[ { "nid": "255", "title": "5 Cool South Asian Wedding Traditions You Need to Know", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/romance\/5-cool-south-asian-wedding-traditions-you-need-know", "field_title_highlighted": "5 Cool South Asian Wedding", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "From White Horses to Stolen Shoes This Is What You Need to Know", "field_description_1": "All manner is had at South Asian Weddings, but you should know some things before you go to one. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_39.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_107.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-07-20 00:00:00", "body": "While all weddings serve as celebrations of love and union between two people, South Asian weddings aren\u2019t your typical run-of-the-mill I do\u2019s. Not only are they gaining popularity in Cancun<\/a>, but they're more colorful than anything you\u2019ve likely seen before and filled with unique traditions. 
\r\nAnd, quite frankly, they\u2019re often more fun.
\r\nIf you've been invited to your first
South Asian wedding<\/a>, you may be curious about what's going to happen. After all, eastern cultures differ in so many ways from the west, and a wedding day is no exception.
\r\nFrom grooms atop of gold-adorned white horses to stolen shoes, read on for five of the most interesting South Asian wedding traditions that\u2019ll leave you starry-eyed and considering a move to Mumbai.
\r\nBlessings and Body Art<\/strong>
\r\nProbably the most-recognized tradition when it comes to South Asian weddings is
Mehndi<\/a> (or Henna) parties. Imagine the ultimate girls\u2019 night in, but instead of manicures or DIY facials, the bride and her closest girl gang have their hands and feet adorned with intricately drawn on henna designs<\/strong>, which signify the blessing of the bond between the bride and her future husband. 
\r\nYou Won't Miss the Groom<\/strong>
\r\nWesterners are no strangers to making grand entrances at their weddings, but nothing is quite as impressive as the groom\u2019s arrival at a South Asian wedding.
\r\nIn the baraat (or groom's procession), the husband-to-be arrives to greet his future bride on an ornately- decorated white horse (yes, he literally <\/em>rides in on a white horse). After his unforgettable entrance, he\u2019s then welcomed by guests<\/strong> dancing around him to the beat of a drum, followed by the bride and her family who greet him with floral garlands
\r\nA Little Family Thievery<\/strong>
\r\nFor most husbands-to-be, bachelor party shenanigans are to be expected. But for an South Asian groom, the pranks continue in to the wedding day with a tradition called
Jutti Chupai<\/a>.
\r\nOn the morning of the wedding, the groom visits the home of his future in-laws, where his bride\u2019s mother washes his feet and offers him honey and milk. While this is happening, his future sister-in-law will try to steal his shoes for ransom<\/strong>, which usually includes cash or traditional gold trinkets, called kalicharis.
\r\nExpect Delicacies Galore<\/strong>
\r\nYou may want to avoid that skin-tight dress or snug slacks when attending a South Asian wedding, because if there\u2019s one thing you can expect, it\u2019s tons of delicious and exotic foods<\/strong> to keep you stuffed throughout the night! 
\r\nFrom traditional dishes like chickpea masala, chicken tikka and
samosas<\/a>, a South Asian reception dinner is a foodie\u2019s dream come true.
\r\nBoogie Down Bollywood Style<\/strong>
\r\nSure, you\u2019ve probably gotten down with the Electric Slide or chicken-danced your way through a reception or two, but the dances at a South Asian wedding will most likely put all <\/em>your usual moves to shame.
\r\nAfter a South Asian wedding ceremony, it\u2019s time for the real party - and that includes lots of dancing where wedding party members (and even guests) celebrate the bride and groom with legit Bollywood-style dance sequences, including the bhangra.
\r\nSo, do yourself a favor and
get familiar with some South Asian-inspired footwork<\/a><\/strong> before you send in your RSVP. 
\r\nTrust us, you\u2019ll be happy you did.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_60.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_49.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_75.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_71.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "From grooms atop of gold-adorned white horses to stolen shoes, read on for five of the most interesting South Asian wedding traditions that\u2019ll leave you starry-eyed and considering a move to Mumbai.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

While all weddings serve as celebrations of love and union between two people, South Asian weddings aren\u2019t your typical run-of-the-mill I do\u2019s. Not only are they gaining popularity in Cancun<\/a>, but they're more colorful than anything you\u2019ve likely seen before and filled with unique traditions. 
\r\nAnd, quite frankly, they\u2019re often more fun.
\r\nIf you've been invited to your first
South Asian wedding<\/a>, you may be curious about what's going to happen. After all, eastern cultures differ in so many ways from the west, and a wedding day is no exception.
\r\nFrom grooms atop of gold-adorned white horses to stolen shoes, read on for five of the most interesting South Asian wedding traditions that\u2019ll leave you starry-eyed and considering a move to Mumbai.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Blessings and Body Art<\/strong>
\r\nProbably the most-recognized tradition when it comes to South Asian weddings is
Mehndi<\/a> (or Henna) parties. Imagine the ultimate girls\u2019 night in, but instead of manicures or DIY facials, the bride and her closest girl gang have their hands and feet adorned with intricately drawn on henna designs<\/strong>, which signify the blessing of the bond between the bride and her future husband. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

You Won't Miss the Groom<\/strong>
\r\nWesterners are no strangers to making grand entrances at their weddings, but nothing is quite as impressive as the groom\u2019s arrival at a South Asian wedding.
\r\nIn the baraat (or groom's procession), the husband-to-be arrives to greet his future bride on an ornately- decorated white horse (yes, he literally <\/em>rides in on a white horse). After his unforgettable entrance, he\u2019s then welcomed by guests<\/strong> dancing around him to the beat of a drum, followed by the bride and her family who greet him with floral garlands.
\r\nA Little Family Thievery<\/strong>
\r\nFor most husbands-to-be, bachelor party shenanigans are to be expected. But for an South Asian groom, the pranks continue in to the wedding day with a tradition called
Jutti Chupai<\/a>.
\r\nOn the morning of the wedding, the groom visits the home of his future in-laws, where his bride\u2019s mother washes his feet and offers him honey and milk. While this is happening, his future sister-in-law will try to steal his shoes for ransom<\/strong>, which usually includes cash or traditional gold trinkets, called kalicharis.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Expect Delicacies Galore<\/strong>
\r\nYou may want to avoid that skin-tight dress or snug slacks when attending a South Asian wedding, because if there\u2019s one thing you can expect, it\u2019s tons of delicious and exotic foods<\/strong> to keep you stuffed throughout the night! 
\r\nFrom traditional dishes like chickpea masala, chicken tikka and
samosas<\/a>, a South Asian reception dinner is a foodie\u2019s dream come true.
\r\nBoogie Down Bollywood Style<\/strong>
\r\nSure, you\u2019ve probably gotten down with the Electric Slide or chicken-danced your way through a reception or two, but the dances at a South Asian wedding will most likely put all <\/em>your usual moves to shame.
\r\nAfter a South Asian wedding ceremony, it\u2019s time for the real party - and that includes lots of dancing where wedding party members (and even guests) celebrate the bride and groom with legit Bollywood-style dance sequences, including the bhangra.
\r\nSo, do yourself a favor and
get familiar with some South Asian-inspired footwork<\/a><\/strong> before you send in your RSVP. 
\r\nTrust us, you\u2019ll be happy you did." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9885417", "field_longitude": "-86.8378048" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_72.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_78.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_41.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20indian%20traditions.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "253", "title": "Cancun Growing as Culinary Capital", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/food\/cancun-growing-culinary-capital", "field_title_highlighted": "Cancun Growing", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Top Chefs Visit Riviera Maya and Bring Kitchen Expertise", "field_description_1": "Though Mexican tacos and margaritas may be delicious, Cancun is well on its way to be a center for the culinary arts. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_36.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_105.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-07-11 00:00:00", "body": "If you think the Cancun foodie scene is limited to street tacos, bland resort fare, and frozen margaritas, you may want to take a second look at Mexico\u2019s top vacation spot.
\r\nSure, there was a time when eating out while vacationing in Cancun was relegated to gimmicky Mexican grub, but as of late, the popular tourist city is proving to be quite the foodie destination<\/strong> for vacationers that crave unforgettable culinary experiences while on holiday.
\r\nWhether it\u2019s due to the rich traditions and unique flavors of Mexican cuisine, the plethora of fresh-caught Caribbean seafood, or Mexico's homegrown crop of talented young chefs, there\u2019s no denying that Cancun has transformed into a bucket list dining destination for gourmet travelers.
\r\nIn fact, Cancun\u2019s burgeoning food scene boasts an
impressive Wine & Food Festival<\/a><\/strong> which lures foodies with unique and unparalleled gastronomic events, national, and international star chefs, renowned sommeliers, extraordinary wines, and the best liquors and spirits to live a great culinary experience in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
\r\nThe city\u2019s recent culinary movement has also made it a magnet for international chefs, solidifying Cancun as the <\/em>place to experience a top-notch eating adventure<\/strong> while vacationing.
\r\nIn the latest example of edible excellence to grace Cancun,
Massimo Bottura<\/a>, the culinary genius behind the world-renowned restaurant Osteria Francescana<\/a>, is bringing his talents to Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> this August.
\r\nOsteria Francescana, which is known for its pop-art inspired reinvention of classic Italian cuisine, just took the top spot on the
World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018<\/a> list, which makes Bottura\u2019s visit to Cancun that much more exciting for food travelers. 
\r\nIn the
Osteria Francescana Experience<\/a>, guests can partake in an upscale dining experience with Bottura, with proceeds going to Food for Soul, the chef\u2019s non-profit organization that creates and sustains community kitchens around the world to raise awareness on the issues of food waste and social isolation.
\r\nThis isn\u2019t the first time that the upper echelons of culinary masters have brought their expertise to Cancun, especially at Moon Palace Resorts. Earlier this year,
Spain's Michelin-starred chef Joan Roca <\/a>hosted a unique two-night culinary experience exclusively at the luxury resort, gracing guests with a taste of his award-winning cuisine as part of the brand\u2019s commitment to elevating its epicurean experiences.
\r\nAnd last year, Moon Palace Resorts secured a partnership with
world-renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour<\/a>, offering a selection of his prize-winning desserts at all of their oceanfront properties in Mexico and Jamaica. What\u2019s more, Palace Resorts\u2019 executive pastry chefs underwent robust training with Bachour to learn about his specific techniques, tailored recipes, and unmatched presentation, to ensure each dessert uniquely reflects an exquisite work of art. The lineup of world-renowned visiting chefs, coupled with a dedication to creating top-class restaurants<\/a> at its resorts, has positioned Moon Palace Resorts as a welcomed destination for foodies across the globe.
\r\nIt\u2019s not just European chefs that are making waves in Cancun. Local Mexican chefs are also holding their own in the culinary world, including Enrique Olvera (Mexico City\u2019s Pujol) and Alejandro Ruiz (Casa Oaxaca), just to name a few. Home-grown talent combined with Cancun\u2019s increasingly food-savvy tourists<\/strong> may be yet another reason why the city is beginning to flourish in the world food scene.
\r\nAny way you cut it, it\u2019s hard to deny that Cancun is in the midst of transforming its spring-break image for a serious contender as one of the world\u2019s top foodie.", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery%20culinary.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_47.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_73.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_69.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether it\u2019s due to the rich traditions and unique flavors of Mexican cuisine, the plethora of fresh-caught Caribbean seafood, or Mexico's homegrown crop of talented young chefs, there\u2019s no denying that Cancun has transformed into a bucket list dining destination for gourmet travelers.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

If you think the Cancun foodie scene is limited to street tacos, bland resort fare, and frozen margaritas, you may want to take a second look at Mexico\u2019s top vacation spot.
\r\nSure, there was a time when eating out while vacationing in Cancun was relegated to gimmicky Mexican grub, but as of late, the popular tourist city is proving to be quite the foodie destination<\/strong> for vacationers that crave unforgettable culinary experiences while on holiday.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

In fact, Cancun\u2019s burgeoning food scene boasts an impressive Wine & Food Festival<\/a><\/strong> which lures foodies with unique and unparalleled gastronomic events, national, and international star chefs, renowned sommeliers, extraordinary wines, and the best liquors and spirits to live a great culinary experience in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
\r\nThe city\u2019s recent culinary movement has also made it a magnet for international chefs, solidifying Cancun as the <\/em>place to experience a top-notch eating adventure<\/strong> while vacationing.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

In the latest example of edible excellence to grace Cancun, Massimo Bottura<\/a>, the culinary genius behind the world-renowned restaurant Osteria Francescana<\/a>, is bringing his talents to Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> this August.
\r\nOsteria Francescana, which is known for its pop-art inspired reinvention of classic Italian cuisine, just took the top spot on the
World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018<\/a> list, which makes Bottura\u2019s visit to Cancun that much more exciting for food travelers. 
\r\nIn the
Osteria Francescana Experience<\/a>, guests can partake in an upscale dining experience with Bottura, with proceeds going to Food for Soul, the chef\u2019s non-profit organization that creates and sustains community kitchens around the world to 
\r\nThis isn\u2019t the first time that the upper echelons of culinary masters have brought their expertise to Cancun, especially at Moon Palace Resorts. Earlier this year,
Spain's Michelin-starred chef Joan Roca <\/a>hosted a unique two-night culinary experience exclusively at the luxury resort, gracing guests with a taste of his award-winning cuisine as part of the brand\u2019s commitment to elevating its epicurean experiences.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

And last year, Moon Palace Resorts secured a partnership with world-renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour<\/a>, offering a selection of his prize-winning desserts at all of their oceanfront properties in Mexico and Jamaica. What\u2019s more, Palace Resorts\u2019 executive pastry chefs underwent robust training with Bachour to learn about his specific techniques, tailored recipes, and unmatched presentation, to ensure each dessert uniquely reflects an exquisite work of art. The lineup of world-renowned visiting chefs, coupled with a dedication to creating top-class restaurants<\/a> at its resorts, has positioned Moon Palace Resorts as a welcomed destination for foodies across the globe.
\r\nIt\u2019s not just European chefs that are making waves in Cancun. Local Mexican chefs are also holding their own in the culinary world, including Enrique Olvera (Mexico City\u2019s Pujol) and Alejandro Ruiz (Casa Oaxaca), just to name a few. Home-grown talent combined with Cancun\u2019s increasingly food-savvy tourists<\/strong> may be yet another reason why the city is beginning to flourish in the world food scene.
\r\nAny way you cut it, it\u2019s hard to deny that Cancun is in the midst of transforming its spring-break image for a serious contender as one of the world\u2019s top foodie destinations. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9874087", "field_longitude": "-86.8424513" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_70.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_76.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_40.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20cancun%20culinary.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "250", "title": "7 Tips That Make for a Great Spa Day While on Vacation", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/fitness\/7-tips-make-great-spa-day-while-vacation", "field_title_highlighted": "7 Tips That Make for a ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Any Day at Spa Is Good. Learn How To Make It Better!", "field_description_1": "From eating right to thinking about what you want before showing up, here are 7 tips to make your vacation spa day the best it can be. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_104.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-07-09 00:00:00", "body": "7 Tips for Getting Most Out of Your Spa Day<\/strong>
\r\nVacations are meant for unwinding, and nothing can match the unadulterated pampering of a serene day at the spa. Whether it\u2019s a calming massage to melt away your stresses or a quenching facial treatment that leaves you fresh-faced and revitalized, a trip to the spa should<\/em> be a required part of any vacation.
\r\nThat\u2019s why you have to make the most out of your visit to the spa on your vacation. To help you on your way to total inner and outer bliss, we\u2019ve compiled a list of spa day tips to help you prepare for your spa day to make sure you get the absolute most fun, relaxation, and enjoyment out of the experience!
\r\nWork on Your Pre-Spa Game<\/strong>
\r\nWhen booking your vacation spa day, it\u2019s crucial to plan out what you would like to have done ahead of time. Nothing will spoil the start of your relaxing day like having to go over and choose from a gazillion different services, some that you may have never heard of! 
\r\nAre you in desperate need of a pampering pedicure or is deep tissue massage more your thing? Think about what your dream spa day<\/strong> consists of and have a plan of desired services in mind when booking or arriving at your appointment.
\r\nAt many resorts with extensive spa facilities, like
Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica, visitors can go online to check out the wide breadth of services<\/a> and organize their visits.
\r\nHydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate<\/strong>
\r\nOne of the biggest mistakes that first time spa goers make is not drinking enough water beforehand, which can lead to dizziness, headaches and muscle aches, especially if you\u2019re getting a massage or going into a steam room or sauna.
\r\nAs well as keeping you feeling well, drinking a good amount of water before and directly after skincare spa treatments is thought to 
help maximize their effectiveness <\/a>leaving your skin looking fresher, longer.
\r\nTry Something New<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re a spa-day aficionado, you probably have a good idea of what services you want before scheduling an appointment, but when on a Caribbean holiday why not try something new<\/strong> and exciting?
\r\nAt high-end resorts like
Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a> in Mexico, you can indulge in everything from exotic facials, to hydrotherapy, and even using tiny fish to revitalize your tootsies at BlancSpa<\/a>. Go ahead, feed your adventurous side. You\u2019re on vacation!
\r\nCommunicate During Your Session<\/strong>
\r\nCommunication is key in most areas of life, and this also goes for getting the most out of your spa day massage.
\r\nAre the lights too bright? Is the room too cold? Pressure not enough? Speak up! You may feel like a bossy ingrate at first, but trust us, your masseuse will appreciate the feedback. 
\r\nAlso, before your massage service begins, let your therapist know if you\u2019re feeling particularly stressed or sore in a certain area so they can focus their attention on trouble areas. 
\r\nSkip the Pre-Spa Burger and Fries<\/strong>
\r\nNothing\u2019s worse than feeling bloated or gassy right before you\u2019re about to get a deep tissue massage. So, avoid discomfort or (god forbid) an embarrassing bodily function mishap by eating a light meal before your spa day. 
\r\nIt\u2019s also a good idea to check if your spa day includes any food, especially if you have a full day of pampering in front of you. Feeling hangry <\/em>will only take away from the relaxing experience, which is the whole point!
\r\nChoose Spa Day Companions Wisely<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re vacationing with others, think long and hard before you automatically invite someone along to your spa day. While a relaxing day getting pampered may be perfect for you and your lifelong bestie, inviting a co-worker or (yikes!) your mother-in-law, may result in more stress and less relaxation.
\r\nThis is your vacation and you deserve a little R&R<\/strong>, darn it! So, make sure whomever you bring along vibes with you and <\/em>your idea of unwinding. And when in doubt, opt for a spa day for one \u2013 it\u2019ll be better than having a Debbie Downer along for the ride.
\r\nLeave Your Worries Behind<\/strong>
\r\nOne of the most important tips for making the most of your spa day is to relax! You can indulge in every spa treatment known to man but if your mind is racing throughout, there\u2019s a good chance you won\u2019t be able to reap the rewards of a spa day.
\r\nWhen you step into your appointment, make a conscious decision to leave everything on your mind at the door and enter the spa with calmness and clarity<\/strong>. Your treatment is not the time to address your thoughts or worries, because after all, your mind needs to relax as much as your body does.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_57.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_46.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_72.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_68.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Communication is key in most areas of life, and this also goes for getting the most out of your spa day massage.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Vacations are meant for unwinding, and nothing can match the unadulterated pampering of a serene day at the spa. Whether it\u2019s a calming massage to melt away your stresses or a quenching facial treatment that leaves you fresh-faced and revitalized, a trip to the spa should<\/em> be a required part of any vacation.
\r\nThat\u2019s why you have to make the most out of your visit to the spa on your vacation. To help you on your way to total inner and outer bliss, we\u2019ve compiled a list of spa day tips to help you prepare for your spa day to make sure you get the absolute most fun, relaxation, and enjoyment out of the experience!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Work on Your Pre-Spa Game<\/strong>
\r\nWhen booking your vacation spa day, it\u2019s crucial to plan out what you would like to have done ahead of time. Nothing will spoil the start of your relaxing day like having to go over and choose from a gazillion different services, some that you may have never heard of! 
\r\nAre you in desperate need of a pampering pedicure or is deep tissue massage more your thing? Think about what your dream spa day<\/strong> consists of and have a plan of desired services in mind when booking or arriving at your appointment.
\r\nAt many resorts with extensive spa facilities, like
Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica, visitors can go online to check out the wide breadth of services<\/a> and organize their visits.
\r\nHydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate<\/strong>
\r\nOne of the biggest mistakes that first time spa goers make is not drinking enough water beforehand, which can lead to dizziness, headaches and muscle aches, especially if you\u2019re getting a massage or going into a steam room or sauna.
\r\nAs well as keeping you feeling well, drinking a good amount of water before and directly after skincare spa treatments is thought to 
help maximize their effectiveness <\/a>leaving your skin looking fresher, longer." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Try Something New<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re a spa-day aficionado, you probably have a good idea of what services you want before scheduling an appointment, but when on a Caribbean holiday why not try something new<\/strong> and exciting?
\r\nAt high-end resorts like
Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a> in Mexico, you can indulge in everything from exotic facials, hydrotherapy, and even using tiny fish to revitalize your tootsies at BlancSpa<\/a>. Go ahead, feed your adventurous side. You\u2019re on vacation!
\r\nCommunicate During Your Session<\/strong>
\r\nCommunication is key in most areas of life, and this also goes for getting the most out of your spa day massage.
\r\nAre the lights too bright? Is the room too cold? Pressure not enough? Speak up! You may feel like a bossy ingrate at first, but trust us, your masseuse will appreciate the feedback. 
\r\nAlso, before your massage service begins, let your therapist know if you\u2019re feeling particularly stressed or sore in a certain area so they can focus their attention on trouble areas. 
\r\nSkip the Pre-Spa Burger and Fries<\/strong>
\r\nNothing\u2019s worse than feeling bloated or gassy right before you\u2019re about to get a deep tissue massage. So, avoid discomfort or (god forbid) an embarrassing bodily function mishap by eating a light meal before your spa day. 
\r\nIt\u2019s also a good idea to check if your spa day includes any food, especially if you have a full day of pampering in front of you. Feeling hangry <\/em>will only take away from the relaxing experience, which is the whole point!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Choose Spa Day Companions Wisely<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re vacationing with others, think long and hard before you automatically invite someone along to your spa day. While a relaxing day getting pampered may be perfect for you and your lifelong bestie, inviting a co-worker or (yikes!) your mother-in-law, may result in more stress and less relaxation.
\r\nThis is your vacation and you deserve a little R&R<\/strong>, darn it! So, make sure whomever you bring along vibes with you and <\/em>your idea of unwinding. And when in doubt, opt for a spa day for one \u2013 it\u2019ll be better than having a Debbie Downer along for the ride.
\r\nLeave Your Worries Behind<\/strong>
\r\nOne of the most important tips for making the most of your spa day is to relax! You can indulge in every spa treatment known to man but if your mind is racing throughout, there\u2019s a good chance you won\u2019t be able to reap the rewards of a spa day.
\r\nWhen you step into your appointment, make a conscious decision to leave everything on your mind at the door and enter the spa with calmness and clarity<\/strong>. Your treatment is not the time to address your thoughts or worries, because after all, your mind needs to relax as much as your body does.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1260433", "field_longitude": "-86.7551234" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_68.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_75.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_32.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%207%20Tips%20Spa.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "248", "title": "5 Must-Try Travel Trends for Summer", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/fitness\/6-must-try-travel-trends-summer", "field_title_highlighted": "5 Must-Try Travel", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Solo Travel, Voluntourism and More Trends for This Summer", "field_description_1": "Before booking your trip, check out these summer travel trends to make the most of your vacation. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_103.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-06-22 00:00:00", "body": "With summer just starting, it\u2019s never too early to get into getaway mode with this year\u2019s top summer travel trends. Tourism has evolved significantly<\/strong> in recent years with travelers always looking for new and better ways to enjoy destinations and experiences.
\r\nSo, what does research say about this year\u2019s summer tourism? From solo travel to volunteering vacations, here's our go-to 2018 travel trends that could make this summer getaway unlike any you\u2019ve had before.
\r\nWellness is a Priority<\/strong>
\r\nGone are the days of chucking diet and exercise out the window while on holiday. Instead, vacation-goers are now choosing to take their healthy lifestyles with them
with data showing<\/a> that 17 million travelers are choosing \"health and wellbeing focused\" vacations over a more debaucherous getaway.
\r\nAnd the travel industry is taking notice of this trend of health-conscious vacations with many companies introducing new offerings for travelers to maintain their personal wellbeing on the road. 
\r\nThose looking to take their wellness vacation to the next level have a variety of options including choosing destinations and accommodations that specialize in getting you in tip-top shape, physically and mentally. At
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for example, they offer Wellness Suites<\/a> with direct access to an exclusive Wellness Area pool, special room service menu, as well as aqua spinning bikes, a private instructor, and more.
\r\nMore Travelers, Shorter Stays<\/strong>
\r\nBased on travel authority
Generali Global Assistance's research<\/a>, more Americans and Europeans plan to get away this summer compared to last year. 
\r\nOn the other hand, those vacationers will take shorter trips<\/strong> this time around, with the average vacationer spending a week and a half on holiday opposed to the previous year\u2019s average of two weeks. 
\r\nBut less can be more. With resorts offering vacation planning services, tours, and other activities to guests, the chances of making even shorter trips memorable is greater than ever.
\r\nGoing at it Alone<\/strong>
\r\nIf you can\u2019t even fathom eating alone at a restaurant, this trend isn\u2019t for you. But, if you\u2019re all about your independence,
solo travel<\/a> may be the thing for you this summer.
\r\nAccording to travel experts, vacations for one are quickly gaining in popularity, with travelers opting to take trips without family or friends by their side \u2013 and they may just be more fulfilling. 
\r\n\"Traveling solo is on the rise, especially for women,\u201d said travel editor Jessica Bisesto to
Southern Living<\/a>. \u201cGoing on an adventure by yourself can give you incredible opportunities that wouldn't be possible if you were traveling with a companion. You'll learn to embrace new cultures<\/strong> more personally, make friends outside of your comfort zone, and discover how independent and self-sufficient you really are.\"
\r\nConscientious Vacations<\/strong>
\r\nAnother emerging travel trend this summer is sustainable tourism, where travelers are mindful of their impact on the economy as well as the lives of those living in the destination that they are visiting. 
\r\nMatthew D. Upchurch, chairman and
CEO of Virtuoso explains<\/a>, \"When people think about sustainability in travel they often only think about the green footprint aspect, but it goes much deeper than that to also embrace support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage, along with social and economic benefits for local people in destinations throughout the world,\" he explains. \"Sustainable tourism is not a trend, it is a travel transformation<\/strong>.\" 
\r\nMake sure to do some research on the resorts you are considering and check out their history of
corporate responsibility<\/a> and any foundations<\/a> they have in place.
\r\nWater Sports Top the List<\/strong>
\r\nProbably not surprising, taking advantage of crystal-clear waters tops the list of a dream vacation bucket list - because really, who doesn\u2019t want to spend their summer holiday soaking up the sun on the water?
\r\nAfter compiling the most used vacation hashtags on social media,
Crimson Hexagon<\/a> found that surfing, waterskiing, and diving all took top spots for the most sought after vacation activities. That helps explain why destinations like Cancun<\/a> and Jamaica<\/a> are increasingly popular for summer travel.
\r\nGood Deed Getaways<\/strong>
\r\nMore and more American are forgoing suntans and sightseeing on their summer vacations, and instead are lending their time off to a more commendable cause, volunteering their time.
\r\nVoluntourism is where travelers aim to make a difference<\/strong> with hands-on experience helping out in the community, and is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today, especially with the increase of recent disasters, say travel experts. 
\r\n\"Between two massive hurricanes and now the largest earthquake Mexico has seen in 100 years, I think we're going to see a resurgence in voluntourism,\" says Misty Ewing Belles, the managing director of global public relations for Virtuoso to
US News<\/a>. \"The need is apparent and as people look for ways to help, volunteer vacations will likely see a rise,\" she adds.
\r\n 
\r\n
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\r\n
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_58.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_69.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_71.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_67.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Based on travel authority Generali Global Assistance's research, more Americans and Europeans plan to get away this summer compared to last year. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

With summer just starting, it\u2019s never too early to get into getaway mode with this year\u2019s top summer travel trends. Tourism has evolved significantly<\/strong> in recent years with travelers always looking for new and better ways to enjoy destinations and experiences.
\r\nSo, what does research say about this year\u2019s summer tourism? From solo travel to volunteering vacations, here's our go-to 2018 travel trends that could make this summer getaway unlike any you\u2019ve had before.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Wellness is a Priority<\/strong>
\r\nGone are the days of chucking diet and exercise out the window while on holiday. Instead, vacation-goers are now choosing to take their healthy lifestyles with them
with data showing<\/a> that 17 million travelers are choosing \"health and wellbeing focused\" vacations over a more debaucherous getaway.
\r\nAnd the travel industry is taking notice of this trend of health-conscious vacations with many companies introducing new offerings for travelers to maintain their personal wellbeing on the road. 
\r\nThose looking to take their wellness vacation to the next level have a variety of options including choosing destinations and accommodations that specialize in getting you in tip-top shape, physically and mentally. At
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for example, they offer Wellness Suites<\/a> with direct access to an exclusive Wellness Area pool, special room service menu, as well as aqua spinning bikes, a private instructor, and more.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

More Travelers, Shorter Stays<\/strong>
\r\nBased on travel authority
Generali Global Assistance's research<\/a>, more Americans and Europeans plan to get away this summer compared to last year. 
\r\nOn the other hand, those vacationers will take shorter trips<\/strong> this time around, with the average vacationer spending a week and a half on holiday as opposed to the previous year\u2019s average of two weeks. 
\r\nBut less can be more. With resorts offering vacation planning services, tours, and other activities to guests, the chances of making even shorter trips memorable is greater than ever.
\r\nGoing at it Alone<\/strong>
\r\nIf you can\u2019t even fathom eating alone at a restaurant, this trend isn\u2019t for you. But, if you\u2019re all about your independence,
solo travel<\/a> may be the thing for you this summer.
\r\nAccording to travel experts, vacations for one are quickly gaining in popularity, with travelers opting to take trips without family or friends by their side \u2013 and they may just be more fulfilling. 
\r\n\"Traveling solo is on the rise, especially for women,\u201d said travel editor Jessica Bisesto to
Southern Living<\/a>. \u201cGoing on an adventure by yourself can give you incredible opportunities that wouldn't be possible if you were traveling with a companion. You'll learn to embrace new cultures<\/strong> more personally, make friends outside of your comfort zone, and discover how independent and self-sufficient you really are.\"<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Water Sports Top the List<\/strong>
\r\nProbably not surprising, taking advantage of crystal-clear waters tops the list of a dream vacation bucket list - because really, who doesn\u2019t want to spend their summer holiday soaking up the sun on the water?
\r\nAfter compiling the most used vacation hashtags on social media,
Crimson Hexagon<\/a> found that surfing, waterskiing, and diving all took top spots for the most sought after vacation activities.
\r\nThat helps explain why destinations like
Cancun<\/a> and Jamaica<\/a> are increasingly popular for summer travel.
\r\nGood Deed Getaways<\/strong>
\r\nMore and more Americans are forgoing suntans and sightseeing on their summer vacations, and instead are lending their time off to a more commendable cause, volunteering their time.
\r\nVoluntourism is where travelers aim to make a difference<\/strong> with hands-on experience helping out in the community, and is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today, especially with the increase of recent disasters, say travel experts. 
\r\n\"I think we're going to see a resurgence in voluntourism,\" says Misty Ewing Belles, the managing director of global public relations for Virtuoso to
US News<\/a>. \"The need is apparent and as people look for ways to help, volunteer vacations will likely see a rise,\" she adds.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1138742", "field_longitude": "-86.7614022" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_45.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_74.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_31.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile%20Summer%20Trends.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "246", "title": "Bleisure Travel Makes Trips \"All Work, Then Play\"", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/bleisure-travel-makes-trips-all-work-then-play", "field_title_highlighted": "Bleisure Travel ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Gone Are The Days of Dreading Work Trips", "field_description_1": "Travelers and resorts are coming together to make sure that business trips can be as enjoyable as they are productive. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_28.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_102.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Brant Long", "field_date": "2018-06-15 00:00:00", "body": "Business travel. It once meant early morning flights, hours-long conferences with few breaks and then a red-eye back home. No more. Where \u201call work, no play\u201d may have once been the mantra, these days it\u2019s now \u201call work, then play\u201d as savvy business travelers are combining both business and fun.
\r\nIt\u2019s called bleisure travel and while the name may not roll off the tongue, the benefits are astounding. Rather than cram travel into 1-2 days, bleisure travelers typically extend their business trips to take advantage of sightseeing and activities in the surrounding area.
\r\nWhether the goal is to decompress after an intense negotiation or just check out somewhere new, bleisure is rapidly becoming the go-to mode of travel for the busy professional. Here are three tips to help you get the most out of bleisure travel. 
\r\nFind a place that works and plays:<\/strong> Instead of moving from your conference location to your vacation spot, do it all at the same place. All-inclusive resorts like Moon Palace Resorts in Mexico and Jamaica provide both sides of the bleisure coin in
one destination<\/a>.
\r\nBoasting expansive and diverse meeting spaces with the latest technology, business travelers at Moon Palace Resorts can get to business while enjoying amazing views. And once the conference ends, they can quickly jump into their swim trunks or golf shoes and enjoy the numerous activities that an all-inclusive resort provides. The Cancun area, for example, provides everything from stunning beach vistas on the Yucatan Peninsula to
world-class golf courses<\/a> and excursions to historic and mysterious Mayan ruins<\/a>. 
\r\nBring the whole company:<\/strong> There\u2019s no need to just invite your executive team to the next conference either. With meeting spaces that seat thousands, everyone can be a part of your next event. Moon Palace Cancun's Arena features 140,000 square feet of multi-use space and can be configured to seat as many as 10,000 people. So bring the whole team or expand your business conference invite list tenfold. There\u2019s room for all of them. 
\r\nOr, if you\u2019re looking for something more intimate, try the smaller meeting spots such as a room on the grounds of the spa. The options are almost endless, meaning your only goal will be keeping folks more interested in your presentation and less on the views.  
\r\nLook for the perks:<\/strong> Vacation destinations have quickly adapted to satisfy the bleisure traveller with more than just room service and fresh towels. Moon Palace Resorts is among the resorts now offering incentives to conference guests that range from spa and excursion packages to nightlife and specialized food and beverage options. Complete your conference day with a massage or early evening scuba trip.
\r\nNot only will it make attendees happy, it will also make for fresh, enlivened discussions for the rest of the event. Suddenly, everyone is looking forward to that week-long business trip. 
\r\nImagine packing your bag with a smile as you prep for that next business trip. Indeed, with bleisure opportunities continuing to grow, there\u2019s no need to dread the next time you seek or plan a business event. Your only worry will be remembering to pack your swimsuit.
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By Brant Long<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Business travel. It once meant early morning flights, hours-long conferences with few breaks and then a red-eye back home. No more. Where \u201call work, no play\u201d may have once been the mantra, these days it\u2019s now \u201call work, then play\u201d as savvy business travelers are combining both business and fun.
\r\nIt\u2019s called bleisure travel and while the name may not roll off the tongue, the benefits are astounding. Rather than cram travel into 1-2 days, bleisure travelers typically extend their business trips to take advantage of sightseeing and activities in the surrounding area.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Here are three tips to help you get the most out of bleisure travel. 
\r\nFind a place that works and plays:<\/strong> Instead of moving from your conference location to your vacation spot, do it all at the same place. All-inclusive resorts like Moon Palace Resorts in Mexico and Jamaica provide both sides of the bleisure coin in
one destination<\/a>.
\r\nBoasting expansive and diverse meeting spaces with the latest technology, business travelers at Moon Palace Resorts can get to business while enjoying amazing views. And once the conference ends, they can quickly jump into their swim trunks or golf shoes and enjoy the numerous activities that an all-inclusive resort provides. The Cancun area, for example, provides everything from stunning beach vistas on the Yucatan Peninsula to
world-class golf courses<\/a> and excursions to historic and mysterious Mayan ruins<\/a>. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Bring the whole company:<\/strong> There\u2019s no need to just invite your executive team to the next conference either. With meeting spaces that seat thousands, everyone can be a part of your next event. Moon Palace Cancun's Arena features 140,000 square feet of multi-use space and can be configured to seat as many as 10,000 people. So bring the whole team or expand your business conference invite list tenfold. There\u2019s room for all of them. 
\r\nOr, if you\u2019re looking for something more intimate, try the smaller meeting spots such as a room on the grounds of the spa. The options are almost endless, meaning your only goal will be keeping folks more interested in your presentation and less on the views.  <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Look for the perks:<\/strong> Vacation destinations have quickly adapted to satisfy the bleisure traveller with more than just room service and fresh towels. Moon Palace Resorts is among the resorts now offering incentives to conference guests that range from spa and excursion packages to nightlife and specialized food and beverage options. Complete your conference day with a massage or early evening scuba trip.
\r\nNot only will it make attendees happy, it will also make for fresh, enlivened discussions for the rest of the event. Suddenly, everyone is looking forward to that week-long business trip. 
\r\nImagine packing your bag with a smile as you prep for that next business trip. Indeed, with bleisure opportunities continuing to grow, there\u2019s no need to dread the next time you seek or plan a business event. Your only worry will be remembering to pack your swimsuit.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9911275", "field_longitude": "-86.8315172" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_44.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_73.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20bleisure%201.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "244", "title": "Floats, Food & Festivals: Jamaican Independence Day 2018", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/events\/floats-food-festivals-jamaican-independence-day-2018", "field_title_highlighted": "Floats, Food & Festivals:", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "They Do Independence Day Celebrations Differently in Jamaica", "field_description_1": "Everything you need to know about Jamaican Independence Day celebrations throughout the island. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_27.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_101.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-06-13 00:00:00", "body": "If you happen to visit Jamaica during the early days of August, you\u2019re in for a treat: Independence Day kicks off a series of national festivities on the 6th, and the whole island goes
into full-on celebration mode<\/a>.
\r\nHere\u2019s what you should know in order to partake of this fun-filled week, especially if you take in the celebrations from
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, which will celebrate in true Jamaican style with food, fun, and festivities of its own.
\r\nYup, we said \u201cweek.\u201d<\/strong> While other countries might limit their major national holidays to a single day \u2013 which may get moved around to make a long weekend \u2013 Jamaicans know where it\u2019s at come Independence Day: They take up a full week and pack it up with enough things to get everyone busy, from street fairs and parades to cultural events and pageants.
\r\nWhile the largest celebrations take place around Kingston and Montego Bay, nearly every corner of the island does their own scaled-down version in order to keep a lively atmosphere, including popular spots like Ocho Rios and Moon Palace Jamaica.
\r\nTry not to gain too much weight.<\/strong> Whenever people get together to party, they\u2019re sure to work up an appetite once all the dancing and singing get going. If you\u2019re around the north coast you may even get an early festive start by joining this year\u2019s
Ocho Rios Seafood Festival<\/a> on August 5th, featuring all sorts of delicacies prepared with the Caribbean\u2019s bountiful harvest.
\r\nFeast on some saltfish fritters, garlic lobster with plantains or curried shrimp, and cap off your night with an outdoor concert. Just pace yourself, will you?
There\u2019s plenty more to do<\/a>. 
\r\nDance to the beat of the streets.<\/strong> Music and dance can be found all over the place on any given day in Jamaica, but during this time of the year they kick it up a notch. A tradition that dates back to 1966 is the
Popular Song Competition<\/a>, where Jamaican artists try to outdo each other with some infectious beats and memorable lyrics that portray national pride at its finest. Past winners include legendary acts like Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, and Eric Donaldson.
\r\nDon\u2019t rain on this parade.<\/strong> Independence from the British Empire isn\u2019t the only thing worth celebrating. The reason the festivities go on for so long is due to the fact that emancipation from slavery is also celebrated, so you can expect all sorts of cultural references to those harsh days.
\r\nOn the one hand you\u2019re sure to find lively floats and musicians filling the air with songs of joy, but keep in mind there are also plenty of religious rites and commemorations that pay homage to those who had to struggle to find freedom. Keep your eyes open for exhibitions, lectures, and other supporting events if you\u2019re looking for a more enlightening experience.
\r\nKeep it colorful.<\/strong> Locals love to show their national pride during Independence Day, and so should you. Remember that the Jamaican flag\u2019s colors correspond to specific national symbols: black is for the strength and creativity of the people, gold refers to natural wealth and the joy of sunlight, and green is related to hope and agricultural resources. There, now you can hit the dance hall and party like you mean it!", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_55.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_65.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_69.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_65.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "While other countries might limit their major national holidays to a single day \u2013 which may get moved around to make a long weekend \u2013 Jamaicans know where it\u2019s at come Independence Day.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Juan Sempere<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

If you happen to visit Jamaica during the early days of August, you\u2019re in for a treat: Independence Day kicks off a series of national festivities on the 6th, and the whole island goes into full-on celebration mode<\/a>.
\r\nHere\u2019s what you should know in order to partake of this fun-filled week, especially if you take in the celebrations from
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, which will celebrate in true Jamaican style with food, fun, and festivities of its own.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Yup, we said \u201cweek.\u201d<\/strong> While other countries might limit their major national holidays to a single day \u2013 which may get moved around to make a long weekend \u2013 Jamaicans know where it\u2019s at come Independence Day: They take up a full week and pack it up with enough things to get everyone busy, from street fairs and parades to cultural events and pageants.
\r\nWhile the largest celebrations take place around Kingston and Montego Bay, nearly every corner of the island does their own scaled-down version in order to keep a lively atmosphere, including popular spots like Ocho Rios and Moon Palace Jamaica.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Try not to gain too much weight.<\/strong> Whenever people get together to party, they\u2019re sure to work up an appetite once all the dancing and singing get going. If you\u2019re around the north coast you may even get an early festive start by joining this year\u2019s
Ocho Rios Seafood Festival<\/a> on August 5th, featuring all sorts of delicacies prepared with the Caribbean\u2019s bountiful harvest.
\r\nFeast on some saltfish fritters, garlic lobster with plantains or curried shrimp, and cap off your night with an outdoor concert. Just pace yourself, will you?
There\u2019s plenty more to do<\/a>. 
\r\nDance to the beat of the streets.<\/strong> Music and dance can be found all over the place on any given day in Jamaica, but during this time of the year they kick it up a notch. A tradition that dates back to 1966 is the
Popular Song Competition<\/a>, where Jamaican artists try to outdo each other with some infectious beats and memorable lyrics that portray national pride at its finest. Past winners include legendary acts like Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, and Eric Donaldson." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Don\u2019t rain on this parade.<\/strong> Independence from the British Empire isn\u2019t the only thing worth celebrating. The reason the festivities go on for so long is due to the fact that emancipation from slavery is also celebrated, so you can expect all sorts of cultural references to those harsh days.
\r\nOn the one hand you\u2019re sure to find lively floats and musicians filling the air with songs of joy, but keep in mind there are also plenty of religious rites and commemorations that pay homage to those who had to struggle to find freedom. Keep your eyes open for exhibitions, lectures, and other supporting events if you\u2019re looking for a more enlightening experience.
\r\nKeep it colorful.<\/strong> Locals love to show their national pride during Independence Day, and so should you. Remember that the Jamaican flag\u2019s colors correspond to specific national symbols: black is for the strength and creativity of the people, gold refers to natural wealth and the joy of sunlight, and green is related to hope and agricultural resources. There, now you can hit the dance hall and party like you mean it!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4125945", "field_longitude": "-77.1076289" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_66.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_72.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20jamaica%20indy.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "242", "title": "Dad Gets All He Wants With Caribbean Father\u2019s Day Trip", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/dad-gets-all-he-wants-caribbean-fathers-day-trip", "field_title_highlighted": "Dad Gets All He Wants ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Golf, Fishing, Steak, and More For Dear Old Dad", "field_description_1": "Want to give dad everything he loves this Father's Day? A vacation in the Caribbean is your answer. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_26.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_100.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-06-04 00:00:00", "body": "While every day is a good day to celebrate the patriarch of your family, Father's Day is just around the corner <\/strong>and is the one-day of the year that is undoubtedly all about dad. But what do you give the guy that probably has enough ties and tools?
\r\nIf you\u2019re still trying to figure out how to treat your pops on his special holiday, nothing says you\u2019re awesome, dad <\/em>like a trip to the Caribbean where he can indulge in all of his favorite things. 
\r\nFrom perfecting his golf swing to feasting on a melt-in-your-mouth steak, here are a few ways to treat dad this Father\u2019s Day - or anytime of the year!
\r\nA Bonding Day of Golf <\/strong>
\r\nThey say golf is a good walk spoiled, but not when you
spend 18 holes worth of quality time<\/a> with dad at world-renowned Caribbean resort.
\r\nWhether your dad hits \u2018em like Jack Nicklaus or Jack Nicholson, enjoying some good old fashioned bonding time with his kids on the
golf course<\/a> is sure to be a Father\u2019s Day he won\u2019t soon forget.
\r\nFishing on the Caribbean Waters<\/strong>
\r\nFor the man who finds relaxation with a fishing pole in his hands, Cancun is just the place to cast a line<\/strong> in to the open waters, as Mexico is right on the migratory route of some of the world\u2019s most sought-after fish. 
\r\nIn Cancun, dad can have his pick of
charter fishing tours<\/a> that will guide him out onto the bountiful seas full of Sailfish, Marlin and Dolphin Fish. Just don\u2019t forget to have your phone ready to snap a memory of your old man reeling in a big one!
\r\nRevitalize with a Trip to the Spa<\/strong>
\r\nWho says spa days are not just for the ladies? After all, with everything that they do, even the roughest and toughest of dads could use a little spoiling, too. 
\r\nIf yours is the kind of dad who can appreciate being pampered, the perfect Father\u2019s Day gift is waiting at exclusive resorts, like the all-inclusive
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica that feature amazing spas<\/a>.
\r\nWhether it\u2019s a luxurious 80-minute deep tissue massage<\/strong> to relieve chronic tension patterns and alleviate pain and muscle tension, or a cleansing steam in the sauna after a therapeutic dip in the hydrotherapy pool, dad will experience all things relaxing during his spa sesh.
\r\n Indulge in a Steak-tacular Dinner<\/strong>
\r\nIf a perfectly cooked piece of red meat is the quickest way to dad\u2019s heart<\/strong>, a Father\u2019s Day steak dinner is sure to hit the mark for the perfect way to end Father\u2019s Day. 
\r\nWhether its indulging in a taste of home with a succulent juicy steak at an American-inspired steakhouse or taking in more exotic flavors by sampling a spectrum of cut meats at a local restaurant in the Caribbean, the important thing is to give dad the
quality beef<\/a> he deserves.
\r\nDad does it all for us. Let him enjoy everything he loves \u2013 golf, fishing, spa, a steak dinner, and more \u2013 this Father\u2019s Day with a trip to the Caribbean.  
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_54.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_43.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_68.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_64.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "From perfecting his golf swing to feasting on a melt-in-your-mouth steak, here are a few ways to treat dad this Father\u2019s Day - or anytime of the year!", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

While every day is a good day to celebrate the patriarch of your family, Father's Day is just around the corner <\/strong>and is the one-day of the year that is undoubtedly all about dad. But what do you give the guy that probably has enough ties and tools?
\r\nIf you\u2019re still trying to figure out how to treat your pops on his special holiday, nothing says you\u2019re awesome, dad <\/em>like a trip to the Caribbean where he can indulge in all of his favorite things. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

A Bonding Day of Golf <\/strong>
\r\nThey say golf is a good walk spoiled, but not when you
spend 18 holes worth of quality time<\/a> with dad at world-renowned Caribbean resort.
\r\nWhether your dad hits \u2018em like Jack Nicklaus or Jack Nicholson, enjoying some good old fashioned bonding time with his kids on the
golf course<\/a> is sure to be a Father\u2019s Day he won\u2019t soon forget.
\r\nFishing on the Caribbean Waters<\/strong>
\r\nFor the man who finds relaxation with a fishing pole in his hands, Cancun is just the place to cast a line<\/strong> in to the open waters, as Mexico is right on the migratory route of some of the world\u2019s most sought-after fish. 
\r\nIn Cancun, dad can have his pick of
charter fishing tours<\/a> that will guide him out onto the bountiful seas full of Sailfish, Marlin and Dolphin Fish. Just don\u2019t forget to have your phone ready to snap a memory of your old man reeling in a big one!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Revitalize with a Trip to the Spa<\/strong>
\r\nWho says spa days are not just for the ladies? After all, with everything that they do, even the roughest and toughest of dads could use a little spoiling, too. 
\r\nIf yours is the kind of dad who can appreciate being pampered, the perfect Father\u2019s Day gift is waiting at exclusive resorts, like the all-inclusive
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica that feature amazing spas<\/a>.
\r\nWhether it\u2019s a luxurious 80-minute deep tissue massage<\/strong> to relieve chronic tension patterns and alleviate pain and muscle tension, or a cleansing steam in the sauna after a therapeutic dip in the hydrotherapy pool, dad will experience all things relaxing during his spa sesh.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": " Indulge in a Steak-tacular Dinner<\/strong>
\r\nIf a perfectly cooked piece of red meat is the quickest way to dad\u2019s heart<\/strong>, a Father\u2019s Day steak dinner is sure to hit the mark for the perfect way to end Father\u2019s Day. 
\r\nWhether its indulging in a taste of home with a succulent juicy steak at an American-inspired steakhouse or taking in more exotic flavors by sampling a spectrum of cut meats at a local restaurant in the Caribbean, the important thing is to give dad the
quality beef<\/a> he deserves.
\r\nDad does it all for us. Let him enjoy everything he loves \u2013 golf, fishing, spa, a steak dinner, and more \u2013 this Father\u2019s Day with a trip to the Caribbean.  " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9764896", "field_longitude": "-86.8335369" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_64.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_71.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_28.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20fathers%20day.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "241", "title": "Yaaman Adventure Park! Letting Loose in Jamaica ", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/adventure-history-and-good-eats-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "Yaaman Adventure Park! ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Adventure Comes Fast and Often in Ocho Rios", "field_description_1": "Yaaman Adventure Park in Ocho Rios gives visitors a little of everything but a lot of fun. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/yaaama%20buggy%205.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Mobile%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-05-22 00:00:00", "body": "Visiting Jamaica? There are some things you already know: You\u2019ll be able to relax on a beach out of a James Bond movie, sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe, while peering out at the clear waters of the Caribbean. You\u2019ll be able to enjoy jerk chicken, or pork, or goat. You\u2019ll jam to some reggae. Yeah mon, indeed. But Yaaman? Yeah, that too.
\r\nAlong the pristine coastline in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and just a stone\u2019s throw away from the all-inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> resort, Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> beckons locals and tourists alike with acres of lush forest, adorable local creatures, and exciting treks through the grounds. Yaaman is the Jamaica for those looking for action.
\r\nWhether you get behind the wheel of a dune buggy, jump on a state-of-the-art Segway, tantalize your taste buds during a culinary tour of Jamaican cuisine, or experience a camel ride, the thrill-seeking options don\u2019t seem to stop when taking a Yaaman Adventure Tour.
\r\nLearn About Jamaica\u2019s Rich Agricultural History<\/strong>
\r\nLocated on an 18th Century Estate agricultural property full of rich history and culture (formerly known as Prospect Plantation),
Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> gives you a front row seat to partake in a true adventure in the tropical Jamaican scenery. 
\r\nYour Yaaman Adventure Tour starts with a guided open-air carriage ride through the gorgeous estate with a bird\u2019s eye view of the magnificent White River Gorge, where you\u2019ll experience Jamaica's culture, countryside and beautiful coastline<\/strong>, along with stories about the colorful history of the estate, which includes one of the oldest fortified great houses in Jamaica.
\r\nCamels, Horses, Ostriches, Oh My!<\/strong>
\r\nLooking to get up and close and personal with adorable creatures? Yaaman Adventure Tour has you covered. When visiting the park, you can wander through the spectacular Bird Aviary<\/strong>, where exotic and local birds like the Jamaican mango and the red-billed streamertail fly overhead or kick up the adventure a notch by sidling through the forest aboard a camel. Yes, a camel!
\r\nThe animal-loving activities don\u2019t stop there. At Yaaman Adventure Tour, you can also embark on an exciting horseback ride, feeding ostriches and the newly added petting zoo.
\r\nGet Your Buggy On<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re ready to get down and dirty, embark on Yaaman Adventure Tour\u2019s signature attraction, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to feel the excitement on an exhilarating mud buggy ride<\/strong> through the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops.
\r\nPrefer a more relaxing (and cleaner) way to explore the grounds? Jump on a Segway for a more laidback way to take in the impressive sights of the historic estate.
\r\nEnjoy a Taste of Authentic Jamaican Dining <\/strong>
\r\nThere's no better way to end your visit than indulging in a tasty Jamaican lunch<\/strong> at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where every dish, prepared by a local Jamaican chef, is sure to make your mouth water.
\r\nAnd, if you want to learn how to make some of those famous Jamaican signature dishes, like Jerk Chicken or Ackee and Saltfish, try your hand at Jamaican cooking during a culinary tour and class that unlocks the ingredients in many of your
favorite Jamaican dishes<\/a>, alongside the local foodie celeb, appropriately known as \"Chef Irie.\"
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Yaaman-Adventure-Park-Jamaica.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman%20copy.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you get behind the wheel of a dune buggy, jump on a state-of-the-art Segway, tantalize your taste buds during a culinary tour of Jamaican cuisine, or experience a camel ride, the thrill-seeking options don\u2019t seem to stop when taking a Yaaman Adventure Tour.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Visiting Jamaica? There are some things you already know: You\u2019ll be able to relax on a beach out of a James Bond movie, sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe, while peering out at the clear waters of the Caribbean. You\u2019ll be able to enjoy jerk chicken, or pork, or goat. You\u2019ll jam to some reggae. Yeah mon, indeed. But Yaaman? Yeah, that too.
\r\nAlong the pristine coastline in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and just a stone\u2019s throw away from the all-inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> resort, Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> beckons locals and tourists alike with acres of lush forest, adorable local creatures, and exciting treks through the grounds. Yaaman is the Jamaica for those looking for action.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Learn About Jamaica\u2019s Rich Agricultural History", "field_description_1": "

Located on an 18th Century Estate agricultural property full of rich history and culture (formerly known as Prospect Plantation), Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> gives you a front row seat to partake in a true adventure in the tropical Jamaican scenery. 
\r\nYour Yaaman Adventure Tour starts with a guided open-air carriage ride through the gorgeous estate with a bird\u2019s eye view of the magnificent White River Gorge, where you\u2019ll experience Jamaica's culture, countryside and beautiful coastline<\/strong>, along with stories about the colorful history of the estate, which includes one of the oldest fortified great houses in Jamaica.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Camels, Horses, Ostriches, Oh My!", "field_description_1": "

Looking to get up and close and personal with adorable creatures? Yaaman Adventure Tour has you covered. When visiting the park, you can wander through the spectacular Bird Aviary<\/strong>, where exotic and local birds like the Jamaican mango and the red-billed streamertail fly overhead or kick up the adventure a notch by sidling through the forest aboard a camel. Yes, a camel!
\r\nThe animal-loving activities don\u2019t stop there. At Yaaman Adventure Tour, you can also embark on an exciting horseback ride, feeding ostriches and the newly added petting zoo.
\r\nGet Your Buggy On<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re ready to get down and dirty, embark on Yaaman Adventure Tour\u2019s signature attraction, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to feel the excitement on an exhilarating mud buggy ride<\/strong> through the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops.
\r\nPrefer a more relaxing (and cleaner) way to explore the grounds? Jump on a Segway for a more laidback way to take in the impressive sights of the historic estate.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Enjoy a Taste of Authentic Jamaican Dining ", "field_description_1": "

There's no better way to end your visit than indulging in a tasty Jamaican lunch<\/strong> at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where every dish, prepared by a local Jamaican chef, is sure to make your mouth water.
\r\nAnd, if you want to learn how to make some of those famous Jamaican signature dishes, like Jerk Chicken or Ackee and Saltfish, try your hand at Jamaican cooking during a culinary tour and class that unlocks the ingredients in many of your
favorite Jamaican dishes<\/a>, alongside the local foodie celeb, appropriately known as \"Chef Irie.\"<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4170638", "field_longitude": "-77.064229" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman%20copy_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Great%20Plantation%20House.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "239", "title": "Month of Mayhem: Experience Soccer's Craziest Tournament While on Vacation ", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/surviving-and-thriving-your-trip-during-soccer-craziest-month", "field_title_highlighted": "Month of Mayhem: Experience Soccer's Craziest Tournament ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Live the Excitement of The Biggest Soccer Tournament in The World on Your Vacation", "field_description_1": "From June to July, the world comes to a stop for soccer, but your vacation goes into high gear. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_25.jpg", "alt": "Fans enjoying the most important football event in the world", "title": "It's time to enjoy the most important football event in the world" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_99.jpg", "alt": "Fans enjoying the most important football event in the world", "title": "It's time to enjoy the most important football event in the world" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-05-15 00:00:00", "body": "Even if your travel plans don\u2019t include landing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or any other Russian city this summer, chances are you will still feel the effects of the world\u2019s largest soccer tournament being played from June 15 to July 15.  
\r\nExpect to see hordes of travelers donning soccer jerseys, breaking out into anthems, and generally acting riotous in airports, bars, and hotels and resorts across the globe. 
\r\nEvery four years, the world collectively celebrates the planet\u2019s largest sporting event with more than just a tinge of nationalistic pride. 
\r\nGet ready. It could get crazy. 
\r\nBut far from fearing this fervor, the best way to approach it is to embrace it. Whether you like soccer, futbol, calcio, futebol, or however else you want to call the sport, experiencing the tournament while on vacation can make any trip an even more memorable experience.  
\r\nIn destinations like Mexico, which has a particularly fanatical love affair with the sport, the country\u2019s daily routine and business world come to a virtual standstill; while the partying and celebrating go into maximum overdrive. 
\r\nThe fact that Mexico is participating in the tournament will only add to the excitement. After all, there is no way to feel a closer kinship with people from another country than watching a game with them (and rooting for their team, of course!). 
\r\nWant to make a lifelong Mexican chum? Jump and yell, \u201cSi Se Puede!\u201d (Yes we can!) , when \u201cEl Tri\u201d (the nickname for Mexico\u2019s national team) scores a goal or wins a game. 
\r\nThroughout the country, the celebrations will be omnipresent and
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos will give the quadrennial event its due. Click here to see all the events planned in Mexico at the resorts. <\/strong>
\r\nWhile Jamaica\u2019s
Reggae Boyz<\/a> did not qualify for this year\u2019s tournament, the island nation won\u2019t let that stop it from embracing the event, as love for the sport runs deep and long. None other than the country\u2019s most iconic figure, Bob Marley, always had a soccer ball close to his feet and once famously told a journalist<\/a>, \u201cFootball is Freedom.\u201d It\u2019s no coincidence that a statue of Marley graces the National Stadium in Kingston, where he once played with the national team. 
\r\nToday, another legendary Jamaican, Usain Bolt,
even chases dreams of being a footballer<\/a> after hanging up his sprinting cleats. As for the rest of the island, expect them to follow suit and watch as if their own team was competing.
\r\nAt
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> the resort will host watch parties for every game so that guests feel the true love of the game on the island. 
\r\n5 Tips To Enjoying the Soccer Hysteria on Vacation<\/strong>
\r\nGet Ready to Faux Lip-Sync Anthems\/Chants in Different Language
\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever been at a concert and felt out of place because you didn\u2019t know the lyrics that thousands of revelers were singing, well, expect that feeling to return, in spades. You may know the lyrics to your own country\u2019s anthem or soccer chants, but you\u2019ll never know them to all 32 countries in the tournament, especially with the likes of Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and other smaller countries involved. Best thing you can do is put on a smile and move your lips without actually making any noise. Join the party.
\r\nDon\u2019t Be Alarmed By Sudden Hysteria
\r\nHearing and watching people break into instantaneous convulsions, both joyful and despondent, can be quite shocking. But you should get ready for it from June 15 to July 15. It\u2019s going to happen. Prepare yourself to starting jumping for joy or offering condolences.  
\r\nPrepare for Unexpected Hugs 
\r\nThe tournament is a time where public displays of affection come out to play. If you are on the street, or in a bar, or at the pool of your resort, and you suddenly hear a wave of euphoria take over all living things in your vicinity, get ready to embrace the person next to you. Just open your arms, they\u2019ll come to you. 
\r\nCareful What Color Shirt You Wear
\r\nTake this scenario. You\u2019re at the Moon Palace Cancun resort enjoying a cocktail by the pool bar. Mexico is playing its inaugural game against the defending champions Germany. You find yourself in a sea of green shirts representing Mexico, and you just happened to wear that black, red, and orange t-shirt your wife gave you a while back. Only problem is, Germany\u2019s colors are black, red, and orange. Things could get uncomfortable, and fast, especially if the Europeans score or win. Be aware of what you wear. For everyone\u2019s sake!!!! (we\u2019re only half joking here!)
\r\nGet Ready to Party
\r\nThere will be joy and there will be tears. But whatever happens, there will be a celebration, an unadulterated party of pure joy, or a commiseration with tears flowing like Coronas or Red Stripes. Engage in the emotion. No matter what colors you wear or what country you root for, the spectacle brings everybody together to celebrate the world\u2019s game. 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_53.jpg", "alt": "Football fans united to enjoy the most important event in the world", "title": "United for football" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_42.jpg", "alt": "Football fans united to enjoy the most important event in the world", "title": "United for football" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_67.jpg", "alt": "Fans Celebrating the International Football Festival", "title": "Celebrating the international football party" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_63.jpg", "alt": "Choruses of joy for the most important football event on the planet", "title": "Choirs of joy for football" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you like soccer, futbol, calcio, futebol, or however else you want to call the sport, experiencing the tournament while on vacation can make any trip an even more memorable experience. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Even if your travel plans don\u2019t include landing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or any other Russian city this summer, chances are you will still feel the effects of the world\u2019s largest soccer tournament being played from June 15 to July 15.  
\r\nExpect to see hordes of travelers donning soccer jerseys, breaking out into anthems, and generally acting riotous in airports, bars, and hotels and resorts across the globe. 
\r\nEvery four years, the world collectively celebrates the planet\u2019s largest sporting event with more than just a tinge of nationalistic pride. 
\r\nGet ready. It could get crazy. 
\r\nBut far from fearing this fervor, the best way to approach it is to embrace it.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

In destinations like Mexico, which has a particularly fanatical love affair with the sport, the country\u2019s daily routine and business world come to a virtual standstill; while the partying and celebrating go into maximum overdrive. 
\r\nThe fact that Mexico is participating in the tournament will only add to the excitement. After all, there is no way to feel a closer kinship with people from another country than watching a game with them (and rooting for their team, of course!). 
\r\nWant to make a lifelong Mexican chum? Jump and yell, \u201cSi Se Puede!\u201d (Yes we can!) , when \u201cEl Tri\u201d (the nickname for Mexico\u2019s national team) scores a goal or wins a game. 
\r\nThroughout the country, the celebrations will be omnipresent and
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos will give the quadrennial event its due. 
\r\n
Click here to see all the events planned in Mexico at the resorts. <\/strong><\/a><\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

While Jamaica\u2019s Reggae Boyz<\/a> did not qualify for this year\u2019s tournament, the island nation won\u2019t let that stop it from embracing the event, as love for the sport runs deep and long. None other than the country\u2019s most iconic figure, Bob Marley, always had a soccer ball close to his feet and once famously told a journalist<\/a>, \u201cFootball is Freedom.\u201d It\u2019s no coincidence that a statue of Marley graces the National Stadium in Kingston, where he once played with the national team. 
\r\nToday, another legendary Jamaican, Usain Bolt,
even chases dreams of being a footballer<\/a> after hanging up his sprinting cleats. As for the rest of the island, expect them to follow suit and watch as if their own team was competing.
\r\nAt
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> the resort will host watch parties for every game so that guests feel the true love of the game on the island. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "5 Tips To Enjoying the Soccer Hysteria on Vacation", "field_description_1": "

Get Ready to Faux Lip-Sync Anthems\/Chants in Different Language<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever been at a concert and felt out of place because you didn\u2019t know the lyrics that thousands of revelers were singing, well, expect that feeling to return, in spades. You may know the lyrics to your own country\u2019s anthem or soccer chants, but you\u2019ll never know them to all 32 countries in the tournament, especially with the likes of Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and other smaller countries involved. Best thing you can do is put on a smile and move your lips without actually making any noise. Join the party.
\r\nDon\u2019t Be Alarmed By Sudden Hysteria<\/strong>
\r\nHearing and watching people break into instantaneous convulsions, both joyful and despondent, can be quite shocking. But you should get ready for it from June 15 to July 15. It\u2019s going to happen. Prepare yourself to starting jumping for joy or offering condolences.  
\r\nPrepare for Unexpected Hugs <\/strong>
\r\nThe tournament is a time where public displays of affection come out to play. If you are on the street, or in a bar, or at the pool of your resort, and you suddenly hear a wave of euphoria take over all living things in your vicinity, get ready to embrace the person next to you. Just open your arms, they\u2019ll come to you. 
\r\nCareful What Color Shirt You Wear<\/strong>
\r\nTake this scenario. You\u2019re at the Moon Palace Cancun resort enjoying a cocktail by the pool bar. Mexico is playing its inaugural game against the defending champions Germany. You find yourself in a sea of green shirts representing Mexico, and you just happened to wear that black, red, and orange t-shirt your wife gave you a while back. Only problem is, Germany\u2019s colors are black, red, and orange. Things could get uncomfortable, and fast, especially if the Europeans score or win. Be aware of what you wear. For everyone\u2019s sake!!!! (we\u2019re only half joking here!)
\r\nGet Ready to Party<\/strong>
\r\nThere will be joy and there will be tears. But whatever happens, there will be a celebration, an unadulterated party of pure joy, or a commiseration with tears flowing like Coronas or Red Stripes. Engage in the emotion. No matter what colors you wear or what country you root for, the spectacle brings everybody together to celebrate the world\u2019s game. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9798684", "field_longitude": "-86.8339578" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_63.jpg", "alt": "Fans enjoying the most important football event in the world", "title": "It's time to enjoy the most important football event in the world" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_70.jpg", "alt": "Fans enjoying the most important football event in the world", "title": "It's time to enjoy the most important football event in the world" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_27.jpg", "alt": "Fans Waiting Soccer's month", "title": "Waiting Soccer's month" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20soccer%20.jpeg", "alt": "Fans enjoying the most important football event in the world", "title": "It's time to enjoy the most important football event in the world" } } }, { "nid": "237", "title": "Historical Valladolid, Mexico Brings History and Charm", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/tours\/day-trip-experience-old-style-charm-valladolid", "field_title_highlighted": "Historical Valladolid, Mexico", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Immaculate Streets, Colonial Architecture, and Natural Wonders Define Valladolid", "field_description_1": "Deep in the heart of the Yucatan jungle is a gem that has captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. 
\r\n " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_35.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful street Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Valladolid Mexico" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_98.jpg", "alt": "Renew yourself in the incredible cenotes in Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Cenote en Valladolid Mexico" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-05-04 00:00:00", "body": "A couple of hours away from the world-famous resorts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, is a true slice of Mexican history nestled in the plains of Yucat\u00e1n. One of Mexico\u2019s oldest towns, Valladolid is the perfect spot for delving into Mexico\u2019s past. Visitors will take a trip through time of sorts and experience traditions, folklore, natural wonders, and architecture along its immaculate streets.
\r\nHere are some of the experiences you definitely should look forward to during your day trip to historic Valladolid:
\r\nYou\u2019ll witness some magic<\/strong>. Well, that\u2019s due to Valladolid\u2019s status as a \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico,\u201d a government program that acknowledges select townships in Mexico as bearers of unique traditions, historical relevance, and an enchanting appeal to visitors. This town, founded in 1543 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo, obtained the \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico\u201d status back in 2012, and the steady influx of international tourists is proof of its enduring charm.
\r\nYou\u2019ll take a trip to the past<\/strong>. Valladolid\u2019s architecture is the first thing that captures the eye, and many consider it a small-scale version of M\u00e9rida, the state capital that\u2019s also considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. Nearly every edifice has a story of its own, whether from the time of Spanish rule and the Mayan Caste War to the early days of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. 
\r\nYou\u2019ll eat like a king.<\/strong> Hungry for some traditional Yucateco cuisine? Most restaurants around the downtown area will sate your appetite with delectable standards like the ubiquitous cochinita pibil (slow cooked pork in achiote sauce), sopa de lima (a tangy spicy soup that kinda resembles Thai food) and Longaniza de Valladolid, a sausage that\u2019s highly sought after by charcuterie connoisseurs.
\r\nYou\u2019ll get refreshed.<\/strong> By now you must know about the
cenotes<\/a>, those freshwater sinkholes found all over the Yucatan peninsula. Well, Valladolid has Cenote Zaci smack dab<\/a> in the middle of the town, providing visitors with the welcome respite of its cooling, pristine waters. You can also take a short trip to nearby Ek Balam<\/a>, another spectacular cenote that also happens to be located right next to a Mayan archeological site.
\r\nYou\u2019ll shop \u2019til you drop<\/strong>. Valladolid is also famous for its wide variety of leather goods and traditional attire (cotton, wool and linen for the most part), and also for fairly priced handcrafts and souvenirs. Take your time to look around the shops and stalls, the walk in itself is a perfect way to enjoy every corner of this magnificent place while you run into your
dream bargain<\/a>.
\r\nYou\u2019ll make new friends.<\/strong> It\u2019s often said that natives of Valladolid are amongst the friendliest people in the entire country, and their hospitality is just a sample of how much they care for those willing to experience their unique town. There are plenty of English speakers around to assist you, since the area\u2019s historical richness guarantees an overabundance of knowledgeable tour guides. So pick a spot on a bench at the Park of the Heroes, eat some mango slices while you people watch, and tell the nearest local how much you\u2019re enjoying your time there: It will guarantee you\u2019ll get a smile in return. 
\r\nTours of Valladolid\u2019s Colonial grandeur, invigorating cenotes, and rich history depart from
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> properties, with guests able to use Resort Credit<\/a> for the tour.", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_52.jpg", "alt": "Visit Valladolid Mexico and live Unforgettable moments", "title": "Valladolid Mexico Unforgettable" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20-%20medium%20mobile%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "Visit Valladolid Mexico and live Unforgettable moments", "title": "Valladolid Mexico Unforgettable" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20Valladolid.jpeg", "alt": "Visit the vegetable place and meet the beautiful people of Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Peasant with fresh vegetables from Valladolid Mexico" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/left%20gallery%20valladolid.jpeg", "alt": "Do not miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Cathedral of Valladolid Mexico" } }, "field_description_1": "Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Juan Sempere<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

A couple of hours away from the world-famous resorts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, is a true slice of Mexican history nestled in the plains of Yucat\u00e1n. One of Mexico\u2019s oldest towns, Valladolid is the perfect spot for delving into Mexico\u2019s past. Visitors will take a trip through time of sorts and experience traditions, folklore, natural wonders, and architecture along its immaculate streets.
\r\nHere are some of the experiences you definitely should look forward to during your day trip to historic Valladolid:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

You\u2019ll witness some magic<\/strong>. Well, that\u2019s due to Valladolid\u2019s status as a \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico,\u201d a government program that acknowledges select townships in Mexico as bearers of unique traditions, historical relevance, and an enchanting appeal to visitors. This town, founded in 1543 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo, obtained the \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico\u201d status back in 2012, and the steady influx of international tourists is proof of its enduring charm.
\r\nYou\u2019ll take a trip to the past<\/strong>. Valladolid\u2019s architecture is the first thing that captures the eye, and many consider it a small-scale version of M\u00e9rida, the state capital that\u2019s also considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. Nearly every edifice has a story of its own, whether from the time of Spanish rule and the Mayan Caste War to the early days of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

You\u2019ll eat like a king.<\/strong> Hungry for some traditional Yucateco cuisine? Most restaurants around the downtown area will sate your appetite with delectable standards like the ubiquitous cochinita pibil (slow cooked pork in achiote sauce), sopa de lima (a tangy spicy soup that kinda resembles Thai food) and Longaniza de Valladolid, a sausage that\u2019s highly sought after by charcuterie connoisseurs.
\r\nYou\u2019ll get refreshed.<\/strong> By now you must know about the
cenotes<\/a>, those freshwater sinkholes found all over the Yucatan peninsula. Well, Valladolid has Cenote Zaci smack dab<\/a> in the middle of the town, providing visitors with the welcome respite of its cooling, pristine waters. You can also take a short trip to nearby Ek Balam<\/a>, another spectacular cenote that also happens to be located right next to a Mayan archeological site.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "You\u2019ll shop \u2019til you drop<\/strong>. Valladolid is also famous for its wide variety of leather goods and traditional attire (cotton, wool and linen for the most part), and also for fairly priced handcrafts and souvenirs. Take your time to look around the shops and stalls, the walk in itself is a perfect way to enjoy every corner of this magnificent place while you run into your dream bargain<\/a>.
\r\nYou\u2019ll make new friends.<\/strong> It\u2019s often said that natives of Valladolid are amongst the friendliest people in the entire country, and their hospitality is just a sample of how much they care for those willing to experience their unique town. There are plenty of English speakers around to assist you, since the area\u2019s historical richness guarantees an overabundance of knowledgeable tour guides. So pick a spot on a bench at the Park of the Heroes, eat some mango slices while you people watch, and tell the nearest local how much you\u2019re enjoying your time there: It will guarantee you\u2019ll get a smile in return. 
\r\nTours of Valladolid\u2019s Colonial grandeur, invigorating cenotes, and rich history depart from
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> properties, with guests able to use Resort Credit<\/a> for the tour." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.688114", "field_longitude": "-88.2204456" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20-%20medium%20mobile%20Valladolid_0.jpg", "alt": "Visit Valladolid Mexico and live Unforgettable moments", "title": "Valladolid Mexico Unforgettable" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "Do not miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Cathedral of Valladolid Mexico" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20valladolid.jpg", "alt": "Renew yourself in the incredible cenotes in Valladolid Mexico", "title": "Cenote en Valladolid Mexico" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "Visit Valladolid Mexico and live Unforgettable moments", "title": "Valladolid Mexico Unforgettable" } } }, { "nid": "234", "title": "No Matter Your Level, Golf in Cancun is a Hole in One", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/fitness\/no-matter-your-level-golf-cancun-hole-one", "field_title_highlighted": "No Matter Your Level, ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Options for a Golf-Centric Vacation Are Limitless in Riviera Maya", "field_description_1": "From professional tournaments, to Jack Nicklaus-designed courses, Cancun is a golf sportman's paradise. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/1.%20Main%20Cover%20Image%201920x570_0.jpg", "alt": "Exclusive fields for lovers Cancun golf", "title": "Cancun Golf" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/2.%20Image%20Cover%20Mobile%20780x800.jpg", "alt": "Exclusive fields for lovers Cancun golf", "title": "Cancun Golf" }, "field_written_by": "Brant Long", "field_date": "2018-04-18 00:00:00", "body": "You\u2019ve just struck an amazing five-iron shot right on the green, inches from the hole. You stroll up beaming, confident that this simple tap-in will be the birdie you\u2019ve been waiting for all day. You don\u2019t even need to take your time on this one. You casually swing back your putter and\u2026 miss.
\r\nThis, in short, is golf. Wonderful one minute, dreadful the next. So why are you still smiling? Well, that\u2019s because this isn\u2019t your typical round. You are soaking in the sun on the fairways and greens at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>.
\r\nAnd in Cancun, you\u2019ll still be smiling after a wayward drive or pitch into the bunker. With spectacular courses and dreamlike weather, it is a literal golfer\u2019s paradise. Here are five sure-fire ways for a \u201chole-in-one\u201d golf vacation in Cancun.
\r\nGolfing Jewel of the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nDid you know Cancun is home to one of
Golf Digest magazine\u2019s Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts<\/a>? Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Moon Palace Cancun Golf Course<\/a>, located at the Moon Palace Resort, is a 7,165-yard, 72-par golf course boasting lush native vegetation and wetlands.
\r\nIn typical Nicklaus design, it is both challenging and open with selectively placed bunkers and water features. The 17th -- a par-3, 151-yard hole --  sees golfers hit onto an island green with the winds of the Caribbean at their back. Just down the road from Moon Palace is Riviera Golf Course, another Nicklaus design. Completed in 2008, Riviera cleverly incorporates the natural reserve that surrounds the golf course and even offers up scenic ocean views for duffers on the 14th and 15th holes. 
\r\nTee time any time of the Year<\/strong>
\r\nWith average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun. The temperate climate in Cancun feeds the area\u2019s lush tropical surroundings, giving golfers unique vista they can\u2019t see at their local course. 
\r\nFine-tune those Skills<\/strong>
\r\nWant some tips on that short game or a tweak to help your drive? Moon Palace Resorts has onsite assistance for you through the Moon Palace Golf Academy, located at the resort. With PGA-certified instructors, you can learn new techniques both on practice greens and fairways or indoors with integrated state-of-the art technology.
\r\nDrive and Put to Your Heart\u2019s Content<\/strong>
\r\nWant to golf all day? Moon Palace Resorts offers a unique package that includes
unlimited golf<\/a>, accommodations, transportation to and from the course, food and drinks on the course and at the clubhouse when you\u2019re done and free golf balls for practice. Whenever you\u2019re ready to hit the course, it\u2019s ready for you.
\r\nWatch How the Pros Do It<\/strong>
\r\nYou can see the real thing in action at the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> in nearby Playa del Carmen<\/a>, the first PGA Tour event played outside the United States or Canada. The event will be held from November 5 - 11, 2018 at the Greg Norman-designed El Camale\u00f3n Golf Club. Boasting a purse of  $7,200,000 and an invitation to the Masters for its winner, the OHL Classic draws more than 125 of the world\u2019s best golfers.
\r\nSo tee it up extra high and swing for the fences. Or put some fire behind that 40-yard putt that you typically just try to get close. In Cancun, the ocean breeze, sunshine and smell of the manicured greens will quickly erase the memory of any shot and have you bouncing to the next tee box. 
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Gallery%20Image%201030x380_0.jpg", "alt": "Golf sticks to play unlimitedly in Cancun", "title": "Golf Sticks" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Image-Moble-780x561_0.jpg", "alt": "Golf sticks to play unlimitedly in Cancun", "title": "Golf Sticks" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Image%20510x380_0.jpg", "alt": "Count with sticks and balls to play golf unlimited", "title": "Sticks and balls all time in Cancun golf" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Image%20510x380_0.jpg", "alt": "Watch and learn to play with golf professionals in Cancun", "title": "Learn to play with golf professionals" } }, "field_description_1": "With average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Brant Long<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

You\u2019ve just struck an amazing five-iron shot right on the green, inches from the hole. You stroll up beaming, confident that this simple tap-in will be the birdie you\u2019ve been waiting for all day. You don\u2019t even need to take your time on this one. You casually swing back your putter and\u2026 miss.
\r\nThis, in short, is golf. Wonderful one minute, dreadful the next. So why are you still smiling? Well, that\u2019s because this isn\u2019t your typical round. You are soaking in the sun on the fairways and greens at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>.
\r\nAnd in Cancun, you\u2019ll still be smiling after a wayward drive or pitch into the bunker. With spectacular courses and dreamlike weather, it is a literal golfer\u2019s paradise. Here are five sure-fire ways for a \u201chole-in-one\u201d golf vacation in Cancun.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Golfing Jewel of the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nDid you know Cancun is home to one of
Golf Digest magazine\u2019s Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts<\/a>? Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Moon Palace Cancun Golf Course<\/a>, located at the Moon Palace Resort, is a 7,165-yard, 72-par golf course boasting lush native vegetation and wetlands.
\r\nIn typical Nicklaus design, it is both challenging and open with selectively placed bunkers and water features. The 17th -- a par-3, 151-yard hole --  sees golfers hit onto an island green with the winds of the Caribbean at their back. Just down the road from Moon Palace is Riviera Golf Course, another Nicklaus design. Completed in 2008, Riviera cleverly incorporates the natural reserve that surrounds the golf course and even offers up scenic ocean views for duffers on the 14th and 15th holes. 
\r\nTee time any time of the Year<\/strong>
\r\nWith average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun. The temperate climate in Cancun feeds the area\u2019s lush tropical surroundings, giving golfers unique vista they can\u2019t see at their local course. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Fine-tune those Skills<\/strong>
\r\nWant some tips on that short game or a tweak to help your drive? Moon Palace Resorts has onsite assistance for you through the Moon Palace Golf Academy, located at the resort. With PGA-certified instructors, you can learn new techniques both on practice greens and fairways or indoors with integrated state-of-the art technology.
\r\nDrive and Put to Your Heart\u2019s Content<\/strong>
\r\nWant to golf all day? Moon Palace Resorts offers a unique package that includes
unlimited golf<\/a>, accommodations, transportation to and from the course, food and drinks on the course and at the clubhouse when you\u2019re done and free golf balls for practice. Whenever you\u2019re ready to hit the course, it\u2019s ready for you.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Watch How the Pros Do It<\/strong>
\r\nYou can see the real thing in action at the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> in nearby Playa del Carmen<\/a>, the first PGA Tour event played outside the United States or Canada. The event will be held from November 5 - 11, 2018 at the Greg Norman-designed El Camale\u00f3n Golf Club. Boasting a purse of  $7,200,000 and an invitation to the Masters for its winner, the OHL Classic draws more than 125 of the world\u2019s best golfers.
\r\nSo tee it up extra high and swing for the fences. Or put some fire behind that 40-yard putt that you typically just try to get close. In Cancun, the ocean breeze, sunshine and smell of the manicured greens will quickly erase the memory of any shot and have you bouncing to the next tee box. " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9874037", "field_longitude": "-86.8424566" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/7.-Thumbnail-Small-Image-780x561.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy Cancun golf at any time of the year and without unlimited", "title": "Cancun golf, perfect at any time of the year" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/8.-Thumbnail-Medium-Image-500x252.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy Cancun golf at any time of the year and without unlimited", "title": "Cancun golf, perfect at any time of the year" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/9.-Article-Detail-Image-1920x570.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy Cancun golf at any time of the year and without unlimited", "title": "Cancun golf, perfect at any time of the year" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/10.-%28Last%29-Image-Mobile-780x581.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy Cancun golf at any time of the year and without unlimited", "title": "Cancun golf, perfect at any time of the year" } } }, { "nid": "232", "title": "Cinco De Mayo Done Right in Mexico", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/history\/cinco-de-mayo-done-right-mexico", "field_title_highlighted": "Cinco De Mayo ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Thinking About Spending Cinco De Mayo In Mexico? Here's What You Should Know", "field_description_1": "Forget the debaucherous partying in the USA, CInco de Mayo has real significance in Mexico. It's time you learned it. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/1-Main%20Cover%20Image%201920x570.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/2-Image%20Cover%20Mobile%20780x800.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-04-18 00:00:00", "body": "

You checked your calendar and noticed that May 5th is right around the corner, and your heart skipped a beat because you know what that<\/em> means: Hard-partying people wearing Mexican sombreros\u2026 Bottomless bowls of chips and guac\u2026 Shot after shot of Tequila\u2026 Colorful pi\u00f1atas hanging from the roof of your preferred watering hole\u2026 That\u2019s right, it\u2019s Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican national holiday that everyone knows and loves!<\/p>\r\nSettle down, my amigos, it\u2019s not quite<\/em> like that. Granted, Cinco de Mayo is a huge deal in America, but oddly enough in Mexico it doesn\u2019t carry the same panache. That doesn\u2019t mean you should stop yourself from getting loose with a few cold beers and some pico de gallo \u2013 or even choosing to shoot over to Cancun to celebrate<\/a> \u2013 but we\u2019ll let you in on a few secrets that will give new significance to this annual event. So grab another taquito and listen up\u2026\r\n\r\n