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Dining by starlight with someone special

Pamper Mom on her special day with a family dinner on the beach or on the terrace. Order the mouthwatering beach dinner menu with a bottle of bubbly or ask the Sommelier to recommend wines from the award-winning El Faro wine list and be sure to end your meal with a selection of desserts with chocolate and fruit.

As an alternative, you could ask the Chef to prepare a meal of his own inspiration for you to enjoy in your residence.

Additional charges apply for private catering.

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TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 honors for Grand Residences and Royal Resorts

We are pleased to announce that members of the TripAdvisor travel community have rated Grand Residences and Royal Resorts among the Top Hotels in Mexico again by including them in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 listings.

For the fifth year running, Grand Residences has picked up several Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 accolades given to the best of the best in Mexico.

  • TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico
    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 20
  • TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico
    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 15
  • TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families
    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 7

Royal Resorts also in the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families

In addition to Grand Residences, The Royal Haciendas and The Royal Cancun are also listed in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families. The Royal Haciendas is rated No. 14 and The Royal Cancun No. 19.

You can help spread the word about Grand Residences and the staff that have made your day extra special by posting a review of your vacation experience on TripAdvisor. Visit www.tripadvisor.com or use the link in the online guest satisfaction survey you receive after your stay. Your feedback is very important to us.

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Meet your new Chef

Chef Rafael Borbolla has joined the Grand Residences team as the new Executive Chef.

Originally from Mexico City, Chef Borbolla studied Culinary Arts in the Colegio Superior de Hoteleria y de Turismo Cesar Ritz and at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Turismo, both in Mexico City. He also took specialist diploma courses in Mexican and Italian cuisine at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.

Chef Borbolla trained with the acclaimed French chef Olivier Lombard and collaborated in the opening of Le Cirque restaurant in Polanco before his love of the sea took him to Puerto Vallarta to work for Westin.

After four years, he moved to Los Cabos to join Royal Solaris and 18 months later to Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, before returning to Baja California Sur and Dreams Los Cabos.

His first job as Executive Chef was at Le Bistro, a gourmet restaurant in Puerto Vallarta and he then returned to Riviera Nayarit as Executive Sous Chef at the Grand Velas Resort where he was responsible for maintaining AAA Five Diamond and The Leading Hotels of the World® quality standards in the resort’s restaurants.

After many years on the Pacific coast, his sights turned to the Mexican Caribbean and he joined Secrets Maroma Beach as Executive Sous Chef before moving to Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita & Impression as Executive Chef.

Chef Borbolla also taught gastronomy at the Technological University in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit and at the Instituto Franco-Mexicano de Artes Culinarias in Puerto Vallarta. He has participated in a number of Food Festivals in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya, the 2012 World Economic Forum and the Tianguis Turistico Travel Fair co-hosted by Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

He describes the fresh seafood from the Pacific coast of Mexico and European preparation techniques as having a great influence on his cuisine.

We are sure that you will want to join us in welcoming Chef Borbolla to Grand Residences and look forward to sampling his dishes.

We will be catching up with Chef Borbolla in a future edition of this newsletter

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New dining option: Caribbean night at Flor de Canela

Your Executive Chef Rafael Borbolla and his team have a new dining treat for you to try on your next Grand Residences vacation: Caribbean Night at Flor de Canela on Friday.

The tempting buffet includes dishes prepared with the exotic fruits and flavors of the islands with a hint of fragrant spices, coconut, plantain and rum.

For starters, help yourself to salad drizzled with tamarind or passion fruit dressing or fresh seafood ceviche with pineapple or mango and tuna, salmon and sea bass tiradito.

Hot dishes range from green banana and coconut soup, pork in dark beer and Cajun beef fillet to jerk chicken, salmon in mango and star anise sauce with sautéed spinach. Side dishes include Madras rice with plantain, pineapple, raisins and almonds, candied sweet potato and fried plantains.

From the show kitchen, try the breaded chicken brochettes, grilled beef and bell pepper brochettes and pastor-style pork brochettes with pineapple and onion. And because we are in the Mexican Caribbean, there are several tasty taco combinations on offer. Choose between fried shrimp, coconut and curry, octopus marinated in ajillo sauce and tuna carnitas or order a tostada piled with grilled shrimp.

Garnishes include Mexican salsas, chipotle, habanero and avocado dressing, diced onion and coriander, jicama, red cabbage and grated carrot.

Sweet temptations include the flavors of coconut, piña colada mousse, chocolate chiboust cream and caramelized bananas in rum, passion fruit fantasy and Caribbean tapioca. And after your meal be sure to order a glass of our finest island rum with coffee.

See you on Fridays at Flor de Canela for Caribbean Night and don’t forget Taco Tuesday! Ask your Concierge for details of all the other theme nights during the week at all our restaurants.

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New from Room Service, order prime beef and fish to cook in your villa

We know that many of our owners are budding chefs and love to cook in their gourmet kitchens during their stay. We are excited to tell you about a new option available exclusively for owners. You can now call Room Service to order prime steaks and fresh seafood to cook yourself.

The meat and seafood comes from the same suppliers that we use for the restaurants and is top quality. Owners have a preferential rate and the items available are:

  • Angus Filet mignon 280g/10oz
  • Angus New York 280g/10oz
  • Angus Rib-Eye 280g/10oz
  • Sterling Silver arrachera skirt steak 280g/10oz
  • Shrimp U15 160g (order of 6)
  • Catch of the day
  • Lobster tail 200g/8oz
  • Chicken breast 180g

Call Room Service to place your order.

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Protecting the planet, Grand Residences joins Earth Hour

On Saturday March 30 at 8:30 p.m., Grand Residences will be participating in Earth Hour, the global campaign organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature or World Wildlife Fund) to draw attention to the accelerating effects of climate change and biodiversity loss and the urgent need to join forces to protect our planet.

Guests are invited to join in the Earth Hour activities organized during the day. They will include arts and crafts, tree planting and the iguana nature walk to enjoy with your children. Finally at 8:30 p.m., non-essential lights will be turned off around the resort for one hour and we hope that guests will join us by dimming the lights in their suites.

In 2018, 188 countries took part in Earth Hour and the lights on close to 18,000 of the world’s most famous landmarks were dimmed. Millions of people came together to take action, making pledges to protect the environment, whether at home, in the workplace or in their communities.

 

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Meet your neighbors: Alberta Kosik

Originally from Chicago, Alberta Kosik has been a Royal Resorts member since the early 80s and first stayed at The Royal Mayan. She says, “I fell in love with it,” and she purchased her first unit. Memberships followed at The Royal Sands, The Royal Cancun and The Royal Haciendas and she now has a beachfront unit and an ocean-view unit with a plunge pool at Grand Residences where she vacations with her children and grandchildren.

Alberta says, “My favourite words are ‘Welcome Home’. People here really mean it when they say it. All the Royal Resorts are beautifully kept and beautifully clean, I am amazed at the standards, they are impeccable.

She adds, “I usually bring my family and there is something for everyone here. We enjoy the beach and pools; the resort is large enough to walk around, we go out when we want to and the kids enjoy the bike rides into town.

“My Concierge and Cathy Duda first told me about Grand Residences and I bought pre-construction, I couldn’t say no. It is wonderful. I originally purchased a beachfront unit and then I found out that an ocean view unit with a plunge pool and lawn was available so I exchanged some weeks of my beachfront unit and purchased it too. So now I have weeks 12, 13 and 14 in the beachfront unit and weeks 51, 52 and week 1 in the ocean view unit.

“I love the private pool and the little garden. I am a keen gardener and I enjoy watching the gardeners at work around the resort. It is so lush and beautiful here, and the fresh flowers in your bathroom and bedroom are such fine touches.

Alberta admits, “I have to say that I love the Nespresso machine so much that I bought one for home. There are so many memories that you take home with you of relaxation and enjoyment that it puts a smile on your face as you sip your coffee.

“People are wonderful here and so polite,” Alberta adds, “I went on the back of house tour once to see behind the scenes and I saw the laundry where people come in and change into their freshly laundered and ironed uniforms. It is a well oiled machine and people appreciate what you do for them and the staff.”

When asked what she likes best about Grand Residences, Alberta replied, “The fact that once you get here you want for nothing! It is paradise. Everything is taken care of; it is magnificent. We have brought friends down with us and the typical comments they make are: ‘this is the best place we have ever been to. ‘I’m speechless, it is just so beautiful.’

“This year, we have been snorkeling and the grandchildren signed up for the cooking classes. We enjoy the resort restaurants and think that they are wonderful. We love Mexican food so Flor de Canela is our favourite; it is outstanding. We love El Faro Grill for breakfast. Everything is perfection and all so well prepared.

“We love the location and the amenities here, and the beach of course. You keep it so clean. I spend a lot of time at the pools and particularly like the lap pool.

“The staff are the best,” Alberta muses. “They are all quality people at Grand Residences and Royal Resorts as a whole. They are very polite and we’ll sometimes see them off duty in the local supermarket and they’ll say hello. I love Mexico and the Mexicans are very courteous, and that’s something I have noticed back home in Chicago too.

“My favorite spots in Puerto Morelos?” Alberta says, “I love the pier and the way that the fishermen go fishing from there and later unload and clean their catch. They feed the pelicans and gulls that gather to wait for morsels. It is entertaining to watch them.

“I think that once you have stayed at Grand Residences everything else pales in comparison. This truly is a Hotel of the World, right up there with the best of the best. The size of the units, the handcrafted furniture, the drapes, the terrace, everything is so magnificent and so well put together.

“I tell everyone to go to Puerto Morelos and to stay at Grand Residences. I always say that when I die and go to heaven I will be terribly disappointed if it isn’t like Grand Residences!

Alberta had this to say about perceptions of Mexico, “There’s never a moment that I don’t feel safe. We are very well looked after at the resort and we have never seen anything amiss in the area. It is important to remember that bad things can happen anywhere you are in the world.

“My favourite staff? That would be Griselda, my Concierge, and Catherine Duda, both of whom are lovely. Alberta adds, “Rudi, a long-time member of the Royal Resorts sales team, is also a friend and always checks up on us. All the beach staff are phenomenal. They give us fresh towels even after it rains and are on hand during the day to hand out water, cooling spray and snacks. Everybody is wonderful here.”

Alberta’s secret to getting through the year back home after her vacation is simple. She says, “I start planning my next trip on the flight back home. I’ll soon be back for week 13 and 14 and I’m always looking forward to it.

She explains, “I love the flexibility of Points, if we need larger units to accommodate a bigger group we can arrange it. We have had 12 people here at Grand Residences and we once had a family gathering of 17 at The Royal Haciendas. And the improvements at Cancun Airport mean that getting to the resort is quicker than ever.

We would like to thank Alberta Kosik for talking to us and we wish her many more happy vacations at Grand Residences.

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Every picture tells a story

Travel back in time on your next vacation and visit some of the Maya treasures that pepper the Yucatan landscape. Here’s our March gallery showcasing some of the most spectacular ancient sites to whet your interest. Remember, your Concierge can help you arrange trips to Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam and many other archaeological sites.

If you have a picture of Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos or a special place in the Yucatan or a vacation story that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Send us your pictures to memories@royalresorts.com and we’ll publish a selection in this newsletter.

 

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The place of the turtles, a day in Akumal

Did you know that there’s a beach hideaway in the Riviera Maya that is actually called “the place of the turtles” in Maya? That’s right, Akumal (ak means turtle and lumal place in Maya) is a picture-perfect bay protected by a chain of coral reefs where green turtles can often be spotted swimming. They also venture into the bay to graze on sea grass beds and come ashore at night during the summer to lay their eggs on area beaches.

Akumal is a perennial family favorite; its sheltered waters and gentle surf are perfect for children. Spend the day on the palm-lined beach building sand castles with them – Mayan pyramids, mermaids, fish, dolphins and turtles are all popular subjects – and swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the bay.

Don a snorkel mask and flippers and head out towards the reef. You don’t have to go very far before you start to see a variety of colorful fish such as sergeant majors, butterfly fish and French grunts and you may even spot one of the turtles. Watching one swim by in the distance is a truly amazing experience.

Take a break from the beach to shop for Mexican crafts, textiles and jewelry in the stores and galleries clustered under the palm trees a short walk from the bay. You’ll find plenty of sea turtles carved from wood, modeled out of clay or as metal wall hangings and there are evocative pictures of Akumal and its turtles by local painters.

If you are feeling hungry, fresh seafood, shrimp tacos, tasty salads, sandwiches, homemade cakes and ice cream are all on the menu.

A short drive along the coast road to the north of Akumal beach is Half Moon Bay, a rocky cove where the reef comes closer to the shore. The snorkeling is good here too and the views just as beautiful. There’s a quirky tropical beach bar with swings, hammocks, thatched lookout towers and tables and benches made of tree trunks. Order a beer or margarita and enjoy the view. The water is so clear that you can sometimes see turtles coming up for air and spotted eagle rays and parrotfish swimming in the shallows.

Follow the coast road further north to the shores of Yalku, a turquoise-colored caleta or inlet of crystal-clear waters constantly replenished by cenotes and underground rivers, hence the refreshingly cool temperature.

A variety of colorful reef fish feed and breed among the mangrove roots and submerged rocks in the lagoon. You’ll be surrounded by inquisitive sergeant majors as soon as you enter the water. Start swimming and you’ll spot blue tangs, damselfish, angelfish, porkfish, parrotfish and barracuda, among others.

A local cooperative manages Yalku and charges a fee for admission. Life jackets are available and there are restrooms and a little open-air cafe.

Ask your Concierge

Your Concierge can help you arrange a day trip to Akumal. There is a small admission charge per person to the bay to fund conservation projects, including turtle protection. And why not stop off in Playa del Carmen for an early dinner and more shopping on the way back? You could also take your children to Playa Aquarium to see more of the colorful marine creatures that they saw earlier in the day in Akumal.

 

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Chichen Itza Equinox and the return of the feathered serpent

As the sun sets in the west and the shadows lengthen in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, a collective gasp of amazement goes up from thousands of people who gather at the foot of the Pyramid of Kukulcan on the spring equinox in March. They are witnessing an incredible sight, the mysterious shadow of a serpent rippling across the stone, the symbol of an ancient deity returning to earth.

Also known as El Castillo, the Pyramid of Kukulcan is a feat of ancient engineering and a solar clock, aligned to catch the rays of the setting sun on the days of the spring and fall equinoxes in March and September. Triangles of light and shadow form along the side of the north staircase and the figure of a snake appears, merging with the head of a stone snake at the foot of the pyramid. The illusion is created of a gigantic serpent slithering down from the heavens and across the plaza in the direction of the Sacred Cenote.

The snake symbolizes Kukulcan (also known as Quetzalcoatl in central Mexico), the feathered serpent god, who returns to earth to give hope to his followers and heralds the time for spring planting and fall harvest for the Maya.

Your Concierge can help you arrange a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza for the Equinox, or at any other time of the year.   The spring equinox officially falls on March 20 in 2019. The light and shadow snake is visible the day before and after the equinox, cloud cover permitting.

Chichen Itza is not the only Mayan ceremonial center in the Yucatán to have temples with solar, lunar or planetary alignments. The doorway of the Temple of the Seven Dolls at Dzibilchaltun (13 miles north of Mérida) makes a perfect frame for the rising sun on the day of the Equinox.

 

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Guide to great fishing spots in the Mexican Caribbean

Calling all fishermen out there, mark your calendars. March is the start of the sport fishing season in the Mexican Caribbean.

The fastest predators in the sea, reaching speeds of over 68 miles an hour, sailfish and marlin move through area waters in the spring and summer in pursuit of huge shoals of migrating sardines, anchovies and mackerel. Snapper, dorado, bonito and wahoo are also plentiful and your captain and crew will take you right to where the fish are running.

Puerto Morelos and the Cozumel Channel

You don’t have to go far from Grand Residences to cast your line as some of the area’s best fishing grounds are right offshore from Puerto Morelos and south along the Riviera Maya coast. Marked by a line of indigo-colored water, an ocean trench called the Cozumel Channel runs between the coast and the island of Cozumel and is used by migrating big game fish.

East of Isla Mujeres

Fishermen also set sail from Cancun and Isla Mujeres heading for the Yucatan Channel, another ocean trench between Mexico and Cuba, which reaches depths of nearly 9,200 feet. Marlin, sailfish, shoals of tuna, manta rays, pods of dolphins and migrating whales are often spotted here.

Other boats head for the Arrowsmith Bank east of Punta Cancun, an underwater plateau rich in marine life.

Holbox

Just off the north coast of Quintana Roo in the Gulf of Mexico, the island of Holbox is another good place for fishing enthusiasts. After a day at sea, local fishermen are happy to sit on the beach at the end of the day and share stories of their lifelong quest for the biggest fish.

Costa Maya

Further south along the Costa Maya, the fishing villages of Mahahual and Xcalak also attract sport fishermen.

Fly fishing

Hidden in the mangroves, the shallow lagoons that stretch along the Quintana Roo coast offer a different challenge – they are rich in bonefish such as tarpon, permit and snook and attract fly fishermen from all over the world. There are fishing lodges in the Boca Paila area and Punta Allen in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Holbox and the Isla Blanca wetlands around Laguna Chacmochchuc to the north of Cancun are also good spots.

Catch and release

Local marinas adhere to the catch and release policy to help conserve fish stocks and we urge you to join their campaign. The thrill of being out on the waves in pursuit of sleek marlin and sailfish should be enough and we hope that you will liberate any game fish you catch.

Planning your fishing trip

If you enjoy fishing and are planning a day out on the high seas or want to go bone fishing, the concierge will help you organize fishing trips and boat charters.

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Raising money for education, Fourth Royal Resorts Foundation Race in Cancun

A field of 748 runners and walkers of all ages took part in the Fourth Royal Resorts Foundation Race on Sunday, February 17 in Cancun Hotel Zone. They were running for a good cause, to raise money for education.

Royal Resorts Foundation joined forces for the 2019 race with Fundacion Lomas to raise money for scholarships enabling low-income students to study for a university degree.

   Race competitors included Royal Resorts employees, members and local runners who joined in to support the cause. They ran 3, 5 or 10 kilometers or did the 3-kilometer walk and there was a Fun Run for children.

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Xavage Adventure Park to open in May

A new attraction is coming to Cancun this May. The latest adventure park from Grupo Xcaret, Xavage offers visitors a day of thrills on land, water and in the air.

Built with an investment of more than 50 million dollars, this new park is located to the south of Cancun Airport in an area of old limestone quarries near Xoximilco. There are six different activities for park-goers to try, all named after different wild creatures and with varying degrees of difficulty, from soft to extreme adventures.

  • Barracuda – White water Rafting
  • Puma – Rock Crawler vehicle
  • Dragonfly – Fierce Jet Boat
  • Hawk – Zip line flight
  • Howler Monkey – Intense Rope Course
  • Crocodile – Ultimate Kayaking
  • Serpent: Tough Cubs adventure playground for children

Xavage is the seventh park by Grupo Xcaret and complements the activities offered in Xplor Park and the Xplor Fuego evening adventure. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Xavage also has shaded rest areas with hammocks, lockers and rest rooms, a restaurant and store.

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Cancun flight news

Quintana Roo state tourism officials announced that Cancun Airport will receive new flights from Turkey, Quebec and Russia this year. Additionally, Spanish airline Evelop is boosting the number of summer flights from Madrid to five a week on larger planes with 432 seats.

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New museums in Yucatan

Are you planning a trip to Merida or Valladolid on your next vacation? If so, here are two new museums you might want to visit.

First up in Merida is the Museum of Yucatecan Cuisine (Museo de la Gastronomía Yucateca). This restaurant and museum is a tasty introduction to the flavors of the Yucatan and the history of regional cuisine, from the days of the ancient Maya to the coming of the Spaniards and the Caribbean and Middle Eastern recipes introduced by later settlers.

The museum is set around a beautiful old courtyard and has exhibits of recipe ingredients, herbs, spices and recados, which are the spice mixes mixed with Seville orange juice and stock, and traditional kitchen utensils. There is also a replica of a Mayan village with its thatched homes, cooking hearth and a pib or baking pit used to cook the classic Yucatecan dish cochinita pibil, marinated, slow-roasted pork.

The museum is located on Calle 62 No. 466 x 55 & 57 in Merida. There is Jarana folk dancing on Thursdays and live music on Fridays.

The colonial town of Valladolid also has a new museum, which is a must if you are interested in Mexico’s rich indigenous culture. The Mexican Ethnic Clothing Museum (Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico) or MUREM showcases traditional clothing worn by Mexico’s indigenous groups in 12 different regions of the country.

There are over 60 traditional outfits from Yucatan, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo and other parts of central Mexico, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Durango and Jalisco on display and more than 14 of the country’s indigenous groups are represented.

Embroidered huipiles for daily use stand next to colorful, ribbon-bedecked ceremonial tunics, a jaguar fighter mask and costume and the famous china poblana dress with frills and a full skirt.

Some garments date from the pre-Hispanic period and haven’t changed much in a thousand years, reflecting ancient beliefs and symbols of the natural world. Other dresses have a European design, lace and frills and were introduced during the Colonial period.

MUREM is located on Calle 41 in Valladolid and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

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CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA & YUCATAN EVENTS

Here’s our monthly listing of upcoming festivals and events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan.

Carnival, March 1-6 (dates vary slightly according to location)

From Cozumel, Cancun and Playa del Carmen to Merida and Campeche, it’s Carnival season.

Cozumel                     February 27 – March 6
Cancun                       March 1 – 5
Isla Mujeres               March 1 – 5
Playa del Carmen      February 28 – March 5
Merida                        February 26 – March 6
Valladolid                  February 23 – March 6
Campeche                  February 25 – March 5

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 20

The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox (March 20-22). It is also visible the day before and after, cloud cover permitting.
On the day of the Equinox the rising sun also appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.

Holbox Fishing Tournament, Holbox, April 12-13

Easter Week, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Valladolid and elsewhere in Mexico, April 15 – 21

Masses, processions and reenactments of the Crucifixion, masses, floral carpets in the streets and more on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Anniversary of Cancun, Cancun April 20

Masses, processions, exhibitions and more in Downtown Cancun to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the founding of Cancun.

Copa Capitan Ferrat Fishing Tournament, Cancun, April 19 – 21

One of the most important fishing tournaments in the Mexican Caribbean.

Volando al Paraiso Hot Air Balloon Festival, Cancun, April 19-21

Pok Ta Pok Golf course in the Cancun Hotel Zone will be the site for this Hot Air Balloon Festival and there will also be kite flying, cuisine, music and more.

Fundadores 2019 International Riviera Maya Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, April 26-28

This fishing tournament attracts fishermen from all over the state and the Caribbean. Competitors are asked to follow catch and release policy to help preserve fish stocks.

Challenge Cancun Triathlon, Cancun, April 28

1,500 top triathletes gather in Cancun for this international triathlon. The swimming course is in the bay between Cancun and Isla Mujeres; the bike race circuit is from Casa Blanca Sports Club in Bonampak Ave to The Royal Sands in the Hotel Zone (two laps) and the running event will take place on Bonampak Ave.

Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 3-5

Sport fishermen make their way to Puerto Morelos in early May for the town’s popular fishing tournament.
Other May tournaments take place on Isla Mujeres from May 17 to 19 and in Playa del Carmen from May 24 to 26

Travesía Sagrada Maya 2019, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 17-18

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