July, 2006

Cancún beach party

July 31st, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Cancún, News

la fiesta de playa mas grande del mundo logoKitty Bean Yancey writing in USA TODAY says that tourism officials are throwing what’s billed as "world’s largest beach party" from August 11th -13th, including sand-sculpture and surfing contests, food, music and booze.

The article also includes some hotel updates…

the 515-room Westin Resort & Spa reopened July 7th, but still has rooms being worked on
the 365-room Ritz-Carlton Cancun is due to reopen in mid-September
the 450-room J.W. Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa has 235 rooms open. All are due back by the end of August
the 450-room Marriott Casa Magna Cancun Resort has 200 rooms open; all are due back by the end of August
the 300-room Hyatt Regency Cancun is due back in November

Travellers unfazed by hurricane predictions

July 26th, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under News, Weather

In a recent survey of more than 3,000 people conducted by TripAdvisor, 89 percent of respondents said their vacation plans have not been affected by the early predictions of another active hurricane season. Fifty-eight percent said they plan to visit a hurricane-susceptible destination such as Cancún.

Still, last year’s rash of storms did make an impression: sixty-three percent said they would purchase travel insurance.

So as we look ahead to the really big tropical months coming up – August and September – let’s hope that the Atlantic remains as quiet as it has during June and July. But something tells me it won’t.

In brief…

James Palmer writes beautifully about diving a cenote (sinkhole) in The Independent.

I wrote about cenotes back in March. You can read the post here.