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.

Cancun Is The #1 Tourist Destination In Latin America

While Cancun has been always the #1 tourist destination in Mexico, it has now become the top destination in Latin America also. This is a great achievement as Latin America has several world class tourist destinations like Playa del carmen, Los Cabos & Puerto Vallarta. Conventions and Visitors Board (Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones) has claimed that in the month of January, 2014 Cancun will have 90% hotel occupancy. Here are the other facts reported by the Jesus Almaguer Salazar, Director of the Conventions and Visitors Board:

1)      Cancun has captured the top spot among the tourist destinations in Latin America owing to a increase number of arrivals and record occupancy in the December holiday season and first two weeks of the new year (2014).

2)      Cancun is the preferred destinations for Americans and Canadians.

3)      Domestic tourists are also showing greater interest in Cancun.

4)      There has been a significant increase in arrivals from Europe and South America.

5)      Hotel occupancy for January will be 90% which is 10% above the figure for January, 2013.

6)      Cancun will be participating in the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, where 30 companies from Cancun will set up their stands to promote the various attractions of this destination and offering quality services to its visitors. This International Tourism Trade Fair will be held from January 22 to 26, 2014.

Cancun Is The #1 Tourist and real estate Destination In Latin America

Cancun Is The #1 Tourist and real estate Destination In Latin America

Cancun is a hot spot for spring breakers from up north. Thousands of students from USA flock to Cancun during the spring break to let their hair down and have inhibited fun in Mexico!

Beaches, Yoga, Art, Food, Polo – Cancun’s Got It All

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Photo Courtesy: http://blog.virgin-atlantic.com/

Cancun is more known for its beaches, parties, big all-inclusive resorts and spring breakers. But there is also another side or shall I say sides of Cancun that many are unaware of.

Recently, Catherine Gordon shared her knowledge with the readers on virgin-atlantic.com’s blog. In the article she has revealed some secret tips which were till now known to only a few!

Cancun has got a lot going for it like food, art, culture, sports like polo etc.

IOwnAKumal.com has brought out in open the various facets of Cancun. We posted about Cancun Art Gallery by Mandarina. When Cancun Authorities issued a code of conduct for spring breakers, we posted  it to our website for our readers.

Read the full article here.

Cancun Art Gallery by Mandarina, Cancun Promises to Enthrall Art Lovers

Cancun Art Gallery by Mandarina, Cancun Promises to Enthrall Art Lovers

Cancun Art Gallery by Mandarina, Cancun Promises to Enthrall Art Lovers

The maturity of city is determined by how developed the art and culture scene is. Art provides intellectual stimulation to the city, its residents and visitors. Artists need a space to showcase their art. Art galleries act like oxygen for both artists and their creations.

Though Cancun is most famous for its white sandy beaches,  blue water and a vibrant party scene , it has another dimension to it also. Cancun is equally enthralling when it comes to Art and culture.

Cancun has taken a bold step in this direction. A new gallery by the name Art Gallery by Mandarina has opened. The museum houses a wide collection of about 600 pieces of art by artists around the country.

The gallery is the result of the teamwork between the Cancun Center, Conventions & Exhibitions and Mandarina Art Gallery. The gallery, free to the public, aims to instill appreciation of various arms and cultures in Mexico.  The gallery will be open throughout the year and open to the public from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Friday.

You can reach them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/MandarinaFineArtGallery

Address:

Art Gallery Cancun Mandarina
Phone: 52 ( 998 ) 209 1373
Av. Acanceh Manzana  3,
lote 12, SM. 11.  Cancún,
Quintana Roo. México

Photo courtesy: Cancun Art Gallery by Mandarina

Cancun issues ‘Code of Conduct’ for Spring Break revelers

Cancun is one of the few destinations in Mexico which has the infrastructure and tourist culture of a first world country. Cancun was built primarily for tourism and since its inception, it has become the Spring Break capital for the U.S. students.

 Cancun issues ‘Code of Conduct’ for Spring Break revelers
Cancun issues ‘Code of Conduct’ for Spring Break revelers

As spring approaches, students from USA converge on Cancun to celebrate Spring Break to revel in the sun and sand with free flow of booze. For 2013, The CVB, Conventions and Visitors Bureau and Associations have estimated that over 15,000 students from America and Canada will visit the city for the upcoming Spring Break season.

With a potent mix of alcohol, age, beach and fun, very often trouble brews up at this paradise. In order to avoid such ugly flare-ups, The City Tourism Office has issued a code of conduct for all spring breakers visiting the destination.  As a part of the campaign to ensure tourists’ safety, the code of conduct printed out on flyers will be handed out in the airport to the tourists.

The code of conduct lays down the guidelines such as moderate drinking, adherence to street signage and other safety rules.

To ensure that students are aware of this code of conduct, on their arrival at the Benito Juarez International Airport, will be requested to read the code which lists the laws governing drinking, drugs and public nudity along with the and penalties for violations. The students will have to sign the document stating that they have been warned and have understood them.

With such a step, authorities hope that the season will go smoothly for them as well as the thousands of tourists descending upon Cancun. Cancun is the business and travel hub of the region which includes Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal.