10 Amazing Facts about Cancún Mexico

10. In 1970, Cabo was home to only three residents. Today over half a million people live in Cancun! (And no, I’m not counting the beach bums and sunbathers who visit all year round!

9. Before Cancún was Cancún, it used to be called Ekab, which means Black Earth. The word Cancún is actually Mayan, it means the snake pit or nest of serpents.

8. Massive renovations in recent years added another 7 miles of white sand coast to Cancún that weren’t there before. That’s correct – SEVEN miles.

7. Cancún’s beautiful international airport is the second busiest airport in Mexico. It’s also the busiest in terms of international traffic of all airports in Latin America.

6. The white sand beaches of Cancun are made from none other than crushed coral that is bountiful in the Yucatan Peninsula. The white sand is cool to the touch — no hot feet, just cool good times.

5. The Great Mayan Barrier Reef in Cancun is the second largest coral reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

4. The infamous Hotel Zone in Cancun is a peninsula on a peninsula! It’s shaped like the number 7 — so the hotels on the strip have beachfront facing the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other. Easy access to the main peninsula is still available via bridges.

3. Cancun is home to 14 pristine miles of white sand beaches, and they’re all public! Hotel properties can put chairs, thatched roofs and other amenities on the beach but it’s for their guests only. The beach is open to everyone.

2. Have you heard of underwater caves? Well, Cancun is home to three of the largest underwater cave systems in the world — and they’re all in the Riviera Maya area. It’s just one of the many adventures awaiting resort travelers in Cancun.

1. With miles of perfect beach and weather, it’s no surprise that Cancun and the Riviera Maya region are home to over 46,000 destination weddings every year.
Cancun and Riviera Maya are a favorite of vacationers for a reason. Unfortunately words don’t do it justice.

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Holiday Shopping at Your All Inclusive Vacation Destination

Holiday Shopping at All Inclusive Vacation Resorts

Holiday shopping plans do not have to include crowded malls and cold weather. Why bundle up and visit local stores when you can browse exotic locales and enjoy tropical sunshine? Let this be the season for finally enjoying an all inclusive vacation. Just be sure to pack that gift list along with your favorite straw hat.

Start With the Best

The best vacations are about more than an exciting change of scenery. You want a beautiful destination that caters to your special taste in food, drink and entertainment. You don’t have time to juggle restaurant bills and spa charges and you won’t have to when you choose one of our outstanding all inclusive vacation accommodations. As established leaders in the travel industry, we’ve developed solid relationships with the finest resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. We offer exclusive deals that make it all affordable. Why not take all that money that you save with you on a tropical shopping spree for gifts you’d never find back home?

Splurge on the Islands

Duty-free shopping is your ticket to fulfill that holiday wish list, and we offer Caribbean bookings to world-class resorts within easy distance of boutiques, emporiums and high-end outlets. Yes, you’ll fall in love with sunsets over the Cayman Islands, but you’ll also swoon over the prices on luxury watches, exquisite jewelry and designer clothing. From Rolex and Swarovski to Vera Wang and Versace, you’ll find duty-free bargains in St. Martin, St. Thomas and Curacao. The list of island destinations goes on, and our travel professionals know them all.

Treasure Hunt in Mexico

Have you set your giving heart on the perfect piece of Huichol art? This incredible native beading is a specialty in shops all through Puerto Vallarta. Are hand-blown glass and crafted ceramics high on your holiday list? Make Los Cabos your destination for these unique gifts. Spice up the season back home when you return with hot sauce from Cancun and tequila from Ixtapa. An all inclusive vacation stay in one of Mexico’s finest resorts opens up unique doorways to gift giving and our smart booking plans make all those treasures truly affordable.

Your sense of adventure and our expertise in booking the trip of your lifetime add up to a perfect holiday shopping plan. Our travel specialists have been making wishes come true for more than 20 years, so contact All Inclusive Vacations today. Put yourself at the top of that gift list, and indulge your fondest tropical dreams.

All Inclusive Vacations and Dia de Los Muertos

While most cultures treat death as something of a taboo topic, the people of Mexico embrace it. Nothing makes that more evident than the annual Dia de los Muertos celebrations that occur at the beginning of November. By booking a stay at an all inclusive vacation resort during this special week, you can immerse yourself in the event’s many unique traditions all while enjoying some of the finest beaches in the world.

About Dia de Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, which is the English translation of this one-of-a-kind holiday, is celebrated to honor those who have passed. Rather than lament their deaths, the people of Mexico use the holiday to remember fallen loved ones fondly. Shrines and altars are set up by relatives to pay homage to those who have passed away, and candy skulls called calaveras are enjoyed by children and adults alike. In eating one, you’re said to be eating your own death.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Style

Day of the Dead celebrations are held all around Mexico. By booking an all-inclusive vacation in Ixtapa, however, you’re just a short drive away from Janitzio, a small island that is said to have some of the best celebrations in the country. As an added bonus, you’ll be a stone’s throw from Zihuatenejo and other amazing Pacific Coast beach resort areas. With its twin 12-story buildings and incredible amenities, the Barcelo Ixtapa Beach Resort is an excellent choice. Thanks to its location on Del Palmar Bay, the Tesoro Ixtapa is another terrific option to consider.

Puerto Vallarta celebrates Dia de los Muertos in style. With an all inclusive vacation in this beach community, you can check out the traditional observance at the Cemetery of the Fifth of December Colonia while staying at a world-class resort like the Melia Puerto Vallarta, which is located in upscale Marina Vallarta. Another option is to book a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta on Bahia de Banderas. Either way, make sure to check out the festivities at City Hall while you’re there.

After experiencing the Day of the Dead, you’ll wonder why we don’t celebrate this fun, memorable holiday in the U.S. too!

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USA Today recently featured the Maya Riviera, a historic and unique vacation destination on the eastern coast of the Mexican state of Yucatan. The feature went into some of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts for holding weddings. No doubt, USA Today is a fine publication with an adequate writing staff. Still, it is instructive to take a closer look at these resorts, a look from the viewpoint of a travel insider. In this vein, here is the short list of the most promising wedding destinations on the Maya Riviera; destinations that are more accessible than ever through all inclusive vacation deals.

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort

The feature from USA Today leads off with mention of the Barcelo Maya Beach resort. This is one destination with extremely beneficial attractions for travelers who use all inclusive vacation packages. Like most of the resorts in the area, Barcelo Maya Beach features the exotic Mayan artwork style that is known and appreciated throughout the world. The resort features six separate restaurants and six bars placed at tactical places throughout the property. Ideal for people who love outdoor sports, this resort also provides 24-hour access to a wide variety of sports and activities. As part of an all inclusive vacation here, guests can engage in kayaking, basketball, windsurfing and much more.[/two_third][one_third_last]

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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Next on the list is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. It is likely that many travelers don’t realize just how luxurious Hard Rock Hotel resorts can range. This Hard Rock offers nine separate wedding packages from well-known event designer Colin Cowie. With this many options to choose from, any couple can find the right way to celebrate their special union. Whether one prefers getting married in a garden, terrace or on a beach, the Hard Rock will fit the bill. By using an all inclusive vacation package, any couple can create an unforgettable wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The hotel even offers free amenities for honeymooners like breakfast in bed, a candle-lit dinners and complementary cakes. Needless to say, this hotel offers more than enough attractions for all travelers, not just couples.[/two_third][one_third_last]
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Dreams Tulum Riviera Maya

Dreams Tulum Riviera Maya is the last of the most important destinations mentioned in the USA Today article. By accessing this resort through an all inclusive vacation offer, one can open up a whole new world of luxurious travel. Like most vacation destinations located in the Maya Riviera, Dreams Tulum is situated on a white sand beach that is almost unearthly in its beauty. The resort features a huge list of attractions that are ideal for families, couples, sports enthusiasts–basically, anyone who enjoys visiting exotic destinations. Travel insiders with industry experience always use all inclusive vacation packages to enjoy this world-renowned resort. By taking advantage of the inside deals that aren’t known to all, travelers can find themselves enjoying remarkable places they never thought they could ever afford. Instead of settling for ordinary prices, savvy travelers seek out the inside scoop on inclusive deals to beautiful destinations in Mexico and around the world.[/two_third][one_third_last]
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Hotel Riu Cancun Renovation


On August 2nd, Riu Cancun reopened following a complete resort renovation. In just a couple of weeks time, resort guests have already begun to comment on the fresh look and feel of the luxury hotel. To learn more about the hotel and book your stay, please visit Riu Cancun.

Here is a quick peek at some of the renovations:

  • RIU Cancun is a completely renovated hotel, inside and out.
  • New colors, new layout, and new feel for the entire luxury hotel.
  • Hotel rooms have been updated dramatically. New showers, bedroom furniture, bedding and more!
  • Brand-new restaurants and bars: Grande Buffet as well as an added Japanese restaurant.
  • Beautiful infinity pool and swim-up bar.
  • Free Wi-fi in public areas (90 min/day included).
  • Faster check-in and check-out with two large service desks.
  • Same great location for plenty of shopping and nightlife!

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Why Stay At Fiesta Americana Condesa?

Fiesta Americana Condesa is the perfect mix of family fun in the sun and intimate romantic escape. No matter whether you are traveling with a group, as newlywed honeymooners or you are in need of a place to rest with your family, Fiesta Americana Condesa is a wonderful resort

"VFMLID=52215915"Why stay at Fiesta Americana Condesa? Most importantly, everybody will enjoy themselves! If you are worried about your children keeping entertained, fear no more because kids 4 to 12 years old can join in on the fun at Club Fiesta Kids! Is your son or daughter older than 12? The Fiesta Teen Club is designed just for them and includes video games, pool tables, ping pong, music, movies, snacks and much more!

The kids cannot have all the fun, right? Adults, you can relax as you enjoy the All Inclusive Vacation resort luxuries and amenities all day long! Spend the day resting in the sun because the resort has plenty to do in the evening, such as tequila tasting, dancing to live entertainment or even listen in as locals teach on Mayan astrology. Of course, this is all in addition to the multiple restaurants and bars on the resort

FiestaAmericanaCondesa03Your trip needs fantastic food and fun for the whole family, and Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun has got you covered! These are just a few of the reasons why you should stay at Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun.

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Why Stay at Secrets Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Bay?

Why Stay at Secrets Vallarta Bay in Puerto Vallarta?

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When you hear Secrets Vallarta Bay in Puerto Vallarta, you need to think one thing — Relaxation. We understand that work and life can be busy and that we need to set aside time to take a deep breath. In the world of Unlimited-Luxury®, which includes plenty of sun, Pacific coast sand, and complimentary cocktails, the only errand you have is to relax.

Why stay at Secrets Vallarta Bay in Puerto Vallarta? An adult-online resort only ten minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s airport, Secrets Vallarta Bay boasts five á la carte gourmet restaurants, one buffet venue as well as more to choose from. You will never go hungry! Pair your fantastic meals with drinks from three bars, featuring top-shelf spirits. Whether you are looking for a private, romantic meal with your loved one, a dinner featuring  live entertainment, or a night at the club shared with Now Amber Resort, prepare to be wined and dined.

Between meals, make your way to a number of the pools just steps from your spacious room. Whether you prefer your own private pool and jacuzzi, the massive community pool at the center of the resort, or to be camped out on the sandy shore, the tranquil sounds of water will help you to relax.

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Inside Live Aqua

Live Aqua offers guests a luxury experience in an adults only setting.

Rated as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Live Aqua is a traveler’s favorite!  Live Aqua is the only luxury all-inclusive adults only resort in Cancun.

The luxury begins the moment you check in with a complimentary hand massage. Spa-like music plays throughout the lobby making every detail of this beautiful resort relaxing for its guests.

The restaurants are a culinary experience to boast about with seven restaurant options to choose from.   One of the most popular restaurants among guests is MB which allows guests to enjoy culinary creations by celebrity chef Eric De Maeyer.  MB is an exquisite dining experience featuring Latin cuisine with an emphasis on local Mexican ingredients and flavors.

Some of the amenities of Live Aqua include eight different pools for guests to enjoy and a Spa.  The Live Aqua also features an infinity pool that makes you feel like the pool and ocean connect.

Live Aqua offers wedding services for guests wanting to renewing their vows or give them for the first time.

Guest Insight: Vow Renewal Ceremony

“There were potted palm trees, a white billowy canopy, pretty chairs with white covers, and appropriate music. The non-denominational officiate led a very touching ceremony, including a sand ritual, and when the event ended, the planner surprised our group when perhaps 15+ staff members surrounded us on the balcony and blew bubbles. How thoughtful!”

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Whether you’re there to relax or renew your vows, Live Aqua has continually made guests happy with their decision to book at this Cancun favorite.

Inside the RIU Cancun

Located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, Riu Cancun is a great place for singles, spring breakers, couples and even families with kids. This hotel is one of the tallest high-rise buildings in the heart of Cancun and is only 20 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.

Almost every single room has a view of the Caribbean. For the best view, try requesting the 13th floor or higher.

This resort offers activities at all hours of the day. Activities include: table tennis, pool volleyball, beach volleyball and water polo. You can also rent Jet Ski’s right next door to the resort.

If you enjoy nightlife, this resort has its own disco called La Pacha and the busiest nightclubs (Coco Bongo, Hard Rock Cafe) are only a few steps from the hotel.  Being located in hotel zone has its advantages!

Guest Insight: Staying in the Hotel Zone

A Riu Cancun guest from Newport wrote about her thoughts on Trip Advisor about booking an all-inclusive resort in the hotel zone.  Being close to the action in Cancun, added to her stay in paradise.

“The location of this hotel is fantastic. You are in the heart of Cancun here. We have stayed in Riu Caribe and Moon Palace [previously] but for location this wins out. We used the buses but having the one mall directly across the road and the forum with pubs and clubs 5 minutes away was great. The buses were extremely quick and easy so don’t be afraid to use them. 9.50 pesos each and go up and down hotel zone every minute or so.”

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Inside the RIU Palace Mexico

Recently remodeled, the Riu Palace continues to delight guests, but now with a completely new all-inclusive concept.

Newly Remodeled Resort Grounds and Guest Rooms

The hotel actually has fountains inside their superior level guest rooms and Jacuzzi’s are built into every other room throughout the resort.

The Riu Palace has built a closed off lobby with air conditioning which is great to escape the heat of the warm tropical breeze in the Riviera Maya when you need to cool off.

New Guest Amenities and Services

One of the most enjoyable perks was the new cappuccino bar, particularly the pastries they sold. Of course, there are many bars serving alcohol along the resort grounds, but it’s great to have the option to enjoy a cappuccino or a cup of coffee and dessert with family or coworkers.

Guest Insights: The Staff of Riu Palace Mexico

A returning guest from Wisconsin wrote about her third visit to this resort on TripAdvisor.

“This was our 3rd visit to this resort and again it was a wonderful stay. Love the RIU Palace Mexico the staff is always pleasant polite and professional. They even remembered our names and they make us feel so welcomed it’s like a 2nd home for 1 week out of the year.

Riu Palace Mexico Amenities:

Another new remodeled feature of the Riu Palace Mexico is the pool. Riu has built several different pools, all designed with different themes suited for different activities.

Riu Palace Mexico is built on one of the best beaches in the world. The sand is lined with a row of beautiful palm trees that fan guests with a pleasant, tropical breeze.

The Riu Palace is about thirty-forty minutes away from Cancun International Airport. People who stay at this resort can also visit nearby Riu resorts to enjoy their amenities. Riu has a network of golf carts to shuttle guests from their hotels to the beach.

Overall, the Riu Palace is high quality and diverse enough to appeal to all types of travelers, including guests seeking a family vacation or a group of friends just looking to have a great time.