Aura Cozumel Grand Resort, Mexico http://www.auraresorts.com AuraResorts.com - Get up to a 50% discount at Aura Cozumel Grand Resort Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:12:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 How to Enjoy Your Trip No Matter What the Weather May Bring http://www.auraresorts.com/How-to-Enjoy-Your-Trip-No-Matter-What-the-Weather-May-Bring http://www.auraresorts.com/How-to-Enjoy-Your-Trip-No-Matter-What-the-Weather-May-Bring#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 05:03:45 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=311 Although we may try to avoid it, sometimes our trips get interrupted by the weather. If you’ve ever had this happen to you then we can feel your pain. Sometimes weather can completely ruin a trip that you’ve waited so long to take. We are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy a trip no matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the weather is. All it takes is a bit of adjusting.

Learn More About Your Destination Before Arrival

Before booking your trip, it’s important to always research the area you are traveling to. What times of the year is the weather typically nice, and what times of the year is the weather more on the ‘bad’ side? This is going to give you some insight as to what types of clothes you should bring, what activities you can or cannot do and so forth.

Read the Cancellation Policy Closely

Whenever you book a flight, it’s always important to read the fine print. Not all airlines are going to allow you to cancel or change your trip even if the weather is to intervene. Consider your options before selecting the best airline for your needs.

Travel Insurance Has Your Back

Travel Insurance is always nice to have. It can cover all sorts of unexpected events. Weather may or may not be included in your insurance coverage. Be sure to read the fine print. Some of the time airlines will not cover the cost of your trip if affected by bad weather.

Create an Activities List

It’s always good to be prepared for any and all scenarios. Come up with fun things you can do outside as well as indoors. Bring books, movies, and games with you for rainy days to help you pass the time in case you get stuck in for a period of time.

Prior to booking your flight, check out all of the local events and see if there is anything you’re interested in. When the weather will allow, get out there and enjoy the scenery. It’s not every day you get to leave home and explore new areas of the world.

Can’t Catch a Break?

Even if you can’t seem to catch a break and the weather has really messed up your trip; there are still plenty of things you can do.

Local Nightlife

One way to get the full experience of your destination is to explore the nightlife. There really are two sides to every location; what you see during the day and all the exciting things that come out during the nighttime. Don’t let the weather bring you down. Stay warm but also enjoy the scenery.

Find Unique Restaurants

Interested in the local cuisine? Why not go online or talk to your hotel receptionist about popular local restaurants. Whenever you are in a new location; the local restaurants never fail to entertain. Get lost in the beauty, music and delicious meals.

Be Spontaneous

Although the weather cannot always do what we want it to do, don’t let it get you down too much. Be spontaneous; go out and explore and you are bound to find something fun to keep you busy. Sometimes it’s nice just to wander and take it all in.

Burt Kramer is a tavel agent operating through his site Khmtravel.com. He has helped a lot of people plan an affordable and at the same time enjoyable holidays.

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7 Tips for Proper Cruise Etiquette http://www.auraresorts.com/7-Tips-for-Proper-Cruise-Etiquette http://www.auraresorts.com/7-Tips-for-Proper-Cruise-Etiquette#comments Sun, 27 May 2012 12:45:33 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=304 If you want to travel to many different places, a cruise may be the vacation you’re looking for. While cruises offer their own luxuries while on the ship, they also tend to dock at multiple locations, allowing you to get a variety of culture all on one vacation.

 

While cruises can be a great vacation, it is important to keep in mind that there is proper etiquette to use while on one. The following seven tips will help ensure that you have a great time while on board without embarrassing yourself or making others feel uncomfortable.

 

1. Take the long way.

There are thousands of people aboard your cruise ship. When it comes time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or during busy entertainment performances, elevators are going to be crowded. Rather than wait in a crowd full of people complaining about the wait, take the long way. Use the stairs, walk across the ship, do whatever you have to do to get to your location in a less crowded manner. Not only will you avoid unhappy people, but you’ll also get some exercise while doing it.


2. Remember that you’re not the only person on the ship.

The walls between rooms on a cruise ship are not that thick. Do not scream down hallways, slam doors or yell in your own room at all hours of the night. It is completely disrespectful to the other passengers. Be quiet when walking down hallways, especially if it’s late at night, and remember to use your inside voice when talking to other people in your room. Keep the volume of music or televisions at a reasonable level.

 

3. Respect other cultures.

You are on board a ship that contains thousands of other people from all parts of the globe. You are going to run into people that don’t speak your language, and you are going to hear announcements and read signs in more than one language. Do not let this bother you. Everyone on board the ship needs to know the same information you do.

 

4. Be cautious of your appearance.

Though you are on vacation, you need to remember that other people are on board too. When you are going to eat or attend a performance, make sure that you are always dressed appropriately. Nobody wants to see you in your robe, your pajamas or your weird underwear. Make sure that you are always dressed appropriately so that you don’t offend anyone else on board.

 

5. Don’t complain.

Because there are so many people on board, your trip may not be entirely perfect. You may not like the food served one day. You may have an issue with your room. Things are going to happen that you cannot control. Rather than spend your entire cruise complaining about it to anyone that will listen, simply let management know and they’ll alleviate the problem.

 

6. Limit yourself.

Though you are on vacation and you want to have fun, remember to know your limits. Nobody wants to be bombarded by “the drunk”. Feel free to have a good time, but don’t overdo it. It is also a good idea to keep limits in mind when it comes to food. If your cruise offers a buffet, remember that other people need to eat too. Don’t hog all of the fried shrimp or grilled tilapia. Save some for the rest of the passengers.

 

7. Tip.

The employees on your cruise ship work hard to ensure that you have a good time. Be sure to tip your servers, bartenders, maids or anyone else that serves you in any way.

Carrie Johnson lives in Dallas and works with a traveling agency.  She likes to write about traveling and travel tips in her spare time.  Carrie recently wrote about her cruise to a bahamas beach resort.

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Cozumel – Some Interesting Places to Enjoy http://www.auraresorts.com/Cozumel-Some-Interesting-Places-to-Enjoy http://www.auraresorts.com/Cozumel-Some-Interesting-Places-to-Enjoy#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 10:09:53 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=300 Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its name translates as Island of Swallows and it is renowned for its balnearios, scuba diving and snorkeling. It is a major tourist destination and it’s easy to see why.

Travelling to Cozumel

The main portal into Cozumel is the international airport (with the IATA code, CZM) which is located on the Caribbean coast only a short distance from Cancun. It has six boarding gates and handles over 400,000 passengers every year.

It dates back from the Second World War but its subsequent expansion allowed it to deal with bigger aircraft and, consequently, opened Cozumel up to a much larger tourist market. Nowadays, flights arrive at Cozumel airport from a number of cities throughout Mexico, the United States and Canada, meaning that visitors from further afield would need to make connections in one of the aforementioned destinations.

The main town on Cozumel, located only a short distance from the airport, is San Miguel de Cozumel. It is also the only point where ferries from the mainland dock so it offers the primary transport hub of the island.

In addition, Cozumel is visited by a huge range of cruise liners and San Miguel has the piers and berths necessary to receive these ships and the huge volume of passengers that travel on them. Although it is a municipal environment, San Miguel provides a base for various activity holidays across the island.

What to do in Cozumel

Perhaps one of the biggest attractions of Cozumel is the availability of great activities on offer that make for excellent adventure holidays. Firstly, the waters off the coast of this idyllic island are perfect for scuba-diving and snorkeling and were immortalized in the 1956 underwater film, ‘A New World’.

This film attracted the attention of divers across the world, including Jacques Cousteau and continues to do so today. Part of the attraction is the huge number of species visible below the waves, including many that can’t be seen anywhere else, such as the splendid toadfish.

Adventure holidays on Cozumel are largely based in the waters that surround the island and, alongside diving, these include kite-surfing, parasailing and taking a trip on the island’s own tourist submarine. Many of the hotels on Cozumel can provide opportunities to partake in these activities or at least point visitors in the right direction.

Another key attraction of Cozumel is the wide range of wildlife on offer, some of which are endemic to the island alone. These include the Cozumel Thrasher and the Cozumel Island Coati, both of which are highly endangered.

When to visit Cozumel

Its location in the Caribbean means that it enjoys a fairly tropical climate, which offers warmer weather in the summer months, as well as high humidity and fairly low chances of rain. However, in the summer period, this region can suffer from Atlantic storms and hurricanes. It is always worth checking forecasts before travelling.

Aside from weather, visitors to Cozumel in late April or early May can experience the Festival of El Cedral, which commemorates a man who floated from a village on the mainland to avoid persecution, surviving because he clung to a crucifix. The festival includes feasts, fairs, rodeos and much more.

Overall, Cozumel is a small island that can really pack a punch. Visitors who are looking for a taste of adventure will not be disappointed by the range of thrilling activities on offer. Holidaymakers seeking a more sedate experience can appreciate the local culture, varied wildlife and excellent natural beauty. Cozumel certainly has something to offer all visitors.

AUTHOR BIO:
Martin George writes regularly on
activity holidays for a range of travel websites and blogs. He first visited Cozumel in 2007 and fell in love with the island immediately.

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Mexican Cuisine – How To Eat Your Way Around Mexico http://www.auraresorts.com/Mexican-cuisine-How-To-Eat-Your-Way-Around-Mexico http://www.auraresorts.com/Mexican-cuisine-How-To-Eat-Your-Way-Around-Mexico#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:54:49 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=287 Quesadillas, Tortillos with grilled cheese and Enchiladas; these are just some of the most well-known food dishes served by the Mexican community. However, there is an abundance of food and drink available that one can savour while exploring the diverse areas of Mexico.

As a result of climate and geography, Mexican cuisine will differ depending on where you go. If you travel to the South like Cozumel, you will encounter food that possesses a Caribbean influence and is quite spicy; on the other hand, if you travel to the North, you will find dishes primarily made of beef, goat and other meats. No matter where your travels take you in Mexico, you will surely have a delightful time, and your palate will thank you.

Beef is the favoured meat in Northern Mexico and is the primary ingredient in one of the more popular dishes in the region, the large burrito, regionally known as burritas. The burrito originated in the city of Ciudad Jarez, and was named for the donkey of Juan Mendez, a street vendor during the Mexican Revolution. He used his donkey to travel and transport food to his taco stand and wrapped food in homemade flour tortillas and subsequently wrapped them in napkins to keep it warm.

As a result, he inadvertently created what is now known as the burrito. Unlike the American Burrito, a Mexican burrito typically has two ingredients that are wrapped in a thin flour tortilla. Meat, Potatoes and asadero cheese are just a few of the ingredients you can choose from. Whatever you choose, this burrito is unlike anything you have ever tasted.

Chicken and vegetables are the preferred foods in the Southern region of Mexico and because of its Caribbean influence; black beans and plantains are quite common as well. Red mole Poblano is a sauce that is used nationwide but is more prevalent when you travel south. There are various versions, colours and depths of the mole sauce, but all have the mutual ingredient of Chili Peppers. Of the more popular recipes is a chicken and fruit stew referred to as Mancha Manteles, translated to mean “The Tablecloth Stainer” as a result of the mole sauce that is used in the dish. Locals generally eat the dish for Sunday Brunch and have been known to wear a shirt they can afford to lose.

The Western region of Mexico specializes in a dish known as Goat Birria. Birria is a stew that is comprised of a dried roasted pepper but can vary in taste by using assorted meats and peppers. It originated in the city of Jalisco, and is most commonly eaten during holidays. Frequently prepared over a fire and then baked in the oven, the goat meat is pulled from the bone and smothered in a chili sauce. Goat can be a strong-flavoured meat; however, it is widely popular among locals and something to be appreciated and savoured.

Regardless of the cuisine that you choose to eat in Mexico, Aguas Frescas (literally translated means fresh water) is a delicious Mexican drink served in all regions of Mexico. It compliments all meals as it’s available in either fruit flavour; refreshing lemon, strawberry and orange or as a flower water such as hibiscus and can be found in most restaurants and local grocery stores. Known for its intense flavour and colourful dishes, Mexico is a food lover’s paradise and one destination you won’t want to miss.

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Surviving the Lanzarote Desert http://www.auraresorts.com/Surviving-the-Lanzarote-Desert http://www.auraresorts.com/Surviving-the-Lanzarote-Desert#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:14:34 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=275

Lanzarote is known for many things including its great beaches, its attractive volcanic landscape and its inspiring mountain ranges. However what you might not have realized is that it is also home to its very own desert which make a great day for anyone who has a well developed sense of adventure.

The desert in question is called ‘El Jable’, and is situated between Famara and the Montanas Del Fuego. The desert is by no means huge when you compare it to say the Sahara, but it nevertheless makes for a great day out and a great way to get some photographs.

What to do there?

If you were to go to Lanzarote and not experience the desert then you would be missing out on a great experience. Many people would not consider the desert to necessarily be a fun day out and might view it a potentially just a lot of dry, empty land (which technically it is). However the experience comes from not what you do in the desert, but rather the experience of being in this incredible environment that many people have never been in. If you have never set foot in the desert before, then wouldn’t you like this to be something you can say you’ve done?

When you are there you will find that the surroundings themselves are rewarding enough and that you feel like Lawrence of Arabia almost instantly. There’s a lot to see here too and you can look around for driftwood or look out for large lizards and other wildlife. There is almost certain to be an interesting rock that you can keep as a souvenir. This is also though the ideal place to get a Facebook profile picture – whether it’s next to your name written in the sand, or you in profile trekking across the barren landscape. When you’re there head toward the beach which eventually the sand join onto making it a great reward for all that trekking.

But if you do want to find something to ‘do’ in the deserts to give your time there more ‘purpose’ then why not try going on a camel tour? This is another way to get the perfect profile picture and it’s a very fun experience.

Surviving in the Desert

As we mentioned this isn’t like being stranded in the Sahara and you won’t end your visit crawling and begging for water. However that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be careful when heading into the desert. Make sure that people know where you’re going and take your phone with you so you can call for help if necessary. In the desert there is no protection from the sun, so even if you don’t intend to stay here long make sure you take lots of clothes to cover your arms and legs and a hat and sunglasses. Sun block should go without saying too.

Likewise you should also make sure to take something to drink – again this is true even if you are only planning on staying briefly. It’s very easy to get dehydrated and it can creep up on you without you noticing so make sure you have a bottle and take regular sips.

Cover your feet with good shoes rather than going in sandals as the sand can become very hot, and make sure that you don’t go too near to any big lizards which can sometimes bite. If you are sensible and take the necessary precautions then this is a great day out in the sun.

Nick Ball is a blogger and a writer who has recently written a . His keen interest is to inform people about when on a vacation.

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The best time to travel in Cozumel http://www.auraresorts.com/The-best-time-to-travel-in-Cozumel http://www.auraresorts.com/The-best-time-to-travel-in-Cozumel#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:25:41 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=271 The island of Cozumel lies just off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This is a very popular destination for walking holidays, due to the stunning natural scenery and plentiful walking trails all around the island. People also love to come here for the warm weather, friendly atmosphere and frequent festivals held throughout the year.

In terms of when to visit, it really depends on what kind of weather you’re looking for and what you plan to do during the trip. The winter in Cozumel lasts from the beginning of December until March. This is one of the busiest times of the year on the island. The temperatures are warm, with the average being about 24 degrees Celsius and there is little or no rain during this period. For this reason, those taking walking holidays might want to travel to the island in the winter.

There festivals in the winter that attract lots of holiday makers from all over the world. Two particularly popular events are held in February – the Dia de la Constitución and Cozumel Carnnival. The former is held on the 5th of February and is a national holiday in Mexico. During this event, businesses close and there are celebrations held around San Miguel, with street dancing, music and food stalls. The latter is held in the middle of the month and consists of a colourful, lively parade which has a distinctly Caribbean feel. The celebrations go on for about a week and include things such as elaborate costumes, dancing, music and traditional dishes being served on the streets.

However, travellers who want a slightly more peaceful holiday might want to consider other months of the year. April is a pleasant month, when the temperatures start to rise but there is still very little rain. The price of accommodation tends to fall after the busy winter season too, so if you’re on a tight budget this is a better time of year to visit the island.

Although the middle of summer does bring some of the hottest temperatures, there is plenty in the way of entertainment to make up for the glaring sun. One such event is the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, which translates as St. John the Baptist day. This is held in late June and consists of parades, bullfights, dancing and fun all round, with the street parties lasting until the early hours of the morning. Most of the celebrations on this day are centred on the Parque de Benito Juarez, located in San Miguel.

The rainy season lasts from September until November. During this time, you can expect high humidity and frequent rainfall. This period of the year is also considered to be prime hurricane season, so it’s important to have travel insurance if visiting. On a more positive note, hotel rates are at their cheapest and the island is calm and quiet. In the middle of September, the locals celebrate ‘El Grito’, which is a lively, fun event where people gather around the Plaza Central of San Miguel and shout ‘Viva Mexico’ as the clock strikes midnight. There is an impressively elaborate firework display held after this, along with street parties all over the island.

Cozumel has plenty to offer its visitors at any time of the year. Just make sure to consider what activities you want to do, how big your budget is and what kind of weather you’d prefer and you’re sure to have an incredible time on the island.

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Top Activities In Cozumel You Will Enjoy http://www.auraresorts.com/Top-Activities-In-Cozumel-You-Will-Enjoy http://www.auraresorts.com/Top-Activities-In-Cozumel-You-Will-Enjoy#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2012 07:14:24 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=255 Cozumel is wonderful hub for those who like outdoor activities, and it’s a particularly good destination for anyone interested in spotting wildlife, whether it’s in the sea, in the skies, or on land.

Let’s start with the birds. Over the last few years, birdwatchers have reported almost 250 different species on and around Cozumel. Several can be seen nowhere else on Earth and one (the Cozumel Thrasher) is severely endangered. Commonly spotted birds range from raucous, playful parrots to shy Caribbean doves. There are large wading birds, Yucatan Woodpeckers, wrens, warblers, and many more. As with many global birdwatching destinations, you never know quite what you’ll see. Visitors can either join a specialist birding tour or just take a quiet hike through the rainforest and see what flies by.

One animal that vacationers might not want to get too close to is the salt water crocodile, which lives in salty marshes and estuaries. Adults can easily reach 3 meters from snout to tail- certainly a respectable size- but surprise encounters are very rare. Those who want the thrill of seeing live crocodiles in the wild can take a boat tour but they aren’t very many crocs on Cozumel and they tend to stay in a few well-known locations on the south end of the island. Reptile enthusiasts will also find iguanas, geckos, and a huge variety of other lizards to see.

For a small island, Cozumel also has more than its fair share of interesting land mammals. Again, there are a handful that aren’t found anywhere else- the Cozumel Pygmy Raccoon and Coati are unique to the island. It’s also a great place to get into the water with dolphins. A dolphin swim (or dive, or snorkel) has to be one of the truly unmissable Cozumel experiences. Guided tours are easily available and you don’t even have to be a particularly strong swimmer.

Anyone who can swim can try snorkelling and get a glimpse of the island’s underwater world. It’s just as rich in wildlife as the jungles above the waterline so don’t forget your underwater camera in case you catch sight of a Splendid Toadfish with its beautiful electric blue and white stripes, or a huge grouper. There are tang, angelfish, sea horses, tarpan, puffer fish, wrasses, sand rays, and a whole lot more for snorkelers and divers to see.

Night diving is particularly popular around Cozumel. The crabs and lobsters tend to be more active in the darker hours and if you’re really lucky, you might even get to witness a coral spawning event. Divers and scientists gather from all around the world to see these, so it’s well worth enquiring with a local dive shop just in case you’ve picked a lucky day to visit.

Although some of Cozumel’s dive sites have strong currents and are suitable for advanced divers only, there are also plenty of gentle, shallow water dive sites ideal for learners. If you don’t have a dive certification already, there is no shortage of local scuba schools ready to help you on the way. Paradise reef ranks as one of the best beginner dive sites in the Americas, for example.

Jess Spate loves travel, hiking, and scuba diving. When at homes she writes for Appalachian Outdoors and plans her next adventure.

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It’s Time to Go For All Inclusive Resorts In Mexico http://www.auraresorts.com/Its-Time-to-Go-For-All-Inclusive-Resorts-In-Mexico http://www.auraresorts.com/Its-Time-to-Go-For-All-Inclusive-Resorts-In-Mexico#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:43:31 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=225 Catering to over 20 million visitors every year, all inclusive resorts in Mexico is one of the most popular destination vacations in the world. From its beaches to history to tequila, this country surely has something to offer for every sort of traveler. For your next holiday vacation, gear up and get a load of the top tourist attractions on this part of the world.

Acapulco

A popular getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires, Acapulco remains to be the original Mexican resort town ever since it gained worldwide prominence in the 1950s. Also a well-known spring break destination for college students, this resort features cliff divers doing impressive jumps into the ocean.

Guanajuato

This beautiful colonial city features lovely haciendas and colonial buildings that line the side of its streets and alleys. This is an excellent place for pedestrians since most of its traffic come from the network of tunnels that were built underground.

Oaxaca

Oaxaca is popular for having one of the best Dia de Los Muertos festivals in the entire country. This is a holiday that is celebrated in many parts of Latin America. This event starts at the end of October where tombs and home alters are decorated with flowers and are presented with offerings.

Cozumel

Just right off the Yucatan Peninsula is this scuba diving and snorkeling destination. Deemed as one of the best diving areas in the world, the underwater wonder in Cozumel features tropical fishes and beautiful coral reefs.

Los Cabos

Spanning a massive 20 miles, the white sandy beaches of Los Cabos features seaside resorts, restaurants, and bars. This destination also a haven for water sports enthusiasts with its offering of world-class sport fishing.

Palenque

An archeological site dating back from the Maya Empire, the Palenque houses the finest sculptures and architectures that were ever produced by the Mayans. Along with these 600 AD to 800 AD art pieces is the famous Temple of Inscriptions.

Copper Canyon

Riding the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, tourists are taken through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels as it rises 2,400 meters above sea level to an amazing view of the canyon from above. The Copper Canyon is a network of canyons that is comparable to that of the Grand Canyon.

Tulum

Tulum once served as a major port during the Mayan civilization and has now become a very popular tourist attraction. Many visitors rent simple cabanas to hacienda-style resorts to enjoy this place’s tropical beach backdrop.

Chichen Itza

The largest Mayan city in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Chichen Itza is home to the famous EL Castillo. The design of this temple features stairways whose steps all add up to 365 which is the number of days in a year. The Great Ballcourt and El Caracol are also great highlights of this city.

Teotihuacan

A powerful civilization in Mexico gave rise to the Teotihuacan metropolis along with its pyramids. Two of its most popular pyramids are the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Dubbed as Mesoamerica’s greatest city, it became a place of pilgrimage after its demise seven centuries later.

Amy C. is an enthusiastic adventure blogger. She is always on the lookout for the most exciting places and activities in many popular tourist destinations around the world. In between her explorations, she helps DMac Industries, a b deck and steel deck fabrication company, with office administration and blogging activities. Be on the lookout for her next escapade on her next post.

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Cozumel Scuba Diving & Other Excursions http://www.auraresorts.com/Cozumel-Scuba-Diving-%26-Other-Excursions http://www.auraresorts.com/Cozumel-Scuba-Diving-%26-Other-Excursions#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 05:04:54 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=192 Cozumel is the biggest of Mexico’s Caribbean islands, set off the tropical coast of the world famous Yucatán Peninsula. As at many of the region’s tourist destinations, there is plenty of space to relax beside the azure waters with a cold beverage, but Cozumel is most renowned for its recreational opportunities, specifically its premier diving, which is some of the finest in the world. Like the adjoining mainland, it’s also a site rich in Mayan history; Cozumel was once a significant pilgrimage site for these pre-Columbian peoples.

Diving and Snorkeling
Cozumel has been a major scuba-diving hotspot for decades, partly thanks to the publicity of famed marine adventurer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. Coral reefs of rich, biodiverse splendor fringe the island, part of the largest reef complex in the Western Hemisphere, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which sprawls from the Yucatán Peninsula southward to Honduras (Reference: Mesoamerican
Reef Alliance). There is no shortage of excellent dive sites around the island, including the protected waters of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. One of the most renowned dives here is that along the three-mile Palancar Reef, which showcases incredible and convoluted underwater topography, including great horseshoe coral heads.

Keep your eyes peeled for the throngs of small creatures, from brightly colored grazing fish to crustaceans, which roam the intricacies of the coral battlements. Drop-offs and shelves are often cruised by bigger animals, from sea turtles, groupers, and tarpon to big rays and sharks.

Snorkeling is another popular mode of exploration in Cozumel’s near shore waters.

Exploring the Mayan Legacy
Above water, there’s more to explore on Cozumel. You can get a sense for the island’s rich Mayan history at the ruins of San Gervasio, once a place of worship devoted to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility, and now the most developed and accessible large archaeological site on Cozumel. Surrounded by tropical forest and roamed by iguanas, this special place features striking arches, temples, and numerous other structures that serve as testament to one of Latin America’s great cultures. In the
ReservaEcológica Faro Celarain, which used to be known as Punta Sur, you can take in a unique stone structure called the Caracol, which warned the Mayans of approaching hurricanes and lesser storms via the whistling of wind through specially designed openings. Such tropical maelstroms, spawned in the Atlantic or Caribbean Sea, regularly batter Cozumel; in 2005, two big hurricanes, Emily and Wilma, made
landfall there to destructive effect.

Other Terrestrial Adventures
TheReservaEcológica Faro Celarain also supports one of Cozumel’s more visible populations of American crocodiles. This sometimes-massive reptile tends to prefer brackish and marine waters, which helps explain their broad distribution in the tropical Americas; they range as far north as South Florida. The impressive, ash-gray predators, which, despite their formidable appearance, are generally shy and

retiring around human beings, can often be spotted in the reserve’s lagoon, either from the vantage of shore or a boat. Exceptionally large male crocs may approach 20 feet in length, though most are smaller.

Birdwatching is a rewarding outdoors pursuit on Cozumel as well. The island harbors a nice assortment of Caribbean species. Among them are hot-pink spoonbills and the aerial pirates, called magnificent frigatebirds, as well as the occasional flamingo. Other wildlife includes a number of endemic creatures, those found nowhere else but the island, such as the handsome pygmy raccoon.

Numerous companies offer treks into the lush interior of Cozumel, with transportation options ranging from ATVs to horseback. Some of these explorations include the enigmatic “cenotes,” dazzling pools in the weathered limestone bedrock that are widely distributed in the tropical Americas.

Cozumel ranks among the Caribbean’s most exciting destinations, whether it’s for the plentiful and creature-packed reefs or the resilient monuments to Mayan culture. Don’t pass up the opportunity to explore its tropical variety.

Andy Johnson is an avid traveler and content creator at US Dish.

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Aura Cozumel Grand Resort Review http://www.auraresorts.com/Aura-Cozumel-Grand-Resort-Review http://www.auraresorts.com/Aura-Cozumel-Grand-Resort-Review#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:31:20 +0000 admin http://www.auraresorts.com/?p=177 Are you tired of the same old holiday ideas? It may be time to try out something new for your next adventure. While Mexico is a standard vacation spot, there are still places that are fresh and exciting. Cozumel is a large island just off the coast of Mexico and is one of the most popular and affordable destinations for vacationers and divers alike. One location in particular on this fantastic island stands out from the rest. Let’s take a look at what Aura Resorts has to offer.

Aura Resorts Facilities

When it comes to Mexican holiday rentals, Aura Resorts can’t be beaten. Enjoy a beautiful sandy beach that stretches along 500 feet alongside the resort, or relax in one of three hydro-massage Jacuzzi tubs available at the resort. Also available is a gorgeous interconnecting pool with different sections.
For all dining needs, try the Isola or the Hava Grill, two incredible restaurants located on the Aura Cozumel Grand Resort. Enjoy Mediterranean-Italian influenced dishes at the Isola or partake in Hava Grill’s wide assortment of delectable seafood cocktails, freshly grilled cuts of meat and Mexican-Caribbean delicacies. There are also three bars available.

If you’re looking for adventure, check out the activities centre or the water sports centre. The activities centre is the place to go for relaxing but fun activities, such as beach volleyball, darts and aerobics, as well as board games such as backgammon and chess. The water sports centre holds Water Entertainment, your source for snorkelling, sailboats, windsurfing and kayaking. All of these activities are available free of charge! Special events such as fishing and romantic sunset cruises are available at an additional cost.

If you’re attending Aura Cozumel with a business group or want to maintain both your shape and your connection with the outside world, you’ll love the fitness centre and business centre. The fitness centre opens at six in the morning and offers a wide range of exercise facilities, while the business centre is your connection point for Internet access, printer, photocopier and more. There are group meeting areas available for business ventures or even reunions.

Finally take advantage of Reef Plaza Shopping Centre where you can buy a wide range of products, and then finish up a long shopping trip with a stop at Islander Spa, the premiere spa on the island with over 7,000 square feet of space and a wealth of treatments. From facials and wraps to hair styling, manicuring and waxing, this spa has you covered. Relax at the end of the day with a customized massage.

Staying at Aura Cozumel

Cozumel is the perfect location for a holiday getaway, and Aura Resorts is sure to have everything you could want in a resort location. Check in time is at 3:00 in the afternoon daily, although you can request a late check-out time in some instances. Aura Resorts also offers some discounted bookings, so check for all available deals. Choose from unique options such as the swim up suites, which allow you to swim directly to your own private terrace directly from the lazy river connecting the grandiose pool sections,

Swim Up Suiteor go all out with a striking 1,000 square foot suite on the top floor with its own lap pool and solarium

If a slightly more staid vacation is on your mind, book a cosy but spacious ocean view suite.

You can even book two-bedroom suites in all of the above listed options for a lavish vacation with your friends.

2 Bedroom Swim UpWhether you’re looking to spend your time relaxing on the beaches or in the spa or you want the adventure that diving brings, Aura Resorts can cater to your every need. Escape the winter blues with an exciting trip to Cozumel and enjoy all the treasures Mexico has to offer.

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