[ { "nid": "139", "title": "Destination Weddings, Hurricanes Boost Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/destination-weddings-hurricanes-boost-cancun", "field_title_highlighted": "Destination Weddings,", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Riviera Maya Enjoys Most Tourism Growth of Americas", "field_description_1": "Travel industry reports indicate that Cancun was the strongest tourism market in the Americas this year. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20cancun%20rising%203_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20cancun%20rising_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Sebastian del Marmol", "field_date": "2017-11-20 00:00:00", "body": "Mexico, and Cancun specifically, continue to rise in the ranks of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, according to recent report by Euromonitor International research.
\r\n 
\r\nDespite a historically active hurricane season in the region<\/a> (or maybe because of it, partly) and an increasingly politicized travel market, Cancun showed significant growth as it became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London event earlier this month.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cCancun is expected to be the strongest growing city in 2017 in the Americas,\u201d stated the
report<\/a>, projecting almost 6 million people will visit the city by the end of the year (a 16 percent increase compared to last year).
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a banner year for Mexico and there\u2019s been a couple of reasons for it,\u201d explained Tom Varghese of
Travel Tom<\/a>, which specializes in the Mexican tourism market.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cFirstly, the Caribbean got hit extremely hard with hurricanes and it forced travelers to look for an alternate. Many people saw Mexico and realized it offers the best breadth of product and the best quality at every price point,\u201d he explained.  
\r\n 
\r\nVarghese would go on to say that the increase in travel as a result of a flood of
destination weddings to Cancun<\/a> \u2013 a market segment he says shows no signs of leveling off anytime soon \u2013 also contributed to the overall growth.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cThe number of destination weddings far superseded what it had in previous years.  Each wedding can bring between 100 and 250 and that drives the (total) numbers way up,\u201d he explained.
\r\n 
\r\nVarghese specifically pointed to South Asian weddings, in particular
Indian weddings<\/a>, as gaining in popularity in Cancun and said that Palace Resorts<\/a> is one of few resorts that can handle large wedding parties.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cThere are only a couple of resorts that can handle (the largest) weddings, with enough space for receptions and other facilities, \u201c he said.
\r\n 
\r\nIn addition, Palace Resorts\u2019 in-house Indian chef provides a distinct advantage over competitors since they don\u2019t have to outsource to a separate caterer that has a virtual monopoly on Indian cuisine.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cHaving an in-house Indian chef drastically reduces the destination wedding price point and provides a competitive advantage over other all-inclusive resort,\u201d he said.
\r\n 
\r\nThe US continues to be the largest source market for travel to Mexico, although Europe and Asia numbers are also experiencing an uptick.
\r\n 
\r\nJennifer Doncecz, president of
VIP Vacations Inc<\/a>., isn\u2019t surprised that the US market continues to lead the way, even with some political challenges popping up this year.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cI think Americans have a short term memory!  With the amount of flight options into Cancun and amazing hotel rates, it makes it very appealing to travel to Cancun,\u201d she said.
\r\n 
\r\nShe agreed that the range of options in Cancun, especially for families looking for high-end all-inclusives, is hard to match and explained that the growth of the destination wedding market has helped Riviera Maya shed its former reputation as solely a Spring Break hotspot.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cOver the years Cancun has emerged as a destination that is perfect for honeymooners, families, and luxury travelers,\u201d Doncecz said.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cCancun has removed themselves from their old reputation which was that Cancun was only for Spring Breakers. I believe that Cancun will continue to be a destination that is very appealing! I believe the media hype will soon fade and the true essence that this destination oozes will continue to stand out!\u201d
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Main%20Cancun%20Rising_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/cancun%20rising%20sm%20thumb%3Amobile_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20cancun%20rising_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20cancun%20rising.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cCancun is expected to be the strongest growing city in 2017 in the Americas,\u201d stated the report, projecting almost 6 million people will visit the city by the end of the year (a 16 percent increase compared to last year). ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Mexico, and Cancun specifically, continue to rise in the ranks of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, according to recent report by Euromonitor International research.
\r\nDespite a
historically active hurricane season in the region<\/a> (or maybe because of it, partly) and an increasingly politicized travel market, Cancun showed significant growth as it became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London event earlier this month." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "\u201cIt\u2019s a banner year for Mexico and there\u2019s been a couple of reasons for it,\u201d explained Tom Varghese of Travel Tom<\/a>, which specializes in the Mexican tourism market.
\r\n\u201cFirstly, the Caribbean got hit extremely hard with hurricanes and it forced travelers to look for an alternate. Many people saw Mexico and realized it offers the best breadth of product and the best quality at every price point,\u201d he explained.
\r\nVarghese would go on to say that the increase in travel as a result of a flood of
destination weddings to Cancun<\/a> \u2013 a market segment he says shows no signs of leveling off anytime soon \u2013 also contributed to the overall growth.
\r\n\u201cThe number of destination weddings far superseded what it had in previous years.  Each wedding can bring between 100 and 250 and that drives the (total) numbers way up,\u201d he explained." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Varghese specifically pointed to South Asian weddings, in particular
Indian weddings<\/a>, as gaining in popularity in Cancun and said that Palace Resorts<\/a> is one of few resorts that can handle large wedding parties.
\r\n\u201cThere are only a couple of resorts that can handle (the largest) weddings, with enough space for receptions and other facilities, \u201c he said.
\r\nIn addition, Palace Resorts\u2019 in-house Indian chef provides a distinct advantage over competitors since they don\u2019t have to outsource to a separate caterer that has a virtual monopoly on Indian cuisine.
\r\n\u201cHaving an in-house Indian chef drastically reduces the destination wedding price point and provides a competitive advantage over other all-inclusive resort,\u201d he said.
\r\nThe US continues to be the largest source market for travel to Mexico, although Europe and Asia numbers are also experiencing an uptick." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Jennifer Doncecz, president of
VIP Vacations Inc<\/a>., isn\u2019t surprised that the US market continues to lead the way, even with some political challenges popping up this year.
\r\n\u201cI think Americans have a short term memory!  With the amount of flight options into Cancun and amazing hotel rates, it makes it very appealing to travel to Cancun,\u201d she said.
\r\nShe agreed that the range of options in Cancun, especially for families looking for high-end all-inclusives, is hard to match and explained that the growth of the destination wedding market has helped Riviera Maya shed its former reputation as solely a Spring Break hotspot.
\r\n\u201cOver the years Cancun has emerged as a destination that is perfect for honeymooners, families, and luxury travelers,\u201d Doncecz said.
\r\n\u201cCancun has removed themselves from their old reputation which was that Cancun was only for Spring Breakers. I believe that Cancun will continue to be a destination that is very appealing! I believe the media hype will soon fade and the true essence that this destination oozes will continue to stand out!\u201d" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1252", "field_longitude": "-86.7551487" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/cancun%20rising%20sm%20thumb%3Amobile_1.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumb%20cancun%20rising%202.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Article%20Detail%20Cancun%20Rising.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20cancun%20rising.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "138", "title": "Don't Miss These Black Friday\/ Cyber Monday Travel Gifts", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/shopping\/5-re-gift-proof-seasonal-travel-presents", "field_title_highlighted": "Don't Miss These Black Friday", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "When You Need To Know What Are The Best Travel Gifts for Black Friday", "field_description_1": "Everything from travel bags to adaptable phone lenses to travel itself, this is what you should get to give. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/artile%20banner%20Black%20Friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-11-20 00:00:00", "body": "One of our favorite sayings is, \u201cTravel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer\u201d (this is actually written on our site). And the reason we love it so much is that it is true. It\u2019s our raison d'\u00eatre, in fact.
\r\nSo with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, we thought we\u2019d offer up some of 2017\u2019s best travel gifts that will enhance that dream vacation you and your loved ones are always envisioning. Instead of run-of-the-mill gifts that are likely tossed aside or, worse, re-gifted, these will be cherished, and more importantly, used during travel.
\r\nPick or purchase some of these goodies \u2013 or splurge on them all \u2013 and we guarantee that this year\u2019s holidays will be unforgettable for those who receive them. Plus, we kept it relatively inexpensive, so feel free to grab yourself some of these as well as giving them out as gifts.
\r\nYETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case ($34.99)<\/strong>
\r\nDespite the rather complicated name, this gadget is simple and very valuable for adventurous types who like to explore destinations they travel to but fear losing their wallet, passport, room keys, and other things you can\u2019t do without. The
YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case<\/a> provides a safe place to keep your valuables whether climbing waterfalls<\/a>, trekking on ruins<\/a>, or rising up over the tropical landscape at Mystic Mountain<\/a>, just a few minutes from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.  It\u2019s like a fanny pack without the humiliation.
\r\nOllo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set ($49.99)<\/strong>
\r\nThe days of lugging around an enormous camera with an even more burdensome lens are long gone, thankfully. But that doesn\u2019t mean we are taking fewer photos, or of lesser quality. Quite the contrary. The advent smart phones with capable cameras have led to a new era of vacation documentation (ahem, selfies!).
\r\nAnd while cameras continue to improve, the new
Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set<\/a> is the natural progression of camera phones that helps turn your amateur skills close to professional level. The set includes fisheye (think GoPro), wide-angle and macro lenses. It\u2019s light (less than 1 oz.), attaches easily to your iPhone, and the latest version comes with a tripod feature. Snap away.
\r\nSephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case ($38)<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it ladies, there\u2019s nothing like a well-constructed and organized toiletries travel bag. The Sweet Perspective Weekender Case from
Sephora<\/a> is the go-to case that is big enough for all your makeup, hair products, and travel toiletries and is divvied up just right with handy labeled compartments \u2013 perfect for keeping shampoo from leaking into your make up. 
\r\nAnother reason this bag makes the list: It\u2019s adorable strawberry face print is hard to beat.
\r\nConvertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf ($40)<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s two kinds of people in the world: The ones who go on trips with travel pillows and the rest who want to but can\u2019t get themselves to be seen with those goofy semicircles hanging around their neck in cabs, at terminals, or anywhere that isn\u2019t an airline seat. That\u2019s what makes the Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf so great \u2013 practicality and style.
\r\nThe trendy scarf comes in an array of colors and will be keep you comfortable in cooler temps. And then of course, the built-in inflatable pillow will help you get much needed ZZZs on your way to your dream destination or back home.
\r\nBlack Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals<\/strong>
\r\nGetting accessories for your dream trip is great. But getting your actual dream vacation as a gift is, well, better than just about anything. That\u2019s why you will want to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday and especially Cyber Monday<\/strong> deals that take you to Mexico, Jamaica, and anywhere your dream destination beckons.
\r\nThat\u2019s not to say we are advocating that you become the online travel version of those insane shoppers that camp outside of big box retailers hoping to get a great deal on the latest xBox or iPhone. Luckily, we know where you can get the best deals on travel to Mexico and Jamaica.
\r\nFrom Nov. 24 to Nov. 26,
Palace Resorts<\/a> is offering 55 percent off <\/a>as part of its Black Friday promotion. The same goes for Cyber Monday, with a booking window of Nov. 27 to Nov. 30. Both sales require travel before Dec. 23, 2018.
\r\nThose special go with along with Palace Resorts staples like
free stays for Kids and Teens<\/a> and $1,500 in Resort Credit<\/a> to spend on spa treatments, tours, golf, and more on all stays of 3 or more nights.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20main%20black%20friday.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/black%20friday%20small%20thumb%3Amobile.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Black%20Friday.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Black%20Friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Pick or purchase some of these goodies \u2013 or splurge on them all \u2013 and we guarantee that this year\u2019s holidays will be unforgettable for those who receive them. Plus, we kept it relatively inexpensive, so feel free to grab yourself some of these as well as giving them out as gifts.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "One of our favorite sayings is, \u201cTravel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer\u201d (this is actually written on our site). And the reason we love it so much is that it is true. It\u2019s our raison d'\u00eatre, in fact.
\r\nSo with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, we thought we\u2019d offer up some of 2017\u2019s best travel gifts that will enhance that dream vacation you and your loved ones are always envisioning. Instead of run-of-the-mill gifts that are likely tossed aside or, worse, re-gifted, these will be cherished, and more importantly, used during travel." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Luggage and Lenses", "field_description_1": "YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case ($34.99)<\/strong>
\r\nDespite the rather complicated name, this gadget is simple and very valuable for adventurous types who like to explore destinations they travel to but fear losing their wallet, passport, room keys, and other things you can\u2019t do without. The
YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case<\/a> provides a safe place to keep your valuables whether climbing waterfalls<\/a>, trekking on ruins<\/a>, or rising up over the tropical landscape at Mystic Mountain<\/a>, just a few minutes from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.  It\u2019s like a fanny pack without the humiliation.
\r\nOllo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set ($49.99)<\/strong>
\r\nThe days of lugging around an enormous camera with an even more burdensome lens are long gone, thankfully. But that doesn\u2019t mean we are taking fewer photos, or of lesser quality. Quite the contrary. The advent smart phones with capable cameras have led to a new era of vacation documentation (ahem, selfies!).
\r\nAnd while cameras continue to improve, the new
Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set<\/a> is the natural progression of camera phones that helps turn your amateur skills close to professional level. The set includes fisheye (think GoPro), wide-angle and macro lenses. It\u2019s light (less than 1 oz.), attaches easily to your iPhone, and the latest version comes with a tripod feature. Snap away." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Functional and Comfortable", "field_description_1": "Sephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case ($38)<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it ladies, there\u2019s nothing like a well-constructed and organized toiletries travel bag. The Sweet Perspective Weekender Case from
Sephora<\/a> is the go-to case that is big enough for all your makeup, hair products, and travel toiletries and is divvied up just right with handy labeled compartments \u2013 perfect for keeping shampoo from leaking into your make up. 
\r\nAnother reason this bag makes the list: It\u2019s adorable strawberry face print is hard to beat.
\r\nConvertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf ($40)<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s two kinds of people in the world: The ones who go on trips with travel pillows and the rest who want to but can\u2019t get themselves to be seen with those goofy semicircles hanging around their neck in cabs, at terminals, or anywhere that isn\u2019t an airline seat. That\u2019s what makes the Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf so great \u2013 practicality and style.
\r\nThe trendy scarf comes in an array of colors and will be keep you comfortable in cooler temps. And then of course, the built-in inflatable pillow will help you get much needed ZZZs on your way to your dream destination or back home." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals", "field_description_1": "Getting accessories for your dream trip is great. But getting your actual dream vacation as a gift is, well, better than just about anything. That\u2019s why you will want to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday and especially Cyber Monday<\/strong> deals that take you to Mexico, Jamaica, and anywhere your dream destination beckons.
\r\nThat\u2019s not to say we are advocating that you become the online travel version of those insane shoppers that camp outside of big box retailers hoping to get a great deal on the latest xBox or iPhone. Luckily, we know where you can get the best deals on travel to Mexico and Jamaica.
\r\nFrom Nov. 24 to Nov. 26,
Palace Resorts<\/a> is offering 55 percent off <\/a>as part of its Black Friday promotion. The same goes for Cyber Monday, with a booking window of Nov. 27 to Nov. 30. Both sales require travel before Dec. 23, 2018.
\r\nThose special go with along with Palace Resorts' staples like
free stays for Kids and Teens<\/a> and $1,500 in Resort Credit<\/a> to spend on spa treatments, tours, golf, and more on all stays of 3 or more nights." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4033253", "field_longitude": "-77.1122313" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/black%20friday%20small%20thumb%3Amobile_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumb%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20black%20friday.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "137", "title": "Best Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/thanksgiving-mexican-style", "field_title_highlighted": "Best Ways to Celebrate", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "More Than Just Turkey and Football When You Take In Thanksgiving in Cancun", "field_description_1": "The dining and activity options are endless when you spend Thanksgiving in the Riviera Maya.  " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20article%20banner_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mex%20thanksgiving%20main%20mobile_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Laura Winzeler", "field_date": "2017-11-17 00:00:00", "body": "If you\u2019re fortunate enough to be saying gracias<\/em> for your many Thanksgiving blessings while relaxing on Mexico\u2019s Riviera Maya this year, you\u2019ve really got a lot to be thankful for.
\r\nWhile your American friends back home pull out the L.L.Bean and Lands' End winter garb from deep storage, watch the same old tired parades and ball games, and slip shots of bargain bourbon into Aunt Mary\u2019s store-bought eggnog, you\u2019ll be wearing next-to-nothing sipping top-shelf tequila served poolside. 
\r\nAlthough every day feels like Thanksgiving when you\u2019re staying at an all-inclusive resort like any of the eight bountiful and beautiful
Palace Resorts<\/a> on Riviera Maya, how else might you want to stretch your legs off-property and savor your harvest-season holiday?
\r\nA Day Dedicated to Union and Gratitude<\/strong>
\r\nAlthough a decidedly American holiday, the shared border with Mexico makes it inevitable that some U.S. Thanksgiving customs would find their way south, albeit in a far more spicy and colorful manifestation. Mexicans who do choose to commemorate the day bring a religious intention into the celebrations with a focus on expressing appreciation for their many blessings. It\u2019s a day to gather with friends and family and share warm conversation and plentiful food.
\r\nThe third Monday in November is Mexico's Revolution Day (D\u00eda de la Revoluci\u00f3n), <\/em>and this year it falls on the 20th. <\/em>Most employees enjoy a day off to celebrate over special meals, parades, and fireworks. This festive atmosphere segues right into the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday three days later.
\r\nThanksgiving Meal Traditions With a Vibrant Twist<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for the traditional turkey fare, you\u2019ll find numerous restaurants in in Cancun to play gracious host to expats, vacationers, and locals.  Of course, Palace Resorts bounty of
dining options<\/a> harkens back to the most resplendent Plymouth celebration so you don\u2019t have to go anywhere to enjoy classic fare.
\r\nFeeling adventurous? Try enjoying a turkey stuffed with tamale dough and prepared in a green mole or spicy chipotle pepper sauce. You may also find the meaty star of the show is often a succulent marinated pork roast, rather than fowl.
\r\nOther foods likely to be on the menu at a Mexican Thanksgiving feast include mashed sweet potatoes with piloncillo warmed with a touch of chile de \u00e1rbol. Sip on chorizo pumpkin soup served with tortillas and hot sauce or jalape\u00f1o and cilantro cornbread in lieu of white rolls and butter.
\r\nCranberries are hard to come by; so tangy kumquat often steps in as the tart meat relish. Squash bread pudding with rum sauce and tres leches pumpkin flan adds the perfect sweet finish to cool your palate.
\r\nAn even more unique twist on Thanksgiving meal traditions will be served up, literally and figuratively, at the Chef Wars<\/strong> at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, where two chefs will have 30 minutes to cook a holiday meal with a special ingredient. Guests will be the judges and the best part is that after the competition a huge buffet will be set up for everyone to enjoy the fruits of the competition.
\r\nIndulge in Activities<\/strong>
\r\nIf the thought of going cold turkey with no football viewing on Thanksgiving gives you hives, head to The Pub or another of
Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s bars<\/a> to get your fill, or, if you feel like stepping out of your resort, head over to Playa Del Carmen\u2019s legendary Wah Wah Beach Bar<\/strong> or Cancun\u2019s La Taberna de los Amigos<\/strong>. You can yell at the numerous big screen TVs alongside the crowd of expats and tourists while washing down made-to-order fish tacos, turkey enchiladas, or chicken wings with a bucket of beer or a frosty michelada.
\r\nOnce you\u2019ve had your fill of food and football, step out of your ultra-modern Cancun hotel and journey back into Mexico\u2019s sacred past with an early-morning tour of the historic and beautifully preserved
Chichen-Itza.<\/a> With a private archaeologist as your guide, you\u2019ll explore the mythology and cosmology of this vast pre-Hispanic city that was a hub of Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan and today enjoys UNESCO protection and status as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
\r\nIf you\u2019re enjoying an extended Mexican holiday, be sure to check out the 15th anniversary of the
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival <\/a>from November 30th through December 2nd. Jazz greats and their fans flock to the massive, open-air stage at Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen for this very popular, totally free event.
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20main_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20small%20thumbnail%3Amobile_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20left_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20right_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "While your American friends back home pull out the L.L.Bean and Lands' End winter garb from deep storage, watch the same old tired parades and ball games, and slip shots of bargain bourbon into Aunt Mary\u2019s store-bought eggnog, you\u2019ll be wearing next-to-nothing sipping top-shelf tequila served poolside. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Getting Your Grateful On With a Mexican Thanksgiving ", "field_description_1": "

By Laura Winzeler<\/h4>\r\nIf you\u2019re fortunate enough to be saying gracias<\/em> for your many Thanksgiving blessings while relaxing on Mexico\u2019s Riviera Maya this year, you\u2019ve really got a lot to be thankful for.
\r\nAlthough every day feels like Thanksgiving when you\u2019re staying at an all-inclusive resort like any of the eight bountiful and beautiful
Palace Resorts<\/a> on Riviera Maya, how else might you want to stretch your legs off-property and savor your harvest-season holiday?" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "A Day Dedicated to Union and Gratitude", "field_description_1": "Although a decidedly American holiday, the shared border with Mexico makes it inevitable that some U.S. Thanksgiving customs would find their way south, albeit in a far more spicy and colorful manifestation. Mexicans who do choose to commemorate the day bring a religious intention into the celebrations with a focus on expressing appreciation for their many blessings. It\u2019s a day to gather with friends and family and share warm conversation and plentiful food.
\r\nThe third Monday in November is Mexico's Revolution Day (D\u00eda de la Revoluci\u00f3n), <\/em>and this year it falls on the 20th. <\/em>Most employees enjoy a day off to celebrate over special meals, parades, and fireworks. This festive atmosphere segues right into the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday three days later." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Thanksgiving Meal Traditions With a Vibrant Twist", "field_description_1": "If you\u2019re looking for the traditional turkey fare, you\u2019ll find numerous restaurants in Cancun to play gracious host to expats, vacationers, and locals.  Of course, Palace Resorts bounty of
dining options<\/a> harkens back to the most resplendent Plymouth celebration so you don\u2019t have to go anywhere to enjoy classic fare.
\r\nFeeling adventurous? Try enjoying a turkey stuffed with tamale dough and prepared in a green mole or spicy chipotle pepper sauce. You may also find the meaty star of the show is often a succulent marinated pork roast, rather than fowl.
\r\nOther foods likely to be on the menu at a Mexican Thanksgiving feast include mashed sweet potatoes with piloncillo warmed with a touch of chile de \u00e1rbol. Sip on chorizo pumpkin soup served with tortillas and hot sauce or jalape\u00f1o and cilantro cornbread in lieu of white rolls and butter.
\r\nCranberries are hard to come by; so tangy kumquat often steps in as the tart meat relish. Squash bread pudding with rum sauce and tres leches pumpkin flan adds the perfect sweet finish to cool your palate.
\r\nAn even more unique twist on Thanksgiving meal traditions will be served up, literally and figuratively, at the Chef Wars<\/strong> at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, where two chefs will have 30 minutes to cook a holiday meal with a special ingredient.
\r\nGuests will be the judges and the best part is that after the competition a huge buffet will be set up for everyone to enjoy the fruits of the competition." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Indulge in Activities", "field_description_1": "If the thought of going cold turkey with no football viewing on Thanksgiving gives you hives, head to The Pub or another of
Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s bars<\/a> to get your fill, or, if you feel like stepping out of your resort, head over to Playa Del Carmen\u2019s legendary Wah Wah Beach Bar<\/strong> or Cancun\u2019s La Taberna de los Amigos<\/strong>. You can yell at the numerous big screen TVs alongside the crowd of expats and tourists while washing down made-to-order fish tacos, turkey enchiladas, or chicken wings with a bucket of beer or a frosty michelada.
\r\nOnce you\u2019ve had your fill of food and football, step out of your ultra-modern Cancun hotel and journey back into Mexico\u2019s sacred past with an early-morning tour of the historic and beautifully preserved
Chichen-Itza.<\/a> With a private archaeologist as your guide, you\u2019ll explore the mythology and cosmology of this vast pre-Hispanic city that was a hub of Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan and today enjoys UNESCO protection and status as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
\r\nIf you\u2019re enjoying an extended Mexican holiday, be sure to check out the 15th anniversary of the
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival <\/a>from November 30th through December 2nd. Jazz greats and their fans flock to the massive, open-air stage at Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen for this very popular, totally free event." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9856581", "field_longitude": "-86.8306678" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20small%20thumbnail%3Amobile_1.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20medium%20thumbnail.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20article%20detail.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mex%20thanks%20last%20mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "135", "title": "James Bond & Jamaica: Must-Sees for 007 Fans", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/history\/james-bond-and-jamaica-must-sees-007-fans", "field_title_highlighted": "James Bond & Jamaica", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Ian Fleming, the Creator of James Bond, Fell in Love with Jamaica", "field_description_1": "The Brititsh super spy was born in the Land of Wood and Water and his presence can be felt in many places. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/James%20Bond.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/James%20Bond%20Mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Caitlin Lamb", "field_date": "2017-11-16 00:00:00", "body": "Even the most dedicated fan might be surprised to learn that the adventures of everyone's favorite British Secret Service agent were largely inspired by his creator's love for Jamaica.
\r\nIan Fleming, a British intelligence officer himself, fell in love with Jamaica while attending a wartime naval conference in Kingston. After his service ended, Fleming would return to Jamaica and lay down roots, eventually spending his winters there and penning
more than a dozen novels and short stories<\/a> featuring James Bond.
\r\nNow, fans of the books and films can step right into Fleming and Bond's shoes, and travel to many of the locations frequented by the author and his fictional characters. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or enjoy an adventure fit for an action scene straight out of a Bond film, here are a few of the most famous spots that Fleming either visited or used as inspiration for his work.\r\n

For the Beach-Lover<\/h2>\r\nThe sparkling blue waters did more than simply inspire the backdrops of Fleming's novels. Even his prose is said to have been inspired by his daily swims, leading him to describe one of his characters spying on another \"like an octopus under a rock\" and other similar references to sea life<\/a>.
\r\nIn his 1954 novel \"Live or Let Die,\" Fleming's infamous villain, Mr. Big, even keeps a warehouse for exotic fish, and at one point attempts to feed James Bond's sidekick to one of his sharks, a scene that Fleming may have concocted while hunting for sharks, one of his favorite pastimes during his time in Jamaica.
\r\nWhether you'll be channeling a bikini-clad bond girl and relaxing on the beach, or following in Fleming's own steps with a snorkeling adventure, there are several Jamaican beaches that made an appearance in the Bond books and films.\r\n

James Bond Beach<\/h3>\r\nLegend has it that Ian Fleming's close friend spotted a naked girl swimming<\/a> off of this very beach, and declared that this was the place for his friend to build his home. Now aptly named after his leading character, James Bond Beach offers white sands and sparkling waters, with Fleming's former home, Goldeneye, perched high above on the edge of a cliff. Tourists may also recognize this beach from the film<\/a> \"Dr. No.\"
\r\nLess than a half an hour drive from
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, you'll enjoy sweeping views of the coast on this easy visit. James Bond Beach is also located just a short distance from Port Maria, another must-see destination for every Bond fan.\r\n\r\n

Laughing Waters Beach<\/h3>\r\nIt's no wonder that one of Jamaica's most gorgeous beaches was featured in what is perhaps the most iconic Bond scene. You may recognize Laughing Waters Beach<\/a> from the scene in \"Dr. No,\" when Ursula Andress rises out of the water and spots Sean Connery.\r\n\r\n

For the Adventure-Seeker<\/h2>\r\nWhen it comes to the stunning backdrops and luxurious hangouts of the Bond films, there's no doubt that Jamaica has plenty to offer. But if you're more interested in the action-packed side of the films, the country offers plenty of ways to experience that as well.\r\n\r\n

Dunn's River Falls<\/h3>\r\nLocated just ten minutes from Palace Resorts\u2019 Jamaican destination, Dunn's River Falls is the perfect afternoon adventure for thrill-seeking Bond enthusiasts.
\r\nFollow in the footsteps of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, in the film, \"Dr. No,\" as you scale this breathtaking waterfall.\r\n

Falmouth Crocodile Farm<\/h3>\r\nWhile you won't be able to copy Bond himself and leap across the backs of crocodiles, you can get up close and personal with the creatures at the same place where the iconic scene from \"Live and Let Die\" was filmed, at Falmouth Crocodile Farm.\r\n\r\n

Other Must-See Destinations for Bond-Enthusiasts<\/h2>\r\nBesides stunning beaches and adventures fit for an action scene, there are plenty of other must-see destinations in Jamaica that were frequented by Fleming and his fictional characters.\r\n\r\n

Port Maria<\/h3>\r\nLess than an hour's drive from Moon Palace Jamaica is Port Maria, where Fleming married his wife, Ann, in the historic courthouse, which can still be visited today.\r\n\r\n

Cabarita Island<\/h3>\r\nBe sure to look for it from the harbor at Port Maria. Cabarita Island is rumored to be the inspiration for Fleming's Isle of Surprise<\/a>.\r\n\r\n

Ian Fleming International Airport<\/h3>\r\nJust over 6 miles from Ocho Rios, Ian Fleming International Airport<\/a> might not be the most exciting Bond destination to visit, but it is indicative of Fleming\u2019s lasting impact on the country. The airport was renovated in 2011 and now services smaller commercial jets with service from the island, the US, and other Caribbean islands.\r\n\r\n

Enjoy Your Own Bond Adventure with a Visit to Jamaica and a Stay at Moon Palace<\/h2>\r\nAfter a long day of exploring all that Jamaica has to offer, what better way to channel your inner-Bond than with a visit to an elegant bar or a bite to eat at a luxurious restaurant. The all-inclusive amenities of Moon Palace Jamaica<\/strong> are the perfect choice for any Jamaican vacation.
\r\nSpend your days chasing the footsteps of Fleming and the celebrities that played his characters, and then relax like a celebrity at one of Palace Resorts most luxurious destinations. Start planning your own Bond adventure by booking your stay at Moon Palace Jamaica today!
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By Caitlin Lamb<\/h4>\r\nEven the most dedicated fan might be surprised to learn that the adventures of everyone's favorite British Secret Service agent were largely inspired by his creator's love for Jamaica.
\r\nIan Fleming, a British intelligence officer himself, fell in love with Jamaica while attending a wartime naval conference in Kingston. After his service ended, Fleming would return to Jamaica and lay down roots, eventually spending his winters there and penning
more than a dozen novels and short stories<\/a> featuring James Bond.
\r\nNow, fans of the books and films can step right into Fleming and Bond's shoes, and travel to many of the locations frequented by the author and his fictional characters. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or enjoy an adventure fit for an action scene straight out of a Bond film, here are a few of the most famous spots that Fleming either visited or used as inspiration for his work.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "For the Beach-Lover", "field_description_1": "The sparkling blue waters did more than simply inspire the backdrops of Fleming's novels. Even his prose is said to have been inspired by his daily swims, leading him to describe one of his characters spying on another \"like an octopus under a rock\" and other
similar references to sea life<\/a>.
\r\nIn his 1954 novel \"Live or Let Die,\" Fleming's infamous villain, Mr. Big, even keeps a warehouse for exotic fish, and at one point attempts to feed James Bond's sidekick to one of his sharks, a scene that Fleming may have concocted while hunting for sharks, one of his favorite pastimes during his time in Jamaica.
\r\nWhether you'll be channeling a bikini-clad bond girl and relaxing on the beach, or following in Fleming's own steps with a snorkeling adventure, there are several Jamaican beaches that made an appearance in the Bond books and films.
\r\nJames Bond Beach<\/strong>
\r\nLegend has it that Ian Fleming's close friend
spotted a naked girl swimming<\/a> off of this very beach, and declared that this was the place for his friend to build his home. Now aptly named after his leading character, James Bond Beach offers white sands and sparkling waters, with Fleming's former home, Goldeneye, perched high above on the edge of a cliff. Tourists may also recognize this beach from the film<\/a> \"Dr. No.\"
\r\nLess than a half an hour drive from
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, you'll enjoy sweeping views of the coast on this easy visit. James Bond Beach is also located just a short distance from Port Maria, another must-see destination for every Bond fan.
\r\nLaughing Waters Beach<\/strong>
\r\nIt's no wonder that one of Jamaica's most gorgeous beaches was featured in what is perhaps the most iconic Bond scene. You may recognize
Laughing Waters Beach<\/a> from the scene in \"Dr. No,\" when Ursula Andress rises out of the water and spots Sean Connery." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "For the Adventure-Seeker", "field_description_1": "

When it comes to the stunning backdrops and luxurious hangouts of the Bond films, there's no doubt that Jamaica has plenty to offer. But if you're more interested in the action-packed side of the films, the country offers plenty of ways to experience that as well.
\r\nDunn's River Falls<\/strong>
\r\nLocated just ten minutes from Palace Resorts\u2019 Jamaican destination, Dunn's River Falls is the perfect afternoon adventure for thrill-seeking Bond enthusiasts.
\r\nFollow in the footsteps of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, in the film, \"Dr. No,\" as you scale this breathtaking waterfall.
\r\nFalmouth Crocodile Farm<\/strong>
\r\nWhile you won't be able to copy Bond himself and leap across the backs of crocodiles, you can get up close and personal with the creatures at the same place where the iconic scene from \"Live and Let Die\" was filmed, at Falmouth Crocodile Farm.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Other Must-See Destinations for Bond-Enthusiasts", "field_description_1": "Besides stunning beaches and adventures fit for an action scene, there are plenty of other must-see destinations in Jamaica that were frequented by Fleming and his fictional characters.
\r\nPort Maria<\/strong>
\r\nLess than an hour's drive from Moon Palace Jamaica is Port Maria, where Fleming married his wife, Ann, in the historic courthouse, which can still be visited today.
\r\nCabarita Island<\/strong>
\r\nBe sure to look for it from the harbor at Port Maria. Cabarita Island is rumored to be the inspiration for
Fleming's Isle of Surprise<\/a>.
\r\nIan Fleming International Airport<\/strong>
\r\nJust over 6 miles from Ocho Rios,
Ian Fleming International Airport<\/a> might not be the most exciting Bond destination to visit, but it is indicative of Fleming\u2019s lasting impact on the country. The airport was renovated in 2011 and now services smaller commercial jets with service from the island, the US, and other Caribbean islands.
\r\nEnjoy Your Own Bond Adventure with a Visit to Jamaica and a Stay at Moon Palace<\/strong>
\r\nAfter a long day of exploring all that Jamaica has to offer, what better way to channel your inner-Bond than with a visit to an elegant bar or a bite to eat at a luxurious restaurant. The all-inclusive amenities of Moon Palace Jamaica<\/strong> are the perfect choice for any Jamaican vacation.
\r\nSpend your days chasing the footsteps of Fleming and the celebrities that played his characters, and then relax like a celebrity at one of Palace Resorts most luxurious destinations. Start planning your own Bond adventure by booking your stay at Moon Palace Jamaica today!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4063844", "field_longitude": "-76.9501398" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20james%20bond.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/James-Bond-at-Dunns-Falls.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_25.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile%20James%20Bond.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "133", "title": "Get Your Art On! Fast Facts About Los Cabos' Art Walk", "path": "mexico\/los-cabos\/lifestyle\/explore\/art\/get-your-art-fast-facts-about-los-cabos-art-walk", "field_title_highlighted": "Get Your Art On! ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "From November to June Thursdays in Los Cabos Belong to Art Lovers", "field_description_1": "From internationally renowned artists to local legends, Los Cabos' Art Walk has become a Thursday night tradition. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-Art-Walk-Banner.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-mobile-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-11-09 00:00:00", "body": "It\u2019s Thursday. The sun is setting upon the Pacific and surf\u2019s done for day, but you want to do something different than just dancing and partying the night away. So where do you head? Easy: You hit San Jose del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District for the
Art Walk<\/a>, an increasingly popular tradition that is here to stay. Here\u2019s what you need to know:
\r\nIt\u2019s bigger than ever.<\/strong> No longer \u201cCabo\u2019s best kept secret,\u201d the event that started 12 years ago with a handful of people in attendance now hosts 2,000-plus visitors who roam the streets of a downtown section of San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo, where 16 art galleries showcase an impressive array of collections in a wide range of artistic disciplines.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re very proud of the growth we\u2019ve experienced over time, and every year brings something new to our budding district,\u201d mentions Alegr\u00eda G\u00f3mez, who handles media contacts for
ArtCabo.com<\/a>. 
\r\nIt shows you a different side of Baja living.<\/strong> Everyone loves the beachside activities, the golf outings, the top-notch resorts and the outdoor adventures, but the relaxed sophistication of the Art Walk speaks of a community that has embraced culture and invests on its development.
\r\n\u201cThe whole experience is tailored for our most discerning visitors, from the quaint classical buildings that line up our streets to the quality of our exhibits,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, founding member and current President of the Gallery District Association.
\r\n\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four of five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d he adds. 
\r\nIt\u2019s goes much further than your standard art fare.<\/strong> You can expect painters, sculptors, and photographers headlining the galleries\u2019 exhibits, but visitors can also enjoy the work of local craftsmen, take in the sights and sounds of street performers, listen to live music, and immerse themselves in a friendly and safe atmosphere where culture mingles with the active social life of the area\u2019s residents.
\r\nGrab a glass of wine, rub elbows with the glitterati, get your fill of people-watching, and still have more than enough time left to enjoy dinner at one of the district\u2019s restaurants: Whether it's tacos and mezcal at
La Lupita<\/a> or fresh seafood and craft cocktails at La Revoluci\u00f3n<\/a>, a memorable meal will definitely mark the end of a perfect day in paradise.
\r\nIts extended season is quite accommodating.<\/strong> The Art Walk spans from late October to the last Thursday of June, and only stops for the hottest months of the year. You\u2019ll still find many galleries and other businesses open in the off season, so don\u2019t hesitate to drop by.
\r\nIt\u2019s an opportunity to create your own yearly tradition.<\/strong> \u201cWe get a lot of recurring visitors, people who plan theiar vacations around the Art Walk and who become fast friends with the community,\u201d says Villavicencio, \u201cThey walk our streets and visit their favorite spots year after year, taking notice of our new offerings and dropping by to say hi and reminisce about previous trips\u2026 It\u2019s all very encouraging, it validates what we\u2019re trying to build here.\u201d
\r\nSo, are you ready to claim your place among the die-hard fans of the Art-Walk? One thing\u2019s for sure: Getting your share of culture has rarely been this fun.
\r\nWHERE:<\/strong> San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District
\r\nWHEN: <\/strong>Every Thursday from 5\u20139 p.m., November to June.
\r\nADDITIONAL INFO:<\/strong> 
\r\nWeb:
ArtCabo.com<\/a>
\r\nFacebook:
The Official Art Walk San Jos\u00e9 Del Cabo<\/a>
\r\nInstagram:
gallerydistrictsjc<\/a> 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-small-thumbnail-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-left-art-walk.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-art-walk.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four of five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, President of the Gallery District Association.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

It\u2019s Thursday in Cabo San Lucas. The sun is setting upon the Pacific and surfing is done for day, but you want to do something different than just dancing and partying the night away. So where do you head? Easy: You hit San Jose del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District for the Art Walk<\/a>, an increasingly popular tradition that is here to stay. Here\u2019s what you need to know:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Bigger and Better", "field_description_1": "It\u2019s bigger than ever.<\/strong> No longer \u201cCabo\u2019s best kept secret,\u201d the event that started 12 years ago with a handful of people in attendance now hosts 2,000-plus visitors who roam the streets of a downtown section of San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo, where 16 art galleries showcase an impressive array of collections in a wide range of artistic disciplines.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re very proud of the growth we\u2019ve experienced over time, and every year brings something new to our budding district,\u201d mentions Alegr\u00eda G\u00f3mez, who handles media contacts for
ArtCabo.com<\/a>. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Get to Know the Real Los Cabos", "field_description_1": "It shows you a different side of Baja living.<\/strong> Everyone loves the beachside activities, the golf outings, the top-notch resorts and the outdoor adventures, but the relaxed sophistication of the Art Walk speaks of a community that has embraced culture and invests on its development.
\r\n\u201cThe whole experience is tailored for our most discerning visitors, from the quaint classical buildings that line up our streets to the quality of our exhibits,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, founding member and current President of the Gallery District Association.
\r\n\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four or five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d he adds. 
\r\nIt\u2019s goes much further than your standard art fare.<\/strong> You can expect painters, sculptors, and photographers headlining the galleries\u2019 exhibits, but visitors can also enjoy the work of local craftsmen, take in the sights and sounds of street performers, listen to live music, and immerse themselves in a friendly and safe atmosphere where culture mingles with the active social life of the area\u2019s residents.
\r\nGrab a glass of wine, rub elbows with the glitterati, get your fill of people-watching, and still have more than enough time left to enjoy dinner at one of the district\u2019s restaurants: Whether it's tacos and mezcal at
La Lupita<\/a> or fresh seafood and craft cocktails at La Revoluci\u00f3n<\/a>, a memorable meal will definitely mark the end of a perfect day in paradise." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "More Chances To Create, Experience Tradition", "field_description_1": "Its extended season is quite accommodating.<\/strong> The Art Walk spans from late October to the last Thursday of June, and only stops for the hottest months of the year. You\u2019ll still find many galleries and other businesses open in the off-season, so don\u2019t hesitate to drop by.
\r\nIt\u2019s an opportunity to create your own yearly tradition.<\/strong> \u201cWe get a lot of recurring visitors, people who plan their vacations around the Art Walk and who become fast friends with the community,\u201d says Villavicencio, \u201cThey walk our streets and visit their favorite spots year after year, taking notice of our new offerings and dropping by to say hi and reminisce about previous trips\u2026 It\u2019s all very encouraging, it validates what we\u2019re trying to build here.\u201d
\r\nSo, are you ready to claim your place among the die-hard fans of the Art-Walk? One thing\u2019s for sure: Getting your share of culture has rarely been this fun.
\r\nWHERE:<\/strong> San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District
\r\nWHEN: <\/strong>Every Thursday from 5\u20139 p.m., November to June.
\r\nADDITIONAL INFO:<\/strong> 
\r\nWeb:
ArtCabo.com<\/a>
\r\nFacebook:
The Official Art Walk San Jos\u00e9 Del Cabo<\/a>
\r\nInstagram:
gallerydistrictsjc<\/a> " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "23.0705073", "field_longitude": "-109.7187718" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-small-thumbnail-art-walk_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-art-walk-2.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "130", "title": "Haunted Mansion in Jamaica Has History and Beauty", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/rose-hall-and-white-witch-await-adventurous-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "Haunted Mansion in Jamaica", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Beauty and Creepy Are on Display at Rose Hall Mansion", "field_description_1": "Jamaica's most picturesque mansion is also home to one of it's most morbid legends. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-rose-hall_0.jpeg", "alt": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-mobile-rose-hall_0.jpg", "alt": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Rose-Hall-is-the-haunted-mansion-in-Jamaica.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Vivian Nelson Melle", "field_date": "2017-11-02 00:00:00", "body": "By day, the Rose Hall<\/strong> mansion on Jamaica\u2019s northern coast stands as a perfect mix of 1700's Georgian architecture and the country\u2019s enthralling natural beauty. By night, what has become one of Jamaica\u2019s most popular tourist destinations becomes a ghoulish reminder of Jamaica's morbid history.
\r\nHistory of Rose Hall<\/strong>
\r\nThe estate lies in an exclusive Jamaican enclave east of Montego Bay. It was completed in the 1770s, fully restored in the 1960s, and boasts among the best views of the northern coast as it is set upon a hillside overlooking the Caribbean.
\r\nOriginally part of a sprawling 650-acre estate, the property\u2019s story is also steeped in Jamaica\u2019s dark history as the estate included over 250 slaves who worked mostly on the surrounding sugar cane fields.
\r\nAccording to Rose Hall\u2019s famous legend, the spirit of Annie Palmer<\/strong> haunts the grounds as the White Witch<\/strong>. As the story goes, Annie was born in Haiti and was a
voodoo practitioner<\/a>. She moved to Jamaica and Rose Hall with her husband, John Palmer, but allegedly murdered him soon afterward.
\r\nShe wasn\u2019t done there, according to the legend, as she married two more times with each of those husbands suffering a similar fate to the first at Rose Hall. Adding horrific ambiance are the murders of slaves who fell victim to the witch.
\r\nAlthough it is said that her reign of terror eventually ended by the same slaves she mistreated, she is said to still haunt the grounds and photos of a ghostly apparition believed to be Annie adorn the entrance hall.
\r\nTaking the Day Tour<\/strong>
\r\nVisitors have a few choices for touring the estate. The Rose Hall Great House and Garden Tour is $18 and offers daytime views of the property and its garden. The day tour highlights the gorgeous gardens and spectacular estate offerings.
\r\nBraving the Night Tour<\/strong>
\r\nAt night, the hall stands as a stark reminder of its murderess former mistress. The Rose Hall Great House Haunted Tour is also $18 and offers an evening of spooky fun. You may catch a glimpse of the White Witch as she roams the 18th Century sugar plantation, that is if the s\u00e9ances don\u2019t bring her to you. Guides will also point out supposed locations of underground tunnels, bloodstains, and rooms where all three husbands met their unfortunate ends. Be warned; many believe those who see the Witch meet unfortunate deaths.
\r\nTour Johnny Cash\u2019s Home at Cinnamon Hall<\/strong>
\r\nIf ghost tours aren\u2019t your cup of tea, you may enjoy visiting the vacation home of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The couple lived on the estate at Cinnamon Hall for years. In 1973, Johnny Cash even wrote \u201cThe Ballad of Annie Palmer\u201d about the ruthless slave owner and murdering mistress of Rose Hall. Cash family pictures still hang on the walls, and Johnny's shoes await his arrival by the back door. Locals report sightings of June and Johnny that bring a more uplifting feel to some of the sorrow of the area. 
\r\nHit the Greens<\/strong>
\r\nTwo award-winning golf courses grace the hills of Rose Hall. The White Witch Golf Course provides 18 holes of champion quality golfing. Enjoy its 6,758-yard with Par 71, named after the infamous White Witch of Rose Hall. The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course plays through coastal greens and ocean breezes. The 17th hole provides unforgettable ocean views amidst beautiful pines. The Cinnamon Hill Course also boasts award-winning caddie service.
\r\nEnjoy a Day Trip from Ocho Rios<\/strong>
\r\nThe beauty and legend of Rose Hall are known throughout Jamaica and though the estate is just a stone\u2019s throw from the heart of Montego Bay, it is also readily accessible from Ocho Rios and
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> to the east. Rose Hall is a popular destination for tours coming from the resort city, as the travel time along the picturesque Northern Coastal Highway<\/a> is only an hour-and-a-half.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-rose-hall.jpeg", "alt": "Haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Haunted-mansion-in-Jamaica" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-thumbnail-small-rose-hall.jpg", "alt": "Haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Haunted mansion in Jamaica" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-left-rose-hall.jpeg", "alt": "The Rose Hall Great House and Garden Tour", "title": "The-Rose-Hall-Great-House-and-Garden-Tour.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-rose-hall.jpeg", "alt": "The Rose hall tour", "title": "The-Rose-hall-tour.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "The estate lies in an exclusive Jamaican enclave east of Montego Bay. It was completed in the 1770s, fully restored in the 1960s, and boasts among the best views of the northern coast as it is set upon a hillside overlooking the Caribbean. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Vivian Nelson Melle<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

By day, the Rose Hall<\/strong> mansion on Jamaica\u2019s northern coast stands as a perfect mix of 1700's Georgian architecture and the country\u2019s enthralling natural beauty. By night, what has become one of Jamaica\u2019s most popular tourist destinations becomes a ghoulish reminder of Jamaica's morbid history.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Bewitching History", "field_description_1": "Originally part of a sprawling 650-acre estate, the property\u2019s story is also steeped in Jamaica\u2019s dark history as the estate included over 250 slaves who worked mostly on the surrounding sugar cane fields.
\r\nAccording to Rose Hall\u2019s famous legend, the spirit of Annie Palmer<\/strong> haunts the grounds as the White Witch<\/strong>. As the story goes, Annie was born in Haiti and was a
voodoo practitioner<\/a>. She moved to Jamaica and Rose Hall with her husband, John Palmer, but allegedly murdered him soon afterward.
\r\nShe wasn\u2019t done there, according to the legend, as she married two more times with each of those husbands suffering a similar fate to the first at Rose Hall. Adding horrific ambiance are the murders of slaves who fell victim to the witch.
\r\nAlthough it is said that her reign of terror eventually ended by the same slaves she mistreated, she is said to still haunt the grounds and photos of a ghostly apparition believed to be Annie adorn the entrance hall." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Taking the Tours", "field_description_1": "Taking the Day Tour<\/strong>
\r\nVisitors have a few choices for touring the estate. The Rose Hall Great House and Garden Tour is $18 and offers daytime views of the property and its garden. The day tour highlights the gorgeous gardens and spectacular estate offerings.
\r\nBraving the Night Tour<\/strong>
\r\nAt night, the hall stands as a stark reminder of its murderess former mistress. The Rose Hall Great House Haunted Tour is also $18 and offers an evening of spooky fun. You may catch a glimpse of the White Witch as she roams the 18th Century sugar plantation, that is if the s\u00e9ances don\u2019t bring her to you. Guides will also point out supposed locations of underground tunnels, bloodstains, and rooms where all three husbands met their unfortunate ends. Be warned; many believe those who see the Witch meet unfortunate deaths.
\r\nTour Johnny Cash\u2019s Home at Cinnamon Hall<\/strong>
\r\nIf ghost tours aren\u2019t your cup of tea, you may enjoy visiting the vacation home of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The couple lived on the estate at Cinnamon Hall for years. In 1973, Johnny Cash even wrote \u201cThe Ballad of Annie Palmer\u201d about the ruthless slave owner and murdering mistress of Rose Hall. Cash family pictures still hang on the walls, and Johnny's shoes await his arrival by the back door. Locals report sightings of June and Johnny that bring a more uplifting feel to some of the sorrow of the area. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "More Things to Do", "field_description_1": "Hit the Greens<\/strong>
\r\nTwo award-winning golf courses grace the hills of Rose Hall. The White Witch Golf Course provides 18 holes of champion quality golfing. Enjoy its 6,758-yard with Par 71, named after the infamous White Witch of Rose Hall. The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course plays through coastal greens and ocean breezes. The 17th hole provides unforgettable ocean views amidst beautiful pines. The Cinnamon Hill Course also boasts award-winning caddie service.
\r\nEnjoy a Day Trip from Ocho Rios<\/strong>
\r\nThe beauty and legend of Rose Hall are known throughout Jamaica and though the estate is just a stone\u2019s throw from the heart of Montego Bay, it is also readily accessible from Ocho Rios and
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> to the east. Rose Hall is a popular destination for tours coming from the resort city, as the travel time along the picturesque Northern Coastal Highway<\/a> is only an hour-and-a-half." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.5176442", "field_longitude": "-77.8105096" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-thumbnail-small-rose-hall_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-rose-hall.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-rose-hall.jpg", "alt": "Rose Hall in Jamaica", "title": "Rose-Hall-in-Jamaica.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-moble-rose-hall.jpg", "alt": "Rose Hall in Jamaica", "title": "Rose-Hall-in-Jamaica.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "128", "title": "Shoulder Season is the Best Time for Caribbean Travel", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/5-reasons-november-or-shoulder-season-best-time-travel", "field_title_highlighted": "Shoulder Season is the Best ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Forget Summer, Spring, Or Winter, Fall is Where It's At!", "field_description_1": "Fewer crowds, better prices, and more reasons why booking a trip in the fall might make your best vacation yet. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_21.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy the beach caribbean travel", "title": "beach-in-the-caribbean-travel.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_70.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy the beach caribbean travel", "title": "beach-in-the-caribbean-travel.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-10-30 00:00:00", "body": "Fall may be upon us, but that\u2019s no reason to get out of vacation mode. While the summertime and the holiday season are desirable times for trips, the sweet spot between peak travel and low travel seasons \u2013 also known as shoulder season \u2013 may be the best time of the year to get away.
\r\nShoulder season starts when summer hot spots like Jamaica and Mexico<\/strong> cool down a bit, but there is still generally plenty of relaxing sunshine up for grabs. More importantly, fall travel to the Caribbean means fewer crowds and lower prices for everything from accommodations to tours and plane tickets.
\r\nHere are five 5 reasons you should skip the pre-holiday stress and consider packing your bags for an off-season getaway.
\r\n1.The Weather is Hard to Beat<\/strong>
\r\nIf the cooler autumn weather up north has you feeling blah, you may want to leave those sweaters and scarves at home and slip in to a swimsuit<\/strong> instead.
\r\nIn these fall to early winter months, the Caribbean hurricane season tapers off, leaving behind clear, sunny skies and average temps somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees. So go ahead and flaunt that
bikini-ready summer body<\/a> before the holiday comfort eating kicks in.
\r\n2. A More Authentic Experience<\/strong>
\r\nDuring the high tourism months in any popular vacation spot, the sheer number of visitors seem to outweigh the local population, meaning a sometimes less unique experience during your vacation.
\r\nWhether
eating local delicacies<\/a> at off the beaten path restaurants or exploring different parts your destination, when less tourists are around, you\u2019re more likely to have meaningful interactions with locals<\/strong> and be clued in to the culture and traditions than you are during peak season.
\r\n3. Your Bank Account Won\u2019t Take a Hit<\/strong>
\r\nFrom accommodations to flights, and even restaurants, prices are bound to be more reasonable in the off-season \u2013 and who couldn\u2019t use a little extra dough this time of year?
\r\nThe most expensive times to travel to the Caribbean are the winter and the spring break seasons, which means you can potentially save a fortune by traveling in November, say experts. \"For those seeking deals, shoulder seasons (just before or just after summer) are the best times to grab a discounted rate or a creative and cost cutting package,\"
advises travel expert Jody Diamond<\/a>.
\r\nTake advantage of an offseason getaway and your wallet sure will thank you.
\r\n4. Less Crowds, Less Stress<\/strong>
\r\nIf the idea of crowded beaches and packed hotels aren\u2019t your idea of relaxing, then now is the time to hit the beaches of the Caribbean.
\r\nWhen choosing to travel during the shoulder season, you bypass waiting in hour-long lines to see the popular attractions, or being swamped with hordes of tourists lounging beachside. Taking a vacation during the off-season gives you
a break from the stress<\/a> of relentless crowds that otherwise crowd the Caribbean during the summer seasons - making it easier to kick back and unwind<\/strong>.
\r\n5. Rest Up Before the Holidays<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it, the holidays are far from relaxing - even
studies show<\/a> that stress and negative emotions skyrocket around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between packed stores, lighter wallets, and family drama, most of us have probably felt the pressure of the giving season at one point or another.
\r\nTake a preemptive break from all that holiday stress by sneaking in a Caribbean holiday, where you can relieve tension <\/strong>while relaxing by the pool or rejuvenating your skin with a spa treatment. After all, what\u2019s a better Christmas gift to your loved ones than going back home a more relaxed and vibrant you?
\r\nOkay, maybe a souvenir, too.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_33.jpg", "alt": "Shoulder season in the caribbean", "title": "shoulder-season-in-the-caribbean.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-780-561-fall-season.jpg", "alt": "Shoulder season in the caribbean", "title": "shoulder-season-in-the-caribbean.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_39.jpg", "alt": "Caribbean travel", "title": "caribbean-travel.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_35.jpg", "alt": "Caribbean travel in Jamaica and Mexico", "title": "caribbean-travel-in-jamaica-.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "Shoulder season starts when summer hot spots like Jamaica and Mexico cool down a bit, but there is still generally plenty of relaxing sunshine up for grabs. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Fall may be upon us, but that\u2019s no reason to get out of vacation mode. While the summertime and the holiday season are desirable times for trips, the sweet spot between peak travel and low travel seasons \u2013 also known as shoulder season \u2013 may be the best time of the year to get away." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "More importantly, fall travel to the Caribbean means fewer crowds and lower prices for everything from accommodations to tours and plane tickets.
\r\nHere are five 5 reasons you should skip the pre-holiday stress and consider packing your bags for an off-season getaway.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Cool and Authentic", "field_description_1": "1.The Weather is Hard to Beat<\/strong>
\r\nIf the cooler autumn weather up north has you feeling blah, you may want to leave those sweaters and scarves at home and slip in to a swimsuit<\/strong> instead.
\r\nIn these fall to early winter months, the Caribbean hurricane season tapers off, leaving behind clear, sunny skies and average temps somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees. So go ahead and flaunt that
bikini-ready summer body<\/a> before the holiday comfort eating kicks in.
\r\n2. A More Authentic Experience<\/strong>
\r\nDuring the high tourism months in any popular vacation spot, the sheer number of visitors seem to outweigh the local population, meaning a sometimes less unique experience during your vacation.
\r\nWhether
eating local delicacies<\/a> at off the beaten path restaurants or exploring different parts your destination, when less tourists are around, you\u2019re more likely to have meaningful interactions with locals<\/strong> and be clued in to the culture and traditions than you are during peak season." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Saving for Holidays", "field_description_1": "3. Your Bank Account Won\u2019t Take a Hit<\/strong>
\r\nFrom accommodations to flights, and even restaurants, prices are bound to be more reasonable in the off-season \u2013 and who couldn\u2019t use a little extra dough this time of year?
\r\nThe most expensive times to travel to the Caribbean are the winter and the spring break seasons, which means you can potentially save a fortune by traveling in November, say experts. \"For those seeking deals, shoulder seasons (just before or just after summer) are the best times to grab a discounted rate or a creative and cost cutting package,\"
advises travel expert Jody Diamond<\/a>.
\r\nTake advantage of an offseason getaway and your wallet sure will thank you.
\r\n4. Less Crowds, Less Stress<\/strong>
\r\nIf the idea of crowded beaches and packed hotels aren\u2019t your idea of relaxing, then now is the time to hit the beaches of the Caribbean.
\r\nWhen choosing to travel during the shoulder season, you bypass waiting in hour-long lines to see the popular attractions, or being swamped with hordes of tourists lounging beachside. Taking a vacation during the off-season gives you
a break from the stress<\/a> of relentless crowds that otherwise crowd the Caribbean during the summer seasons - making it easier to kick back and unwind<\/strong>.
\r\n5. Rest Up Before the Holidays<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it, the holidays are far from relaxing - even
studies show<\/a> that stress and negative emotions skyrocket around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between packed stores, lighter wallets, and family drama, most of us have probably felt the pressure of the giving season at one point or another.
\r\nTake a preemptive break from all that holiday stress by sneaking in a Caribbean holiday, where you can relieve tension <\/strong>while relaxing by the pool or rejuvenating your skin with a spa treatment. After all, what\u2019s a better Christmas gift to your loved ones than going back home a more relaxed and vibrant you?
\r\nOkay, maybe a souvenir, too." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.988187", "field_longitude": "-86.83253" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-fall-travel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_45.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_24.jpg", "alt": "Sunset on the beach of the caribbean", "title": "sunset-on-the-beach-of-the-caribbean.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-fall-season.jpeg", "alt": "Sunset on the beach of the caribbean", "title": "sunset-on-the-beach-of-the-caribbean.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "122", "title": "Seeing The Best of Jamaica From Horseback ", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/seeing-best-jamaica-horseback", "field_title_highlighted": "Seeing The Best of ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Best Way To See Jamaica Might Be On Horseback From The Sea", "field_description_1": "Follow historic and famous trails featured in movies and take a dip in the Caribbean, all on horseback in Jamaica. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_22.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_69.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Rina Diane Caballar", "field_date": "2017-10-24 00:00:00", "body": "There's more to Jamaica than meets the eye, even if there is so much to see. The island country is known for its picturesque coastlines,
cascading waterfalls<\/a>, and splendid mountain ranges<\/a> \u2013 these are the natural wonders that nourish Jamaica's tourism industry and keep travelers coming back for more.
\r\nBut beauty in the land of wood and water also lies in the backcountry pathways and cerulean waters of Ocho Rios, a resort town on the north coast of Jamaica. And there\u2019s no better way to experience nature and the sea than to embark on a horseback riding adventure and explore the trails and waves of Ocho Rios.
\r\nTraipse through verdant pastures and along scenic cliffs to Papillon Cove, where scenes from notable movies such as \"Papillon,\" \"Return to Treasure Island,\" and \"Passion and Paradise\" were filmed. Learn more about the town and country's rich history and spot native flora on your way to the shore.
\r\nThen, prepare to take it up a notch as you ride bareback into the warm Caribbean Sea \u2013 an exceptional and invigorating ride of a lifetime.
\r\nIt's a fascinating journey traveling through Jamaica, but feeling the surge of horsepower through the waters of the Caribbean is a riveting experience you wouldn't want to miss.\r\n

Ride Along Trails and Into the Caribbean Sea<\/h2>\r\nThe adventure starts at the Chukka Cove Farm<\/a> located in the historic parish of Saint Ann[MB1]<\/a> , also known as the \"Garden Parish of Jamaica\" due to its natural floral beauty. Saddle up on a horse and pass through trails of lush foliage, stonewashed cliffs, and breathtaking ocean views.
\r\nAfter the tranquil trail, you'll reach the Caribbean shores where the thrilling ride begins. Feel the rush of excitement as your horse powers through the Caribbean waters for a swim. The experience has often been described as one of the most exciting experiences of riders\u2019 lives.\r\n

Fun Family Ride<\/h2>\r\nExperienced guides share their extensive knowledge about the surrounding area and provide insight into Jamaica's culture and history along the way.
\r\nAlthough you'll be on your own horse, the
Horseback Ride and Swim Adventure run by Chukka Tours<\/a> is a fun-filled experience for everyone \u2013 couples, friends, and families alike. Groups or families stay together while on tour.
\r\nWorry not if you're a first time rider and have no horseback riding experience. The guest-to-guide ratio ensures that each guide is able to interact with and help smaller groups. Children as young as six years old can go on the ride.
\r\nFor guests staying at the nearby
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in the heart of Ocho Rios, you can be on horseback 20 minutes after enjoying a hearty breakfast.\r\n\r\n

How to Get There and What to Bring<\/h2>\r\nThe tour takes approximately two hours and ends at picturesque Peter's Point<\/strong> for an unforgettable swim on horseback.
\r\nWhat You Need:<\/strong> Make sure to have your swimwear and water shoes on. Also have a towel and sunscreen handy, as well as cash for photos, souvenirs, or snacks.
\r\nTransportation:<\/strong> Guests staying at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> will be picked up and dropped off from the hotel lobby.\r\n\r\n
 \r\n
\r\n
 [MB1]<\/a>Should we mention that Ocho Rios is in Saint Ann Parish?<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_34.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_19.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_40.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-horseback.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "There\u2019s no better way to experience nature and the sea than to embark on a horseback riding adventure and explore the trails and waves of Ocho Rios. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Rina Diane Caballar<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

There's more to Jamaica than meets the eye, even if there is so much to see. The island country is known for its picturesque coastlines, cascading waterfalls<\/a>, and splendid mountain ranges<\/a> \u2013 these are the natural wonders that nourish Jamaica's tourism industry and keep travelers coming back for more.
\r\nBut beauty in the land of wood and water also lies in the backcountry pathways and cerulean waters of Ocho Rios, a resort town on the north coast of Jamaica. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Traipse through verdant pastures and along scenic cliffs to Papillon Cove, where scenes from notable movies such as \"Papillon,\" \"Return to Treasure Island,\" and \"Passion and Paradise\" were filmed. Learn more about the town and country's rich history and spot native flora on your way to the shore.
\r\nThen, prepare to take it up a notch as you ride bareback into the warm Caribbean Sea \u2013 an exceptional and invigorating ride of a lifetime.
\r\nIt's a fascinating journey traveling through Jamaica, but feeling the surge of horsepower through the waters of the Caribbean is a riveting experience you wouldn't want to miss." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "The Jungle and the Sea", "field_description_1": "

Ride Along Trails and Into the Caribbean Sea<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

The adventure starts at the Chukka Cove Farm<\/a> located in the historic parish of Saint Ann , also known as the \"Garden Parish of Jamaica\" due to its natural floral beauty. Saddle up on a horse and pass through trails of lush foliage, stonewashed cliffs, and breathtaking ocean views.
\r\nAfter the tranquil trail, you'll reach the Caribbean shores where the thrilling ride begins. Feel the rush of excitement as your horse powers through the Caribbean waters for a swim. The experience has often been described as one of the most exciting experiences of riders\u2019 lives.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

Fun Family Ride<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Experienced guides share their extensive knowledge about the surrounding area and provide insight into Jamaica's culture and history along the way.
\r\nAlthough you'll be on your own horse, the
Horseback Ride and Swim Adventure run by Chukka Tours<\/a> is a fun-filled experience for everyone \u2013 couples, friends, and families alike. Groups or families stay together while on tour.
\r\nWorry not if you're a first time rider and have no horseback riding experience. The guest-to-guide ratio ensures that each guide is able to interact with and help smaller groups. Children as young as six years old can go on the ride.
\r\nFor guests staying at the nearby
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in the heart of Ocho Rios, you can be on horseback 20 minutes after enjoying a hearty breakfast.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "How to Get There and What to Bring", "field_description_1": "The tour takes approximately two hours and ends at picturesque Peter's Point<\/strong> for an unforgettable swim on horseback.
\r\nWhat You Need:<\/strong> Make sure to have your swimwear and water shoes on. Also have a towel and sunscreen handy, as well as cash for photos, souvenirs, or snacks.
\r\nTransportation:<\/strong> Guests staying at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> will be picked up and dropped off from the hotel lobby." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4482519", "field_longitude": "-77.2906387" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_40.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_43.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_23.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-horseback.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "120", "title": "The 7 Best Ways to Get Around in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/getting-around-cancun", "field_title_highlighted": "The 7 Best Ways to", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Buses, Taxis, Golf Carts, Bikes, And Other Options To See All of Cancun", "field_description_1": "What's the best way to get around paradise? Glad you asked as The Travel Current provides all the transportation options in Cancun. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_12.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_67.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-10-23 00:00:00", "body": "You already know that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world with one great attraction, landmark, or stretch of sandy beach after another. What is less obvious, however, is how to get to those particular spots after landing at Cancun International Airport.  
\r\nLuckily, there is an array of ways you can move around and explore to your heart\u2019s content, largely dependent on your plans for the day. Here are some quick tips that you should take into account whenever you leave the confines of your resort:
\r\nTaxis and Uber<\/strong>
\r\nThese two camps have been at odds in Cancun for the better part of last year, and even though Uber has managed to maintain operations and provide decent service all around the area, there\u2019s still acrimony from local cab services.
\r\nThe knock on taking local taxis is the same as in most resort towns: expensive, spotty service, and safety might be an issue if the drivers are not tied to any hotel. Keep in mind that cab drivers must feature their permits in a highly visible location.<\/strong> Always crosscheck license plate numbers against permits.
\r\nAsk for assistance at your hotel\u2019s front desk to schedule pickups, and if you are staying at
Palace Resorts<\/a> and take a cab from there, make sure to take your driver\u2019s information so you can make arrangements for your return trip.
\r\nFares from the airport to the hotels are around $40-50, rides between the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown go for $10-15 each way, and taxis in El Centro<\/em> charge about $1.50 per ride, but always bring Mexican pesos<\/em> with you (they won\u2019t provide change if you pay in U.S. dollars). 
\r\nBuses<\/strong>
\r\nBy far one of the best deals, catching the bus in Cancun is an increasingly popular way of getting around in Cancun especially since they started renewing the fleet about three years ago.
\r\nMost buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. Many of them have AC and Wi-Fi, rides are about $1 (again: bring your pesos<\/em>) and are considered quite safe. Buses are a great way to move from one Palace Resorts property in the hotel zone to another, as there are stops directly in front of
Sun Palace<\/a>, Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>, and Beach Palace<\/a>.
\r\nRental cars<\/strong>
\r\nYou might want to splurge for a car of your own if you plan on hitting nearby places like Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or even Isla Mujeres and Cozumel (after jumping on a ferry to reach the islands<\/strong>).
\r\nThe roads are well maintained in most cases, and parking isn\u2019t considered a major issue. Just make sure you observe some common sense rules regarding safety and you\u2019ll be OK. That means not leaving bags or purses in visible places, keeping out of sketchy neighborhoods, and making sure you fill up the gas tank before every trip.
\r\nWalking<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s be frank, this is not a great option. Unless you\u2019re in the Downtown (El Centro<\/em>) area, where walking distances to and from places are somehow manageable, the combination of humid heat and uneven safety conditions make this a less than palatable way of moving around. And if you\u2019re in the hotel zone, just forget it: There are large stretches where you won\u2019t even find a little bit of shade to fend off the inclement sun. Moving on to\u2026
\r\nBikes<\/strong>
\r\nFitness fans may want to choose the bike as their means of transportation around Cancun, but be advised: driving conditions and heavy traffic might play against you. That being said, there are many rental bike services in the area, and many of them offer delivery and pick up service right at your resort, with daily fees around the $10-15 range, and they\u2019ll provide you with a helmet in case you didn\u2019t bring your own. Palace Resorts guests can rent bikes at no extra cost. <\/strong>
\r\nNegotiating the Zona Hotelera<\/em> is a real cinch, since the convenient road markers (remember Mexico uses kilometers, not miles) are the common reference everyone uses when asking for directions. El Centro<\/em> is a different story and can sometimes be a bit chaotic for bike users, but the streets are laid out in a simple grid that poses no real problems if you\u2019re the least bit handy with a map or GPS.
\r\nThe best time to get your bike on is a day trip to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel \u2013 it\u2019s not coincidence that
Ironman Cozumel<\/a> is among the more popular events on the latter.
\r\nScooters<\/strong>
\r\nSame rules as for the cyclists: There are many reputable rental services, but try to map out the areas you\u2019ll be visiting and ask around for updates on driving conditions, heavy traffic hours, or public works that may affect your schedule. Mopeds and scooters are mostly OK for the Zona Hotelera<\/em>, but they might be a hassle elsewhere.
\r\nOther options<\/strong>
\r\nThere are plenty of alternatives for getting around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, including private car services, passenger vans or buses from your resort, and even golf cart rentals on
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and within some of the larger resorts. At The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for instance, you\u2019ll see a veritable army of golf carts taking guests from their rooms to the main resort buildings.
\r\nIn the end, it doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re the type of person that likes to be driven around or if you favor the \u201clocal explorer\u201d way: This destination will adjust to your needs and preferences. Safe travels!
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-cancun-transportation.jpg", "alt": "a cpuple in a golf cart touring Isla Mujeres", "title": "Golf cart rentals in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_18.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_38.jpg", "alt": "Buses are a great way to move around Cancun", "title": "Catching the bus in Cancun" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/right-gallery-transportation.jpeg", "alt": "a family going through Cancun by car", "title": "car may be the best way to discover Cancun" } }, "field_description_1": "Most buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "You already know that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world with one great attraction, landmark, or stretch of sandy beach after another. What is less obvious, however, is how to get to those particular spots after landing at Cancun International Airport.  
\r\nLuckily, there is an array of ways you can move around and explore to your heart\u2019s content, largely dependent on your plans for the day. Here are some quick tips that you should take into account whenever you leave the confines of your resort:" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Cabs and Apps", "field_description_1": "Taxis and Uber<\/strong>
\r\nThese two camps have been at odds in Cancun for the better part of last year, and even though Uber has managed to maintain operations and provide decent service all around the area, there\u2019s still acrimony from local cab services.
\r\nThe knock on taking local taxis is the same as in most resort towns: expensive with spotty service if the drivers are not tied to any hotel. Keep in mind that cab drivers must feature their permits in a highly visible location.<\/strong> Always crosscheck license plate numbers against permits.
\r\nAsk for assistance at your hotel\u2019s front desk to schedule pickups, and if you are staying at
Palace Resorts<\/a> and take a cab from there, make sure to take your driver\u2019s information so you can make arrangements for your return trip.
\r\nFares from the airport to the hotels are around $40-50, rides between the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown go for $10-15 each way, and taxis in El Centro<\/em> charge about $1.50 per ride, but always bring Mexican pesos<\/em> with you (they won\u2019t provide change if you pay in U.S. dollars). " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Riding the Bus and Going for a Drive", "field_description_1": "Buses<\/strong>
\r\nBy far one of the best deals, catching the bus in Cancun is an increasingly popular way of getting around in Cancun especially since they started renewing the fleet about three years ago.
\r\nMost buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. Many of them have AC and Wi-Fi, rides are about $1 (again: bring your pesos<\/em>) and are considered quite safe. Buses are a great way to move from one Palace Resorts property in the hotel zone to another, as there are stops directly in front of
Sun Palace<\/a>, Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>, and Beach Palace<\/a>.
\r\nRental cars<\/strong>
\r\nYou might want to splurge for a car of your own if you plan on hitting nearby places like Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or even Isla Mujeres and Cozumel (after jumping on a ferry to reach the islands<\/strong>).
\r\nThe roads are well maintained in most cases, and parking isn\u2019t considered a major issue. Just make sure you observe some common sense rules regarding safety and you\u2019ll be OK. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Self Propulsion and More", "field_description_1": "Bikes<\/strong>
\r\nFitness fans may want to choose the bike as their means of transportation around Cancun, but be advised: driving conditions and heavy traffic might play against you. That being said, there are many rental bike services in the area, and many of them offer delivery and pick up service right at your resort, with daily fees around the $10-15 range, and they\u2019ll provide you with a helmet in case you didn\u2019t bring your own. Palace Resorts guests can rent bikes at no extra cost. <\/strong>
\r\nNegotiating the Zona Hotelera<\/em> is a real cinch, since the convenient road markers (remember Mexico uses kilometers, not miles) are the common reference everyone uses when asking for directions. El Centro<\/em> is a different story and can sometimes be a bit chaotic for bike users, but the streets are laid out in a simple grid that poses no real problems if you\u2019re the least bit handy with a map or GPS.
\r\nThe best time to get your bike on is a day trip to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel \u2013 it\u2019s not coincidence that
Ironman Cozumel<\/a> is among the more popular events on the latter.
\r\nScooters<\/strong>
\r\nSame rules as for the cyclists: There are many reputable rental services, but try to map out the areas you\u2019ll be visiting and ask around for updates on driving conditions, heavy traffic hours, or public works that may affect your schedule. Mopeds and scooters are mostly OK for the Zona Hotelera<\/em>, but they might be a hassle elsewhere.
\r\nOther options<\/strong>
\r\nThere are plenty of alternatives for getting around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, including private car services, passenger vans or buses from your resort, and even golf cart rentals on
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and within some of the larger resorts. At The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for instance, you\u2019ll see a veritable army of golf carts taking guests from their rooms to the main resort buildings.
\r\nIn the end, it doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re the type of person that likes to be driven around or if you favor the \u201clocal explorer\u201d way: This destination will adjust to your needs and preferences. Safe travels!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1137781", "field_longitude": "-86.7594685" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_38.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_42.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_15.jpg", "alt": "Taxi in the beautiful Cancun", "title": "Taxis and Buses in Cancun" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-transportation-cancun.jpeg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" } } }, { "nid": "119", "title": "The Richest Fishing Tournament in the World Returns to Los Cabos", "path": "mexico\/los-cabos\/activities-and-events\/events\/5-big-things-know-about-bisbees-black-blue", "field_title_highlighted": "The Richest Fishing Tournament", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Richest Fishing Tournament in the World Also Has the Most Beautiful Backdrop", "field_description_1": "Bisbees Black & Blue fishing tournament has become an institution in Los Cabos. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_20.jpg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing boat in Los Cabos" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-bisbees-black-blue%20.jpeg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing boat in Los Cabos" }, "field_written_by": "By Megan Hart", "field_date": "2017-10-17 00:00:00", "body": "You\u2019re likely aware of the
world-class resorts<\/a>, beaches, and golf courses in Los Cabos. What you may not know, however, is that the popular vacation destination becomes the sport fishing center of the world for one week every October during Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue<\/a>.
\r\nThousands of avid anglers will descend on Los Cabos for the renowned fishing tournament October 24-28, adding even more life to the already vibrant locale. Here\u2019s a rundown of what you should know about the event.
\r\n1. It\u2019s the World\u2019s Richest Fishing Tournament<\/strong>
\r\nThe base
entry fee<\/a> for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is $5,000, but with greater risk comes the possibility for greater reward. The maximum entry fee this year, including all daily jackpots, is a whopping $131,500.
\r\nIn 2006, the tournament set a sport fishing record when it paid out $4,165,960 in cash prizes. With such a big purse, Bisbee\u2019s organizers have to stay vigilant. Winners are required to take a polygraph test if asked and the tournament employs a biologist to ensure that all prize-winning fish were, in fact, caught that day.
\r\n2. It\u2019s Still Run by the Bisbee Family<\/strong>
\r\nThe initial Black & Blue tournament took place in 1981, when California\u2019s Bob Bisbee invited five friends to travel to Los Cabos and take part in a $10,000 wager. Since then, it\u2019s grown to include more than 150 boats each year.
\r\nToday, Bob\u2019s son Wayne and daughter Patricia run the contest, but some things haven\u2019t changed. Most of the catch is still donated to local families, shelters, schools, and retirement homes, just like it was when Bob started the event.
\r\n3. Anyone Can Participate<\/strong>
\r\nUnlike most major fishing tournaments, there\u2019s no qualification requirements for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue. If you have a boat and you can put up the entry fee, you\u2019re in.
\r\nIn fact, some amateurs have walked away big winners. In 2014, a group of teenagers and their caregiver from
Casa Hogar<\/a>, a local orphanage, caught a 385-pound blue marlin despite being first-time fishermen! They donated their winnings, $258,325, back to the orphanage.
\r\n4. It Goes Beyond Fishing<\/strong>
\r\nBisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is more than just a fishing tournament. In addition to this year's
opening ceremony<\/a>, which will feature music, food and even an appearance by the Mexican navy, the contest brings other events to Los Cabos, including daily weigh-ins and fireworks on the final night. 
\r\n5. Black & Blue Refers to the Fish<\/strong>
\r\nAfter reading all about Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue, you may still be wondering where the name comes from. Black & Blue refers to the two types of marlin most sought after by sport fishermen. Both species can reach well over 1,000 pounds and are prevalent in the waters off Los Cabos. Tournament participants can also earn points for catching striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish, mahi-mahi, and tuna depending on the category they enter.
\r\nOffshore fishing is a popular activity in Los Cabos
all year round<\/a>. Give it a try on your next visit!
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_32.jpg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing contest in Los Cabos" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_17.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful picture of Los Cabos ", "title": "Los Cabos Mexico" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_37.jpg", "alt": "Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue", "title": "Several fishing boats during fishing contest" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_34.jpg", "alt": "Fishing contest in Los Cabos", "title": "Air photograph of Los Cabos during Fishing Contest" } }, "field_description_1": "Thousands of avid anglers will descend on Los Cabos for the renowned fishing tournament October 24-28, adding even more life to the already vibrant locale. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Megan Hart<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

You\u2019re likely aware of the world-class resorts<\/a>, beaches, and golf courses in Los Cabos. What you may not know, however, is that the popular vacation destination becomes the sport fishing center of the world for one week every October during Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue<\/a>.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Big Risk, Big Reward", "field_description_1": "Here\u2019s a rundown of what you should know about the event.
\r\n1. It\u2019s the World\u2019s Richest Fishing Tournament<\/strong>
\r\nThe base
entry fee<\/a> for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is $5,000, but with greater risk comes the possibility for greater reward. The maximum entry fee this year, including all daily jackpots, is a whopping $131,500.
\r\nIn 2006, the tournament set a sport fishing record when it paid out $4,165,960 in cash prizes. With such a big purse, Bisbee\u2019s organizers have to stay vigilant. Winners are required to take a polygraph test if asked and the tournament employs a biologist to ensure that all prize-winning fish were, in fact, caught that day.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Family Owned, Open to All", "field_description_1": "2. It\u2019s Still Run by the Bisbee Family<\/strong>
\r\nThe initial Black & Blue tournament took place in 1981, when California\u2019s Bob Bisbee invited five friends to travel to Los Cabos and take part in a $10,000 wager. Since then, it\u2019s grown to include more than 150 boats each year.
\r\nToday, Bob\u2019s son Wayne and daughter Patricia run the contest, but some things haven\u2019t changed. Most of the catch is still donated to local families, shelters, schools, and retirement homes, just like it was when Bob started the event.
\r\n3. Anyone Can Participate<\/strong>
\r\nUnlike most major fishing tournaments, there\u2019s no qualification requirements for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue. If you have a boat and you can put up the entry fee, you\u2019re in.
\r\nIn fact, some amateurs have walked away big winners. In 2014, a group of teenagers and their caregiver from
Casa Hogar<\/a>, a local orphanage, caught a 385-pound blue marlin despite being first-time fishermen! They donated their winnings, $258,325, back to the orphanage." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "More Than a Fishing Tournament", "field_description_1": "4. It Goes Beyond Fishing<\/strong>
\r\nBisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is more than just a fishing tournament. In addition to this year's
opening ceremony<\/a>, which will feature music, food and even an appearance by the Mexican navy, the contest brings other events to Los Cabos, including daily weigh-ins and fireworks on the final night. 
\r\n5. Black & Blue Refers to the Fish<\/strong>
\r\nAfter reading all about Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue, you may still be wondering where the name comes from. Black & Blue refers to the two types of marlin most sought after by sport fishermen. Both species can reach well over 1,000 pounds and are prevalent in the waters off Los Cabos. Tournament participants can also earn points for catching striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish, mahi-mahi, and tuna depending on the category they enter.
\r\nOffshore fishing is a popular activity in Los Cabos
all year round<\/a>. Give it a try on your next visit!
\r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "22.881725", "field_longitude": "-109.912991" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_37.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful picture of Los Cabos ", "title": "Los Cabos Mexico" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_41.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful picture of Los Cabos ", "title": "Los Cabos Mexico" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_22.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-last-bbb.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "117", "title": "Guide to the Perfect Just-the-Girls Vacation", "path": "mexico\/playa-del-carmen\/lifestyle\/shopping\/guide-perfect-just-girls-vacation", "field_title_highlighted": "Guide to the Perfect", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "A Girlfriend Getaway Guide to Guarantee Good Times", "field_description_1": "Sometimes you just have to go away with your bestfriends to reconnect with your collective girl power." }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_19.jpg", "alt": "Besties having fun in Mexico", "title": "Guide to the Perfect JUST THE GIRLS VACATION" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_66.jpg", "alt": "Besties having fun in Mexico", "title": "Guide to the Perfect JUST THE GIRLS VACATION" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-10-17 00:00:00", "body": "Spending quality time with your husband, kids, and colleagues might be the foundation for a solid life, but every woman needs a getaway with her besties every so often, just to keep insanity at bay. After all, what\u2019s more fun than hanging out with the most important ladies in your life while indulging in decadent meals, pampering spa treatments, and new adventures?
\r\nWhether you choose a girlfriend getaway in Jamaica or corral the ladies for an epic escape to Cancun, an all-girls vacay at
Palace Resorts<\/a> can be just what you need to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
\r\nHere are 6 surefire ways to up the fun factor while vacationing with your favorite ride-or-die chicks.
\r\nStep Outside Your Comfort Zone<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s nothing like the adrenaline rush of trying something new and exhilarating that brings friends closer together.
\r\nWhether it\u2019s
scuba diving<\/a>, exploring a remote cenote<\/a>, zip lining<\/a>, or taking a 3 a.m. dip in the ocean; consider adding a little adventure to your girls\u2019 trip. Go ahead, let your hair down and get a little crazy with your friends, you won\u2019t regret it.
\r\nSummon Your Inner Goddess<\/strong>
\r\nA getaway with your favorite ladies is all about celebrating each other - and what says girl power more than a day excursion to an island devoted to the awesomeness of women?
\r\nDuring your stay at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, your group can embark on a trip to the ancient
Isla Mujeres<\/a> - also known as the Island of Women<\/strong> - which not only has a long history of female worship, but also has a temple devoted to the fertility Goddess Ixchel.
\r\nSneak in a Little Retail Therapy<\/strong>
\r\nNo trip is complete without a little shopping excursion, especially with your best girlfriends.
\r\nGrab your wallet and shop \u2018til you drop at local shops and boutiques while building lifelong memories<\/strong> with the girls. Be sure to also hit the touristy spots, too. After all, there\u2019s no better way to commemorate your girls trip than a corny tchotchke.
\r\nDon\u2019t Worry, Be Happy snow globe, anyone?
\r\nIf you want the best in everything from knick-knacks to high-end boutiques, make sure to plan your all-ladies vacation at
Playacar Palace<\/a>, which is perfectly situated at the southern end of Quinta Avenida<\/em><\/a> (5th Avenue) \u2013 the world-renowned shopping street in Playa del Carmen.
\r\nEat Like Queens<\/strong>
\r\nFood is a big part of a good vacation. Indulge your inner foodie with exquisite cuisine from one of many all-inclusive restaurants at
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande<\/a> or The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>.
\r\nAt Buccaneer\u2019s Reef in Jamaica<\/strong>, you can experience waterfront dining while trying
local Jamaican cuisine<\/a> as well as other international dishes or you and the girls can take in the Ochos Rios bay and mountains while feasting on fresh seafood at Pier 8.
\r\nIf variety to cater to the disparate tastes of all members of your girl entourage age is needed, then take your pick from Le Ch\u00e2teau (French), Jade (Asian), Tavola (Italian), Habibi (Lebanese), JC Steakhouse, and more at
The Grand<\/a> in Cancun.
\r\nGet Your Dance On<\/strong>
\r\nHitting the dance floor with your all-girl squad doesn\u2019t have to be limited to bachelorette parties, college reunions, and weddings.
\r\nOn your
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> getaway, you can break in your stilettos and party like VIPs<\/strong> at the ultra-hip club Noir<\/strong> or late-night partying at the recently opened Unique<\/strong> at The Grand.  Just don\u2019t be surprised if embarrassing photos of your twerking attempts pop up on one of your friend\u2019s Instagram feeds.
\r\nRelax and Detoxify<\/strong>
\r\nAfter all that hard work relaxing by the pool or at the beach, there\u2019s nothing better than a group spa day to de-stress and rejuvenate. While on your Cancun vacation, grab your ladies and unwind at Moon Palace\u2019s world-class
Awe Spa<\/a>, where trained specialists will melt away stress with a number of relaxing treatments including the Sacred Hot Stone Massage<\/strong>, a deep nurturing massage with warm river stones to relieve aches and pains.
\r\nFor some post-sun skin pampering, Awe Spa also offers a wide array of facial treatments that promise to quench and revitalize your skin after a day spent soaking up the rays. Treat your skin to the Essential Shock Intense facial<\/strong>, which repairs and regenerates skin to for an instant youthful glow, or the Diamond Energy treatment that tightens and sculpts skin.
\r\nFrom relaxation, to partying and everything in between, arranging an all-girls trip to Mexico or Jamaica is the best way to keep your most important friendships fresh, and having more than a little fun along the way.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_31.jpg", "alt": "Enjoy the beach with your best friends", "title": "Best friends having fun in the caribbean" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_16.jpg", "alt": "Best friends having fun in Isla Mujeres", "title": "Have fun with your best friends in Mexico" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_36.jpg", "alt": "Have a wonderful time with you besties", "title": "Magical places with your best friends" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_33.jpg", "alt": "Friends enjoying the Caribbean Beach", "title": "Women friends enjoying the beach" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you choose a girlfriend getaway in Jamaica or corral the ladies for an epic escape to Cancun, an all-girls vacay at Palace Resorts can be just what you need to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

Spending quality time with your husband, kids, and colleagues might be the foundation for a solid life, but every woman needs a getaway with her besties every so often, just to keep insanity at bay. After all, what\u2019s more fun than hanging out with the most important ladies in your life while indulging in decadent meals, pampering spa treatments, and new adventures?<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Step Out, Queen!", "field_description_1": "Here are 6 surefire ways to up the fun factor while vacationing with your favorite ride-or-die chicks:
\r\nStep Outside Your Comfort Zone<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s nothing like the adrenaline rush of trying something new and exhilarating that brings friends closer together.
\r\nWhether it\u2019s
scuba diving<\/a>, exploring a remote cenote<\/a>, zip lining<\/a>, or taking a 3 a.m. dip in the ocean; consider adding a little adventure to your girls\u2019 trip. Go ahead, let your hair down and get a little crazy with your friends, you won\u2019t regret it.
\r\nSummon Your Inner Goddess<\/strong>
\r\nA getaway with your favorite ladies is all about celebrating each other - and what says girl power more than a day excursion to an island devoted to the awesomeness of women?
\r\nDuring your stay at
Palace Resorts<\/a>, your group can embark on a trip to the ancient Isla Mujeres<\/a> - also known as the Island of Women<\/strong> - which not only has a long history of female worship, but also has a temple devoted to the fertility Goddess Ixchel.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Eat and Shop Till You Drop", "field_description_1": "Sneak in a Little Retail Therapy<\/strong>
\r\nNo trip is complete without a little shopping excursion, especially with your best girlfriends.
\r\nGrab your wallet and shop \u2018til you drop at local shops and boutiques while building lifelong memories<\/strong> with the girls. Be sure to also hit the touristy spots, too. After all, there\u2019s no better way to commemorate your girls trip than a corny tchotchke.
\r\nDon\u2019t Worry, Be Happy snow globe, anyone?
\r\nIf you want the best in everything from knick-knacks to high-end boutiques, make sure to plan your all-ladies vacation at
Playacar Palace<\/a>, which is perfectly situated at the southern end of Quinta Avenida<\/em><\/a> (5th Avenue) \u2013 the world-renowned shopping street in Playa del Carmen.
\r\nEat Like Queens<\/strong>
\r\nFood is a big part of a good vacation. Indulge your inner foodie with exquisite cuisine from one of many all-inclusive restaurants at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> or The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>. 
\r\nAt Buccaneer\u2019s Reef in Jamaica<\/strong>, you can experience waterfront dining while trying
local Jamaican cuisine<\/a> as well as other international dishes or you and the girls can take in the Ochos Rios bay and mountains while feasting on fresh seafood at Pier 8.
\r\nIf variety to cater to the disparate tastes of all members of your girl entourage age is needed, then take your pick from Le Ch\u00e2teau (French), Jade (Asian), Tavola (Italian), Habibi (Lebanese), JC Steakhouse, and more at
The Grand<\/a> in Cancun." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Dance and Detoxify", "field_description_1": "Get Your Dance On<\/strong>
\r\nHitting the dance floor with your all-girl squad doesn\u2019t have to be limited to bachelorette parties, college reunions, and weddings.
\r\nOn your
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> getaway, you can break in your stilettos and party like VIPs<\/strong> at the ultra-hip club Noir<\/strong> or late-night partying at the recently opened Unique<\/strong> at The Grand.  Just don\u2019t be surprised if embarrassing photos of your twerking attempts pop up on one of your friend\u2019s Instagram feeds.
\r\nRelax and Detoxify<\/strong>
\r\nAfter all that hard work relaxing by the pool or at the beach, there\u2019s nothing better than a group spa day to de-stress and rejuvenate. While on your Cancun vacation, grab your ladies and unwind at Moon Palace\u2019s world-class
Awe Spa<\/a>, where trained specialists will melt away stress with a number of relaxing treatments including the Sacred Hot Stone Massage<\/strong>, a deep nurturing massage with warm river stones to relieve aches and pains.
\r\nFor some post-sun skin pampering, Awe Spa also offers a wide array of facial treatments that promise to quench and revitalize your skin after a day spent soaking up the rays. Treat your skin to the Essential Shock Intense facial<\/strong>, which repairs and regenerates skin to for an instant youthful glow, or the Diamond Energy treatment that tightens and sculpts skin.
\r\nFrom relaxation, to partying and everything in between, arranging an all-girls trip to Mexico or Jamaica is the best way to keep your most important friendships fresh, and having more than a little fun along the way. 
\r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.6204193", "field_longitude": "-87.0789208" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_36.jpg", "alt": "Best friends having fun in Isla Mujeres", "title": "Have fun with your best friends in Mexico" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_40.jpg", "alt": "Best friends having fun in Isla Mujeres", "title": "Have fun with your best friends in Mexico" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_21.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Mobile-Last-Girls-Vacation.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "115", "title": "What You Didn't Know About Day of Dead in Mexico", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/real-walking-dead-mexico", "field_title_highlighted": "What You Didn't Know About ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Mexico Celebrates Day of the Dead Over Three Days ", "field_description_1": "Halloween is fun, but Day of the Dead in Mexico means hard-core celebrations over more than just one day. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_18.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Celebration, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Celebration, Day of the dead" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_65.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Celebration, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Celebration, Day of the dead" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-10-04 00:00:00", "body": "Look, this Halloween thing we do in the States is all well and good, but wouldn\u2019t you like to celebrate these morbidly-themed festivities in a slightly different way? After all, there are only so many sexy kitten or Pennywise<\/em> costumes one can tolerate before begging for a change of pace.
\r\nIf a different kind of Halloween piques your interest, then a quick getaway to Cancun at the end of October will give you a deeper appreciation for death, with more than a helpful serving on fun.
\r\nIn Mexico, the ever-evolving concept of death dates back to the time before the first Spanish explorers even set foot on Cozumel. The transition from human sacrifices to actually setting up celebratory feasts for the departed has even incorporated elements of Halloween to its lore, in order to become the D\u00eda de Muertos<\/em><\/strong> that we enjoy nowadays.
\r\nHere are a few quick pointers on how to become part of this rich tradition:
\r\nHalloween, Mexican-Style<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s get things going with a quick reminder: The Days of the Dead are actually three. First of all you have All Hallow\u2019s Eve<\/strong> (Oct. 31), which will be familiar to Americans everywhere since Mexico has embraced their tradition of setting up Halloween costume parties         and scary attractions to bring out the mirth among the muerte<\/em>.
\r\nYou won\u2019t find many kids Trick-or-Treating, but instead you\u2019ll notice children asking for their calaverita <\/em>or candy and spare change (the latter is preferred). Even if trick-or-treating isn\u2019t big in Mexico, kids staying at
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> can indulge their sweet tooth with Halloween-themed treats in The Playroom, which will also be visited by a variety of Halloween characters leading up to Oct. 31.  On the night itself, there will be a big Halloween horror show at the resort\u2019s expansive theater.
\r\nChildren and adults should feel free to dress up with whatever flies their flag at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> when they hit the Casa del Terror at the Galactic Ballroom<\/strong> for some Halloween fun tinged with a bit of Mexican-Caribbean flavor, from Oct. 26-31.  
\r\nAt
Sun Palace<\/a>, there will be a traditional Halloween Party<\/strong> on Oct. 31 in the lobby bar at 9 p.m., followed by a more adult-centric DJ Horror Party<\/strong> from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\nThe Dead Get Their Due<\/strong>
\r\nThe next holidayis D\u00eda de los Inocentes<\/strong>, not to be confused with December\u2019s D\u00eda de los Santos Inocentes which serves as Mexico\u2019s answer to \u201cApril Fools\u201d. No, Nov. 1 is All Saint\u2019s Day, and it\u2019s when Mexican families finish setting up their altares de muertos <\/em>(altars to the dead). A typical altar<\/em> consists of a table decorated with the departed\u2019s picture on the mantle, surrounded by his or her favorite food and drink. 
\r\nMany places hold actual contests that reward the most original altares<\/em>, which only reinforces the festive air around this folkloric holiday.
Cozumel Palace<\/a> will hold one of these contests, so make sure to drop by and sample some of the unique seasonal tastes, with Pan de Muerto<\/em> as the most familiar offering: It\u2019s similar to a sweet roll covered in granulated sugar, and decorated with bread \u201cbones\u201d that is often paired with traditional hot chocolate. 
\r\nThe night\u2019s celebrations move from homes and restaurants to a fitting place: the local cemetery. Yup, Mexico truly moves the party to the place where their muertitos<\/em> (the endearing term given to the departed) lie, in a loving act of remembrance filled with song, drink, and the reassurance of peace in the afterlife.
\r\nDead Men Rising<\/strong>
\r\nThe vigil takes us into the third day of celebration, the actual D\u00eda de Muertos<\/strong> (Nov. 2). You may also notice costumed people making the rounds, but they mostly dress up as calaveras<\/em> and catrinas<\/em>, the traditional depiction of death popularized by the revered artist and engraver Jos\u00e9 Guadalupe Posada in the late 1800\u2019s and early 1900\u2019s. 
\r\nWhile these three days are the official dates, Mexico revs up for the Days of the Dead from early October onwards, so keep an eye open for all sorts of events related to the season at all
Palace Resorts<\/a>. Walk among the decorated tombstones, breathe in the sweet smell of cempas\u00fachil<\/em> (Mexican marigold, the flower of the dead), and make a toast for those who have already left us. They\u2019ll be smiling upon you, amigos<\/em>.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_30.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_34.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_35.jpg", "alt": "Pan de muerto, brad bones", "title": "Pan de muerto, brad bones" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_32.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead, Halloween, pumpkin", "title": "Day of the dead, Halloween, pumpkin" } }, "field_description_1": "If a different kind of Halloween piques your interest, then a quick getaway to Cancun at the end of October will give you a deeper appreciation for death, with more than a helpful serving on fun. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Look, this Halloween thing we do in the States is all well and good, but wouldn\u2019t you like to celebrate these morbidly-themed festivities in a slightly different way? After all, there are only so many sexy kitten or Pennywise<\/em> costumes one can tolerate before begging for a change of pace.
\r\nIn Mexico, the ever-evolving concept of death dates back to the time before the first Spanish explorers even set foot on Cozumel. The transition from human sacrifices to actually setting up celebratory feasts for the departed has even incorporated elements of Halloween to its lore, in order to become the D\u00eda de Muertos<\/em><\/strong> that we enjoy nowadays.
\r\nHere are a few quick pointers on how to become part of this rich tradition:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Halloween, Mexican-Style", "field_description_1": "Let\u2019s get things going with a quick reminder: The Days of the Dead are actually three. First of all you have All Hallow\u2019s Eve<\/strong> (Oct. 31), which will be familiar to Americans everywhere since Mexico has embraced their tradition of setting up Halloween costume parties and scary attractions to bring out the mirth among the muerte<\/em>.
\r\nYou won\u2019t find many kids Trick-or-Treating, but instead you\u2019ll notice children asking for their calaverita <\/em>or candy and spare change (the latter is preferred). Even if trick-or-treating isn\u2019t big in Mexico, kids staying at
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> can indulge their sweet tooth with Halloween-themed treats in The Playroom, which will also be visited by a variety of Halloween characters leading up to Oct. 31.  On the night itself, there will be a big Halloween horror show at the resort\u2019s expansive theater.
\r\nChildren and adults should feel free to dress up with whatever flies their flag at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> when they hit the Casa del Terror at the Galactic Ballroom<\/strong> for some Halloween fun tinged with a bit of Mexican-Caribbean flavor, from Oct. 26-31.
\r\nAt
Sun Palace<\/a>, there will be a traditional Halloween Party<\/strong> on Oct. 31 in the lobby bar at 9 p.m., followed by a more adult-centric DJ Horror Party<\/strong> from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "The Dead Get Their Due", "field_description_1": "The next holidayis D\u00eda de los Inocentes<\/strong>, not to be confused with December\u2019s D\u00eda de los Santos Inocentes which serves as Mexico\u2019s answer to \u201cApril Fools\u201d. No, Nov. 1 is All Saint\u2019s Day, and it\u2019s when Mexican families finish setting up their altares de muertos <\/em>(altars to the dead). A typical altar<\/em> consists of a table decorated with the departed\u2019s picture on the mantle, surrounded by his or her favorite food and drink. 
\r\nMany places hold actual contests that reward the most original altares<\/em>, which only reinforces the festive air around this folkloric holiday.
Cozumel Palace<\/a> will hold one of these contests, so make sure to drop by and sample some of the unique seasonal tastes, with Pan de Muerto<\/em> as the most familiar offering: It\u2019s similar to a sweet roll covered in granulated sugar, and decorated with bread \u201cbones\u201d that is often paired with traditional hot chocolate.
\r\nAnother sweet representation of death are the calaveritas de dulce<\/em>: Sugar-made skulls that represent the passage into the afterlife and are also a nod to the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico, which revered the dead and often used these motifs in many artistic manifestations.
\r\nThe night\u2019s celebrations move from homes and restaurants to a fitting place: the local cemetery. Yup, Mexico truly moves the party to the place where their muertitos<\/em> (the endearing term given to the departed) lie, in a loving act of remembrance filled with song, drink, and the reassurance of peace in the afterlife." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Dead Men Rising", "field_description_1": "The vigil takes us into the third day of celebration, the actual D\u00eda de Muertos<\/strong> (Nov. 2). You may also notice costumed people making the rounds, but they mostly dress up as calaveras<\/em> and catrinas<\/em>, the traditional depiction of death popularized by the revered artist and engraver Jos\u00e9 Guadalupe Posada in the late 1800\u2019s and early 1900\u2019s. While the face painting has gained popularity in recent years, it\u2019s also a reminder of how Mexicans consider death as something to be celebrated (and at times even mocked), a logical stage in our life cycle which reminds us of how much we should enjoy existence in itself.
\r\nWhile these three days are the official dates, Mexico revs up for the Days of the Dead from early October onwards, so keep an eye open for all sorts of events related to the season at all
Palace Resorts<\/a>. Walk among the decorated tombstones, breathe in the sweet smell of cempas\u00fachil<\/em> (Mexican marigold, the flower of the dead), and make a toast for those who have already left us. They\u2019ll be smiling upon you, amigos<\/em>." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9879282", "field_longitude": "-86.8311628" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_35.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_39.jpg", "alt": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead", "title": "Day of the dead Tradition, Day of the dead" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_20.jpg", "alt": "All Saint\u2019s Day, All Saint\u2019s Day celebration", "title": "All Saint\u2019s Day, All Saint\u2019s Day celebration" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-day-of-dead.jpg", "alt": "All Saint\u2019s Day, All Saint\u2019s Day celebration", "title": "All Saint\u2019s Day, All Saint\u2019s Day celebration" } } }, { "nid": "114", "title": "Travel Upgrades Every Family Should Splurge On", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/travel-upgrades-every-family-should-splurge", "field_title_highlighted": "Travel Upgrades Every ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Sometimes Paying a Little Extra Goes a Long Way", "field_description_1": "Club level rooms, lounges, and getting past security quickly all make for a better vacation experience for you and the family. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-main-banner-family-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/artile-main-mobile-upgrades.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Carmen Sognonvi", "field_date": "2017-10-02 00:00:00", "body": "When planning your next family vacation, consider making a few small changes to drastically enhance your experience. I\u2019m talking about upgrades, and while they can sometimes add up, I\u2019m here to tell you that you don\u2019t have to spend a fortune to enjoy them (and in some cases, upgrading in advance saves you money in the long run). Here are my must-have upgrades for any family vacation. What would you add to the list?\r\n

    \r\n\t
  1.  Upgrade your room<\/strong>. You may be tempted to save money by squeezing into a standard room (And if your choice is a standard room or no travel at all, take the standard room!), but if you have wiggle room, upgrade! It\u2019s really great to be able to have a little bit of separation between you and the kids, especially at bedtime. We like the one bedroom suite option because we can put the girls to bed earlier. Believe it or not, they actually like to have some space from us just as much as we like the space from them. Extended stay hotels are a great option, too, because they provide full kitchens and homier atmosphere.<\/li>\r\n\t
  2. Upgrade your flight<\/strong>. Book the best class flight that you can afford. If you can\u2019t splurge on business or first class, take advantage of premium economy that a lot of airlines are now offering. You\u2019ll get more legroom, food, and even often alcohol. You\u2019ll get to board earlier, which means you\u2019ll have an easier time stowing your carry-on luggage without a line of people breathing down your neck!<\/li>\r\n\t
  3. Upgrade your security experience<\/strong>. Buy a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership to cut down on the amount of time you spend in the security line. These memberships essentially pre-authorize is you as a trusted traveler. You\u2019ll join a shorter security line at the airport, you won\u2019t have to take off your shoes, and you won\u2019t have to take out your laptop and liquids.<\/li>\r\n\t
  4. Buy some time. <\/strong>When you\u2019re traveling with kids, plan for childcare so that you can get some time to yourself.  If you\u2019re staying at a resort, there will probably be some sort of kid\u2019s club, where they have structured activities specifically meant to entertain the kids. There are typically toys, video games, or a special playground. If you\u2019re staying somewhere without a kid\u2019s club, you can actually hire a babysitter. A lot of agencies now specialize in providing a vacation babysitter to traveling families. Sitters in a Second<\/em> is a network that serves Florida markets, for example.<\/li>\r\n\t
  5. Book a club level room<\/strong>. Certain floors of hotels are essentially business class versus coach. Different hotels have different names for these floors, but they generally offer benefits like a private lounge that serves food all day long. No need to shell out big bucks at a restaurant or on room service! Other amenities can include things like free shuttle service, so you don\u2019t have to pay for cabs, and free clothes pressing. Often there\u2019s also a private concierge who can help you organize activities and tours.<\/li>\r\n\t
  6. Get access to an airport lounge<\/strong>. Skip the noisy terminal and take the kids to a less stimulating environment to wait for your flight: the airport lounge. Sometimes there are even separate kids rooms equipped with toys and games. Access comes with first class tickets, but you can also buy a day pass or gain access as a perk for being a holder of specific credit cards.<\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\n", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumnail-gallery-mobile-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-left-upgrades.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-upgrades.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": " It\u2019s really great to be able to have a little bit of separation between you and the kids, especially at bedtime. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Making the Most of Your Family Trip with Upgrades", "field_description_1": "

    By Carmen Sognonvi<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

    When planning your next family vacation, consider making a few small changes to drastically enhance your experience. I\u2019m talking about upgrades, and while they can sometimes add up, I\u2019m here to tell you that you don\u2019t have to spend a fortune to enjoy them (and in some cases, upgrading in advance saves you money in the long run). Here are my must-have upgrades for any family vacation. What would you add to the list?<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Better Class in Room and Flight", "field_description_1": "

    Upgrade your room<\/strong>. You may be tempted to save money by squeezing into a standard room (And if your choice is a standard room or no travel at all, take the standard room!), but if you have wiggle room, upgrade! It\u2019s really great to be able to have a little bit of separation between you and the kids, especially at bedtime. We like the one bedroom suite option because we can put the girls to bed earlier. Believe it or not, they actually like to have some space from us just as much as we like the space from them. Extended stay hotels are a great option, too, because they provide full kitchens and homier atmosphere.
    \r\nUpgrade your flight<\/strong>. Book the best class flight that you can afford. If you can\u2019t splurge on business or first class, take advantage of premium economy that a lot of airlines are now offering. You\u2019ll get more legroom, food, and even often alcohol. You\u2019ll get to board earlier, which means you\u2019ll have an easier time stowing your carry-on luggage without a line of people breathing down your neck!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Security and Time", "field_description_1": "Upgrade your security experience<\/strong>. Buy a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership to cut down on the amount of time you spend in the security line. These memberships essentially pre-authorize is you as a trusted traveler. You\u2019ll join a shorter security line at the airport, you won\u2019t have to take off your shoes, and you won\u2019t have to take out your laptop and liquids.
    \r\nBuy some time. <\/strong>When you\u2019re traveling with kids, plan for childcare so that you can get some time to yourself.  If you\u2019re staying at a resort, there will probably be some sort of kid\u2019s club, where they have structured activities specifically meant to entertain the kids. There are typically toys, video games, or a special playground. If you\u2019re staying somewhere without a kid\u2019s club, you can actually hire a babysitter. A lot of agencies now specialize in providing a vacation babysitter to traveling families. Sitters in a Second<\/em> is a network that serves Florida markets, for example." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Club Level and Lounging", "field_description_1": "

    Book a club level room<\/strong>. Certain floors of hotels are essentially business class versus coach. Different hotels have different names for these floors, but they generally offer benefits like a private lounge that serves food all day long. No need to shell out big bucks at a restaurant or on room service! Other amenities can include things like free shuttle service, so you don\u2019t have to pay for cabs, and free clothes pressing. Often there\u2019s also a private concierge who can help you organize activities and tours.
    \r\nGet access to an airport lounge<\/strong>. Skip the noisy terminal and take the kids to a less stimulating environment to wait for your flight: the airport lounge. Sometimes there are even separate kids rooms equipped with toys and games. Access comes with first class tickets, but you can also buy a day pass or gain access as a perk for being a holder of specific credit cards.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.125195", "field_longitude": "-86.7551487" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumnail-gallery-mobile-upgrades_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "111", "title": "Why Everyone Should Try a Wellness Vacation!", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/6-things-consider-your-wellness-vacation", "field_title_highlighted": "Why Everyone Should", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Food, Fitness and Spas Are Only Part of A Wellness Getaway", "field_description_1": "Don't overlook romance, fun and new experiences for a true mind, body and spirit rejuventation. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/main-article-banner-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-mobile-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-09-29 00:00:00", "body": "The idea of a vacation is different for everyone, but the outcome is usually the same \u2013 relaxation! Sure, a vacation is the perfect time to indulge and let loose, but they\u2019re also a great opportunity to prioritize your mental, emotional and physical well-being. 
    \r\nThat\u2019s why a growing number of health-minded folks are using time off as a chance to tune into whole-body wellness by seeking out resorts equipped to send you home healthier, fit, and balanced.
    \r\nIf you think all wellness vacations are just about juice cleanses and meditation, think again. From taking an aquatic spin class to enjoying fresh, local seafood; there are a number of ways to have a killer vacation, while feeding your mind, body, and spirit.
    \r\nHere are 6 things to keep in mind when booking your next wellness vacation.
    \r\n1. Pampering Rejuvenates<\/strong>
    \r\nWhat\u2019s a vacation without a spa treatment? Treating yourself to a little shameless pampering during your resort vacation not only helps clear tension<\/strong> and re-establish emotional well-being, but it can even aid in better quality sleep and fewer sick days,
    says research<\/a>.
    \r\nAt the Palace Resorts\u2019
    Awe Spa<\/a>, your skin isn\u2019t the only thing that will feel like a million bucks. Treatments like the Kukulcan Mayan, based on a sacred Mayan ritual where 4 hands work on you simultaneously, and the therapeutic Fish Spa treatment, which involves Garra Rufa Fish<\/a> that nibble at your feet stimulating blood flow and circulation, are designed to leave you rejuvenated in both body and spirit.
    \r\n2. Eat Like a Local<\/strong>
    \r\nPart of a great vacation is indulging in whatever you want to eat, right? But just because you\u2019re on a healthy getaway, doesn\u2019t mean you have to stick to carrot sticks and green juices.
    \r\nDestinations in the Caribbean and Mexico are a great chance to enjoy all manner of tasty locally sourced foods. For example, at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/strong> in Ocho Rios, you can enjoy Jamaica\u2019s fresh, local seafood delicacies at any one of the resort\u2019s 4 restaurants. Indulge in dishes like ackee and saltfish which are not only a great source of protein but also
    improve heart health and bone strength<\/a>. Or grab a plate of the island\u2019s signature jerk fish<\/strong>, which has a blend of healthful (and delicious) spices.
    \r\n 3. Exercise Does a Body (and Mind) Good<\/strong>
    \r\nWe all know that
    exercise does a body good<\/a> but it\u2019s also key for emotional health, especially when it comes to fighting anxiety<\/a> and relieving tension.
    \r\nIf you\u2019re looking to incorporate some exercise in your wellness escape, Palace Resorts has you covered. With everything from yoga, CrossFit-style classes, and a private instructor-led aqua spinning class, you can find the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. If you really want to push your physical limits, sign up for even more strenuous activities like fitness boot camps or workouts with TRX suspension training (made famous by Navy Seals) at places like
    Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>.  
    \r\n4. Try Something New<\/strong>
    \r\nWhile lounging by the beach sipping cocktails can be fantastic, a more active and adventurous vacation can actually do more to improve your quality of life<\/strong>. According to
    a recent study<\/a>, those who partake in a variety of experiences on vacation are more likely to retain positive feelings than people who don\u2019t.
    \r\nYou are on vacation, go ahead and experience something new like
    surfing in a wave pool<\/a>, trekking up a waterfall<\/a> or climbing steps of ancient ruins<\/a>.
    \r\n5. Spice Up Your Relationship<\/strong>
    \r\nFrom taking a sunset stroll on the beach to
    enjoying a romantic dinner together<\/a>, an island getaway is a great way to reconnect <\/strong>and add some adventure to a relationship.
    \r\nTraveling with your better half not only lets you de-stress and get back to the basics of enjoying each other, experts say it can even
    boost your sex life<\/a>. 
    \r\n6. Fit in Fun<\/strong>
    \r\nDid you know that having fun on a vacation is one of the best things you can do for your health? That\u2019s because
    having fun is associated with a number of health benefits<\/a> such as longevity, improved cognition, better brain function, improved heart health, and general well being.
    \r\nFrom surfing and paddle boarding to going on an exciting excursion of the local sights, make sure to indulge in whatever makes you happy. It\u2019s your vacation, after all!
    \r\nCombining fitness and fun is easier than ever these days as hotels and resorts specifically cater to wellness trips. Moon Palace Cancun offers specifically designed
    wellness suites<\/a>, with everything from natural juices in the minibars, dumbbells and jump ropes and even terraces that lead private pools where you can take aqua spinning classes from a personal trainer.  Who knew being healthy could be so enjoyable.
    \r\n
    \r\n
    \r\n
    \r\n 
    \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/kPZx-OEyejA", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-main-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Thumbnail%3Amobile-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-left-wellness.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-wellness.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "If you think all wellness vacations are just about juice cleanses and meditation, think again. From taking an aquatic spin class to enjoying fresh, local seafood; there are a number of ways to have a killer vacation, while feeding your mind, body, and spirit.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Going Away To Get Closer To Your Best You", "field_description_1": "

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

    The idea of a vacation is different for everyone, but the outcome is usually the same \u2013 relaxation! Sure, a vacation is the perfect time to indulge and let loose, but they\u2019re also a great opportunity to prioritize your mental, emotional and physical well-being. 
    \r\nThat\u2019s why a growing number of health-minded folks are using time off as a chance to tune into whole-body wellness by seeking out resorts equipped to send you home healthier, fit, and balanced.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Pamper and Palate", "field_description_1": "Here are 6 things to keep in mind when booking your next wellness vacation.
    \r\n1. Pampering Rejuvenates<\/strong>
    \r\nWhat\u2019s a vacation without a spa treatment? Treating yourself to a little shameless pampering during your resort vacation not only helps clear tension<\/strong> and re-establish emotional well-being, but it can even aid in better quality sleep and fewer sick days,
    says research<\/a>.
    \r\nAt the Palace Resorts\u2019
    Awe Spa<\/a>, your skin isn\u2019t the only thing that will feel like a million bucks. Treatments like the Kukulcan Mayan, based on a sacred Mayan ritual where 4 hands work on you simultaneously, and the therapeutic Fish Spa treatment, which involves Garra Rufa Fish<\/a> that nibble at your feet stimulating blood flow and circulation, are designed to leave you rejuvenated in both body and spirit.
    \r\n2. Eat Like a Local<\/strong>
    \r\nPart of a great vacation is indulging in whatever you want to eat, right? But just because you\u2019re on a healthy getaway, doesn\u2019t mean you have to stick to carrot sticks and green juices.
    \r\nDestinations in the Caribbean and Mexico are a great chance to enjoy all manner of tasty locally sourced foods. For example, at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/strong> in Ocho Rios, you can enjoy Jamaica\u2019s fresh, local seafood delicacies at any one of the resort\u2019s 4 restaurants. Indulge in dishes like ackee and saltfish which are not only a great source of protein but also
    improve heart health and bone strength<\/a>. Or grab a plate of the island\u2019s signature jerk fish<\/strong>, which has a blend of healthful (and delicious) spices." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Adventure and Exercise", "field_description_1": " 3. Exercise Does a Body (and Mind) Good<\/strong>
    \r\nWe all know that
    exercise does a body good<\/a> but it\u2019s also key for emotional health, especially when it comes to fighting anxiety<\/a> and relieving tension.
    \r\nIf you\u2019re looking to incorporate some exercise in your wellness escape, Palace Resorts has you covered. With everything from yoga, CrossFit-style classes, and a private instructor-led aqua spinning class, you can find the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. If you really want to push your physical limits, sign up for even more strenuous activities like fitness boot camps or workouts with TRX suspension training (made famous by Navy Seals) at places like
    Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>.  
    \r\n4. Try Something New<\/strong>
    \r\nWhile lounging by the beach sipping cocktails can be fantastic, a more active and adventurous vacation can actually do more to improve your quality of life<\/strong>. According to
    a recent study<\/a>, those who partake in a variety of experiences on vacation are more likely to retain positive feelings than people who don\u2019t.
    \r\nYou are on vacation, go ahead and experience something new like
    surfing in a wave pool<\/a>, trekking up a waterfall<\/a> or climbing steps of ancient ruins<\/a>." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Spice Things Up And Have Fun", "field_description_1": "5. Spice Up Your Relationship<\/strong>
    \r\nFrom taking a sunset stroll on the beach to
    enjoying a romantic dinner together<\/a>, an island getaway is a great way to reconnect <\/strong>and add some adventure to a relationship.
    \r\nTraveling with your better half not only lets you de-stress and get back to the basics of enjoying each other, experts say it can even
    boost your sex life<\/a>. 
    \r\n6. Fit in Fun<\/strong>
    \r\nDid you know that having fun on a vacation is one of the best things you can do for your health? That\u2019s because
    having fun is associated with a number of health benefits<\/a> such as longevity, improved cognition, better brain function, improved heart health, and general well being.
    \r\nFrom surfing and paddle boarding to going on an exciting excursion of the local sights, make sure to indulge in whatever makes you happy. It\u2019s your vacation, after all!
    \r\nCombining fitness and fun is easier than ever these days as hotels and resorts specifically cater to wellness trips.
    Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> offers specifically designed wellness suites<\/a>, with everything from natural juices in the minibars, dumbbells and jump ropes and even terraces that lead private pools where you can take aqua spinning classes from a personal trainer.  Who knew being healthy could be so enjoyable." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4101248", "field_longitude": "-77.1074489" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Thumbnail%3Amobile-wellness_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-last-wellness.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "110", "title": "9 Tips to Survive Flying With Kids", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/9-tips-survive-flying-kids", "field_title_highlighted": "9 Tips to Survive ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Traveling With Kids Can Be Easier If You Follow Simple Rules", "field_description_1": "No stopovers, everyone has their own seat, carry-ons only and other invaluable tips for flying with kids. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover-kids-fly-A.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-main-mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Carmen Sognonvi", "field_date": "2017-09-25 00:00:00", "body": "As many of you know, my family is passionate about travel. We have traveled extensively as a family of four, so I know a thing or two about how to fly with kids. Here are my top 9 tips for surviving air travel with children:\r\n

      \r\n\t
    1. Upgrade your experience.<\/strong> Spring for the highest class of airfare that you can afford. The new premium economy<\/em> class concept is becoming very popular. (Keep in mind; different airlines will have different names for this.) It provides useful perks, like priority boarding, food service, and more legroom.<\/li>\r\n\t
    2. Fly direct.<\/strong> Sure, it may cost a little more, but is the stress of rushing between gates with little ones in tow or missing your connection altogether really worth the lower fare?  It\u2019s stressful enough as a solo traveler, but throw in kids, strollers, teddy bears, and carry-ons and it just compounds the stress. <\/li>\r\n\t
    3. Fly carry-on only.<\/strong> I encourage families to consider flying carry-on only and I promise it\u2019s possible! Let\u2019s say you are a two-parent and two-child family, like mine. You actually get four carry-on suitcases you can bring onboard, plus personal items (usually backpacks), and you have four allotments of liquids that you can bring on. Kids\u2019 clothes are smaller and they don't generally have a huge collection of toiletries, so you can really use their allotment for your stuff.<\/li>\r\n\t
    4. Skip the long security line.<\/strong> If you do mostly domestic travel, you should apply for the T.S.A. PreCheck, which lets the TSA know that you and your family are safe travelers. It\u2019s $85 per person and lasts five years. Every family member over the age of 12 needs to have their own membership. You go through a separate security line that's drastically shorter than the regular line. You don\u2019t have to take off your shoes, take out your laptop, or your liquids, either. International travelers should opt for Global Entry, which is $100 and lasts five years. Children do need their own membership for that one. Some credit card companies offer these memberships for free to their customers.<\/li>\r\n\t
    5. Lounge up if you can.<\/strong> One of the big benefits of flying first class is that you have access to the airport lounge. It\u2019s a quieter space with free food and drinks. You can access the lounge even if you aren\u2019t flying first class, thanks to some credit cards that offer free Priority Pass Memberships.<\/li>\r\n\t
    6. Get everyone his\/her own seat.<\/strong> Lap children are okay for short trips, but flights over two hours require a seat of their own!<\/li>\r\n\t
    7. Bribe for good behavior.<\/strong> I let my kids know that they'll get a surprise gift once we take off, if they have behaved, and another at landing, if they behaved during the flight. These are dollar store items that don\u2019t take up a lot of room.<\/li>\r\n\t
    8. Pack your own food and drinks.<\/strong> I will always pack an empty water bottle for each child. We fill up at those special water fountains airports have nowadays after we get through security. I also pack tons of snacks to keep everyone in a good mood. Just stay away from highly perishable foods and sugary items. <\/li>\r\n\t
    9. Pack activities and a neck pillow.<\/strong> Bring activities the kids can entertain themselves with. Don\u2019t rely on in-flight entertainment because if they have technical difficulties, you are out of luck!<\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\n 
      \r\n 
      \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-kids-fly.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-kid-fly-resize.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-lef-kid-fly.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-kid-fly.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "I let my kids know that they'll get a surprise gift once we take off, if they have behaved, and another at landing, if they behaved during the flight. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Air Travel with Kids Without The Stress", "field_description_1": "

      Releasing Baby Sea Turtles in Cancun<\/h2>\r\nIt all starts with protecting the mother sea turtles that arrive at the resort beaches. Dedicated biologists and volunteers work at night, when the mothers come to build their nests and lay eggs. 
      \r\nProgram workers stay with the mothers to protect them, making sure that the eggs can be laid successfully. Once the mothers are done, the nests are marked and guarded. If it looks like certain nests need extra care, the eggs will be brought back and incubated indoors. 
      \r\nThe real fun begins when the eggs are ready to hatch. At this point, everyone is encouraged to join in, including resort visitors, employees, and the general public. It is a great communal experience, where everyone prepares to help the newly hatched babies reach the water.
      \r\nThe releases are done in the evening to protect the babies from predators and poachers who would be able to see them more easily during the day. Any babies that hatched earlier are kept safe until this time. Participants get to release the babies and guard them as they waddle out to the ocean. It\u2019s often described as the most memorable experience of their entire trip!\r\n

      Making a Difference<\/h2>\r\nHundreds of leatherback and loggerhead turtles come to nest on the resort beaches, laying 100-200 eggs at a time. But only 1 in every 1000 babies survives to adulthood. Almost all sea turtle species are endangered, meaning that they need all the help they can get to survive and thrive. 
      \r\nThis program gives travelers a chance to make a major difference. Since it started, over 1.2 million baby sea turtles have been released, and more than 13,700 individual nests that have been protected from harm. All of the data that the biologists collect from the program is used to help with conservation efforts. 
      \r\nThe program is also making a big impact on the purity of the local beaches. Participants pick up an average of 1,400 tons of trash each year, helping those picturesque beaches stay safe and beautiful for turtles and humans alike. \r\n

      When & Where You Can Participate<\/h2>\r\nSea turtle nesting season runs late summer through fall. When the season is at its height, releases are held every evening. 
      \r\nYou can participate in the program at several resorts in Cancun, including:
      \r\n
      Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>
      \r\n
      The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>
      \r\n
      Beach Palace<\/a>
      \r\n
      Sun Palace<\/a>
      \r\n
      Le Blanc<\/a>
      \r\n 
      \r\nInterested in helping baby sea turtles on your next vacation? You can find out more about the program by visiting the
      Palace Foundation website<\/a>. 
      \r\n
      \r\n
      \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_15.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_34.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_31.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "It\u2019s no surprise that the program has become a traveler favorite\u2014what could be a better vacation highlight than helping a baby turtle wiggle out into the big wide world?", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Helping Sea Turtles Come Back From The Brink", "field_description_1": "Wouldn\u2019t it be nice to give back to the places we visit when we travel? To help them remain the beautiful, inspiring destinations where we get away from it all?
      \r\nThis is the idea driving the new trend of ecotourism: traveling that helps the environment. 
      \r\nBecause so many travelers are now interested in doing something good for the places they stay, there are more and more programs that allow them to help protect local lands and wildlife. 
      \r\nOne that\u2019s become especially popular is the Sea Turtle Release program run by the
      Palace Foundation<\/a>. In this program, visitors to several of the Palace Resorts properties in Cancun can help baby sea turtles hatch and safely make their way to the ocean. 
      \r\nIt\u2019s no surprise that the program has become a traveler favorite\u2014what could be a better vacation highlight than helping a baby turtle wiggle out into the big wide world?" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Releasing Baby Sea Turtles in Cancun", "field_description_1": "It all starts with protecting the mother sea turtles that arrive at the resort beaches. Dedicated biologists and volunteers work at night, when the mothers come to build their nests and lay eggs. 
      \r\nProgram workers stay with the mothers to protect them, making sure that the eggs can be laid successfully. Once the mothers are done, the nests are marked and guarded. If it looks like certain nests need extra care, the eggs will be brought back and incubated indoors. 
      \r\nThe real fun begins when the eggs are ready to hatch. At this point, everyone is encouraged to join in, including resort visitors, employees, and the general public. It is a great communal experience, where everyone prepares to help the newly hatched babies reach the water.
      \r\nThe releases are done in the evening to protect the babies from predators and poachers who would be able to see them more easily during the day. Any babies that hatched earlier are kept safe until this time. Participants get to release the babies and guard them as they waddle out to the ocean. It\u2019s often described as the most memorable experience of their entire trip!" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Making a Difference", "field_description_1": "Hundreds of leatherback and loggerhead turtles come to nest on the resort beaches, laying 100-200 eggs at a time. But only 1 in every 1000 babies survives to adulthood. Almost all sea turtle species are endangered, meaning that they need all the help they can get to survive and thrive. 
      \r\nThis program gives travelers a chance to make a major difference. Since it started, over 1.2 million baby sea turtles have been released, and more than 13,700 individual nests that have been protected from harm. All of the data that the biologists collect from the program is used to help with conservation efforts. 
      \r\nThe program is also making a big impact on the purity of the local beaches. Participants pick up an average of 1,400 tons of trash each year, helping those picturesque beaches stay safe and beautiful for turtles and humans alike. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "When & Where You Can Participate", "field_description_1": "Sea turtle nesting season runs late summer through fall. When the season is at its height, releases are held every evening. 
      \r\nYou can participate in the program at several resorts in Cancun, including:
      \r\n
      Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>
      \r\n
      The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>
      \r\n
      Beach Palace<\/a>
      \r\n
      Sun Palace<\/a>
      \r\n
      Le Blanc<\/a>
      \r\nInterested in helping baby sea turtles on your next vacation? You can find out more about the program by visiting the
      Palace Foundation website<\/a>. " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.0441773", "field_longitude": "-86.7846934" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_33.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_38.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_14.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last_2.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "106", "title": "Nature and Fun in Ocho Rios\u2019 White River", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/nature-and-fun-ocho-rios-white-river", "field_title_highlighted": "Nature and Fun ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The White River Tubing Safari Thrills With Adventure and Ecology", "field_description_1": "Wind through one of Jamaica's natural wonders on an innertube and get your fill of excitement, culture, and history. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_17.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/tubing-mobile-mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Jamie Fleetwood", "field_date": "2017-09-18 00:00:00", "body": "A land of visual splendor, adventure and inspiration, Jamaica\u2019s tropical rainforests, majestic mountain ranges, and crystal clear waters attract travelers looking to get close to nature with their own unique siren song \u2013 one that sounds more like \u201cyeah mon\u201d or \u201cwah gwan<\/a>\u201d than a melody.
      \r\nThat explains why the ecotourism industry is booming with everything from
      waterfalls<\/a> to excitement-filled adventures<\/a> in no short supply. Much of that activity is centered in and around Ocho Rios and in particular a tour down Jamaica\u2019s most mesmerizing river, the White River, which provides a taste of all the best of the land of wood and water.
      \r\nWhen it comes to combining an appreciation of nature with unabated fun, it will be hard to match the White River Tubing Safari<\/strong>. The expedition literally sweeps you right off your feet and onto an inner tube giving you an entirely new level of up close and personal with the country\u2019s natural beauty, as well as historic landmarks.
      \r\nEcotourism in Jamaica is a thrilling ride, but  the White River Tubing Safari  will be your most unforgettable adventure yet.\r\n

      Spanish Bridge, Plantation Cruise, and Natural Beauty<\/h2>\r\nThe tour starts at the historic Spanish Bridge, built in the 1600s before the Spanish lost Jamaica to the English. Floating along the river, you will pass over limestone beds, alongside an old plantation, and underneath arching bamboo and nature's authentic beauty.
      \r\nKick off the tour with an unrivaled sense of serenity as you ease along the river at a slow pace, then as you enter the exhilarating rapids, the adrenaline and heartbeat go up a notch.
      \r\nFamily Fun with Experienced Guides<\/strong>
      \r\nNative guides familiar with all the wonders of the river provide in-depth information about the fauna and history of Jamaica along the way.
      \r\nAlthough you will have your own tube, the White River Tubing Adventure is a memorable experience for the entire family, kids and grandparents included. If you love being in the water and amongst nature, you will fall even more in love with Jamaica on great tour.
      \r\nFor guests staying at nearby
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, the experience is made that much better as you can use your Resort Credit<\/a> to visit White River Tubing Safari run by Chukka Tours<\/a>.
      \r\n 
      \r\nGetting There and What You Need<\/strong>
      \r\nGetting to the departure point is a breeze and located only minutes away from downtown Ocho Rios. The tour is approximately 2 miles and ends in the White River Valley.
      \r\nWhat To Bring: <\/strong>Make sure to wear a swimsuit and water shoes. Also bring a towel, sunscreen, and cash for food, photos, or souvenirs.
      \r\nTransportation:<\/strong> Guests staying at
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> will be picked up at the hotel lobby, and dropped off after the fun is over!
      \r\n 
      \r\n 
      \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_28.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_14.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_33.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "When it comes to combining an appreciation of nature with unabated fun, it will be hard to match the White River Tubing Safari. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "A land of visual splendor, adventure and inspiration, Jamaica\u2019s tropical rainforests, majestic mountain ranges, and crystal clear waters attract travelers looking to get close to nature with their own unique siren song \u2013 one that sounds more like \u201cyeah mon\u201d or \u201c
      wah gwan<\/a>\u201d than a melody.
      \r\nThat explains why the ecotourism industry is booming with everything from
      waterfalls<\/a> to excitement-filled adventures<\/a> in no short supply. Much of that activity is centered in and around Ocho Rios and in particular a tour down Jamaica\u2019s most mesmerizing river, the White River, which provides a taste of all the best of the land of wood and water.
      \r\nWhen it comes to combining an appreciation of nature with unabated fun, it will be hard to match the White River Tubing Safari<\/strong>. The expedition literally sweeps you right off your feet and onto an inner tube giving you an entirely new level of up close and personal with the country\u2019s natural beauty, as well as historic landmarks.
      \r\nEcotourism in Jamaica is a thrilling ride, but  the White River Tubing Safari  will be your most unforgettable adventure yet." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Spanish Bridge, Plantation Cruise, and Natural Beauty", "field_description_1": "

      The tour starts at the historic Spanish Bridge, built in the 1600s before the Spanish lost Jamaica to the English. Floating along the river, you will pass over limestone beds, alongside an old plantation, and underneath arching bamboo and nature's authentic beauty.
      \r\nKick off the tour with an unrivaled sense of serenity as you ease along the river at a slow pace, then as you enter the exhilarating rapids, the adrenaline and heartbeat go up a notch.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Family Fun with Experienced Guides", "field_description_1": "Native guides familiar with all the wonders of the river provide in-depth information about the fauna and history of Jamaica along the way.
      \r\nAlthough you will have your own tube, the White River Tubing Adventure is a memorable experience for the entire family, kids and grandparents included. If you love being in the water and amongst nature, you will fall even more in love with Jamaica on great tour.
      \r\nFor guests staying at nearby
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, the experience is made that much better as you can use your Resort Credit<\/a> to visit White River Tubing Safari run by Chukka Tours<\/a>." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Getting There and What You Need", "field_description_1": "Getting to the departure point is a breeze and located only minutes away from downtown Ocho Rios. The tour is approximately 2 miles and ends in the White River Valley.
      \r\nWhat To Bring: <\/strong>Make sure to wear a swimsuit and water shoes. Also bring a towel, sunscreen, and cash for food, photos, or souvenirs.
      \r\nTransportation:<\/strong> Guests staying at
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> will be picked up at the hotel lobby, and dropped off after the fun is over!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4142762", "field_longitude": "-77.0723061" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail%20copy.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_37.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_19.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last_1.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "105", "title": "Jamaica Exploding for Food Travelers", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/food\/jamaica-exploding-food-travelers", "field_title_highlighted": "Jamaica Exploding", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The World Is Taking Notice of Jamaica's Gastronomical Offerings", "field_description_1": "Traditional Jamaican dishes and new plates using locally sourced ingredients have foodies across the globe coming to Jamaica. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_16.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-jerk-chicken.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-09-13 00:00:00", "body": "A breathtaking island bursting with culture and adventure, Jamaica is adding to its international allure by quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations for food lovers around the globe. With fresh and exotic ingredients to experience (and equally amazing places to try them), it was probably just a matter of time before Jamaican cuisine would have its food moment. And that moment is now.
      \r\nWhile many of us may still be hard pressed to name
      authentic Jamaican dishes<\/a>, tourists on the island are falling fast for the country\u2019s unique and mouthwatering delicacies. According to a study commissioned by a tourism group<\/a> on the island, Jamaica\u2019s culinary offerings are already among its top draws.
      \r\nJamaica\u2019s rich and diverse culinary history combined with the island\u2019s locally-sourced seafood,
      fruits and veggies<\/a>, makes for the perfect mix of eclectic and refined cuisine, everything from spicy fish stews to perfectly seasoned jerk, to name a few. So, while the scenery and lifestyle is enough to make you pack your bags for Jamaica, one taste of the authentic local food will have looking for ways to extend your stay.
      \r\nWhat Makes Jamaican Cuisine Unique?<\/strong>
      \r\nA culinary melting pot that reflects the cultures that have influenced the island over the centuries, Jamaica\u2019s local cuisine focuses on fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood that are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers. From fresh fish to an array of fruits unique to the Caribbean, there are many local ingredients that stand out in Jamaican dishes, including the hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers<\/strong> \u2013 a key ingredient in many of Jamaica\u2019s most famous dishes.
      \r\nAccording to the
      Cambridge World Atlas of Food<\/a>, Jamaica is listed as having 11 distinct foods, including ginger, hot pepper, sorrel, pimento and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee<\/a>. That\u2019s compared to 9 in France and 13 in Italy, countries that are considered foodie institutions.
      \r\nAsk someone to name a traditional Jamaican food and they\u2019ll most likely mention jerk<\/strong>. A Jamaican institution, jerk dishes can be found in just about every restaurant, roadside caf\u00e9 and, of course,
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios. The resort\u2019s 8 restaurants and daily jerk chicken stand, offer a sampling of everything that has garnered the world\u2019s foodie attention. 
      \r\nYou can also try just about every jerk specialty at the
      Ocho Rios Jerk Centre<\/strong><\/a>. There, you can get a taste of authentic jerk pork or chicken as its seasoned with, among other things, Scotch Bonnet peppers, wrapped in pimento leaves, and cooked slowly on a grill of hot coals.
      \r\nFrom the Caribbean<\/strong>
      \r\nThe fresh, local seafood that dominates Jamaican cuisine is another reason foodies flock to the island. From Escovitch fish, fried fish served with a sauce made of vinegar, onions, and hot peppers, to \u201cRun Down,\u201d a one-pot dish that usually includes fish and vegetables cooked in coconut milk until the fish breaks into pieces \u2013 there\u2019s no shortage of seafood on a traditional Jamaican menu.
      \r\nOf course, no exploration of Jamaican seafood is complete without the country\u2019s national dish, fresh Ackee and Saltfish<\/strong>. Usually served for breakfast, the dish consists of saut\u00e9ed ackee (a locally grown fruit) served with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and salted cod. This is without question one the island\u2019s most popular signature dishes.
      \r\nA New Generation of Jamaican Cuisine<\/strong>
      \r\nWith the proliferation of everything from roadside grills to five-star dining establishments, there\u2019s no better time to put Jamaica on your food destination bucket list. As a result of the increased popularity of its cuisine, the island is increasingly focusing its marketing efforts on food tourism with annual events like the
      Ocho Rios Seafood Festival<\/a> as a signature event to attract international foodies.
      \r\nSponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture and Entertainment, and the Ministry of Tourism, the festival has quickly become one of the country\u2019s best-known food events in the summer, offering a variety of seafood delights prepared by renowned chefs.
      \r\nWhat Does the Future Hold?<\/strong>
      \r\nWhether you stop by the famous
      Scotchies<\/a> in Ochos Rios for some of the most authentic jerk on the island or enjoy the local seafood delicacies at Moon Palace Jamaica\u2019s Buccaneers Reef<\/a>, you can\u2019t help but be pulled in by Jamaica\u2019s local food scene.
      \r\nBold, talented local chefs, combined with locally sourced seafood, fruits, and veggies, are the perfect storm for making Jamaica one of the trendiest places to feast in the world.
      \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_27.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_13.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_32.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "With the proliferation of everything from roadside grills to five-star dining establishments, there\u2019s no better time to put Jamaica on your food destination bucket list. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "A New Era Of Jamaican Cuisine", "field_description_1": "

      A breathtaking island bursting with culture and adventure, Jamaica is adding to its international allure by quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations for food lovers around the globe. With fresh and exotic ingredients to experience (and equally amazing places to try them), it was probably just a matter of time before Jamaican cuisine would have its food moment. And that moment is now.
      \r\nWhile many of us may still be hard pressed to name
      authentic Jamaican dishes<\/a>, tourists on the island are falling fast for the country\u2019s unique and mouthwatering delicacies. According to a study commissioned by a tourism group<\/a> on the island, Jamaica\u2019s culinary offerings are already among its top draws.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Jamaica\u2019s rich and diverse culinary history combined with the island\u2019s locally-sourced seafood, fruits and veggies<\/a>, makes for the perfect mix of eclectic and refined cuisine, everything from spicy fish stews to perfectly seasoned jerk, to name a few. So, while the scenery and lifestyle is enough to make you pack your bags for Jamaica, one taste of the authentic local food will have looking for ways to extend your stay.
      \r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "What Makes Jamaican Food Unique?", "field_description_1": "A culinary melting pot that reflects the cultures that have influenced the island over the centuries, Jamaica\u2019s local cuisine focuses on fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood that are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers. From fresh fish to an array of fruits unique to the Caribbean, there are many local ingredients that stand out in Jamaican dishes, including the hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers<\/strong> \u2013 a key ingredient in many of Jamaica\u2019s most famous dishes.
      \r\nAccording to the
      Cambridge World Atlas of Food<\/a>, Jamaica is listed as having 11 distinct foods, including ginger, hot pepper, sorrel, pimento and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee<\/a>. That\u2019s compared to 9 in France and 13 in Italy, countries that are considered foodie institutions.
      \r\nAsk someone to name a traditional Jamaican food and they\u2019ll most likely mention jerk<\/strong>. A Jamaican institution, jerk dishes can be found in just about every restaurant, roadside caf\u00e9 and, of course,
      Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios. The resort\u2019s 8 restaurants and daily jerk chicken stand, offer a sampling of everything that has garnered the world\u2019s foodie attention. 
      \r\nYou can also try just about every jerk specialty at the
      Ocho Rios Jerk Centre<\/strong><\/a>. There, you can get a taste of authentic jerk pork or chicken as its seasoned with, among other things, Scotch Bonnet peppers, wrapped in pimento leaves, and cooked slowly on a grill of hot coals.
      \r\nFrom the Caribbean<\/strong>
      \r\nThe fresh, local seafood that dominates Jamaican cuisine is another reason foodies flock to the island. From Escovitch fish, fried fish served with a sauce made of vinegar, onions, and hot peppers, to \u201cRun Down,\u201d a one-pot dish that usually includes fish and vegetables cooked in coconut milk until the fish breaks into pieces \u2013 there\u2019s no shortage of seafood on a traditional Jamaican menu.
      \r\nOf course, no exploration of Jamaican seafood is complete without the country\u2019s national dish, fresh Ackee and Saltfish<\/strong>. Usually served for breakfast, the dish consists of saut\u00e9ed ackee (a locally grown fruit) served with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and salted cod. This is without question one the island\u2019s most popular signature dishes." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "A New Generation of Jamaican Gastronomy", "field_description_1": "With the proliferation of everything from roadside grills to five-star dining establishments, there\u2019s no better time to put Jamaica on your food destination bucket list. As a result of the increased popularity of its cuisine, the island is increasingly focusing its marketing efforts on food tourism with annual events like the
      Ocho Rios Seafood Festival<\/a> as a signature event to attract international foodies.
      \r\nSponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture and Entertainment, and the Ministry of Tourism, the festival has quickly become one of the country\u2019s best-known food events in the summer, offering a variety of seafood delights prepared by renowned chefs.
      \r\nWhat Does the Future Hold?<\/strong>
      \r\nWhether you stop by the famous
      Scotchies<\/a> in Ochos Rios for some of the most authentic jerk on the island or enjoy the local seafood delicacies at Moon Palace Jamaica\u2019s Buccaneers Reef<\/a>, you can\u2019t help but be pulled in by Jamaica\u2019s local food scene.
      \r\nBold, talented local chefs, combined with locally sourced seafood, fruits, and veggies, are the perfect storm for making Jamaica one of the trendiest places to feast in the world." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.410321", "field_longitude": "-77.107218" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_32.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_36.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_18.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "103", "title": "The History of the Real Mexican Independence Day", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/5-things-know-about-real-mexican-independence-day", "field_title_highlighted": "The History of the Real", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "September Brings Mexicans Together To Celebrate Their True Independence", "field_description_1": "Food, fiestas, dances, \"El Grito,\" and more. What you should know about real Mexican Independence Day?" }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_15.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detial-mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-09-06 00:00:00", "body": "Let's be frank here: Aside from a killer tan, the single other thing that makes you giddier about returning from a vacation is being able to surprise your coworkers with some fresh knowledge about the destination you just visited, the kind that makes you come across as a truly learned world traveler.
      \r\nWell, here's a great chance to be that<\/em> person. September is informally known as \u201cIndependence Month\u201d throughout Mexico, so we're bringing you a quick primer to help you understand a little more about the ongoing festivities and the best ways to enjoy them like the locals do. Feel free to precede each tidbit with a smug: \"You know, a little known fact about Mexican D\u00eda de la Independencia<\/em> is\u2026\"\r\n

        \r\n\t
      1. It has NOTHING to do with Cinco de Mayo<\/strong><\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\nThis might be the most common mistake about general knowledge of Mexican holidays! In reality, May 5th<\/a> in Mexico is hardly regarded among the top national celebrations. It commemorates a military victory over invading French forces that took place back in 1862, which places it almost 52 years after the actual start of the War of Independence: September 16, 1810. And by the way, they were fighting under the Spanish rule back then, keep that in mind.
        \r\n \r\n
          \r\n\t
        1. It\u2019s about much more than just \u201cdrinking it up\u201d<\/strong><\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\nSorry, amigo<\/em>, no Cinco de Mayo drunken shenanigans for you on Mexican Independence Day. But feel free to drop by the nearest Mexican city hall or town square and you\u2019ll be treated to the ceremony known as \u201cEl Grito<\/em>\u201d:
          \r\n 
          \r\nThe highest ranked government officials (from the President to local mayors) lead a round of chants that echo the very same words that Miguel Hidalgo \u2013precursor of the independence movement \u2013 uttered to raise the people against their Spanish oppressors. Church bells will ring, flags will wave, and fireworks will light up the sky.
          \r\n 
          \r\nDon\u2019t worry, you\u2019ll still get to down a few beers and sip some tequila. It\u2019s a party, after all. Just don't come in expecting a Mexican version of St. Patrick's Day, another foreign holiday that has been turned into an excuse for day drinking. That being said\u2026
          \r\n \r\n
            \r\n\t
          1. Eat, drink, and be merry<\/strong><\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\n Any \u201cEl Grito<\/em>\u201d celebration worth its salt comes with a vast offering of street stalls where you can get your fill of traditional Mexican staples: tacos<\/em>, flautas<\/em>, tostadas<\/em>, corn-based snacks (like elotes<\/em> or esquites<\/em>), tamales<\/em>, cotton candy, deep-fried treats\u2026 And that\u2019s just the standard fare, there are countless regional specialties that you should absolutely enjoy.
            \r\n 
            \r\nIf hitting the streets and braving the crowds sounds too adventurous for you, call the Front Desk at your resort and ask if they have a \u201cNoche Mexicana<\/em>\u201d on schedule. At
            Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> the celebrations will give you a bit of everything. There will be a Mexican market setup so you can try the aforementioned specialties and cut the rug to regional dances. But that\u2019s just the start, as the Sunrise section of the resort will also host an assortment of shows including horses, mariachi, and even lucha libre<\/em>!
            \r\n \r\n
              \r\n\t
            1. Everything turns red, white and green<\/strong><\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\nThe colors in Mexico\u2019s flag permeate everything during Independence Month. The most egregious use of this chromatic palette can be found on the ultimate seasonal dish for this time of year: the \u201cchiles en nogada.\u201d<\/a> It\u2019s a poblano chile stuffed with shredded meat, dried fruit, and spices. The green skin of the chile is smothered with a white walnut-based sauce and red pomegranate seeds for patriotic effect.
              \r\n 
              \r\nYou\u2019ll find lots more examples of this colorful approach to food and drink, from traditional fruit-based drinks and
              cocktails<\/a> to varied sweets and assorted candies. 
              \r\n \r\n
                \r\n\t
              1. You\u2019ll feel quite welcome<\/strong><\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\nTime to leave your hangups about cultural appropriation aside: Truth is Mexicans appreciate foreigners who want to partake in the country\u2019s traditions and will feel flattered about your interest in their culture and folklore. So jump into the action with the right attitude, feel free to ask questions, and enjoy yourself: You\u2019ll have the time of your life and will likely make plenty of friends as you join the chorus of the Mariachi\u2019s song and shout \u201cViva Mexico!<\/em>\u201d at the top of your lungs. Just don't bring up Cinco de Mayo.
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_26.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumb-mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_31.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_28.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "The colors in Mexico\u2019s flag permeate everything during Independence Month. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Celebrate Independence Like a Real Mexican", "field_description_1": "

                Let's be frank here: Aside from a killer tan, the single other thing that makes you giddier about returning from a vacation is being able to surprise your coworkers with some fresh knowledge about the destination you just visited, the kind that makes you come across as a truly learned world traveler.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Well, here's a great chance to be that<\/em> person. September is informally known as \u201cIndependence Month\u201d throughout Mexico, so we're bringing you a quick primer to help you understand a little more about the ongoing festivities and the best ways to enjoy them like the locals do. Feel free to precede each tidbit with a smug: \"You know, a little known fact about Mexican D\u00eda de la Independencia<\/em> is\u2026\"
                \r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "The Real History", "field_description_1": "

                It has NOTHING to do with Cinco de Mayo<\/strong>
                \r\nThis might be the most common mistake about general knowledge of Mexican holidays! In reality,
                May 5th<\/a> in Mexico is hardly regarded among the top national celebrations. It commemorates a military victory over invading French forces that took place back in 1862, which places it almost 52 years after the actual start of the War of Independence: September 16, 1810. And by the way, they were fighting under the Spanish rule back then, keep that in mind.
                \r\nIt\u2019s about much more than just \u201cdrinking it up\u201d<\/strong>
                \r\nSorry, amigo<\/em>, no Cinco de Mayo drunken shenanigans for you on Mexican Independence Day. But feel free to drop by the nearest Mexican city hall or town square and you\u2019ll be treated to the ceremony known as \u201cEl Grito<\/em>\u201d:
                \r\nThe highest ranked government officials (from the President to local mayors) lead a round of chants that echo the very same words that Miguel Hidalgo \u2013precursor of the independence movement \u2013 uttered to raise the people against their Spanish oppressors. Church bells will ring, flags will wave, and fireworks will light up the sky.
                \r\nDon\u2019t worry, you\u2019ll still get to down a few beers and sip some tequila. It\u2019s a party, after all. Just don't come in expecting a Mexican version of St. Patrick's Day, another foreign holiday that has been turned into an excuse for day drinking. That being said\u2026<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Celebrating in Style", "field_description_1": "Eat, drink, and be merry<\/strong>
                \r\nAny \u201cEl Grito<\/em>\u201d celebration worth its salt comes with a vast offering of street stalls where you can get your fill of traditional Mexican staples: tacos<\/em>, flautas<\/em>, tostadas<\/em>, corn-based snacks (like elotes<\/em> or esquites<\/em>), tamales<\/em>, cotton candy, deep-fried treats\u2026 And that\u2019s just the standard fare, there are countless regional specialties that you should absolutely enjoy.
                \r\nIf hitting the streets and braving the crowds sounds too adventurous for you, call the Front Desk at your resort and ask if they have a \u201cNoche Mexicana<\/em>\u201d on schedule. At
                Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> the celebrations will give you a bit of everything.
                \r\nThere will be a Mexican market setup so you can try the aforementioned specialties and cut the rug to regional dances. But that\u2019s just the start, as the Sunrise section of the resort will also host an assortment of shows including horses, mariachi, and even lucha libre<\/em>! 
                \r\nEverything turns red, white, and green<\/strong>
                \r\nThe colors in Mexico\u2019s flag permeate everything during Independence Month. The most egregious use of this chromatic palette can be found on the ultimate seasonal dish for this time of year: the
                \u201cchiles en nogada.\u201d<\/a> It\u2019s a poblano chile stuffed with shredded meat, dried fruit, and spices. The green skin of the chile is smothered with a white walnut-based sauce and red pomegranate seeds for patriotic effect.
                \r\nYou\u2019ll find lots more examples of this colorful approach to food and drink, from traditional fruit-based drinks and
                cocktails<\/a> to varied sweets and assorted candies. 
                \r\nYou\u2019ll feel quite welcome<\/strong>
                \r\nTime to leave your hangups about cultural appropriation aside: Truth is Mexicans appreciate foreigners who want to partake in the country\u2019s traditions and will feel flattered about your interest in their culture and folklore. So jump into the action with the right attitude, feel free to ask questions, and enjoy yourself: You\u2019ll have the time of your life and will likely make plenty of friends as you join the chorus of the Mariachi\u2019s song and shout \u201cViva Mexico!<\/em>\u201d at the top of your lungs. Just don't bring up Cinco de Mayo. 
                \r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9881085", "field_longitude": "-86.8302777" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_31.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumb.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-Mex-Indy.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last-mexi-indy.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "102", "title": "7 Cool Museums To Visit in Cancun ", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/curators-cool-7-memorable-museums-riviera-maya", "field_title_highlighted": "7 Cool Museums", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Mayan Artifacts, 3D Art, Underwater Sculptures And More!", "field_description_1": "In the mood for some culture and fun? Don't miss these museums next time you are in Cancun." }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover-museum.jpg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "7 Memorable museums in Riviera Maya" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-mobile.jpeg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Museo de Maya de Cancun" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-08-31 00:00:00", "body": "

                Nothing wrong with poolside cocktails and beach-related fun, but would it hurt to sneak in a little culture along the way of your perfect trip to the Mexican Caribbean? Of course not. And with both millennials<\/a> and families<\/a> increasingly demanding a variety of cultural experiences as part of their travel itineraries, it goes without saying that getting your culture on should be part of your next getaway.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Nowhere is that more obvious than in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The Yucatan Peninsula\u2019s long and rich history makes it a playground for museums and historical reflection. But if you are picturing stuffy museums with climate-controlled offerings and bookish tour guides, think again. Check out these fun and cool offerings, which are as likely as to require scuba gear, as they are floor maps.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                3D Museum of Wonders (Playa del Carmen)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Step into this recently opened palace of optical illusions and whimsical wonderment, and you\u2019ll fill your Instagram account with some of the most inventive selfies ever.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                The museum<\/a> hosts over 60 \u201cpavement art\u201d pieces where you actually step into author\u2019s Kurt Wenner creations that, when viewed from the right angle, provide incredible visual scenarios. Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for kids 5 to 12, and there\u2019s a 50% discount on Sundays.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Mayan Museum of Cancun (Cancun)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Back when the San Miguelito archeological site was discovered, the Mexican government did the only reasonable thing: build an impressive museum<\/a> around it. The result spans almost 200 acres of exhibits that provide a thorough view of Mayan civilization and its relevance among pre-Columbian cultures. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission is $3.50.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                CEDAM \u2013 National Museum of Underwater Archeology (Puerto Aventuras)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Don\u2019t be deceived by this small, unassuming museum<\/a>: it packs a vast collection of artifacts extracted from historic shipwrecks around the area, and it\u2019ll provide a well-deserved respite from all the sun soaked fun in Akumal. Best of all: Free admission!<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                MUSA \u2013 Underwater Museum of Art (Cancun, Isla Mujeres)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                If you think air-conditioned museum halls are overrated, why not take things underwater? That\u2019s right; get ready to take on MUSA\u2019s collection of 500 submerged sculptures<\/a> spread across the pristine subaquatic beauty of its two main sites.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                You can take a tour on board a glass-bottom boat, do some snorkeling, or just dive in with your scuba gear. Just make sure your camera is waterproof! Prices may vary according to the type of tour you choose, so you\u2019re better off contacting musamexico.org<\/a> ahead of your visit.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Prehistoric Museum at Parque Dos Ojos (Tulum)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Here\u2019s another modest museum<\/a> that delivers plenty of bang for your buck. Nestled on top of a major system of subterranean rivers that feed the cenotes<\/em> and other significant bodies of water, this interesting midway stop on the highway that connects Cancun and Tulum<\/a> is dedicated to the archeological and anthropological vestiges of the Ice Age, with plenty of fossilized remains of prehistoric animals on display. Moreover, your guides may be the same scuba divers who uncovered these spectacular pieces, so you know you\u2019re only getting the most accurate info from them. Open all week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $2.50.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                The Island Museum (Cozumel)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                After undergoing a major renovation, this carefully curated museum<\/a> provides a truly comprehensive look at Cozumel, its surrounding waters, and the historical and contemporary relevance of the island, the place where Spanish explorers first came in contact with the indigenous Mexican tribes.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                There\u2019s plenty to see among four main halls, an area dedicated to Mayan culture, and the temporary exhibits. Opens Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $4.00 for adults, while kids under 8 get in for free.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Mexican Folk Art Museum (Xcaret)<\/strong><\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                You\u2019ll get your fill of colorful Mexican folklore at this place, where you can truly grasp the variety and distinctive regional styles<\/a> found within the entire country, thanks to the work of its expert craftsmen.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

                Visitors are particularly attracted by the huge collection of dolls inspired by the D\u00eda de Muertos<\/em> (Day of the Dead) festivities. Admission is free, but make sure you bring some money for souvenirs. You won\u2019t want to leave empty handed. Opens Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.<\/p>\r\n", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-museums.jpg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Mexican museums paintings" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-museum.jpeg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Mexican museums" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/left-gallery-museums.jpg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Mexican museums" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/right-gallery-musuem.jpg", "alt": "Dive sites, Mexican Caribbean, Caribbean adventure, Riviera Maya, scubba diving", "title": "Amazing museums in Mexico" } }, "field_description_1": "With both millennials and families increasingly demanding a variety of cultural experiences as part of their travel itineraries, it goes without saying that getting your culture on should be part of your next getaway.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Culture, History, And Fun ", "field_description_1": "

                Nothing wrong with poolside cocktails and beach-related fun, but would it hurt to sneak in a little culture along the way of your perfect trip to the Mexican Caribbean? Of course not. And with both millennials<\/a> and families<\/a> increasingly demanding a variety of cultural experiences as part of their travel itineraries, it goes without saying that getting your culture on should be part of your next getaway.
                \r\nNowhere is that more obvious than in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The Yucatan Peninsula\u2019s long and rich history makes it a playground for museums and historical reflection. But if you are picturing stuffy museums with climate-controlled offerings and bookish tour guides, think again. Check out these fun and cool offerings, which are as likely as to require scuba gear, as they are floor maps.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Mayans and Multi-Dimensions", "field_description_1": "

                3D Museum of Wonders (Playa del Carmen)<\/strong>
                \r\nStep into this recently opened palace of optical illusions and whimsical wonderment, and you\u2019ll fill your Instagram account with some of the most inventive selfies ever.
                \r\nThe
                museum<\/a> hosts over 60 \u201cpavement art\u201d pieces where you actually step into author\u2019s Kurt Wenner creations that, when viewed from the right angle, provide incredible visual scenarios. Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for kids 5 to 12, and there\u2019s a 50% discount on Sundays.
                \r\nMayan Museum of Cancun (Cancun)<\/strong>
                \r\nBack when the San Miguelito archeological site was discovered, the Mexican government did the only reasonable thing: build an
                impressive museum<\/a> around it. The result spans almost 200 acres of exhibits that provide a thorough view of Mayan civilization and its relevance among pre-Columbian cultures. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission is $3.50.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "History Beneath the Surface", "field_description_1": "

                CEDAM \u2013 National Museum of Underwater Archeology (Puerto Aventuras)<\/strong>
                \r\nDon\u2019t be deceived by this small,
                unassuming museum<\/a>: it packs a vast collection of artifacts extracted from historic shipwrecks around the area, and it\u2019ll provide a well-deserved respite from all the sun soaked fun in Akumal. Best of all: Free admission!
                \r\nMUSA \u2013 Underwater Museum of Art (Cancun, Isla Mujeres)<\/strong>
                \r\nIf you think air-conditioned museum halls are overrated, why not take things underwater? That\u2019s right; get ready to take on
                MUSA\u2019s collection of 500 submerged sculptures<\/a> spread across the pristine subaquatic beauty of its two main sites.
                \r\nYou can take a tour on board a glass-bottom boat, do some snorkeling, or just dive in with your scuba gear. Just make sure your camera is waterproof! Prices may vary according to the type of tour you choose, so you\u2019re better off contacting
                musamexico.org<\/a> ahead of your visit.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

                Prehistoric Museum at Parque Dos Ojos (Tulum)<\/strong>
                \r\nHere\u2019s another
                modest museum<\/a> that delivers plenty of bang for your buck. Nestled on top of a major system of subterranean rivers that feed the cenotes<\/em> and other significant bodies of water, this interesting midway stop on the highway that connects Cancun and Tulum<\/a> is dedicated to the archeological and anthropological vestiges of the Ice Age, with plenty of fossilized remains of prehistoric animals on display. Moreover, your guides may be the same scuba divers who uncovered these spectacular pieces, so you know you\u2019re only getting the most accurate info from them. Open all week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $2.50.
                \r\nThe Island Museum (Cozumel)<\/strong>
                \r\nAfter undergoing a major renovation, this
                carefully curated museum<\/a> provides a truly comprehensive look at Cozumel, its surrounding waters, and the historical and contemporary relevance of the island, the place where Spanish explorers first came in contact with the indigenous Mexican tribes.
                \r\nThere\u2019s plenty to see among four main halls, an area dedicated to Mayan culture, and the temporary exhibits. Opens Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $4.00 for adults, while kids under 8 get in for free.
                \r\nMexican Folk Art Museum (Xcaret)<\/strong>
                \r\nYou\u2019ll get your fill of colorful Mexican folklore at this place, where you can truly grasp the variety and
                distinctive regional styles<\/a> found within the entire country, thanks to the work of its expert craftsmen.
                \r\nVisitors are particularly attracted by the huge collection of dolls inspired by the D\u00eda de Muertos<\/em> (Day of the Dead) festivities. Admission is free, but make sure you bring some money for souvenirs. You won\u2019t want to leave empty handed. Opens Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1334361", "field_longitude": "-86.749412" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-small-museum.jpeg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Mexican museums" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-museums.jpg", "alt": "Dive sites, Mexican Caribbean, Caribbean adventure, Riviera Maya, scubba diving", "title": "Amazing museums in Mexico" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-mobile-museums.jpeg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Museo de Maya de Cancun" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-museums.jpg", "alt": "Cancun museums, mexican culture, mexican museums, cultural experiences, 3D Museum of Wonders, Mayan Museum of Cancun, National Museum of Underwater Archeology, Underwater Museum of Art", "title": "Museo de Maya de Cancun" } } }, { "nid": "101", "title": "Cozumel Hosts Ironman Extravaganza", "path": "content\/cozumel-hosts-ironman-extravaganza", "field_title_highlighted": "Cozumel Hosts", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Four Races Highlight Fall on Mexican Island", "field_description_1": "Triathletes from across the globe descend on Cozumel starting in September to test their mettle on the picturesque island. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_14.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_64.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Vivian Nelson Melle", "field_date": "2017-08-25 00:00:00", "body": "From September through November, Ironman events transform Cozumel, Mexico into an athlete's playground. The island oasis hosts the Ironman 70.3<\/strong>, the Ironkids<\/strong>, GFNY Cozumel<\/strong>, and the Ironman Cozumel<\/strong>.
                \r\nWhile athletes test their endurance, spectators marvel at their skills while cheering them on. Both take advantage of the events to enjoy all the island has to offer at resorts like
                Cozumel Palace<\/a>, located along the Ironman route providing easy access to and from a variety of race-related activities.
                \r\nBalance of Beauty and Bravado<\/strong>
                \r\nMiguel Castillo Guerrero<\/strong>, 29, has participated in Ironman events around Mexico for several years, but says the Cozumel events are his favorites because of the balance of physical beauty and challenging road courses.
                \r\nCastillo competed in the Ironman 70.3 the past three years and this year will be the first he takes on the full Ironman race on the island. \u201cThe starting point at Chankanaab Park might be the best swimming course in the world. The water visibility is very clear and there are almost never waves so you can swim fast,\u201d he said.
                \r\nAlthough Cozumel is relatively flat, Castillo says competitors often mistakenly believe that the picturesque island is a relatively easy Ironman course, devoid of major challenges. Among them is the 20 kilometer bike trek on the Caribbean side of the island forces riders to confront winds strong enough to blow riders off their line.
                \r\n\u201cWhen you are in the wind tunnel it is extremely challenging,\u201d he explained, \u201cBut the view to your right is breathtaking.\u201d
                \r\nBeyond the beauty and challenge of Ironman Cozumel, Castillo said the island races represent a perfect opportunity to piggyback a post-race vacation to help relax and enjoy the total experience. He says many Ironmen take the opportunity to book stays at resorts like Cozumel Palace to make the most of their trip.
                \r\n\u201cYou can arrive on Cozumel island a couple of days before your race, train without interruption, complete your race, and then spend a couple of days relaxing with all Cozumel has to offer afterwards.\u201d
                \r\nHere\u2019s a look at each race in the coming months:
                \r\nCozumel's Ironman 70.3 Blasts Off on September 24<\/strong>
                \r\nThe firing pistol starts with
                Ironman 70.3.<\/a> Some of the best athletes will swim the Caribbean, bike rugged terrain, and finish with a vigorous run. Participants can choose 2 or 4-hour competition spans. Test your endurance as routes navigate the 1.2 miles of ocean swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running. Feed fierce competitive spirits while enjoying clear blue seas and majestic Mayan views.
                \r\nChildren\u2019s Ironkids Submarine Adventure<\/strong>
                \r\nOn September 30, children can show their athletic prowess with
                Ironkids<\/a>. This year\u2019s theme is Submarine Adventure<\/strong>. Root for 200 youth participants competing in running, swimming, and biking. Young athletes will make new friends amidst island fun.
                \r\nAfter Ironkids, children can enjoy the kid-friendly state-of-the-art Playroom at Cozumel Palace. Best part?
                Kids and teens stay free<\/a>.
                \r\nBike the GFNY Cozumel<\/strong>
                \r\nOn November 12, the
                Gran Fondo New York<\/a> brings cycling to a Mayan paradise. Often described as the top cycling event in Mexico, participants travel down majestic Mayan coastlines. Cyclists, heed the call for competition! Bike 20 miles of coastal trails with vigorous, challenging winds.
                \r\nShow Your Strength in the Ironman Cozumel<\/strong>
                \r\nThe culmination of this year\u2019s Ironman events takes place November 26 with
                Ironman Cozumel<\/a>. This endurance tester includes a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride around the Mayan beauty of Cozumel.
                \r\nThe triathlon finishes with a 13 mile run amidst island greenery and sea breezes. Cross the finish line knowing a deep pressure massage awaits you. After the contest, a hero-worthy dinner awaits racers and spectators alike for Palace Resorts\u2019 guests at Cozumel Palace\u2019s
                Turquesa Restaurant<\/a>. Of course, you can always enjoy quiet room service \u2013 offered 24 hours a day<\/a> \u2013 when a recovery in bed is all you need.
                \r\nEnjoy Cozumel Fun by Sea or Land<\/strong>
                \r\nOff the east coast of Mexico, in the calm waters of the Caribbean, you\u2019ll find Cozumel. Turquoise waters embrace this island oasis providing aquatic activities and exotic wildlife. Inland, the beautiful San Gervasio Ruins provide historical context for the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization. Find fascinating sea life in the local waters. Take a dip and swim with tropical fish, four shark species, dolphin, and sea turtles. The island provides a perfect landscape for Ironman events and after-play affairs.
                \r\nBask in Tranquil Surroundings and Enjoy Delicious Fare<\/strong>
                \r\n
                Cozumel Palace<\/a> knows that even an Ironman needs pampering. Guests rest easy in gorgeous suites overlooking pristine Caribbean waters. Enjoy delicious meals in one of the laid-back indoor settings or go formal with elegant dinner fare. Treat sore, exhausted muscles to a deep-tissue massage. Feeling adventurous? The intriguing fish spa treatment<\/a> with Garra Rufa fish is sure to please. \u201cDoctor fish\u201d remove dead, calloused skin from triathlon-exhausted feet.  
                \r\nFall is the Perfect Time for a Cozumel Adventure<\/strong>
                \r\nFall in Cozumel provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and relaxation. Families, couples, and solo adventurers have an overflowing Cozumel calendar. Tranquil waters, engaging water sports, and the explorable coral reef is all within reach. The Cozumel climate is perfect. Cozumel's daytime reaches the high 80s while breeze-ushered evenings fall to the mid 70s. Every day is the perfect day for Caribbean fun.
                \r\n
                \r\n
                \r\n
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_25.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_12.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_27.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cYou can arrive on Cozumel island a couple of days before your race, train without interruption, complete your race, and then spend a couple of days relaxing with all Cozumel has to offer afterwards.\u201d", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Choose Your Cozumel Ironman Adventure on Dream Island Destination", "field_description_1": "From September through November, Ironman events transform Cozumel, Mexico into an athlete's playground. The island oasis hosts the Ironman 70.3<\/strong>, the Ironkids<\/strong>, GFNY Cozumel<\/strong>, and the Ironman Cozumel<\/strong>.
                \r\nWhile athletes test their endurance, spectators marvel at their skills while cheering them on. Both take advantage of the events to enjoy all the island has to offer at resorts like
                Cozumel Palace<\/a>, located along the Ironman route providing easy access to and from a variety of race-related activities." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Balance of Beauty and Bravado", "field_description_1": "Miguel Castillo Guerrero<\/strong>, 29, has participated in Ironman events around Mexico for several years, but says the Cozumel events are his favorites because of the balance of physical beauty and challenging road courses.
                \r\nCastillo competed in the Ironman 70.3 the past three years and this year will be the first he takes on the full Ironman race on the island. \u201cThe starting point at Chankanaab Park might be the best swimming course in the world. The water visibility is very clear and there are almost never waves so you can swim fast,\u201d he said.
                \r\nAlthough Cozumel is relatively flat, Castillo says competitors often mistakenly believe that the picturesque island is a relatively easy Ironman course, devoid of major challenges. Among them is the 20 kilometer bike trek on the Caribbean side of the island forces riders to confront winds strong enough to blow riders off their line.
                \r\n\u201cWhen you are in the wind tunnel it is extremely challenging,\u201d he explained, \u201cBut the view to your right is breathtaking.\u201d
                \r\nBeyond the beauty and challenge of Ironman Cozumel, Castillo said the island races represent a perfect opportunity to piggyback a post-race vacation to help relax and enjoy the total experience. He says many Ironmen take the opportunity to book stays at resorts like Cozumel Palace to make the most of their trip.
                \r\n\u201cYou can arrive on Cozumel island a couple of days before your race, train without interruption, complete your race, and then spend a couple of days relaxing with all Cozumel has to offer afterwards.\u201d
                \r\nHere\u2019s a look at each race in the coming months:" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "An Ironman For Every Kind of Athlete", "field_description_1": "Cozumel's Ironman 70.3 Blasts Off on September 24<\/strong>
                \r\nThe firing pistol starts with
                Ironman 70.3.<\/a> Some of the best athletes will swim the Caribbean, bike rugged terrain, and finish with a vigorous run. Participants can choose 2 or 4-hour competition spans. Test your endurance as routes navigate the 1.2 miles of ocean swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running. Feed fierce competitive spirits while enjoying clear blue seas and majestic Mayan views.
                \r\nChildren\u2019s Ironkids Submarine Adventure<\/strong>
                \r\nOn September 30, children can show their athletic prowess with
                Ironkids<\/a>. This year\u2019s theme is Submarine Adventure<\/strong>. Root for 200 youth participants competing in running, swimming, and biking. Young athletes will make new friends amidst island fun.
                \r\nAfter Ironkids, children can enjoy the kid-friendly state-of-the-art Playroom at Cozumel Palace. Best part?
                Kids and teens stay free<\/a>.
                \r\nBike the GFNY Cozumel<\/strong>
                \r\nOn November 12, the
                Gran Fondo New York<\/a> brings cycling to a Mayan paradise. Often described as the top cycling event in Mexico, participants travel down majestic Mayan coastlines. Cyclists, heed the call for competition! Bike 20 miles of coastal trails with vigorous, challenging winds.
                \r\nShow Your Strength in the Ironman Cozumel<\/strong>
                \r\nThe culmination of this year\u2019s Ironman events takes place November 26 with
                Ironman Cozumel<\/a>. This endurance tester includes a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride around the Mayan beauty of Cozumel.
                \r\nThe triathlon finishes with a 13 mile run amidst island greenery and sea breezes. Cross the finish line knowing a deep pressure massage awaits you. After the contest, a hero-worthy dinner awaits racers and spectators alike for Palace Resorts\u2019 guests at Cozumel Palace\u2019s
                Turquesa Restaurant<\/a>. Of course, you can always enjoy quiet room service \u2013 offered 24 hours a day<\/a> \u2013 when a recovery in bed is all you need." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Enjoy Cozumel Fun by Sea or Land<\/strong>
                \r\nOff the east coast of Mexico, in the calm waters of the Caribbean, you\u2019ll find Cozumel. Turquoise waters embrace this island oasis providing aquatic activities and exotic wildlife. Inland, the beautiful San Gervasio Ruins provide historical context for the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization. Find fascinating sea life in the local waters. Take a dip and swim with tropical fish, four shark species, dolphin, and sea turtles. The island provides a perfect landscape for Ironman events and after-play affairs.
                \r\nBask in Tranquil Surroundings and Enjoy Delicious Fare<\/strong>
                \r\n
                Cozumel Palace<\/a> knows that even an Ironman needs pampering. Guests rest easy in gorgeous suites overlooking pristine Caribbean waters. Enjoy delicious meals in one of the laid-back indoor settings or go formal with elegant dinner fare. Treat sore, exhausted muscles to a deep-tissue massage. Feeling adventurous? The intriguing fish spa treatment<\/a> with Garra Rufa fish is sure to please. \u201cDoctor fish\u201d remove dead, calloused skin from triathlon-exhausted feet.
                \r\nFall is the Perfect Time for a Cozumel Adventure<\/strong>
                \r\nFall in Cozumel provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and relaxation. Families, couples, and solo adventurers have an overflowing Cozumel calendar. Tranquil waters, engaging water sports, and the explorable coral reef is all within reach. The Cozumel climate is perfect. Cozumel's daytime reaches the high 80s while breeze-ushered evenings fall to the mid 70s. Every day is the perfect day for Caribbean fun." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.5031", "field_longitude": "-86.9615857" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_35.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_17.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "98", "title": "Why Destination Weddings Are Better!", "path": "content\/why-destination-weddings-are-better", "field_title_highlighted": "Why Destination", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Considering Moving Your Nuptials Out of the Country? Here's What You Need to Know!", "field_description_1": "Believe it or not, planning a destination wedding can end up being cheaper than getting married at your local church. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_13.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_62.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-08-22 00:00:00", "body": "

                After popping the big question, many engaged couples entertain the idea of having a destination wedding. For those who don\u2019t know yet, destination weddings involve hosting a wedding ceremony and reception at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives, often on a romantic beach locale like Jamaica or Mexico.<\/p>\r\nWhat's a destination wedding like you ask? Instead of the typical banquet hall nuptials, envision exchanging vows in an exotic paradise with every wedding detail, from decor to flowers, arranged at the destination to suit your taste. Destination weddings at all-inclusive resorts<\/a> can have all the convenience of home, while celebrating your big day in an unforgettable way.
                \r\nWhat\u2019s so great about destination weddings? Glad you asked. Here are five reasons why more couples are choosing destination weddings \u2013 and how having one can make your special day one to remember.
                \r\nA Destination Wedding is Unique<\/strong>
                \r\nIf you\u2019re not one to follow the status quo, why not make your wedding one to remember? More than 2 million American couples wed every year but according to
                travel industry figures<\/a> less than 340,000 of those are destination weddings.
                \r\nNothing says a one-of-a-kind wedding like tropical sunsets on a sandy beach with your closest friends and family. Another bonus - you won\u2019t have to choose from the same old hometown wedding spots.
                \r\nDestination Weddings Are Often Cheaper<\/strong>
                \r\nFrom venues to catering, the budget for your typical I Do\u2019s can quickly run out of control. As traditional weddings get pricier (one
                poll<\/a> estimates a wedding in the United States averages over $35,000), destination I Do\u2019s are becoming increasingly popular - and for good reason. At Palace Resorts<\/a>, you can receive over $27,000 in complimentary benefits that include free rooms, free cocktail parties, and free receptions.
                \r\nYour guests can also enjoy
                Resort Credit<\/a> ($1,500 for a 5 night stay and up), perfect for a day at the spa<\/a>, or a fun excursion after your ceremony. Also, when you choose to exchange vows in a stunning setting, it doesn\u2019t take much to dress it up, saving you money to spend on your honeymoon!
                \r\nPlanning Can Be a Breeze<\/strong>
                \r\nLet\u2019s face it \u2013 wedding planning can create a lot of anxiety! But when you opt for a destination wedding, not only will the beautiful setting of a tropical paradise ease your nerves, you can also take advantage of wedding planning services. Whether your wedding is an intimate gathering for 20 or a more formal affair of 200, many wedding-worthy destinations, like Palace Resorts, offer packages to keep planning simplified while still giving options to personalize your event.
                \r\nFrom helping to navigate through pre-wedding details like marriage licenses and ceremony officiants to reception specifics like catering menus and music, venue wedding planners are more than happy to help with any decisions for your big day.
                \r\nYou Can Incorporate Local Vibes<\/strong>
                \r\nWith a destination wedding you can easily bring in authentic local flair when it comes to your wedding details like food and music. \u201cIncorporating the local traditions is critical for many couples. They don\u2019t just want a destination wedding\u2014they want it to feel authentic down to the food, wine, music and more,\u201d says Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-president of
                Valerie Wilson Travel to Travel Weekly<\/a>.
                \r\nDestination Weddings Are More Intimate<\/strong>
                \r\nWhen you have a run-of-the-mill hometown wedding, the guest list can often become never-ending, usually resulting in a night of running from table to table to make the rounds to see everyone. Not only can destination weddings help to keep your guest list in check, ensuring that your wedding ceremony is witnessed only by those who truly mean the most to you, but it also gives your loved ones a good reason for some well-needed time off. \u2028\u2028
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_24.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_11.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_26.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "As traditional weddings get pricier (one poll estimates a wedding in the United States averages over $35,000), destination I Do\u2019s are becoming increasingly popular - and for good reason. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "What a Trip! Get Married Away From Home", "field_description_1": "

                By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\nAfter popping the big question, many engaged couples entertain the idea of having a destination wedding. For those who don\u2019t know yet, destination weddings involve hosting a wedding ceremony and reception at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives, often on a romantic beach locale like Jamaica or Mexico.
                \r\nWhat's a destination wedding like you ask? Instead of the typical banquet hall nuptials, envision exchanging vows in an exotic paradise with every wedding detail, from decor to flowers, arranged at the destination to suit your taste. Destination weddings at
                all-inclusive resorts<\/a> can have all the convenience of home, while celebrating your big day in an unforgettable way.
                \r\nWhat\u2019s so great about destination weddings? Glad you asked. Here are five reasons why more couples are choosing destination weddings \u2013 and how having one can make your special day one to remember." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "A Destination Wedding is Unique", "field_description_1": "If you\u2019re not one to follow the status quo, why not make your wedding one to remember? More than 2 million American couples wed every year but according to
                travel industry figures<\/a> less than 340,000 of those are destination weddings.
                \r\nNothing says a one-of-a-kind wedding like tropical sunsets on a sandy beach with your closest friends and family. Another bonus - you won\u2019t have to choose from the same old hometown wedding spots." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Wedding with Benefits", "field_description_1": "Destination Weddings Are Often Cheaper<\/strong>
                \r\nFrom venues to catering, the budget for your typical I Do\u2019s can quickly run out of control. As traditional weddings get pricier (one
                poll<\/a> estimates a wedding in the United States averages over $35,000), destination I Do\u2019s are becoming increasingly popular - and for good reason. At Palace Resorts<\/a>, you can receive over $27,000 in complimentary benefits that include free rooms, free cocktail parties, and free receptions.
                \r\nYour guests can also enjoy
                Resort Credit<\/a> ($1,500 for a 5 night stay and up), perfect for a day at the spa<\/a>, or a fun excursion after your ceremony. Also, when you choose to exchange vows in a stunning setting, it doesn\u2019t take much to dress it up, saving you money to spend on your honeymoon!
                \r\nPlanning Can Be a Breeze<\/strong>
                \r\nLet\u2019s face it \u2013 wedding planning can create a lot of anxiety! But when you opt for a destination wedding, not only will the beautiful setting of a tropical paradise ease your nerves, you can also take advantage of wedding planning services. Whether your wedding is an intimate gathering for 20 or a more formal affair of 200, many wedding-worthy destinations, like Palace Resorts, offer packages to keep planning simplified while still giving options to personalize your event.
                \r\nFrom helping to navigate through pre-wedding details like marriage licenses and ceremony officiants to reception specifics like catering menus and music, venue wedding planners are more than happy to help with any decisions for your big day." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Local and Intimate", "field_description_1": "You Can Incorporate Local Vibes<\/strong>
                \r\nWith a destination wedding you can easily bring in authentic local flair when it comes to your wedding details like food and music. \u201cIncorporating the local traditions is critical for many couples. They don\u2019t just want a destination wedding\u2014they want it to feel authentic down to the food, wine, music and more,\u201d says Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-president of
                Valerie Wilson Travel to Travel Weekly<\/a>.
                \r\nDestination Weddings Are More Intimate<\/strong>
                \r\nWhen you have a run-of-the-mill hometown wedding, the guest list can often become never-ending, usually resulting in a night of running from table to table to make the rounds to see everyone. Not only can destination weddings help to keep your guest list in check, ensuring that your wedding ceremony is witnessed only by those who truly mean the most to you, but it also gives your loved ones a good reason for some well-needed time off. \u2028\u2028" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.0441773", "field_longitude": "-86.7846934" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_33.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_15.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "96", "title": "Everything You Need to Know About Cancun's Cenotes", "path": "content\/magical-cenotes-mexico-underground-adventures", "field_title_highlighted": "Everything You Need to Know", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "One of the Riviera Maya's Most Exhilarating Thrills Comes From Deep Below", "field_description_1": "Cool, crystalline waters, amazing underground caves and tunnels and all manner of wildlife can be found in Mexico's cenotes. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_12.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes", "title": "Everything you need to know about Cancun's Cenotes" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_61.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes", "title": "Everything you need to know about Cancun's Cenotes" }, "field_written_by": "Sebastian del Marmol", "field_date": "2017-08-17 00:00:00", "body": "By now, the brilliance and warmth of the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean are well known the world over. But for many who aren\u2019t familiar with the Riviera Maya, a dip, dive, or swim in one of the ubiquitous cenotes or wells, that dot the Yucatan Peninsula, should be considered just as crucial to a true appreciation of Cancun.
                \r\n 
                \r\nFrom sun-drenched watering holes to eerie bat-lined caves with seemingly bottomless diving opportunities and endless stalagmites, the breadth and range of cenotes in the region is staggering. There a upwards of 7,000 known cenotes, but the true number is generally thought to be much more. You could spend a lifetime exploring them and just scratch the surface of the total there is to see.
                \r\n 
                \r\nThat being said, you need a game plan if you plan to tackle one or more of the cenotes on a particular trip. Are you exploring on your own or will this be a family affair with kids and maybe even grandparents? Do you want to go below the surface, or do you prefer wading along above the surface? Are you an extreme sports nut who wants to jump 40 feet into a jungle watering hole, or zip line into the middle of another?
                \r\n 
                \r\nOnce you\u2019ve decided, chances are there are several cenotes to choose from. To help you on your exploration of one of Mexico\u2019s natural wonders, here are Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Cenotes Adventure<\/strong>.
                \r\n 
                \r\nGetting There Can Be Half the Fun<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nCenotes are mostly off the beaten path but Mayans built pyramids and temples near major cenotes (see
                Chichen Itza<\/a>), Spanish explorers stumbled upon many others and everyday folk have even had the limestone underneath their feet sink out beneath them to discover new ones.
                \r\n 
                \r\nAtop a mountain bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or just an extended hike, you can trek down the Ruta de los Cenotes<\/strong> through the heart of the jungle and visit 12 different cenotes. Though you can literally drive up to some cenotes, including the creepier Kin Ha<\/strong>, most of them involve going into the jungle like a native. It is hard  work, but it also affords you the chance to get close to nature, which is why you are there in the first place!
                \r\n 
                \r\nTake a Tour<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nGetting to a particular cenote can be challenging but navigating your way into these hidden treasure can be downright daunting. Your best bet, especially for first timers, is taking a guided tour with experts who know the cenotes and all their mysteries.
                \r\n 
                \r\nThe
                Rio Secreto<\/a> tour has quickly become Cancun\u2019s most popular, despite the cenote and underground river being discovered less than a decade ago. Guides explain the geological marvels your eyes will witness and wetsuits, booties, lifejackets, helmets, and even headlamps are all provided. If you are staying at Palace Resorts<\/a>, meet with Palace Vacation Planners to sign up.
                \r\n 
                \r\nDive Into The Underworld<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nLike icebergs, the true expanse of cenotes lies beneath the surface. To experience them completely, you\u2019ll have to don scuba gear and go on an unforgettable adventure into an alien-like world.
                \r\n 
                \r\nWhether you want to dive into a cenote with the sun illuminating crystalline waters or explore a dark underwater world with headlamps to light up caves devoid of any natural light, experienced divers the world over visit cenotes for thrills. The
                Dos Ojos Cenote<\/a> west of Playa del Carmen provides among the best examples of what cenote diving entails.
                \r\n 
                \r\nGo to Extremes<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nAs mesmerizing as some cenotes are to gaze upon, to truly experience them, you have to get wet. For extreme sports enthusiasts, that means to plunging into them, sometimes from dizzying heights.
                \r\n 
                \r\nNumerous cenotes are equipped with a variety of extreme activities. Blanca Flor<\/strong> along the Ruta de los Cenotes has multiple zip lines and a wooden tower with four different platforms to dive or plunge into the green waters filled with majestic lilies. There\u2019s also a wooden walkway that runs along the circular expanse of the cenote, allowing you go walk all the way down to the water\u2019s edge. Whether you jump in or dip your toes down a ladder, expect to have your breath taken away by one of the wonders of Mexico.
                \r\n 
                \r\n 
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/ox4e7VER24E", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery%201.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo and landscapes" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-gallery.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo and landscapes" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_28.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes, Cenotes photos", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes ands cenotes photos" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_25.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes, Cenotes photos, Scuba Diving", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes and scuba diving in Cancun" } }, "field_description_1": "From sun-drenched watering holes to eerie bat-lined caves with seemingly bottomless diving opportunities and endless stalagmites, the breadth and range of cenotes in the region is staggering. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "The World Opened Up Beneath the Ground", "field_description_1": "By now, the brilliance and warmth of the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean are well known the world over. But for many who aren\u2019t familiar with the Riviera Maya, a dip, dive, or swim in one of the ubiquitous cenotes or wells, that dot the Yucatan Peninsula, should be considered just as crucial to a true appreciation of Cancun.
                \r\nFrom sun-drenched watering holes to eerie bat-lined caves with seemingly bottomless diving opportunities and endless stalagmites, the breadth and range of cenotes in the region is staggering. There a upwards of 7,000 known cenotes, but the true number is generally thought to be much more. You could spend a lifetime exploring them and just scratch the surface of the total there is to see." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "That being said, you need a game plan if you plan to tackle one or more of the cenotes on a particular trip. Are you exploring on your own or will this be a family affair with kids and maybe even grandparents? Do you want to go below the surface, or do you prefer wading along above the surface? Are you an extreme sports nut who wants to jump 40 feet into a jungle watering hole, or zip line into the middle of another?
                \r\nOnce you\u2019ve decided, chances are there are several cenotes to choose from. To help you on your exploration of one of Mexico\u2019s natural wonders, here are Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Cenotes Adventure<\/strong>." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Getting There and Taking a Tour", "field_description_1": "Arriving Can Be Half the Fun<\/strong>
                \r\nCenotes are mostly off the beaten path but Mayans built pyramids and temples near major cenotes (see
                Chichen Itza<\/a>), Spanish explorers stumbled upon many others and everyday folk have even had the limestone underneath their feet sink out beneath them to discover new ones.
                \r\nAtop a mountain bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or just an extended hike, you can trek down the Ruta de los Cenotes<\/strong> through the heart of the jungle and visit 12 different cenotes. Though you can literally drive up to some cenotes, including the creepier Kin Ha<\/strong>, most of them involve going into the jungle like a native. It is hard  work, but it also affords you the chance to get close to nature, which is why you are there in the first place!
                \r\nTake a Tour<\/strong>
                \r\nGetting to a particular cenote can be challenging but navigating your way into these hidden treasure can be downright daunting. Your best bet, especially for first timers, is taking a guided tour with experts who know the cenotes and all their mysteries.
                \r\nThe
                Rio Secreto<\/a> tour has quickly become Cancun\u2019s most popular, despite the cenote and underground river being discovered less than a decade ago. Guides explain the geological marvels your eyes will witness and wetsuits, booties, lifejackets, helmets, and even headlamps are all provided. If you are staying at Palace Resorts<\/a>, meet with Palace Vacation Planners to sign up." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Going Under and Going to Extremes", "field_description_1": "Dive Into The Underworld<\/strong>
                \r\nLike icebergs, the true expanse of cenotes lies beneath the surface. To experience them completely, you\u2019ll have to don scuba gear and go on an unforgettable adventure into an alien-like world.
                \r\nWhether you want to dive into a cenote with the sun illuminating crystalline waters or explore a dark underwater world with headlamps to light up caves devoid of any natural light, experienced divers the world over visit cenotes for thrills. The
                Dos Ojos Cenote<\/a> west of Playa del Carmen provides among the best examples of what cenote diving entails.
                \r\nGo to Extremes<\/strong>
                \r\nAs mesmerizing as some cenotes are to gaze upon, to truly experience them, you have to get wet. For extreme sports enthusiasts, that means to plunging into them, sometimes from dizzying heights.
                \r\nNumerous cenotes are equipped with a variety of extreme activities. Blanca Flor<\/strong> along the Ruta de los Cenotes has multiple zip lines and a wooden tower with four different platforms to dive or plunge into the green waters filled with majestic lilies. There\u2019s also a wooden walkway that runs along the circular expanse of the cenote, allowing you go walk all the way down to the water\u2019s edge. Whether you jump in or dip your toes down a ladder, expect to have your breath taken away by one of the wonders of Mexico." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.8276001", "field_longitude": "-86.9749869" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-resize.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_32.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-resize.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Mexican cenotes, Ruta de los Cenotes, Cancun cenotes photos, Cancun landsacapes", "title": "Cancun's Cenotes photo" } } }, { "nid": "94", "title": "Day Trip: 8 Hours in Isla Mujeres ", "path": "content\/day-trip-8-hours-isla-mujeres", "field_title_highlighted": "Day Trip:", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Pack In A Full Day of Adventure, Sightseeing and Shopping.", "field_description_1": "Isla Mujeres has something for all tastes and the island can be traversed in a single day. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_11.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres", "title": "Day trip - 8 Hours in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_60.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres", "title": "Day trip - 8 Hours in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_written_by": "Sebastian del Marmol", "field_date": "2017-08-17 00:00:00", "body": "Every morning the sun shines on the Mayan Goddess Ixchel<\/strong> and the ruins of her temple at the southernmost point of Isla Mujeres<\/strong> before it does so anywhere else in Mexico. The ruins are located at Punta Sur, the easternmost point of Mexico, and the morning welcome from the goddess of the moon (think Good Night, Moon!), fertility, and happiness is an auspicious way to start another day for an entire country.
                \r\n 
                \r\nIt also makes a great way to start day trip to Isla Mujeres, which should be part of any trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The island is not even five miles long and barely half a mile wide, but it packs a lot of punch in a relatively small landmass, including more than 12,000 inhabitants.
                \r\n 
                \r\nStill, somehow it manages to have both dense, market-filled streets, as well as open spaces and picturesque beaches, rocky coastlines and more.
                \r\n 
                \r\nThe history of Isla Mujeres dates back 1,500 years but today the razor thin island that emerges from the Mexican Caribbean just east of Cancun\u2019s Hotel Zone is a major attraction, with good reason. Here\u2019s what you need to know when visiting.
                \r\n 
                \r\nFinding the Lady<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nGetting to Isla Mujeres is easy and affordable with a variety of ferries making the short trek (8 miles, about 15 to 20 minutes) from Cancun every hour. 
                Ultramar<\/a> operates a variety of ferries from several locations in the Hotel Zone that are quick and fun \u2013 there is usually live musical entertainment onboard.
                \r\n 
                \r\nThe main ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres deposits visitors in heart of downtown on Avenida Rueda Medina in the northern end of the island. You\u2019ll step onto road and join hundreds who are walking in and out of countless shops and restaurants.
                \r\n 
                \r\nCartography: Getting Around<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nAfter taking in downtown Isla Mujeres, grab a map and figure out how you are going to get around the rest of the island. You could simply walk to nearby beaches or across the island if you\u2019d like, but if you want real mobility you can\u2019t do better than renting a golf cart<\/strong> (with heavy-duty tires for sometimes rough roadways).
                \r\n
                \r\nThere are plenty of places to get the carts, including securing them on the ferry ride over, and the rates start at about $10 an hour. Though there are cars and taxis, most transportation is done via golf carts, so you\u2019ll fit right in. The speed limit is 35 miles an hour, though you\u2019ll rarely reach that. Watch out for speed bumps \u2013 even on what passes for the island\u2019s highways \u2013 because if you hit the at speed they will send your cameras and other equipment flying out of the cart.
                \r\n 
                \r\nA Palace, Reefs, and Ruins<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nNow that you\u2019re rolling around Isla Mujeres in style you\u2019ll want to head south on Avenida Rueda Medina. You\u2019ll see everything from palm tree-lined streets, isolated beaches, and quaint neighborhoods that remind you people actually live in this paradise. You\u2019ll eventually get to
                Hacienda Mundaca<\/strong><\/a>, built by a Spanish pirate and slave trader.
                \r\n 
                \r\nFrom there the road will take you straight to a rotunda and
                Isla Mujeres Palace<\/a>. All Palace Resorts guests can stop in for a delicious lunch of ceviche and seafood tacos at La Cevicheria<\/strong> at the resort. Take a dip, go for a quick workout with a paddle board or just enjoy the unbelievable sunsets offered from the beach at Isla Mujeres Palace.
                \r\n 
                \r\nJust south of Isla Mujeres Palace is the
                Garrafon Natural Reef Park<\/a>, where you can trek down cliffs into brilliant turquoise waters and an amazing reef.  There\u2019s everything from zip lines to kayaks, dolphin swims, and more.
                \r\n 
                \r\nYou\u2019ll barely be back on the road in your golf cart before you are at the entrance to
                Punta Sur<\/a> Park, where the ruins of Goddess Ixchel are located. The park costs 30 Mexican pesos to get in (less than $2 USD) but it's well worth it as you\u2019ll be able to walk to the easternmost point of Mexico.
                \r\n 
                \r\nThere\u2019s plenty to see, including modern sculptures along the way, as well as intricately balanced stones that serve as impromptu offerings to ancestors. There are sandy enclaves along the cliffs that are befitting of Hollywood romance scenes but use caution when approaching them to get a view as the drops are intense.
                \r\n 
                \r\nEventually, you\u2019ll make it all the way to the tip of the island and Ixchel\u2019s temple ruins. The view is mesmerizing and there is a path that winds down the cliffs to the Caribbean. You can see Cancun in the distance, but the hues of the sea will barely allow you to avert your gaze.
                \r\n 
                \r\nHighway Cruising<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nIt will be hard to top the view at Punta Sur, but a ride along the northeast coast highway (which eventually turns into Payo Obispo Road) will come close. Lavish homes will impress, but the natural beauty of the island and the beach are what is most breathtaking, as is the knowledge that you can stop anywhere along the way and spend an hour or two on the beach.
                \r\n 
                \r\nIf you get a chance, take a quick and respectful walk through the Cementerio Municipal La Gloria and take a look at the picturesque mausoleums that afford their eternal residents a glorious view of the sea. If you have your kids in tow, there is quaint and public skate park with maybe the best view ever for such a skate park.
                \r\n 
                \r\n 
                \r\nDon\u2019t Leave Without Visiting Top Beach<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nAt this point, you\u2019ll have seen most of the best Isla Mujeres has to offer \u2013 with one big exception. Playa Norte<\/strong>. Named one of the
                Top 10 Beaches in the World in 2017 by TripAdvisor<\/a> annual Traveler\u2019s Choice awards, the beach doesn\u2019t disappoint.
                \r\n 
                \r\nPark your golf cart, take off your sandals, and step into soft sand and into the crystalline waters filled with fish. It\u2019s the perfect way to end your trip, relaxing and taking in the beauty of Isla Mujeres.
                \r\n 
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/jTjs7IvKtMM", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery-copy.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_10.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_27.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres", "title": "Ixchel\u2019s temple ruins - 8 Hours in Isla Mujeres" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_24.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres", "title": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel - 8 Hours in Isla Mujeres" } }, "field_description_1": "You\u2019ll see everything from palm tree-lined streets, isolated beaches, and quaint neighborhoods that remind you people actually live in this paradise.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Island of Delights", "field_description_1": "Every morning the sun shines on the Mayan Goddess Ixchel<\/strong> and the ruins of her temple at the southernmost point of Isla Mujeres<\/strong> before it does so anywhere else in Mexico. The ruins are located at Punta Sur, the easternmost point of Mexico, and the morning welcome from the goddess of the moon (think Good Night, Moon!), fertility, and happiness is an auspicious way to start another day for an entire country.
                \r\nIt also makes a great way to start day trip to Isla Mujeres, which should be part of any trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The island is not even five miles long and barely half a mile wide, but it packs a lot of punch in a relatively small landmass, including more than 12,000 inhabitants.
                \r\nStill, somehow it manages to have both dense, market-filled streets, as well as open spaces and picturesque beaches, rocky coastlines and more.
                \r\nThe history of Isla Mujeres dates back 1,500 years but today the razor thin island that emerges from the Mexican Caribbean just east of Cancun\u2019s Hotel Zone is a major attraction, with good reason. Here\u2019s what you need to know when visiting." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Finding the Lady", "field_description_1": "Getting to Isla Mujeres is easy and affordable with a variety of ferries making the short trek (8 miles, about 15 to 20 minutes) from Cancun every hour. 
                Ultramar<\/a> operates a variety of ferries from several locations in the Hotel Zone that are quick and fun \u2013 there is usually live musical entertainment onboard.
                \r\nThe main ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres deposits visitors in heart of downtown on Avenida Rueda Medina in the northern end of the island. You\u2019ll step onto road and join hundreds who are walking in and out of countless shops and restaurants.
                \r\nCartography: Getting Around<\/strong>
                \r\nAfter taking in downtown Isla Mujeres, grab a map and figure out how you are going to get around the rest of the island. You could simply walk to nearby beaches or across the island if you\u2019d like, but if you want real mobility you can\u2019t do better than renting a golf cart<\/strong> (with heavy-duty tires for sometimes rough roadways).
                \r\nThere are plenty of places to get the carts, including securing them on the ferry ride over, and the rates start at about $10 an hour. Though there are cars and taxis, most transportation is done via golf carts, so you\u2019ll fit right in. The speed limit is 35 miles an hour, though you\u2019ll rarely reach that. Watch out for speed bumps \u2013 even on what passes for the island\u2019s highways \u2013 because if you hit the at speed they will send your cameras and other equipment flying out of the cart." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "A Palace, Reefs, and Ruins", "field_description_1": "Now that you\u2019re rolling around Isla Mujeres in style you\u2019ll want to head south on Avenida Rueda Medina. You\u2019ll see everything from palm tree-lined streets, isolated beaches, and quaint neighborhoods that remind you people actually live in this paradise. You\u2019ll eventually get to
                Hacienda Mundaca<\/strong><\/a>, built by a Spanish pirate and slave trader.
                \r\nFrom there the road will take you straight to a rotunda and
                Isla Mujeres Palace<\/a>. All Palace Resorts guests can stop in for a delicious lunch of ceviche and seafood tacos at La Cevicheria<\/strong> at the resort. Take a dip, go for a quick workout with a paddle board or just enjoy the unbelievable sunsets offered from the beach at Isla Mujeres Palace.
                \r\nJust south of Isla Mujeres Palace is the
                Garrafon Natural Reef Park<\/a>, where you can trek down cliffs into brilliant turquoise waters and an amazing reef.  There\u2019s everything from zip lines to kayaks, dolphin swims, and more.
                \r\nYou\u2019ll barely be back on the road in your golf cart before you are at the entrance to
                Punta Sur<\/a> Park, where the ruins of Goddess Ixchel are located. The park costs 30 Mexican pesos to get in (less than $2 USD) but it's well worth it as you\u2019ll be able to walk to the easternmost point of Mexico.
                \r\nThere\u2019s plenty to see, including modern sculptures along the way, as well as intricately balanced stones that serve as impromptu offerings to ancestors. There are sandy enclaves along the cliffs that are befitting of Hollywood romance scenes but use caution when approaching them to get a view as the drops are intense.
                \r\nEventually, you\u2019ll make it all the way to the tip of the island and Ixchel\u2019s temple ruins. The view is mesmerizing and there is a path that winds down the cliffs to the Caribbean. You can see Cancun in the distance, but the hues of the sea will barely allow you to avert your gaze.
                \r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Highway Cruising", "field_description_1": "It will be hard to top the view at Punta Sur, but a ride along the northeast coast highway (which eventually turns into Payo Obispo Road) will come close. Lavish homes will impress, but the natural beauty of the island and the beach are what is most breathtaking, as is the knowledge that you can stop anywhere along the way and spend an hour or two on the beach.
                \r\nIf you get a chance, take a quick and respectful walk through the Cementerio Municipal La Gloria and take a look at the picturesque mausoleums that afford their eternal residents a glorious view of the sea. If you have your kids in tow, there is quaint and public skate park with maybe the best view ever for such a skate park.
                \r\nDon\u2019t Leave Without Visiting Top Beach<\/strong>
                \r\nAt this point, you\u2019ll have seen most of the best Isla Mujeres has to offer \u2013 with one big exception. Playa Norte<\/strong>. Named one of the
                Top 10 Beaches in the World in 2017 by TripAdvisor<\/a> annual Traveler\u2019s Choice awards, the beach doesn\u2019t disappoint.
                \r\nPark your golf cart, take off your sandals, and step into soft sand and into the crystalline waters filled with fish. It\u2019s the perfect way to end your trip, relaxing and taking in the beauty of Isla Mujeres.
                \r\n 
                \r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.2508615", "field_longitude": "-86.747946" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_28.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_31.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_14.jpg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-581.jpeg", "alt": "Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres, history of Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean, ferry terminal on Isla Mujeres, beautiful beaches", "title": "beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres" } } }, { "nid": "93", "title": "The Story of How Jamaican Rum Gave You Freedom! ", "path": "content\/national-rum-day-celebrate-your-freedom", "field_title_highlighted": "The Story of How Jamaican", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Believe it or not, Jamaican Rum and the American Revolution Are Linked", "field_description_1": "Who would have thought that rum from the West Indies could have played a major role in the American Revolution. Thank You and Thank You!" }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_10.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_59.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Jamaican Rum" }, "field_written_by": "Sebastian del Marmol", "field_date": "2017-08-09 00:00:00", "body": "Here is a little known fact: Jamaican rum started the American Revolution. Or put another way: Rum is responsible for your freedom. But before you go off spouting that bit of trivia at your next party, let us explain.
                \r\n 
                \r\nOf course, rum is not directly responsible for the American Revolution, but it did play a
                critical part in it<\/a>.  That\u2019s because the same Sugar Act of 1764 imposed by the British on the American Colonies that led to widespread unrest among colonist and eventually sparked the very same revolution, was mostly about the production of rum (we\u2019re not sure why the Brits didn\u2019t name it the Rum Act of 1764 for more punch! Dare we say Rum Punch!).
                \r\n 
                \r\nAs best as we can tell, the
                rum provisions of the Sugar Act<\/a> were the hardest for New Englanders to stomach! Importing molasses, sugar and rum from Jamaican and the rest of the West Indies was made more expensive because of the legislation.
                \r\n 
                \r\nWhile taxation without representation is abominable, hiking the price of imports of sugar and molasses needed to make rum, and rum itself, is just cruel. Was there any other choice but to rebel? Of course not.
                \r\n 
                \r\nSo, in honor of the role of Jamaican rum in the history of the United States and for National Rum Day, which comes August 16 (we like to call it Rum Independence Day!), we present 4 things that you must absolutely know about Jamaican Rum<\/strong>. It\u2019s practically your national duty to learn about Jamaican rum. Just make sure to bring some rum with you for true enjoyment.
                \r\n 
                \r\nJamaican Rum Predates the United States of America<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nAfter learning the role of Jamaican rum in the creation of the US, it is obvious that the rum was being produced before America came to be. But by how much?
                Appleton Estate<\/a> has been in operation since the 1600s and has been distilling rum since 1749 \u2013 that\u2019s more than a quarter of a century before the birth of the US in 1776. 
                \r\n 
                \r\nAppleton Estate Tour is Among the Most Popular Things to Do in Jamaica<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nNow that you know how important rum is in the history of the Americas, it should come as no surprise that a tour of the oldest Jamaican distillery is tops on many lists of what to do in Jamaica. The
                Appleton Estate<\/a> tour is currently undergoing close to a $8 million reboot and should reopen in November and will include a new visitor experience with modern rum tasting rooms, new restaurant and new shop.
                \r\nSign up for it next time you are at
                Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.
                \r\n 
                \r\n 
                \r\nGovernment-Sanctioned Quality Control<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nMuch like the Jamaican government
                controls the quality of its world famous Blue Mountain coffee<\/a>, it also oversees production of Jamaican rum. The government tracks rum barrels in distilleries to make sure that age on bottle reflects the youngest age of rum within, not the average age. When you read the age of a rum on a Jamaican rum bottle, you know what is within is at least that old.
                \r\n 
                \r\nYounger in Jamaica is Older in the Rest of the World<\/strong>
                \r\n 
                \r\nSpeaking of the age of Jamaican rum, a one-year old rum in Jamaica has been shown to taste like a 3-year old rum in other countries
                . The reason: the heat<\/a>. The temperature in Jamaica causes wood barrels to expand and condense more rapidly, interacting with the rum at a rate about 300 percent faster than other countries and providing greater taste faster.
                \r\n 
                \r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_23.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_7.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, Rum Bottle, Appleton Estate", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Appleton Estate" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_26.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, Rum, Rum Cocktails", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Rum" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_23.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, Rum Barrels", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Rum Barrels" } }, "field_description_1": "While taxation without representation is abominable, hiking the price of imports of sugar and molasses needed to make rum, and rum itself, is just cruel. Was there any other choice but to rebel? Of course not. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Give Me Jamaican Rum, Or Give Me Death!", "field_description_1": "Here is a little known fact: Jamaican rum started the American Revolution. Or put another way: Rum is responsible for your freedom. But before you go off spouting that bit of trivia at your next party, let us explain.
                \r\nOf course, rum is not directly responsible for the American Revolution, but it did play a
                critical part in it<\/a>.  That\u2019s because the same Sugar Act of 1764 imposed by the British on the American Colonies that led to widespread unrest amongst colonists and eventually sparked the very same revolution, was mostly about the production of rum (We\u2019re not sure why the Brits didn\u2019t name it the Rum Act of 1764 for more punch! Dare we say Rum Punch!)." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "As best as we can tell, the rum provisions of the Sugar Act<\/a> were the hardest for New Englanders to stomach! Importing molasses, sugar and rum from Jamaican and the rest of the West Indies was made more expensive because of the legislation.
                \r\nWhile taxation without representation is abominable, hiking the price of imports of sugar and molasses needed to make rum, and rum itself, is just cruel. Was there any other choice but to rebel? Of course not.
                \r\nSo, in honor of the role of Jamaican rum in the history of the United States, we present 4 things that you must absolutely know about Jamaican Rum<\/strong>. It\u2019s practically your national duty to learn about Jamaican rum. Just make sure to bring some rum with you for true enjoyment." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Older Than Liberty", "field_description_1": "Jamaican Rum Predates the United States of America<\/strong>
                \r\nAfter learning the role of Jamaican rum in the creation of the US, it is obvious that the rum was being produced before America came to be. But by how much?
                Appleton Estate<\/a> has been in operation since the 1600s and has been distilling rum since 1749 \u2013 that\u2019s more than a quarter of a century before the birth of the US in 1776. 
                \r\nAppleton Estate Tour is Among the Most Popular Things to Do in Jamaica<\/strong>
                \r\nNow that you know how important rum is in the history of the Americas, it should come as no surprise that a tour of the oldest Jamaican distillery is tops on many lists of what to do in Jamaica. The
                Appleton Estate<\/a> tour is currently undergoing close to a $8 million reboot and should reopen in November and will include a new visitor experience with modern rum tasting rooms, new restaurant and new shop. Sign up for it next time you are at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Government-Sanctioned Quality Control<\/strong>
                \r\nMuch like the Jamaican government
                controls the quality of its world-famous Blue Mountain coffee<\/a>, it also oversees production of Jamaican rum. The government tracks rum barrels in distilleries to make sure that age on bottle reflects the youngest age of rum within, not the average age. When you read the age of a rum on a Jamaican rum bottle, you know what is within is at least that old.
                \r\nYounger in Jamaica is Older in the Rest of the World<\/strong>
                \r\nSpeaking of the age of Jamaican rum, a 1-year old rum in Jamaica has been shown to taste like a 3-year old rum in other countries
                . The reason is the heat<\/a>. The temperature in Jamaica causes wood barrels to expand and condense more rapidly, interacting with the rum at a rate about 300% faster than other countries and providing greater taste faster." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.1654", "field_longitude": "-77.7290887" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_27.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Jamaican Rum" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_30.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Jamaican Rum" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_13.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Jamaican Rum" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Image%20Mobile%20Jamaican%20Rum%20History.jpeg", "alt": "Jamaican rum, Rum provisions, American Revolution, Rum taste, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations", "title": "How rum led to American Revolution - Jamaican Rum" } } }, { "nid": "91", "title": "Why We Love Labor Day Travel!", "path": "content\/why-we-love-labor-day-travel", "field_title_highlighted": "Why We Love", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Summer Is Coming to An End But Don't Let That Stop Travel Plans", "field_description_1": "Don't let your summer end: Labor Day travel is more popular than ever and here is how to take advantage of it. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/Labor%20Day%20Main%202%20Resize.jpg", "alt": "Vacations, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations, vacations in Cancun, Labor day weekend, Labor day vacations, family time, family on the beach", "title": "Why we love labor day travel" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Labor%20Day%20Travel%20Mobile%20Resize.jpg", "alt": "Vacations, vacations in jamaica, caribbean vacations, vacations in Cancun, Labor day weekend, Labor day vacations, family time, family on the beach", "title": "Why we love labor day travel" }, "field_written_by": "Christy Matte", "field_date": "2017-08-07 00:00:00", "body": "

                While we all love the long Labor Day weekend<\/strong>, it is certainly bittersweet. Labor Day is often seen as the last hurrah of summer, time to put away flip flops and beach towels for morning meetings and homework. But what if you could extend that beloved beach vibe a little bit longer?<\/p>\r\nA trip to beautiful destinations like Mexico<\/a> and Jamaica<\/a> can put you right back into summer mode, and it doesn't need to be hard on your budget.  Labor Day deals for travel and lodging are easily available if you take the time to look.
                \r\nWhy Mexico and Jamaica for Labor Day?<\/strong>
                \r\nIf you've traveled to
                Ocho Rios<\/a>, Los Cabos<\/a>, or the Mexican Riviera in the past, chances are you don't need much encouragement to go back, but if they're new to you, consider all that there is to do:\r\n\r\n

      By Carmen Sognonvi<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

      As many of you know, my family is passionate about travel. We have traveled extensively as a family of four, so I know a thing or two about how to fly with kids. Here are my top 9 tips for surviving air travel with children:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Upgrade, Direct, and Carry-On Only", "field_description_1": "

      Upgrade your experience.<\/strong> Spring for the highest class of airfare that you can afford. The new premium economy<\/em> class concept is becoming very popular. (Keep in mind; different airlines will have different names for this.) It provides useful perks, like priority boarding, food service, and more legroom.
      \r\nFly direct.<\/strong> Sure, it may cost a little more, but is the stress of rushing between gates with little ones in tow or missing your connection altogether really worth the lower fare?  It\u2019s stressful enough as a solo traveler, but throw in kids, strollers, teddy bears, and carry-ons and it just compounds the stress. 
      \r\nFly carry-on only.<\/strong> I encourage families to consider flying carry-on only and I promise it\u2019s possible! Let\u2019s say you are a two-parent and two-child family, like mine. You actually get four carry-on suitcases you can bring onboard, plus personal items (usually backpacks), and you have four allotments of liquids that you can bring on. Kids\u2019 clothes are smaller and they don't generally have a huge collection of toiletries, so you can really use their allotment for your stuff.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Fast Lane, Lounge, and Seats for Everyone", "field_description_1": "

      Skip the long security line.<\/strong> If you do mostly domestic travel, you should apply for the T.S.A. PreCheck, which lets the TSA know that you and your family are safe travelers. It\u2019s $85 per person and lasts five years. Every family member over the age of 12 needs to have their own membership. You go through a separate security line that's drastically shorter than the regular line. You don\u2019t have to take off your shoes, take out your laptop, or your liquids, either. International travelers should opt for Global Entry, which is $100 and lasts five years. Children do need their own membership for that one. Some credit card companies offer these memberships for free to their customers.
      \r\nLounge up if you can.<\/strong> One of the big benefits of flying first class is that you have access to the airport lounge. It\u2019s a quieter space with free food and drinks. You can access the lounge even if you aren\u2019t flying first class, thanks to some credit cards that offer free Priority Pass Memberships.
      \r\nGet everyone his\/her own seat.<\/strong> Lap children are okay for short trips, but flights over two hours require a seat of their own!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Bribes, Drinks, and Neck Pillows", "field_description_1": "Bribe for good behavior.<\/strong> I let my kids know that they'll get a surprise gift once we take off, if they have behaved, and another at landing, if they behaved during the flight. These are dollar store items that don\u2019t take up a lot of room.
      \r\nPack your own food and drinks.<\/strong> I will always pack an empty water bottle for each child. We fill up at those special water fountains airports have nowadays after we get through security. I also pack tons of snacks to keep everyone in a good mood. Just stay away from highly perishable foods and sugary items. 
      \r\nPack activities and a neck pillow.<\/strong> Bring activities the kids can entertain themselves with. Don\u2019t rely on in-flight entertainment because if they have technical difficulties, you are out of luck!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.0405286", "field_longitude": "-86.8769059" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-kid-fly-resize_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail-kid-fly.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover-kid-fly.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-kid-fly.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "108", "title": "Saving Baby Sea Turtles with Ecotourism", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/nature\/saving-baby-sea-turtles-ecotourism", "field_title_highlighted": "Saving Baby Sea", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Taking Part in the Journey of the Baby Sea Turtle", "field_description_1": "What's better than enjoying the fun and sun in Cancun? Doing your part to help protect an endangered species!" }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_11.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-sea-turtles%20780x800.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Amanda Pachniewska", "field_date": "2017-09-19 00:00:00", "body": "Wouldn\u2019t it be nice to give back to the places we visit when we travel? To help them remain the beautiful, inspiring destinations where we get away from it all?
      \r\nThis is the idea driving the new trend of ecotourism: traveling that helps the environment. 
      \r\nBecause so many travelers are now interested in doing something good for the places they stay, there are more and more programs that allow them to help protect local lands and wildlife. 
      \r\nOne that\u2019s become especially popular is the Sea Turtle Release program run by the
      Palace Foundation<\/a>. In this program, visitors to several of the Palace Resorts properties in Cancun can help baby sea turtles hatch and safely make their way to the ocean. 
      \r\nIt\u2019s no surprise that the program has become a traveler favorite\u2014what could be a better vacation highlight than helping a baby turtle wiggle out into the big wide world?\r\n