of the lounges, bargain with the vendors or just stroll around doing some people watching. The reefs of this town are excellent, and offer good diving and snorkeling opportunities. The town is conveniently located and allows easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Coba and other praiseworthy destinations.

Guanajuato

Museo de las Mumias, Guanajuato

Museo de las Mumias, Guanajuato

A small and safe colonial city with a thriving cultural scene, Guanajuato is brimming with character. 30 minutes from León’s Bajio Airport, Guanajuata is a ravishing hill town featuring magnificent 16th-century cathedrals, brightly colored homes on steep hillsides and tree-lined plazas. This city is best known for its Festival Cervantino – a 3-week long international arts festival held every October, featuring world-class opera, music, dance, theatre, orchestras, mariachis, street performance, visual art and films. Another must-see in Guanjuato is the Museo de las Mumias, a museum at the city cemetery, which exhibits approximately 100 mummies.

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Man Dives Deep To Propose Amidst Bull Sharks in Playa del Carmen

Proposal In Shark Infested Water

Love sure makes people do crazy acts. Michael Benson was on a scuba diving trip to Playa del Carmen along with her girlfriend when he popped the question.

The couple was scuba diving with Bull sharks when he gave her a diving slate board with his proposal. Michael has been preparing for a long time. He said in an email, “I started the plan months in advance when I convinced her to get scuba certified before we go to Mexico. She agreed and next thing we know we were in the YMCA pool. Two weeks later we were NAUI [National Association of Underwater Instructors] certified scuba divers. We had no clue what we were doing and Mexico would be our first time diving. We did two dives before I had the guts to sign up for the Bull Shark dive.”

While both love scuba diving Benson loves Dolphins whereas Rawls is a “shark junkie.”

“All I could think about was floating with my feet dangling in the water with sharks circling below,” he said. “I most certainly did this in the name of love.”

It was a complete surprise for the girlfriend. Benson further added, “I think being surrounded by sharks was the only thing on her mind”.

“I will admit that it was pretty high in my thought patterns also. I could not see her facial reactions but she had no problem communicating her excitement. Nobody else had any clue either. When they saw the sign they all started shaking my hand. It was really cool,” he said.

While we appreciate Michael’s feelings, we will recommend you to just stick with scuba diving and probably getting married in Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen and Akumal are popular among scuba divers and snorkelers.

Demi Moore Flaunts Her Bikini Body In Tulum

Demi Moore Flaunts Her Bikini Body In Tulum

Demi Moore Flaunts Her Bikini Body In Tulum

Demi Moore believes in “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”.

The 51 year old actress and diva was spotted in Tulum with her daughter Rumer Willis. They stayed in a beachfront resort in Riviera Maya and were seen enjoying some quality time with sun and sand in full glory.

Demi wore a black bikini which complimented her bikini body with flat tummy and superb figure. Rumer was in a striped bandeau bikini over which she wore a long-sleeved, cover-up dress in gray. The mother and daughter duo walked barefoot along the sandy beaches on the Tulum beach.

Tulum and Playa del Carmen beaches are some of the best bikini body destinations in the world. While Tulum’s beaches are known for their white and long stretches of sand, Akumal is more famous for snorkeling.