[ { "nid": "197", "title": "Chichen Itza Continues To Surprise And Amaze", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/tours\/chichen-itza-continues-surprise-and-amaze", "field_title_highlighted": "Chichen Itza ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "A New Tunnel Discovered Underneath Pyramid Could Lead to More Wonders", "field_description_1": "Just when you think you've learned all there is to know about Chichen Itza, the Mayan ruins continue to surprise. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Brant Long", "field_date": "2018-02-21 00:00:00", "body": "History is not always about looking back.
\r\nSometimes \u2013 just sometimes \u2013 it can show you exactly where to go.  
\r\nThe Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a prime example. Located just two hours inland from Cancun, the ancient ruins hold more than 1,500 years of Mexican history. Yet, more wonders continue to be revealed \u2026 wonders that make a visit to the Yucatan a must.
\r\nLate last year, a team of Mexican archaeologists unearthed a secret tunnel<\/a> that is thought to lead beneath Chichen Itza\u2019s iconic El Castillo pyramid to an underwater cavern.
\r\nThe Mayans called these cavernous sinkholes \u201ccenotes,\u201d and they not only provided the civilization with fresh water, but were also important spiritual sites. The Mayans believed that cenotes marked the entrance to the underworld, and would perform human sacrifices there. Bodies were thrown deep into the cavern to earn the accolades of Chaac, the Mayan rain god.
\r\nThere are already documented cenotes in each direction of the compass from El Castillo and experts believe this fifth, previously-undiscovered cenote would accurately reflect the Mayan concept of \u201caxis mundi\u201d \u2013 the center of the world \u2013 given its supposed location directly under the pyramid.
\r\nTunneling into the Past in the Present<\/strong>
\r\nAn architectural team from Mexico's Institute of Anthropology discovered the new tunnel and
expects to reach the entrance of the new cenote<\/a> in approximately three months. The passageway was found in a ruined pyramid on the grounds of Chichen Itza, with entry to the tunnel sealed off by large stones.
\r\nArcheologists believe it was blocked intentionally by the Mayans to guard whatever secrets lie at the end of the passage. The Mayans, again demonstrating their celebrated foresight, were known to block off important sites as if they sensed the coming throngs of people who would eventually seek them out -- from the Spanish in the 16th century, who discovered the abandoned ruins, to the current scientists hoping to unlock more Mayan mysteries.
\r\nThe tunnel discovery is yet another marvel found at Chichen Itza, which spans more than four square miles and was built between the 5th and 6th centuries. It was named one of the
New7Wonders of the World<\/a> in 2001 and remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Latin America with more than 2 million visitors annually.
\r\nStand in front of El Castillo and its popularity becomes instantly obvious. The ruins are well preserved and demonstrate the Mayan\u2019s incredible sense of sophistication \u2013 one rarely found in the ancient world. Each side of El Castillo has 91 steps. When you add in the steps on the top platform of El Castillo, there are a total of 365 \u2013 matching the number of days in the year. The four sides of the pyramid also face the cardinal compass directions.
\r\nSpring Equinox Unearths Snake God<\/strong>
\r\nIn addition to the new discovery, Chichen Itza is also preparing for its semiannual \u201clight\u201d show.
During the Spring and Fall Equinox<\/a>, a shadow version of the serpentine Mayan god Kukulkan winds his way down the face of the El Castillo pyramid in time with the setting sun.
\r\nThe event is a reminder of the Mayans\u2019 astonishing ingenuity and cosmic understanding and continues to this day to leave millions awestruck. Kukulkan\u2019s 2018 spring visit is set for March 20-21, 2018 and
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> has daily tours to Chichen Itza to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.
\r\nChichen Itza proves that history can indeed continue to surprise. So let it be your travel guide. You never know where it will take you.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20middle%20mobile%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_50.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_54.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "The Mayans, again demonstrating their celebrated foresight, were known to block off important sites as if they sensed the coming throngs of people who would eventually seek them out ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Brant Long<\/h3>\r\n\r\n

History is not always about looking back.
\r\nSometimes \u2013 just sometimes \u2013 it can show you exactly where to go. 
\r\nThe Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a prime example. Located just two hours inland from Cancun, the ancient ruins hold more than 1,500 years of Mexican history. Yet, more wonders continue to be revealed \u2026 wonders that make a visit to the Yucatan a must.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Late last year, a team of Mexican archaeologists unearthed a secret tunnel<\/a> that is thought to lead beneath Chichen Itza\u2019s iconic El Castillo pyramid to an underwater cavern.
\r\nThe Mayans called these cavernous sinkholes \u201ccenotes,\u201d and they not only provided the civilization with fresh water, but were also important spiritual sites. The Mayans believed that cenotes marked the entrance to the underworld, and would perform human sacrifices there. Bodies were thrown deep into the cavern to earn the accolades of Chaac, the Mayan rain god.There are already documented cenotes in each direction of the compass from El Castillo and experts believe this fifth, previously-undiscovered cenote would accurately reflect the Mayan concept of \u201caxis mundi\u201d \u2013 the center of the world \u2013 given its supposed location directly under the pyramid.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Tunneling into the Past in the Present", "field_description_1": "

An architectural team from Mexico's Institute of Anthropology discovered the new tunnel and expects to reach the entrance of the new cenote<\/a> in approximately three months. The passageway was found in a ruined pyramid on the grounds of Chichen Itza, with entry to the tunnel sealed off by large stones.
\r\nArcheologists believe it was blocked intentionally by the Mayans to guard whatever secrets lie at the end of the passage. The Mayans, again demonstrating their celebrated foresight, were known to block off important sites as if they sensed the coming throngs of people who would eventually seek them out -- from the Spanish in the 16th century, who discovered the abandoned ruins, to the current scientists hoping to unlock more Mayan mysteries.
\r\nThe tunnel discovery is yet another marvel found at Chichen Itza, which spans more than four square miles and was built between the 5th and 6th centuries. It was named one of the
New7Wonders of the World<\/a> in 2001 and remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Latin America with more than 2 million visitors annually.
\r\nStand in front of El Castillo and its popularity becomes instantly obvious. The ruins are well preserved and demonstrate the Mayan\u2019s incredible sense of sophistication \u2013 one rarely found in the ancient world. Each side of El Castillo has 91 steps. When you add in the steps on the top platform of El Castillo, there are a total of 365 \u2013 matching the number of days in the year. The four sides of the pyramid also face the cardinal compass directions.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Spring Equinox Unearths Snake God", "field_description_1": "In addition to the new discovery, Chichen Itza is also preparing for its semiannual \u201clight\u201d show.
During the Spring and Fall Equinox<\/a>, a shadow version of the serpentine Mayan god Kukulkan winds his way down the face of the El Castillo pyramid in time with the setting sun.
\r\nThe event is a reminder of the Mayans\u2019 astonishing ingenuity and cosmic understanding and continues to this day to leave millions awestruck. Kukulkan\u2019s 2018 spring visit is set for March 20-21, 2018 and
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> has daily tours to Chichen Itza to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.
\r\nChichen Itza proves that history can indeed continue to surprise. So let it be your travel guide. You never know where it will take you." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.6842899", "field_longitude": "-88.5699766" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20middle%20mobile%20chichen%20tunnel_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumnail%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20chichen%20tunnel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "195", "title": "Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo Returns in March", "path": "mexico\/los-cabos\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/festival-de-san-jose-del-cabo-returns-march", "field_title_highlighted": "Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Music, Parades, Food, Drink, Dancing and More. ", "field_description_1": "Looking to get a real taste of Los Cabos? You'll want to visit in March during the traditional festival. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20detail%20los%20cabos%20festival_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20los%20cabos%20festival.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2018-02-15 00:00:00", "body": "Each year, thousands of revelers gather for the Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo held in the city of the same name in Mexico\u2019s Baja California peninsula.
\r\nThis annual event celebrates the city's patron saint, San Jos\u00e9 (also known as Saint Joseph), and consists of a multi-day festival with music, parades, food, drink, dancing, and parties.
\r\nThe festival brings a decidedly jovial atmosphere to an area already renowned as one of the top resort destinations on the planet. This year, keep an eye out for large street fairs, a cattle exposition, carnival rides, and a charreada<\/em>, which is Mexico's version of a rodeo.
\r\nStreet vendors, offering traditional foods, drinks, crafts, and other locally-made goods will be lining roads throughout the city, along with musicians and performers scattered across the boulevards. Other musicians and dancers will perform in San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo's open air theater, and throughout the week, a few nationally-recognized artists will be taking the stage too. 
\r\nThe Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo is unique in the welcoming atmosphere it offers to both tourists and locals. Every March, Mexicans and tourists alike make the journey to the southern tip of the peninsula for the annual celebration.
\r\nWith weather is known to be favorable, boasting mild temperatures, little rain, and lots of sunshine, it's the perfect recipe for a tropical beachside vacation.
\r\nIf you're interested in attending this year's Festival de San Jos\u00e9, we suggest booking a hotel early. The area is known for numerous all-inclusive resorts, many of which will fill up in advance. Those interested in staying at the newest and most exclusive resort in the area will delight in
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos<\/a>, a luxurious all-inclusive that just recently opened its doors.
\r\nPart of
Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 top end Le Blanc brand<\/strong>, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos brings the award-winning service and exclusive luxury already recognized at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun<\/a> to a picturesque destination with breathtaking ocean views, a variety of suite-style rooms, and cushy villa residences.
\r\nTo celebrate its opening, couples who
book a vacation within the calendar year<\/a>, get up to 35 percent off along with Resort Credit and other exclusive amenities. 
\r\nDates for this year's Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo have not been officially announced but they will most likely take place the week of March 12 with a grand finale on March 19, like previous years.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20main%20los%20cabos%20festival_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20los%20cabos%20festival_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20los%20cabos%20festival.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20los%20cabos%20festival.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "The festival brings a decidedly jovial atmosphere to an area already renowned as one of the top resort destinations on the planet. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\n\r\n
Photos Provided by Santiago Lomel\u00ed \/ Courtesy of El Corcho<\/h5>\r\n\r\n

Each year, thousands of revelers gather for the Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo held in the city of the same name in Mexico\u2019s Baja California peninsula.
\r\nThis annual event celebrates the city's patron saint, San Jos\u00e9 (also known as Saint Joseph), and consists of a multi-day festival with music, parades, food, drink, dancing, and parties.
\r\nStreet vendors, offering traditional foods, drinks, crafts, and other locally-made goods will be lining roads throughout the city, along with musicians and performers scattered across the boulevards. Other musicians and dancers will perform in San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo's open air theater, and throughout the week, a few nationally-recognized artists will be taking the stage too. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "The Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo is unique in the welcoming atmosphere it offers to both tourists and locals. Every March, Mexicans and tourists alike make the journey to the southern tip of the peninsula for the annual celebration.
\r\nWith weather is known to be favorable, boasting mild temperatures, little rain, and lots of sunshine, it's the perfect recipe for a tropical beachside vacation." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Where to Stay", "field_description_1": "\u200bIf you're interested in attending this year's Festival de San Jos\u00e9, we suggest booking a hotel early. The area is known for numerous all-inclusive resorts, many of which will fill up in advance. Those interested in staying at the newest and most exclusive resort in the area will delight in
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos<\/a>, a luxurious all-inclusive that just recently opened its doors.
\r\nPart of
Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 top end Le Blanc brand<\/strong>, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos brings the award-winning service and exclusive luxury already recognized at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun<\/a> to a picturesque destination with breathtaking ocean views, a variety of suite-style rooms, and cushy villa residences.
\r\nTo celebrate its opening, couples who
book a vacation within the calendar year<\/a>, get up to 35 percent off along with Resort Credit and other exclusive amenities. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Dates for this year's Festival de San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo have not been officially announced but they will most likely take place the week of March 12 with a grand finale on March 19, like previous years." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "23.0377019", "field_longitude": "-109.7106587" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20los%20cabos%20festival.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Medium%20Thumbnail%20Los%20Cabos%20Festival.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20los%20cabos%203_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20los%20cabos%20festival.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "193", "title": "Selfies Done Right: The Best Way to Instagram Your Trip ", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/how-instagram-your-vacation-pro", "field_title_highlighted": "Selfies Done Right:", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Reinvent Your Vacation Pics to Make Your Social Media Pop!", "field_description_1": "So many selfies, so little time. When it comes to documenting your vacation on social media, there are somethings you have to know. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article_banner_cover.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_84.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-02-14 00:00:00", "body": "A tropical vacation can bring on a lot of exciting things: a new tan, much needed relaxation, and unforgettable memories \u2013 that, of course, you post on social media. Honestly, does a getaway even count if it\u2019s not on Instagram?
\r\nIt's true that when you\u2019re in locations as beautiful as Jamaica and Mexico it\u2019s not hard to capture a \u2018gram-worthy shot, but let\u2019s face it - everyone\u2019s feed can always be a little more interesting.
\r\nFrom hashtag overdose to perfectly proportioned pics, we\u2019ve got you covered on how to have the
Instagram vacation<\/a> feed that even the haters can\u2019t help but like\u2026 or heart.
\r\nKeep it Interesting<\/strong>
\r\nYou picked a cool location to visit, so why wouldn't you share a peek into what it's like there? Try taking pictures of exotic foods (like fresh coconuts or
jerk chicken<\/a>), local street market<\/a>s, and interesting historic landmarks.
\r\nStay away, however, from posting boring things from your vacation that you can do at home. In other words, if you hit a typical American drive thru in Cancun, nobody needs to see it
\r\nSkip the Selfies<\/strong>
\r\nWhat\u2019s Instagram without selfies? While this is true, too many flicks of you, taken by you, is just not that interesting.
\r\nInstead of dozens of selfies or too many posed shots, share a candid moment of you and whoever you\u2019re travelling with on your feed. If you\u2019re
sans travel companion<\/a>, (politely) grab a hotel employee or fellow tourist to help snap some uncontrived pics of you on holiday.
\r\nIf you absolutely can\u2019t resist the selfie urge<\/strong>, just avoid the ones posing in front of the mirror in your hotel bathroom. Trust us, your followers would much rather see you swimming or hiking than looking into a mirror.
\r\nBe Original<\/strong>
\r\nJust because your friends took a photo posing on the hotel balcony doesn't mean you have to do the same. Same goes for the staged \u201ccheers\u201d of drinks or making hearts with your hands around some local landmark.
\r\nGo for something more interesting<\/strong>, like cool underwater shots, weird angles, and different times of day (sunrise or the dead of night) to make your photos stand out.
\r\nDivide the Backdrop<\/strong>
\r\nYour sunburn has finally dissipated, your vacay outfit is on point, and your hair has that idyllic beach-y vibe, but there\u2019s just one thing missing - the perfect backdrop. To make your photo stand out on your feed, incorporate some of that tropical scenery <\/strong>around you\u2026 the right way.
\r\nWhether a row of perfectly lined palm trees or an amazing sunset, using the rule of three (dividing the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically) creates more interest in your images \u2013 it\u2019s even been known to make the photo
more likeable<\/a>.
\r\nBe Respectful of Locals<\/strong>
\r\nNobody knows the Caribbean better than the people who live there. While you don\u2019t have to be shy about taking photos of local people on your travels, always ask. All cultures are different, and some people may be flattered if you ask to photograph them, while others will be more cautious.
\r\n\u201cIt's always a good idea to ask permission if you feel you are intruding upon someone\u2019s personal space. If you\u2019re lucky, locals are more than excited to show their personality,\u201d travel photographer Marianna Jamadi explained to
AFAR<\/a> Magazine.  
\r\nAfter all, would you want some strange tourist with a camera running up on you at your neighborhood Starbucks while you\u2019re enjoying your morning latte?
\r\nDon\u2019t Overshare<\/strong>
\r\nWe get it - you\u2019ve worked hard at getting that body beach-ready, so why not show it off? Though you\u2019re slaying in that new Brazilian two piece, try to avoid uploading those gratuitous skimpy bikini shots on Instagram.
\r\nNot only do you come off completely vain, but we\u2019ve all seen the whole sexy bikini beach<\/em> post a million times on our feeds. So, while you may get a good number of double taps out of it, most likely, you\u2019ll get more secret eye rolls from your followers.
\r\nIf you must show off what you\u2019re working with, be creative. Instead of the whole here are my sexy bronzed legs by a pool, try candid bikini shots while being active. Trust us, it\u2019s way more interesting seeing a hot body surfing or zip lining<\/strong> while traveling than lounging around.
\r\nHashtag Wisely<\/strong>
\r\nIt\u2019s natural to be enamored and inspired by the majestic sunsets and relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean, but please resist the urge to over hashtag your posts \u2013 especially when they\u2019re not that exciting.
\r\nDo you really need to hashtag #instagood #nofilter #blessed #yolo on a picture of your hotel room? No. No, you don\u2019t.
\r\nInstead, give context to where you are, why you\u2019re there, and what makes it special and unique<\/strong>, and save the unneeded tags for those mediocre car selfies.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_44.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_52.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley_3.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley_4.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Go for something more interesting, like cool underwater shots, weird angles, and different times of day (sunrise or the dead of night) to make your photos stand out.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

A tropical vacation can bring on a lot of exciting things: a new tan, much needed relaxation, and unforgettable memories \u2013 that, of course, you post on social media. Honestly, does a getaway even count if it\u2019s not on Instagram?
\r\nIt's true that when you\u2019re in locations as beautiful as Jamaica and Mexico it\u2019s not hard to capture a \u2018gram-worthy shot, but let\u2019s face it - everyone\u2019s feed can always be a little more interesting.
\r\nFrom hashtag overdose to perfectly proportioned pics, we\u2019ve got you covered on how to have the
Instagram vacation<\/a> feed that even the haters can\u2019t help but like\u2026 or heart.
\r\nKeep it Interesting<\/strong>
\r\nYou picked a cool location to visit, so why wouldn't you share a peek into what it's like there? Try taking pictures of exotic foods (like fresh coconuts or
jerk chicken<\/a>), local street market<\/a>s, and interesting historic landmarks.
\r\nStay away, however, from posting boring things from your vacation that you can do at home. In other words, if you hit a typical American drive thru in Cancun, nobody needs to see it.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Avoid Selfies, Do Your Own Thing", "field_description_1": "Skip the Selfies<\/strong>
\r\nWhat\u2019s Instagram without selfies? While this is true, too many flicks of you, taken by you, is just not that interesting.
\r\nInstead of dozens of selfies or too many posed shots, share a candid moment of you and whoever you\u2019re travelling with on your feed. If you\u2019re
sans travel companion<\/a>, (politely) grab a hotel employee or fellow tourist to help snap some uncontrived pics of you on holiday.
\r\nIf you absolutely can\u2019t resist the selfie urge<\/strong>, just avoid the ones posing in front of the mirror in your hotel bathroom. Trust us, your followers would much rather see you swimming or hiking than looking into a mirror.
\r\nBe Original<\/strong>
\r\nJust because your friends took a photo posing on the hotel balcony doesn't mean you have to do the same. Same goes for the staged \u201ccheers\u201d of drinks or making hearts with your hands around some local landmark.
\r\nGo for something more interesting<\/strong>, like cool underwater shots, weird angles, and different times of day (sunrise or the dead of night) to make your photos stand out." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Divide and Conquer, But Not the Locals", "field_description_1": "Divide the Backdrop<\/strong>
\r\nYour sunburn has finally dissipated, your vacay outfit is on point, and your hair has that idyllic beach-y vibe, but there\u2019s just one thing missing - the perfect backdrop. To make your photo stand out on your feed, incorporate some of that tropical scenery <\/strong>around you\u2026 the right way.
\r\nWhether a row of perfectly lined palm trees or an amazing sunset, using the rule of three (dividing the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically) creates more interest in your images \u2013 it\u2019s even been known to make the photo
more likeable<\/a>.
\r\nBe Respectful of Locals<\/strong>
\r\nNobody knows the Caribbean better than the people who live there. While you don\u2019t have to be shy about taking photos of local people on your travels, always ask. All cultures are different, and some people may be flattered if you ask to photograph them, while others will be more cautious.
\r\n\u201cIt's always a good idea to ask permission if you feel you are intruding upon someone\u2019s personal space. If you\u2019re lucky, locals are more than excited to show their personality,\u201d travel photographer Marianna Jamadi explained to
AFAR<\/a> Magazine. 
\r\nAfter all, would you want some strange tourist with a camera running up on you at your neighborhood Starbucks while you\u2019re enjoying your morning latte?" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "TMI and Easy on the Hashtags", "field_description_1": "Don\u2019t Overshare<\/strong>
\r\nWe get it - you\u2019ve worked hard at getting that body beach-ready, so why not show it off? Though you\u2019re slaying in that new Brazilian two piece, try to avoid uploading those gratuitous skimpy bikini shots on Instagram.
\r\nNot only do you come off completely vain, but we\u2019ve all seen the whole sexy bikini beach<\/em> post a million times on our feeds. So, while you may get a good number of double taps out of it, most likely, you\u2019ll get more secret eye rolls from your followers.
\r\nIf you must show off what you\u2019re working with, be creative. Instead of the whole here are my sexy bronzed legs by a pool, try candid bikini shots while being active. Trust us, it\u2019s way more interesting seeing a hot body surfing or zip lining<\/strong> while traveling than lounging around.
\r\nHashtag Wisely<\/strong>
\r\nIt\u2019s natural to be enamored and inspired by the majestic sunsets and relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean, but please resist the urge to over hashtag your posts \u2013 especially when they\u2019re not that exciting.
\r\nDo you really need to hashtag #instagood #nofilter #blessed #yolo on a picture of your hotel room? No. No, you don\u2019t.
\r\nInstead, give context to where you are, why you\u2019re there, and what makes it special and unique<\/strong>, and save the unneeded tags for those mediocre car selfies." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.044195", "field_longitude": "-86.7852547" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_53.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_57.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_31.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20Instagram.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "191", "title": "The Best Things To Do In Cozumel", "path": "mexico\/cozumel\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/finding-adventure-cozumel", "field_title_highlighted": "The Best Things To Do ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Bring Your Cameras, Water Shoes and Sense of Adventure", "field_description_1": "From natural beauty -- on the land and underwater -- to parks, plazas, and more, Cozumel is a paradise just off the coast of a paradise. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20detail%20cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Patrick Maggio", "field_date": "2018-02-09 00:00:00", "body": "If you\u2019re visiting Cozumel, odds are you\u2019ll go home with a lifetime of spectacular memories and a new understanding of what relaxation really is. Known by many as having a \u201cMexican heart with a Caribbean soul\u201d, Cozumel is ripe with dazzling scenery and pristine shoreline. Read on to discover some of the highlights you\u2019ll experience on your first excursion to this unique island.
\r\nFerry From Playa del Carmen<\/strong>
\r\nFerries depart from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel every hour. The average trip lasts about 35 minutes. If you are prone to getting sea sick, make sure to take preventative measures before boarding to ensure comfort for the entirety of the ride.
\r\nPictures on the Promenade<\/strong>
\r\nOnce you get off the ferry, stroll down the pier to El Malecron. This waterfront boardwalk is perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of Cozumel. Don\u2019t forget to bring your camera, you\u2019ll want to capture this first adventure!
\r\nThe Island Museum<\/strong>
\r\nPop into the island museum to get a crash course in the history of the island. You\u2019ll discover the intriguing stories of its Mayan origins, all the way through its discovery and settlement by Spanish explorers. Particularly interesting is the exhibition and discussion of Cozumel\u2019s contemporary art scene.
\r\nExplore Mayan Ruins<\/strong>
\r\nOn the undeveloped north side of the island you will find San Gervasio, the popular site of Mayan ruins which date back some 2,000 years. The biggest and only official archaeological site of the island, it is also a sanctuary to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and love.
\r\nPlenty of Plazas and Parks<\/strong>
\r\nCozumel is filled with parks and shopping plazas, which makes it perfect for exploring or simply strolling around aimlessly. If you enjoy live entertainment, you will be happy to learn that concerts occur frequently. You may just may be lucky enough to catch one!
\r\nJump in the Deep Blue Sea<\/strong>
\r\nWhether you opt to take a dive at one of the countless world-famous dive sites around the island or decide to have a quick snorkel session directly in front of your resort, Cozumel is certainly not lacking in variety. With something for everyone, you\u2019re sure to have a memorable aquatic experience and may even make some new saltwater friends.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/5lI02pizgPs", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Gallery%20Cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail-middle%20mobile%20cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20cozumel.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20cozumel.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Cozumel is filled with parks and plazas, which makes it perfect for exploring or simply strolling around aimlessly. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "If you\u2019re visiting Cozumel, odds are you\u2019ll go home with a lifetime of spectacular memories and a new understanding of what relaxation really is. Known by many as having a \u201cMexican heart with a Caribbean soul,\u201d Cozumel is ripe with dazzling scenery and pristine shoreline. Read on to discover some of the highlights you\u2019ll experience on your first excursion to this unique island." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "From Ferry to Promenade", "field_description_1": "Ferry From Playa del Carmen<\/strong>
\r\nFerries depart from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel every hour. The average trip lasts about 35 minutes. If you are prone to getting sea sick, make sure to take preventative measures before boarding to ensure comfort for the entirety of the ride.
\r\nPictures on the Promenade<\/strong>
\r\nOnce you get off the ferry, stroll down the pier to the promenade. It\u2019s perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of Cozumel. Don\u2019t forget to bring your camera, you\u2019ll want to capture this first adventure!" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Mayans in Focus", "field_description_1": "The Island Museum<\/strong>
\r\nPop into the island museum to get a crash course in the history of the island. You\u2019ll discover the intriguing stories of its Mayan origins, all the way through its discovery and settlement by Spanish explorers. Particularly interesting is the exhibition and discussion of Cozumel\u2019s contemporary art scene.
\r\nExplore Mayan Ruins<\/strong>
\r\nOn the undeveloped north side of the island you will find San Gervasio, the popular site of Mayan ruins which date back some 2,000 years. The biggest and only official archaeological site of the island, it is also a sanctuary to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and love." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Green and Blue", "field_description_1": "Plenty of Plazas and Parks<\/strong>
\r\nCozumel is filled with parks and plazas, which makes it perfect for exploring or simply strolling around aimlessly. If you enjoy live entertainment, you will be happy to learn that concerts occur frequently. You may just may be lucky enough to catch one!
\r\nJump in the Deep Blue Sea<\/strong>
\r\nWhether you opt to take a dive at one of the countless world-famous dive sites around the island or decide to have a quick snorkel session directly in front of your resort like -- at
Cozumel Palace<\/a> -- Cozumel is certainly not lacking in variety. With something for everyone, you\u2019re sure to have a memorable aquatic experience and may even make some new saltwater friends." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.503105", "field_longitude": "-86.9615857" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail-middle%20mobile%20cozumel_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumnail%20cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20banner%20cozumel%201.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20cozumel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "190", "title": "Damian Marley Continues Reggae Legacy with Grammy", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/damian-marley-continues-reggae-legacy-grammy-win", "field_title_highlighted": "Damian Marley Continues Reggae", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Bob Marley's Son Collects 4th Grammy", "field_description_1": "The Grammy for the Best Reggae Album of 2018 returns home to Jamaica" }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/Damian%20Marley%20Article%20banner%20a.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Mobile%20Damian%20Marley.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Carolina Tobar", "field_date": "2018-02-06 00:00:00", "body": "At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the \u201cBest Reggae Album of 2018\u201d once again returned home to Jamaica<\/a>, birthplace of the legendary genre. This time, the award winner was none other than Damian Marley, the only child of the legendary Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, winner of Miss World 1976.
\r\nWhile his lineage may have inclined him to a career in music, Junior Gong -- a nickname derived from his father \u201cTuff Gong\u201d-- carved his own path in reggae long before his latest album \u201cStony Hill\u201d took last month\u2019s
Grammy win<\/a>. In fact, his signature rhythms borrow from Dancehall, Dub, Roots, R&B, and Hip Hop amongst other influences, which have gained popularity the world over thanks to Damian\u2019s musical contributions. 
\r\nOver 20 years ago Damian released his first album titled \u201cMr. Marley,\u201d and throughout his prolific career has worked alongside Nas, Gwen Stefani, Skrillex, Cypress Hill, Bruno Mars, and even the star-studded mega-band SuperHeavy, of which Mick Jagger is an active member.
\r\nBob Marley\u2019s Birthday<\/strong>
\r\nDamian\u2019s fourth Grammy win came just before the annual celebration of his father\u2019s birthday in February. If you\u2019re a reggae fan looking to take a break from the ordinary, a visit to the Land of Wood and Water during this month is an ideal choice.
\r\nThe typical joyous and relaxed disposition of the Jamaican people is heightened on the anniversary of the birth of their favorite son. Celebrating the anniversary of Bob Marley, who would have turned 73 years old this year, is an island-wide event with activities planned everywhere to honor the King of Reggae.
\r\nThough the celebrations spread from Negril on the western tip of the island to Port Antonio near the easternmost point, a good base of operations to get your
most Marley<\/a> is in Ocho Rios, centrally located on the northern coast. The resort town is the closest major destination to Bob Marley\u2019s childhood home in Nine Mile<\/a> and is the location of Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, which pays homage to the singer\u2019s influences in a variety of ways.
\r\nExpect to hear the dulcet tones of Marley tunes emanating throughout the resort but look out for a variety of special Marley-themed activities. And no trip to Moon Palace Jamaica is complete without enjoying the signature Bob Marley cocktail, made of grenadine, cr\u00e8me de menthe and 141 plus cr\u00e8me de banana \u2013 making it red, yellow and green like the Jamaican flag.
\r\nFrom imbibing a cocktail honoring a legendary singer and activist, to listening to tunes by father and son, to taking a pilgrimages to a childhood home and experiencing Rastafarian culture at its core, reggae and Jamaica come alive in February. 
\r\n 
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By Carolina Tobar<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the \u201cBest Reggae Album of 2018\u201d once again returned home to Jamaica<\/a>, birthplace of the legendary genre. This time, the award winner was none other than Damian Marley, the only child of the legendary Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, winner of Miss World 1976.
\r\nWhile his lineage may have inclined him to a career in music, Junior Gong -- a nickname derived from his father \u201cTuff Gong\u201d-- carved his own path in reggae long before his latest album \u201cStony Hill\u201d took last month\u2019s
Grammy win<\/a>. In fact, his signature rhythms borrow from Dancehall, Dub, Roots, R&B, and Hip Hop amongst other influences, which have gained popularity the world over thanks to Damian\u2019s musical contributions. 
\r\nOver 20 years ago Damian released his first album titled \u201cMr. Marley,\u201d and throughout his prolific career has worked alongside Nas, Gwen Stefani, Skrillex, Cypress Hill, Bruno Mars, and even the star-studded mega-band SuperHeavy, of which Mick Jagger is an active member.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Bob Marley\u2019s Birthday", "field_description_1": "

Damian\u2019s fourth Grammy win came just before the annual celebration of his father\u2019s birthday in February. If you\u2019re a reggae fan looking to take a break from the ordinary, a visit to the Land of Wood and Water during this month is an ideal choice.
\r\nThe typical joyous and relaxed disposition of the Jamaican people is heightened on the anniversary of the birth of their favorite son. Celebrating the anniversary of Bob Marley, who would have turned 73 years old this year, is an island-wide event with activities planned everywhere to honor the King of Reggae.
\r\nThough the celebrations spread from Negril on the western tip of the island to Port Antonio near the easternmost point, a good base of operations to get your
most Marley<\/a> is in Ocho Rios, centrally located on the northern coast. The resort town is the closest major destination to Bob Marley\u2019s childhood home in Nine Mile<\/a> and is the location of Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, which pays homage to the singer\u2019s influences in a variety of ways.
\r\nExpect to hear the dulcet tones of Marley tunes emanating throughout the resort but look out for a variety of special Marley-themed activities. And no trip to Moon Palace Jamaica is complete without enjoying the signature Bob Marley cocktail, made of grenadine, cr\u00e8me de menthe and 141 plus cr\u00e8me de banana \u2013 making it red, yellow and green like the Jamaican flag.
\r\nFrom imbibing a cocktail honoring a legendary singer and activist, to listening to tunes by father and son, to taking a pilgrimages to a childhood home and experiencing Rastafarian culture at its core, reggae and Jamaica come alive in February. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": null }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": null }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4085544", "field_longitude": "-77.1062457" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20damian%20marley.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Medium%20Thumbnail%20Damian%20Marley.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Article%20detail%20Damian%20Marley.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20damian%20marley.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "188", "title": "Appleton Rum Tour Gets $10 Million Facelift for Reopening ", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/food\/jamaicas-renowned-appleton-rum-tour-reopens", "field_title_highlighted": "Appleton Rum Tour Gets $10 Million", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The island's most famous spirit reopens a tour that tells history and celebrates Appleton Rum. ", "field_description_1": "Nestled in the heart of Cockpit Country in Jamaica is home of the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, recently upgraded in a $10 million renovation project. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20appleton%20reopens.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20appleton%20reopens.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-02-02 00:00:00", "body": "No trip to Jamaica is truly complete without an Appleton rum-laden cocktail.
\r\nConsistently awarded as one of the best rums in the Caribbean and beyond, this beloved spirit almost seems synonymous with the island. Tours of the historic Appleton Rum Estate therefore, have long been a favorite of Jamaican visitors.
\r\nIn the heart of Jamaica\u2019s famed Cockpit Country, the Appleton Estate has been crafting premium rums for nearly 300 years. The unique mix of Appleton\u2019s island history, ample beauty of its historic grounds, and, of course, its continued dominance as one of the most revered spirits in the world place the factory itself among the best ways to get an authentic taste of Jamaica<\/strong>.
\r\nUnfortunately, the estate was closed to tourists in 2016 for renovations. Now, the tour is back - and it\u2019s bigger and better - offering visitors a hands-on, state-of-the-art experience like none other.
\r\nThe New and Improved Appleton Tour<\/strong>
\r\nAfter a $10 million-dollar facelift, rum-lovers can now enjoy a fully interactive visitor experience<\/strong> at the estate, learning about everything from traditional distillation methods to cane juicing. There\u2019s also a full hands-on tour of the barrelhouse where you can learn about the rum-making process from start to finish. 
\r\nFormerly known as the
Appleton Estate Rum tour<\/a>, the new tour now goes by the name of the Joy Spence Estate Rum Experience<\/strong> - named after the first woman in the industry to hold a Master Blender title.
\r\nThis isn\u2019t the first time that Appleton has honored this trailblazing figure. After being named the first female master blender ever by the Appleton Estate, 20 years ago, the estate released its first ever
25-year rum blend last year<\/a> \u2013 fittingly named \u201cJoy\u201d.
\r\nGet Your Food and Drink On<\/strong>
\r\nWhat would a rum tour be without indulging in some drinks? Well, the Appleton estate seems to agree, which may be why the revamped tour features three separate tasting rooms, each with their own bar.
\r\nAnd for those special events, you can reserve the private VIP tasting room, for you and 20 of your closest rum aficionados.
\r\nAfter all that rum tasting, you\u2019ll definitely be feeling irie<\/em><\/strong>\u2026 and probably hungry, too. When you want to grab some nosh during your tour, the estate has you covered with a brand-new restaurant, bar, and lounge where you can feast on
authentic Jamaican jerk dishes<\/a> straight from an authentic barbecue pit.
\r\nFun for the Whole Family<\/strong>
\r\nWhile the Appleton Estate tour is perfect for the rum-lover in all of us, this unique tour is also a perfect setting for a day trip with the family during your stay at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.
\r\nAside from learning the ins and outs of how rum is made, the revamped estate tour also features one-of-a-kind exhibits and artifacts about the island\u2019s history, as well as an observation tower where the kiddos can take in the sights of Jamaica\u2019s unique and breathtaking views. There is also a 3,000-square-foot theater where you can watch a custom film about the estate, among other things.
\r\nYou can even get in some retail therapy while on the tour. The estate features a new community center where you can scoop up goods from local artists and craftsmen. In total there is over 2,500 square feet of retail space where you can find authentic Appleton merchandise and even have your bottle of rum engraved.
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\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20appleton%20reopens.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20-%20gallery%20mobile%20appleton%20reopens.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20appleton%20reopens.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20appleton%20reopens.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "In the heart of Jamaica\u2019s famed Cockpit Country, the Appleton Estate has been crafting premium rums for nearly 300 years. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

No trip to Jamaica is truly complete without an Appleton rum-laden cocktail.
\r\nConsistently awarded as one of the best rums in the Caribbean and beyond, this beloved spirit almost seems synonymous with the island. Tours of the historic Appleton Rum Estate therefore, have long been a favorite of Jamaican visitors.
\r\nIn the heart of Jamaica\u2019s famed Cockpit Country, the Appleton Estate has been crafting premium rums for nearly 300 years. The unique mix of Appleton\u2019s island history, ample beauty of its historic grounds, and, of course, its continued dominance as one of the most revered spirits in the world place the factory itself among the best ways to get an authentic taste of Jamaica<\/strong>.
\r\nUnfortunately, the estate was closed to tourists in 2016 for renovations. Now, the tour is back - and it\u2019s bigger and better - offering visitors a hands-on, state-of-the-art experience like none other.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "The New and Improved Appleton Tour", "field_description_1": "After a $10 million-dollar facelift, rum-lovers can now enjoy a fully interactive visitor experience<\/strong> at the estate, learning about everything from traditional distillation methods to cane juicing. There\u2019s also a full hands-on tour of the barrelhouse where you can learn about the rum-making process from start to finish. 
\r\nFormerly known as the
Appleton Estate Rum tour<\/a>, the new tour now goes by the name of the Joy Spence Estate Rum Experience<\/strong> - named after the first woman in the industry to hold a Master Blender title.
\r\nThis isn\u2019t the first time that Appleton has honored this trailblazing figure. After being named the first female master blender ever by the Appleton Estate, 20 years ago, the estate released its first ever
25-year rum blend last year<\/a> \u2013 fittingly named \u201cJoy.\"" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Get Your Food and Drink On", "field_description_1": "What would a rum tour be without indulging in some drinks? Well, the Appleton estate seems to agree, which may be why the revamped tour features three separate tasting rooms, each with their own bar.
\r\nAnd for those special events, you can reserve the private VIP tasting room, for you and 20 of your closest rum aficionados.
\r\nAfter all that rum tasting, you\u2019ll definitely be feeling irie<\/em><\/strong>\u2026 and probably hungry, too. When you want to grab some nosh during your tour, the estate has you covered with a brand-new restaurant, bar, and lounge where you can feast on
authentic Jamaican jerk dishes<\/a> straight from an authentic barbecue pit." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Fun for the Whole Family", "field_description_1": "While the Appleton Estate tour is perfect for the rum-lover in all of us, this unique tour is also a perfect setting for a day trip with the family during your stay at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.
\r\nAside from learning the ins and outs of how rum is made, the revamped estate tour also features one-of-a-kind exhibits and artifacts about the island\u2019s history, as well as an observation tower where the kiddos can take in the sights of Jamaica\u2019s unique and breathtaking views. There is also a 3,000-square-foot theater where you can watch a custom film about the estate, among other things.
\r\nYou can even get in some retail therapy while on the tour. The estate features a new community center where you can scoop up goods from local artists and craftsmen. In total there is over 2,500 square feet of retail space where you can find authentic Appleton merchandise and even have your bottle of rum engraved." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.0142553", "field_longitude": "-77.9059631" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumnail%20and%20mobile%20appleton%20reopens.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20appleton%20reopens.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20appleton%20reopens.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20-%20gallery%20mobile%20appleton%20reopens_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "186", "title": "Everything You Need To Know About Mexican Tamales", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/food\/tamales-mexicos-tasty-tradition-candlemas", "field_title_highlighted": "Everything You Need To Know", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Holidays Are Officially At And End in Mexico, So It's Time To Eat Up in Style", "field_description_1": "Post-holiday blues got you down? In Mexico they eat there way out of the malaise with tamales. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_19.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_83.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-01-31 00:00:00", "body": "You might be vaguely familiar with the Christian Holy Day of Candlemas, or Fiesta de la Candelaria<\/em>, as it\u2019s known throughout most of Latin America. The religious ritual commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, but in Mexico this day has a very particular culinary connotation that marries the Old World tradition to the earliest days of America\u2019s pre-Columbian cultures. 
\r\nLa Candelaria<\/em> is widely considered to be the unofficial closure of year-end holidays in Mexico, which start around December 12 (Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe). In Epiphany (or D\u00eda de Reyes<\/em>), people dine on steamy mugs of hot chocolate and Rosca de Reyes<\/em>, the oval shaped pastry that hides a little figurine of Baby Jesus within its sweet confines. The person who gets the slice of Rosca<\/em> containing said figurine (there\u2019s usually more than one) has to host a special dinner on February 2nd for all in attendance.
\r\nWhoever started this tradition knew that feeding a bunch of hungry friends, relatives and coworkers is no small feat, so they kept the menu on the simple-yet-delicious side: tamales.
\r\nThese start from a mixture of corn dough (or masa<\/em>) with a greasy binding agent (usually lard). Then some sort of distinctive ingredient is added (more on that later), and the resulting filling is packed inside a corn husk or plantain leaf (the latter are also known as tamales oaxaque\u00f1os<\/em>). The tamales are then steamed until firm and\u2026 that\u2019s it. Simple stuff, right?
\r\nNot quite.
\r\nSee, tamales are not only ubiquitous to Mexican cuisine; they also represent regional gastronomic styles with their distinctive ingredients and flavors. In essence: You can tell a lot about where you are in Mexico by the type of tamales you put on your plate.
\r\nPlantain leaf wraps are often typical of southern Mexico and the states around the Gulf coast, including the Yucatan Peninsula. Pork may not be a usual protein for tamales sold in the North, but they\u2019re highly sought after in Mexico City and the surrounding states. And yes, every single place will claim to have the best tamales in the entire world, so be prepared to hear arguments on that topic.
\r\nHere are the most common tamales you\u2019ll likely find on the table during Candlemas:
\r\nTamales verdes. <\/strong>Ordering tamales by the distinctive color of the sauce that laces the masa is the norm, with the verde<\/em> (green) leading the way in popularity. The bright, herbal and spicy mix of tomatillo and green chilies pair up with chicken or pork to create the most popular tamal, whether it comes wrapped in corn or plantain.
\r\nTamales de mole<\/strong>. Some places refer to this type as rojo<\/em> (red), but there are regions that make a clear distinction between the mole tamal and other red salsa-based styles. Chicken is the most common protein for this one.
\r\nTamales de rajas.<\/strong> Long strips of fiery chilies mixed with some melty cheese make this style a popular item in Central Mexico. Hotness can range from mild to volcanic, depending on the type of chile, so tread carefully.
\r\nTamales de frijol.<\/strong> Pureed beans and cheese fill these tamales, delicious on their own or paired with some type of mole<\/em> sauce. The states of Puebla and Morelos are good places to get them at their best.
\r\nTamales oaxaque\u00f1o.<\/strong> A generic way of referring to the tamales wrapped in plantain leaves, with fillings that cover the ones we mentioned above and many, many more (usually savory).
\r\nTamales de elote.<\/strong> What\u2019s better than corn-based masa<\/em>? More corn, of course. These tamales usually bridge the gap between the spicy, savory styles and the sweeter dessert tamales.
\r\nTamales dulces.<\/strong> The most common sweet tamal is made with pink masa<\/em> (using vegetable coloring) and adds a handful of raisins to the mix, but sweet tamales can be made with chocolate, pineapple, anise seed, berries, and many other fillings. 
\r\nVaporcitos.<\/strong> You can\u2019t miss these beauties if you are visiting the Yucatan Peninsula: They\u2019re filled with a pork and chicken mixture, seasoned with a distinctive spice mix known as recado,<\/em> and best enjoyed with a spoonful of fiery habanero sauce on top. 
\r\nThese are but a few examples of tamales you\u2019re bound to enjoy for La Candelaria<\/em>, but keep in mind that they\u2019re available year-round as a staple of local cuisine. If you go deeper down the rabbit hole you\u2019ll also get acquainted with Uchepos<\/em> and Corundas<\/em>, from the state of Michoac\u00e1n.
\r\nVeracruz has the humongous Zacahuil<\/em>, the Godzilla of tamales, a dish that is the centerpiece for massive festivities. And let\u2019s not forget Chiapas\u2019 own tamal de Chipilin <\/em>(an edible leaf).
\r\nCheck out the menus at our restaurants or ask the locals for their recommendations, you\u2019ll be glad you did. Oh, and one last thing: lose the \u201ce\u201d at the end of \u201ctamale,\u201d, OK? You don\u2019t want to sound like a tourist, after all.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_45.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_50.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_56.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_49.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Tamales are not only ubiquitous to Mexican cuisine; they also represent regional gastronomic styles with their distinctive ingredients and flavors. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

You might be vaguely familiar with the Christian Holy Day of Candlemas, or Fiesta de la Candelaria<\/em>, as it\u2019s known throughout most of Latin America. The religious ritual commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, but in Mexico this day has a very particular culinary connotation that marries the Old World tradition to the earliest days of America\u2019s pre-Columbian cultures. 
\r\nLa Candelaria<\/em> is widely considered to be the unofficial closure of year-end holidays in Mexico, which start around December 12 (Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe). On Epiphany (or D\u00eda de Reyes<\/em>), people dine on steamy mugs of hot chocolate and Rosca de Reyes<\/em>, the oval shaped pastry that hides a little figurine of Baby Jesus within its sweet confines. Whoever chooses the slice of Rosca<\/em> such figurine (there\u2019s usually more than one) has to host a special dinner on February 2nd for all in attendance.
\r\nWhoever started this tradition knew that feeding a bunch of hungry friends, relatives and coworkers is no small feat, so they kept the menu on the simple-yet-delicious side: tamales.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "These start from a mixture of corn dough (or masa<\/em>) with a greasy binding agent (usually lard). Then some sort of distinctive ingredient is added (more on that later), and the resulting filling is packed inside a corn husk or plantain leaf (the latter are also known as tamales oaxaque\u00f1os<\/em>). The tamales are then steamed until firm and\u2026 that\u2019s it. Simple stuff, right?
\r\nNot quite.
\r\nSee, tamales are not only ubiquitous to Mexican cuisine; they also represent regional gastronomic styles with their distinctive ingredients and flavors. In essence: You can tell a lot about where you are in Mexico by the type of tamales you put on your plate.
\r\nPlantain leaf wraps are often typical of southern Mexico and the states around the Gulf coast, including the Yucatan Peninsula. Pork may not be a usual protein for tamales sold in the North, but they\u2019re highly sought after in Mexico City and the surrounding states. And yes, every single place will claim to have the best tamales in the entire world, so be prepared to hear arguments on that topic." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Here are the most common tamales you\u2019ll likely find on the table during Candlemas:
\r\nTamales verdes. <\/strong>Ordering tamales by the distinctive color of the sauce that laces the masa is the norm, with the verde<\/em> (green) leading the way in popularity. The bright, herbal and spicy mix of tomatillo and green chilies pair up with chicken or pork to create the most popular tamal, whether it comes wrapped in corn or plantain.
\r\nTamales de mole<\/strong>. Some places refer to this type as rojo<\/em> (red), but there are regions that make a clear distinction between the mole tamal and other red salsa-based styles. Chicken is the most common protein for this one.
\r\nTamales de rajas.<\/strong> Long strips of fiery chilies mixed with some melty cheese make this style a popular item in Central Mexico. Hotness can range from mild to volcanic, depending on the type of chile, so tread carefully.
\r\nTamales de frijol.<\/strong> Pureed beans and cheese fill these tamales, delicious on their own or paired with some type of mole<\/em> sauce. The states of Puebla and Morelos are good places to get them at their best." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Tamales oaxaque\u00f1os.<\/strong> A generic way of referring to the tamales wrapped in plantain leaves, with fillings that cover the ones we mentioned above and many, many more (usually savory).
\r\nTamales de elote.<\/strong> What\u2019s better than corn-based masa<\/em>? More corn, of course. These tamales usually bridge the gap between the spicy, savory styles and the sweeter dessert tamales.
\r\nTamales dulces.<\/strong> The most common sweet tamal is made with pink masa<\/em> (using vegetable coloring) and adds a handful of raisins to the mix, but sweet tamales can be made with chocolate, pineapple, anise seed, berries, and many other fillings. 
\r\nVaporcitos.<\/strong> You can\u2019t miss these beauties if you are visiting the Yucatan Peninsula: They\u2019re filled with a pork and chicken mixture, seasoned with a distinctive spice mix known as recado,<\/em> and best enjoyed with a spoonful of fiery habanero sauce on top. 
\r\nThese are but a few examples of tamales you\u2019re bound to enjoy for La Candelaria<\/em>, but keep in mind that they\u2019re available year-round as a staple of local cuisine. If you go deeper down the rabbit hole you\u2019ll also get acquainted with Uchepos<\/em> and Corundas<\/em>, from the state of Michoac\u00e1n.
\r\nVeracruz has the humongous Zacahuil<\/em>, the Godzilla of tamales, a dish that is the centerpiece for massive festivities. And let\u2019s not forget Chiapas\u2019 own tamal de Chipilin <\/em>(an edible leaf).
\r\nYou can dabble with a dizzying array of tamales at local restaurants in Cancun, not that you need to leave your all-inclusive resort to partake.
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>'s multitude of Mexican restaurants, for example, offer up everything from the simple to the delectable. It's just a matter of scanning the menu or asking your surver to expound on the their tamales offerings. 
\r\nOh, and one last thing: lose the \u201ce\u201d at the end of \u201ctamale,\u201d OK? You don\u2019t want to sound like a tourist, after all." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9769525", "field_longitude": "-86.8346339" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_51.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_28.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_22.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20tamales.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "184", "title": "How To Have The Ideal Family Trip At Your All-Inclusive Resort!", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/traveling-children-all-inclusive-way", "field_title_highlighted": "How To Have The Ideal Family Trip", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Guide to Finding the Best Resort to Enjoy a Family Getaway", "field_description_1": "Family vacations can take a turn for the complicated but before they do learn how to make the of your trip for all members. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_20.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Mobile%20Traveling%20with%20Kids.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-01-26 00:00:00", "body": "Ever spent what seems like hours on your vacation explaining the wonders of nature to your kids, only for them to shrug and ask, \u201cDo they have Wi-Fi here?\u201d How about the futility of trying to force them to cherish a particular travel experience while they pull out a new-fangled video game device and ignore your pleas?
\r\nThe line between experiencing a family vacation that brings you closer to one another with unforgettable memories and a trip that will leave you frazzled, confused, and angry, is dangerously thin. With kids in tow, you\u2019ll need to find a destination that has family-friendly fun built-in, with all the necessities to keep your family running like a well-oiled machine.
\r\nLuckily, many all-inclusive resorts aim to keep the whole family well fed, well-rested, and entertained. But what exactly should parents keep in mind when deciding on accommodations?
\r\nSurvey the Services<\/strong>
\r\nWhen traveling sans family, you might not give certain amenities like on-site laundry services and
24-hour room service<\/a> a second thought - but when taking a vacay with the little ones, these services can be lifesavers.
\r\nBefore you know it, a week\u2019s worth of clothes can end up in a soggy and soiled pile in just three days. Ever had your jet-lagged toddler wail for breakfast at 3 a.m.? It\u2019s not pleasant. How about baby-proofing the room or having a safe and comfy crib available?
\r\nWhen booking your stay, double-check that a resort\u2019s amenities cater to the needs of kids<\/strong>. Many family-friendly resorts offer a wide assortment of baby products for traveling families, making the stay truly all-inclusive for little tykes as well.
\r\nAge-Appropriate Activities<\/strong>
\r\nLooking to keep your kids entertained throughout the day, and hopefully tuckered out at night and ready for a solid eight hours of sleep? Then there\u2019s nothing better than a variety of fun-filled activities at your all-inclusive resort.
\r\nWhile most have ample activities, some like
Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a> take the experience to a new level<\/a> with playrooms for young kids, lounges catering specifically to teens\u2019 preferences, and a litany of shows and other activities just for your children. Not only will the kiddos get to have fun with people their own age, but it just may give you enough time to fit in a spa treatment!
\r\nTake Advantage of Family-Friendly Dining<\/strong>
\r\nMost of us would agree that a well-fed kid is a happy kid. <\/strong>Conversely, a hungry kid can be mistaken for the main attraction in a bull-fighting ring. When choosing your all-inclusive resort, look for options and variety that will keep both adults and kids from getting bored.
\r\nMost restaurants at family resorts and hotels offer a kids\u2019 menu, and that\u2019s always a good (and usually familiar) place to start. But even better is a buffet, one that will give finicky eaters more choices (and potentially healthier options like fresh fruit). If your brood is traveling in the Caribbean, use the opportunity to expose them to a variety of tropical
fruits and vegetables<\/a> at buffets like the Buccaneer Reef<\/a> buffet at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.
\r\nAlso make sure to ask if the resort kitchen will accommodate special requests (for your picky eaters) and diet restrictions (for those with allergies). You\u2019ll also want to double-check if the restaurant has convenient family-dining hours, to avoid feeding the little ones too late in the evening.
\r\nEnjoy the Moment<\/strong>
\r\nAny vacation can have its trying moments when it feels more stressful than relaxing \u2013 especially when traveling with kids. From temper tantrums to teenage attitudes, even the slightest of an eye roll can quickly send a parent into vacation meltdown.
\r\nBut, at those times when you wish you had left the kids home with grandma, take a deep breath and remember that one day you\u2019ll look back on
these family vacations<\/a> \u2013 and wish you could have had many more with them. After all, isn\u2019t that what you tell them?
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20traveling%20with%20kids%203.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Middle%20Moble-small%20thumbnail%20traveling%20with%20kids.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20traveling%20with%20kids.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20traveling%20with%20kids.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "The line between experiencing a family vacation that brings you closer to one another with unforgettable memories and a trip that will leave you frazzled, confused, and angry, is dangerously thin. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

Ever spent what seems like hours on your vacation explaining the wonders of nature to your kids, only for them to shrug and ask, \u201cDo they have Wi-Fi here?\u201d How about the futility of trying to force them to cherish a particular travel experience while they pull out a new-fangled video game device and ignore your pleas?<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

The line between experiencing a family vacation that brings you closer to one another with unforgettable memories and a trip that will leave you frazzled, confused, and angry, is dangerously thin. With kids in tow, you\u2019ll need to find a destination that has family-friendly fun built-in, with all the necessities to keep your family running like a well-oiled machine.
\r\nLuckily, many all-inclusive resorts aim to keep the whole family well fed, well-rested, and entertained. But what exactly should parents keep in mind when deciding on accommodations?<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Survey and Entertain", "field_description_1": "

Survey the Services<\/strong>
\r\nWhen traveling sans family, you might not give certain amenities like on-site laundry services and
24-hour room service<\/a> a second thought - but when taking a vacay with the little ones, these services can be lifesavers.
\r\nBefore you know it, a week\u2019s worth of clothes can end up in a soggy and soiled pile in just three days. Ever had your jet-lagged toddler wail for breakfast at 3 a.m.? It\u2019s not pleasant. How about baby-proofing the room or having a safe and comfy crib available?
\r\nWhen booking your stay, double-check that a resort\u2019s amenities cater to the needs of kids<\/strong>. Many family-friendly resorts offer a wide assortment of baby products for traveling families, making the stay truly all-inclusive for little tykes as well.
\r\nAge-Appropriate Activities<\/strong>
\r\nLooking to keep your kids entertained throughout the day, and hopefully tuckered out at night and ready for a solid eight hours of sleep? Then there\u2019s nothing better than a variety of fun-filled activities at your all-inclusive resort.
\r\nWhile most have ample activities, some like
Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a> take the experience to a new level<\/a> with playrooms for young kids, lounges catering specifically to teens\u2019 preferences, and a litany of shows and other activities just for your children. Not only will the kiddos get to have fun with people their own age, but it just may give you enough time to fit in a spa treatment!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Eat and Enjoy", "field_description_1": "

Take Advantage of Family-Friendly Dining<\/strong>
\r\nMost of us would agree that a well-fed kid is a happy kid. <\/strong>Conversely, a hungry kid can be mistaken for the main attraction in a bull-fighting ring. When choosing your all-inclusive resort, look for options and variety that will keep both adults and kids from getting bored.
\r\nMost restaurants at family resorts and hotels offer a kids\u2019 menu, and that\u2019s always a good (and usually familiar) place to start. But even better is a buffet, one that will give finicky eaters more choices (and potentially healthier options like fresh fruit). If your brood is traveling in the Caribbean, use the opportunity to expose them to a variety of tropical
fruits and vegetables<\/a> at buffets like the Buccaneer Reef<\/a> buffet at Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.
\r\nAlso make sure to ask if the resort kitchen will accommodate special requests (for your picky eaters) and diet restrictions (for those with allergies). You\u2019ll also want to double-check if the restaurant has convenient family-dining hours, to avoid feeding the little ones too late in the evening.
\r\nEnjoy the Moment<\/strong>
\r\nAny vacation can have its trying moments when it feels more stressful than relaxing \u2013 especially when traveling with kids. From temper tantrums to teenage attitudes, even the slightest of an eye roll can quickly send a parent into vacation meltdown.
\r\nBut, at those times when you wish you had left the kids home with grandma, take a deep breath and remember that one day you\u2019ll look back on
these family vacations<\/a> \u2013 and wish you could have had many more with them. After all, isn\u2019t that what you tell them?<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9793875", "field_longitude": "-86.843108" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_49.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_56.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_21.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20traveling%20with%20kids.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "180", "title": "Making Your First Romantic Trip as a Couple Count", "path": "mexico\/canun\/activities-and-events\/romance\/tips-your-first-romantic-getaway-couple", "field_title_highlighted": "Making Your First Romantic", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Your First Getaway as a Couple Is Exhilarating and Challenging", "field_description_1": "Remember to plan, be flexible, and don't be overbearing to make the most of your first trip in a new relationship. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_25.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_80.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-01-22 00:00:00", "body": "

A new relationship is filled with firsts. The first kiss, meeting family for the first time, the first sleepover - and <\/em>your first getaway as a couple.
\r\nTaking your first trip with your new squeeze is undoubtedly one of the
biggest relationship milestones<\/a> you can experience, and with Valentine\u2019s Day right around the corner,<\/strong> there\u2019s no better time to book a romantic rendezvous for two.
\r\nIf your relationship is ready for taking the vacation leap, there are a few things to keep in mind before you
pack your bags<\/a>. We\u2019ve got you covered on how to make sure your first getaway together, isn\u2019t your last.
\r\nMake it Short and Sweet<\/strong>
\r\nWhen you\u2019re downsizing your space to a hotel room, sharing a bathroom 24\/7, and living out of a suitcase \u2013 it\u2019s easy to overload on couple time.
\r\nTo avoid the trappings of too much lovey-dovey togetherness, skip the weeklong trip<\/strong> for your first getaway together and instead limit your trip to a few days. But don\u2019t think that compacting your trip means you have to miss out on all of the best parts of a vacation.
\r\nWhen you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you and your better half can enjoy international dining, breathtaking views, and
heart-pumping adventure<\/a> all without stepping foot off the property.
\r\nSo, before you ask your boss for two weeks off, consider making your getaway short and sweet<\/strong>. Too long and you\u2019ll remember the \u201cus time\u201d burnout more than the actual trip.
\r\nGet Creative From the Start<\/strong>
\r\nTaking a walk along a sunset or sunrise beach can come as pretty clich\u00e9, so why not take your first trip together to the next level?
\r\nGet creative with your dates during your vacation <\/strong>by planning a romantic candlelight room service dinner, learn a new hobby, or take in the Caribbean landscape on a kayak trip for two.
\r\nTrying new activities together will get you out of your comfort zone and remind you both to just have fun. Not to mention that facing your fears together strengthens your bond, and will give you something to look back on in the future.
\r\nMoney Talks<\/strong>
\r\nMoney can be a delicate topic in any stage of a relationship, so before you jet off, experts suggest discussing the vacation budget<\/strong> and how it will be divided to avoid any uncomfortable money moments.
\r\n\"Money is often the cause of arguments in couples, as it can mean different things to different people. Some find it difficult to treat themselves or to treat others. Whether you opt for a shared budget or keep things separate, it's important to agree on the arrangements before you set off,\" explained relationship expert Sonia Prades to the
Huffington Post<\/a>.
\r\nRoughly map out the spending budget for daily expenses like food, hotel and so on, and how you\u2019ll be paying throughout the trip. A good way to avoid any finance-related arguments down the track is to just split everything down the middle.
\r\nSkip the 24\/7 Togetherness<\/strong>
\r\nWe get it \u2013 you\u2019re madly in love with your new boo and envision spending every waking moment of your time staring into each other\u2019s eyes. But just because you vacation together doesn\u2019t mean you need to spend every single moment together. In fact, too much time together can quickly go from mad love to bad blood.
\r\nWhether scheduling a massage or fitting in a sunrise yoga sesh, make sure to fit in some alone time<\/strong> on your first holiday as a couple. Besides, when you have time to yourself on vacation, it will make for more interesting conversation over your romantic dinner.
\r\nBe Flexible<\/strong>
\r\nFrom a delayed flight to lost luggage, the reality is, unplanned things happen on vacations.
\r\nBut when you roll with the punches<\/strong> and focus on the time you've got together, you'll both be able to look back and laugh at whatever inconveniences you endured on your first trip away from home.
\r\n <\/p>\r\n", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_42.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_47.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_53.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_47.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Get creative with your dates during your vacation by planning a romantic candlelight room service dinner, learn a new hobby, or take in the Caribbean landscape on a kayak trip for two.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\nA new relationship is filled with firsts. The first kiss, meeting family for the first time, the first sleepover - and <\/em>your first getaway as a couple.
\r\nTaking your first trip with your new squeeze is undoubtedly one of the
biggest relationship milestones<\/a> you can experience, and with Valentine\u2019s Day right around the corner,<\/strong> there\u2019s no better time to book a romantic rendezvous for two.
\r\nIf your relationship is ready for taking the vacation leap, there are a few things to keep in mind before you
pack your bags<\/a>. We\u2019ve got you covered on how to make sure your first getaway together, isn\u2019t your last." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Timing Is Everything", "field_description_1": "Make it Short and Sweet<\/strong>
\r\nWhen you\u2019re downsizing your space to a hotel room, sharing a bathroom 24\/7, and living out of a suitcase \u2013 it\u2019s easy to overload on couple time.
\r\nTo avoid the trappings of too much lovey-dovey togetherness, skip the weeklong trip<\/strong> for your first getaway together and instead limit your trip to a few days. But don\u2019t think that compacting your trip means you have to miss out on all of the best parts of a vacation.
\r\nWhen you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you and your better half can enjoy international dining, breathtaking views, and
heart-pumping adventure<\/a> all without stepping foot off the property.
\r\nSo, before you ask your boss for two weeks off, consider making your getaway short and sweet<\/strong>. Too long and you\u2019ll remember the \u201cus time\u201d burnout more than the actual trip." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Be Creative and Practical", "field_description_1": "Get Creative From the Start<\/strong>
\r\nTaking a walk along a sunset or sunrise beach can come as pretty clich\u00e9, so why not take your first trip together to the next level?
\r\nGet creative with your dates during your vacation <\/strong>by planning a romantic candlelight room service dinner, learn a new hobby, or take in the Caribbean landscape on a kayak trip for two.
\r\nTrying new activities together will get you out of your comfort zone and remind you both to just have fun. Not to mention that facing your fears together strengthens your bond, and will give you something to look back on in the future.
\r\nMoney Talks<\/strong>
\r\nMoney can be a delicate topic in any stage of a relationship, so before you jet off, experts suggest discussing the vacation budget<\/strong> and how it will be divided to avoid any uncomfortable money moments.
\r\n\"Money is often the cause of arguments in couples, as it can mean different things to different people. Some find it difficult to treat themselves or to treat others. Whether you opt for a shared budget or keep things separate, it's important to agree on the arrangements before you set off,\" explained relationship expert Sonia Prades to the
Huffington Post<\/a>.
\r\nRoughly map out the spending budget for daily expenses like food, hotel and so on, and how you\u2019ll be paying throughout the trip. A good way to avoid any finance-related arguments down the track is to just split everything down the middle." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Less Can Be More and Be Flexible", "field_description_1": "Skip the 24\/7 Togetherness<\/strong>
\r\nWe get it \u2013 you\u2019re madly in love with your new boo and envision spending every waking moment of your time staring into each other\u2019s eyes. But just because you vacation together doesn\u2019t mean you need to spend every single moment together. In fact, too much time together can quickly go from mad love to bad blood.
\r\nWhether scheduling a massage or fitting in a sunrise yoga sesh, make sure to fit in some alone time<\/strong> on your first holiday as a couple. Besides, when you have time to yourself on vacation, it will make for more interesting conversation over your romantic dinner.
\r\nBe Flexible<\/strong>
\r\nFrom a delayed flight to lost luggage, the reality is, unplanned things happen on vacations.
\r\nBut when you roll with the punches<\/strong> and focus on the time you've got together, you'll both be able to look back and laugh at whatever inconveniences you endured on your first trip away from home." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.989845", "field_longitude": "-86.827951" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_48.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_54.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_30.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20first%20couples%20trip.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "179", "title": "Walk the Land Proud: Tour Bob Marley's Nine Mile Home", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/walk-land-proud-tour-bob-marleys-nine-mile-home-0", "field_title_highlighted": "Walk the Land Proud", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "A Tour of the Reggae Legend's Home and Resting Place Unveils Many Treasures", "field_description_1": "Bob Marley continues to be the unequaled symbol of Jamaica. A tour of his childhood home and mausoleum gives you insight into his amazing impact on the country. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/Article%20Banner%20Marley%20Nine%20Miles.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Mobile%20marley%20home%20nine%20miles.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-01-19 00:00:00", "body": "If you\u2019re a fan of reggae, you simply must pay homage to the genre\u2019s most revered figure at his final resting place in Jamaica.
\r\nAny person who chooses the Caribbean resort town of Ocho Rios as their vacation spot, is likely invested into Jamaican culture, which in turn owes a huge debt of gratitude to reggae music and its patron saint, Robert Nesta Marley. 
\r\nThe musician was barely 36 years old when he passed away, back in 1981, but you wouldn\u2019t know it by visiting Jamaica, where his familiar face will peer at you from nearly every storefront, souvenir stall, and roadside landmark. If you visit the Land of Wood and Water in early February, the devotion to Marley gets even more acute with celebrations surrounding his
birthday<\/a> on Feb. 6.
\r\nScheduling a
daytime tour to his family home in Nine Mile<\/a>, Saint Ann, is highly recommended, and they have departures from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, (Front Desk will be happy to assist you). Here are some things you can expect from the experience:
\r\nThe ride is long\u2026 but worth it.<\/strong> Expect to invest about six hours during this excursion: An hour and a half to get there, two to three hours at the actual destination, and the rest on the way back to Ocho Rios. Though the mountain roads are a little bumpy, your tour guide will make the trip amenable by hitting you with all sorts of knowledge about Marley, his music, and the island culture. There are many nice vistas along the way, so don\u2019t forget your camera.
\r\nTime stops at Nine Mile.<\/strong> At least that\u2019s the way it feels. People in care of Bob Marley\u2019s childhood home have taken to heart the preservation of the whole place to make it look as close to how it was during the King of Reggae\u2019s formative years. The lush vegetation that surrounds you opens up to reveal the humble-yet-imposing dwellings that once housed the clan of Marley\u2019s maternal side of the family. The decoration and furnishings are as colorful and vivacious as Bob himself.
\r\nBob\u2019s work will surround you.<\/strong> References to Marley\u2019s songs are all over the place. That painted rock he used to sit upon outside the house, painted with Rasta motifs? It\u2019s called Talkin\u2019 Blues, like the album. The mausoleum rests on a place named \u201cMount Zion,\u201d so you\u2019ll probably start humming \u201cIron Lion Zion\u2019 as soon as you set foot inside the property. And your guide will probably come up with amusing anecdotes about familiar tunes like \u201cSun Is Shining\u201d or \u201cThree Little Birds\u201d if you ask him nicely. All that\u2019s missing is someone barging in and boasting that he shot the sheriff, but left the deputy otherwise unharmed.
\r\nYou\u2019ll make a \u201cjerk<\/em>\u201d joke.<\/strong> Probably. Try not to do it, though. We assume that the locals have heard every single lame pun using the name of the traditional spicy rub, and that you\u2019ll be tempted to try the delicious jerk chicken (and your hacky comedic material) when you stop for lunch. So don\u2019t say we didn\u2019t warn you if your punchlines are served with a side dish of blank stares.
\r\nA quick jaunt to this Mecca of Reggae will take you from Ocho Rios' tempting beaches to the majestic heights of inland Jamaica, but it\u2019ll also make you appreciate Bob Marley\u2019s legacy in a whole new way. Go on, book the tour and then, as the man himself suggested, \u201cDon't worry\u2026 about a thing\u2026 'Cause every little thing\u2026 gonna be alright<\/em>\u201d.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20marley%20nine%20miles.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20mobile-thumbnail%20marley%20nine%20miles.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Bob_Marley%27s_Mausoleum_0.JPG", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/left%20gallery%20nine%20miles.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Though the mountain roads are a little bumpy, your tour guide will make the trip amenable by hitting you with all sorts of knowledge about Marley, his music, and the island culture. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

If you\u2019re a fan of reggae, you simply must pay homage to the genre\u2019s most revered figure at his final resting place in Jamaica.
\r\nAny person who chooses the Caribbean resort town of Ocho Rios as their vacation spot, is likely invested into Jamaican culture, which in turn owes a huge debt of gratitude to reggae music and its patron saint, Robert Nesta Marley. 
\r\nThe musician was barely 36 years old when he passed away, back in 1981, but you wouldn\u2019t know it by visiting Jamaica, where his familiar face will peer at you from nearly every storefront, souvenir stall, and roadside landmark. If you visit the Land of Wood and Water in early February, the devotion to Marley gets even more acute with celebrations surrounding his
birthday<\/a> on Feb. 6.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "The ride is long\u2026 but worth it. ", "field_description_1": "Scheduling a daytime tour to his family home in Nine Mile<\/a>, Saint Ann, is highly recommended, and they have departures from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, (Front Desk will be happy to assist you). Here are some things you can expect from the experience:
\r\nExpect to invest about six hours during this excursion: An hour and a half to get there, two to three hours at the actual destination, and the rest on the way back to Ocho Rios. Though the mountain roads are a little bumpy, your tour guide will make the trip amenable by hitting you with all sorts of knowledge about Marley, his music, and the island culture. There are many nice vistas along the way, so don\u2019t forget your camera." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "All About Bob", "field_description_1": "Time stops at Nine Mile.<\/strong> At least that\u2019s the way it feels. People in care of Bob Marley\u2019s childhood home have taken to heart the preservation of the whole place to make it look as close to how it was during the King of Reggae\u2019s formative years.
\r\nThe lush vegetation that surrounds you opens up to reveal the humble-yet-imposing dwellings that once housed the clan of Marley\u2019s maternal side of the family. The decoration and furnishings are as colorful and vivacious as Bob himself.
\r\nBob\u2019s work will surround you.<\/strong> References to Marley\u2019s songs are all over the place. That painted rock he used to sit upon outside the house, painted with Rasta motifs? It\u2019s called Talkin\u2019 Blues, like the album. The mausoleum rests on a place named \u201cMount Zion,\u201d so you\u2019ll probably start humming \u201cIron Lion Zion\u2019 as soon as you set foot inside the property. And your guide will probably come up with amusing anecdotes about familiar tunes like \u201cSun Is Shining\u201d or \u201cThree Little Birds\u201d if you ask him nicely. All that\u2019s missing is someone barging in and boasting that he shot the sheriff, but left the deputy otherwise unharmed." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Taking In the Lifestyle", "field_description_1": "You\u2019ll make a \u201cjerk<\/em>\u201d joke.<\/strong> Probably. Try not to do it, though. We assume that the locals have heard every single lame pun using the name of the traditional spicy rub, and that you\u2019ll be tempted to try the delicious jerk chicken (and your hacky comedic material) when you stop for lunch. So don\u2019t say we didn\u2019t warn you if your punchlines are served with a side dish of blank stares.
\r\nA quick jaunt to this Mecca of Reggae will take you from Ocho Rios' tempting beaches to the majestic heights of inland Jamaica, but it\u2019ll also make you appreciate Bob Marley\u2019s legacy in a whole new way. Go on, book the tour and then, as the man himself suggested, \u201cDon't worry\u2026 about a thing\u2026 'Cause every little thing\u2026 gonna be alright<\/em>\u201d." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.2937179", "field_longitude": "-77.311876" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20mobile-thumbnail%20marley%20nine%20miles.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumnail%20marley%20home.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Banner%20Nine%20Miles.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20marley%20nine%20miles.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "176", "title": "Ticket for One: Do's & Don'ts of Solo Travel", "path": "cancun\/mexico\/lifestyle\/explore\/ticket-one-dos-and-donts-solo-travel", "field_title_highlighted": "Ticket for One: ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "A Getaway For Yourself is Just What the Doctor Ordered", "field_description_1": "Solo travel is the fastest growing travel trend but getting the most of it requires some planning and insight. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_18.jpg", "alt": "Tips for solo travelers", "title": "Solo travelers" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_79.jpg", "alt": "Tips for solo travelers", "title": "Solo travelers" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-01-17 00:00:00", "body": "Wake up and smell the single serving of coffee: going on vacation by yourself is the #1 travel trend for 2018, according to
Intrepid Travel<\/a>. If you haven\u2019t discovered the joys of this singular (pun intended) way of touring the world, here are a few quick tips to wake up the one man \u2013or woman\u2013 wolf pack that lies within all of us.
\r\nDO\u2026 PREPARE A SCHEDULE<\/strong>
\r\nYes, spontaneity may be the main appeal of traveling solo. Who needs to adhere to the strict itineraries that govern group plans, right? Well, it turns out you do need a certain strategy in order to fully enjoy the trip.
\r\n\u201cEven your plans for chaos require a certain structure,\u201d says photographer and world traveler J.C. Hernandez, whose work as a diplomatic liaison has forced him to renew passports that actually ran out of pages to get stamped. \u201cFeeling absolute freedom is all well and good, but not having a travel partner next to you means full responsibility for making things work lies within yourself,\u201d he adds.
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 ALERT EVERYONE WITHIN EARSHOT YOU\u2019RE ON YOUR OWN<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cThis is crucial for women: Don\u2019t boast about traveling by yourself to every person you meet, it shows your vulnerability and dramatically increases your chances of being exposed to a bad experience,\u201d suggests Roc\u00edo V\u00e1zquez, a renowned travel blogger and influencer who also runs her own gastro-cultural tours of Mexico City.
\r\nSome experienced solo travelers even encourage flat-out lying about your status when engaging in casual conversations with the locals: Tell them about the group you\u2019re meeting later, or state that you\u2019re enjoying a few minutes of \u201cme time\u201d before rejoining your party.
\r\nDO\u2026 LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE<\/strong>
\r\nEurope is the obvious #1 destination for solo travelers the world over, but did you know that Mexico and the Caribbean rank #2 on that list? Even when visiting popular tourist destinations like
Cancun<\/a> or Ocho Rios, there\u2019s ample chance to take day trips<\/a> to nearby locales with as much, if not more to see.  Consider this a great opportunity to stray off the beaten path and go somewhere a little more adventurous and exotic in your next solo outing.
\r\nWould you rather explore the seaside
Mayan ruins of Tulum<\/a> or stand in line behind hundreds of tourists to enter the Louvre? No-brainer, right? A quick jaunt south of the border will present you with countless opportunities to hone your skills as a solo traveler, you\u2019ll be surprised how rewarding it is to fend for yourself in a foreign land. 
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 FORGET YOUR HOMEWORK<\/strong>
\r\nIs the country you\u2019re visiting safe? Do you know anyone there who can assist you in case of emergency? Is your prescription medication readily available should you lose it along the way? Does that enticing tour you\u2019re desperate to book cater to single travelers?
\r\n\u201cI pack an entire first-aid kit whenever I travel. I also keep hard copies of my documentation and itineraries hidden in my luggage. And, being a woman, I always check about the proper way to dress in the country I\u2019m visiting,\u201d recommends Vazquez. Preparedness will never get in the way of enjoying things.
\r\nDO\u2026 TRAVEL LIGHT<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cYou\u2019ll have a better time traveling with a single piece of luggage, don\u2019t burden yourself with more,\u201d suggests Alberto Rojas, journalist and editor for in-flight magazine V de Volaris<\/em>. \u201cIf I anticipate making a lot of purchases I might add a light backpack to my carry-on, or try to take expandable luggage whenever possible, preferably sturdy enough to carry my laptop in it, as well,\u201d he concludes.
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 REFRAIN FROM DOCUMENTING THE EXPERIENCE<\/strong>
\r\nTaking good pictures of yourself might have been complicated in the past, but selfie sticks have really saved the day for solo travelers on the hunt for the perfect vacation pic. If you still find that solution cumbersome, don\u2019t ask the first person to walk by to take your picture, at the risk of having him\/her take off running with your precious camera or smartphone. Look for that person already carrying a couple of professional cameras with him: odds are they\u2019re experimented photographers on some sort of assignment, so it\u2019s highly unlikely they\u2019ll try to rob you\u2026 and your pictures will end up looking awesome, by the way.
\r\nDO\u2026 MAKE IT ALL ABOUT YOU<\/strong>
\r\nYou might be tempted to do live broadcasts to all your social media accounts as soon as you go on your solo trip, but try to exercise some sort of restraint. \u201cThe discoveries you make on these kind of excursions should be yours to enjoy, and no one else\u2019s,\u201d reflects Hern\u00e1ndez. So try to reflect upon the whole deal instead of frantically trying to capture every moment on camera. Put pen to paper, it forces you to process your thoughts before jotting them down.
\r\nSolo travel is popular because you answer to no one but yourself. Savor the moments. Learn from every conversation with a stranger. Remember every spot that makes you realize how far away you are from home. We\u2019ll be fine without you for a few days, you know?
\r\n 
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By Juan Sempere<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Wake up and smell the single serving of coffee: going on vacation by yourself is the #1 travel trend for 2018, according to Intrepid Travel<\/a>. If you haven\u2019t discovered the joys of this singular (pun intended) way of touring the world, here are a few quick tips to wake up the one man \u2013or woman\u2013 wolf pack that lies within all of us.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Schedule Your Day, But Keep it Quiet", "field_description_1": "DO\u2026 PREPARE A SCHEDULE<\/strong>
\r\nYes, spontaneity may be the main appeal of traveling solo. Who needs to adhere to the strict itineraries that govern group plans, right? Well, it turns out you do need a certain strategy in order to fully enjoy the trip.
\r\n\u201cEven your plans for chaos require a certain structure,\u201d says photographer and world traveler J.C. Hernandez, whose work as a diplomatic liaison has forced him to renew passports that actually ran out of pages to get stamped. \u201cFeeling absolute freedom is all well and good, but not having a travel partner next to you means full responsibility for making things work lies within yourself,\u201d he adds.
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 ALERT EVERYONE WITHIN EARSHOT YOU\u2019RE ON YOUR OWN<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cThis is crucial for women: Don\u2019t boast about traveling by yourself to every person you meet, it shows your vulnerability and dramatically increases your chances of being exposed to a bad experience,\u201d suggests Roc\u00edo V\u00e1zquez, a renowned travel blogger and influencer who also runs her own gastro-cultural tours of Mexico City.
\r\nSome experienced solo travelers even encourage flat-out lying about your status when engaging in casual conversations with the locals: Tell them about the group you\u2019re meeting later, or state that you\u2019re enjoying a few minutes of \u201cme time\u201d before rejoining your party." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Know When To Take Chances", "field_description_1": "DO\u2026 LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE<\/strong>
\r\nEurope is the obvious #1 destination for solo travelers the world over, but did you know that Mexico and the Caribbean rank #2 on that list? Even when visiting popular tourist destinations like
Cancun<\/a> or Ocho Rios, there\u2019s ample chance to take day trips<\/a> to nearby locales with as much, if not more to see.  Consider this a great opportunity to stray off the beaten path and go somewhere a little more adventurous and exotic in your next solo outing.
\r\nWould you rather explore the seaside
Mayan ruins of Tulum<\/a> or stand in line behind hundreds of tourists to enter the Louvre? No-brainer, right? A quick jaunt south of the border will present you with countless opportunities to hone your skills as a solo traveler, you\u2019ll be surprised how rewarding it is to fend for yourself in a foreign land. 
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 FORGET YOUR HOMEWORK<\/strong>
\r\nIs the country you\u2019re visiting safe? Do you know anyone there who can assist you in case of emergency? Is your prescription medication readily available should you lose it along the way? Does that enticing tour you\u2019re desperate to book cater to single travelers?
\r\n\u201cI pack an entire first-aid kit whenever I travel. I also keep hard copies of my documentation and itineraries hidden in my luggage. And, being a woman, I always check about the proper way to dress in the country I\u2019m visiting,\u201d recommends Vazquez. Preparedness will never get in the way of enjoying things." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Remember Why You Are There", "field_description_1": "DO\u2026 TRAVEL LIGHT<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cYou\u2019ll have a better time traveling with a single piece of luggage, don\u2019t burden yourself with more,\u201d suggests Alberto Rojas, journalist and editor for in-flight magazine V de Volaris<\/em>. \u201cIf I anticipate making a lot of purchases I might add a light backpack to my carry-on, or try to take expandable luggage whenever possible, preferably sturdy enough to carry my laptop in it, as well,\u201d he concludes.
\r\nDON\u2019T\u2026 REFRAIN FROM DOCUMENTING THE EXPERIENCE<\/strong>
\r\nTaking good pictures of yourself might have been complicated in the past, but selfie sticks have really saved the day for solo travelers on the hunt for the perfect vacation pic. If you still find that solution cumbersome, don\u2019t ask the first person to walk by to take your picture, at the risk of having him\/her take off running with your precious camera or smartphone. Look for that person already carrying a couple of professional cameras with him: odds are they\u2019re experimented photographers on some sort of assignment, so it\u2019s highly unlikely they\u2019ll try to rob you\u2026 and your pictures will end up looking awesome, by the way.
\r\nDO\u2026 MAKE IT ALL ABOUT YOU<\/strong>
\r\nYou might be tempted to do live broadcasts to all your social media accounts as soon as you go on your solo trip, but try to exercise some sort of restraint. \u201cThe discoveries you make on these kind of excursions should be yours to enjoy, and no one else\u2019s,\u201d reflects Hern\u00e1ndez. So try to reflect upon the whole deal instead of frantically trying to capture every moment on camera. Put pen to paper, it forces you to process your thoughts before jotting them down.
\r\nSolo travel is popular because you answer to no one but yourself. Savor the moments. Learn from every conversation with a stranger. Remember every spot that makes you realize how far away you are from home. We\u2019ll be fine without you for a few days, you know?" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1139286", "field_longitude": "-86.7598064" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_46.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_53.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_20.jpg", "alt": "Solo travel", "title": "Quick tips to Solo travel" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20solo%20travel.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "174", "title": "Escape to the Caribbean For Valentine's Day 2018", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/romance\/escape-caribbean-valentines-day-2018", "field_title_highlighted": "Escape to the Caribbean", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Mexico and Jamaica Continue to Be Among the Most Popular Destinations for Valentine's Day", "field_description_1": "Where to go and what to do for your Valentine's Day getaway? Look no further than the Caribbean and these romance-filled options. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_17.jpg", "alt": "Romantic trip in valentines day 2018", "title": "Heart sweet on the beach" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_78.jpg", "alt": "Romantic trip in valentines day 2018", "title": "Heart sweet on the beach" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2018-01-16 00:00:00", "body": "Couples from across the world are in prep-mode for one of the most romantic days of 2018. Valentine's Day, which falls on a Wednesday this year, is sure to inspire many to hop on a flight for an extended trip abroad.  
\r\nAccording to travel engine
Sojern<\/a>,  77 percent of couples look to get away for three to five days. Can't decide where to go? Well, the Caribbean is one of the most popular international romantic getaways. In particular, Mexico and Jamaica are listed among the top five places for Valentine's Day travelers. Not to mention, a beachside vacation, which isn't exceptionally far from the U.S. mainland, is a warm and welcomed destination during winter's harsher months. It's a win-win.
\r\nBefore your flight, take a deep dive into Mexico and Jamaica's most unique activities and start planning! These destinations are action-packed, romantic, and will definitely leave you and your significant other with long-lasting memories.\r\n

Mexico<\/h2>\r\nDecompress and Cleanse <\/strong>
\r\nWhen in Mexico, make it a point to
bathe in sacred waters<\/a> called cenotes, or wells. Filled with crystal-clear water, these natural pools are just about everywhere in southeast Mexico (there are about 6,000 of them in the Yucat\u00e1n Peninsula alone). Or perhaps, try a Mayan-style de-stress session, where you'll sweat your worries away in a temazcal<\/a>. The pre-Hispanic ritual, comparable to a sweat lodge, is thought to help expel stress and illness from the body by creating a physical, spiritual, and emotional bond with the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. 
\r\nMaterial Healing<\/strong>
\r\nIf you're near Playa del Carmen, stroll down Fifth Avenue's three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway called
Quinta Avenida<\/a>. The area runs parallel to the beach, making it a perfect activity after you've enjoyed a few hours on the sand. It's a hotbed for high-end retailers, bars, restaurants, local shops, cafes, and street entertainment. 
\r\nThe Goddess Awaits<\/strong>
\r\n
Isla Mujeres<\/a> should be part of any trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, too. The island, less than five miles long, is known for market-filled streets, as well as open spaces and picturesque beaches, rocky coastlines, reefs, and Temple Ixchel<\/a>, in honor of the goddess of the moon, fertility, and happiness. It makes for a great day trip<\/a> during a vacation in Mexico.\r\n\r\n

Jamaica<\/h2>\r\nFalling in Love with the Land of Wood and Water<\/strong>
\r\nFor adventurous couples, one of the best ways to see Jamaica is via a road trip! From Montego Bay\u2019s Sangster International Airport \u2013 where most Ocho Rios travelers fly into \u2013
the hour and a half journey<\/a> takes place on Jamaica\u2019s version of the Pacific Coast Highway called the Northern Coastal Highway.
\r\nWhile the history and culture of Jamaica is resplendent, what really stands out is the natural beauty on display. From the clear Caribbean waters, visible reefs, and jaw-dropping  cliffs, to quaint fishing villages and natural beaches, the experience is anything but ordinary. Another great way to
 experience Ocho Rios is by horseback<\/a>. Embark on a riding adventure and explore the trails and waves of Ocho Rios. It's family-friendly too.
\r\nThose sweethearts who rather relax in the comforts of their resort, should consider a romantic spa getaway at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, home of the island\u2019s largest spa. Among the litany of soothing and sensuous treatments is the Awe Spa golden collection for couples, which include Passion<\/strong>, Anti-Stress<\/strong> and Romantic<\/strong> treatments that allow for lovers to enjoy the spa with one another.
\r\nFor couples with a sweet tooth, look out for traditional Jamaican desserts to savor together. One of the most well-known is the
gizzada<\/a>. Nicknamed \u201cpinch-me-round,\u201d the treat is filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. Each serving is bounded by a pinched, Graham cracker-like shell and topped with baked coconut shavings. Besides the gizzada, coconut is found in a variety of Jamaican desserts including candies, tarts, rolls, and breads.\r\n\r\n

Ok, Let's Go!<\/h2>\r\nLuckily, Mexico and Jamaica are stocked with multiple hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Oftentimes, opting for full-service accommodations will make your vacation easier and more enjoyable. Regardless of what resort you book, ask for the excursions office, which will help plan day-trips across your destination.
\r\nIn particular,
Palace Resorts<\/a> and Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> are all-inclusive brands in the Caribbean that offer all the amenities of a luxury, all-inclusive resort combined with tours and knowledge of Mexico and Jamaica that ensure you will enjoy every moment of your trip to Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Ocho Rios.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_41.jpg", "alt": "Valentines day 2018 ", "title": "Romantic Trip" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_26.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_52.jpg", "alt": "Escape to the caribbean in couples", "title": "Couple in the caribbean" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_46.jpg", "alt": "Romantic trip in valentines day 2018", "title": "Romantic trip on the beach" } }, "field_description_1": "These destinations are action-packed, romantic, and will definitely leave you and your significant other with long-lasting memories.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Couples from across the world are in prep-mode for one of the most romantic days of 2018. Valentine's Day, which falls on a Wednesday this year, is sure to inspire many to hop on a flight for an extended trip abroad.
\r\nAccording to travel engine
Sojern<\/a>, 77 percent of couples look to get away for three to five days. Can't decide where to go? Well, the Caribbean is one of the most popular international romantic getaways. In particular, Mexico and Jamaica are listed among the top five places for Valentine's Day travelers. Not to mention, a beachside vacation, which isn't exceptionally far from the U.S. mainland, is a warm and welcomed destination during winter's harsher months. It's a win-win.
\r\nBefore your flight, take a deep dive into Mexico and Jamaica's most unique activities and start planning!<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Mexican Paradises", "field_description_1": "Decompress and Cleanse <\/strong>
\r\nWhen in Mexico, make it a point to
bathe in sacred waters<\/a> called cenotes, or wells. Filled with crystal-clear water, these natural pools are just about everywhere in southeast Mexico (there are about 6,000 of them in the Yucat\u00e1n Peninsula alone). Or perhaps, try a Mayan-style de-stress session, where you'll sweat your worries away in a temazcal<\/a>. The pre-Hispanic ritual, comparable to a sweat lodge, is thought to help expel stress and illness from the body by creating a physical, spiritual, and emotional bond with the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. 
\r\nMaterial Healing<\/strong>
\r\nIf you're near Playa del Carmen, stroll down Fifth Avenue's three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway called
Quinta Avenida<\/a>. The area runs parallel to the beach, making it a perfect activity after you've enjoyed a few hours on the sand. It's a hotbed for high-end retailers, bars, restaurants, local shops, cafes, and street entertainment. 
\r\nThe Goddess Awaits<\/strong>
\r\n
Isla Mujeres<\/a> should be part of any trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, too. The island, less than five miles long, is known for market-filled streets, as well as open spaces and picturesque beaches, rocky coastlines, reefs, and Temple Ixchel<\/a>, in honor of the goddess of the moon, fertility, and happiness. It makes for a great day trip<\/a> during a vacation in Mexico." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Jamaica for Lovers", "field_description_1": "Falling in Love with the Land of Wood and Water<\/strong>
\r\nFor adventurous couples, one of the best ways to see Jamaica is via a road trip! From Montego Bay\u2019s Sangster International Airport \u2013 where most Ocho Rios travelers fly into \u2013
the hour and a half journey<\/a> takes place on Jamaica\u2019s version of the Pacific Coast Highway called the Northern Coastal Highway.
\r\nWhile the history and culture of Jamaica is resplendent, what really stands out is the natural beauty on display. From the clear Caribbean waters, visible reefs, and jaw-dropping  cliffs, to quaint fishing villages and natural beaches, the experience is anything but ordinary. Another great way to
 experience Ocho Rios is by horseback<\/a>. Embark on a riding adventure and explore the trails and waves of Ocho Rios. It's family-friendly too.
\r\nThose sweethearts who rather relax in the comforts of their resort, should consider a romantic spa getaway at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, home of the island\u2019s largest spa. Among the litany of soothing and sensuous treatments is the Awe Spa golden collection for couples, which include Passion<\/strong>, Anti-Stress<\/strong> and Romantic<\/strong> treatments that allow for lovers to enjoy the spa with one another.
\r\nFor couples with a sweet tooth, look out for traditional Jamaican desserts to savor together. One of the most well-known is the
gizzada<\/a>. Nicknamed \u201cpinch-me-round,\u201d the treat is filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. Each serving is bounded by a pinched, Graham cracker-like shell and topped with baked coconut shavings. Besides the gizzada, coconut is found in a variety of Jamaican desserts including candies, tarts, rolls, and breads." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Time To Get Packing", "field_description_1": "

Luckily, Mexico and Jamaica are stocked with multiple hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Oftentimes, opting for full-service accommodations will make your vacation easier and more enjoyable. Regardless of what resort you book, ask for the excursions office, which will help plan day-trips across your destination.
\r\nIn particular,
Palace Resorts<\/a> and Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> are all-inclusive brands in the Caribbean that offer all the amenities of a luxury, all-inclusive resort combined with tours and knowledge of Mexico and Jamaica that ensure you will enjoy every moment of your trip to Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Ocho Rios.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.0440054", "field_longitude": "-86.7825756" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_45.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_52.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_19.jpg", "alt": "Romantic trip for couples", "title": "Couples on the beach" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile%20Escape%20Valentine.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "172", "title": "Goddesses, Iguanas, and More at Temple Ixchel ", "path": "mexico\/isla-mujeres\/explore\/culture\/goddesses-iguanas-and-more-temple-ixchel-isla-mujeres", "field_title_highlighted": "Goddesses, Iguanas, and More ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Punta Sur at the Tip of Isla Mujeres Combines History and Beauty", "field_description_1": "Located at the easternmost point of Isla Mujeres, and Mexico, Punta Sur is home to the Temple Ixchel and other natural and man-made wonders. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/slider_sin.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Temple%20Ixchel%20Mobile%20A_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Isis Darios", "field_date": "2018-01-11 00:00:00", "body": "Twelve miles northeast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres<\/a> emerges from the Caribbean as a mysterious and beautiful island that has beckoned sailors and visitors for millennia. At the southern tip of the island is Punta Sur, home to the ruins of the Temple Ixchel honoring the Mayan goddess of the moon, fertility, and happiness. In fact, Isla Mujeres, or \u201cIsland of Women,\u201d gets its name from the many carved statues of women that were found on the island and used in the worship of goddess Ixchel.
\r\nThe ancient Temple Ixchel is surrounded by must-see sights you won\u2019t want to miss. Here are five things to look for when you visit the temple.   
\r\n1. Modern Art and Rock Sculptures <\/strong>
\r\nThe same path that leads you to the temple will take you by an extensive collection of modern art sculptures as well as intricately balanced rock formations that serve as impromptu offerings to ancestors. Here you can take in an outdoor art exhibit surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean Sea and lush green vegetation. The cliffside sculpture garden is decorated with creations from Mexican and international artists and merits a stroll.
\r\n2. Hidden Cliffside Beaches <\/strong>
\r\nWhile making your way to the temple, take a peek over the edge of the cliffs to get a birds-eye-view of the picturesque and secluded beaches below. The pristine stretches of coastline bordered by rocky cliffs are only accessible by the sea, but the views are straight out of a deserted island daydream. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the perfect island scene, but watch your step.
\r\n3. Winding Path to the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nAt the very tip of the island and park is a winding path with a wood railing that takes you down to sea level. The walk down the cliffside provides you with breath-taking views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and Cancun. If you complete the easy walk to the beach below, you\u2019ll have made it to Mexico\u2019s easternmost point.
\r\n4. Ancient Iguanas <\/strong>
\r\nAt the entrance to Punta Sur, you\u2019ll see a large monument to the iguana, the icon of Isla Mujeres. You\u2019re also likely to see many real-life iguanas sunning themselves on the cliffs. The iguanas are native to the island and you can easily snap photos of them lazing about, but don\u2019t try to feed them!
\r\n5. Temple Ixchel <\/strong>
\r\nDon\u2019t forget to explore the Temple Ixchel itself, which remains the focal point of the island. The ancient temple once served as a lighthouse for seafarers since it\u2019s the highest point in the Yucatan Peninsula. The temple has suffered hurricane damage in the past and has been partially restored. It remains standing today as a modern testament to Mayan culture.
\r\nNo trip to Isla Mujeres is complete without a visit to Punta Sur and the Temple Ixchel. The island is easily accessible from Cancun by ferry. You may also decide to
spend a relaxing and laid-back stay<\/a> on the island itself to enjoy all it has to offer.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/RfFGBlFFnpI", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Gallery%20Temple%20Ixchel_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_44.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20left%20Temple%20Ixhcel.JPG", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_51.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "The ancient temple once served as a lighthouse for seafarers since it\u2019s the highest point in the Yucatan Peninsula. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Twelve miles northeast of Cancun,
Isla Mujeres<\/a> emerges from the Caribbean as a mysterious and beautiful island that has beckoned sailors and visitors for millennia. At the southern tip of the island is Punta Sur, home to the ruins of the Temple Ixchel honoring the Mayan goddess of the moon, fertility, and happiness. In fact, Isla Mujeres, or \u201cIsland of Women,\u201d gets its name from the many carved statues of women that were found on the island and used in the worship of goddess Ixchel." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "The ancient Temple Ixchel is surrounded by must-see sights you won\u2019t want to miss. Here are five things to look for when you visit the temple." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "1. Modern Art and Rock Sculptures <\/strong>
\r\nThe same path that leads you to the temple will take you by an extensive collection of modern art sculptures as well as intricately balanced rock formations that serve as impromptu offerings to ancestors. Here you can take in an outdoor art exhibit surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean Sea and lush green vegetation. The cliffside sculpture garden is decorated with creations from Mexican and international artists and merits a stroll.
\r\n2. Hidden Cliffside Beaches <\/strong>
\r\nWhile making your way to the temple, take a peek over the edge of the cliffs to get a birds-eye-view of the picturesque and secluded beaches below. The pristine stretches of coastline bordered by rocky cliffs are only accessible by the sea, but the views are straight out of a deserted island daydream. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the perfect island scene, but watch your step.
\r\n3. Winding Path to the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nAt the very tip of the island and park is a winding path with a wood railing that takes you down to sea level. The walk down the cliffside provides you with breath-taking views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and Cancun. If you complete the easy walk to the beach below, you\u2019ll have made it to Mexico\u2019s easternmost point." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "4. Ancient Iguanas <\/strong>
\r\nAt the entrance to Punta Sur, you\u2019ll see a large monument to the iguana, the icon of Isla Mujeres. You\u2019re also likely to see many real-life iguanas sunning themselves on the cliffs. The iguanas are native to the island and you can easily snap photos of them lazing about, but don\u2019t try to feed them!
\r\n5. Temple Ixchel <\/strong>
\r\nDon\u2019t forget to explore the Temple Ixchel itself, which remains the focal point of the island. The ancient temple once served as a lighthouse for seafarers since it\u2019s the highest point in the Yucatan Peninsula. The temple has suffered hurricane damage in the past and has been partially restored. It remains standing today as a modern testament to Mayan culture.
\r\nNo trip to Isla Mujeres is complete without a visit to Punta Sur and the Temple Ixchel. The island is easily accessible from Cancun by ferry. You may also decide to
spend a relaxing and laid-back stay<\/a> on the island itself to enjoy all it has to offer." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.201819", "field_longitude": "-86.7110731" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Small%20Thumbnail%20Temple%20Ixchel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20temple%20ixchel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20Temple%20Ixhcel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile%20Temple%20Ixchel.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "170", "title": "Food Tourism 2018: Mexico and Jamaica in Spotlight", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/food\/food-tourism-2018-mexico-and-jamaica-spotlight", "field_title_highlighted": "Food Tourism 2018", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "More Than Foodies Are Booking Their Travel Based on Gastronomical Delicacies", "field_description_1": "Mexico and Jamaica have become culinary hotspots with each offering a combination of local delicacies and international flair. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_16.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_77.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2018-01-10 00:00:00", "body": "A new year equals more vacation days! As we start 2018, challenge yourself with finding new and exciting ways to spend your days off. According to a recent survey by Booking.com, an increased number of travelers are in search of new food and drink experiences to try in 2018. If this sounds like you, say no more! 
\r\nWarm-weather destinations, like Mexico and
Jamaica<\/a>, are centered around beaches, water sports<\/a>, and lots of unique local cuisine. Even if you're staying in an all-inclusive resort, which typically offers a range of international foods, there are still ways to get a taste of some local flavor.
\r\nDuring your next Caribbean vacation, use this list of five must-try items to savor, from Jamaican patties and jerk chicken, to Mexican wine, Jamaican beer, and a medley of authentic desserts and treats. 
\r\n
Sweet Desserts<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>The best way to get acquainted with regions across the Caribbean and Mexico is to savor some of their most distinct flavor and texture combinations. With Antonio Bachour<\/a> at the helm of Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 pastry program, cuisine at these all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Jamaica includes a selection of artistically-driven gourmet desserts.
\r\nThen we have Churros, one of the most popular Mexican sweets, in which hand-held pieces of dough are deep-fried and smothered in sugar and cinnamon. And why not pair it with a cup of Mayan Coffee? Comparable to Irish coffee, Mayan coffee is traditionally made by blending an exotic liqueur called Xtabent\u00fan with a dark java brew. But if you're in Jamaica, try a gizzada, filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. 
\r\n
Patties and Jerk Chicken<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>When in Ocho Rios, venture onto Main Street in the center of town to try a Jamaican Patty. It's one of the most popular street foods and features a flaky shell and a warm meaty center. If you're still hungry, opt for jerk chicken. It can be found in just about every restaurant, including Ocho Rios Jerk Centre<\/a>.
\r\n
Mexican Wine<\/strong><\/a>.<\/strong> Many are surprised to find out that Mexico is home to the longest-running winery in all of the Americas, Casa Madero<\/a> in Valle de Parras, which has produced hundreds of varietals since 1597. And interestingly, about 95 percent of the wine produced in Mexico is consumed within its borders. During dinner, scan the menu for well-known offerings like Duetto, Casa Grande Selecci\u00f3n Barricas or Gran Ricardo<\/a>, priced between $100 and $150.
\r\n
Jamaican Beer<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Start with Red Stripe<\/a>, the king of Jamaican brews with varieties like Red Stripe Light, Red Stripe Bold, and two flavored Red Stripe variants, Ginger and Apple. It's brewed in Kingston at the Desnoes & Geddes brewery, which also produces other beers like Guinness Foreign Extra Stout<\/a>. Jamaica is one of the few places in the world that locally brews Ireland\u2019s most famous export<\/a>, using imported Irish wort with a few home-grown ingredients. Dragon Stout is Jamaica's oldest beer and is often described as a slightly sweeter version of Guinness. Heineken, also brewed in Kingston, is sometimes referred to as a Jamaican beer thanks to its local production and popularity on the island. At many high-end resorts, like Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, favored options include Red Stripe and Heineken.
\r\n
Certified Angus Beef<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>What is it about traveling that gives vacationers an insatiable hankering for a taste of home? It happens to all of us. Luckily, if you're a guest at Palace Resorts, you've got nothing to worry about. When a craving strikes, track down some Certified Angus Beef<\/a> (CAB). Try a prime cut of CAB steak or a high-quality juicy burger. 
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_40.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_25.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_50.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_45.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Even if you're staying in an all-inclusive resort, which typically offers a range of international foods, there are still ways to get a taste of some local flavor.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\nA new year equals more vacation days! As we start 2018, challenge yourself with finding new and exciting ways to spend your days off. According to a recent survey by Booking.com, an increased number of travelers are in search of new food and drink experiences to try in 2018. If this sounds like you, say no more! 
\r\nWarm-weather destinations, like Mexico and
Jamaica<\/a>, are centered around beaches, water sports<\/a>, and lots of unique local cuisine. Even if you're staying in an all-inclusive resort, which typically offers a range of international foods, there are still ways to get a taste of some local flavor.
\r\nDuring your next Caribbean vacation, use this list of five must-try items to savor, from Jamaican patties and jerk chicken, to Mexican wine, Jamaican beer, and a medley of authentic desserts and treats. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Sweet Desserts<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>The best way to get acquainted with regions across the Caribbean and Mexico is to savor some of their most distinct flavor and texture combinations. With Antonio Bachour<\/a> at the helm of Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 pastry program, cuisine at these all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Jamaica includes a selection of artistically-driven gourmet desserts.
\r\nThen we have Churros, one of the most popular Mexican sweets, in which hand-held pieces of dough are deep-fried and smothered in sugar and cinnamon. And why not pair it with a cup of Mayan Coffee? Comparable to Irish coffee, Mayan coffee is traditionally made by blending an exotic liqueur called Xtabent\u00fan with a dark java brew. But if you're in Jamaica, try a gizzada, filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "
Patties and Jerk Chicken<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>When in Ocho Rios, venture onto Main Street in the center of town to try a Jamaican Patty. It's one of the most popular street foods and features a flaky shell and a warm meaty center. If you're still hungry, opt for jerk chicken. It can be found in just about every restaurant, including Ocho Rios Jerk Centre<\/a>.
\r\n
Mexican Wine<\/strong><\/a>.<\/strong> Many are surprised to find out that Mexico is home to the longest-running winery in all of the Americas, Casa Madero<\/a> in Valle de Parras, which has produced hundreds of varietals since 1597. And interestingly, about 95 percent of the wine produced in Mexico is consumed within its borders. During dinner, scan the menu for well-known offerings like Duetto, Casa Grande Selecci\u00f3n Barricas or Gran Ricardo<\/a>, priced between $100 and $150." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Jamaican Beer<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Start with Red Stripe<\/a>, the king of Jamaican brews with varieties like Red Stripe Light, Red Stripe Bold, and two flavored Red Stripe variants, Ginger and Apple. It's brewed in Kingston at the Desnoes & Geddes brewery, which also produces other beers like Guinness Foreign Extra Stout<\/a>. Jamaica is one of the few places in the world that locally brews Ireland\u2019s most famous export<\/a>, using imported Irish wort with a few home-grown ingredients. Dragon Stout is Jamaica's oldest beer and is often described as a slightly sweeter version of Guinness. Heineken, also brewed in Kingston, is sometimes referred to as a Jamaican beer thanks to its local production and popularity on the island. At many high-end resorts, like Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, favored options include Red Stripe and Heineken.
\r\n
Certified Angus Beef<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>What is it about traveling that gives vacationers an insatiable hankering for a taste of home? It happens to all of us. Luckily, if you're a guest at Palace Resorts, you've got nothing to worry about. When a craving strikes, track down some Certified Angus Beef<\/a> (CAB). Try a prime cut of CAB steak or a high-quality juicy burger. " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4072693", "field_longitude": "-77.1059451" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_43.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_51.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_18.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20food%20travel%202018.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "168", "title": "Keys to Pulling Off the Perfect Vacation Proposal", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/romance\/keys-pulling-perfect-vacation-proposal", "field_title_highlighted": "Keys to Pulling Off ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Make Sure You Check These Boxes With Your Vacation Proposals", "field_description_1": "Engagement Season is here and if you are going to pop the big question while on vacation there are somethings you need to know. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_23.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20vacation%20proposal.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-01-08 00:00:00", "body": "You and the love of your life are enjoying a dreamy sunset on a Caribbean beach or trekking through a tropical rainforest, and despite enjoying sensory overload in every delicious way, the only thing you can really think about is how lucky you are to be so enamored.
\r\nAnd then in the middle of a sandbar or under a canopy with the sun peeking through, just when you think it could not get any more romantic, he drops to one knee\u2026
\r\nThere\u2019s nothing quite as romantic as getting away and exploring a new place together \u2013 except, that is, for proposing while on your vacation.
\r\nThe latest trend when it comes to popping the question, a destination proposal is the ultimate way to enrapture your partner. With engagement season in full bloom<\/strong>, there\u2019s no better time to start planning. While it\u2019s true that when in love it doesn\u2019t matter where and how you propose, don\u2019t fool yourself; the engagement story is a pretty big deal.
\r\nIf you want to make sure it\u2019s a day both of you will never forget, there\u2019s a couple of things you need to keep in mind.
\r\n1.Protect the Ring<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it, the ring is the star of a perfect proposal<\/strong> and chances are, you spent a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect bauble just right for your boo. So, it would be pretty much be disastrous to land at your destination only to find out that the ring didn\u2019t make the trip.
\r\nProtect the engagement ring (and the surprise) by packing it in a safe box in your carry-on luggage to prevent TSA from accidentally spilling the beans when you walk through security. Also, if the ring cost a pretty penny, having an insurance policy on it is a good idea. That way, you can at least ensure you can cover a replacement ring if the worse does happen.
\r\n2. Have a Back Up Plan<\/strong>
\r\nIf proposing while vacationing in the Caribbean, you\u2019re probably envisioning getting down on one knee under a clear sky with the sand between your toes - but, as in marriage, the weather doesn\u2019t always go as planned, so make sure you have a plan B in place.
\r\nWhen the weather forecast for your big day is ominous, don\u2019t fret; you can still have a night to remember. Bring the surprise proposal indoors at a quaint restaurant or with
a romantic dinner for two<\/a> like those available at Palace Resorts<\/a>. Between a decadent dinner, champagne, and her favorite desserts \u2013 she\u2019ll be so overwhelmed with the proposal, she won\u2019t even notice it\u2019s raining cats and dogs outside.
\r\n3. Enlist Help from the Hotel<\/strong>
\r\nPeople love romance and witnessing the perfect proposal come to fruition \u2013 including hotel and resort staff. In fact, some resorts even have coordinators on staff, such as at Palace Resorts, for example, where
wedding experts<\/strong><\/a> can help assist with every detail to make sure the proposal goes off without a hitch.
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to do an intimate proposal, have the resort staff turn off all the lights in your luxury Palace Resorts suites and make a trail of rose petals and candles leading to a heart of light and flowers positioned around the ring. Sure, it may seem clich\u00e9 \u2013but there\u2019s a reason why this tried-and-true bedroom proposal makes its way into pretty much every romance flick.
\r\n4. Think Outside the (Ring) Box<\/strong>
\r\nYou\u00b4ve already proven you don\u2019t want a boring and expected proposal, so why pop the question with the traditional ring box?
\r\nWhen popping the big question beachside<\/strong>, take advantage of the tropical ambience and present the ring in a seashell \u2013 or, if you plan on proposing at a romantic dinner, have the restaurant staff place the ring in a champagne glass or in her favorite dessert. Yes, another nod to cheesy romance movies, but a sure winner, nonetheless.
\r\n 5. Planning is Key<\/strong>
\r\nThe old adage: failing to plan is planning to fail <\/strong>is not only good life advice but it\u2019s true in proposals, too. And most likely, her engagement story ranks up there with life events like having a baby and the actual wedding - so, make sure you plan it perfectly.
\r\nDon't wait until you get to your predetermined spot to plan the specifics for the perfect proposal. From making dinner reservations at the most romantic restaurant to choosing the best stretch of sand for a sunset proposal, getting your ducks in a row ahead of time could make the difference between an Instagram-worthy proposal and a total engagement fail.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_39.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile%3Asmall%20thumbnail%20vacation%20proposal.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_49.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_44.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "With engagement season in full bloom, there\u2019s no better time to start planning. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\nYou and the love of your life are enjoying a dreamy sunset on a Caribbean beach or trekking through a tropical rainforest, and despite enjoying sensory overload in every delicious way, the only thing you can really think about is how lucky you are to be so enamored.
\r\nAnd then in the middle of a sandbar or under a canopy with the sun peeking through, just when you think it could not get any more romantic, he drops to one knee\u2026
\r\nThere\u2019s nothing quite as romantic as getting away and exploring a new place together \u2013 except, that is, for proposing while on your vacation.
\r\nThe latest trend when it comes to popping the question, a destination proposal is the ultimate way to enrapture your partner. With engagement season in full bloom<\/strong>, there\u2019s no better time to start planning. While it\u2019s true that when in love it doesn\u2019t matter where and how you propose, don\u2019t fool yourself; the engagement story is a pretty big deal.
\r\nIf you want to make sure it\u2019s a day both of you will never forget, there\u2019s a couple of things you need to keep in mind." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Protect the Ring", "field_description_1": "Let\u2019s face it, the ring is the star of a perfect proposal<\/strong> and chances are, you spent a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect bauble just right for your boo. So, it would be pretty much be disastrous to land at your destination only to find out that the ring didn\u2019t make the trip.
\r\nProtect the engagement ring (and the surprise) by packing it in a safe box in your carry-on luggage to prevent TSA from accidentally spilling the beans when you walk through security. Also, if the ring cost a pretty penny, having an insurance policy on it is a good idea. That way, you can at least ensure you can cover a replacement ring if the worse does happen." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Back Up Plans and Getting Help", "field_description_1": "2. Have a Back Up Plan<\/strong>
\r\nIf proposing while vacationing in the Caribbean, you\u2019re probably envisioning getting down on one knee under a clear sky with the sand between your toes - but, as in marriage, the weather doesn\u2019t always go as planned, so make sure you have a plan B in place.
\r\nWhen the weather forecast for your big day is ominous, don\u2019t fret; you can still have a night to remember. Bring the surprise proposal indoors at a quaint restaurant or with
a romantic dinner for two<\/a> like those available at Palace Resorts<\/a>. Between a decadent dinner, champagne, and her favorite desserts \u2013 she\u2019ll be so overwhelmed with the proposal, she won\u2019t even notice it\u2019s raining cats and dogs outside.
\r\n3. Enlist Help from the Hotel<\/strong>
\r\nPeople love romance and witnessing the perfect proposal come to fruition \u2013 including hotel and resort staff. In fact, some resorts even have coordinators on staff, such as at Palace Resorts, for example, where
wedding experts<\/strong><\/a> can help assist with every detail to make sure the proposal goes off without a hitch.
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to do an intimate proposal, have the resort staff turn off all the lights in your luxury Palace Resorts suites and make a trail of rose petals and candles leading to a heart of light and flowers positioned around the ring. Sure, it may seem clich\u00e9 \u2013but there\u2019s a reason why this tried-and-true bedroom proposal makes its way into pretty much every romance flick." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Plan to Think Outside the Box", "field_description_1": "4. Think Outside the (Ring) Box<\/strong>
\r\nYou\u00b4ve already proven you don\u2019t want a boring and expected proposal, so why pop the question with the traditional ring box?
\r\nWhen popping the big question beachside<\/strong>, take advantage of the tropical ambience and present the ring in a seashell \u2013 or, if you plan on proposing at a romantic dinner, have the restaurant staff place the ring in a champagne glass or in her favorite dessert. Yes, another nod to cheesy romance movies, but a sure winner, nonetheless.
\r\n 5. Planning is Key<\/strong>
\r\nThe old adage: failing to plan is planning to fail <\/strong>is not only good life advice but it\u2019s true in proposals, too. And most likely, her engagement story ranks up there with life events like having a baby and the actual wedding - so, make sure you plan it perfectly.
\r\nDon't wait until you get to your predetermined spot to plan the specifics for the perfect proposal. From making dinner reservations at the most romantic restaurant to choosing the best stretch of sand for a sunset proposal, getting your ducks in a row ahead of time could make the difference between an Instagram-worthy proposal and a total engagement fail." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.044195", "field_longitude": "-86.78526" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%20vacation%20proposal.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20%20vacation%20proposal.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_29.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20vacation%20proposal.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "164", "title": "6 Must-Do Activities on Playa Del Carmen's 5th Avenue ", "path": "mexico\/playa-del-carmen\/lifestyle\/shopping\/6-must-do-activities-playa-del-carmens-fifth-avenue", "field_title_highlighted": "6 Must-Do Activities ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Bars, Boutiques, Knick-Knacks, and More in Playa del Carmen", "field_description_1": "Shopping, dining, bar-hoping, and other must-do activities at one of Mexico's most popular pedestrian streets. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_15.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_75.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2018-01-02 00:00:00", "body": "As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico, Playa Del Carmen's Fifth Avenue<\/strong> is a hotbed for high-end retailers, bars, restaurants, local shops, cafes, street entertainment, and more.
\r\nMost of the action happens on Fifth Avenue's three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway called Quinta Avenida<\/strong>. The area runs parallel to the beach, making it a perfect activity after you've enjoyed a few hours on the sand. 
\r\nAs you wander, keep your eyes peeled for street performers, ranging from fire breathers and painted mimes, to musicians and break dancers. And most importantly, don't be afraid to journey beyond Fifth Avenue. If you have the time, there are dozens of shops and restaurants located a few blocks on either side of Quinta Avenida, too. 
\r\nWith so much to do, you need to start your journey on Fifth Avenue with a game plan. Here\u2019s what your must-do list on Quinta Avenida should look like:
\r\nCheck Out the Shops. <\/strong>From Forever 21 and Victoria's Secret to Zara, Lacoste, and even a Harley Davidson store, Fifth Avenue is replete with modern and recognized brands. There is a bounty of flea market-style stalls too, filled with locally made goods and souvenirs.
\r\nIf you're looking to bring back a few authentic souvenirs, look out for hand-painted ceramic pieces, large colorful blankets, and of course, alcohol. Before you purchase, make sure the item was made in Mexico. Otherwise, keep an eye out for two large shopping centers on Fifth Avenue --
Paseo del Carmen<\/a>, located just past the ferry docks on the south end and only steps before Playacar Palace<\/a>, and Quinta Alegria<\/a>, right off the corner of Constituyentes. As Fifth Avenue grows, more shops can also be found nearby on First Avenue and 10th Avenue.
\r\n
Parque Fundadores<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>This seaside public park is filled with exciting tourist attractions. Look out for the Nuestra Se\u00f1ora del Carmen Church, the Portal Maya 2012 bronze statue, and local entertainment including Mayan Dancers and flying Papantla performers. There is also a kid's play area and easy beach access.
\r\nGrab a Bite. <\/strong>As you explore Quinta Avenida, you're more than likely to work up an appetite. As many of the restaurants on Fifth Avenue are geared to tourists, you'll notice that prices are higher compared to restaurants off the main stretch. However, for those who want to experience the vibrance of Quinta Avenida, consider
El Muelle<\/a>, a seafood restaurant on the corner of 32nd Street and Fifth Avenue; or 500 Gramos Grill<\/a>, a meat and pasta restaurant located between 34th and 38th Streets on Fifth Avenue. For those interested in Mexican craft beer and small bites, try Club de la Cerveza<\/a> on 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.
\r\nVisit 12th Street Bars. <\/strong>Planning to spend the later evening on Fifth Avenue? Luckily, right off Quinta Avenida, walk to 10th Street to find many of the area's best bars and nightlife spots. On 10th Street between Fifth and 10th Avenues, stop by
Don Mezcal<\/a>, Bar Ranita<\/a>, or L'ambassade<\/a>. Not sure where to start? Consider a pub crawl <\/a>instead, where you will visit the best bars, sip unlimited drinks, and enjoy easy access. Most bars and clubs stay open until 5 a.m.
\r\nFind a Secret Mayan Ruin. <\/strong>In between shopping, squeeze in some history with a quick Mayan detour. Between 12th and 14th Streets on Fifth Avenue, find
a handful of small ruins<\/a> that are hardly visited by tourists. 
\r\nRainy Day? Visit <\/strong>
L\u2019Aquarium<\/strong><\/a>, <\/strong>a large aquarium with more than 10,000 animals in 45 different exhibits, located just off of Fifth Avenue. From dark terrariums to Yucatan \"cenotes<\/a>\" -- natural limestone sinkholes that are sacred to the Maya -- spend a few hours exploring L'Aquarium's three floors or opt for a guided tour. 
\r\nIf you\u2019re staying at Playacar Palace,<\/strong> getting to Quinta Avenida involves little more than walking out of the resort\u2019s lobby, but even if you are booked at another
Palace Resorts<\/a> haven in Cancun, it can easily be visited on a day trip.", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/QDvwWQgrokw", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_38.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful ceramic crafts hand painted of mexican culture", "title": "Ceramic mexican crafts hand painted" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20mobile%20play%20del%20carmen.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_48.jpg", "alt": "Mexican crafts hand woven", "title": "Mexicans souvenirs " } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_43.jpg", "alt": "handcrafts for remember to Mexico ", "title": "Mexicans souvenirs" } }, "field_description_1": "As you wander, keep your eyes peeled for street performers, ranging from fire breathers and painted mimes, to musicians and break dancers. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\nAs one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico, Playa Del Carmen's Fifth Avenue<\/strong> is a hotbed for high-end retailers, bars, restaurants, local shops, cafes, street entertainment, and more.
\r\nMost of the action happens on Fifth Avenue's three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway called Quinta Avenida<\/strong>. The area runs parallel to the beach, making it a perfect activity after you've enjoyed a few hours on the sand. 
\r\nAs you wander, keep your eyes peeled for street performers, ranging from fire breathers and painted mimes, to musicians and break dancers. And most importantly, don't be afraid to journey beyond Fifth Avenue. If you have the time, there are dozens of shops and restaurants located a few blocks on either side of Quinta Avenida, too. 
\r\nWith so much to do, you need to start your journey on Fifth Avenue with a game plan. Here\u2019s what your must-do list on Quinta Avenida should look like:" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Check Out the Shops. <\/strong>From Forever 21 and Victoria's Secret to Zara, Lacoste, and even a Harley Davidson store, Fifth Avenue is replete with modern and recognized brands. There is a bounty of flea market-style stalls too, filled with locally made goods and souvenirs.
\r\nIf you're looking to bring back a few authentic souvenirs, look out for hand-painted ceramic pieces, large colorful blankets, and of course, alcohol. Before you purchase, make sure the item was made in Mexico. Otherwise, keep an eye out for two large shopping centers on Fifth Avenue --
Paseo del Carmen<\/a>, located just past the ferry docks on the south end and only steps before Playacar Palace<\/a>, and Quinta Alegria<\/a>, right off the corner of Constituyentes. As Fifth Avenue grows, more shops can also be found nearby on First Avenue and 10th Avenue.
\r\n
Parque Fundadores<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>This seaside public park is filled with exciting tourist attractions. Look out for the Nuestra Se\u00f1ora del Carmen Church, the Portal Maya 2012 bronze statue, and local entertainment including Mayan Dancers and flying Papantla performers. There is also a kid's play area and easy beach access." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Grab a Bite. <\/strong>As you explore Quinta Avenida, you're more than likely to work up an appetite. As many of the restaurants on Fifth Avenue are geared to tourists, you'll notice that prices are higher compared to restaurants off the main stretch. However, for those who want to experience the vibrance of Quinta Avenida, consider El Muelle<\/a>, a seafood restaurant on the corner of 32nd Street and Fifth Avenue; or 500 Gramos Grill<\/a>, a meat and pasta restaurant located between 34th and 38th Streets on Fifth Avenue. For those interested in Mexican craft beer and small bites, try Club de la Cerveza<\/a> on 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.
\r\nVisit 12th Street Bars. <\/strong>Planning to spend the later evening on Fifth Avenue? Luckily, right off Quinta Avenida, walk to 10th Street to find many of the area's best bars and nightlife spots. On 10th Street between Fifth and 10th Avenues, stop by
Don Mezcal<\/a>, Bar Ranita<\/a>, or L'ambassade<\/a>. Not sure where to start? Consider a pub crawl <\/a>instead, where you will visit the best bars, sip unlimited drinks, and enjoy easy access. Most bars and clubs stay open until 5 a.m." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Find a Secret Mayan Ruin. <\/strong>In between shopping, squeeze in some history with a quick Mayan detour. Between 12th and 14th Streets on Fifth Avenue, find a handful of small ruins<\/a> that are hardly visited by tourists. 
\r\nRainy Day? Visit <\/strong>
L\u2019Aquarium<\/strong><\/a>, <\/strong>a large aquarium with more than 10,000 animals in 45 different exhibits, located just off of Fifth Avenue. From dark terrariums to Yucatan \"cenotes<\/a>\" -- natural limestone sinkholes that are sacred to the Maya -- spend a few hours exploring L'Aquarium's three floors or opt for a guided tour. 
\r\nIf you\u2019re staying at Playacar Palace,<\/strong> getting to Quinta Avenida involves little more than walking out of the resort\u2019s lobby, but even if you are booked at another
Palace Resorts<\/a> haven in Cancun, it can easily be visited on a day trip." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.623331", "field_longitude": "-87.0768209" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20mobile%20play%20del%20carmen_0.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail-quinta-avenida.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover-5th-ave.jpg", "alt": "Shops, bars and beach on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "Shops, bars and beach" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile-quinta-avenida.jpg", "alt": "People touring the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen", "title": "People on the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen" } } }, { "nid": "162", "title": "5 Hottest Travel Trends To Try In 2018", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/5-hottest-travel-trends-try-2018", "field_title_highlighted": "5 Hottest Travel Trends", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Extreme Is In; So Is Sustainable Tourism and Wellness Vacations.", "field_description_1": "Already looking to book your first vacation of 2018? Here's the hottest trends you don't want to miss. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_13.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful blue water well to enjoy in a healthy ecotourism plan", "title": "Crystal blue water well" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_74.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful blue water well to enjoy in a healthy ecotourism plan", "title": "Crystal blue water well" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-12-29 00:00:00", "body": "

As the year winds down, and the holiday festivities fall behind us, you may be looking forward to what exciting new adventures the new year will hold. For those of us planning a vacation in 2018, there\u2019s a whole lot more to consider than ever before.<\/p>\r\nFrom adrenaline-pumping excursions to paying tribute to the generations or lands that came before us, here are 5 Major Travel Trends<\/strong> to keep an eye on in 2018.
\r\n1. Researching your Roots<\/strong>
\r\nWhat if you could actually walk the same streets as your great-great grandfather, see the home where you father was born, or explore the old church where your grandparents got married?
\r\nAmong the most popular travel trends right now, genealogy vacations are a great way to get in touch with your roots<\/strong> by visiting the places your ancestors lived. Whether visiting with local townsfolk in your ancestors\u2019 hometown or taking a historical tour to learn more about your family\u2019s origins, more travelers are turning to this trend for the perfect way to combine nostalgia and vacation.
\r\n2. The Rise of Sustainable Tourism<\/strong>
\r\nFrom recycling to carpooling, most of us try to be conscious of our carbon footprint<\/strong> in our everyday lives \u2013 so why not do the same while traveling?
\r\nThe United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which is why this travel trend may be here to stay, say experts. \"Sustainable tourism is not a trend, it is a travel transformation,\" explains Matthew D. Upchurch, chairman and CEO of travel network
Virtuoso<\/a>.
\r\nIn 2018, sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. So how do you do that? Simple, choose airlines with
carbon offset programs<\/a>, use local transportation during your getaway, support your destination\u2019s local economy, and make sure that you book your stay at an environmental conscious resort like Palace Resorts<\/a>.
\r\n3. Thrill-Seeking Travel<\/strong>
\r\nSeeking a little adventure for your next trip? You\u2019re not alone, as more people are trading relaxing by the pool for heart-racing activities while vacationing.
\r\nDestinations like Jamaica offer perfect beaches, relaxing breezes, and
cascading waterfalls<\/a>, but also adventurous activities to make any level of thrill seeker happy.
\r\nIf
adrenaline-pumping water sports<\/a> are your thing, Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> has you covered. From Stand Up Paddleboarding<\/a>  to windsurfing and kayaking, visiting Jamaica is sure to add a little extra adrenaline to your holiday.
\r\n4. Viva Mexico<\/strong>
\r\nTaking your vacation to Mexico remains one of the hottest travel trends, and for good reason. Between the perfect beach weather, welcoming locals and luxury resorts, what\u2019s not to love about traveling to Cancun or <\/strong>
Los Cabos<\/strong><\/a>?<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cMexico continues to gain in popularity as it offers colonial cities with culture, architecture, and history; the beauty of nature; and a complete cutoff from the \u2018real world,\u201c explains travel expert Lisa Sheldon to the
Travel Market Report<\/a>.
\r\nIt\u2019s safe to say that word has gotten out on everything Mexico, and Cancun in particular, has to offer. Cancun became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the 
Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London in 2017.
\r\n5. Keep it Healthy<\/strong>
\r\nGone are the days of throwing all of your healthy habits out the window when vacationing. Instead, folks are not only staying on point with diet and exercise during their getaway, but they\u2019re even seeking out
wellness-based vacays <\/a>as an opportunity to prioritize mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
\r\nAnd with choices like Palace Resorts<\/strong> promising their guests a wellness vacation, complete with
spas<\/a>, yoga<\/a>, exercise<\/a>, and more \u2013 keeping up with a healthy lifestyle<\/strong> has never been easier for a traveler.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_37.jpg", "alt": "Relaxation spa for a healthy vacation", "title": "Relaxation spa on vacation" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_41.jpg", "alt": "Relaxation spa for a healthy vacation", "title": "Relaxation spa on vacation" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_47.jpg", "alt": "Wonderful natural ponds to swim and enjoy Caribbean ecotourism", "title": "Ecotourism accompanied by stunning landscapes" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_42.jpg", "alt": "The Mayan temple of Ixchel", "title": "This is the famous Mayan Temple of Ixchel, one of the emblematic places of the Mexican Caribbean." } }, "field_description_1": "Mexico continues to gain in popularity as it offers colonial cities with culture, architecture, and history; the beauty of nature; and a complete cutoff from the \u2018real world.'", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

As the year winds down, and the holiday festivities fall behind us, you may be looking forward to what exciting new adventures the new year will hold. For those of us planning a vacation in 2018, there\u2019s a whole lot more to consider than ever before.
\r\nFrom adrenaline-pumping excursions to paying tribute to the generations or lands that came before us, here are 5 Major Travel Trends<\/strong> to keep an eye on in 2018.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Researching your Roots", "field_description_1": "What if you could actually walk the same streets as your great-great grandfather, see the home where you father was born, or explore the old church where your grandparents got married?
\r\nAmong the most popular travel trends right now, genealogy vacations are a great way to get in touch with your roots<\/strong> by visiting the places your ancestors lived. Whether visiting with local townsfolk in your ancestors\u2019 hometown or taking a historical tour to learn more about your family\u2019s origins, more travelers are turning to this trend for the perfect way to combine nostalgia and vacation." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Sustain and Thrill", "field_description_1": "The Rise of Sustainable Tourism<\/strong>
\r\nFrom recycling to carpooling, most of us try to be conscious of our carbon footprint<\/strong> in our everyday lives \u2013 so why not do the same while traveling?
\r\nThe United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which is why this travel trend may be here to stay, say experts. \"Sustainable tourism is not a trend, it is a travel transformation,\" explains Matthew D. Upchurch, chairman and CEO of travel network
Virtuoso<\/a>.
\r\nIn 2018, sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. So how do you do that? Simple, choose airlines with
carbon offset programs<\/a>, use local transportation during your getaway, support your destination\u2019s local economy, and make sure that you book your stay at an environmental conscious resort like Palace Resorts<\/a>.
\r\n3. Thrill-Seeking Travel<\/strong>
\r\nSeeking a little adventure for your next trip? You\u2019re not alone, as more people are trading relaxing by the pool for heart-racing activities while vacationing.
\r\nDestinations like Jamaica offer perfect beaches, relaxing breezes, and
cascading waterfalls<\/a>, but also adventurous activities to make any level of thrill seeker happy.
\r\nIf
adrenaline-pumping water sports<\/a> are your thing, Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> has you covered. From Stand Up Paddleboarding<\/a>  to windsurfing and kayaking, visiting Jamaica is sure to add a little extra adrenaline to your holiday." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Keeping It Healthy South of the Border", "field_description_1": "Viva Mexico<\/strong>
\r\nTaking your vacation to Mexico remains one of the hottest travel trends, and for good reason. Between the perfect beach weather, welcoming locals and luxury resorts, what\u2019s not to love about traveling to Cancun or <\/strong>
Los Cabos<\/strong><\/a>?<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cMexico continues to gain in popularity as it offers colonial cities with culture, architecture, and history; the beauty of nature; and a complete cutoff from the \u2018real world,\u201c explains travel expert Lisa Sheldon to the
Travel Market Report<\/a>.
\r\nIt\u2019s safe to say that word has gotten out on everything Mexico, and Cancun in particular, has to offer. Cancun became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the 
Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London in 2017.
\r\nKeep it Healthy<\/strong>
\r\nGone are the days of throwing all of your healthy habits out the window when vacationing. Instead, folks are not only staying on point with diet and exercise during their getaway, but they\u2019re even seeking out
wellness-based vacays <\/a>as an opportunity to prioritize mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
\r\nAnd with choices like Palace Resorts<\/strong> promising their guests a wellness vacation, complete with
spas<\/a>, yoga<\/a>, exercise<\/a>, and more \u2013 keeping up with a healthy lifestyle<\/strong> has never been easier for a traveler." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9860502", "field_longitude": "-86.8467712" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_42.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful blue water well to enjoy in a healthy ecotourism plan", "title": "Crystal blue water well" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_49.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful blue water well to enjoy in a healthy ecotourism plan", "title": "Crystal blue water well" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_17.jpg", "alt": "Sea turtle in the Caribbean", "title": "Typical sea turtle enjoying of the paradisiacal waters of the Caribbean sea" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20travel%20trends.jpg", "alt": "Sea turtle in the Caribbean", "title": "Typical sea turtle enjoying of the paradisiacal waters of the Caribbean sea" } } }, { "nid": "161", "title": "Jamaica Breaks Record For Visitors in 2017", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/jamaica-breaks-record-visitors-2017", "field_title_highlighted": "Jamaica Breaks Record ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Culinary Explosion, Infrastucture Improvements, and Stars Lead the Way", "field_description_1": "2017 will be known as the year Jamaica truly joined the ranks of the top tourism destinations on the planet. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20cover%20jamaica%20top.jpg", "alt": "Natural pond of crystal water to enjoy in a well deserved vacation in Jamaica", "title": "Jamaica, the best place to vacation in the Caribbean" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/First%20Mobile%20Jamaica%20Top.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-12-21 00:00:00", "body": "A collective \u201cYeah Mon\u201d might be heard across Jamaica this New Year\u2019s as the island nation celebrates welcoming over 4 million visitors during the past 12 months for the first time in its history.
\r\nThe historic figure, which again puts the Land of Wood and Water among the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, is particularly important as the tourism industry represents the most important revenue influx for Jamaicans.
\r\nLong known for its beautiful beaches, warm waters, and welcoming hospitality, Jamaica has now joined the upper echelon of global destinations because its overall hotel and resort offerings and amenities have consistently improved.
\r\nJamaica Among Elite Travel Destination<\/strong>
\r\nTourism experts point to several factors for the record-breaking numbers \u2013 which also include an overall tourism economic impact of close to US$3 billion -- achieved in Jamaica this year.
\r\n\u201c(It\u2019s been) a dream year for Jamaica,\u201d said
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett<\/a>. \u201cWe\u2019ve annexed all sorts of new horizons and frontiers.\u201d
\r\nBartlett spoke at a travel industry conference for tour agents in December, held at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, one of the high-end, all-inclusive resorts that have helped make the island so attractive to sophisticated travelers.
\r\n\u201cIt (is) a truly historic moment for our tourism sector,\u201d Bartlett added.
\r\nDonnie Dawson, Jamaica\u2019s acting Director of Tourism, agreed.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re thrilled that the destination is experiencing another record breaking year in 2017,\u201d Dawson told The Travel Current. \u201cOur solid performance is a result of a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors. This is coupled with a strong brand appeal, a great product, a robust public relations effort and the warm hospitality of our people.\u201d
\r\nStars Shine Bright on Island<\/strong>
\r\nBoth Dawson and Bartlett credited Jamaica\u2019s global exposure on a number of fronts for helping to keep the island-nation forefront in the minds of prospective visitors.
\r\n\u201cJamaica has performed consistently as a leading tourism destination for a number of years due in large measure to the visibility of our top performers not just in tourism, but in sports, music, fashion and food,\u201d notes Dawson.
\r\nBartlett singled out the success and popularity of all-time track and field superstar
Usain Bolt<\/a> as well as the surprising achievements of Davina Bennett, who placed second in the Miss Universe pageant, as bright Jamaican stars who have helped to keep the spotlight on the island throughout the year.
\r\n\u201cJamaica has performed consistently as a leading tourism destination for a number of years due in large measure to the visibility of our top performers not just in tourism, but in sports, music, fashion and food,\u201d Dawson explained.
\r\nCulture and Infrastructure<\/strong>
\r\n\u201cWhat is most surprising for many visitors when they get here is the size of the island compared to its huge personality, the diversity of our product and that special vibe that can only be discovered when they get here and feel it.\u201d
\r\nClaire Robinson, of
Claire Skies Travel<\/a> in Maryland, seconded Dawson\u2019s belief that the tourism offerings in Jamaica have distinguished it from other destinations in the Caribbean.
\r\n\u201cThe diversity of the tourism product, the many resort areas (available) allow visitors to return to Jamaica numerous times and have a different experience,\u201d Robinson explained. \u201cThe
food<\/a>, the music, the many cultural experiences offered enhances their stay. As Jamaicans will say \u2018we are more than a beach, we are a country.\u2019\u201d
\r\nOther factors including
improved infrastructure<\/a>, proximity to the United States, and of course, the weather, also give Jamaica a marked advantage over other competing destinations.
\r\n\u201cThe numerous non-stop flight options to the destination from many US gateways make it easy to get to for every occasion, whether it's a
family reunion<\/a>, girlfriends\u2019 getaway<\/a>, destination wedding<\/a> - the latter among the market segments for which the importance of a quick turnaround for wedding guests makes Jamaica a preferred option. With the popularity of the all-inclusive concept, time is money,\u201d Robinson said.
\r\nAnd while the island offers an array of options for every kind of trip, Robinson said that the underlying charm of the people couldn\u2019t be understated when discussing why Jamaica attracts so many visitors.
\r\n\u201c(It\u2019s) the genuine warmth of the Jamaican people. In Jamaica everything is \"Irie,\u201d she explained, referring to the friendly greeting used in
Jamaican patois<\/a>.  \u201cThe interaction with visitors provides memories that will live on well beyond the \"sea and sand\" experience.\u201d
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20jamaica%20top.jpg", "alt": "Typical food representative of Jamaican culture", "title": "Jamaican food" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20jamaica%20top.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Left%20Gallery%20Bolt.jpeg", "alt": "He is a icon of the world sport. Usain Bolt, made in Jamaica.", "title": "Usain Bolt" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20right%20jamaica%20top.jpeg", "alt": "Wide roads that allow a fast displacement in Jamaica", "title": "Wide roads in Jamaica" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cWhat is most surprising for many visitors when they get here is the size of the island compared to its huge personality, the diversity of our product and that special vibe that can only be discovered when they get here and feel it.\u201d", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "A collective \u201cYeah Mon\u201d might be heard across Jamaica this New Year\u2019s as the island nation celebrates welcoming over 4 million visitors during the past 12 months for the first time in its history.
\r\nThe historic figure, which again puts the Land of Wood and Water among the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, is particularly important as the tourism industry represents the most important revenue influx for Jamaicans.
\r\nLong known for its beautiful beaches, warm waters, and welcoming hospitality, Jamaica has now joined the upper echelon of global destinations because its overall hotel and resort offerings and amenities have consistently improved." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Jamaica Among Elite Travel Destination", "field_description_1": "Tourism experts point to several factors for the record-breaking numbers \u2013 which also include an overall tourism economic impact of close to US$3 billion -- achieved in Jamaica this year.
\r\n\u201c(It\u2019s been) a dream year for Jamaica,\u201d said
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett<\/a>. \u201cWe\u2019ve annexed all sorts of new horizons and frontiers.\u201d
\r\nBartlett spoke at a travel industry conference for tour agents in December, held at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in Ocho Rios, one of the high-end, all-inclusive resorts that have helped make the island so attractive to sophisticated travelers.
\r\n\u201cIt (is) a truly historic moment for our tourism sector,\u201d Bartlett added.
\r\nDonnie Dawson, Jamaica\u2019s acting Director of Tourism, agreed.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re thrilled that the destination is experiencing another record breaking year in 2017,\u201d Dawson told The Travel Current. \u201cOur solid performance is a result of a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors. This is coupled with a strong brand appeal, a great product, a robust public relations effort and the warm hospitality of our people.\u201d" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Stars Shine Bright on Island", "field_description_1": "Both Dawson and Bartlett credited Jamaica\u2019s global exposure on a number of fronts for helping to keep the island-nation forefront in the minds of prospective visitors.
\r\n\u201cJamaica has performed consistently as a leading tourism destination for a number of years due in large measure to the visibility of our top performers not just in tourism, but in sports, music, fashion and food,\u201d notes Dawson.
\r\nBartlett singled out the success and popularity of all-time track and field superstar
Usain Bolt<\/a> as well as the surprising achievements of Davina Bennett, who placed second in the Miss Universe pageant, as bright Jamaican stars who have helped to keep the spotlight on the island throughout the year.
\r\n\u201cJamaica has performed consistently as a leading tourism destination for a number of years due in large measure to the visibility of our top performers not just in tourism, but in sports, music, fashion and food,\u201d Dawson explained." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Culture and Infrastructure", "field_description_1": "\u201cWhat is most surprising for many visitors when they get here is the size of the island compared to its huge personality, the diversity of our product and that special vibe that can only be discovered when they get here and feel it.\u201d
\r\nClaire Robinson, of
Claire Skies Travel<\/a> in Maryland, seconded Dawson\u2019s belief that the tourism offerings in Jamaica have distinguished it from other destinations in the Caribbean.
\r\n\u201cThe diversity of the tourism product, the many resort areas (available) allow visitors to return to Jamaica numerous times and have a different experience,\u201d Robinson explained. \u201cThe
food<\/a>, the music, the many cultural experiences offered enhances their stay. As Jamaicans will say \u2018we are more than a beach, we are a country.\u2019\u201d
\r\nOther factors including
improved infrastructure<\/a>, proximity to the United States, and of course, the weather, also give Jamaica a marked advantage over other competing destinations.
\r\n\u201cThe numerous non-stop flight options to the destination from many US gateways make it easy to get to for every occasion, whether it's a
family reunion<\/a>, girlfriends\u2019 getaway<\/a>, destination wedding<\/a> - the latter among the market segments for which the importance of a quick turnaround for wedding guests makes Jamaica a preferred option. With the popularity of the all-inclusive concept, time is money,\u201d Robinson said.
\r\nAnd while the island offers an array of options for every kind of trip, Robinson said that the underlying charm of the people couldn\u2019t be understated when discussing why Jamaica attracts so many visitors.
\r\n\u201c(It\u2019s) the genuine warmth of the Jamaican people. In Jamaica everything is \"Irie,\u201d she explained, referring to the friendly greeting used in
Jamaican patois<\/a>.  \u201cThe interaction with visitors provides memories that will live on well beyond the \"sea and sand\" experience.\u201d" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4103261", "field_longitude": "-77.1072127" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20jamaica%20top_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thub%20jamaica%20top.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20cover%20jamaica%20top%20sean%20paul.jpg", "alt": "Lights, music and dance every night in the Moon Palace Jamaica resort", "title": "Nightlife in Jamaica" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20jamaica%20top.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "159", "title": "The Blue Lagoon and Other Natural Wonders of Eastern Jamaica", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/blue-lagoon-and-other-natural-wonders-eastern-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "The Blue Lagoon and Other Natural", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Secluded Beaches, Quaint Villages and Natural Beauty Define Jamaica's East. ", "field_description_1": "The population centers of south and west Jamaica are hundreds of miles away from the unassuming but naturally beautiful east coast of Jamaica. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/Article%20Detail%20-%20Boston-Bay.jpg", "alt": "The beautiful waters of The Blue Lagoon and its incredible vegetation.", "title": "The Blue Lagoon in Jamaica" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/First%20Mobile.jpeg", "alt": "The beautiful waters of The Blue Lagoon and its incredible vegetation.", "title": "The Blue Lagoon in Jamaica" }, "field_written_by": "By Livia Formisani", "field_date": "2017-12-21 00:00:00", "body": "Who hasn\u2019t dreamt of visiting the Blue Lagoon, the unforgettable location of the eponymous 1980 movie of the same name, starring Brooke Shields? For decades, its dreamy turquoise waters have occupied a prominent place in the imagination, and deservedly so. There, surrounded by thick vegetation, fresh spring water flowing from the nearby mountains meets the Caribbean Sea in a 180-feet-deep natural swimming pool.
\r\nThe lagoon is only one of the many highlights of Eastern Jamaica, considered the least explored part of the country. Far from the touristy Montego Bay and Negril, the region is home to a vast array of beautiful beaches, the 
Blue Mountains of coffee fame<\/a> with their national park, numerous waterfalls<\/a>, and the cities of Port Antonio and Boston Bay, among others. The region\u2019s untouched natural beauty has made it the perfect backdrop for hundreds of movies, including Tom Cruise\u2019s \u201cCocktail,\u201d Robin William\u2019s \u201cClub Paradise,\u201d and Disney\u2019s \u201c20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.\u201d
\r\nEastern Jamaica has something for everybody, from families enjoying beach activities, or rafting on the Rio Grande, to couples looking for the perfect honeymoon (or
wedding<\/a>) destination. Here are a few not-to-miss sightseeing spots in the region.
\r\nA Plunge Into the Blue Lagoon<\/strong>
\r\nEasily accessible from 
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, the Blue Lagoon is Jamaica\u2019s largest lagoon, known for its wide range of blue shades which change depending on the time of the day. Visitors can choose to bathe in the lagoon, snorkel, or take a raft tour. Due to its natural mix of spring and seawater, the lagoon features different water temperatures, ranging from cold to warm, forming part of its charm.
\r\nBeach, Surf & Raft<\/strong>
\r\nFrenchman\u2019s Cove Beach<\/strong>
\r\nLikely Eastern Jamaica\u2019s most famous beach, this small, secluded bay has hosted celebrities of the likes of Queen Elizabeth, The Beatles, and Marlon Brando. The sea\u2019s turquoise and blue, enclosed in the green cove, contrast with the color of the sand for an amazing composition. On the left side of the cove, a river flows into the Caribbean Sea, forming a beautiful green pool for visitors to enjoy: you can choose between bathing in fresh- or seawater.
\r\nWinnifred Beach<\/strong>
\r\nPopular with locals, Winnifred Beach is the epitome of tropical beach, with its white sand, aquamarine water, and lush vegetation. Surrounded by stalls selling local food, a trip to it makes for the perfect Jamaican day.
\r\nBoston Bay Beach<\/strong>
\r\nCatch a few curls in Jamaica\u2019s most popular surfing location, providing left- and right-breaking waves. It is just next to Boston Bay, the birthplace of the famous 
Jamaican jerk cuisine<\/a> \u2013 another regional highlight available at Moon Palace Jamaica.
\r\nRio Grande Rafting<\/strong>
\r\nIn for a little adventure? Try rafting downstream from the Blue Mountains on Jamaica\u2019s Rio Grande, all the way to the sea. Organized tours leave regularly from Port Antonio.
\r\nOff the Beaten Track<\/strong>
\r\nMorant Point Lighthouse<\/strong>
\r\nVisit the oldest lighthouse in Jamaica, built in 1841 on the easternmost tip of the island, and enjoy beautiful views over the Caribbean Sea, nearby plantations, and the Blue Mountains. Just next to the lighthouse, Holland Bay is a somewhat remote destination for experienced surfers.
\r\nKwame (or Kwaamen) Falls<\/strong>
\r\nThe trip to these scenic waterfalls requires a trek through the tropical jungle. The reward at the end, though, is worth it: an emerald green natural pool formed by the glowing fan waterfall. Located between Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, the falls are about an hour\u2019s drive from Moon Palace Jamaica.
\r\nRelax at Moon Palace Jamaica After a Long day of Discovery<\/strong>
\r\nNothing better than a delicious dinner and drinks by the pool at Moon Palace Jamaica after a long day of activities. The all-inclusive resort is the perfect base to explore the Blue Lagoon and Eastern Jamaica with all its natural wonders. Adventure by day, pampering by night: Moon Palace Jamaica is the starting point of a wonderful holiday.
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20easternmost%20jamaica.jpeg", "alt": "Awesome panoramic shot of The Blue Lagoon in Jamaica", "title": "The imposing landscape of The Blue Lagoon" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile%20gallery%20small%20thumb%20eastern%20jamaica.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left-eastern-jamaica.jpeg", "alt": "This is a Waterfall and natural pond between 8 Rivers and Port Antonio.", "title": "The Kwame waterfall between 8 Rios and Port Antonio in Jamaica" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/right%20gallery%20eastern%20jamaica.jpeg", "alt": "This is The Morant Point Lighthouse, the most old in Jamaica with a beautiful view of the caribbean sea.", "title": "Morant Point Lighthouse" } }, "field_description_1": "Eastern Jamaica has something for everybody, from families enjoying beach activities, or rafting on the Rio Grande, to couples looking for the perfect honeymoon (or wedding) destination. Here are a few not-to-miss sightseeing spots in the region.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Livia Formisani<\/h4>\r\nWho hasn\u2019t dreamt of visiting the Blue Lagoon, the unforgettable location of the eponymous 1980 movie of the same name, starring Brooke Shields? For decades, its dreamy turquoise waters have occupied a prominent place in the imagination, and deservedly so. There, surrounded by thick vegetation, fresh spring water flowing from the nearby mountains meets the Caribbean Sea in a 180-feet-deep natural swimming pool.
\r\nThe lagoon is only one of the many highlights of Eastern Jamaica, considered the least explored part of the country. Far from the touristy Montego Bay and Negril, the region is home to a vast array of beautiful beaches, the 
Blue Mountains of coffee fame<\/a> with their national park, numerous waterfalls<\/a>, and the cities of Port Antonio and Boston Bay, among others. The region\u2019s untouched natural beauty has made it the perfect backdrop for hundreds of movies, including Tom Cruise\u2019s \u201cCocktail,\u201d Robin William\u2019s \u201cClub Paradise,\u201d and Disney\u2019s \u201c20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.\u201d" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Taking the Plunge", "field_description_1": "Easily accessible from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>, the Blue Lagoon is Jamaica\u2019s largest lagoon, known for its wide range of blue shades which change depending on the time of the day. Visitors can choose to bathe in the lagoon, snorkel, or take a raft tour. Due to its natural mix of spring and seawater, the lagoon features different water temperatures, ranging from cold to warm, forming part of its charm." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Beach, Surf & Raft", "field_description_1": "Frenchman\u2019s Cove Beach<\/strong>
\r\nLikely Eastern Jamaica\u2019s most famous beach, this small, secluded bay has hosted celebrities of the likes of Queen Elizabeth, The Beatles, and Marlon Brando. The sea\u2019s turquoise and blue, enclosed in the green cove, contrast with the color of the sand for an amazing composition. On the left side of the cove, a river flows into the Caribbean Sea, forming a beautiful green pool for visitors to enjoy: you can choose between bathing in fresh- or seawater.
\r\nWinnifred Beach<\/strong>
\r\nPopular with locals, Winnifred Beach is the epitome of tropical beach, with its white sand, aquamarine water, and lush vegetation. Surrounded by stalls selling local food, a trip to it makes for the perfect Jamaican day.
\r\nBoston Bay Beach<\/strong>
\r\nCatch a few curls in Jamaica\u2019s most popular surfing location, providing left- and right-breaking waves. It is just next to Boston Bay, the birthplace of the famous 
Jamaican jerk cuisine<\/a> \u2013 another regional highlight available at Moon Palace Jamaica.
\r\nRio Grande Rafting<\/strong>
\r\nIn for a little adventure? Try rafting downstream from the Blue Mountains on Jamaica\u2019s Rio Grande, all the way to the sea. Organized tours leave regularly from Port Antonio." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Off the Beaten Track", "field_description_1": "Morant Point Lighthouse<\/strong>
\r\nVisit the oldest lighthouse in Jamaica, built in 1841 on the easternmost tip of the island, and enjoy beautiful views over the Caribbean Sea, nearby plantations, and the Blue Mountains. Just next to the lighthouse, Holland Bay is a somewhat remote destination for experienced surfers.
\r\nKwame (or Kwaamen) Falls<\/strong>
\r\nThe trip to these scenic waterfalls requires a trek through the tropical jungle. The reward at the end, though, is worth it: an emerald green natural pool formed by the glowing fan waterfall. Located between Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, the falls are about an hour\u2019s drive from Moon Palace Jamaica.
\r\nRelax at Moon Palace Jamaica After a Long day of Discovery<\/strong>
\r\nNothing better than a delicious dinner and drinks by the pool at Moon Palace Jamaica after a long day of activities. The all-inclusive resort is the perfect base to explore the Blue Lagoon and Eastern Jamaica with all its natural wonders. Adventure by day, pampering by night: Moon Palace Jamaica is the starting point of a wonderful holiday. 
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "17.9184115", "field_longitude": "-76.1865592" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile%20gallery%20small%20thumb%20eastern%20jamaica_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20eastern%20jamaica.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20banner%20eastern%20jamaica.jpg", "alt": "Typical Jamaican street with its diversity of colors.", "title": "Typical Jamaica Street" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "157", "title": "Boxing Day in Jamaica: Pantomime and Parties", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/explore\/culture\/family-fun-and-pantomime-boxing-day-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "Boxing Day in Jamaica: ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Original Spirit of the Enlglish Holiday Remains Strong in Jamaica.", "field_description_1": "Beach parties, family time, pantomime theater, and more happen on Dec. 26. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover-boxing%20day.jpg", "alt": "Group Happy People Dancing Beach Sunset", "title": "group-happy-people-dancing-beach-sunset.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile-boxing-day.jpg", "alt": "Group Happy People Dancing Beach Sunset", "title": "group-happy-people-dancing-beach-sunset.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Steve Andrews", "field_date": "2017-12-13 00:00:00", "body": "Boxing Day! Ah, you can practically taste the deals and sales percolating on Dec. 26 even as you read this. Everything from appliances, to new threads, to video games, and much more are just waiting to be boxed up and carried home by the masses in the United Kingdom and other countries with ties to the British Empire. But it didn\u2019t always used to be that way. And in Jamaica, it still isn\u2019t.
\r\nIf Boxing Day has largely turned into the British cousin to America\u2019s
Black Friday<\/a>, then at least in Jamaica the national holiday eschews consumerism. You won\u2019t find any sales going on there, and in fact, you will be lucky to find any shops open at all, unless you happen to be in one of the island\u2019s many resorts (more on that later!).
\r\nBoxing Day in Jamaica keeps with the holiday\u2019s more altruistic, or at least family-oriented, origins. It is not a day for shopping or for any sort of official business, but instead a day for getting together with your loved ones.
\r\nBoxing on the Beach<\/strong>
\r\nThis is a day that many people choose to spend on the beach, after all, it is Jamaica. In recent times beaches tend to get packed with a mixture of local people and tourists, so if you don\u2019t like crowds, it is better to find something else to do instead. Unless, of course, you have your own private beach to enjoy like
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>\u2019s bay beach paradise in Ocho Rios.
\r\nAnother difference about Boxing Day in Jamaica is that if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday it gets celebrated on the Monday following the weekend. Whenever it gets celebrated, it is very much a holiday and a day to relax and enjoy yourself.
\r\nThe Boxing Arts<\/strong>
\r\nA special tradition in Jamaica on Boxing Day is the onset of National Pantomime season, held at Kingston\u2019s
Little Theatre Complex<\/a>. Although pantomime is a very British tradition, in Jamaica the shows have a very Caribbean flavor and the dialogue is often in Jamaican patois<\/a>.  The tradition started way back on Boxing Day in 1941 and since then the opening of the Jamaican Pantomime season has always occurred on the holiday.
\r\nEven if you don\u2019t understand some of the humor, you are sure to love the music, dancing, and colorful costumes. This year\u2019s pantomime is entitled \u201cDapper Dan The Anansi Man. \u201c
\r\nDrive-In Concert in Black River<\/strong>
\r\nThose looking for an out-of-the-Boxing Day event to participate in this year \u2013 and are willing to rack up some serious mileage on Jamaican highways to get there \u2013 may be interested in the
Christmas Extravaganza<\/a> in Black River, in the southwestern part of island. Starting on Christmas Day, the drive-in concert (yes, you can watch it from your car) goes into the morning on Boxing Day with around 25 performers taking the stage.  Scheduled to perform are: Sanchez, Laden, Sizzla, D'Angel, Beenie Man, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka, Half Pint, Admiral Tibet, Cocoa Tea, Deep Jahi, and Rankin Pumpkin.
\r\nKnutsford Express buses will be running services from Kingston, Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay and Savanna-la-Mar, and will drive right into the venue's parking area.  Concert organizer
GT Taylor said<\/a>: If you want to sleep until your favorite artiste comes on stage you can do it in your car.\"
\r\nBoxing the Moon\u2026Palace<\/strong>
\r\nAmong the leaders in tourism in the Caribbean, Jamaica offers an array of wonders for visitors during the holidays. The Caribbean\u2019s temperate winters attract visitors to explore the island\u2019s natural beauty and experience the warmth of the Jamaican people. The experience is heightened even more at Moon Palace Jamaica where the all-inclusive resort puts together an events calendar for Boxing Day and the holidays that will combine with fun with Jamaican traditions.
\r\n
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_36.jpg", "alt": "Christmas packages", "title": "christmas-package.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-mobile-boxing.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery-small-boxing-day.jpg", "alt": "Jamaican People", "title": "jamaican-people.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_41.jpg", "alt": "Couple in Hotel Room", "title": "couple-hotel-room.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "If Boxing Day has largely turned into the British cousin to America\u2019s Black Friday, then at least in Jamaica the national holiday eschews consumerism. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Steve Andrews<\/h4>\r\nBoxing Day! Ah, you can practically taste the deals and sales percolating on Dec. 26 even as you read this. Everything from appliances, to new threads, to video games, and much more are just waiting to be boxed up and carried home by the masses in the United Kingdom and other countries with ties to the British Empire. But it didn\u2019t always used to be that way. And in Jamaica, it still isn\u2019t.
\r\nIf Boxing Day has largely turned into the British cousin to America\u2019s
Black Friday<\/a>, then at least in Jamaica the national holiday eschews consumerism. You won\u2019t find any sales going on there, and in fact, you will be lucky to find any shops open at all, unless you happen to be in one of the island\u2019s many resorts.
\r\nBoxing Day in Jamaica keeps with the holiday\u2019s more altruistic, or at least family-oriented, origins. It is not a day for shopping or for any sort of official business, but instead a day for getting together with your loved ones." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Boxing on the Beach", "field_description_1": "This is a day that many people choose to spend on the beach, after all, it is Jamaica. In recent times beaches tend to get packed with a mixture of local people and tourists, so if you don\u2019t like crowds, it is better to find something else to do instead. Unless, of course, you have your own private beach to enjoy like
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>\u2019s bay beach paradise in Ocho Rios.
\r\nAnother difference about Boxing Day in Jamaica is that if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday it gets celebrated on the Monday following the weekend. Whenever it gets celebrated, it is very much a holiday and a day to relax and enjoy yourself." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "The Boxing Arts", "field_description_1": "A special tradition in Jamaica on Boxing Day is the onset of National Pantomime season, held at Kingston\u2019s
Little Theatre Complex<\/a>. Although pantomime is a very British tradition, in Jamaica the shows have a very Caribbean flavor and the dialogue is often in Jamaican patois<\/a>.  The tradition started way back on Boxing Day in 1941 and since then the opening of the Jamaican Pantomime season has always occurred on the holiday.
\r\nEven if you don\u2019t understand some of the humor, you are sure to love the music, dancing, and colorful costumes. This year\u2019s pantomime is entitled \u201cDapper Dan The Anansi Man. \u201c" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Resorting to Concerts", "field_description_1": "Drive-In Concert in Black River<\/strong>
\r\nThose looking for an out-of-the-Boxing Day event to participate in this year \u2013 and are willing to rack up some serious mileage on Jamaican highways to get there \u2013 may be interested in the
Christmas Extravaganza<\/a> in Black River, in the southwestern part of island. Starting on Christmas Day, the drive-in concert (yes, you can watch it from your car) goes into the morning on Boxing Day with around 25 performers taking the stage.  Scheduled to perform are: Sanchez, Laden, Sizzla, D'Angel, Beenie Man, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka, Half Pint, Admiral Tibet, Cocoa Tea, Deep Jahi, and Rankin Pumpkin.
\r\nKnutsford Express buses will be running services from Kingston, Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay and Savanna-la-Mar, and will drive right into the venue's parking area.  Concert organizer
GT Taylor said<\/a>: If you want to sleep until your favorite artiste comes on stage you can do it in your car.\"
\r\nBoxing the Moon\u2026Palace<\/strong>
\r\nAmong the leaders in tourism in the Caribbean, Jamaica offers an array of wonders for visitors during the holidays. The Caribbean\u2019s temperate winters attract visitors to explore the island\u2019s natural beauty and experience the warmth of the Jamaican people. The experience is heightened even more at Moon Palace Jamaica where the all-inclusive resort puts together an events calendar for Boxing Day and the holidays that will combine with fun with Jamaican traditions." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.0726997", "field_longitude": "-77.8578778" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-mobile-boxing_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail-boxing.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-boxing-day.jpg", "alt": "Moon Palace Jamaica", "title": "moon-palace-jamaica-resort.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-boxing.jpg", "alt": "Moon Palace Jamaica", "title": "moon-palace-jamaica-resort.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "155", "title": "Quirky Ways to Celebrate New Year's in the Caribbean", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/explore\/culture\/fun-and-quirky-ways-celebrate-new-year-caribbean-style", "field_title_highlighted": "Fun and Quirky Ways", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Colorful Undies, Grapes, Suitcases Runs and More", "field_description_1": "The Caribbean vibe is always fun. But on New Year's things get turned up a notch. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-main-banner-quirky%20new%20year.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_72.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-12-13 00:00:00", "body": "So you packed your bags and headed for some year-end fun under the sun at one of the Caribbean\u2019s top destinations. After all, who needs another dose of \u201cAuld Lang Syne\u201d while you watch the ball drop on Times Square from your living room?
\r\nNow that you\u2019re abroad you might want to blend in with the locals as the time to usher in 2018 comes a-knocking. Here are a few of the traditional, the unusual, and the downright quirky ways some countries around the Caribbean celebrate New Year\u2019s Eve:
\r\nColor me surprised!<\/strong> In the underwear department, that is. In several Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Mexico, among others) it\u2019s common belief that you should wear colored undergarments in order to get certain results during the upcoming year: Red is worn to garner the attention of the opposite sex, yellow brings in financial success, white\u2026 shows your brand of laundry detergent is really powerful, we guess? So dress accordingly, someone is sure to notice.
\r\nSuitcase runs.<\/strong> In the mood to travel around the world in the near future? Start things up by going around the block first. Mexicans and Colombians think that grabbing a suitcase (empty, of course) and doing that brief walk will translate into a year full of travel and adventure. Just don\u2019t wander around too far; you don\u2019t want to give front-desk employees at your resort the impression that you\u2019re \"doing a runner\" without properly checking out first.
\r\nClean up your act.<\/strong> Some island nations favor the idea that cleanliness is next to godliness. Jamaicans will don their cleanest, best outfits for a night of partying and carousing, and they usually make sure there isn\u2019t any dirty laundry to be done by the time the clock strikes midnight. Dominicans will not only clean up their homes leading up to the New Year, sometimes they\u2019ll go as far as painting a room (or even the entire house) for good luck. On a side note: Applying a fresh coat of paint to your hotel room is frowned upon, so don\u2019t even bother.
\r\nStart 2018 with a bang\u2026 Literally.<\/strong> Ah, fireworks: Wonderment of children and bane of household pets everywhere. Nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean includes pyrotechnics as part of their New Year celebrations, but some of them really go the extra mile. Jamaica has their traditional fire crackers or \u201cclappas,<\/em>\u201d Mexico has their loud and colorful \u201ccohetes<\/em>\u201d\u2026 but Dominicans go all-in with the \u201cbazuca:<\/em>\u201d a contraption made with duct-taped tin cans, a mixture of water, some type of combustible, and an open flame to produce a loud bang. None of these explosive distractions are exactly legal, but rest assured you\u2019ll notice them around.
\r\nDon\u2019t choke on the fruit!<\/strong> A Spanish tradition that enjoys a large following all over Mexico and other Latin American countries is the \u201ctwelve grapes:\u201d You\u2019re supposed to eat a grape with every chime that signals the arrival of midnight and the New Year, and those who finish them all in time are bound to enjoy a prosperous 2018. Sounds easy, but trust us, it takes some practice. And no, you can\u2019t take your twelve grapes \u201cin liquid form\u201d as sips of wine, so save those for the toasts, OK?
\r\nAs you can see there are plenty of unique, fun ways to welcome the New Year away from home, but don\u2019t forget to check with your resort\u2019s staff for themed parties and other events. You\u2019ll be sure to find something that fits your mood and that will fill your vacation\u2019s memories with more than a few smiles. Happy New Year!
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery-quirky-new-year.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_24.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_46.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-gallery-quirky%20-A.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean includes pyrotechnics as part of their New Year celebrations, but some of them really go the extra mile.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

So you packed your bags and headed for some year-end fun under the sun at one of the Caribbean\u2019s top destinations. After all, who needs another dose of \u201cAuld Lang Syne\u201d while you watch the ball drop on Times Square from your living room?
\r\nNow that you\u2019re abroad you might want to blend in with the locals as the time to usher in 2018 comes a-knocking. Here are a few of the traditional, the unusual, and the downright quirky ways some countries around the Caribbean
celebrate New Year\u2019s Eve<\/a>:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Colorful Undies", "field_description_1": "Color me surprised!<\/strong> In the underwear department, that is. In several Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Mexico, among others) it\u2019s common belief that you should wear colored undergarments in order to get certain results during the upcoming year: Red is worn to garner the attention of the opposite sex, yellow brings in financial success, white\u2026 shows your brand of laundry detergent is really powerful, we guess? So dress accordingly, someone is sure to notice." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Luggage Run, Paint for Prosperity", "field_description_1": "Suitcase runs.<\/strong> In the mood to travel around the world in the near future? Start things up by going around the block first. Mexicans and Colombians think that grabbing a suitcase (empty, of course) and doing that brief walk will translate into a year full of travel and adventure. Just don\u2019t wander around too far; you don\u2019t want to give front-desk employees at your resort the impression that you\u2019re \"doing a runner\" without properly checking out first.
\r\nClean up your act.<\/strong> Some island nations favor the idea that cleanliness is next to godliness. Jamaicans will don their cleanest, best outfits for a night of partying and carousing, and they usually make sure there isn\u2019t any dirty laundry to be done by the time the clock strikes midnight. Dominicans will not only clean up their homes leading up to the New Year, sometimes they\u2019ll go as far as painting a room (or even the entire house) for good luck. On a side note: Applying a fresh coat of paint to your hotel room is frowned upon, so don\u2019t even bother." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Clappas, Cohetes, and Grapes", "field_description_1": "Start 2018 with a bang\u2026 Literally.<\/strong> Ah, fireworks: Wonderment of children and bane of household pets everywhere. Nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean includes pyrotechnics as part of their New Year celebrations, but some of them really go the extra mile. Jamaica has their traditional fire crackers or \u201cclappas,<\/em>\u201d Mexico has their loud and colorful \u201ccohetes<\/em>\u201d\u2026 but Dominicans go all-in with the \u201cbazuca:<\/em>\u201d a contraption made with duct-taped tin cans, a mixture of water, some type of combustible, and an open flame to produce a loud bang. None of these explosive distractions are exactly legal, but rest assured you\u2019ll notice them around.
\r\nDon\u2019t choke on the fruit!<\/strong> A Spanish tradition that enjoys a large following all over Mexico and other Latin American countries is the \u201ctwelve grapes:\u201d You\u2019re supposed to eat a grape with every chime that signals the arrival of midnight and the New Year, and those who finish them all in time are bound to enjoy a prosperous 2018. Sounds easy, but trust us, it takes some practice. And no, you can\u2019t take your twelve grapes \u201cin liquid form\u201d as sips of wine, so save those for the toasts, OK?
\r\nAs you can see there are plenty of unique, fun ways to welcome the New Year away from home, but don\u2019t forget to check with your resort\u2019s staff for themed parties and other events. You\u2019ll be sure to find something that fits your mood and that will fill your vacation\u2019s memories with more than a few smiles. Happy New Year!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4053605", "field_longitude": "-77.1100789" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_39.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_47.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-quirky.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-quirky.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "153", "title": "Wedding Bliss Without The Fuss: Destination Wedding", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/romance\/destination-weddings-maid-honors-best-friend", "field_title_highlighted": "Wedding Bliss Without The Fuss", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Hosting, Tasting, Selecting, and Entertaining Made Easy", "field_description_1": "Being a Maid of Honor takes a lot of responsibility. Luckily, a destination wedding at the right place gives more than a helping hand. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "Wedding Kiss", "title": "wedding-kiss.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "Wedding Kiss", "title": "wedding-kiss.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2017-12-12 00:00:00", "body": "As exciting as planning a wedding can be, it often comes with stress, arguments, and a few freak-outs. Are the flowers the perfect hue of pink? Does the cake taste too creamy? Have all of your loved ones RSVP'd? 
\r\nWhether you\u2019re a bride-to-be or a maid-of-honor, there's a lot to keep track of from now until event day. There's also a tremendous amount of planning that into ensuring the ceremony and the associated celebrations go off without a hitch. (Cocktail receptions! Bridal showers! Girls\u2019 night out! Formal dinners!)
\r\nIt doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re in the midst of planning a wedding, or just daydreaming about what your special day may look like, here\u2019s something to think about. How does jetting off to paradise and leaving the rest to the experts sound? 
\r\n1.<\/strong>
Consider a Destination Wedding<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Has your bride ever fantasized about a paradise-style wedding? You know, with turquoise blue waters, pristine beaches, and warm sunsets? Making that come to life is actually easier than you think. The Caribbean is replete with all-inclusive resorts that will help pick, plan, and organize everything from color themes and guest-lists, to pre-wedding receptions and post-event honeymoons. Basically, all a bride has to do is hop on a plane and let the resorts' wedding experts take care of the rest.
\r\n2. <\/strong>
Book Early<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Agreeing to a destination wedding can be scary! What if a bride's guests refuse to travel? Or, what if they can't afford the added costs? We've got a solution: Make them an offer too good to turn down. Here's a thought--If you book a wedding more than nine months in advance at Palace Resort<\/a>s, the couple will earn benefits like free rooms and complimentary upgrades. Plus, if you give guests advance notice, you may be able to get away with booking a wedding on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, which are considered less expensive days to host an event. 
\r\n3.<\/strong>
Take Advantage of Complimentary Perks<\/strong><\/a>. To make sure guests are taken care of, it is important to look for a resort that offers the most benefits for both the bride and groom, as well as their relatives and friends (and, of course, the Maid of Honor!). At Palace, for every 10 rooms booked, earn one complimentary room and upgrade.
\r\nDo the bride and groom prefer to save it for later? Get a certificate for each room earned, and have them come back to visit within 24 months of the wedding. Best of all, every bride and groom receives
$1,500 USD in Resort Credit<\/a> to use toward wedding extras if they book a group of 100 rooms or more for at least three nights.
\r\n4. <\/strong>
Customize Everything<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Regardless of where a bride would like to tie the knot in the Caribbean, most resorts will help customize the wedding<\/a> to fit her style. Brides and maids-of-honor will hand-pick everything from the flowers and reception d\u00e9cor, to the entertainment, food, and photography. At Palace, there are also a range of additional enhancements<\/a>, from horse-drawn carriages, dazzling fireworks, seaside gazebos, and spa treatments, to religious and cultural offerings<\/a>.
\r\n5. <\/strong>
Experience It All Before Your Wedding Day<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Before a bride commits to a destination wedding, have her experience it for herself. Couples, or the bride and her maid of honor (ahem!) can enjoy a free two-night stay in Jamaica<\/a> or a property in Mexico<\/a> at Palace Resorts to see exactly how their dream wedding would come to life.
\r\nDuring the visit, they meet with planners and suppliers, check out wedding locations, explore decor options, and sample cuisine and cake. And if you decide to book a wedding within 15 days of attending a Preview Paradise visit, you\u2019ll earn a $500 credit toward wedding extras.
\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-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "Wedding Ceremony", "title": "wedding-ceremony.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_45.jpg", "alt": "Beach Wedding Ceremony", "title": "beach-wedding-ceremony.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_40.jpg", "alt": "Bridesmaids with bride", "title": "bridesmaids-with.bride.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you\u2019re a bride-to-be or a maid-of-honor, there's a lot to keep track of from now until event day. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\nAs exciting as planning a wedding can be, it often comes with stress, arguments, and a few freak-outs. Are the flowers the perfect hue of pink? Does the cake taste too creamy? Have all of your loved ones RSVP'd? 
\r\nWhether you\u2019re a bride-to-be or a maid-of-honor, there's a lot to keep track of from now until event day. There's also a tremendous amount of planning that into ensuring the ceremony and the associated celebrations go off without a hitch. (Cocktail receptions! Bridal showers! Girls\u2019 night out! Formal dinners!)
\r\nIt doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re in the midst of planning a wedding, or just daydreaming about what your special day may look like, here\u2019s something to think about. How does jetting off to paradise and leaving the rest to the experts sound? " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

1.<\/strong> Consider a Destination Wedding<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Has your bride ever fantasized about a paradise-style wedding? You know, with turquoise blue waters, pristine beaches, and warm sunsets? Making that come to life is actually easier than you think. The Caribbean is replete with all-inclusive resorts that will help pick, plan, and organize everything from color themes and guest-lists, to pre-wedding receptions and post-event honeymoons. Basically, all a bride has to do is hop on a plane and let the resorts' wedding experts take care of the rest.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Early Bird Gets The Perks", "field_description_1": "2. <\/strong>Book Early<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Agreeing to a destination wedding can be scary! What if a bride's guests refuse to travel? Or, what if they can't afford the added costs? We've got a solution: Make them an offer too good to turn down. Here's a thought--If you book a wedding more than nine months in advance at Palace Resort<\/a>s, the couple will earn benefits like free rooms and complimentary upgrades. Plus, if you give guests advance notice, you may be able to get away with booking a wedding on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, which are considered less expensive days to host an event. 
\r\n3.<\/strong>
Take Advantage of Complimentary Perks<\/strong><\/a>. To make sure guests are taken care of, it is important to look for a resort that offers the most benefits for both the bride and groom, as well as their relatives and friends (and, of course, the Maid of Honor!). At Palace, for every 10 rooms booked, earn one complimentary room and upgrade.
\r\nDo the bride and groom prefer to save it for later? Get a certificate for each room earned, and have them come back to visit within 24 months of the wedding. Best of all, every bride and groom receives
$1,500 USD in Resort Credit<\/a> to use toward wedding extras if they book a group of 100 rooms or more for at least three nights." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Check It Out and Make It Your Own", "field_description_1": "4. <\/strong>Customize Everything<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Regardless of where a bride would like to tie the knot in the Caribbean, most resorts will help customize the wedding<\/a> to fit her style. Brides and maids-of-honor will hand-pick everything from the flowers and reception d\u00e9cor, to the entertainment, food, and photography. At Palace, there are also a range of additional enhancements<\/a>, from horse-drawn carriages, dazzling fireworks, seaside gazebos, and spa treatments, to religious and cultural offerings<\/a>.
\r\n5. <\/strong>
Experience It All Before Your Wedding Day<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Before a bride commits to a destination wedding, have her experience it for herself. Couples, or the bride and her maid of honor (ahem!) can enjoy a free two-night stay in Jamaica<\/a> or a property in Mexico<\/a> at Palace Resorts to see exactly how their dream wedding would come to life.
\r\nDuring the visit, they meet with planners and suppliers, check out wedding locations, explore decor options, and sample cuisine and cake. And if you decide to book a wedding within 15 days of attending a Preview Paradise visit, you\u2019ll earn a $500 credit toward wedding extras." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.0441823", "field_longitude": "-86.7846934" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail-moh.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_27.jpg", "alt": "Bride with wedding ring", "title": "bride-wedding-ring.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile-maid-of-honor.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "151", "title": "Backstreet Boys and More Bring in 2018 in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/7-ways-celebrate-new-years-eve-2018-cancun", "field_title_highlighted": "Backstreet Boys and More", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Whether at Your Resort or Out On the Town, Party in Style", "field_description_1": "Concerts, shows, and clubs offer an array of options for Cancun visitors to ring in the New Year. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_14.jpg", "alt": "Couple Dancing", "title": "couple-dancing.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_73.jpg", "alt": "Couple Dancing", "title": "couple-dancing.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2017-12-11 00:00:00", "body": "Congratulations! You're on a holiday getaway to Cancun. Get ready for an action-packed vacation filled with great food, beautiful beaches, and some much needed rest and relaxation. 
\r\nAll that is left is figuring out how to ring in the New Year during your vacation. Luckily, Cancun is replete with happenings in the week leading up to December 31 and January 1.
\r\nWhether you want to take in New Year\u2019s events in the comfort of your resort with the most spectacular concerts and shows, or feel like stepping out on the town and partying until early morning, with so much taking place you need a veritable road map to get you to 2018. Here are seven sure-fire ways to guarantee an exciting kick off into the New Year.
\r\n1.<\/strong>
Backstreet Boys Live at Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>The world\u2019s best-selling boy band will ring<\/a> in 2018 with two sensational concerts at Moon Palace Arena<\/strong> in Cancun on Dec. 29 and 30.
\r\nOn the heels of their Las Vegas residency, \u201cBackstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,\u201d the iconic band will perform a lineup of their most popular hits for more than 7,000 fans. Learn the lyrics to songs such as \u201cQuit Playing Games (with My Heart),\u201d \u201cAs Long As You Love Me,\u201d Everybody (Backstreet\u2019s Back),\u201d and \u201cAll I Have To Give,\u201d as they are expected to be included in the band\u2019s set-list. 
\r\n2.<\/strong>
The Illusionists Live at Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Broadway\u2019s most thrilling magic show is coming to Moon Palace Arena during New Year\u2019s 2018. From December 22 through January 3, experience mind-blowing performances full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of wonder.
\r\nFit for audiences of all ages, the Broadway spectacle shattered box office records around the world and is expected to be one of Palace Resorts\u2019 most sought-after tickets during the holiday season.
\r\n3.<\/strong>
New Year\u2019s Eve 2018 at Coco Bongo<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Celebrate New Year\u2019s Eve 2018 at one of Cancun\u2019s most popular nightclubs. The NYE Coco Bongo<\/strong> experience will include singing, dancing, and acrobatics, along with unlimited wine, beer, and spirits until 4 a.m. and a limited-edition T-shirt. Upgrade your ticket with the Congo Bar NYE special to enjoy an express entrance without a queue, and a select New Year's Eve kit.
\r\n4.<\/strong>
CunCrawl NYE 2018 Bash<\/strong><\/a>.<\/strong> Enjoy three bars and clubs in one evening with a ticket to Cancun's ultimate venue crawl. With unlimited bottle service and all-you-can-drink specials, spend New Year's Eve at Vaquita<\/a>, Mandala<\/a>, and Dady'o<\/a> with expedited entrances and reserved tables.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20new%20years%20eve.jpg", "alt": "People Dancing in a Club", "title": "people-dancing-in-a-club.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_22.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_44.jpg", "alt": "People Cheers with wine", "title": "cheers-wine.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_39.jpg", "alt": "People Enjoy a Concert", "title": "people-enjoy-concert-jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you want to take in New Year\u2019s events in the comfort of your resort with the most spectacular concerts and shows, or feel like stepping out on the town and partying until early morning, with so much taking place you need a veritable road map to get you to 2018. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Congratulations! You're only a few weeks away from your holiday getaway to Cancun. Get ready for an action-packed vacation filled with great food, beautiful beaches, and some much needed rest and relaxation. 
\r\nAll that is left is figuring out how to ring in the New Year during your vacation. Luckily, Cancun is replete with happenings in the week leading up to December 31 and January 1.
\r\nHere are seven sure-fire ways to guarantee an exciting kick off into the New Year." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "1.<\/strong>
Backstreet Boys Live at Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>The world\u2019s best-selling boy band will ring<\/a> in 2018 with two sensational concerts at Moon Palace Arena<\/strong> in Cancun on Dec. 29 and 30.
\r\nOn the heels of their Las Vegas residency, \u201cBackstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,\u201d the iconic band will perform a lineup of their most popular hits for more than 7,000 fans. Learn the lyrics to songs such as \u201cQuit Playing Games (with My Heart),\u201d \u201cAs Long As You Love Me,\u201d Everybody (Backstreet\u2019s Back),\u201d and \u201cAll I Have To Give,\u201d as they are expected to be included in the band\u2019s set-list. 
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "2.<\/strong>
The Illusionists Live at Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Broadway\u2019s most thrilling magic show is coming to Moon Palace Arena during New Year\u2019s 2018. From December 22 through January 3, experience mind-blowing performances full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of wonder.
\r\nFit for audiences of all ages, the Broadway spectacle shattered box office records around the world and is expected to be one of Palace Resorts\u2019 most sought-after tickets during the holiday season.
\r\n3.<\/strong>
New Year\u2019s Eve 2018 at Coco Bongo<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Celebrate New Year\u2019s Eve 2018 at one of Cancun\u2019s most popular nightclubs. The NYE Coco Bongo<\/strong> experience will include singing, dancing, and acrobatics, along with unlimited wine, beer, and spirits until 4 a.m. and a limited-edition T-shirt. Upgrade your ticket with the Congo Bar NYE special to enjoy an express entrance without a queue, and a select New Year's Eve kit.
\r\n4.<\/strong>
CunCrawl NYE 2018 Bash<\/strong><\/a>.<\/strong> Enjoy three bars and clubs in one evening with a ticket to Cancun's ultimate venue crawl. With unlimited bottle service and all-you-can-drink specials, spend New Year's Eve at Vaquita<\/a>, Mandala<\/a>, and Dady'o<\/a> with expedited entrances and reserved tables.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "5. <\/strong>
Pirate New Year 2018<\/strong><\/a>.<\/strong> Reel in the New Year with an all-inclusive pirate-themed party<\/strong>. Hosted on a large ship, the evening will include a gourmet surf and turf dinner, an open bar, a special live performance, and a fireworks demonstration. 
\r\n6.<\/strong>
Mandala Cancun NYE 2018 Party<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>Celebrate the start of 2018 with a beachside soiree at Mandala. Enjoy an open bar until 3:30 a.m. and expedited entrance. Your ticket will also include access to Mandala's after-hours beach club party<\/a> until 5 a.m.
\r\n7.<\/strong>
Se\u00f1or Frogs New Year's Eve 2018<\/strong><\/a>. <\/strong>This year, opt for a four-course feast and an open bar, or skip dinner and jump straight to unlimited drinks. If you choose to dine at Se\u00f1or Frogs, expect bottomless guacamole and cheese dips, a New York strip steak, and a caramelized apple napoleon. 
\r\n " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1326807", "field_longitude": "-86.7492615" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_23.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_48.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_16.jpg", "alt": "The Illusionist Live from Broadway", "title": "the-illusionist-live-broadway.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20new%20years.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "149", "title": "Guide to Bringing Yoga On Your Vacation", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/fitness\/vacation-yoga-ways-keep-your-daily-practice-trips", "field_title_highlighted": "Guide to Bringing", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Tips To Bringing Your Yoga with You ", "field_description_1": "Everything from apps to yoga mats to make your travel yoga experience second to none. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_24.jpg", "alt": "Beach Yoga Poses", "title": "beach-yoga-girl-vacation.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_71.jpg", "alt": "Yoga Girl Pose", "title": "girl-yoga-room.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-12-07 00:00:00", "body": "Travel yoga is a great way to physically recover from a long plane ride, to energize yourself after taking in the sights, or to mentally relax while in close quarters with your kids for what can sometimes seem like an eternity.
\r\nNo matter how many miles your travel takes you, it is possible to bring yoga along for the ride. And unlike lugging your laptop around with its dozens of work emails, taking yoga along with you will actually help you enjoy your vacation even more.
\r\nWhether you want to do sun salutations on a tropical beach or unroll your mat on your hotel room balcony, read on for simple ways to get your \u2018om\u2019 on <\/strong>while out of town. 
\r\nFind Local Yogis<\/strong>
\r\nNo matter where in the world you are, there are plenty of helpful apps designed to help connect active travelers with yoga classes in cities across the globe. Have some of these
handy yoga apps <\/a>ready to seek out some zen and connect with local yogis. 
\r\nAlso, yoga studios, unlike most membership gyms, will usually let you purchase a \u201cdrop-in\u201d class. These classes usually range anywhere from $10-$20 per class and are a great way to fit in some yoga, even when you\u2019re on the road. 
\r\nIf you want to go at it alone, registered yoga teacher Michelle Catin recommends
Yoga Download<\/a>, which offers a variety of steaming yoga classes to help you take your yoga classes along with you on vacation.
\r\nThe popularity of yoga has made it so that classes and facilities are offered at many resorts. At
Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica, for example, they offer a variety of classes. While traditional Vinsaya and Hatha yoga classes are available at Palace properties like Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a> in Cancun, at The<\/a> Grand at Moon Palace<\/a> Cancun you can even take your yoga to the pool with Paddleboard Yoga, offered every weekend. \u201cIt's a great way to test your balance and abdominal strength,\u201d Catin said.
\r\nUse What You Have<\/strong>
\r\nForgot to pack your mat, blocks, or bolster? No worries! All it takes is some imagination to whip up your very own DIY hotel room yoga studio.
\r\nYou can improvise your travel yoga <\/strong>sesh with some basic hotel amenities or even your own luggage, say experts. \u201cYou [can] use a saraong-type scarf as your yoga mat, or a bath towel in your hotel room,\u201d suggests yoga teacher Savitri Talahatu to
Travel and Leisure<\/a>. \u201cRolled up towels are good for block replacements.\u201d
\r\nCertain properties and
rooms at yoga-friendly resorts<\/a>, like the aforementioned Palace Resorts<\/strong>, also come with yoga mats and other yoga accouterments further facilitating your yoga practice.
\r\nTake Advantage of Idle Travel Time<\/strong>
\r\nDon't let all that waiting around at the airport be in vain. Sitting in your seat at the gate or on the plane is the perfect time to practice some relaxing chair poses to prepare for your flight, say experts. 
\r\n\"If you are stuck on an airplane or in the airport, there are many different yoga poses you can practice in a chair to keep the blood flowing and get a little workout in as well,\" explains Gabrielle Benoit, a yoga and pilates instructor and founder of Core Club LA in Los Angeles to
Fitness Magazine<\/a>.
\r\n
These chair-friendly yoga poses <\/a>will stretch tense muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated \u2013 and ready for a day of travel.
\r\nStrike a Pose in Your Pajamas<\/strong>
\r\nGood news for yogis and sleep enthusiasts alike - there may be huge benefits to sneak in some yoga while still in bed<\/strong>. \u201cPeople underestimate the power of those few minutes before we get out of bed and rush into our day,\u201d says Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of Boston\u2019s Health Yoga Life. \u201cIn those moments, we can set up some clear intentions and choices,\u201d she explained to the
Huff Post<\/a>.
\r\nTo get your namaste on<\/strong> before a night's rest, try
Savasana<\/a>, also known as final relaxation. Lie down on your back, stretching your arms and legs out to the sides. Allow your feet to flop open and your fingers to relax. Close your eyes, move your face and jaw around, and take a few long breaths in and out through the nose. Stay in this pose until you feel all of your travel stress start to slip out of your body.
\r\nYoga As Part of A Wellness Vacation<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking make yoga a central part of your vacation, you\u2019d do well to make it part of a whole
wellness vacation experience<\/a>, such as those offered at Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s Wellness Suites<\/a>.
\r\nNot only can you get in some yoga in the privacy of your own suite with the complementary \u201cAwe Sports Kit,\u201d complete with a yoga mat, jump rope, and dumbbells, but eating healthy is a breeze with a heart healthy menu and gluten-free meals, available 24 hours a day via complimentary 24-hour room service.
\r\nIn addition to the property\u2019s state-of-the-art gymnasiums and stellar lineup of fitness activities including yoga, CrossFit-style classes, traditional spinning and Pilates, guests staying in the suites can also participate in aqua spinning with a private instructor in private wellness pools directly adjacent to the rooms.
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_35.jpg", "alt": "Airplane yoga pose", "title": "yoga-poses-in-air.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_20.jpg", "alt": "Yoga Girl Pose", "title": "girl-yoga-room.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_43.jpg", "alt": "Yoga Meditation", "title": "yoga-meditation-pose.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_38.jpg", "alt": "Panoramic photo Beach Yoga Girl", "title": "beach-girl-yoga-poses.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "Don't let all that waiting around at the airport be in vain. Sitting in your seat at the gate or on the plane is the perfect time to practice some relaxing chair poses to prepare for your flight, say experts. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\nTravel yoga is a great way to physically recover from a long plane ride, to energize yourself after taking in the sights, or to mentally relax while in close quarters with your kids for what can sometimes seem like an eternity.
\r\nNo matter how many miles your travel takes you, it is possible to bring yoga along for the ride. And unlike lugging your laptop around with its dozens of work emails, taking yoga along with you will actually help you enjoy your vacation even more.
\r\nWhether you want to do sun salutations on a tropical beach or unroll your mat on your hotel room balcony, read on for simple ways to get your \u2018om\u2019 on <\/strong>while out of town. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Find Your Groove", "field_description_1": "No matter where in the world you are, there are plenty of helpful apps designed to help connect active travelers with yoga classes in cities across the globe. Have some of these
handy yoga apps <\/a>ready to seek out some zen and connect with local yogis. 
\r\nAlso, yoga studios, unlike most membership gyms, will usually let you purchase a \u201cdrop-in\u201d class. These classes usually range anywhere from $10-$20 per class and are a great way to fit in some yoga, even when you\u2019re on the road. 
\r\nIf you want to go at it alone, registered yoga teacher Michelle Catin recommends
Yoga Download<\/a>, which offers a variety of steaming yoga classes to help you take your yoga classes along with you on vacation.
\r\nThe popularity of yoga has made it so that classes and facilities are offered at many resorts. At
Palace Resorts<\/a> in Mexico and Jamaica, for example, they offer a variety of classes. While traditional Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes are available at Palace properties like Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a> in Cancun, at The<\/a> Grand at Moon Palace<\/a> Cancun you can even take your yoga to the pool with Paddleboard Yoga, offered every weekend. \u201cIt's a great way to test your balance and abdominal strength,\u201d Catin said." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Make Good Use of Time, Place, and Things", "field_description_1": "Use What You Have<\/strong>
\r\nForgot to pack your mat, blocks, or bolster? No worries! All it takes is some imagination to whip up your very own DIY hotel room yoga studio.
\r\nYou can improvise your travel yoga <\/strong>sesh with some basic hotel amenities or even your own luggage, say experts. \u201cYou [can] use a saraong-type scarf as your yoga mat, or a bath towel in your hotel room,\u201d suggests yoga teacher Savitri Talahatu to
Travel and Leisure<\/a>. \u201cRolled up towels are good for block replacements.\u201d
\r\nCertain properties and
rooms at yoga-friendly resorts<\/a>, like the aforementioned Palace Resorts<\/strong>, also come with yoga mats and other yoga accouterments further facilitating your yoga practice.
\r\nTake Advantage of Idle Travel Time<\/strong>
\r\nDon't let all that waiting around at the airport be in vain. Sitting in your seat at the gate or on the plane is the perfect time to practice some relaxing chair poses to prepare for your flight, say experts. 
\r\n\"If you are stuck on an airplane or in the airport, there are many different yoga poses you can practice in a chair to keep the blood flowing and get a little workout in as well,\" explains Gabrielle Benoit, a yoga and pilates instructor and founder of Core Club LA in Los Angeles to
Fitness Magazine<\/a>.
\r\n
These chair-friendly yoga poses <\/a>will stretch tense muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated \u2013 and ready for a day of travel." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Strike a Pose, Get Wellness", "field_description_1": "Strike a Pose in Your Pajamas<\/strong>
\r\nGood news for yogis and sleep enthusiasts alike - there may be huge benefits to sneak in some yoga while still in bed<\/strong>. \u201cPeople underestimate the power of those few minutes before we get out of bed and rush into our day,\u201d says Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of Boston\u2019s Health Yoga Life. \u201cIn those moments, we can set up some clear intentions and choices,\u201d she explained to the
Huff Post<\/a>.
\r\nTo get your namaste on<\/strong> before a night's rest, try
Savasana<\/a>, also known as final relaxation. Lie down on your back, stretching your arms and legs out to the sides. Allow your feet to flop open and your fingers to relax. Close your eyes, move your face and jaw around, and take a few long breaths in and out through the nose. Stay in this pose until you feel all of your travel stress start to slip out of your body.
\r\nYoga As Part of A Wellness Vacation<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking make yoga a central part of your vacation, you\u2019d do well to make it part of a whole
wellness vacation experience<\/a>, such as those offered at Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s Wellness Suites<\/a>.
\r\nNot only can you get in some yoga in the privacy of your own suite with the complementary \u201cAwe Sports Kit,\u201d complete with a yoga mat, jump rope, and dumbbells, but eating healthy is a breeze with a heart healthy menu and gluten-free meals, available 24 hours a day via complimentary 24-hour room service.
\r\nIn addition to the property\u2019s state-of-the-art gymnasiums and stellar lineup of fitness activities including yoga, CrossFit-style classes, traditional spinning and Pilates, guests staying in the suites can also participate in aqua spinning with a private instructor in private wellness pools directly adjacent to the rooms." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.988762", "field_longitude": "-86.8315387" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_21.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_46.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_26.jpg", "alt": "Yoga Girl Pose", "title": "girl-yoga-room.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20yoga.jpg", "alt": "Yoga Girl Pose", "title": "girl-yoga-room.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "148", "title": "Spectator Sports in Cancun and the Riviera Maya", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/spectator-sports-cancun-and-riviera-maya", "field_title_highlighted": "Spectator Sports ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, and More", "field_description_1": "Everyone knows about the sun and fun in Cancun, but there is also a vibrant sports scene. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-12-01 00:00:00", "body": "Every now and then you might fancy a break from the enticing waters and pristine beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. Shocking, I know, but maybe all you need is a touch of athletic competition to \u201cre-energize paradise\u201d and wake up the sports fan within.
\r\nYou could take in any in a game or match from any of
Palace Resorts<\/a> or Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s<\/a> multitude of sports bars, but if you feel like getting a taste of real life sporting action in the flesh it\u2019s time to go exploring.
\r\nHere are some options that will have you jumping out of your seat and cheering along with the rest of the discerning spectators.
\r\nSoccer. <\/strong>First of all don\u2019t ever call it \u201csoccer\u201d: In Mexico it is \u2013and always will be\u2013 f\u00fatbol<\/em>, and a lot of people take it as seriously as religion over here. Experience the passion for the game at one of
Atlante F.C.<\/a>\u2019s matches, played at Cancun\u2019s Estadio Andr\u00e9s Quintana Roo, a venue that seats 17,000-plus fans of the Potros de Hierro (Iron Colts).
\r\nAtlante is one of the original teams that started professional football in this country back in 1943, and they\u2019ve become Cancun\u2019s emblematic franchise ever since they relocated from Mexico City in 2007\u2026The same year in which they also conquered their third league title, by the way.
\r\nBaseball<\/strong>. Another historic team that moved to Cancun in 2007 is
Tigres de Quintana Roo<\/a> (formerly Tigres del M\u00e9xico, based in Mexico City). The franchise has added three Liga Mexicana titles to its grand total of 12 since the relocation, and stands as Mexico\u2019s second all-time winningest squad behind its perennial rivals, Mexico City\u2019s Diablos Rojos.
\r\nTigres calls Estadio Beto \u00c1vila its home, and a nice home it is, too: 9,000 seats with splendid views, plenty of cold beer, delicious food, a passionate fan base, and the antics of beloved mascot, Chacho The Tiger, make any game a memorable one. Want another good reason to hit the ballpark? The current owner of Tigres is legendary Mexican MLB All-Star Fernando Valenzuela.
\r\nBasketball<\/strong>. Alas, Pioneros de Quintana Roo had to take a year off from the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) due to problems with the lease of its arena. No problem, we can still provide you with a heapin\u2019 helping of hoops in the form of the long-running
Cancun Challenge<\/a>, a yearly tournament featuring eight NCAA Division I teams that takes place around the month of September. 
\r\nGolf<\/strong>. If your taste in sports shies away from the vociferous crowds and veers more towards some polite clapping after a good shot, the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> might be just what you\u2019re looking for. This tournament became the first ever PGA TOUR event ever contested outside the United States and Canada back in 2007, and it\u2019s now a yearly staple that gathers 132 pros competing for a $7,000,000+ USD purse.
\r\nThe Greg Norman-designed course is nothing to sneeze at, either, and the balmier November weather makes this a deeply enjoyable experience for the spectator.
\r\nTriathlon<\/strong>. Why root for a team when you can do the same thing for a whole bunch of individuals, all in pursuit of completing a spectacular athletic feat? While you just missed the
IRONMAN Cozumel<\/a> in November, it\u2019s not too early to book a room at Cozumel Palace<\/a> and witness the mettle of competitors trying to finish the ever-competitive IRONMAN 70.3<\/a> in September 2018.
\r\nNeed more? Maybe you want to catch a nice tennis game between upcoming talents, cheer for the beach volleyball players that weave their magic in the sand, or just take in the surfers as they carve the waves with their boards. The cool thing about Cancun and the Mayan Riviera is that there\u2019s always something sporty going on. Ask your
Palace Resorts<\/a> staff members about up and coming events and matches, they\u2019ll gladly share their personal recommendations and point you in the right direction. After all\u2026 We\u2019re all fans here, aren\u2019t we? 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20sports%20cancun%20.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "First of all don\u2019t ever call it \u201csoccer:\u201d In Mexico it is \u2013and always will be\u2013 f\u00fatbol, and a lot of people take it as seriously as religion over here. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

Every now and then you might fancy a break from the enticing waters and pristine beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. Shocking, I know, but maybe all you need is a touch of athletic competition to \u201cre-energize paradise\u201d and wake up the sports fan within.
\r\nYou could take in any in a game or match from any of
Palace Resorts<\/a> or Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s<\/a> multitude of sports bars, but if you feel like getting a taste of real life sporting action in the flesh it\u2019s time to go exploring.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "It's Futbol, Not Football", "field_description_1": "

Soccer. <\/strong>First of all don\u2019t ever call it \u201csoccer\u201d: In Mexico it is \u2013and always will be\u2013 f\u00fatbol<\/em>, and a lot of people take it as seriously as religion over here. Experience the passion for the game at one of Atlante F.C.<\/a>\u2019s matches, played at Cancun\u2019s Estadio Andr\u00e9s Quintana Roo, a venue that seats 17,000-plus fans of the Potros de Hierro (Iron Colts).
\r\nAtlante is one of the original teams that started professional football in this country back in 1943, and they\u2019ve become Cancun\u2019s emblematic franchise ever since they relocated from Mexico City in 2007\u2026The same year in which they also conquered their third league title, by the way.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Goin' Batty", "field_description_1": "Baseball<\/strong>. Another historic team that moved to Cancun in 2007 is
Tigres de Quintana Roo<\/a> (formerly Tigres del M\u00e9xico, based in Mexico City). The franchise has added three Liga Mexicana titles to its grand total of 12 since the relocation, and stands as Mexico\u2019s second all-time winningest squad behind its perennial rivals, Mexico City\u2019s Diablos Rojos.
\r\nTigres calls Estadio Beto \u00c1vila its home, and a nice home it is, too: 9,000 seats with splendid views, plenty of cold beer, delicious food, a passionate fan base, and the antics of beloved mascot, Chacho The Tiger, make any game a memorable one. Want another good reason to hit the ballpark? The current owner of Tigres is legendary Mexican MLB All-Star Fernando Valenzuela." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Rest of the Best", "field_description_1": "Golf<\/strong>. If your taste in sports shies away from the vociferous crowds and veers more towards some polite clapping after a good shot, the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> might be just what you\u2019re looking for. This tournament became the first ever PGA TOUR event ever contested outside the United States and Canada back in 2007, and it\u2019s now a yearly staple that gathers 132 pros competing for a $7,000,000+ USD purse.
\r\nThe Greg Norman-designed course is nothing to sneeze at, either, and the balmier November weather makes this a deeply enjoyable experience for the spectator.
\r\nIf you prefer
Jack Nicklaus signature<\/a> golf courses, then you'll want to be in Cancun in April to watch Mexico's greatest ever golfer and former top ranked player in the LPGA Lorena Ochoa<\/a> as she hosts her fifth annual charity tournament at Moon Palace  Spa and Golf Club<\/a>. 
\r\nTriathlon<\/strong>. Why root for a team when you can do the same thing for a whole bunch of individuals, all in pursuit of completing a spectacular athletic feat? While you just missed the
IRONMAN Cozumel<\/a> in November, it\u2019s not too early to book a room at Cozumel Palace<\/a> and witness the mettle of competitors trying to finish the ever-competitive IRONMAN 70.3<\/a> in September 2018.
\r\nNeed more? Maybe you want to catch a nice tennis game between upcoming talents, cheer for the beach volleyball players that weave their magic in the sand, or just take in the surfers as they carve the waves with their boards. The cool thing about Cancun and the Mayan Riviera is that there\u2019s always something sporty going on. Ask your
Palace Resorts<\/a> staff members about up and coming events and matches, they\u2019ll gladly share their personal recommendations and point you in the right direction. After all\u2026 We\u2019re all fans here, aren\u2019t we? " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.150715", "field_longitude": "-86.840368" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20sports%20cancun_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumnail%20sports%20cancun.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20sports%20cancun%20B.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/%20last%20mobile%20sports%20cancun.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "145", "title": "Malls, Flea Markets, and More Great Shopping in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/shopping\/top-places-shop-cancun-riviera-maya", "field_title_highlighted": "Malls, Flea Markets, and More", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "From Open-Air Markets, To Luxurious Malls, To Inside Resorts, Shopping Rules in Cancun", "field_description_1": "Holiday shopping anyone? There's scarcely a better destination than Cancun and Riviera Maya for a buying extravaganza. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20shopping%20A.jpg", "alt": "Mexican handcraft plates", "title": "mexican-handcraft-plates.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20shopping%20.jpg", "alt": "Mexican handcraft plates", "title": "mexican-handcraft-plates.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Carol Ruth Weber", "field_date": "2017-11-30 00:00:00", "body": "Whether staying in the hotel zone or expanding your trip to visit Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, Cancun is a wonderful destination to soak up the local flavor with some shopping fun.
\r\nThe best places for shopping in Cancun offer everything from the opportunity to take home a little taste of your Mexican experience, to the latest tech gadgets or fashionable garb, as you enjoy sun-drenched days and cool nights. Leave the scarves at home.
\r\nVisitors will find added joy as they hunt for the Mexican treasures of Taxco sterling silver, Mayan art, and lovely handmade blankets, in some of the most unique shops in the hemisphere.
\r\nDiscover true excitement in the shopping excursions that beckon you when traveling to Riviera Maya. From luxurious malls to delightful street options, and sometimes even within resorts like The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/strong>, Cancun presents a wonderful chance for fulfilling your shopping fancies.\r\n

Getting Your Haggle On<\/h3>\r\nMercado 28<\/strong>
\r\nThis immense downtown Cancun marketplace, also known as Market 28<\/strong>, is a wonderful spot for you to bargain for souvenirs with local vendors. As you enjoy shopping for silver, pottery, and woven delights take a moment to savor a taste of the local culinary fare on offer.
\r\nCoral Negro Flea Market<\/strong>
\r\nCoral Negro<\/strong> is also a perfect place to practice your bargaining prowess. Here, you can continue your search for gifts silver jewelry, ceramics, Mexican fashions, and more. Take a break to grab a bite of the native flavor.
\r\nIsla Mujeres and Cozumel Street Markets<\/strong>
\r\nEnjoy a stroll in the colorful downtown
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and haggle<\/a> over Caribbean-flavored artful jewelry and d\u00e9cor crafted from coral and shells. Bring cash just in case your merchant does not accept credit.
\r\n
Cozumel<\/a> is a popular destination, not only for its beauty and lively water sports fun but also for great shopping. Stroll the waterfront, from San Miguel\u2019s Plaza del Sol into town, for silver jewelry, ceramics, leather, clothing, artwork, and more. Bargaining will find you negotiating lower prices, especially as you wander further away from where the cruise ships are docked.\r\n\r\n

Mall Shopping in Cancun\u2019s Hotel Zone<\/h3>\r\nLa Isla Shopping Village<\/strong>
\r\n
La Isla Shopping Village<\/a> is an open-air mall complete with Interactive Aquarium, movie theater, and an array of food establishments. For the young at heart, , there is a fountain of waterspouts to play in, as well as breathtaking views to gaze upon at sunset.
\r\nKukulcan Plaza<\/strong>
\r\nGet your exclusive high-end shopping needs met visiting
Kukulcan Plaza<\/a>. Between shopping sprees at luxury stores enjoy a bite at a nice restaurant. Take a moment to visit the Tequila Museum, and enjoy various performances often seen at this mall.  
\r\nPlaza Caracol<\/strong>
\r\n
Plaza Caracol<\/a> is another option filled with Mexican flavor and a variety of souvenir shops and jewelry stores. Great for gifts.
\r\nIf you are looking for the cr\u00e8me de la cr\u00e8me of items however, you might not have to leave your resort at all. High-end, all-inclusive resorts offer amazing shopping opportunities as well.
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> has a wonderful shopping and dining area, larger than many of Cancun\u2019s malls. Shop to your heart\u2019s content, buying essentials and gifts, including jewelry, without leaving the premises.  \r\n\r\n

Splurge on 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen<\/h3>\r\nLess than an hour down the coast from Cancun is the shopping mecca of Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue, in Playa del Carmen. This predominantly pedestrian walkway consists of approximately 22 blocks of retail therapy starting at the Cozumel Ferry Pier and Playacar Palace<\/a> running through the town center, and beyond. You will be sure to find all your shopping desires met, from local wants to mall favorites.
\r\nThere is a wealth of other activities to enjoy as you shop 5th Avenue. Restaurants and bars add to the fun. After a day of shopping, dance the night away at a nightclub open until dawn. Stop at the aquarium in Plaza Corazon to see the local marine life. There is even a small Mayan ruin to see between 12th and 14th Street.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20shopping.jpg", "alt": "Mexican handcrafts", "title": "mexican-handcrafts.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%3Amobile%20shopping%20.jpg", "alt": "Mexican handcrafts", "title": "mexican-handcrafts.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_42.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Handcrafted ceramis skulls shops", "title": "mexican-Handcrafted-ceramis-skulls-shops.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_37.jpg", "alt": "Mexican handcrafted ceramic mask", "title": "mexican-handcrafted-ceramic-mask.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "The best places for shopping in Cancun offer everything from the opportunity to take home a little taste of your Mexican experience, to the latest tech gadgets or fashionable garb, as you enjoy sun-drenched days and cool nights.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Carol Ruth Weber<\/h4>\r\nWhether staying in the hotel zone or expanding your trip to visit Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, Cancun is a wonderful destination to soak up the local flavor with some shopping fun.
\r\nVisitors will find added joy as they hunt for the Mexican treasures of Taxco sterling silver, Mayan art, and lovely handmade blankets, in some of the most unique shops in the hemisphere. 
\r\nDiscover true excitement in the shopping excursions that beckon you when traveling to Riviera Maya. From luxurious malls to delightful street options, and sometimes even within resorts like
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, Cancun presents a wonderful chance for fulfilling your shopping fancies." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Taking It To The Street", "field_description_1": "Mercado 28<\/strong>
\r\nThis immense downtown Cancun marketplace, also known as Market 28<\/strong>, is a wonderful spot for you to bargain for souvenirs with local vendors. As you enjoy shopping for silver, pottery, and woven delights take a moment to savor a taste of the local culinary fare on offer.
\r\nCoral Negro Flea Market<\/strong>
\r\nCoral Negro<\/strong> is also a perfect place to practice your bargaining prowess. Here, you can continue your search for gifts silver jewelry, ceramics, Mexican fashions, and more. Take a break to grab a bite of the native flavor.
\r\nIsla Mujeres and Cozumel Street Markets<\/strong>
\r\nEnjoy a stroll in the colorful downtown
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and haggle<\/a> over Caribbean-flavored artful jewelry and d\u00e9cor crafted from coral and shells. Bring cash just in case your merchant does not accept credit.
\r\n
Cozumel<\/a> is a popular destination, not only for its beauty and lively water sports fun but also for great shopping. Stroll the waterfront, from San Miguel\u2019s Plaza del Sol into town, for silver jewelry, ceramics, leather, clothing, artwork, and more. Bargaining will find you negotiating lower prices, especially as you wander further away from where the cruise ships are docked.
\r\n " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Ready For The Mall", "field_description_1": "La Isla Shopping Village<\/strong>
\r\n
La Isla Shopping Village<\/a> is an open-air mall complete with Interactive Aquarium, movie theater, and an array of food establishments. For the young at heart, , there is a fountain of waterspouts to play in, as well as breathtaking views to gaze upon at sunset.
\r\nKukulcan Plaza<\/strong>
\r\nGet your exclusive high-end shopping needs met visiting
Kukulcan Plaza<\/a>. Between shopping sprees at luxury stores enjoy a bite at a nice restaurant. Take a moment to visit the Tequila Museum, and enjoy various performances often seen at this mall.
\r\nPlaza Caracol<\/strong>
\r\n
Plaza Caracol<\/a> is another option filled with Mexican flavor and a variety of souvenir shops and jewelry stores. Great for gifts.
\r\nIf you are looking for the cr\u00e8me de la cr\u00e8me of items however, you might not have to leave your resort at all. High-end, all-inclusive resorts offer amazing shopping opportunities as well.
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a> has a wonderful shopping and dining area, larger than many of Cancun\u2019s malls. Shop to your heart\u2019s content, buying essentials and gifts, including jewelry, without leaving the premises.  " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Splurge on 5th Avenue", "field_description_1": "

Playa del Carmen<\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Less than an hour down the coast from Cancun is the shopping mecca of Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue, in Playa del Carmen. This predominantly pedestrian walkway consists of approximately 22 blocks of retail therapy starting at the Cozumel Ferry Pier and Playacar Palace<\/a> running through the town center, and beyond. You will be sure to find all your shopping desires met, from local wants to mall favorites.
\r\nThere is a wealth of other activities to enjoy as you shop 5th Avenue. Restaurants and bars add to the fun. After a day of shopping, dance the night away at a nightclub open until dawn. Stop at the aquarium in Plaza Corazon to see the local marine life. There is even a small Mayan ruin to see between 12th and 14th Street. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1342111", "field_longitude": "-86.7628875" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%3Amobile%20shopping%20_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20shopping.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20shopping%20B.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Handcrafted ceramis skulls", "title": "mexican-Handcrafted-ceramis-skulls.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20shopping%20%20copy.jpg", "alt": "Mexican Handcrafted ceramis skulls", "title": "mexican-Handcrafted-ceramis-skulls.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "144", "title": "6 Caribbean Desserts to Dine For", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/food\/6-caribbean-desserts-dine", "field_title_highlighted": "6 Caribbean Desserts ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Renowned Chefs, Locally Sourced Ingredients, and Other Dessert Goodies on Your Next Trip", "field_description_1": "The increasing popularity of foodie tourism means an explosion of flavor in a variety of desserts on your next Mexican or Caribbean getaway. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20a%20dessert.jpg", "alt": "Caribbean desserts", "title": "caribbean-desserts.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20dessert%20A.jpg", "alt": "Caribbean desserts", "title": "caribbean-desserts.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Clarissa Buch", "field_date": "2017-11-30 00:00:00", "body": "Vacationing in the Caribbean or Mexico is all about indulgence. From pristine beaches and luxurious spa treatments to round-the-clock activities and entertainment, let your tropical getaway serve as an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new lifestyle.
\r\nNot sure where to start? Once you arrive, visit the nearest restaurant and turn your focus to dessert! The best way to get acquainted with regions across the Caribbean and Mexico is to savor some of their most distinct flavor and texture combinations.
\r\nFrom deep-fried dough to coconut tarts, spicy chocolate, and alcohol-infused coffee, here are six must-try desserts during your next trip abroad.   \r\n

Bonbons and More<\/h1>\r\nWith Antonio Bachour<\/a> at the helm of Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 pastry program, cuisine at these all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Jamaica includes a selection of artistically-driven gourmet desserts.
\r\nHighlights range from berry and cream cake and filled bonbons, to lemon tarts and a spin on s\u2019mores with caramelized bananas. While desserts are in constant rotation, each of Bachour's desserts features brightly-colored ingredients, creams, and garnishes, creating more than just a well-tasting treat.\r\n

Churros <\/h1>\r\nChurros, in which hand-held pieces of dough are deep-fried and smothered in sugar and cinnamon, are one of the most popular Mexican sweets. Marked by a golden and crisp outer shell with a moist center, the dessert is often served with creams and dips like dulce de leche or Nutella.
\r\nAcceptable during every meal, savor a basket of sweet dough during breakfast, lunch, or dinner in most Mexican restaurants and hotels, including
Palace Resorts<\/a> which offers five-star travel experiences in Mexico and Jamaica. \r\n\r\n

Gizzada<\/h1>\r\nThe gizzada is one of Jamaica\u2019s most beloved<\/a> desserts. Nicknamed \u201cpinch-me-round,\u201d the treat is filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. Each serving is bounded by a pinched, Graham cracker-like shell and topped with baked coconut shavings. In addition to the gizzada, coconut is found in a variety of Jamaican desserts including candies, tarts, rolls, and breads.\r\n\r\n

Mexican Brownie <\/h1>\r\nLet's just say, this isn\u2019t the kind of brownie you\u2019d find in an American market. Spiked with ground chili pepper and dusted with cinnamon, opt for a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream on top. While you\u2019re at it, ask for a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, which is made with cocoa, cinnamon, and chilies. These two rich and semi-bitter desserts know how to pack a punch. If you don't see a brownie on the menu, settle on a different item that incorporates Mexican chocolate instead. \r\n\r\n

Flan<\/h1>\r\nAs one of the most widespread desserts across Latin America, each region offers a distinct variation to the otherwise moist, sticky, and sweet cake. From a blend of vanilla bean, cinnamon, and lemon, to others flavored with mango, chocolate, and pumpkin, flan features a smooth and creamy texture with a noticeably rich taste. \r\n\r\n

Mayan Coffee<\/h1>\r\nComparable to Irish coffee, Mayan coffee is traditionally made by blending an exotic liqueur called Xtabent\u00fan with a dark java brew. The uniquely Mexican liqueur is made from a specific honey which bees extract from xtabent\u00fan flowers in the Yucatan Peninsula. The liquid is then distilled with anise seed and rum, creating a sweet and spicy flavor that harmoniously blends with coffee. Luckily, Palace Resorts<\/a> specializes in this after-dinner drink, which pairs deliciously with a traditional flan. 
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20dessert%20A.jpeg", "alt": "The gizzada is one of Jamaica\u2019s most beloved desserts", "title": "gizzada-is-one-of-Jamaicas-most-beloved-desserts.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%3Amobile%20dessert.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20left.jpeg", "alt": "The most famous caribbean desserts", "title": "the-most-famous-caribbean-desserts.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20right%20dessert%20churros.jpeg", "alt": "Churros are one of the most popular Mexican sweets", "title": "churros-are-one-of-the-most-popular-mexican-sweets.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "From deep-fried dough to coconut tarts, spicy chocolate, and alcohol-infused coffee, here are six must-try desserts during your next trip abroad. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Taste the Caribbean and Mexico With These 6 Tropical Desserts", "field_description_1": "

By Clarissa Buch<\/h4>\r\nVacationing in the Caribbean or Mexico is all about indulgence. From pristine beaches and luxurious spa treatments to round-the-clock activities and entertainment, let your tropical getaway serve as an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new lifestyle.
\r\nNot sure where to start? Once you arrive, visit the nearest restaurant and turn your focus to dessert! The best way to get acquainted with regions across the Caribbean and Mexico is to savor some of their most distinct flavor and texture combinations." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Bonbons and More", "field_description_1": "

With Antonio Bachour<\/a> at the helm of Palace Resorts<\/a>\u2019 pastry program, cuisine at these all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Jamaica includes a selection of artistically-driven gourmet desserts.
\r\nHighlights range from berry and cream cake and filled bonbons, to lemon tarts and a spin on s\u2019mores with caramelized bananas. While desserts are in constant rotation, each of Bachour's desserts features brightly-colored ingredients, creams, and garnishes, creating more than just a well-tasting treat.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "The Classics", "field_description_1": "

Churros <\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Churros, in which hand-held pieces of dough are deep-fried and smothered in sugar and cinnamon, are one of the most popular Mexican sweets. Marked by a golden and crisp outer shell with a moist center, the dessert is often served with creams and dips like dulce de leche or Nutella.
\r\nAcceptable during every meal, savor a basket of sweet dough during breakfast, lunch, or dinner in most Mexican restaurants and hotels, including
Palace Resorts<\/a> which offers five-star travel experiences in Mexico and Jamaica. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Gizzada<\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

The gizzada is one of Jamaica\u2019s most beloved<\/a> desserts. Nicknamed \u201cpinch-me-round,\u201d the treat is filled with a spiced and sweetened coconut cream. Each serving is bounded by a pinched, Graham cracker-like shell and topped with baked coconut shavings. In addition to the gizzada, coconut is found in a variety of Jamaican desserts including candies, tarts, rolls, and breads.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Mexican Masterpieces", "field_description_1": "

Mexican Brownie <\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Let's just say, this isn\u2019t the kind of brownie you\u2019d find in an American market. Spiked with ground chili pepper and dusted with cinnamon, opt for a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream on top. While you\u2019re at it, ask for a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, which is made with cocoa, cinnamon, and chilies. These two rich and semi-bitter desserts know how to pack a punch. If you don't see a brownie on the menu, settle on a different item that incorporates Mexican chocolate instead. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Flan<\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

As one of the most widespread desserts across Latin America, each region offers a distinct variation to the otherwise moist, sticky, and sweet cake. From a blend of vanilla bean, cinnamon, and lemon, to others flavored with mango, chocolate, and pumpkin, flan features a smooth and creamy texture with a noticeably rich taste. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Mayan Coffee<\/strong><\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Comparable to Irish coffee, Mayan coffee is traditionally made by blending an exotic liqueur called Xtabent\u00fan with a dark java brew. The uniquely Mexican liqueur is made from a specific honey which bees extract from xtabent\u00fan flowers in the Yucatan Peninsula. The liquid is then distilled with anise seed and rum, creating a sweet and spicy flavor that harmoniously blends with coffee. Luckily, Palace Resorts<\/a> specializes in this after-dinner drink, which pairs deliciously with a traditional flan. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1252", "field_longitude": "-86.7551487" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumbnail%3Amobile%20dessert_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20desserts%20A.jpg", "alt": "Caribbean famous desserts", "title": "caribbean-famous-desserts.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20desserts.jpeg", "alt": "Caribbean famous desserts", "title": "caribbean-famous-desserts.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "142", "title": "Cozy Cocktails, Berry Bouquets and Other Winter Wedding Trends", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/romance\/5-winter-destination-wedding-trends-nuptial-bliss", "field_title_highlighted": "Cozy Cocktails, Berry Bouquets", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Original Menus, Customized Cocktails, Getting Colorful, and More", "field_description_1": "Why should summer have a lock on amazing weddings, when winter is always cooler!" }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20detail%20winter%20weddings.jpg", "alt": "Couple dancing in their wedding on the caribbean", "title": "couple-dancing-in-their-wedding-on-the-caribbean.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20winter%20weddings.jpeg", "alt": "Couple dancing in their wedding on the caribbean", "title": "couple-dancing-in-their-wedding-on-the-caribbean.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-11-28 00:00:00", "body": "Winter will soon be upon us and with it a flurry of couples who are embracing the season for their own special day in the Caribbean. After all, why should summer have a lock on amazing weddings?
\r\nIn winter there\u2019s less competition for guests\u2019 schedules and venues, not to mention the season offers some gorgeous backdrops<\/strong> when you decide to head for the tropics to tie the knot.
\r\nFrom berry-filled bouquets to deliciously cozy cocktails, we\u2019ve got you covered with 5 Winter Wedding Trends to help you have the Caribbean winter wedding of your dreams.
\r\nAdd Some Personality to Your Menu<\/strong>
\r\nWhen planning your wedding menu, you may want to keep the standard go-to chicken or salmon off the list. Instead, experts say replacing boring wedding fare with new and exciting dishes<\/strong> is on trend for winter weddings. \u201cCouples are way more educated and adventurous with their menus,\u201d says Carla Ruben, president and creative director of Creative Edge Parties to
Vogue<\/a>. \u201cThis creates a version of tapas or tasting menus that are specifically curated around their personal experiences together.\u201d
\r\nWinterize your Bouquet<\/strong>
\r\nWhile roses and lilies often pop in our head when we think of traditional wedding flowers, why not infuse winter accents to your bouquet<\/strong> instead? If you step outside the wedding flower box, you'll find a variety of options for winter blooms including hydrangeas, camellias and even poinsettias.
\r\nBerry-inspired touches, like curly willow, eucalyptus and pepper berries, are also on trend for winter wedding bouquets \u2013 not to mention they can add serious dimension to even the simplest bouquets.
\r\nWhen tying the knot at
Palace Resorts<\/a>, floral arrangements are made easy as you can pick from a varied collection<\/a> and choose the theme that speaks to your vision. From serene cream-colored motifs, to lush earthy-themed arrangements, to grand traditional rose displays with elegant accents, you\u2019ll be sure to find the flowers that fit your special day.
\r\nTouches of Topiaries<\/strong>
\r\nPantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, has found its way into many couple's
wedding color schemes<\/a> this year-and what better way to jump on this trend than by adding more greenery<\/strong> to your reception space? Not only do experts say incorporating foliage is more affordable than florals, but the sky is also the limit in terms of color, height, and type of tree.
\r\n\u201cFor lush event focal points, we love combining potted plants and trees at varied heights to create a dense, overgrown look,\u201d expert floral designer Kalena Patton explains to
Brides <\/a>magazine. 
\r\nIf you\u2019re planning a destination wedding, you can make Greenery work for you by customizing your decor with tropical flare.
\r\nInfuse Pops of Color<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s no rule that says you have to stick with soft, muted hues when having a winter wedding. Instead, take inspiration from your locale<\/strong> and play off the wide array of brilliant colors of the Caribbean to add a colorful touch to your wedding decor.
\r\nAt Palace Resorts, the
color options run the whole spectrum<\/a> with everything from Nautical (blue) to Romantic Red (runway red), Exotic Peacock (turquoise), Lavender Luxe, and Sultry Sunset (orange and pink), to ensure you find the perfect color accents for your big day.
\r\nReinvent Your Bar<\/strong>
\r\nJust because your Caribbean winter wedding<\/strong> will be sans snow, doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t indulge your guests in the warm comforts of winter. Skip the typical tropical libations and kick your winter wedding cocktail hour up a notch by serving up white hot chocolate and rum in small espresso cups and spiked eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. Bring in the experts at Palace Resorts and have them create their season special \u2013 Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail.
\r\nIngredientes:<\/strong>
\r\n1.5oz de bourbon
\r\n\u00bd oz cinnamon liquor
\r\n\u00bd oz triple sec
\r\n2 oz apple juice
\r\nIce
\r\nAniseed
\r\nSlice of orange
\r\nCinnamon stick
\r\nShake Well!<\/strong>
\r\n 
\r\nAnd because sometimes all we need is
a good cup of coffee <\/a>(especially for those sunrise weddings!), why not add a coffee station, too?\r\n

 \r\n
\r\n
 <\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20gallery%20winter%20weddings%20copy%20A.jpg", "alt": "Wedding table decoration with winter trends", "title": "wedding-table-decoration-with-winter-trends.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20winter%20weddings.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20a.jpg", "alt": "Wedding menu ideas for winter weddings", "title": "wedding-menu-ideas-for-winter-weddings.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right.JPG", "alt": "Wedding cocktail ideas in winter wedding season", "title": "Wedding-cocktail-ideas-in-winter-wedding-season.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "From berry-filled bouquets to deliciously cozy cocktails, we\u2019ve got you covered with 5 Winter Wedding Trends to help you have the Caribbean winter wedding of your dreams.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

Winter will soon be upon us and with it a flurry of couples that are embracing the season for their own special day in the Caribbean. After all, why should summer have a lock on amazing weddings?
\r\nIn winter there\u2019s less competition for guests\u2019 schedules and venues, not to mention the season offers some gorgeous backdrops<\/strong> when you decide to head for the tropics to tie the knot.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Add Some Personality to Your Menu", "field_description_1": "When planning your wedding menu, you may want to keep the standard go-to chicken or salmon off the list. Instead, experts say replacing boring wedding fare with new and exciting dishes<\/strong> is on trend for winter weddings. \u201cCouples are way more educated and adventurous with their menus,\u201d said Carla Ruben, president and creative director of Creative Edge Parties to
Vogue<\/a>. \u201cThis creates a version of tapas or tasting menus that are specifically curated around their personal experiences together.\u201d" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Winterize your Bouquet<\/strong>
\r\nWhile roses and lilies often pop in our head when we think of traditional wedding flowers, why not infuse winter accents to your bouquet<\/strong> instead? If you step outside the wedding flower box, you'll find a variety of options for winter blooms including hydrangeas, camellias and even poinsettias.
\r\nBerry-inspired touches, like curly willow, eucalyptus and pepper berries, are also on trend for winter wedding bouquets \u2013 not to mention they can add serious dimension to even the simplest bouquets.
\r\nWhen tying the knot at
Palace Resorts<\/a>, floral arrangements are made easy as you can pick from a varied collection<\/a> and choose the theme that speaks to your vision. From serene cream-colored motifs, to lush earthy-themed arrangements, and grand traditional rose displays with elegant accents, you\u2019ll be sure to find the flowers that fit your special day.
\r\nTouches of Topiaries<\/strong>
\r\nPantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, has found its way into many couple's
wedding color schemes<\/a> this year-and what better way to jump on this trend than by adding more greenery<\/strong> to your reception space? Not only do experts say incorporating foliage is more affordable than florals, but the sky is also the limit in terms of color, height, and type of tree.
\r\n\u201cFor lush event focal points, we love combining potted plants and trees at varied heights to create a dense, overgrown look,\u201d explained expert floral designer Kalena Patton to
Brides <\/a>magazine. 
\r\nIf you\u2019re planning a destination wedding, you can make Greenery work for you by customizing your decor with tropical flair." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Infuse Pops of Color<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s no rule that says you have to stick with soft, muted hues when having a winter wedding. Instead, take inspiration from your locale<\/strong> and play off the wide array of brilliant colors of the Caribbean to add a colorful touch to your wedding decor.
\r\nAt Palace Resorts, the
color options run the whole spectrum<\/a> with everything from Nautical (blue) to Romantic Red (runway red), Exotic Peacock (turquoise), Lavender Luxe, and Sultry Sunset (orange and pink), to ensure you find the perfect color accents for your big day.
\r\nReinvent Your Bar<\/strong>
\r\nJust because your Caribbean winter wedding<\/strong> will be sans snow, doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t indulge your guests in the warm comforts of winter. Skip the typical tropical libations and kick your winter wedding cocktail hour up a notch by serving up white hot chocolate and rum in small espresso cups and spiked eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. Bring in the experts at Palace Resorts and have them create their season special \u2013 Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail.
\r\nIngredients:<\/strong>
\r\n1.5oz de bourbon
\r\n\u00bd oz cinnamon liquor
\r\n\u00bd oz triple sec
\r\n2 oz apple juice
\r\nIce
\r\nAniseed
\r\nSlice of orange
\r\nCinnamon stick
\r\nShake Well!<\/strong>
\r\nAnd because sometimes all we need is
a good cup of coffee <\/a>(especially for those sunrise weddings!), why not add a coffee station, too?\r\n

 <\/div>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9887752", "field_longitude": "-86.8389767" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%3Amobile%20winter%20weddings_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20winter%20weddings.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20banner%20winter%20weddingns.jpg", "alt": "Winter wedding trends in an all inclusive hotel in the caribbean", "title": "winter-wedding-trends-in-an-all-inclusive-hotel-in-the-caribbean.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20winter%20weddings.jpg", "alt": "Winter wedding trends in an all inclusive hotel in the caribbean", "title": "winter-wedding-trends-in-an-all-inclusive-hotel-in-the-caribbean.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "139", "title": "Destination Weddings, Hurricanes Boost Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/destination-weddings-hurricanes-boost-cancun", "field_title_highlighted": "Destination Weddings,", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Riviera Maya Enjoys Most Tourism Growth of Americas", "field_description_1": "Travel industry reports indicate that Cancun was the strongest tourism market in the Americas this year. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article%20banner%20cancun%20rising%203_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20cancun%20rising_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Sebastian del Marmol", "field_date": "2017-11-20 00:00:00", "body": "Mexico, and Cancun specifically, continue to rise in the ranks of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, according to recent report by Euromonitor International research.
\r\n 
\r\nDespite a
historically active hurricane season in the region<\/a> (or maybe because of it, partly) and an increasingly politicized travel market, Cancun showed significant growth as it became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London event earlier this month.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cCancun is expected to be the strongest growing city in 2017 in the Americas,\u201d stated the
report<\/a>, projecting almost 6 million people will visit the city by the end of the year (a 16 percent increase compared to last year).
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a banner year for Mexico and there\u2019s been a couple of reasons for it,\u201d explained Tom Varghese of
Travel Tom<\/a>, which specializes in the Mexican tourism market.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cFirstly, the Caribbean got hit extremely hard with hurricanes and it forced travelers to look for an alternate. Many people saw Mexico and realized it offers the best breadth of product and the best quality at every price point,\u201d he explained.  
\r\n 
\r\nVarghese would go on to say that the increase in travel as a result of a flood of
destination weddings to Cancun<\/a> \u2013 a market segment he says shows no signs of leveling off anytime soon \u2013 also contributed to the overall growth.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cThe number of destination weddings far superseded what it had in previous years.  Each wedding can bring between 100 and 250 and that drives the (total) numbers way up,\u201d he explained.
\r\n 
\r\nVarghese specifically pointed to South Asian weddings, in particular
Indian weddings<\/a>, as gaining in popularity in Cancun and said that Palace Resorts<\/a> is one of few resorts that can handle large wedding parties.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cThere are only a couple of resorts that can handle (the largest) weddings, with enough space for receptions and other facilities, \u201c he said.
\r\n 
\r\nIn addition, Palace Resorts\u2019 in-house Indian chef provides a distinct advantage over competitors since they don\u2019t have to outsource to a separate caterer that has a virtual monopoly on Indian cuisine.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cHaving an in-house Indian chef drastically reduces the destination wedding price point and provides a competitive advantage over other all-inclusive resort,\u201d he said.
\r\n 
\r\nThe US continues to be the largest source market for travel to Mexico, although Europe and Asia numbers are also experiencing an uptick.
\r\n 
\r\nJennifer Doncecz, president of
VIP Vacations Inc<\/a>., isn\u2019t surprised that the US market continues to lead the way, even with some political challenges popping up this year.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cI think Americans have a short term memory!  With the amount of flight options into Cancun and amazing hotel rates, it makes it very appealing to travel to Cancun,\u201d she said.
\r\n 
\r\nShe agreed that the range of options in Cancun, especially for families looking for high-end all-inclusives, is hard to match and explained that the growth of the destination wedding market has helped Riviera Maya shed its former reputation as solely a Spring Break hotspot.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cOver the years Cancun has emerged as a destination that is perfect for honeymooners, families, and luxury travelers,\u201d Doncecz said.
\r\n 
\r\n\u201cCancun has removed themselves from their old reputation which was that Cancun was only for Spring Breakers. I believe that Cancun will continue to be a destination that is very appealing! I believe the media hype will soon fade and the true essence that this destination oozes will continue to stand out!\u201d
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Main%20Cancun%20Rising_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/cancun%20rising%20sm%20thumb%3Amobile_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20left%20cancun%20rising_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20cancun%20rising.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cCancun is expected to be the strongest growing city in 2017 in the Americas,\u201d stated the report, projecting almost 6 million people will visit the city by the end of the year (a 16 percent increase compared to last year). ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Mexico, and Cancun specifically, continue to rise in the ranks of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, according to recent report by Euromonitor International research.
\r\nDespite a
historically active hurricane season in the region<\/a> (or maybe because of it, partly) and an increasingly politicized travel market, Cancun showed significant growth as it became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the Top 100 City Destination Ranking<\/a> revealed at the World Travel Market London event earlier this month." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "\u201cIt\u2019s a banner year for Mexico and there\u2019s been a couple of reasons for it,\u201d explained Tom Varghese of Travel Tom<\/a>, which specializes in the Mexican tourism market.
\r\n\u201cFirstly, the Caribbean got hit extremely hard with hurricanes and it forced travelers to look for an alternate. Many people saw Mexico and realized it offers the best breadth of product and the best quality at every price point,\u201d he explained.
\r\nVarghese would go on to say that the increase in travel as a result of a flood of
destination weddings to Cancun<\/a> \u2013 a market segment he says shows no signs of leveling off anytime soon \u2013 also contributed to the overall growth.
\r\n\u201cThe number of destination weddings far superseded what it had in previous years.  Each wedding can bring between 100 and 250 and that drives the (total) numbers way up,\u201d he explained." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Varghese specifically pointed to South Asian weddings, in particular
Indian weddings<\/a>, as gaining in popularity in Cancun and said that Palace Resorts<\/a> is one of few resorts that can handle large wedding parties.
\r\n\u201cThere are only a couple of resorts that can handle (the largest) weddings, with enough space for receptions and other facilities, \u201c he said.
\r\nIn addition, Palace Resorts\u2019 in-house Indian chef provides a distinct advantage over competitors since they don\u2019t have to outsource to a separate caterer that has a virtual monopoly on Indian cuisine.
\r\n\u201cHaving an in-house Indian chef drastically reduces the destination wedding price point and provides a competitive advantage over other all-inclusive resort,\u201d he said.
\r\nThe US continues to be the largest source market for travel to Mexico, although Europe and Asia numbers are also experiencing an uptick." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Jennifer Doncecz, president of
VIP Vacations Inc<\/a>., isn\u2019t surprised that the US market continues to lead the way, even with some political challenges popping up this year.
\r\n\u201cI think Americans have a short term memory!  With the amount of flight options into Cancun and amazing hotel rates, it makes it very appealing to travel to Cancun,\u201d she said.
\r\nShe agreed that the range of options in Cancun, especially for families looking for high-end all-inclusives, is hard to match and explained that the growth of the destination wedding market has helped Riviera Maya shed its former reputation as solely a Spring Break hotspot.
\r\n\u201cOver the years Cancun has emerged as a destination that is perfect for honeymooners, families, and luxury travelers,\u201d Doncecz said.
\r\n\u201cCancun has removed themselves from their old reputation which was that Cancun was only for Spring Breakers. I believe that Cancun will continue to be a destination that is very appealing! I believe the media hype will soon fade and the true essence that this destination oozes will continue to stand out!\u201d" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1252", "field_longitude": "-86.7551487" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/cancun%20rising%20sm%20thumb%3Amobile_1.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumb%20cancun%20rising%202.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Article%20Detail%20Cancun%20Rising.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20cancun%20rising.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "138", "title": "Don't Miss These Black Friday\/ Cyber Monday Travel Gifts", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/lifestyle\/shopping\/5-re-gift-proof-seasonal-travel-presents", "field_title_highlighted": "Don't Miss These Black Friday", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "When You Need To Know What Are The Best Travel Gifts for Black Friday", "field_description_1": "Everything from travel bags to adaptable phone lenses to travel itself, this is what you should get to give. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/artile%20banner%20Black%20Friday.jpg", "alt": "Air photograph of jamaican beautifull beaches", "title": "Jamaican beautiful beaches" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main%20mobile%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf", "title": "Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2017-11-20 00:00:00", "body": "One of our favorite sayings is, \u201cTravel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer\u201d (this is actually written on our site). And the reason we love it so much is that it is true. It\u2019s our raison d'\u00eatre, in fact.
\r\nSo with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, we thought we\u2019d offer up some of 2017\u2019s best travel gifts that will enhance that dream vacation you and your loved ones are always envisioning. Instead of run-of-the-mill gifts that are likely tossed aside or, worse, re-gifted, these will be cherished, and more importantly, used during travel.
\r\nPick or purchase some of these goodies \u2013 or splurge on them all \u2013 and we guarantee that this year\u2019s holidays will be unforgettable for those who receive them. Plus, we kept it relatively inexpensive, so feel free to grab yourself some of these as well as giving them out as gifts.
\r\nYETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case ($34.99)<\/strong>
\r\nDespite the rather complicated name, this gadget is simple and very valuable for adventurous types who like to explore destinations they travel to but fear losing their wallet, passport, room keys, and other things you can\u2019t do without. The
YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case<\/a> provides a safe place to keep your valuables whether climbing waterfalls<\/a>, trekking on ruins<\/a>, or rising up over the tropical landscape at Mystic Mountain<\/a>, just a few minutes from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.  It\u2019s like a fanny pack without the humiliation.
\r\nOllo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set ($49.99)<\/strong>
\r\nThe days of lugging around an enormous camera with an even more burdensome lens are long gone, thankfully. But that doesn\u2019t mean we are taking fewer photos, or of lesser quality. Quite the contrary. The advent smart phones with capable cameras have led to a new era of vacation documentation (ahem, selfies!).
\r\nAnd while cameras continue to improve, the new
Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set<\/a> is the natural progression of camera phones that helps turn your amateur skills close to professional level. The set includes fisheye (think GoPro), wide-angle and macro lenses. It\u2019s light (less than 1 oz.), attaches easily to your iPhone, and the latest version comes with a tripod feature. Snap away.
\r\nSephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case ($38)<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it ladies, there\u2019s nothing like a well-constructed and organized toiletries travel bag. The Sweet Perspective Weekender Case from
Sephora<\/a> is the go-to case that is big enough for all your makeup, hair products, and travel toiletries and is divvied up just right with handy labeled compartments \u2013 perfect for keeping shampoo from leaking into your make up. 
\r\nAnother reason this bag makes the list: It\u2019s adorable strawberry face print is hard to beat.
\r\nConvertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf ($40)<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s two kinds of people in the world: The ones who go on trips with travel pillows and the rest who want to but can\u2019t get themselves to be seen with those goofy semicircles hanging around their neck in cabs, at terminals, or anywhere that isn\u2019t an airline seat. That\u2019s what makes the Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf so great \u2013 practicality and style.
\r\nThe trendy scarf comes in an array of colors and will be keep you comfortable in cooler temps. And then of course, the built-in inflatable pillow will help you get much needed ZZZs on your way to your dream destination or back home.
\r\nBlack Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals<\/strong>
\r\nGetting accessories for your dream trip is great. But getting your actual dream vacation as a gift is, well, better than just about anything. That\u2019s why you will want to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday and especially Cyber Monday<\/strong> deals that take you to Mexico, Jamaica, and anywhere your dream destination beckons.
\r\nThat\u2019s not to say we are advocating that you become the online travel version of those insane shoppers that camp outside of big box retailers hoping to get a great deal on the latest xBox or iPhone. Luckily, we know where you can get the best deals on travel to Mexico and Jamaica.
\r\nFrom Nov. 24 to Nov. 26,
Palace Resorts<\/a> is offering 55 percent off <\/a>as part of its Black Friday promotion. The same goes for Cyber Monday, with a booking window of Nov. 27 to Nov. 30. Both sales require travel before Dec. 23, 2018.
\r\nThose special go with along with Palace Resorts staples like
free stays for Kids and Teens<\/a> and $1,500 in Resort Credit<\/a> to spend on spa treatments, tours, golf, and more on all stays of 3 or more nights.
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20main%20black%20friday.jpeg", "alt": "Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set", "title": "Iphone lenses" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/black%20friday%20small%20thumb%3Amobile.jpeg", "alt": "Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf", "title": "Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Black%20Friday.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Black%20Friday.jpg", "alt": "Sephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case", "title": "Sephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case" } }, "field_description_1": "Pick or purchase some of these goodies \u2013 or splurge on them all \u2013 and we guarantee that this year\u2019s holidays will be unforgettable for those who receive them. Plus, we kept it relatively inexpensive, so feel free to grab yourself some of these as well as giving them out as gifts.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "One of our favorite sayings is, \u201cTravel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer\u201d (this is actually written on our site). And the reason we love it so much is that it is true. It\u2019s our raison d'\u00eatre, in fact.
\r\nSo with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, we thought we\u2019d offer up some of 2017\u2019s best travel gifts that will enhance that dream vacation you and your loved ones are always envisioning. Instead of run-of-the-mill gifts that are likely tossed aside or, worse, re-gifted, these will be cherished, and more importantly, used during travel." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Luggage and Lenses", "field_description_1": "YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case ($34.99)<\/strong>
\r\nDespite the rather complicated name, this gadget is simple and very valuable for adventurous types who like to explore destinations they travel to but fear losing their wallet, passport, room keys, and other things you can\u2019t do without. The
YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case<\/a> provides a safe place to keep your valuables whether climbing waterfalls<\/a>, trekking on ruins<\/a>, or rising up over the tropical landscape at Mystic Mountain<\/a>, just a few minutes from Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a>.  It\u2019s like a fanny pack without the humiliation.
\r\nOllo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set ($49.99)<\/strong>
\r\nThe days of lugging around an enormous camera with an even more burdensome lens are long gone, thankfully. But that doesn\u2019t mean we are taking fewer photos, or of lesser quality. Quite the contrary. The advent smart phones with capable cameras have led to a new era of vacation documentation (ahem, selfies!).
\r\nAnd while cameras continue to improve, the new
Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set<\/a> is the natural progression of camera phones that helps turn your amateur skills close to professional level. The set includes fisheye (think GoPro), wide-angle and macro lenses. It\u2019s light (less than 1 oz.), attaches easily to your iPhone, and the latest version comes with a tripod feature. Snap away." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Functional and Comfortable", "field_description_1": "Sephora Collections Sweet Perspective Weekender Case ($38)<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s face it ladies, there\u2019s nothing like a well-constructed and organized toiletries travel bag. The Sweet Perspective Weekender Case from
Sephora<\/a> is the go-to case that is big enough for all your makeup, hair products, and travel toiletries and is divvied up just right with handy labeled compartments \u2013 perfect for keeping shampoo from leaking into your make up. 
\r\nAnother reason this bag makes the list: It\u2019s adorable strawberry face print is hard to beat.
\r\nConvertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf ($40)<\/strong>
\r\nThere\u2019s two kinds of people in the world: The ones who go on trips with travel pillows and the rest who want to but can\u2019t get themselves to be seen with those goofy semicircles hanging around their neck in cabs, at terminals, or anywhere that isn\u2019t an airline seat. That\u2019s what makes the Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf so great \u2013 practicality and style.
\r\nThe trendy scarf comes in an array of colors and will be keep you comfortable in cooler temps. And then of course, the built-in inflatable pillow will help you get much needed ZZZs on your way to your dream destination or back home." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals", "field_description_1": "Getting accessories for your dream trip is great. But getting your actual dream vacation as a gift is, well, better than just about anything. That\u2019s why you will want to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday and especially Cyber Monday<\/strong> deals that take you to Mexico, Jamaica, and anywhere your dream destination beckons.
\r\nThat\u2019s not to say we are advocating that you become the online travel version of those insane shoppers that camp outside of big box retailers hoping to get a great deal on the latest xBox or iPhone. Luckily, we know where you can get the best deals on travel to Mexico and Jamaica.
\r\nFrom Nov. 24 to Nov. 26,
Palace Resorts<\/a> is offering 55 percent off <\/a>as part of its Black Friday promotion. The same goes for Cyber Monday, with a booking window of Nov. 27 to Nov. 30. Both sales require travel before Dec. 23, 2018.
\r\nThose special go with along with Palace Resorts' staples like
free stays for Kids and Teens<\/a> and $1,500 in Resort Credit<\/a> to spend on spa treatments, tours, golf, and more on all stays of 3 or more nights." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4033253", "field_longitude": "-77.1122313" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/black%20friday%20small%20thumb%3Amobile_0.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumb%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "YETI Hopper Sidekick Gear Case", "title": "Ready for jamaican travel" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20black%20friday.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20black%20friday.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "137", "title": "Best Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/thanksgiving-mexican-style", "field_title_highlighted": "Best Ways to Celebrate", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "More Than Just Turkey and Football When You Take In Thanksgiving in Cancun", "field_description_1": "The dining and activity options are endless when you spend Thanksgiving in the Riviera Maya.  " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20article%20banner_0.jpg", "alt": "Celebrate Thanksgiving in Cancun", "title": "celebrate-thanksgiving-in-cancun.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mex%20thanksgiving%20main%20mobile_0.jpg", "alt": "Celebrate Thanksgiving in Cancun", "title": "celebrate-thanksgiving-in-cancun.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Laura Winzeler", "field_date": "2017-11-17 00:00:00", "body": "If you\u2019re fortunate enough to be saying gracias<\/em> for your many Thanksgiving blessings while relaxing on Mexico\u2019s Riviera Maya this year, you\u2019ve really got a lot to be thankful for.
\r\nWhile your American friends back home pull out the L.L.Bean and Lands' End winter garb from deep storage, watch the same old tired parades and ball games, and slip shots of bargain bourbon into Aunt Mary\u2019s store-bought eggnog, you\u2019ll be wearing next-to-nothing sipping top-shelf tequila served poolside. 
\r\nAlthough every day feels like Thanksgiving when you\u2019re staying at an all-inclusive resort like any of the eight bountiful and beautiful
Palace Resorts<\/a> on Riviera Maya, how else might you want to stretch your legs off-property and savor your harvest-season holiday?
\r\nA Day Dedicated to Union and Gratitude<\/strong>
\r\nAlthough a decidedly American holiday, the shared border with Mexico makes it inevitable that some U.S. Thanksgiving customs would find their way south, albeit in a far more spicy and colorful manifestation. Mexicans who do choose to commemorate the day bring a religious intention into the celebrations with a focus on expressing appreciation for their many blessings. It\u2019s a day to gather with friends and family and share warm conversation and plentiful food.
\r\nThe third Monday in November is Mexico's Revolution Day (D\u00eda de la Revoluci\u00f3n), <\/em>and this year it falls on the 20th. <\/em>Most employees enjoy a day off to celebrate over special meals, parades, and fireworks. This festive atmosphere segues right into the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday three days later.
\r\nThanksgiving Meal Traditions With a Vibrant Twist<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for the traditional turkey fare, you\u2019ll find numerous restaurants in in Cancun to play gracious host to expats, vacationers, and locals.  Of course, Palace Resorts bounty of
dining options<\/a> harkens back to the most resplendent Plymouth celebration so you don\u2019t have to go anywhere to enjoy classic fare.
\r\nFeeling adventurous? Try enjoying a turkey stuffed with tamale dough and prepared in a green mole or spicy chipotle pepper sauce. You may also find the meaty star of the show is often a succulent marinated pork roast, rather than fowl.
\r\nOther foods likely to be on the menu at a Mexican Thanksgiving feast include mashed sweet potatoes with piloncillo warmed with a touch of chile de \u00e1rbol. Sip on chorizo pumpkin soup served with tortillas and hot sauce or jalape\u00f1o and cilantro cornbread in lieu of white rolls and butter.
\r\nCranberries are hard to come by; so tangy kumquat often steps in as the tart meat relish. Squash bread pudding with rum sauce and tres leches pumpkin flan adds the perfect sweet finish to cool your palate.
\r\nAn even more unique twist on Thanksgiving meal traditions will be served up, literally and figuratively, at the Chef Wars<\/strong> at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, where two chefs will have 30 minutes to cook a holiday meal with a special ingredient. Guests will be the judges and the best part is that after the competition a huge buffet will be set up for everyone to enjoy the fruits of the competition.
\r\nIndulge in Activities<\/strong>
\r\nIf the thought of going cold turkey with no football viewing on Thanksgiving gives you hives, head to The Pub or another of
Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s bars<\/a> to get your fill, or, if you feel like stepping out of your resort, head over to Playa Del Carmen\u2019s legendary Wah Wah Beach Bar<\/strong> or Cancun\u2019s La Taberna de los Amigos<\/strong>. You can yell at the numerous big screen TVs alongside the crowd of expats and tourists while washing down made-to-order fish tacos, turkey enchiladas, or chicken wings with a bucket of beer or a frosty michelada.
\r\nOnce you\u2019ve had your fill of food and football, step out of your ultra-modern Cancun hotel and journey back into Mexico\u2019s sacred past with an early-morning tour of the historic and beautifully preserved
Chichen-Itza.<\/a> With a private archaeologist as your guide, you\u2019ll explore the mythology and cosmology of this vast pre-Hispanic city that was a hub of Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan and today enjoys UNESCO protection and status as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
\r\nIf you\u2019re enjoying an extended Mexican holiday, be sure to check out the 15th anniversary of the
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival <\/a>from November 30th through December 2nd. Jazz greats and their fans flock to the massive, open-air stage at Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen for this very popular, totally free event.
\r\n 
\r\n 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20main_0.jpg", "alt": "Thanksgiving in Palace Resort Cancun", "title": "thanksgiving-on-riviera-maya.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20small%20thumbnail%3Amobile_0.jpg", "alt": "Thanksgiving in Palace Resort Cancun", "title": "thanksgiving-on-riviera-maya.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20left_0.jpeg", "alt": "Palace Resort Chef", "title": "palace-resort-chef.jpg" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20gallery%20right_0.jpeg", "alt": "Woman enjoying Palace Resort hammock", "title": "woman-enjoying-palace-resort-hammock.jpg" } }, "field_description_1": "While your American friends back home pull out the L.L.Bean and Lands' End winter garb from deep storage, watch the same old tired parades and ball games, and slip shots of bargain bourbon into Aunt Mary\u2019s store-bought eggnog, you\u2019ll be wearing next-to-nothing sipping top-shelf tequila served poolside. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": "Getting Your Grateful On With a Mexican Thanksgiving ", "field_description_1": "

By Laura Winzeler<\/h4>\r\nIf you\u2019re fortunate enough to be saying gracias<\/em> for your many Thanksgiving blessings while relaxing on Mexico\u2019s Riviera Maya this year, you\u2019ve really got a lot to be thankful for.
\r\nAlthough every day feels like Thanksgiving when you\u2019re staying at an all-inclusive resort like any of the eight bountiful and beautiful
Palace Resorts<\/a> on Riviera Maya, how else might you want to stretch your legs off-property and savor your harvest-season holiday?" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "A Day Dedicated to Union and Gratitude", "field_description_1": "Although a decidedly American holiday, the shared border with Mexico makes it inevitable that some U.S. Thanksgiving customs would find their way south, albeit in a far more spicy and colorful manifestation. Mexicans who do choose to commemorate the day bring a religious intention into the celebrations with a focus on expressing appreciation for their many blessings. It\u2019s a day to gather with friends and family and share warm conversation and plentiful food.
\r\nThe third Monday in November is Mexico's Revolution Day (D\u00eda de la Revoluci\u00f3n), <\/em>and this year it falls on the 20th. <\/em>Most employees enjoy a day off to celebrate over special meals, parades, and fireworks. This festive atmosphere segues right into the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday three days later." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Thanksgiving Meal Traditions With a Vibrant Twist", "field_description_1": "If you\u2019re looking for the traditional turkey fare, you\u2019ll find numerous restaurants in Cancun to play gracious host to expats, vacationers, and locals.  Of course, Palace Resorts bounty of
dining options<\/a> harkens back to the most resplendent Plymouth celebration so you don\u2019t have to go anywhere to enjoy classic fare.
\r\nFeeling adventurous? Try enjoying a turkey stuffed with tamale dough and prepared in a green mole or spicy chipotle pepper sauce. You may also find the meaty star of the show is often a succulent marinated pork roast, rather than fowl.
\r\nOther foods likely to be on the menu at a Mexican Thanksgiving feast include mashed sweet potatoes with piloncillo warmed with a touch of chile de \u00e1rbol. Sip on chorizo pumpkin soup served with tortillas and hot sauce or jalape\u00f1o and cilantro cornbread in lieu of white rolls and butter.
\r\nCranberries are hard to come by; so tangy kumquat often steps in as the tart meat relish. Squash bread pudding with rum sauce and tres leches pumpkin flan adds the perfect sweet finish to cool your palate.
\r\nAn even more unique twist on Thanksgiving meal traditions will be served up, literally and figuratively, at the Chef Wars<\/strong> at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, where two chefs will have 30 minutes to cook a holiday meal with a special ingredient.
\r\nGuests will be the judges and the best part is that after the competition a huge buffet will be set up for everyone to enjoy the fruits of the competition." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Indulge in Activities", "field_description_1": "If the thought of going cold turkey with no football viewing on Thanksgiving gives you hives, head to The Pub or another of
Moon Palace Cancun\u2019s bars<\/a> to get your fill, or, if you feel like stepping out of your resort, head over to Playa Del Carmen\u2019s legendary Wah Wah Beach Bar<\/strong> or Cancun\u2019s La Taberna de los Amigos<\/strong>. You can yell at the numerous big screen TVs alongside the crowd of expats and tourists while washing down made-to-order fish tacos, turkey enchiladas, or chicken wings with a bucket of beer or a frosty michelada.
\r\nOnce you\u2019ve had your fill of food and football, step out of your ultra-modern Cancun hotel and journey back into Mexico\u2019s sacred past with an early-morning tour of the historic and beautifully preserved
Chichen-Itza.<\/a> With a private archaeologist as your guide, you\u2019ll explore the mythology and cosmology of this vast pre-Hispanic city that was a hub of Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan and today enjoys UNESCO protection and status as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
\r\nIf you\u2019re enjoying an extended Mexican holiday, be sure to check out the 15th anniversary of the
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival <\/a>from November 30th through December 2nd. Jazz greats and their fans flock to the massive, open-air stage at Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen for this very popular, totally free event." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9856581", "field_longitude": "-86.8306678" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20small%20thumbnail%3Amobile_1.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanks%20mexico%20medium%20thumbnail.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thanksgiving%20mexico%20article%20detail.jpg", "alt": "Thanksgiving on Palace Resort Cancun ", "title": "thanksgiving-on-palace-resort-cancun.jpg" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mex%20thanks%20last%20mobile.jpg", "alt": "Thanksgiving on Palace Resort Cancun ", "title": "thanksgiving-on-palace-resort-cancun.jpg" } } }, { "nid": "133", "title": "Get Your Art On! Fast Facts About Los Cabos' Art Walk", "path": "mexico\/los-cabos\/lifestyle\/explore\/art\/get-your-art-fast-facts-about-los-cabos-art-walk", "field_title_highlighted": "Get Your Art On! ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "From November to June Thursdays in Los Cabos Belong to Art Lovers", "field_description_1": "From internationally renowned artists to local legends, Los Cabos' Art Walk has become a Thursday night tradition. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-Art-Walk-Banner.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-mobile-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-11-09 00:00:00", "body": "It\u2019s Thursday. The sun is setting upon the Pacific and surf\u2019s done for day, but you want to do something different than just dancing and partying the night away. So where do you head? Easy: You hit San Jose del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District for the Art Walk<\/a>, an increasingly popular tradition that is here to stay. Here\u2019s what you need to know:
\r\nIt\u2019s bigger than ever.<\/strong> No longer \u201cCabo\u2019s best kept secret,\u201d the event that started 12 years ago with a handful of people in attendance now hosts 2,000-plus visitors who roam the streets of a downtown section of San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo, where 16 art galleries showcase an impressive array of collections in a wide range of artistic disciplines.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re very proud of the growth we\u2019ve experienced over time, and every year brings something new to our budding district,\u201d mentions Alegr\u00eda G\u00f3mez, who handles media contacts for
ArtCabo.com<\/a>. 
\r\nIt shows you a different side of Baja living.<\/strong> Everyone loves the beachside activities, the golf outings, the top-notch resorts and the outdoor adventures, but the relaxed sophistication of the Art Walk speaks of a community that has embraced culture and invests on its development.
\r\n\u201cThe whole experience is tailored for our most discerning visitors, from the quaint classical buildings that line up our streets to the quality of our exhibits,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, founding member and current President of the Gallery District Association.
\r\n\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four of five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d he adds. 
\r\nIt\u2019s goes much further than your standard art fare.<\/strong> You can expect painters, sculptors, and photographers headlining the galleries\u2019 exhibits, but visitors can also enjoy the work of local craftsmen, take in the sights and sounds of street performers, listen to live music, and immerse themselves in a friendly and safe atmosphere where culture mingles with the active social life of the area\u2019s residents.
\r\nGrab a glass of wine, rub elbows with the glitterati, get your fill of people-watching, and still have more than enough time left to enjoy dinner at one of the district\u2019s restaurants: Whether it's tacos and mezcal at
La Lupita<\/a> or fresh seafood and craft cocktails at La Revoluci\u00f3n<\/a>, a memorable meal will definitely mark the end of a perfect day in paradise.
\r\nIts extended season is quite accommodating.<\/strong> The Art Walk spans from late October to the last Thursday of June, and only stops for the hottest months of the year. You\u2019ll still find many galleries and other businesses open in the off season, so don\u2019t hesitate to drop by.
\r\nIt\u2019s an opportunity to create your own yearly tradition.<\/strong> \u201cWe get a lot of recurring visitors, people who plan theiar vacations around the Art Walk and who become fast friends with the community,\u201d says Villavicencio, \u201cThey walk our streets and visit their favorite spots year after year, taking notice of our new offerings and dropping by to say hi and reminisce about previous trips\u2026 It\u2019s all very encouraging, it validates what we\u2019re trying to build here.\u201d
\r\nSo, are you ready to claim your place among the die-hard fans of the Art-Walk? One thing\u2019s for sure: Getting your share of culture has rarely been this fun.
\r\nWHERE:<\/strong> San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District
\r\nWHEN: <\/strong>Every Thursday from 5\u20139 p.m., November to June.
\r\nADDITIONAL INFO:<\/strong> 
\r\nWeb:
ArtCabo.com<\/a>
\r\nFacebook:
The Official Art Walk San Jos\u00e9 Del Cabo<\/a>
\r\nInstagram:
gallerydistrictsjc<\/a> 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-small-thumbnail-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-left-art-walk.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery-right-art-walk.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four of five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, President of the Gallery District Association.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

It\u2019s Thursday in Cabo San Lucas. The sun is setting upon the Pacific and surfing is done for day, but you want to do something different than just dancing and partying the night away. So where do you head? Easy: You hit San Jose del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District for the Art Walk<\/a>, an increasingly popular tradition that is here to stay. Here\u2019s what you need to know:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Bigger and Better", "field_description_1": "It\u2019s bigger than ever.<\/strong> No longer \u201cCabo\u2019s best kept secret,\u201d the event that started 12 years ago with a handful of people in attendance now hosts 2,000-plus visitors who roam the streets of a downtown section of San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo, where 16 art galleries showcase an impressive array of collections in a wide range of artistic disciplines.
\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re very proud of the growth we\u2019ve experienced over time, and every year brings something new to our budding district,\u201d mentions Alegr\u00eda G\u00f3mez, who handles media contacts for
ArtCabo.com<\/a>. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Get to Know the Real Los Cabos", "field_description_1": "It shows you a different side of Baja living.<\/strong> Everyone loves the beachside activities, the golf outings, the top-notch resorts and the outdoor adventures, but the relaxed sophistication of the Art Walk speaks of a community that has embraced culture and invests on its development.
\r\n\u201cThe whole experience is tailored for our most discerning visitors, from the quaint classical buildings that line up our streets to the quality of our exhibits,\u201d says Edgar Villavicencio, founding member and current President of the Gallery District Association.
\r\n\u201cThe best part of the experience is that it\u2019s concentrated around four or five blocks of businesses and venues, all of them bringing something unique to the table in order to guarantee an unrivaled appreciation of our artistic community,\u201d he adds. 
\r\nIt\u2019s goes much further than your standard art fare.<\/strong> You can expect painters, sculptors, and photographers headlining the galleries\u2019 exhibits, but visitors can also enjoy the work of local craftsmen, take in the sights and sounds of street performers, listen to live music, and immerse themselves in a friendly and safe atmosphere where culture mingles with the active social life of the area\u2019s residents.
\r\nGrab a glass of wine, rub elbows with the glitterati, get your fill of people-watching, and still have more than enough time left to enjoy dinner at one of the district\u2019s restaurants: Whether it's tacos and mezcal at
La Lupita<\/a> or fresh seafood and craft cocktails at La Revoluci\u00f3n<\/a>, a memorable meal will definitely mark the end of a perfect day in paradise." }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "More Chances To Create, Experience Tradition", "field_description_1": "Its extended season is quite accommodating.<\/strong> The Art Walk spans from late October to the last Thursday of June, and only stops for the hottest months of the year. You\u2019ll still find many galleries and other businesses open in the off-season, so don\u2019t hesitate to drop by.
\r\nIt\u2019s an opportunity to create your own yearly tradition.<\/strong> \u201cWe get a lot of recurring visitors, people who plan their vacations around the Art Walk and who become fast friends with the community,\u201d says Villavicencio, \u201cThey walk our streets and visit their favorite spots year after year, taking notice of our new offerings and dropping by to say hi and reminisce about previous trips\u2026 It\u2019s all very encouraging, it validates what we\u2019re trying to build here.\u201d
\r\nSo, are you ready to claim your place among the die-hard fans of the Art-Walk? One thing\u2019s for sure: Getting your share of culture has rarely been this fun.
\r\nWHERE:<\/strong> San Jos\u00e9 del Cabo\u2019s Gallery District
\r\nWHEN: <\/strong>Every Thursday from 5\u20139 p.m., November to June.
\r\nADDITIONAL INFO:<\/strong> 
\r\nWeb:
ArtCabo.com<\/a>
\r\nFacebook:
The Official Art Walk San Jos\u00e9 Del Cabo<\/a>
\r\nInstagram:
gallerydistrictsjc<\/a> " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "23.0705073", "field_longitude": "-109.7187718" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-small-thumbnail-art-walk_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-art-walk-2.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-art-walk.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "130", "title": "Haunted Mansion in Jamaica Has History and Beauty", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/rose-hall-and-white-witch-await-adventurous-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "Haunted Mansion in Jamaica", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Beauty and Creepy Are on Display at Rose Hall Mansion", "field_description_1": "Jamaica's most picturesque mansion is also home to one of it's most morbid legends. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-rose-hall_0.jpeg", "alt": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-mobile-rose-hall_0.jpg", "alt": "Rose Hall is the haunted mansion in Jamaica", "title": "Rose-Hall-is-the-haunted-mansion-in-Jamaica.jpg" }, "field_written_by": "Vivian Nelson Melle", "field_date": "2017-11-02 00:00:00", "body": "By day, the Rose Hall<\/strong> mansion on Jamaica\u2019s northern coast stands as a perfect mix of 1700's Georgian architecture and the country\u2019s enthralling natural beauty. By night, what has become one of Jamaica\u2019s most popular tourist destinations becomes a ghoulish reminder of Jamaica's morbid history.
\r\nHistory of Rose Hall<\/strong>
\r\nThe estate lies in an exclusive Jamaican enclave east of Montego Bay. It was completed in the 1770s, fully restored in the 1960s, and boasts among the best views of the northern coast as it is set upon a hillside overlooking the Caribbean.
\r\nOriginally part of a sprawling 650-acre estate, the property\u2019s story is also steeped in Jamaica\u2019s dark history as the estate included over 250 slaves who worked mostly on the surrounding sugar cane fields.
\r\nAccording to Rose Hall\u2019s famous legend, the spirit of Annie Palmer<\/strong> haunts the grounds as the White Witch<\/strong>. As the story goes, Annie was born in Haiti and was a
voodoo practitioner<\/a>. She moved to Jamaica and Rose Hall with her husband, John Palmer, but allegedly murdered him soon afterward.
\r\nShe wasn\u2019t done there, according to the legend, as she married two more times with each of those husbands suffering a similar fate to the first at Rose Hall. Adding horrific ambiance are the murders of slaves who fell victim to the witch.
\r\nAlthough it is said that her reign of terror eventually ended by the same slaves she mistreated, she is said to still haunt the grounds and photos of a ghostly apparition believed to be Annie adorn the entrance hall.
\r\nTaking the Day Tour<\/strong>
\r\nVisitors have a few choices for touring the estate. The Rose Hall Great House and Garden Tour is $18 and offers daytime views of the property and its garden. The day tour highlights the gorgeous gardens and spectacular estate offerings.
\r\nBraving the Night Tour<\/strong>
\r\nAt night, the hall stands as a stark reminder of its murderess former mistress. The Rose Hall Great House Haunted Tour is also $18 and offers an evening of spooky fun. You may catch a glimpse of the White Witch as she roams the 18th Century sugar plantation, that is if the s\u00e9ances don\u2019t bring her to you. Guides will also point out supposed locations of underground tunnels, bloodstains, and rooms where all three husbands met their unfortunate ends. Be warned; many believe those who see the Witch meet unfortunate deaths.
\r\nTour Johnny Cash\u2019s Home at Cinnamon Hall<\/strong>
\r\nIf ghost tours aren\u2019t your cup of tea, you may enjoy visiting the vacation home of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The couple lived on the estate at Cinnamon Hall for years. In 1973, Johnny Cash even wrote \u201cThe Ballad of Annie Palmer\u201d about the ruthless slave owner and murdering mistress of Rose Hall. Cash family pictures still hang on the walls, and Johnny's shoes await his arrival by the back door. Locals report sightings of June and Johnny that bring a more uplifting feel to some of the sorrow of the area. 
\r\nHit the Greens<\/strong>
\r\nTwo award-winning golf courses grace the hills of Rose Hall. The White Witch Golf Course provides 18 holes of champion quality golfing. Enjoy its 6,758-yard with Par 71, named after the infamous White Witch of Rose Hall. The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course plays through coastal greens and ocean breezes. The 17th hole provides unforgettable ocean views amidst beautiful pines. The Cinnamon Hill Course also boasts award-winning caddie service.
\r\nEnjoy a Day Trip from Ocho Rios<\/strong>
\r\nThe beauty and legend of Rose Hall are known throughout Jamaica and though the estate is just a stone\u2019s throw from the heart of Montego Bay, it is also readily accessible from Ocho Rios and
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> to the east. Rose Hall is a popular destination for tours coming from the resort city, as the travel time along the picturesque Northern Coastal Highway<\/a> is only an hour-and-a-half.
\r\n 
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By Vivian Nelson Melle<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experienced guides share their extensive knowledge about the surrounding area and provide insight into Jamaica's culture and history along the way.
\r\nAlthough you'll be on your own horse, the
Horseback Ride and Swim Adventure run by Chukka Tours<\/a> is a fun-filled experience for everyone \u2013 couples, friends, and families alike. Groups or families stay together while on tour.
\r\nWorry not if you're a first time rider and have no horseback riding experience. The guest-to-guide ratio ensures that each guide is able to interact with and help smaller groups. Children as young as six years old can go on the ride.
\r\nFor guests staying at the nearby
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> in the heart of Ocho Rios, you can be on horseback 20 minutes after enjoying a hearty breakfast.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "How to Get There and What to Bring", "field_description_1": "The tour takes approximately two hours and ends at picturesque Peter's Point<\/strong> for an unforgettable swim on horseback.
\r\nWhat You Need:<\/strong> Make sure to have your swimwear and water shoes on. Also have a towel and sunscreen handy, as well as cash for photos, souvenirs, or snacks.
\r\nTransportation:<\/strong> Guests staying at
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> will be picked up and dropped off from the hotel lobby." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4482519", "field_longitude": "-77.2906387" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_40.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_43.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover_23.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-horseback.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "120", "title": "The 7 Best Ways to Get Around in Cancun", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/getting-around-cancun", "field_title_highlighted": "The 7 Best Ways to", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Buses, Taxis, Golf Carts, Bikes, And Other Options To See All of Cancun", "field_description_1": "What's the best way to get around paradise? Glad you asked as The Travel Current provides all the transportation options in Cancun. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_12.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_67.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2017-10-23 00:00:00", "body": "You already know that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world with one great attraction, landmark, or stretch of sandy beach after another. What is less obvious, however, is how to get to those particular spots after landing at Cancun International Airport.  
\r\nLuckily, there is an array of ways you can move around and explore to your heart\u2019s content, largely dependent on your plans for the day. Here are some quick tips that you should take into account whenever you leave the confines of your resort:
\r\nTaxis and Uber<\/strong>
\r\nThese two camps have been at odds in Cancun for the better part of last year, and even though Uber has managed to maintain operations and provide decent service all around the area, there\u2019s still acrimony from local cab services.
\r\nThe knock on taking local taxis is the same as in most resort towns: expensive, spotty service, and safety might be an issue if the drivers are not tied to any hotel. Keep in mind that cab drivers must feature their permits in a highly visible location.<\/strong> Always crosscheck license plate numbers against permits.
\r\nAsk for assistance at your hotel\u2019s front desk to schedule pickups, and if you are staying at
Palace Resorts<\/a> and take a cab from there, make sure to take your driver\u2019s information so you can make arrangements for your return trip.
\r\nFares from the airport to the hotels are around $40-50, rides between the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown go for $10-15 each way, and taxis in El Centro<\/em> charge about $1.50 per ride, but always bring Mexican pesos<\/em> with you (they won\u2019t provide change if you pay in U.S. dollars). 
\r\nBuses<\/strong>
\r\nBy far one of the best deals, catching the bus in Cancun is an increasingly popular way of getting around in Cancun especially since they started renewing the fleet about three years ago.
\r\nMost buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. Many of them have AC and Wi-Fi, rides are about $1 (again: bring your pesos<\/em>) and are considered quite safe. Buses are a great way to move from one Palace Resorts property in the hotel zone to another, as there are stops directly in front of
Sun Palace<\/a>, Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>, and Beach Palace<\/a>.
\r\nRental cars<\/strong>
\r\nYou might want to splurge for a car of your own if you plan on hitting nearby places like Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or even Isla Mujeres and Cozumel (after jumping on a ferry to reach the islands<\/strong>).
\r\nThe roads are well maintained in most cases, and parking isn\u2019t considered a major issue. Just make sure you observe some common sense rules regarding safety and you\u2019ll be OK. That means not leaving bags or purses in visible places, keeping out of sketchy neighborhoods, and making sure you fill up the gas tank before every trip.
\r\nWalking<\/strong>
\r\nLet\u2019s be frank, this is not a great option. Unless you\u2019re in the Downtown (El Centro<\/em>) area, where walking distances to and from places are somehow manageable, the combination of humid heat and uneven safety conditions make this a less than palatable way of moving around. And if you\u2019re in the hotel zone, just forget it: There are large stretches where you won\u2019t even find a little bit of shade to fend off the inclement sun. Moving on to\u2026
\r\nBikes<\/strong>
\r\nFitness fans may want to choose the bike as their means of transportation around Cancun, but be advised: driving conditions and heavy traffic might play against you. That being said, there are many rental bike services in the area, and many of them offer delivery and pick up service right at your resort, with daily fees around the $10-15 range, and they\u2019ll provide you with a helmet in case you didn\u2019t bring your own. Palace Resorts guests can rent bikes at no extra cost. <\/strong>
\r\nNegotiating the Zona Hotelera<\/em> is a real cinch, since the convenient road markers (remember Mexico uses kilometers, not miles) are the common reference everyone uses when asking for directions. El Centro<\/em> is a different story and can sometimes be a bit chaotic for bike users, but the streets are laid out in a simple grid that poses no real problems if you\u2019re the least bit handy with a map or GPS.
\r\nThe best time to get your bike on is a day trip to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel \u2013 it\u2019s not coincidence that
Ironman Cozumel<\/a> is among the more popular events on the latter.
\r\nScooters<\/strong>
\r\nSame rules as for the cyclists: There are many reputable rental services, but try to map out the areas you\u2019ll be visiting and ask around for updates on driving conditions, heavy traffic hours, or public works that may affect your schedule. Mopeds and scooters are mostly OK for the Zona Hotelera<\/em>, but they might be a hassle elsewhere.
\r\nOther options<\/strong>
\r\nThere are plenty of alternatives for getting around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, including private car services, passenger vans or buses from your resort, and even golf cart rentals on
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and within some of the larger resorts. At The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for instance, you\u2019ll see a veritable army of golf carts taking guests from their rooms to the main resort buildings.
\r\nIn the end, it doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re the type of person that likes to be driven around or if you favor the \u201clocal explorer\u201d way: This destination will adjust to your needs and preferences. Safe travels!
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": "https:\/\/youtu.be\/YbQepW94qcw", "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/main-gallery-cancun-transportation.jpg", "alt": "a cpuple in a golf cart touring Isla Mujeres", "title": "Golf cart rentals in Isla Mujeres" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_18.jpg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_38.jpg", "alt": "Buses are a great way to move around Cancun", "title": "Catching the bus in Cancun" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/right-gallery-transportation.jpeg", "alt": "a family going through Cancun by car", "title": "car may be the best way to discover Cancun" } }, "field_description_1": "Most buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "You already know that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world with one great attraction, landmark, or stretch of sandy beach after another. What is less obvious, however, is how to get to those particular spots after landing at Cancun International Airport.  
\r\nLuckily, there is an array of ways you can move around and explore to your heart\u2019s content, largely dependent on your plans for the day. Here are some quick tips that you should take into account whenever you leave the confines of your resort:" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Cabs and Apps", "field_description_1": "Taxis and Uber<\/strong>
\r\nThese two camps have been at odds in Cancun for the better part of last year, and even though Uber has managed to maintain operations and provide decent service all around the area, there\u2019s still acrimony from local cab services.
\r\nThe knock on taking local taxis is the same as in most resort towns: expensive with spotty service if the drivers are not tied to any hotel. Keep in mind that cab drivers must feature their permits in a highly visible location.<\/strong> Always crosscheck license plate numbers against permits.
\r\nAsk for assistance at your hotel\u2019s front desk to schedule pickups, and if you are staying at
Palace Resorts<\/a> and take a cab from there, make sure to take your driver\u2019s information so you can make arrangements for your return trip.
\r\nFares from the airport to the hotels are around $40-50, rides between the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown go for $10-15 each way, and taxis in El Centro<\/em> charge about $1.50 per ride, but always bring Mexican pesos<\/em> with you (they won\u2019t provide change if you pay in U.S. dollars). " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Riding the Bus and Going for a Drive", "field_description_1": "Buses<\/strong>
\r\nBy far one of the best deals, catching the bus in Cancun is an increasingly popular way of getting around in Cancun especially since they started renewing the fleet about three years ago.
\r\nMost buses and shuttles around the Zona Hotelera<\/em> and Downtown follow two main routes that hit all the convenient shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and public plazas. Many of them have AC and Wi-Fi, rides are about $1 (again: bring your pesos<\/em>) and are considered quite safe. Buses are a great way to move from one Palace Resorts property in the hotel zone to another, as there are stops directly in front of
Sun Palace<\/a>, Le Blanc Spa Resort<\/a>, and Beach Palace<\/a>.
\r\nRental cars<\/strong>
\r\nYou might want to splurge for a car of your own if you plan on hitting nearby places like Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or even Isla Mujeres and Cozumel (after jumping on a ferry to reach the islands<\/strong>).
\r\nThe roads are well maintained in most cases, and parking isn\u2019t considered a major issue. Just make sure you observe some common sense rules regarding safety and you\u2019ll be OK. " }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Self Propulsion and More", "field_description_1": "Bikes<\/strong>
\r\nFitness fans may want to choose the bike as their means of transportation around Cancun, but be advised: driving conditions and heavy traffic might play against you. That being said, there are many rental bike services in the area, and many of them offer delivery and pick up service right at your resort, with daily fees around the $10-15 range, and they\u2019ll provide you with a helmet in case you didn\u2019t bring your own. Palace Resorts guests can rent bikes at no extra cost. <\/strong>
\r\nNegotiating the Zona Hotelera<\/em> is a real cinch, since the convenient road markers (remember Mexico uses kilometers, not miles) are the common reference everyone uses when asking for directions. El Centro<\/em> is a different story and can sometimes be a bit chaotic for bike users, but the streets are laid out in a simple grid that poses no real problems if you\u2019re the least bit handy with a map or GPS.
\r\nThe best time to get your bike on is a day trip to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel \u2013 it\u2019s not coincidence that
Ironman Cozumel<\/a> is among the more popular events on the latter.
\r\nScooters<\/strong>
\r\nSame rules as for the cyclists: There are many reputable rental services, but try to map out the areas you\u2019ll be visiting and ask around for updates on driving conditions, heavy traffic hours, or public works that may affect your schedule. Mopeds and scooters are mostly OK for the Zona Hotelera<\/em>, but they might be a hassle elsewhere.
\r\nOther options<\/strong>
\r\nThere are plenty of alternatives for getting around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, including private car services, passenger vans or buses from your resort, and even golf cart rentals on
Isla Mujeres<\/a> and within some of the larger resorts. At The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>, for instance, you\u2019ll see a veritable army of golf carts taking guests from their rooms to the main resort buildings.
\r\nIn the end, it doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re the type of person that likes to be driven around or if you favor the \u201clocal explorer\u201d way: This destination will adjust to your needs and preferences. Safe travels!" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.1137781", "field_longitude": "-86.7594685" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_38.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_42.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_15.jpg", "alt": "Taxi in the beautiful Cancun", "title": "Taxis and Buses in Cancun" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last-mobile-transportation-cancun.jpeg", "alt": "A couple around Cancun", "title": "The 7 best ways to get around in Cancun" } } }, { "nid": "119", "title": "The Richest Fishing Tournament in the World Returns to Los Cabos", "path": "mexico\/los-cabos\/activities-and-events\/events\/5-big-things-know-about-bisbees-black-blue", "field_title_highlighted": "The Richest Fishing Tournament", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Richest Fishing Tournament in the World Also Has the Most Beautiful Backdrop", "field_description_1": "Bisbees Black & Blue fishing tournament has become an institution in Los Cabos. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_20.jpg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing boat in Los Cabos" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/mobile-bisbees-black-blue%20.jpeg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing boat in Los Cabos" }, "field_written_by": "By Megan Hart", "field_date": "2017-10-17 00:00:00", "body": "You\u2019re likely aware of the
world-class resorts<\/a>, beaches, and golf courses in Los Cabos. What you may not know, however, is that the popular vacation destination becomes the sport fishing center of the world for one week every October during Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue<\/a>.
\r\nThousands of avid anglers will descend on Los Cabos for the renowned fishing tournament October 24-28, adding even more life to the already vibrant locale. Here\u2019s a rundown of what you should know about the event.
\r\n1. It\u2019s the World\u2019s Richest Fishing Tournament<\/strong>
\r\nThe base
entry fee<\/a> for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is $5,000, but with greater risk comes the possibility for greater reward. The maximum entry fee this year, including all daily jackpots, is a whopping $131,500.
\r\nIn 2006, the tournament set a sport fishing record when it paid out $4,165,960 in cash prizes. With such a big purse, Bisbee\u2019s organizers have to stay vigilant. Winners are required to take a polygraph test if asked and the tournament employs a biologist to ensure that all prize-winning fish were, in fact, caught that day.
\r\n2. It\u2019s Still Run by the Bisbee Family<\/strong>
\r\nThe initial Black & Blue tournament took place in 1981, when California\u2019s Bob Bisbee invited five friends to travel to Los Cabos and take part in a $10,000 wager. Since then, it\u2019s grown to include more than 150 boats each year.
\r\nToday, Bob\u2019s son Wayne and daughter Patricia run the contest, but some things haven\u2019t changed. Most of the catch is still donated to local families, shelters, schools, and retirement homes, just like it was when Bob started the event.
\r\n3. Anyone Can Participate<\/strong>
\r\nUnlike most major fishing tournaments, there\u2019s no qualification requirements for Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue. If you have a boat and you can put up the entry fee, you\u2019re in.
\r\nIn fact, some amateurs have walked away big winners. In 2014, a group of teenagers and their caregiver from
Casa Hogar<\/a>, a local orphanage, caught a 385-pound blue marlin despite being first-time fishermen! They donated their winnings, $258,325, back to the orphanage.
\r\n4. It Goes Beyond Fishing<\/strong>
\r\nBisbee\u2019s Black & Blue is more than just a fishing tournament. In addition to this year's
opening ceremony<\/a>, which will feature music, food and even an appearance by the Mexican navy, the contest brings other events to Los Cabos, including daily weigh-ins and fireworks on the final night. 
\r\n5. Black & Blue Refers to the Fish<\/strong>
\r\nAfter reading all about Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue, you may still be wondering where the name comes from. Black & Blue refers to the two types of marlin most sought after by sport fishermen. Both species can reach well over 1,000 pounds and are prevalent in the waters off Los Cabos. Tournament participants can also earn points for catching striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish, mahi-mahi, and tuna depending on the category they enter.
\r\nOffshore fishing is a popular activity in Los Cabos
all year round<\/a>. Give it a try on your next visit!
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_32.jpg", "alt": "Fishing boat during Los Cabos fishing contest", "title": "Fishing contest in Los Cabos" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_17.jpg", "alt": "Beautiful picture of Los Cabos ", "title": "Los Cabos Mexico" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_37.jpg", "alt": "Bisbee\u2019s Black & Blue", "title": "Several fishing boats during fishing contest" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_34.jpg", "alt": "Fishing contest in Los Cabos", "title": "Air photograph of Los Cabos during Fishing Contest" } }, "field_description_1": "Thousands of avid anglers will descend on Los Cabos for the renowned fishing tournament October 24-28, adding even more life to the already vibrant locale. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Book a club level room<\/strong>. Certain floors of hotels are essentially business class versus coach. Different hotels have different names for these floors, but they generally offer benefits like a private lounge that serves food all day long. No need to shell out big bucks at a restaurant or on room service! Other amenities can include things like free shuttle service, so you don\u2019t have to pay for cabs, and free clothes pressing. Often there\u2019s also a private concierge who can help you organize activities and tours.
    \r\nGet access to an airport lounge<\/strong>. Skip the noisy terminal and take the kids to a less stimulating environment to wait for your flight: the airport lounge. Sometimes there are even separate kids rooms equipped with toys and games. Access comes with first class tickets, but you can also buy a day pass or gain access as a perk for being a holder of specific credit cards.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "21.125195", "field_longitude": "-86.7551487" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumnail-gallery-mobile-upgrades_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/thumbnail-medium-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-cover-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/image-mobile-last-upgrades.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "110", "title": "9 Tips to Survive Flying With Kids", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/family\/9-tips-survive-flying-kids", "field_title_highlighted": "9 Tips to Survive ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Traveling With Kids Can Be Easier If You Follow Simple Rules", "field_description_1": "No stopovers, everyone has their own seat, carry-ons only and other invaluable tips for flying with kids. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover-kids-fly-A.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-main-mobile.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Carmen Sognonvi", "field_date": "2017-09-25 00:00:00", "body": "As many of you know, my family is passionate about travel. We have traveled extensively as a family of four, so I know a thing or two about how to fly with kids. Here are my top 9 tips for surviving air travel with children:\r\n

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

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

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

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

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

                 <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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