[ { "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

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 25 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 25 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": null, "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