In High Demand: Travel Advisors

As a Travel Advisor, Joshua Smith knows what it’s like to help travelers maneuver through difficult situations, from pandemic restrictions to natural disasters and medical emergencies.

Those quick-thinking, problem-solving skills are coming in handy more often as travel professionals navigate turbulent times. Smith says his company, Global Citizen Journeys, has never been busier, both with clients seeking help with logistics as well as millennials craving unique adventures. His experiences are a microcosm of the trends emerging in the travel marketplace right now.

Turning to the pros in turbulent times

In this era of uncertainty, travelers are looking for stability. That’s likely one of the reasons why travel advisor and travel management company bookings are projected to account for 32% of all air bookings by 2024, according to the US Travel Market Report. In addition, 44% of travelers say they’re more likely to use a travel advisor after the pandemic, a study by the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) found.

Google search trends offer a glimpse into travelers’ top worries. After Russia invaded Ukraine, searches spiked for questions like “Is it safe to travel?” and “Should I travel to Europe?” Earlier in the pandemic, Google searches for “travel restrictions” skyrocketed.

“The number one thing is security,” says Recep “Richie” Karaburun, a clinical assistant professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. “They actually want to book the trip and they want to feel secure doing it.”

Before the pandemic, there was discussion about whether the travel advisory profession was fading away, but that conversation has completely changed, says Karaburun, a leading expert with two decades of experience in the travel industry. “People want to trust someone,” he explains. “They want someone who knows the trends. The travel advisors are the experts and advocates for customers.”

Source: Google Trends

In addition to providing a sense of stability, travel advisors build relationships with their customers. That personalized, custom travel experience is where Smith’s Global Citizen Journeys excels.

“The value of relationships is the biggest reason why travelers should use travel advisors,” Smith says. For example, Smith recently worked with clients who were interested in visiting Thailand, but he knew the requirements for entry were complicated, so he steered them to Colombia instead. Smith created a tailored Colombia trip based on their interests, and they raved about the unique experiences he curated.

Locating luxury and leisure

Relying on the expertise of a travel professional is, in itself, a form of luxury. Rather than scrolling through pages upon pages of online reviews to find the best hotel, Smith says he and his colleagues can recommend not just the best hotel in a particular city but the best room in that hotel. By drawing on their own experience as seasoned travelers, he adds, travel advisors can offer restaurant recommendations, suggest specific menu items and even share the best time of day to visit certain attractions.

That insider experience matters. More than half of travelers who have never used a travel advisor are more likely to use one if it means they have access to the travel advisor’s special relationships and insider access, the ASTA study discovered.

Luxury clients tend to have high expectations, Karaburun says, and travel advisors are wise to understand that. For instance, he says, a luxury traveler who doesn’t like their room is likely to call their travel agent to deal with it, rather than calling the front desk themself, because they trust the agent’s work.

Millennials, in particular, are eager to outsource the planning and benefit from VIP treatment, the New York Times reported. And 35% of millennials prefer upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, a Resonance report found.

But those millennial clients see luxury differently than past generations, the experts say. While older clients may want more deluxe accommodations, millennials are instead putting that money toward experiences, such as a helicopter ride or a cooking class, Smith explains. To millennials, luxury is about access and diving into different cultures.

Indeed, Karaburun says, for this generation in their mid-twenties to early-forties, experiences and Instagrammable moments matter.

Generally speaking, he notes, millennials care less about the hotel room and more about the public spaces of the hotel and its surroundings. Karaburun describes this generation as ‘prosumers’ meaning they’re not just consumers of information, but they also produce user-generated content. They’re sophisticated consumers because they’re constantly online reading reviews, researching destinations and talking to their friends about their experiences.

Marketing to millennials and generating Gen Z business

The first step in marketing to millennials and Gen Z, Karaburun says, is using technology such as programs like chatbots for 24/7 availability and virtual reality (VR) during trip planning. Adapting to this technology will build loyalty with millennial customers, he says, because it indicates that the advisor is not only trustworthy and available but also up to date on trends.

“My advice is to use technology,” he says. “These are digital natives. The phone is, for them, part of their body.”

The classic word-of-mouth referral still matters, too, it just might be more accurately called “word-of-Instagram-message.” Smith, for example, sees his younger clientele posting about their trip on social media, which creates a buzz. Then their friends ask how they can do something similar, and they turn into a referral.

In addition to running his own agency, Smith co-founded Millennials in Travel, a career development and networking organization for young, passionate travel industry professionals. The group started nearly a decade ago and has grown to 3,200 members worldwide. The group helped highlight for the industry that millennials travel differently and need to be marketed to differently. Ever on the cutting edge, Millennials in Travel is starting to focus on Gen Z as well.

The global group wants its members to understand that fellow travel advisors are not competitors; they’re colleagues. Smith delights in being able to call a colleague to ask about destinations he’s not as familiar with, and he’s glad to offer his expertise to others as well.

That broad intel is especially useful when young travelers don’t have a specific destination in mind. When beginning to plan their last trip, only half of Gen Z travelers already had a specific destination in mind, whereas among Gen X and older travelers, 57­ to 92% already knew where they were headed, according to Phocuswright research. That means travel advisors can play a major role in molding consumer preferences.

Cancun Eliminates Mandatory Customs Forms for Arriving Tourists

Travelers at the customs line at Cancun Airport.

Government officials in Cancun announced the destination has ended the need for arriving travelers to fill out customs (FMM) forms and granted Americans a fast-track entry process.

According to the Cancun Sun, many travelers who didn’t complete the Forma Multipla Migratoria (FMM) paperwork online were forced to complete the documents in person, causing delays at airport security and immigration checkpoints.

The Mexican Association of Travel Agencies in Quintana Roo’s executive president Sergio Gonzalez Rubiera said eliminating the paperwork would reduce the process from around an hour to just minutes.

Rubiera also revealed the new system would soon be available in other airports in Mexico.

The government will now issue travelers from the United States and other approved countries a stamp instead of the previously required card. The card would need to be presented as travelers departed Mexico, with visitors footing a $25 fee if they lost it.

Now, approved travelers will be granted a residence permit for 180 days. The government is working to streamline the entry process for tourists as part of an effort to ease the workload for airport employees, as staff shortages continue to impact the industry.

Earlier this month, Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism revealed that the country hosted approximately 25.4 million international visitors between January and May, more than 5.2 million more than 2021, representing an increase of 25.9 percent.

Last week, the U.S. Department of State released its annual update to the Travel Advisory for Mexico, upgrading three Mexican states—Nayarit, Estado de Mexico and Coahuila—thanks to improvements in security.

Why Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas may be the perfect cruise ship for a first timer

Are you someone that has never tried a cruise because you think cruise ships just aren’t for you?

Wonder of the Seas aerial photo

I have friends and family that have felt this way for years out of concern that ships are overcrowded, isolated in the ocean, or otherwise bored. Regardless of the reason, they haven’t tried a cruise yet because they believe it would not be a fun vacation.

Royal Caribbean (and the entire cruise industry) has worked for years to undo those beliefs, and one of the best ways has been to design and build new cruise ships that defy the notion of what you can do on a ship.

When I hear from new cruisers, many are astounded by how much there was to do onboard. Any fear of not having enough to do or feeling “trapped” are almost always brushed aside after they get home.

Wonder of the Seas aerial rear

If I had to pick a cruise ship for a non-cruiser to try, Wonder of the Seas is that ship because I think it has so many amenities onboard that they never expected.  If your idea of a great vacation is heading to a sandy beach, laying out by the pool, enjoying high-class entertainment, and plenty of food and drink options, then I think Wonder of the Seas may be the perfect first cruise ship for you.

The best suite experience in the fleet

Suite Sun Deck on Wonder of the Seas

If you elect to book a suite, you can look forward to the best end-to-end suite program on any Royal Caribbean ship.

When you book a Royal Caribbean suite, you’re not just getting a large cruise ship cabin. You’re also getting access to a number of services that other passengers do not have.

Suite guests have access to their own complimentary restaurant, suite lounge, and entire suite sun deck.

Suite Sun Deck on Wonder of the Seas

Known as the Suite Neighborhood, this area is at the top of Wonder of the Seas and is where you’ll find the suite lounge, Coastal Kitchen restaurant and pool area.

I think the sun deck is particularly compelling, because it is a sprawling space with loungers, bar, plunge pool and sweeping views.

Someone that hasn’t cruised before may be drawn to booking a suite because they tend to stay in suites in hotels for bonuses that come with those rooms. Similarly, a cruise ship suite is about rewarding guests with added service that make the entire experience easier to enjoy.

Dining and food galore

Couple dining at Giovannis

Regardless if you’re on a cruise ship or your hometown, everyone can enjoy a great meal.

Someone that has never cruised probably imagines a dining hall and buffet as what the cruise dining experience is like, similar in some regards to an all-inclusive hotel. While there is a buffet and main dining room on cruise ships, there is so much more than just that.

Royal Caribbean designed Wonder of the Seas so that there was a wide assortment of dining choices. First and foremost, they cannot have everyone onboard the ship eating at just a couple of restaurants. Moreover, Royal Caribbean knows they are competing against land resorts that have a variety of food.

Mason Jar chicken sandwich

On Wonder of the Seas, you have over 40 restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from, which means you can can visit six different places each day of the week.

There’s Japanese hibachi, custom-made salads, New England style seafood, and a new Southern American restaurant that has barbecue pulled pork, fried chicken and crab beignets.

Hibachi

This isn’t microwaved and/or pre-prepared food. Rather, chefs prepare all the food each day.

Fears that you will be stuck eating just at the buffet will quickly disappear once you discover all the choices on a ship like Wonder of the Seas.

Cocktails at the Vue Bar

If you enjoy a cocktail or two, Royal Caribbean offers over 400 different cocktails, wines, beers and zero-proof cocktails available. Of course, the bar staff can create almost any drink you like that isn’t on the menu, so you just have to ask.

Teen club on Wonder of the Seas in Social100

Teens will love the fact there are zero-proof cocktails available in their own teen club area of the ship.

Known as Social100’s Patio, teens can check out the bar there that includes jumbo-size games, a private whirlpool, loungers and nooks.

The places you’ll visit

Ship at CocoCay

Another fear new cruisers have is that they will feel trapped. Friends usually say, “I’d hate to be stuck at sea” and the reality is a cruise on Wonder of the Seas will take you to some gorgeous places.

On a 7-night cruise, you can expect to visit at least three ports of call, if not more. That means on most days of your cruise, you’ll have to opportunity to disembark for the day and explore ports of call in the Caribbean.

When I first started cruising, I loved days we were in port because you would wake up and be somewhere new each day.

Ship in Cozumel

You could enjoy the sandy beaches of Cozumel, Mexico, or walk the streets of Old San Juan. You might be able to drive an ATV, snorkel with marine life all around you, or learn about the history and culture of the people that call the port you are visiting home.

In short, there are a lot of amazing things you can do during your cruise while in port. Having more than half the days of your cruise include a port visit substantially helps reduce the feeling that you’re relegated to the ship only.

Wonder of the Seas in CocoCay

No cruise aboard Wonder of the Seas is complete without a visit to Royal Caribbean’s private island of Perfect Day at CocoCay. Other cruise lines have private islands, but none compare to the amazing upgrades Royal Caribbean has invested at CocoCay.

Perfect Day at CocoCay is not just a beach reserved for cruise ship guests. There’s a water park, upgraded beach club, giant freshwater pool, and island food you actually want to eat.

Oasis Lagoon pool

And after a day of fun ashore, you get to come back to the cruise ship (just like a hotel) and enjoy evening dining and entertainment.

All this fun onboard and on shore means the time will pass quickly, and you’ll find the week-long cruise flying by.

The best selection of activities on any cruise ship

Zip line on Wonder of the Seas

I’m going to make the bold statement that Wonder of the Seas has the best variety of entertainment and things to do of any cruise ship right now.

Royal Caribbean has a reputation for being the cruise line that packs their ships with the most “I can’t believe you do that on a cruise ship” sort of activities.

Playscape on Wonder of the Seas

Families can choose between water slides, an open-air play area for younger children, 10-story dry slide that has lights and sound effects, and aqua park.

At night, there’s three different venues performing various shows that are included with your cruise fare.

inTENse show

Studio B has professional ice skaters that perform 365: The Seasons on Ice.  Using projection technology, the cast tells the story of Earth’s changing seasons.

Moving to the AquaTheater on the back of the ship, you’ll be able to see an all-female cast perform inTENse that includes acrobatics, slacklining, high diving, tumbling, and synchronized swimming.

The Royal Theater has two shows that have Broadway-style performances to enjoy.

If that isn’t enough, there are comedy shows, a piano bar, live musical performances around the ship, and even movies by the pool to watch.

Women at the pool in a casita

The takeaway here is that there is so much to do onboard, and it’s up to you how much (or little) you do. If you’re worried a cruise ship means you’ll be bored because the expectation is you alternate between sitting by the pool and eating, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much more there is to do.

Kids? No problem: Lots for adults

Vue Bar

Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line for families, and whether you have kids or not, there is lots to enjoy for adults on Wonder of the Seas.

If you do have kids, there is supervised kids programming in Adventure Ocean that is available for children as young as six months old, all the way up to 17 years old.

The nursery is available for kids between 6 and 36 months old for an addition cost. As a parent that has used the nursery extensively, it’s worth every penny.

Adventure Ocean

Kids between 3 and 17 have their own supervised space, where they can play, dance, draw, and have fun with other kids their age. It’s not just an enclave for children, it’s an opportunity for them to do what they want, while you enjoy time alone to do what you want.

Besides the amazing restaurants you can choose from for date night, there’s lots more you can do without any children on Wonder of the Seas.

First and foremost, there is an entire area of the pool deck reserved just for adults. The Solarium is an enclosed pool area with upgraded loungers. Because it’s climate controlled, it’s always the perfect temperature!

You’ll also find arguably the best wine bar across any Royal Caribbean cruise ship with Giovanni’s Wine Bar. Located in Central Park, Royal Caribbean revamped its wine bar experience with a new motif, and the added bonus of being able to enjoy many of the same foods you’d find in nearby Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen without getting up from your seat.

You can visit the casino throughout the day or night, where you’ll find plenty of slot machines, poker tables, blackjack, roulette, craps and more table games. For a lot of people, the casino fun is another way Royal Caribbean caters to parents while the kids are away.

If you prefer to pamper yourself, why not take a visit to the Vitality Spa, where you there are some truly amazing treatments to choose from, along with a full salon.

While not adults only, if you’re cruising without kids, you might consider buying a pass to the Coco Beach Club at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The Coco Beach Club is an upgraded beach day experience, complete with its own restaurant and infinity pool. Kids are allowed here, but most families end up elsewhere for the variety of things to do around the island. This means a great spot to spend your day and splurge a bit.

Infinity pool

If an adults-only beach area sounds like heaven, don’t worry, because Royal Caribbean has your back.

Scheduled to open in late 2023, Hideaway Beach will be a new expansion area that will only allow adults in and offer yet-to-be-announced things to do.

Convinced yet?

Wonder of the Seas night lit up

If you gravitate towards booking a beach vacation or prefer to stay in a new hotel, and have not tried a cruise yet, Wonder of the Seas might be the perfect cruise ship for you.

Wonder of the Seas has the latest and greatest innovations and things to do, which rival much of what you can find on a land vacation. Better yet, a cruise includes much more in your base cost than a land vacation.

You’re going to find plenty for everyone in your family to do. Other lines tend to cater to either mostly kids or mostly adults, but Royal Caribbean is far more even keeled at a price families can afford.

If you are one of those people that never considered a cruise vacation, Wonder of the Seas is the ship that could change your mind.

New AMR Collections resorts coming!

More luxury. More privileges. More destinations. Yep, the AMR™ Collection is getting bigger in 2022.

There’s nothing more exciting than when a travel brand you love introduces a new hotel … unless of course there are EIGHT of them!

Already one of the largest, most respected names in all-inclusive vacationing, AMR™ Collection is once again expanding their portfolio, with new Secrets, Dreams, and Breathless Resorts & Spas and Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts opening their doors this year. We’re breaking down why each one deserves to be on your radar—and how soon you can stay.

MEXICO

BREATHLESS CANCUN SOUL RESORT & SPA
Adults-Only │ Now Open!

A new cosmopolitan beach experience is shaking up Cancun. Bringing Breathless Resorts & Spas’ exclusive brand of edgy sophistication to the Hotel Zone, this all-suite Unlimited-Luxury® property premiered just two months ago—and has been making a stylish statement ever since. Expect plenty of opportunity for spreading your social butterfly wings with rooftop, pool, and themed parties that tap into the soul of the destination.

Need-to-know: 429 suites, 10 dining venues, 11 bars and lounges, close to downtown shopping

Don’t miss the …

  • xhale club. Not only does this upgraded level of accommodations have its own rooftop pool and bar, but every suite has a mini TV in its vanity mirror and a complimentary martini bar.
  • xcelerate infinity pool, located on the roof of the tower of the same name.
  • Fizz Iced Champagne Bar next to said pool. Sparkling refreshments are optional but splurge-worthy, except for xhale guests, who get a free 750 ml bottle of the resort’s choice.

ZOËTRY CASA DEL MAR LOS CABOS
Adults-Oriented │ Now Open!

One of the few boutique options for luxury stays in the Tourist Corridor, the Endless Privileges® of Zoëtry’s latest venture are a much-needed addition to the Cabo scene. Inspired by hacienda architecture—its colorful fountains, red-tile roofs, and picturesque arches—the property feels more like a private hideaway than a hotel. Here, ocean views from every single guestroom nourish the mind, while organic, local fare refreshes the body. Four pools, including a serpentine oasis, tennis courts, and free green fees at a nearby golf course keep the energy high or low as you need.   

Need-to-know: 57 rooms and suites, 2 dining venues, 2 bars, no set check-in or check-out times

Don’t miss the …

  • Saltwater restaurant, serving up seafood as stunning as the sea views. Time your dinner to align with sunset for the best panoramas.
  • Complimentary tequila tastings throughout the week.
  • Zoëtry Spa. Hydrotherapy starts off your wellness journey; premier Natura Bissé products send you straight to relaxation.

SECRETS MOXCHÉ PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Adults-Only │ Opening April 18, 2022

When a warm “Welcome home” greets you as you check in to this hotly anticipated property, you might think you’ve been caught up in a dream. Wake up to romance at its most luxurious as you stroll through corridors graced by Yucatan aesthetic and a fine eye for detail. Follow them to restaurants like the à la carte Bamboo, where a full alternative menu is reserved for plant-based cuisine; outside to three manmade cenotes, re-creations of the region’s natural wonder; and couples’ classes on cocktail making.

Need-to-know: 485 suites, 11 dining venues, 9 bars and lounges, ideal for groups and weddings

Don’t miss the …

  • Bike tours. Free and a great way to get a feel for the grounds, it’s the vacation date we didn’t know we needed. 
  • Taco tasting bar at Dos Almas, the resort’s Mexican eatery. Included tequila and mezcal tastings make for the perfect accompaniment.
  • Shops and restaurants of Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen’s trendiest street and only a ten-minute drive from the resort.

SECRETS IMPRESSION MOXCHÉ RESORT & SPA
Adults-Only │ Opening June 1, 2022

A separate resort within the larger Secrets Moxché property is set to up the elegance just in time for summer. Every detail is designed to, well, make an impression at this all-new concept from Secrets Resorts & Spas, from the elevated concierge service to the beachfront villas. Privacy and personalization have been given priority to ensure the highest level of Unlimited-Luxury® yet, evident in amenities like the exclusive beach club and a pillow menu for a night’s sleep Goldilocks would envy.

Need-to-know: 198 suites and villas, 14 dining venues, 12 bars and lounges, free hydrotherapy once per stay

Don’t miss the …

  • Butler-service suites, including the 2-Story Penthouse Suite Ocean Front, outfitted with a private pool on the terrace and sprawling open living area.
  • Author’s Signature restaurant. Open for dinner only, this optional dining experience—free for select room categories—changes up the menu daily based on the freshest ingredients and chef’s inspiration. Formal attire and reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
  • Free-flow access to Secrets Moxché and all of its amenities, including areas normally reserved for the Preferred Club.

DREAMS COZUMEL CAPE RESORT & SPA
Family-Friendly │ Opening June 2022

Adventure, romance, and relaxation are coming together at this new all-suite, all-Preferred Club resort. Understated luxury carries throughout, from the suites to the tropical gardens, but serenity and fun are equal partners here. An Explorer’s Club for Kids will keep children 3 – 12 entertained with games and even a climbing wall, while the teen set can socialize at the Core Zone. Crafted mocktails let families toast to finally getting away; movies on the beach give everyone a wind-down to look forward to. 

Need-to-know: 154 suites, 5 dining venues, 4 bars and lounges, access to Sunscape Sabor Cozumel and, for adults, Secrets Aura Cozumel

Don’t miss the …

  • Swim-out suites. Room categories like the Preferred Club Junior Suite Swim Out Pool View offer direct pool access for an extra-refreshing stay.
  • Scuba pool. An entire pool reserved just for scuba diving lessons is the excuse you’ve been waiting for to take the first step toward certification—and underwater exploration.
  • Sneak peek from May 15 – 31. Guests who want to be the first in line can check in before the official opening for full bragging rights.

THE CARIBBEAN

ZOËTRY CURAÇAO RESORT & SPA
Adults-Oriented │ Now Open!

A complimentary bottle of blue Curaçao liqueur is a fitting welcome to a suite inspired by the island. Only a ten-minute drive from the airport, the resort has all the charm of a secluded sanctuary nevertheless. Decompress in the free-form pool with hot tub, oversized but never overcrowded. After you’ve reenergized, head to a tasting at the wine bar, Papiamentu lesson to pick up a little local lingo, or a couples-massage demonstration. Low-key but luxurious activities let you redefine wellness any way you like.  

Need-to-know: 72 suites, 2 dining venues, 3 bars, 15 minutes from UNESCO-listed Willemstad

Don’t miss the …

  • Private wine cellar. Events for up to ten guests can be booked in advance through the hotel’s concierge.
  • Main restaurant, Bloom. An intimate, personalized dining experience, it focuses on turning fresh, locally grown ingredients into culinary masterpieces suited to taste.
  • Full access to Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino. Mix up—and add value to—your vacation with a foray to this family-friendly sister resort just a private golf-cart ride away.

ZOËTRY MARIGOT BAY ST. LUCIA
Adults-Oriented │ Coming in 2022

The first AMR™ Collection resort on the island of Saint Lucia is making its debut in 2022. Private but close to the action of fashionable Marigot Bay—the marina, the shopping, the restaurants—this completely redesigned property certainly has location down. Expect the service to be equally impressive, with its Endless Privileges® and emphasis on personalized leisure.

Need-to-know: 124 rooms and suites, 4 dining venues, 4 bars and lounges, located on Marigot Bay

Don’t miss the …

  • Not one, but two infinity pools overlooking the bay.
  • Included dining that proves healthy eating is good eating.
  • Massages, facials, and other vitalizing treatments at the spa.

COLOMBIA

DREAMS KARIBANA CARTAGENA BEACH & GOLF RESORT
Family-Friendly │ Opening April 2022

Unlimited-Luxury® is arriving in South America this spring, in the ultra-exclusive Karibana gated community. Neighbor to the Karibana Club on the beach; an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus (and also the only Tournament Players Club course on the continent); and, of course, the ocean and offering a wide variety of on-site activities, the resort will happily fill a need for families seeking an upscale all-inclusive getaway close to Cartagena.

Need-to-know: 279 suites, 6 dining venues, 5 bars and lounges, over 24,700 square feet of event space

Don’t miss the …

  • Live entertainment. Aimed at all ages, it’s a daily and nightly feature standard to Dreams Resorts & Spas.
  • Snack bar by the pool, for when you need a quick bite, but don’t want to leave your lounger.
  • Connecting rooms for families. Ideal for parents with older children or multigenerational vacations, these rooms have the best of privacy and proximity.

Caribbean Weather

Average Caribbean Weather By Month

 

Caribbean rainfall in inches by month for major destinations. © 2017 Scott Bateman

January

Caribbean weather in January is certainly warmer than the U.S., Canada, or Europe, but some places are warmer than others. The warmest destinations include Cayman Islands and St. Lucia; the coolest include the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. Rain averages about two to three inches per month. Keep in mind that sea temperatures is often cool for swimming in northern locations.

February

Temperatures in February show little movement. In some places they increase a degree while in others they decline. In Dominica, rainfall increases to four inches. Costa Rica reaches a low point for rain, which is good news for western Caribbean cruises.

March

March is one of the most popular months for visiting the Caribbean, not just because of spring break, but because of warming temperatures and low rainfall for many destinations. In Dominica, rainfall climbs again to five inches, but keep in mind that Dominica is a lush island with waterfalls and tropical rainforests. It’s a great place for ecotourism, though not so much for lying on a beach. Costa Rica continues to have low rainfall.

April

April is another great month to visit the Caribbean, for the same reasons as March, but with some exceptions. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, rainfall reaches its first high point of the year at six inches. It’s not the best time for a long-term stay, but it’s okay for cruise visitors, who can visit indoors San Juan historical sites and shopping.

May

Caribbean weather in May includes a brief rainy season for many destinations. Aruba is a safe bet because it is the driest island of all. Rainfall at Cancun, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, and Dominica jumps to five inches or more per month.

June

This is a bad month for the Bahamas, with an average of nine inches of rain. Cozumel gets eight inches, while Belize and Costa Rica average more than 10. For people who like hot weather, Cancun, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel have average high temperatures that reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

June is the official beginning of the annual Caribbean hurricane season. But historically it almost no hurricanes and only one tropical storm every other year, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storms often threaten the Caribbean during hurricane season from June through November. Source: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Tropical storms often threaten the Caribbean during hurricane season from June through November. Source: Pixabay Creative Commons license

July

Hurricane season is starting to make itself known, with six inches or more of rainfall for the Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, and St. Lucia. It’s a good month for Antigua, Cancun, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. July averages three tropical storms with two that become hurricanes.

August

“Ugh” is a good word to describe rainfall for the Bahamas and Cancun. Every major destination except for the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao averages four inches or more. On average, August has three tropical storms with two that become hurricanes.

September

September is the worst month of the year for Caribbean weather because it’s the worst month of the annual hurricane season. An average of four tropical storms occur in September with two that become hurricanes. Avoid Caribbean destinations, except possibly the ABC islands—Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao—and maybe the Dominican Republic. But at least September is warm.

October

October is barely better than September, usually the second worst month of the year for Caribbean weather. All of the major destinations average five inches or more of rain. On average, four tropical storms develop, but they rarely grow into hurricanes.

November

The Bahamas finally get a break from the rain and wind, but the temperatures are starting to drop too. Barbados, Cancun, and Jamaica are becoming better options. St. Maarten has the heaviest rain of the year. On average, only one tropical storm forms every other year. Hurricanes are rare.

December

The hurricane season is officially over and rainfall declines everywhere. But temperatures are declining as well; the Bahamas, Cancun, and other northern destinations are usually too chilly for swimming. Dominican Republic and St. Thomas are worthy options. Tourist activity starts to increase in the Caribbean as northerners start to flee cold winter weather.

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Whoever told you that planning the trip is half the fun obviously hasn’t been on any great trips. Life’s short enough, honestly, and let’s face it – vacation days are limited. Make sure you get the most out of your trip and rest assured that everything is taken care of.

Think of your travel agency as your very own secretary, hype squad, booking assistant, local guide, personal assistant and emergency contact. They’re like your very own human travel swiss army knife – there when you need ‘em, yet hardly noticeable when you don’t. Take a look at three reasons why you should use travel agents. This is also just a clever way of saying ‘Three Ways to Humbley Brag about Apollo Travel Orlando.’

1. Skip The Admin

Agreed, picking the destination is great. So is searching the web for things to do and daydreaming about your vacation, as you watch influencers vlog about their travels in your next destination. However, there’s a less-fun side of things. Planning flights, securing accommodation, booking airport shuttles, ensuring travel insurance – the list goes on and on. Apollo Travel Orlando ensures that all the nitty-gritty details are taken care of, to ensure a smooth journey from start to finish.

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   2. Tailored to taste

Get the most out of your holiday and the most of what the destination offers. Although it’s great to explore a destination and see which adventures come your way – Apollo Travel Orlando ensures that your travel package includes everything you need and even more. Our team of travelling experts has connections all over the world and can give you the inside scoop to the best places to see, which activities to book and secret gems waiting to be explored.

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3. The best, affordable deals and options

You can’t find what you want if you don’t know where to look. The internet is jam-packed with holiday deals and big, bold promises. However, we all know that when it looks too good to be true, it usually is. With years of travelling and booking experience, Apollo Travel Agency secures the best and most affordable options that are the real deal and that will give you the most out of your holiday.

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Which destinations are on your bucket list? We’d love to help you and start your journey to get the most out of this life we’re living. There are mountains to climb, oceans to swim in, people to meet and food to try! Contact Apollo Travel Orlando today and we’ll help you plan your next holiday!

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Apollo Travel Orlando opens registration for Tarot With An Attitude Getaway 2021 in Cancun

Apollo Travel Orlando opens registration for Tarot With An Attitude Getaway 2021 in Cancun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Apollo Travel Orlando opens registration for Tarot With An Attitude Getaway 2021 in Cancun

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Apollo Travel Orlando has unveiled this year’s much-anticipated metaphysical gathering in Cancun, Mexico. A getaway for members of Tarot With an Attitude (TWAA) as well as other like-minded people who want to relax in the glow of fellowship.

The all-inclusive price point starts at an attractive $1450 a couple and goes to $1650 for a swim-out suite. Among the activities include divination by tarot, pendulums, runes, and psychic intuition, and there will be a seance at midnight on Halloween.

Rev. Rob Lee, a highly respected Tarot consultant and transformational coach from Tarot With An Attitude, will be among those spearheading the activities. Apart from being a seasoned,  Registered Clinical Social Work Intern with a Master’s degree from UCF, Rev Rob is also an ordained minister, Reiki practitioner, and a spiritual healer.

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“I am excited to guide our participants during the personal readings. We will have Divination by the Pool and others activities many people have yet to see and experience. We’ll be throwing in some classes as well,” Rev. Rob said in an interview. 

Rev. Rob uses an array of Tarot & Oracle cards and pendulums for Divination. 

“Transformational Coaching brings your unique energy to full bloom. Breathe easy, talk and laugh – we’ll get to the root of the issue, and you’ll find clarity and peace of mind while having fun doing it,” Rev. Rob added. 

Tarot readings are a powerful form of Divination that utilize an ancient deck of cards to assist people in searching for explanations to their most important questions in life, whether about career, relationships, love, or finances.  

“These readings aid an individual to better understand what he or she has to know about a specific situation. They can choose a “blind” or open reading so Spirit can access their greater awareness and give them more understanding about themselves. Readings give people an insight into the past, current, and future events,” Rev. Rob said. 

The metaphysical gathering seeks to empower participants as well as help them gain an understanding of a situation they currently face. 

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy “Wine and Spirit Night” with Rev. Rob and Spiritualist Rocky Digati at the Royalton Riviera Cancun, an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Cancun, sitting perched on a dazzling strip of powdery white sand. They will also have the chance to interact with Becky Gregory and Hillis Pugh from Cosmic Insights. 

The package includes all meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a 24-hour room service, and optional Catamaran and Myan ruin excursions. The actual official group dates are slated on October 29th through November 3rd.   

The all-inclusive vacation features a selection of luxury accommodations and thoughtful touches throughout, including the “DreamBed” designed exclusively for Royalton Resorts. This luxurious resort has 250 thread count sheets, free Wi-Fi, All-In Connectivity, and several other perks and privileges. 

Apollo Travel Orlando, the event organizer, is a successful travel agency specializing in Destination weddings, Social groups (with a flair for social Facebook group gatherings), Caribbean all-Inclusive resorts, cruise, and European vacations. The Apollo Travel Headquarters has a brick-and-mortar storefront in the same Florida location since 1985.

 

Contact Details

Company: Apollo Travel Orlando

E-mail: [email protected]

Contact Number: 4073410853

Country: United States

Website:  https://apollotravel.com 

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Apollo Back  –  6/3/21 local press release

Apollo Back – 6/3/21 local press release

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Bruce Kahler                                                                                              

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Apollo Travel Orlando announces vacation opportunities for honeymooners, couples and social media friends

 

 

Apollo Travel Orlando, a leading travel agency based in Florida, is kicking off the start of the summer travel season by reminding customers of its specialty couple vacation packages designed to spice up your love life.

 

The last several months were tough for families and relationships, but clear skies await Apollo Travel couples. One thing that sets Apollo Travel Orlando apart is the value and importance of romance. Booking romance travel with Apollo Travel gives you access to gorgeous destination wedding options and beautiful honeymoon locations with exquisite beaches and scenic landscapes. Many in-love travelers make memories in Cancun, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and Barbados.

 

“For couples, the pandemic was a trying time. It was tough, and people need to reward themselves for making it out of a global health emergency as a team, as a family,” Apollo Travel Orlando CEO Bruce Kahler said.

 

A wedding is a unique and special experience that sets a foundation for lasting happiness. Apollo Travel Orlando avoids the “cookie-cutter” approach to traveling and gives each client a custom experience.

 

Letting Apollo Travel Orlando take the reins lessens the stress of any destination wedding or vacation planning. Apollo Travel Orlando agents can assist with many wedding stressors like your Honeymoon registry.

 

Apollo Travel Orlando also has options for all family and group sizes and accepts clients all over—not just Florida. Prospective travelers have an array of choices from its Caribbean All-Inclusive resorts and cruises to unique and affordable international travel options in Europe. Don’t worry Apollo Travel Orlando agents are industry experts and have all the information you need before traveling overseas.

 

Have a big family or special requests/accommodation? Leave your worries in the past. Apollo Travel Orlando agents can customize your travel to fit your family’s unique needs.

 

Let’s not forget about our social media friends. Apollo Travel Orlando is unique and caters to your entire friend circle, including those online. Travelers can book Organized Social trips with friends and family and connect with new friends.

 

For more information about booking your next vacation, visit www.apollotravel.com

 

ABOUT APOLLO TRAVEL: Apollo Travel Orlando is a successful travel agency specializing in Destination weddings, Social groups (with a flair for social Facebook group gatherings) as well as Caribbean all-Inclusive resorts, cruise and European vacations. The Apollo Travel Headquarters has a brick and mortar storefront, in the same Florida location since 1985.

 

 

Stats: one-third of Americans more likely to use travel insurance post-covid

Stats: one-third of Americans more likely to use travel insurance post-covid

Almost half of Americans have faced fees or had to absorb the cost of losses when traveling without travel insurance, a survey commissioned by travel insurance provider Battleface found. The most common charges are for cancellation fees (19 percent), fees for changing travel dates (19 percent), fees for changing travel times (14 percent) and costs associated with baggage loss or delay (10 percent).

When purchasing travel insurance, Americans say their top priority is getting coverage for trip cancellations or delays (44 percent), followed by getting coverage for medical expenses (other than COVID-19) while traveling (32 percent). Other priorities include coverage for personal accidents while traveling (31 percent), delay or loss of luggage (30 percent) and for being returned home in the event of an emergency (26 percent).

Not surprisingly, Battleface’s research suggests that the likelihood that Americans purchase travel insurance coverage has increased slightly since before COVID-19. One-third of respondents (36 percent) said they are more likely to purchase travel insurance now than before COVID for a trip abroad, and 34 percent said they are more likely to do so for a domestic trip.

Almost half (45 percent) of Americans who have purchased travel insurance for a trip abroad consider the benefits, costs and services provided by travel insurance equally important. Among these offerings, benefits (e.g., reimbursement for lost luggage, replacing a lost passport, etc.) come out on top and are considered most important by 22 percent. This is compared to only 17 percent and 16 percent, who consider services and cost as the most important offerings, respectively.

The study, commissioned by Battleface and conducted by Opinium, surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older in March 2021.

Source: https://www.travelagentcentral.com/your-business/stats-one-third-americans-more-likely-to-use-travel-insurance-post-covid

 

Best Time to Visit Cancun

Best Time to Visit Cancun

 

When is the Best Time to Visit Cancun?

December to April are the best times for visiting Cancun, offering the perfect mix of sunny skies and little rain. April and December offer the best weather, while May is best for wildlife (whale sharks have arrived and sea turtles are nesting), and November is the least crowded and best-priced (though can be rainy some years). Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holy Week are the busiest time for Mexican family vacations.

  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Good Weather: Cancun weather can be fantastic almost all year round, though it is particularly excellent from the end of December through April, with January through March being the absolute peak time for fantastic weather. These months have the least amount of rain and humidity, the balmiest temperatures, and the sunniest skies. Expect gorgeous beach conditions nearly every day, and pleasant weather for exploring the ruins and jungles inland. Ocean temperatures are cooler than during the summer months, but still comfortable for swimming. Night and early morning temperatures are mostly warm during this time, but can get a little cool from December through February, so it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket or sweater if traveling during the winter months.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Great Deals: The best time for great deal is during the summer rainy season, from July through October, with especially discounted prices in September, October, and November. This coincides with hurricane season, but hurricanes have only landed here twice in the past thirty years. The vast majority of days during the wet season are hot, dry, and humid, but with little rain in short bursts. For travelers who don’t mind the heat and occasional rain shower, this is the ideal time to travel. Hotel rates are supremely discounted, and deal-hunters will also find cheaper fares on flights and excursions. Travelers during these months can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars versus any other time of the year.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Families and Kids: April through June and November are the best times in Cancun for families traveling with children. Rates for hotels, flights, and excursions are lower than during the high season, attractions and beaches are less crowded, and the weather is warm and comfortable, great for visiting the Maya ruins and adventure parks in the inland jungles. Water temperatures are warm for swimming and snorkeling during all of these months, with whale sharks and sea turtles both present in May and June. The only exceptions to this are during the week of Thanksgiving when tons of Americans visit, and during Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week leading up to Easter, which is the busiest holiday week for Mexican families.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Avoiding Crowds: The best time for avoiding crowds is during the rainy season, from June through October, especially in September and October. As mentioned before, these months line up with hurricane season, though storms are very rare. Travelers during this time will find beaches blissfully empty and tours to the ruins almost private. Be advised that because there are fewer travelers at this time, many tour operators and restaurants close down for their own breaks, especially during the month of October.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun or Sightseeing (Jungles and Ruins): December and April are the best months for sightseeing at Chichen Itza, Valladolid, and the jungle adventure parks. Weather is suitable from Mid-December all the way through April, with sunny days, very little rain, warm temperatures, and relatively low humidity. However, the peak travel time is January through March, so during that time, attractions will be very crowded. Traveling at the start or end of the best weather, in December and April, gives you ideal conditions for exploring all that the Cancun area has to offer.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving: Oceans, reefs, and cenotes are truly wonderful all year round, though there are some fluctuations in conditions. Water temperatures are at their lowest in February and March and at their highest from July through October. September and October tend to have more rainy days, though, so July and August are the better of these four months for swimming. For diving and snorkeling, Cancun is not the best spot. Though it’s fronted by a huge reef and filled with wildlife, the water is often rough enough to reduce visibility, plus the coral near the main Hotel Zone is mostly dead. Snorkeling and diving tours usually take visitors to nearby Isla Mujeres, MUSA, or Punta Nizuc at the south end of the Hotel Zone, where the water is calmer and clearer with active marine life. Visibility is best in the drier months, from November through May, especially during the months of January through March. For snorkeling, with whale sharks in particular, visit in late May; the water is warm, visibility is good, and the first whale sharks have arrived.
  • Best Time for to Visit Cancun Whale Sharks and Sea Turtles: Cancun is one of the most reliable spots for seeing these two endangered animals. Whale sharks begin to arrive in May and are plentiful by June. From June through August, whale shark tours have almost 100% chance of locating these gentle giants, usually several at a time in one location. Whale sharks begin to leave the area in September and are almost all gone by the end of the month. Adult sea turtles begin nesting on the beaches in May, especially toward the end of the month and finish laying in October. The baby sea turtles begin hatching and heading seaward in July, continuing their nightly treks through December. The best time to see all three groups (whale sharks, nesting turtles, and baby turtles) is in July and August when all are fully present and active.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Honeymoon: Cancun is most beautiful from December through May, with ideal beach conditions and clear skies throughout these drier months, the perfect honeymoon mix. Early December, April, and May offer the best mix of good weather, low-ish crowds, and good room rates for honeymooners celebrating on a bit of a budget. January through March has the best weather, with the most number of sunny days, and near perfect beach conditions, but rates are higher and crowds are thicker.
  • Best Time to Visit Cancun for Nightlife: Cancun always has great nightlife, with parties going on continually at all of the uptown clubs and bars near Punta Cancun in the Hotel Zone. However, different times of the year attract different party crowds. Cancun is most legendary for its Spring Break, with wild parties all day and night, top international DJs, and bikini contests throughout the whole month of March. June through mid-July also see tons of partying, this time for high-school grads cutting loose before college begins. The legal drinking age is 18 in Mexico, but IDs are rarely checked. For amazing, grown-up nightlife, visit from December through February. Clubs and bars still get crazy, but the crowds’ average age is over 25, and they’re less likely to barf on your shoes.
  • Best Time to Book Flights and Hotels for Cancun: Who doesn’t want to nab the cheapest airfare when booking a flight to Cancun? While it’s not down to a science, there are tricks to help you get the best price. Generally, the sooner the better; however, buying too far in advance can sometimes get you a worse deal than if you’d waited a bit. Prices are highest if you wait too long. The sweet spot tends to be around three to four months in advance, with the best airfares typically found for low season trips taken between late spring and early to mid-fall. When it comes to hotels, the earlier you book the better deal you’ll find, as there are only a certain number of rooms available at the lowest rates – when they’re booked, prices increase. Reserve your room as soon as you’ve booked your flight if possible.
  • A Note About Spring Break: While Cancun was once infamous for its huge, noisy crowds of spring breakers and a destination to avoid during the month of March, by staying outside of the main drag, not venturing into the clubs late at night and simply avoiding hotels that cater to that group, you’ll enjoy a relatively peaceful environment. Those who want to find a party can easily do so, while those who prefer a more subdued atmosphere can find that as well.

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Cancun Travel Seasons

  • High Season (Mid-December through March): Winter and early spring are peak travel times in Cancun when rates for hotels and flights are at their priciest and crowds at their heaviest. Christmas, New Year’s, and especially Spring Break are the most popular times for travel here. But by booking a several months in advance, travelers can find better rates and occasional deals. To avoid crowds during high season, book your stay in Riviera Cancun, Playa Mujeres, and Isla Mujeres, which are all less populous than the main drag along the Hotel Zone.
  • Low Season (June through October): Summer is the low season here when deal-hunters can score the best rates on hotel rooms, flights, and excursions. Expect beaches, bars, and attractions to be low-key and much less crowded than usual. These budget-friendly months are not the best weather-wise, with long hot days and frequent showers. Storms are generally heavy but brief, and though this is technically hurricane season, big storms are rare and have only landed twice in the past thirty years. July and the tail end of October tend to have the driest and least cloudy days of the season.
  • Shoulder Season (April, May, and November through mid-December): Shoulder season can be an amazing time to visit Cancun, with sunny days, lower chance of rain, and manageable crowds. Though deals aren’t as hot as in the low season, room rates are much lower than in the high season, especially if booking in advance or for stays over five nights. Exceptions to this fall during Thanksgiving Week, a popular travel time for Americans, and during Holy Week, the week before Easter, the busiest time for Mexican family vacations.

Cancun Weather by Month

Cancun Weather in January: January in Cancun is warm, sunny, and dry, with daily highs around 28°C – dropping down to a cooler, comfortable 20°C at night. Cancun is located on the edge of a tropical jungle, so humidity is always present, but January is the least muggy time of the year, especially toward the end of the month. This is a great month to get out and explore the ruins and jungle inland, as well as visiting Downtown Cancun and the beach. Rain showers come occasionally, but they are typically very light and brief, lasting only an hour or two. Ocean temperatures are cooler than other times of the year but are still comfortable for swimming. Visibility is excellent for snorkeling or diving. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C, Average Rainfall: 46mm, Days with Rain: 7, Ocean Temperature: 27°C.)

  • Cancun Weather in February: February continues the trend of gorgeous weather, just a degree or so warmer than January and slightly drier, with fewer and shorter rain showers. Though the cloud coverage is minimal, humidity increases a smidge, making it just a little muggier, though still comfortable enough for exploring inland. Beach conditions are excellent, with good visibility for snorkeling and comfortable water temperatures for swimming. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C, Average Rainfall: 44mm, Days with Rain: 5, Ocean Temperature: 26°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in March: Expect gorgeous weather in March, the second driest month in Cancun, with warm days averaging highs of 29°C, and comfortable nights. Rain only comes once a week on average, and even then showers are light and over with quickly, leaving skies clear and bright. Humidity is on the rise, but it is still comfortable for hiking, visiting the ruins or colonial pueblos; beach breezes keep the coastline fresh. Water temperatures and visibility remain constant from February. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C, Average Rainfall: 37mm, Days with Rain: 4, Ocean Temperature: 26°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in April: April is the driest month of the year. It only rains about three days in the month, and on those days, showers are usually very short and light. Days and nights are warm, with a few downright hot hours in the afternoons. Humidity runs high, but the temperatures are usually mild enough that exploring the ruins and jungle is still easily doable. Beach weather is just about perfect, with plenty of sunny, breezy days and warming ocean temps, especially later in the month. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C, Average Rainfall: 31mm, Days with Rain: 3, Ocean Temperature: 27°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in May: May is the third driest month of the year, with brief storms most likely toward the end of the month. Cloud coverage is generally heavier than in previous months, and humidity is very high. The majority of the days see clear skies, warm mornings and evenings, and hot afternoons. Beach days are breezy, so the humidity may not be noticeable. But if you plan on visiting Chichen Itza or the adventure parks, go in the morning before the day heats up; earlier in the month is better, too. Ocean temperatures are rising, and the first whale sharks and nesting sea turtles are arriving now. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C, Average Rainfall: 52 mm, Days with Rain: 5, Ocean Temperature: 28°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in June: Summer is the rainy season here, with June being one of the rainiest months. Most days see a good amount of cloud coverage, but actual storms only hit on a quarter of the days, and even then, it’s unlikely to rain for very long. The first truly hot days of summer arrive later in the month. June marks the beginning of hurricane season, though large storms are rare and tend to happen later in the season. Beaches are the most comfortable places to relax this month, as the steady breeze keeps the perceived heat down. If you decide to venture inland, be sure to pack plenty of water and plan on a cenote swim to cool down. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C, Average Rainfall: 115mm, Days with Rain: 8, Ocean Temperature: 28°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in July: Rainy days are less frequent this month, with heavier storms that finish quickly. Days are hotter and muggier than in June. In fact, the last half of July and the first half of August are the hottest weeks in the year. It’s best to spend your time on the beach or cooling off in a cenote; they stay refreshingly brisk all year long. If you venture toward the ruins, be sure to bring plenty of water. Sea temperatures remain steady from June. The first baby turtles start hatching now and head to the ocean every evening. This is an excellent month for marine life, with whale sharks, nesting turtles, and hatching turtles all here at once. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C, Average Rainfall: 103 mm, Days with Rain: 5, Ocean Temperature: 28°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in August: August starts off hot and oppressively humid for the first couple of weeks, and begins to cool down as the month goes on. While ambient temperatures decrease, rainy days increase, especially toward the end of the month. The majority of days see sun mixed with periods of overcast skies. Days that do have rain usually only experience showers for an hour or two in total. Stay at the beach or in the cenotes as much as possible. This is the last month of the year that has all three animal groups: whale sharks, nesting sea turtles, and baby turtles. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C, Average Rainfall: 136mm, Days with Rain: 6, Ocean Temperature: 29°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in September: The rainiest month of the year, September sees at least a little rain for about one-third of the month and cloudy days most of the time. Though showers are more regular and intense, they generally only last around two or three hours. Hurricanes rarely ever hit Cancun, but when they do, it’s usually in September or October. Days are extremely muggy, though the heat and humidity are less constant in the last week. Water temperatures are slightly warmer compared with August. The beach will likely be the most comfortable spot to relax most days, though it’s a good idea to have a few rainy day activities planned, just in case. Whale sharks begin to leave the area this month, while sea turtles continue to nest and hatch. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C, Average Rainfall: 185mm, Days with Rain: 10, Ocean Temperature: 29°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in October: Expect more days of rain but less total rainfall than in September. Most of the rainy, cloudy, and humid days are in the beginning of the month, with the weather getting nicer as the weeks pass. The month ends with clear skies, balmy temperatures, and gorgeous beach weather. Ocean temperatures are slightly lower than in previous months. This is the last true month of hurricane season, though storms are rare in Cancun. The last few nesting turtles will lay their eggs this month, before returning to the sea. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C, Average Rainfall: 157mm, Days with Rain: 11, Ocean Temperature: 28°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in November: Temperatures continue to fall, skies become clearer, and rainy days are less frequent in November. Most of the humidity and rain comes at the beginning of the month, with showers rarely lasting more than a couple of hours. Most late November days are perfect for hitting the beach or visiting the adventure parks or ruins. Ocean temperatures hold steady from October, while the last of the nesting sea turtles leave the area. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C, Average Rainfall: 95mm, Days with Rain: 8, Ocean Temperature: 28°C.)
  • Cancun Weather in December: December is a phenomenal time to be in Cancun! Days are warm, nights are cool and comfortable, and skies are sunny and clear. Brief patches of rain are fleeting, with mostly bright days. The dry season officially begins in the last two weeks of the month and carries through March. Beaches are beautiful with comfortable temps for swimming and good visibility for snorkeling and diving. The last few baby turtles will hatch and march into the ocean this month. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C, Average Rainfall: 70mm, Days with Rain: 7, Ocean Temperature: 27°C.)

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Cancun Events and Festivals

Cancun in January

  • New Year’s Day – Año Nuevo, or New Year’s Day, is a national holiday in Mexico. January 1 tends to be very quiet in Cancun and throughout the country, with everyone resting and recovering from festivities the night before. While most businesses are closed, restaurants and other places that cater to tourists are usually open.
  • Mayan Village Show – At Xcaret Park, located about an hour from Cancun, recreations of ancient Mayan festivals, including a jungle walk and celebration of the discovery of fire, take place throughout the month of January.
  • El Día de los Reyes (Kings’ Day): January 6 is the twelfth day of Christmas, which is the traditional gift-giving day in Mexico. Children receive their presents, and the family eats together, especially a wreath-shaped, sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes. A baby Jesus figure is baked into the bread, and whoever finds it in their slice will host El Día de Candelaria, the upcoming holiday, and make the tamales for the celebration.

Cancun in February

  • El Día de Candelaria/Tamale Day: February 2. Candlemas falls 40 days after Christmas and is a celebration of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is also the midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. On this day, people dress up figurines of the baby Jesus and take them to the church to be blessed, along with candles. A meal of tamales, hence its other name, with family and friends follows this. Celebrations in Veracruz and huge, with parades and more, but in Cancun, this is a more intimate holiday.
  • Carnaval: Exact dates vary, but celebrations take place the whole week before Ash Wednesday, with the biggest parties the night before. They celebrate Carnaval in different parts of the Riviera Maya on different days, with the biggest celebration on Cozumel. Cancun’s Carnaval is intimate, taking place in Downtown away from the main tourist zone. Expect parades, live music, wild costumes, lots of food and booze, and dancing in the streets. Street vendors will sell amazing local specialties, while candies and other goodies will rain down from the parade floats.
  • Island Time Music & Fishing Festival: Six-day festival in Isla Mujeres. Local and world-renowned musical acts play in small venues around the island, while fishermen chase sailfish through the local waters. Proceeds benefit the Little Yellow Schoolhouse, serving special needs children on the island.

Cancun in March

  • Inception Music Festival: The largest Spring Break party in the world, lasting 30 straight days and nights and featuring top-name musical acts and DJs. Events take place every night at the clubs in Punta Cancun, including The City, Dady’O, Mandala, and Palazzo. Day parties take place at Mandala Beach, while exclusive day parties also go on at the Oasis Resort.
  • Wine and Food Festival, Cancun-Riviera Maya: Five-day celebration of food and wine, with renowned chefs and sommeliers from Mexico and the U.S. Events include winemaker and celebrity chef dinners, taco competitions, beach parties, golfing, and more.
  • Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza: Occurring annually on March 20, the first day of spring, when the afternoon light hits the pyramid temple of El Castillo just right, it reveals a representation of Kukulkan. The feathered serpent god seems to appear and climb down the side. This amazing event happens twice yearly at the spring and autumn equinoxes, amazing visitors with the astronomical and mathematical prowess of the ancient Maya peoples. It is usually very crowded on the equinoxes and tons of fun. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, you may still see the effect two days before or after the actual equinox.
  • Laser Sailing Show: During the second half of March, this event attracts sailboat enthusiasts and merchants from around the world. The waters around Cancun are filled with sailing vessels of all types, big and small, that roam the coastline for two weeks.

Cancun in April

  • Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun: Cancun’s history is relatively new. Families of the city’s founders put A master-planned tourism community founded in 1970 on. This month-long celebration is held at various locations in Downtown and features masses, music, exhibitions, and a parade down Avenue Tulum.
  • Holy Week – Holy Week is celebrated nationwide, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, which typically falls in early to mid-April, March 25 – April 1 in 2018. In Cancun, just about everything stays open during this period to cater to tourists, and it’s usually very busy. If you plan to travel to Cancun during Holy Week, make your reservations as early as you can as flights in and out of Mexico are typically filled months in advance. Easter services are held at churches of various dominations, though mostly Catholic.
  • El Día del Niño (Children’s Day): A holiday filled with fun, gifts, and special activities just for kids. Though not an official holiday, many schools don’t hold classes this day. Zoos, amusement parks, and attractions often offer special discounts on April 30. Travelers can also take part by handing out toys or candy to street kids.

Cancun in May

  • Cinco de Mayo: May 5th is a national holiday that commemorates the country’s defeat of the French in the Battle of Pueblo in 1862. Unlike in the States, it’s a regular day in Cancun, with not much in the way of celebrations. There are usually drink specials in the bars, and some resorts might do a small party, but it will be all for tourists. The only spot in Mexico that really celebrates Cinco de Mayo is in Puebla, more than a day’s drive away.
  • Festival de Cultura del Caribe: Celebration of Maya, Mexican, and Caribbean culture through food, music, dance, literature, film, and more. The eight-day celebration takes place in a variety of venues throughout the city and features a variety of local and international acts.
  • Cancun Jumpoff: This is like Spring Break for grown-ups. A four-day music festival, with live acts and DJs spinning the best in hip-hop, r&b, reggae, and soca. One water park day, plus beach parties, lingerie parties, and overnight after-parties keep the action going non-stop.
  • Regata del Sol a Sol: A 456-mile yacht race beginning in April in St. Petersburg, Florida and ending in early May in Isla Mujeres. Events include a basketball tournament and the Regata Amigos, post-race sail around the island.
  • Sacred Mayan Journey/Travesia Sagrada: Annual recreation of a thousand-year-old pilgrimage from Xcaret to Cozumel in worship of the fertility goddess Ixchel. Roughly 300 men and women row canoes across the ocean beginning at dawn and making their return journey the following dawn. Rituals, music, and dance begin and end the event. A feast awaits the rowers in Cozumel, but the biggest celebration is in Xcaret upon their return.

Cancun in June

  • Día de la Marina – Mexico’s Navy Day is celebrated on June 1 in all coastal towns, including Cancun, to acknowledge the country’s maritime service men and women. It’s commemorated with military parades and fireworks.
  • ExpHotel – The most recognized event in Mexico for the hospitality industry, held June 12-14 in 2018, is an international affair open to the public showing the latest products and services as well as hosting seminars and workshops by leading experts, competitions among prestigious chefs and the Festival of Cheese, Bread and Wine.
  • Festival de los Oceanos: From mid-May through mid-June, they designed this event to encourage ocean conservation. Events include concerts, kids’ drawing competitions, beach cleanups, and competitive cooking, along with plenty of fun beach and ocean activities. Most events are free, though some require registration ahead of time.
  • Pride Cancun: Pride is a smaller celebration in Cancun, lasting just a weekend. Though there is no parade, there are beach parties, sunset cruises, parties in Downtown, events at the ruins, and special nights at all of the major clubs.

Cancun in July

  • El Día Fuera del Tiempo: According to the Maya calendar, July 26 is the first day of the new year. The more important day of celebration comes on the 25th, El Día Fuera del Tiempo, or The Day Out of Time. This is a day for reflecting on the past year and the lessons learned, while also being a day in which anything can happen. They scattered festivities throughout the Riviera Maya, with the biggest ones held in Tulum, lasting as long as five days, and smaller ones at several Cancun resorts.
  • Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Festival: Week-long celebration of the whale shark, including family-friendly activities daily at the main fair, with sand sculpture and piñata contests, a parade, live music, and food competitions with local chefs. Water activities include a fishing tournament, diving and snorkel tours, and swimming with the whale sharks.
  • Destination X The Urban Summer Oasis: Wild five-day festival in the heart of Cancun’s nightlife district with DJs spinning hip-hop, r&b, and reggae. Events include bikini contests, late night hookah parties, a booze cruise, beach parties, and plenty of dancing.

Cancun in August

  • ZoukMX: Ten-day music and dance festival in Playa del Carmen on the beach and in the jungle. This event begins with several teacher workshops, followed by days and nights on end of dancing to zouk, a fast tempo, Caribbean dance music.
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary – Celebrated nationwide in mid-August, there are special masses held throughout the country, including Cancun. Though some cities will host processions, Cancun typically does not.

Cancun in September

  • El Grito and Mexican Independence Day: Celebrations begin in the afternoon on September 15 in Downtown near City Hall with mariachi music, dancing, and amazing food, especially chiles en nogada, pozole, and mole. Tequila and mezcal are the major drinks here. At 11p, the grito, or cry for independence, is called with bells ringing and fireworks. The country’s biggest party begins immediately after and goes well into the night. Downtown has the most authentic celebrations, but the biggest parties for travelers take place at the nightclubs and bars in the Hotel Zone, especially at Carlos’n Charlie’s and Señor Frog. On Independence Day itself, September 16, a grand military parade winds through downtown, attracting thousands of spectators.
  • Salsa Casino Mayan Congress: Four-day celebration of salsa dance with live music, parties, and workshops. Classes expand from traditional salsa to include Afro-Cuban dance, Casino Wheel, Rumba, Folklore, and more.
  • Autumn Equinox at Chichen Itza: Occurring annually on September 22, the first day of fall, when the late afternoon light hits the pyramid temple of El Castillo just right, it reveals a shadow image of the feathered serpent god Kukulkan, just as it does in spring. However, September is the rainiest month of the year, and sometimes the cloud coverage prevents Kukulkan from making an appearance. With daylight savings time, the event occurs after the park is closed for the evening. Some years, the park stays open late to accommodate the event, but other times, they close at the usual schedule. Check the weather and check the park’s officially posted hours before planning a trip out – It’s a long drive!

Cancun in October

  • Cancun Travel Mart – In mid-October, October 8-10 in 2018, the Cancun Travel Agent Association and the Cancun Hotel Association hold this annual convention, part of which is open to the public, showcasing food, hotels and other services offered in the area.
  • Cancun Jazz Festival: Four-day music festival featuring some of the top names in contemporary jazz. This all-inclusive festival takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, near Tulum. Pre-festival concerts will take place a few days ahead of the main event.
  • Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) – This holiday celebrated nationwide on October 12 commemorates the fusion of the Spanish and Mexican peoples. In Cancun and many other places throughout the country, they often held colorful parades.
  • Día de las Brujas (Halloween) – Traditionally on this day, residents bring flowers and candles to the graves of loved ones on the evening of October 31; however, in Cancun and many other popular tourist destinations, it’s celebrated similar to how it is in the U.S., with kids dressing up and trick-or-treating, and costume-wearing adults heading to bars and clubs. Dady’O consistently throws the best Halloween parties in the area. It’s a good idea to bring your own costume, as local shops will have a very limited selection.

Cancun in November

  • Day of the Dead: November 1-2. Known as Hanal Pixan in Yucatan Maya. This is actually two holidays rolled into one, Día de Todos Santos (All Saints Day) and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, All Souls Day). On All Saints Day, Mexicans honor deceased children, leaving offerings to them on custom-designed altars in cemeteries or in their homes, with sugar skulls, toys, and treats. Day of the Dead is similar but for the souls of deceased adults. People decorate altars in their homes or in cemeteries, some keeping vigils and others leaving offerings, usually tequila, cigarettes, and the deceased’s favorite foods. Candles and trails of marigold petals are led from the altars to light the way for the spirit’s return. There are usually parties in the nightclub area in the Hotel Zone, but travelers can also head Downtown for a more traditional experience in one of the many parks, including Parque las Palapas, Luum Pakul, or at the Centro Cultural de las Artes. Daily from October 31-November 2 there is a parade from Avenues Chichen Itza and Tulum to Parque las Palapas, plus performances, foods, and elaborate altars. The eco-tour group Alltournative usually offers a special Hanal Pixan event on November 2, an immersive Maya experience with altar decorating, a ceremony performed by a shaman at a cenote, and a traditional Maya dinner.
  • OHL Golf Classic: An official, PGA tour with over 100 pro-golfers competing for a huge prize in four rounds over the course of one week. The event takes place in Mayakoba at the El Camaleón golf course just north of Playa del Carmen. Some of the proceeds benefit local charities.
  • International Festival of Caribbean Culture: Six-day festival with events held throughout Quintana Roo and Cancun. The event is most popular for its amazing musical lineup featuring the top Caribbean salsa groups, along with poetry and lots of dancing.

Cancun in December

  • Cancun Marathon: aka The Most Beautiful Marathon in the World. The marathon path begins and ends in Downtown, with most of the course following Boulevard Kukulkan for the length of the Hotel Zone, passing the beach and lagoon. A live mariachi band awaits runners at the finish line.
  • Sunset Boat Parade: Annual, holiday event at Jardin del Arte, the sculpture park facing the Nichupte Lagoon. A parade of lit-up, decorated boats begins at sunset, with live music, food, and craft vendors. Family-friendly and always free.
  • Christmas Week – Christmas Week (December 16-25) is celebrated with processions and mass, and children go door-to-door singing Christmas songs for donations. The most important day isn’t December 25, however, it’s Holy Night, known as Nochebuena on December 24, a time when families gather to eat a traditional midnight dinner.
  • Día de los Santos Inocentes/Day of the Sainted Innocents: December 28. This is basically a Mexican April Fool’s Day. Originally meant to commemorate the deaths of the Holy Innocents, the children slaughtered by King Herod to kill the baby Jesus; the holiday has developed into a day of pranks. Once someone is fooled, it is customary to say to them, “Innocent little dove that you let yourself be deceived.” This is also a day where people are known to borrow items and never return them.
  • New Year’s Eve – On December 31, Cancun celebrates New Year’s Eve similar to much of the rest of the world, with big parties and fireworks. Playa del Carmen, about an hour south of downtown Cancun, is typically the place to be, where the party starting at dawn and lasts well into the New Year. There are plenty of parties to be found in Cancun as well, and fireworks are shot over the lagoon, visible from all hotels and resorts with rooms that face it, as well as from walkways.

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