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Latest news about Tropical Storm Nate

October 6, 4 p.m. Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It is approaching the Yucatan Peninsula and the Yucatan Channel and will move near or over the northeastern tip of the state of Quintana Roo this evening. It will enter the Gulf of Mexico tonight.

Tropical Storm Nate is currently located about 80 mi/125 km east of Cozumel, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds are currently 60 mph/95 km/h. with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center. Additional strengthening is forecast in the next 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Mexican Caribbean coastline from Punta Herrero to Río Lagartos in Yucatán, this includes Riviera Maya and Cancún. Tropical Storm Nate will affect Riviera Maya and Cancún later today and into the early hours of Saturday with heavy rain, large waves and windy conditions.

At the resorts
Royal Resorts continues to monitor this storm and would like to remind guests that:
• The terrace furniture does not have to be moved into your room.
• Room Service will be available as normal during the evening; it will not be suspended at 5 p.m.

As the weather begins to deteriorate this afternoon and evening, we recommend that guests stay away from the beach. Further updates will be published if necessary.

Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight.

Tropical Storm Nate is currently located about 125 mi/200 km east-southeast of Cozumel and 210 mi./340 km north-northeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras. Maximum sustained winds are currently 50 mph/85 km/h. with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. Strengthening is forecast as it moves over the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Mexican Caribbean coastline from Punta Herrero to Río Lagartos in Yucatán, this includes Riviera Maya and Cancún. Tropical Storm Nate will affect Riviera Maya and Cancún later today and into the early hours of Saturday with heavy rain, large waves and windy conditions, with wind gusts of up to 75km/h.

At the resorts
Royal Resorts continues to monitor this storm and given the latest information has decided that it is no longer necessary to move the terrace furniture into your suite. Room Service will be available as normal during the evening; it will not be suspended at 5 p.m. However, as weather conditions worsen during the day, we recommend that you stay away from the beach and remain in the resort. Further updates will be published if necessary.

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Tropical Depression 16, October 4, 3 p.m. update

Tropical Depression 16 is moving northwest off the coast of Nicaragua and is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate later today or tonight. It will move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Thursday and emerge in the Caribbean on Friday. The Mexican government is monitoring its development because its forecast course has it approaching […]

Tropical Depression 16, October 4, 3 p.m. update


Tropical Depression 16 is moving northwest off the coast of Nicaragua and is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate later today or tonight. It will move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Thursday and emerge in the Caribbean on Friday. The Mexican government is monitoring its development because its forecast course has it approaching the Yucatan Peninsula and it may affect the northern coast of Quintana Roo on Saturday.

It is currently located about 45 mi./70 km WSW of San Andres Island and 195 mi./315 km SSE of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. It is moving to the northwest at 7 mph/11 km. Maximum sustained winds are currently 35 mph /55 km. and some strengthening is likely as it moves over the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from Sandy Bay Sirpi to Punta Castilla in Honduras.

The current position of Tropical Depression 16 is 889 km to the south/southeast of Xcalak on the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Due to its forecast track, it may affect the Riviera Maya and Cancún as a Tropical Storm on Saturday with heavy rain, large waves and windy conditions.

Royal Resorts is monitoring the course of this storm and further updates will be published if necessary.

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Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical Storm Nate […]

A Message To Our Royal Resorts Members

On September 19, a strong earthquake hit Mexico City and the states of Puebla, Morelos, Mexico, Oaxaca and Guerrero causing serious damage and loss of life. Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this tragedy and to those who have lost loved ones. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

The earthquake struck on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquakes that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City and neighboring states and just weeks after a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Today, just as they did 32 years ago and as they always do, the Mexican people have come together to help others. Emergency workers are desperately trying to reach people still trapped in collapsed buildings. They have been joined by search and rescue teams from other parts of Mexico, including one from Cancun, and specialists from other countries. Across the country, Red Cross centers are operating round the clock to receive and dispatch emergency relief.

Royal Resorts employees and management have joined the many millions of people across the country that are donating food and other supplies, medicines and money to rebuild the homes and lives of quake victims.

Mexico and its incredible people have a special place in all our hearts and we ask you to keep them in your prayers at this difficult time. If you would like to help quake victims, you can donate to:

Mexican Red Cross

Cruz Roja Mexicana»

Save the Children

Save Children Mexico »

Oxfam Mexico

Oxfam Mexico»

UNICEF Mexico

UNICEF Mexico»

The Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean are not affected

The earthquakes did not affect the Yucatan Peninsula and Cancun, Riviera Maya and all your favorite places are more beautiful than ever. This is also the case for major visitor destinations in other parts of the country.

One of the ways in which you can help Mexico and its people is by traveling to this wonderful country.

We hope to welcome you back to Royal Resorts very soon.

New Municipal Government Environmental Fee for all Hotel & Resort Guests in the Riviera Maya

As part of its work to preserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the area, and effective October 1, 2017, the Solidaridad Municipal Government will begin charging an environmental tax to all hotel and resort guests in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

This new initiative includes members and guests staying at The Royal Haciendas. In accordance with Municipal Finance Law, the Environmental Sanitation Fee that will be charged to your account is as follows:

Room/One-bedroom Suite   $10 pesos per night
Two-bedroom Villa               $20 pesos per night

As of January 1, 2018 $20 pesos per night will be charged for the Room/One-bedroom Suite and $40 pesos per night for the Two-bedroom Villa.

What will the tax be used for?

The proceeds from this new Green Fee charged to all hotel and resort guests in the Riviera Maya will be used to contribute to environmental protection and sanitation initiatives such as:

  • Beach conservation and upkeep
  • Implementation of an integral Waste Management program in urban areas
  • Elimination of open-air garbage dumps
  • Reduction of carbon emissions by installing LED lighting systems in public areas
  • Other programs geared towards making the Riviera Maya a sustainable destination

Why is it needed?

The Riviera Maya is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its white sand beaches are legendary and the world’s second longest coral reef is just offshore, its jungles and wetlands are home to rare species and it boasts the world’s longest underground rivers discovered to date. Yet increasing visitor numbers and population growth are outpacing public services and more action is needed to improve waste management and other services for the health of the environment and area ecosystems. The new Green Fee charged by the Solidaridad Municipal Government will be used for such programs.

This new Environmental Fee will only be charged to Riviera Maya hotel guests. It does not apply to Cancun or Puerto Morelos.

To read the official press release click here.

 

 

 

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October 6, 4 p.m. Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It is approaching the Yucatan Peninsula and the Yucatan Channel and will move near or over the northeastern tip of the state of Quintana Roo this evening. It will enter the Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical […]

Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical Storm Nate […]

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Airlines add more new flights to Cancun

Looking for flights to Cancun? There are even more options as more airlines are expanding their networks to include Cancun or adding new flights to cater to growing visitor demand for Cancun, the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan.

As of April 14, 2018 Southwest Airlines will operate direct Saturday flights to Cancun from Columbus, Ohio and New Orleans (subject to government approval). Air Europa will also be offering three weekly flights to Cancun from Madrid starting this September.

The colonial treasures of Mexico’s Bajio region, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende are now more accessible than ever with a new route offered by Mexican airline Interjet. The flight from Cancun to Guanajuato departs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

(Source: Novedades)

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October 6, 4 p.m. Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It is approaching the Yucatan Peninsula and the Yucatan Channel and will move near or over the northeastern tip of the state of Quintana Roo this evening. It will enter the Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical […]

Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical Storm Nate […]

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Stars to play the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2017

Guitar maestro John McLaughlin, John Hemming and pianist Chick Corea are three of the stars returning for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, November 30 – December 2. John McLaughlin will pay tribute to the legendary Spanish guitar player and longtime friend Paco de Lucia who lived in Playa del Carmen for many years and died in 2014.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2017 line up is expected to feature musicians and groups from previous years who will pay their own tribute to Fernando Toussaint, the Mexican jazz musician and Playa resident who founded the event and who passed away in 2016.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival takes place, November 30 to December 2 at Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen. Free admission.

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Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical Storm Nate […]

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More amazing prehistoric discoveries in Riviera Maya cenotes

More amazing news about Riviera Maya cenotes and the ancient secrets that hidden in their depths. The Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has revealed that archaeologists and cave divers exploring a cenote in the Puerto Morelos area in the Riviera Maya discovered the fossilized skull of a new species of prehistoric giant ground sloth dating from the Late Pleistocene, between 10,647 and 10,305 years ago.

The expedition dive team was mapping the depths of the Zapote Cenote on the Ruta de los Cenotes when the discovery was made in 2010 but it wasn’t until 2014 that the skull and some of the bones and claws were removed for analysis and dating.

Before analysis could began the bones had to be dried out, a slow process carried out in sealed chambers in which humidity, light and temperature were carefully controlled round the clock. After three years of study, the results revealed that the sloth is a new species never seen before, it was given the name Xibalbaonyx oviceps, an allusion to Xibalba, the Maya Underworld.

The skeleton was found at a depth of 50 to 55 meters and experts believe that the giant sloth may have fallen to its death when the cenote was either dry or the water level was much lower.

Sea level rises during the Early Holocene period 10,000 years ago caused the flooding of cave systems and cenotes to fill with water in the Yucatan Peninsula. A source of fresh water for all creatures, they became time capsules, preserving the bones of prehistoric animals and traces of the earliest human settlers of the area. To date, the bones of 14 other sloths have been found in 11 caves and have yet to be identified.

Giant ground sloths originated in South America and experts believe that they migrated towards North America nine million years ago. A sea once separated North and South America. and they are thought to have crossed it and moving through the Caribbean from island to island and also between islands forming what are now Panama and Central America. More studies are needed on this migration and their evolution.

This find follows other amazing discoveries of prehistoric bones and fossils and Mayan ceramics, offerings and artifacts found in Riviera Maya cenotes.

(Source: INAH)

 

Photo courtesy of Vicente Fito, INAH

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Tropical Storm Nate October 6

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our monthly guide to events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan this fall.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Xplor Bravest Race, Xplor Park, September 17
Xplor Bravest Race is a fun 5-kilometer race through the jungle with a course of 30 manmade and natural obstacles to test your strength and bring you into contact with the elements: water, earth fire and wind. One of the elements will be your ally during the challenge.

As you run through the jungle, you’ll encounter rival Elementals who will motivate you to race harder and also try and prevent you from reaching the finish line and steal your flag. With the help of your Element ally, you can defy them and even turn the tables on them taking their flags. Competitors who complete the race with flags representing all four elements are The Bravest.

Up to 3,500 people will be competing in this event. Minimum age of competitors is 16. http://en.xplorbravestrace.com/about-xplor-bravest-race.php

Fall Equinox at Chichen Itza, September 22
See the serpent of light and shadow descend the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza as the sun sets on the day of the fall Equinox.

Fiesta del Cristo de Las Ampollas, September 27, Merida
The patron saint of Merida is honored with masses, pilgrimages, processions and traditional dances.

Festival Internacional de la Cultura Maya (FICMAYA), Merida, October 1 –23
Now in its sixth year, this celebration of Mayan culture past and present takes place in Merida, the Cultural Capital of the Americas 2017. Events will include seminars given by leading experts on Maya culture, poetry readings and theater, live music, dance and much more. It also features an offering of live transmissions from the famous Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato.

15th Annual Sea Turtle Festival, Xcacel, October 20, 21 & 22

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30, 31, November 1 & 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.

In the Yucatan, the Day of the Dead is known as Hanal Pixan or “feast of the souls” and the state is the guest of honor for this year’s festival. Delegations from Spain and Argentina will also be participating with music and dance.

The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 6 to 12
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and several former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.

Xel-Ha Triathlon, Xel-Ha, November 18 & 19
A field of 1,800 athletes will compete in the Xel-Ha Triathlon and the National Triathlon Championship Mexico 2017.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 30 – December 2
Playa Mamitas is the venue for this popular music event.

Check this blog for more events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan during the year.

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Tropical Storm Nate October 6

1 p.m. update Tropical Storm Nate is advancing to the north-northwest at about 21 mph/33 km per hour. It will move across the Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula this evening. It will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight. Tropical Storm Nate […]