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Cancun Celebrates its 48th Anniversary this April

The Pioneros de Cancun (Cancun Pioneers Association) are preparing to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the founding of Cancun on April 20. This group is comprised of members of the founding families who came here in the 1970s to work on the construction of Mexico’s first master-planned tourist center.

Planners, architects, engineers, surveyors, builders and the first hotel workers settled in a paradise of deserted beaches and dense jungle. They forged the fledgling town from the forest and shared their space with wildlife such as spider monkeys, coatimundi, toucans, boas and even tarantulas. Cancun’s first children have great stories about growing up in the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancun’s anniversary celebrations include masses, processions, exhibitions and a dinner dance for the Pioneros Association. This annual gathering of the first settlers and their children, many of who were born in Cancun, is a chance to meet up again and remember the early days.

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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events

Here’s our regular round up of upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events and festivals in the next few months.

Camino de Las Flores, Merida, March 25 and April
For the third year running, Merida’s La Mejorada neighborhood will be transformed into an urban garden by the Camino de Las Flores, the path of the flowers. This colorful walkway of plants, flowers, hedges and shrubs and trees clipped into the shapes of native birds and animals will lead to La Mejorada Convent and the Museum of Popular Art. Organizers have promised that this year’s garden display will be bigger and even more beautiful than previous years and will attract visitors throughout April.

Fundadores 2018 International Riviera Maya Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, April 13-15
This tournament attracts fishermen from all over the state and the Caribbean. Competitors are asked to follow catch and release policy to help preserve fish stocks.

Second Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird Festival, Cozumel, April 13 -14
Bird watchers will be gathering on the island of Cozumel in April to learn more about the Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird (Chlorostilbon forficatus), a beautiful little bird found nowhere else in the world. There will be seminars and birding trips and a Cozumel Birding App with information on the island’s resident and migrant species will be unveiled. A second, larger Bird Festival is organized on the island in October.
Cozumel has several endemic species of birds and mammals, including the Cozumel Thrasher, Cozumel Vireo and the dwarf raccoon.

Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun, April 20
Cancun turns 48! The celebrations include masses, processions, exhibitions and more to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Cancun.

Cancun International Capitan Armando Ferrat Fishing Tournament 2018, Cancun, April 20-22
This tournament attracts fishermen from all over the state and the Caribbean. Competitors are asked to follow catch and release policy to help preserve fish stocks.

Regatta del Sol al Sol, Isla Mujeres, April 27 – May 6
The 50th year of this famous yacht race from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida to Isla Mujeres. The event also features parties for the yacht crews and islanders, excursions and a race around Isla Mujeres.

Fiestas de la Santa Cruz, Feria de El Cedral, Cozumel, April 26 – May 3

This traditional festival commemorates the day of the Santa Cruz and the arrival of the island’s 21 founding families in 1848, fleeing from the Caste War that broke out in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1847.

500 Years of Cozumel, May 2017-2018
Cozumel commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first encounter that Spanish explorers had with the Maya of Quintana Roo in 1517 and 1518.
The Cozumel: 500 Years, the Meeting of Two Cultures festival began in 2017 and concludes in May 2018 with a series of events such as exhibitions, concerts, seminars and more.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournaments, late April – early May
Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament, Puerto Morelos, April 27-29
Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 4-6

Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival, Tulum, May 21-27
Celebrating Mexican cuisine in Tulum. Gala dinners with three-course menus. Visit the Festival website at tulumfswf.com for more information.

Travesía Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 25-26
The Sacred Mayan Crossing is the reenactment of an ancient pilgrimage. Oarsmen set sail from the port of Pole (now Xcaret) in wooden canoes bound for the island of Cozumel where they will worship at the shrine of Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon and fertility.

Anniversary of the Foundation of Valladolid, May 28-29
The colonial town of Valladolid celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1543 with masses, serenades, traditional dances and a candlelit procession to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena.

Navy Day in Puerto Morelos, June 1
Puerto Morelos has a small naval base and on June 1, Navy Day, the whole town turns out to celebrate el Día de la Marina or Navy Day. Events include a boat procession and a swimming race. This is a great way to meet local people and join the party.

Commemorating La Chispa in Valladolid, June 4
The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 4 to witness the representation of a rebellion against injustice in 1910 that was the first spark or chispa of the Mexican Revolution.

More than 800 actors take part in La Chispa. Dressed in authentic turn-of-the-century garb, they play the parts of the rebels, ruling aristocrats, and the police and soldiers sent to arrest them.
After marches through the streets to the main square, the evening culminates with the trial and mock execution by firing squad of the leaders of the rebellion.

La Diosa del Mar Women’s International Fishing Tournament, Puerto Morelos, July 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Check the Royal Resorts blog for listings of more Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events during the year.

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#Connect2Earth, Royal Resorts celebrates Earth Hour 2018

Royal Resorts is getting ready to celebrate Earth Hour 2018 on March 24. On Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m., the lights will be dimmed for Earth Hour, the global WWF campaign to draw attention to the effects of climate change and the urgent need to protect the one thing that unites us all, the Planet. #EarthHour2018

Earth Hour 2018 connect to planet

Non-essential lights will be turned off around the resorts and members and guests are invited to join in by dimming the lights in their villas, attending special Earth Hour events and thinking about the ways in which they can help protect the planet. Here’s a look at our Earth Hour 2018 activities at The Royal Sands, The Royal Haciendas and Grand Residences by Royal Resorts.

The Royal Sands
On Earth Hour day, the restaurants and bars at The Royal Sands will not be using any disposable plastic cutlery, glasses, plates or polystyrene containers when serving food and drinks. The Activity Team will also be in the pool areas and on the beach inviting guests to write Earth Hour 2018 messages and pledges on a banner.

La Veranda restaurant will go back to nature for the evening with palm leaf, plant and flower decorations. Tasty natural dishes such as vegetable soup, antipasto and pastas will be served and there will be live marimba music.

At 8 p.m. the lights will be dimmed symbolically for 15 minutes, guests will be given a candle in a candle holder made from a recycled can and join staff in singing Heal the World. At 8:15 p.m., the Activities team will perform the Fire Dance.

The Royal Haciendas
Our Riviera Maya resort, The Royal Haciendas is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour participation and has Earth Hour 2018 events on Friday and Saturday. Friday started with beach yoga and from 11 a.m. the Activity Team will be walking around the pool decks and the beach inviting guests to write their Earth Hour pledge, with the things they are going to do in their daily lives and workplace to protect the planet. Guests will put their pledges in a tombola and at 2:45 p.m. on the Phase I pool deck Activity staff will draw 10 of them at random. The guests that wrote the winning pledges will receive a souvenir 60+ Earth Hour t-shirt. When they return home they will post photos of the eco activities they pledged to do on the Royal Resorts Instagram page royalresorts with the Earth Hour hashtag and invite others to join them in protecting the environment.

On Saturday the Connect2Earth fun starts with popcorn and candy floss at 7 p.m. and at 7:35 p.m. there will be a show celebrating Earth Hour 2018. At 8:25 p.m. the countdown to Earth Hour begins and the lights are turned off.

Commemorative Earth Hour 2018 t-shirts will be on sale during the day at The Royal Haciendas with all proceeds going to the Royal Resorts Foundation community and conservation causes.

Grand Residences
In Puerto Morelos, Grand Residences by Royal Resorts is also participating in Earth Hour with its own program of activities. Special Earth Hour activities during the day include beach cleaning, beach yoga, arts and crafts activities, tree planting, a quiz, a bike tour and panda face painting for children. There will be a fire show at 7:30 p.m. on the pool deck before the lights are dimmed.

About Earth Hour
In 2017, 187 countries took part in Earth Hour and more than 3,000 of the world’s most famous landmarks were dimmed. Millions of people came together to take action, making pledges to protect the environment whether at home, in the workplace or in their communities. This year, organizers expect even more people and companies to take part in Earth Hour 2018.

#Connect2Earth #EarthHour2018

Royal Resorts protecting the planet
From watching over sea turtles during their summer nesting season to beach cleaning, trash recycling, energy and water conservation and switching to eco-friendly cleaning products, Royal Resorts is committed to protecting the environment. It has joined the global skip the straw movement – drinking straws are no longer given out in its restaurants and bars and it is also looking for more ways to reduce its use of plastics and chemicals.

Royal Resorts employees attend seminars and workshops during the year on conservation and the need to recycle, save water and electricity. They hold regular departmental meetings to discuss new ideas and implement additional eco-friendly policies and are passionately spreading the word about the need to protect the environment in their homes and communities. Royal Resorts even has its own Sustainability Team, a group of staff volunteers drawn from across the company that gives talks and workshops in the workplace on environmental and social responsibility topics.

The Royal Resorts Foundation is participating in a regional initiative coordinated by Cancun-based conservation NGO Amigos de Sian Ka’an and the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to protect swathes of tropical forest in the state of Quintana Roo that are not currently protected by reserves. The goal of this campaign is to safeguard the Maya jungle and its wildlife and the network of underground rivers that lie deep below the forest floor. This immense aquifer is the only source of fresh water in the limestone landscape of the Yucatán Peninsula and it must be saved for future generations.

The Royal Resorts Foundation is raising money to support Amigos de Sian Ka’an’s work with rural communities, farmers and landholders in northern Quintana Roo to keep the forest instead of clearing it for development. They receive environmental services payments for leaving the land untouched. In addition to conserving the forest and the creatures that inhabit it, they will be helping to increase carbon capture and offset the effects of climate change.

The goal is to expand the environmental services program in the north and center of the state, linking larger areas of forest to the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve and creating natural wildlife corridors for threatened species like the jaguar and puma.

Check this blog during the year for more news about eco-initiatives at Royal Resorts and Grand Residences.

Safety Update about Playa del Carmen

On March 16, the US Embassy in Mexico City lifted a travel alert it had issued on March 7 mentioning a possible security threat in Playa del Carmen. US Government employees are now permitted to travel to Playa del Carmen.

The US consular agency in Playa del Carmen is open and operating normally.

The Quintana Roo State Government issued a bulletin on March 7 declaring that tourism and economic activity continue as normal in Playa del Carmen and throughout the Mexican Caribbean. The current hotel occupancy rate is 80 percent.

The bulletin goes on to say that safety of visitors and residents is of the utmost importance and that security forces work day and night to guarantee this. It adds that it has no knowledge of the circumstances that prompted the US Embassy to issue an alert.

The Quintana Roo State Government also reiterated its commitment to work hand in hand to protect visitors from the United States and all international visitors to the state.

The State and Municipal police forces coordinate security with the Federal police force, the Mexican Army and Navy, which also patrol the area.

To read the Quintana Roo Government statement in English click here:

http://cgc.qroo.gob.mx/statement-of-the-government-of-the-state-of-quintana-roo-in-regards-to-the-prohibition-by-the-united-states-government-to-their-government-employees-from-traveling-to-playa-del-carmen/

Ferries from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel are operating normally

Ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are operating normally and thousands of visitors and Mexican citizens visit the island every day.

Security was reinforced at the Playa del Carmen terminal after an explosion on board a Barcos del Caribe ferry that had just arrived from Cozumel on February 21. More than eighteen passengers, including several international visitors, suffered minor injuries. A criminal investigation continues into the incident and is being handled by the Federal Justice Department.

The authorities moved quickly to suspend Barcos del Caribe in the wake of the incident and halt its ferry operations. All its vessels were inspected, including boats that had been out of service for months. The authorities are following a number of leads concerning the explosion and the company’s activities.

It is safe to travel to the Mexican Caribbean

Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula as a whole have always been, and remain, among the safest places in the world for visitors. There is no cause for increased concern or for cancelling a trip.

 

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Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race
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Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race, Feb 18

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Royal Resorts to Participate in Earth Hour 2018

On March 24 at 8:30 p.m., Royal Resorts will dim the lights for Earth Hour, the global campaign organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature or World Wildlife Fund) to draw attention to the effects of climate change and the urgent need to protect the one thing that unites us all, the Planet.

Non-essential lights will be turned off around the resorts and members and guests are invited to join in by dimming the lights in their villas and attending special Earth Hour activities.

The Royal Haciendas is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour participation and will have events on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday the Connect2Earth event will include a show, competitions and activities for guests and staff.

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Grand Residences will also be participating in Earth Hour with its own program of activities.

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Take up the Sporting Challenge, Sign up for the Royal Day Golf Tournaments

You are on your spring vacation in Cancun and it’s time to test your golf skills out on the fairway and against fellow golfers in the Royal Day Golf Tournament. Royal Resorts members and guests get discounted green fees at these prestigious championship 18-hole courses in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Cancun Iberostar Cancun Puerto […]

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Take up the Sporting Challenge, Sign up for the Royal Day Golf Tournaments

You are on your spring vacation in Cancun and it’s time to test your golf skills out on the fairway and against fellow golfers in the Royal Day Golf Tournament.

Royal Resorts members and guests get discounted green fees at these prestigious championship 18-hole courses in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Cancun

  • Iberostar Cancun
  • Puerto Cancun
  • Playa Mujeres

Riviera Maya

  • Grand Coral
  • Iberostar Playa Paraíso

Royal Day Tournaments

These golf courses also hold a Royal Day golf tournament on different days during the week with the following schedule: Monday at Grand Coral, Tuesday at Playa Mujeres, Wednesday at Iberostar Cancun, Thursday at Iberostar Playa Paraíso and Friday at Puerto Cancun.

Call the Golf Reservations Center at ext. 165 or your Personal Concierge at ext. 172 to book tee times at these courses (reservations one day before) and to sign up for the tournaments they offer. Tournaments are weather permitting. A minimum of 12 players is required for the tournaments to take place at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Iberostar Cancun.

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March Madness at the Royal Resorts Sports Bars

If you are going to be in Cancun or the Riviera Maya this month, don’t miss out on March Madness, with all the action from the NCAA College Basketball playoffs. All the games will be broadcast live at the Royal Resorts Bars: Sidelines at The Royal Sands, La Cabaña at The Royal Caribbean, the Sports Bar at The Royal Cancun and La Rotonda at The Royal Haciendas.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate all things Irish in the Royal Resorts bars this March 17. There will be the traditional green beer, cocktails and some menu specials, all in shades of green, naturally.

Raise your glass in honor of St. Patrick and the Emerald Isle, Sláinte!

 

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Sidelines Bar at The Royal Sands

Don’t miss the new look Sidelines Bar for sports during the week and karaoke on Tuesday and Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

There’s more karaoke on Sunday and Thursday in La Cabaña Bar at The Royal Caribbean, from 7 p.m. to midnight and in Pancho & Willy’s Bar next to Captain’s Cove restaurant on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 p.m.

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