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PGA Tournament news

For those of you who travel to the Mexican Caribbean in November and who love golf, don’t miss the Mayakoba Golf Classic PGA Tour event at El Camaleon Golf Club. From November 11 to 17, this tournament brings together a field of golfers with names including Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and tournament winners from previous years. More players will commit to playing in the tournament in the weeks to come.
Up and coming player Abraham Ancer is leading the contingent of Mexican players. He is in the International team for the upcoming President’s Cup, the first Mexican player to participate in the biennial event.
Tickets are on sale for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. If you would like to attend, your Concierge will be able to help you plan a visit.

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Keeping Puerto Morelos beaches clean

On September 21, volunteers turned out in Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and other parts of the Mexican Caribbean to clean area beaches. They were participating in the annual worldwide Beach Cleaning Weekend organized by Ocean Conservancy and supported by other conservation NGOs, local authorities and citizens.
If you would like to help keep our lovely beach clean, ask for one of our beach trash bags to take with you on your morning walk. We appreciate your help.

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Protecting Cozumel’s reefs

The Cozumel National Park authorities have announced that they are closing Palancar, Colombia and Cielo reefs to visitors from October 7 for several months. This is being done to give the coral reefs a breathing space to recover from visitor pressure and Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The reefs will be constantly monitored and a report on their health prepared next year.
This disease was first detected on Florida reefs and is spreading through the Caribbean attacking 20 to 30 species of stony coral, including reef-building species such as elk horn and stag horn, brain and pillar coral. It is thought that rising sea temperatures, excessive algae and pollutants such as the chemicals in sun products and gasoline from boats could be contributing factors weakening the corals and making them vulnerable to the pathogen.
Divers and snorkelers who wish to go to Cozumel can still visit many other coral reefs in the national marine park.
Whenever you swim, dive or snorkel in the Mexican Caribbean, rinse before you enter the water. Wearing a t-shirt to protect your skin from the sun instead of applying sunscreen helps protect the corals and marine life.

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Xibalba, a new Cenote Park by Xcaret to open near Valladolid in 2020

Visitors to Valladolid will have a new cenote park to explore next year, Xibalba. The latest park from the Xcaret Group and its first in the Yucatan, Xibalba is a journey into the Maya underworld, the incredible labyrinth of caves and cenotes that lies deep in the limestone.
Park goers will have eight spectacular cenotes and caves to explore during their day at Xibalba and will enjoy swimming and snorkeling, zip lining and other adventures. They will also learn about Xibalba, the Maya underworld, home of the gods and the place that cenotes and caves played in ancient culture.
Xibalba Park is located between the villages of Yalcoba, X-tut and Sisbichen near Valladolid and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2020.

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Tulum gallery makes Time Magazine’s list of World’s 100 Greatest Places 2019

Time Magazine has included Sfer Ik Gallery in Tulum in its World’s 100 Greatest Places list for 2019.
This dreamlike space was built using locally sourced wood, stone and cement and its walls are festooned with tropical plants. It is a creative sphere to showcase the work of visual artists and for artisanal workshops.
There is no admission charge to the gallery but visitors must go barefoot. Open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tulum Hotel Zone. Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted.