Warning! 5 Things you Should Avoid on a Mexico Vacation

December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Just because you’re in a foreign country doesn’t mean that you can do things on a Mexico vacation that you wouldn’t do at home! Laws are in place to protect you and the nationals of Mexico so please be sure that you stay within the law if you want to have a safe, happy and legal vacation.

Here are 5 things you should avoid on a Mexico vacation:

Leave a restaurant without tipping

This is, of course, is not illegal but is rude and is frowned upon. As people from the USA and Canada might understand, people in the service industry in Mexico get low wages and are reliant on tips. As such it’s good practice to leave something when dining in a restaurant; anywhere between 15% and 20% is usual for your Mexico vacation budget.

Swim in the sea when the red flag is up

The majority of beaches in tourist areas in Mexico are safe for swimming, but on occasion authorities may deem that they are not and will let you know by raising a red flag. If you see this red flag then stay out the water; it says that the currents are too strong. Likewise, if you know there is a hurricane somewhere in the area, you might find that the tides are high and currents are dangerous.

Never eat turtle eggs

There are so many wonderful delicacy to try on your Mexico vacation, that there really is no need to eat turtle eggs. In Mexico turtles are protected animals and, as such, the eggs are collected by the local authorities and removed to a sanctuary. Though some locals will try to sell you them, keep in mind that eating turtle eggs is illegal in Mexico.

Sunbathe nude or topless

Mexico is not only a very traditional, but a very Catholic country in which it is illegal to sunbathe without a bathing suit or to go topless. If you do so then you’ll find yourself in serious trouble with the local authorities and police service. There are, however, some designated beaches where topless and nude bathing is permitted, but there are very rare.

Never say you don’t like Mexican food or tequila

Telling your hosts that you don’t like their national cuisine or beverages is likely to offend. If you don’t like the food then seek alternatives, but don’t tell people you hate Mexican cuisine. In general, Mexicans are very proud of their culture.

Urinate in a public place

Although this will land you in legal trouble no matter where you do it the tourist areas and more stringent about the enforcement of this policy. If you get caught in the middle of this unpleasant act on your Mexico vacation you’ll find yourself the recipient of a large fine!

All-Inclusive Cancun

July 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

All-inclusive Cancun vacations are very popular with visitors from all over the world, especially the USA and Canada, and rightly so. All-inclusive Cancun packages are great value as you will see below:

All-inclusive Cancun Benefits

Taking an all-inclusive Cancun vacation is one of the best luxuries you can bestow on your family. Coming from North America, the obvious benefits to an all-inclusive getaway are the shorter and cheaper flights, although Cancun also boasts the cheapest flights to Mexico from European destinations too. Another benefit is that All-inclusive resorts are of exceptional quality. With so much competition between All-inclusive Cancun hotels and resorts, it is no wonder that the standards are very high.

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The food you will be served in most all-inclusive resorts and hotels is renowned. Mexico has a reputation for delicious cuisine and this fame is reflected in the quality of all-inclusive Cancun provision. Choosing a Cancun vacation will certainly be one the best decisions you will make for a stress-free break in paradise.

Finally, a key reason why Cancun packages make sense is that you can spend a lot of money in Cancun dining out with your family. Although the restaurants in Cancun are also of a high standard, you will be paying gourmet prices. Often all-inclusive packages will work out much cheaper for you and your family. Furthermore, all-inclusive deals are the best choice if you are going to spend most of your time at the resort.

Cancun Weather in the Caribbean

June 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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The weather in the Caribbean plays a very important role in choosing a place for a vacation, and in many beach destinations the climate may vary greatly depending on which time of year you plan your vacation. Thankfully you can enjoy Caribbean weather at its best in Cancun any season of the year, although the hurricane season can bring heavier rain.

Cancun’s amazing beaches are a favorite for many people arriving to Mexico from Canada, USA and Europe looking for great weather and a relaxing Caribbean environment. Cancun weather in the Caribbean boasts favorable meteorological patterns, and Cancun is considered to be one of the best destinations in the Caribbean for its weather. Cancun weather enjoys a high number of sunny days per year in the Caribbean, which accounts for approximately 250 out of 365 days.

Cancun is one place in the Caribbean where you can plan your vacation without having to worry too much about rainy weather marring your vacation holidays. Occasional rainy spells won’t last long either and you can still make the most of the beaches sunbathing or engaging in all sorts of beach activities, even on those days predicted to rain.

Being a coastal region, there is very little temperature variation all-round the year in Cancun. For more pleasant Cancun weather, try visiting Cancun in winter when temperatures are usually between 81 degrees to 66 degrees. Temperatures drop a little at night but in general weather is hot and balmy, with a cool breeze during the evenings making it great for activities on the beach.

Older visitors will also enjoy Cancun weather in the Caribbean as temperatures are not too extreme. In summer it is usually between 90 degrees and 75 degrees. Such weather is typical in the Caribbean. You can thus plan your vacation to suit your preferences, opting to spend time at the beach for a winter break in the Caribbean enjoying warm yet pleasant weather, or visiting during the summer.

In conclusion, Cancun weather in the Caribbean is ideal for beach vacations, just keep an eye on the news for hurricanes in the Caribbean to come prepared to dance on the beach in the hot rain!

Avoid Villa del Palmar Resale Scam

June 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

With a little common sense and logic, it is easy to avoid a Villa del Palmar Resale Scam. Rule no.1 in life: when something appears to be too good to be true, it generally is.

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To set the scene, it is important to note that Villa del Palmar is a brand of resorts that you can find in Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Loreto and Puerto Vallarta. The way that timeshare membership is set up at the Villa del Palmar resorts is that is is very easy to exchange between destinations as well as join international vacation clubs such as Interval International. The biggest danger with Villa del Palmar timeshares is that because they are so popular and in demand, you may be easily convinced that the fantastic offer you have received for your timeshare at one of the Villa del Palmar resorts in Mexico is genuine.

The first red flag should be when you are contacted to sell your Villa del Palmar timeshare in any of the destinations in Mexico when you have made no previous attempt to sell your timeshare. That is, when a timeshare resale agent contacts you unsolicited to make you an offer. While generalizations are not always accurate, it is very likely that this timeshare resale offer is a scam. If you have not put your Villa del Palmar timeshare on the market or advertised it for resale, then you could most definitely fall foul to a resale scam.

What are the true dangers of a Villa del Palmar resale scam?

Apart from the fact that Villa del Palmar resale scams are easy to detect, the extent of the damage to your bank balance is not as great when scammed into selling your timeshare as when you are involved in buying a Villa del Palmar resale from a fraudulent company or individual. Villa del Palmar owners involved in a resale scams are likely to stand to lose a few hundred dollars in fake inscriptions and buyer introduction fees. In some cases you may even fork out for an unnecessary survey. In the grand scheme of timeshare scams, these amounts of cash are minimal, albeit inconvenient and fraudulent. The greatest danger comes if you think you are buying a genuine Villa del Palmar timeshare resale for much greater amounts of money only to find that you have an invalid contract and no timeshare to show for your money.

If you have any doubts about buying a Villa del Palmar timeshare resale, check with the operator to ensure that the timeshare is legally registered and a genuine membership. You may also find that you will not receive the same benefits as the original owner and may never be fully sure if the contract will be honored. The only sound advice is to purchase direct from the developer to be sure that you are buying a genuine product.

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