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Vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer!

Ready for your vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer

Summer time means fun, sun and living easy, right?!  Well I guess that all could depend on you and where you decide to spend your Summer vacation because some places are just not as fun as others.  If you are wanting to guarantee your summer vacation a success then you have got to take your summer vacation to the Riviera Maya! There are always so many great things to do in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya. So here are a some reasons why a summer vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best bets for a great summer vacation!

Riviera Maya tours to Mayan Ruins

There is always so much going on throughout the year all over and the best things to do in the Riviera Maya never end really.  So one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities is definitely the Mayan Ruin tours in the Riviera Maya.  The mayans were known for their mathematical and astronomical systems and so forth. The Riviera Maya is littered with Mayan Ruins and sites. The most popular Mayan Ruins in the area are Tulum and Chichen Itza.  So there are not many questions as to why a visit to the Mayan Ruins in the Riviera is one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities.

Riviera Maya Cultural Parks and Eco Parks

With all of the ties in the Riviera to the Mayan Culture it is no wonder that there will be no

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shortage of great Cultural Parks throughout the Riviera Maya.  Many of these Cultural and ecological parks are definitely worth seeing and are located around Playa del Carmen such as Xel-Ha and also Xcaret.  In Cozumel you can make a day trip from the Riviera Maya and experience some of the wonderful experiences that Discover Mexico, Cozumel’s top Cultural Park has to offer as well. There are many other great eco parks and Cultural Parks in Playa del Carmen so don’t miss out.

Extreme tours and Adventure Tours in the Riviera Maya

If you are not as into cultural and relaxation type of activities don’t fret because there are still Things to do in the Riviera Mayaplenty of great Things to do in Playa del Carmen and Riviera.  If you want to get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy off-roading then there aree numerous ATV and off-road tours in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya.  Like Dune Buggy Adventour located in Cozumel!  There are also plenty of other great unique adventure tours in Cozumel such as learning to Kiteboard, scuba Diving in Cozumel, Ziplining in the Riviera and more! Flyboarding is definitely on the rise in popularity and something that I am still eager to try out as anything like that is definitely appealing for myself.

There are some many great Things to do in Playa de Carmen and Cozumel that the possibilities are endless!  Well that’s sums up some of the recommendations so that you can get a feel for why a Vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best options for an unforgettable summer vacation.

What are some unique and interesting things to do in the Riviera Maya that you love?  Let us know and we may feature your picks in a future article!  Also don’t forget that we have another Alejibre Market coming up this weekend at Discover Mexico Park for all of you that want to check that out here is a post from a recent blog on a past Alebrije Market in Cozumel!

 

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What’s a Molcajete?? – Cozumel Cultural Information

If you are a repeat visitor to Cozumel then that means that there is something bringing you back again and again. There could be many great and valid reasons that you love and continue to visit Cozumel.  Here at Discover Mexico Cozumel we hope that you are in love with Cozumel but also with our Native Mexican Culture. So due to our love for our culture we want to present you all to a very common item found in many homes everywhere in Mexico. So today we are talking about the Molcajete.

All about the Molcajete Bowl

The tejolote and molcajete play an important role in Mexican culture. Cozumel travel tipsThese are antique Mexican kitchen utensils that represent the pestle and mortar. The kitchen utensil is extremely useful when you have to grind different types of foods like plant leaves and grains. Most Mexican spices are smashed using the molcajete. According to experienced chefs, this gives Mexican dishes a unique, authentic flavor and taste. When compared against many other kitchen utensils that are meant for blending, chopping and dicing, the molcajete is different and special.

The Beginning of Molcajete Bowls

One would be astonished to note that the molcajete has a history that dates back by thousands of years. To be more precise, the cooking utensil’s name is derived from Nahuatl words that were once spoken by ancient Mexicans. This proves the role played by molcajetes in Mexican cuisine and culture.

The molcajete is one of the very few kitchen utensils made of volcanic rock. The utensil has a very rough surface that makes it ideal for blending and grinding spices of different flavors. Apart from being a tool for blending and grinding, you can use the molcajete to serve dishes too. That makes the unique kitchen utensil a multi tasker!

The Knack in Using Molcajete Bowls

It is quite interesting to note that many Mexican restaurants specialize inThings to do in Cozumel preparing dishes using the molcajete. These restaurants use the kitchen utensil with lots of care and concern. For example, the molcajete is neatly filled to the brim and transformed into many scrumptious molcajete specials. This dish is ideal for preparing different varieties of seafood, beef, sauces, pork, shrimp, cheeses, chicken, cured meats and chorizo. Apart from handpicked meat varieties, the molcajete dishes are made of tomatoes, onions and napoles (cactus leaves). In the Molcajete restaurants you will be able to choose fresh tortillas and ingredients from the stone dish. These ingredients are neatly rolled into the tortillas and served. Of course, it would be a delight to see how the dish is prepared and served in its purest and most authentic form.

Serving in Style, Serving with Taste

Food from the molcajete bowl can be heated in a steaming hot oven. Moving on, the warm dishes are placed on traditional wooden trivets and served heartfully. Food on the wooden trivet stays fresh for a very long time. This is because molcajete bowls are designed to retain heat.

Well there you have some more information about the molcajete.  They make for great souvenirs however if you want to take one back with you make sure you have plenty of space in your suitcase because they can be a little on the heavy side.  So come find more Cultural Tours in Cozumel and your very own Molcajete on your next trip to Cozumel!

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Our Top choices for great Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Best Shore Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Cozumel snorkel tours are extremely famous across the world. Located fewTours in Cozumel miles away from the Caribbean coast, Cozumel is a beautiful island with crystal clear water, white beaches and eye catchy homes. The world’s largest reef system is found in this island. This makes Cozumel snorkel tours a dream site for everyone. Sea life is predominantly visible in this holiday destination. Above all, Cozumel will give you a never-like-before underwater experience. With this being said, here are top few snorkel sites in Cozumel.

The Colorful Paradise Reef

Most Cozumel Island Tours begin with the paradise reef. The entire area is broken into three parallel reefs that stretch 600 ft from the shore. Paradise reef enjoys a maximum depth of 50 ft and is home to make corals, fishes and shellfishes. You will be able to see fishes that replicate the colors of the rainbow in Paradise Reef. As you dive through these waters, be prepared to see the wonders of nature!

Stay Amazed at Palancar

Palancar is another snorkeling destination that can leave you amazed. It is situated in Parque Marino Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel. It is a fantastic spot to relax with your dear ones. Snorkeling and diving are identified as must-do activities at Palancar. The waters are home to barracuda, sharks and many more fishes. Indeed, Palancar proves to be a great destination for your next summer holiday.

Tours in CozumelHoliday at El Cielo

The list of Cozumel Island Tours will remain incomplete without “El Cielo”. The holiday destination is also known as the home of stars (what we mean here would be the star fishes)! If you are novice snorkeler, you should begin at El Cielo. It features clear, shallow waters with many phenomenal creatures.

The scrumptious Dzul- Ha

Another beautiful destination in the list of Cozumel snorkel tours would be “Dzul- Ha”. Snorkel Tours in CozumelThese waters are loaded with rays, lobsters, crabs and many other rare fishes. It is a wonderful place for snorkeling. Dzul-Ha lets snorkelers dive as deep as 10 to 15 feet. If you want to enjoy a meal underwater, you should visit Dzul-Ha.

Nemo and Chankanaab

Chankanaab is another wonderful place to snorkel. It is filled with jungles and Mayan ruins. The reef in Chankanaab is around 70 feet deep and 350 yards from the coastline. It is bold and beautiful with spectacular marine life and breath taking coral formations. Who knows you may find Nemo down here!

With all that said at the end of the day it is hard to go wrong with snorkeling in Cozumel as it is one of the best Dive sites in the world.  So Discover Mexico always loves giving you options and loves to have you visit us here in Cozumel.  So check out some any of the great Cozumel Activities that our island has to offer.  We’ll be waiting for your here in the Cozumel Cultural Park!

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Things to do in Cozumel during the Holiday season!

Spending Winter Holidays in Cozumel Mexico

Are you sick and tired of chilly winter celebrations? Do you want to warm up your winter

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Winter Vacation in Cozumel is too good to be true!

holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy Mexican culture this December? If yes, Cozumel will be a wise pick for you. Traveling to Cozumel during cool winter seasons has become a hobby amongst many ardent travelers. The Caribbean destination has evolved to be an idyllic winter getaway that can keep and add more panache and glamour to the festive spirit. Cozumel is much more than a Caribbean Island. It has something interesting for everyone in the family, and this is true at all times of the year. Here are few interesting things to do in Cozumel during winter holidays. These activities should be a part of your Cozumel travel planning process.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving!

New Years in CozumelIf you are travelling to Cozumel, remember to snorkel or scuba dive. The pristine island is renowned for its striking scuba diving locations. And, the best part about scuba diving in Cozumel is that you don’t have to be a professional swimmer. The destination homes some of the world’s finest reef diving spots. Located few miles from the Yucatan Penninsula, Cozumel’s San Miguel is a must visit. Diving in Cozumel will undeniably be a pristine experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

Fun with Chocolate and Culture at Discover Mexico

Things to do in Cozumel will remain incomplete without some cultural activity mixed in thereCozumel Tours somewhere.   Talking to travellers one of the most common things to do to in Cozumel that they seem to be seeking is something off the beaten path and not so touristy.  Travellers now a day are becoming much more interested in not being pampered and living a truly authentic experience.  For that we can recommend our Joy or Chocolate tour right here at Discover Mexico. This tour will give you a chance to experience the joy of learning more about one of everybody’s favorite things, “Chocolate”; but not only that also more about  the Mayan Culture which is something definitely worth immersing yourself in while in Cozumel.

The Verdict

Travelling to Cozumel during winter holidays is an amazing move. The place is loaded with too many things to do! From diving to sightseeing to dune buggy rides, to Christmas Eve posadas to candlelit progressions, the island is lively and a colorful place to enjoy the festive season. So get out of the cold this winter and Cruise to Cozumel!

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Remember Remember! Cozumel Travel Tips

HOLA! Welcome to our Cozumel Travel Guide where we talk about different topics on interest for those Cozumel travel enthusiasts.  We touch on different topics from great Cozumel Tours, Cozumel Travel Tips and some times even a little historical information to bring you an even greater understanding and appreciation for the Mexican Culture.  So this time around on our Cozumel Travel Tips we are going to educate everyone a little bit about 2 of the most important Mexican Holidays.  Both have already past for the year but they are important and believe me if you know the difference between the two and know the history behind them then you will definitely feel closer to your friends in Cozumel.

The Difference between September 16 and November 20 in Mexican History

I have spoken with A LOT of Cozumel Travelers and sometimes things can be confusing especially since sometimes travel coincides with holidays that you are not accustomed or are foreign to you as a non citizen and traveler.  A lot of people tend to confuse September 15 and November 20 in Mexico! Well, if you are aware of the Mexican history, you will understand that these are two different days with great significance.

September 16

Mexican Independence Day!

September 16 represents Mexican Independence Day. Things to do in CozumelIt is extremely famous for the Cry of Dolores. This was when the Mexican war of Independence began by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The event was triggered by Costilla (a Roman Catholic priest) and its anniversary was celebrated since October 1825. So, what did Costilla do? How did Mexico attain independence?

Father of His Country!

Mexican independence is a strategic revolt against the strong Spanish government. This was when Costilla and few other criollos pulled together a clean plan against the ruling government. Though the former royal officer (Augustin de Iturbide) played a major role in achieving independence, the credit was given to Hidalgo. He was recognized as the “Father of his Country”. As Mexico received independence on September 16, no one clearly knows what the “Father of his Country” said. However, history declares this as a very important speech that can move your hearts and minds. Moving on, September 16 has mythical importance too. That is why the day is celebrated with bells and shouts.

November 20

Revolution Day

Cozumel Cultural EventsOn the other hand, November 20 in Mexico is the revolution Day. It is a public holiday that introduced bank holidays and long weekends in 2006. The revolution day marks the anniversary of the commencement of the 1910 to 1917 revolution. It is especially dedicated to the call of Francisco I’s arms! The event signifies how Madero unseated the powerful Porfirio Diaz, who rule for nearly three long decades.

The Controversies

It is quite impressive to note that November 20 is known for its controversies and criticisms. There have being plenty of disagreements on how significant the day is. Most of these views are strongly influenced by critical political views. The day has not being seen as the same thing for many years. Unfortunately, the failure and success of these arguments are yet to be understood and settled.

Here is a quick overview through one of the most famous statements of disagreement:

            Some people questions if the birth of an independent nation is extremely important after three hundred years of stern colonial rule. After all, the 1910-1917 Rule resulted in a much more complex situation – The Promulgation of the 1917 Constitution.

So with that we hope that you will have a great understanding and appreciation for all your friends in Cozumel.  Make sure to come visit us at Discover Mexico for the best Cozumel Cultural Tours and experiences!

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FCCA Convention 2015 coming to Cozumel – Cozumel News

 

Cruises to Cozumel are a BIG deal and most people know that, but especially the locals here on the island.  The cruise ship industry is the most significant kind of tourism that we get here on the island.  This being the case Cozumel still stands as the number one cruise destination in the Western Caribbean and so for this post we wanted to share with you some of our Cozumel News.  Monday the 2015 FCCA convention begins and this year it will be held right here in Cozumel.  So we figured we would explain a little bit more about the FCCA.

The Impact of FCCA Conferences and Trade Shows

Florida Caribbean Cruise Association alias FCCA is an antique organization

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Photos from the FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2014 in St. Marteen, Bahamas

that was founded in 1972. Since its inception, FCCA has found a sturdy place in Cozumel News. It is a non-profit organization which focuses on ports, cruises, tourism development, security and many other tourism related issues. By default, FCCA strives hard to maintain a steady relationship between public sectors and private bilateral relationships. It understands the need for upright operating practices in the cruise industry. Conversely, FCCA toils with representatives from the government, private sector and ports. They intend to maximize cruise & crew line spending and the count of cruise passengers. Almost all tour operators in Cozumel depend on the initiatives made by FCCA.

Basic Facts About FCCA

Every year, FCCA organizes a cruise convention during mid of October. This is an exquisite conference and trade show. According to sources, FCCA Cruise convention and trade show is capable of improving business in Cozumel. It is quite interesting to note that FCCA makes its way into Cozumel News with its triple digit participants from different parts of the world. The FCCA conference & trade show focuses on objectives that would

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FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2015 in Cozumel, Mexico Oct 5-9

increase the number of cruise destinations in & around Cozumel. Many influential decision makers use FCCA conferences as a platform where they can present and prove their thoughts.

Micky Arison (Chairman of FCCA and Carnival Corporation) believes that Cozumel, Mexico is the right spot for FCCA events. In terms of tourism and water sports, the island has shown drastic performance. It has contributed extensively to cruise tourism and ocean development. This is why FCCA considers Cozumel as a hub for most of its trade shows and conferences.

The Rise in Numbers

When it comes to FCCA in Cozumel, the real numbers speak of several facts. According to tour operators in Cozumel, the destination experienced an increase of 21% of passengers after the 2007 FCCA conference. Consequently, the island witnesses an increase of 10%! On the other hand, per-person expenditure increased by 17% between 2007 and 2008. These are tacky numbers that have contributed extensively to the island’s economy.

The Verdict

Since early 2008, Cozumel cruise excursions have seen more than 3 million passengers. These passengers fall in line with FCCA members. On the whole, FCCA conferences and trade shows have improved the Cozumel experience for both cruise passengers and tour operators.

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More great Things to do in Cozumel

Top Things to do in Cozumel

Are you hunting for interesting things to do in Cozumel? Do you wish to have the moment of your life in the island of Cozumel? If yes, look no further we don’t mind giving you ideas for your Cozumel Vacation here at Discover Mexico because we want you to enjoy your vacation. This is because there are plenty of adventurous activities at Cozumel for everyone in the family. Anyone who steps into the island will find something fascinating. From Cozumel discover scuba courses to free diving, here are top ten things to do in Cozumel.

Underwater Bar – Clear Lounge Cozumel

If you haven’t heard a few months back the first underwater bar in Cozumel opened up!  Cozumel ToursWhat’s the name of this very interesting Bar in Cozumel?  None other than, Clear Lounge Cozumel. This very unique bar claims to be the world’s very first underwater oxygen bar! Here you can enter the underwater lounge and breath enriched scented oxygen all while playing with bubble guns and writing messages to others in the lounge and on the outside as it is inside the Puerta Maya Pier in Cozumel where the Carnival Cruise ships dock.  Good thing about this cool Cozumel activity is that no diving experience is needed!

 

ATV Jungle and Beach Adventure

If you love to explore through caves and ancient remains, ATV jungle & Beach adventure in Cozumel is your cup of tea. The off track journey comprises of small Mayan remains, a cenote and antique caves. This adventure is designed to keep you occupied throughout the day as there are different versions of said tour with a 2hr tour which is strictly ATVing and a 4hr tour which includes beach time and snorkeling as well.  Here is a Cozumel travel tip for you, if you tried both of these and want to ATV but see something else ask about ATV to Jade Cavern tour which is not officially up on their website!

 

Dive Certification Programs

If you want to be a certified diver, the Cozumel Dive Certification program will suffice your need! The 2 day adventurous program is hosted in four different locations. The most famous one is designed and managed by legendary Jacques Cousteau. The dive will take you to caverns, gigantic coral pinnacles and marked tunnels.  We definitely recommend diving in Cozumel with a personable dive shop someone like Scuba Mau.

Cozumel Scuba Diving

Most visitors prefer the Cozumel Scuba diving courses in the island wonderful andCozumel Tours breath taking. These courses will let you immerse yourself in crystal, clean & clear waters. The courses are designed to suit the needs of novice, intermediate and experienced learners. As you become confident and familiar with the sport, you can test your diving skills at Cozumel Marin Park (the deeper waters).

Few Other Options

Few other noteworthy travel destinations at Cozumel would be Dolphinaris, Glass Bottom boat cruise and Pirate Cruise with Lobster Dinner.