Mexico It Is!

It was time for a family vacation and my daughter was rooting for a destination. “Mexico, I want to see the Mayan Ruins”, she says. How can you go wrong visiting such a beautiful place with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and especially the historical Mayan Ruins, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! So Cancun, Mexico it was.

We stayed at the beautiful Beloved Hotel at Playa Mujeres, Cancun.  A very kid friendly hotel with many young families. It was more of a boutique hotel, with additional “casitas” on the beach, a small lobby and 3 restaurants, including a beach shack on the white sands serving grilled delicacies and brick oven pizza. All the food and drinks were included (all-inclusive). We certainly had our dose of Mexican food, which was to die for! All of the restaurants were ala cart, which was nice for an all-inclusive. By the second day, the staff knew our names and made sure that we were enjoying ourselves, which of course, who could not!

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It was time to go sight seeing — yes, the Mayan ruins. We chose to go see Tulum Mayan Ruins. We were checking out prices on tours, but opted to rent a car so we could come and go as we pleased. It was a simple ride, one road to get there and about an hour away. When we arrived it was very well organized for parking and getting our tickets to see the ruins. We received a map at the entrance and went on our way. All I can say is if you visit Cancun or Riviera Maya, Tulum is a must see! It was breathtaking, especially with the backdrop of the beautiful turquoise ocean beneath us.

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This is a destination we will definitely return to. The locals were so welcoming and friendly everywhere we went. I cannot wait to visit again!!

For more information on discovering Mexico contact me at Georgia@travelwiththemagic.

(800) 670-4312 x130

Discovery Cove

Are you looking for a tropical island paradise that is located just a few miles from your hotel?  Look no further than Discovery Cove, located in Orlando, Florida.  Discovery Cove offers an interactive adventure that will thrill both young and old with lush scenery, beautiful beaches, and one-of-a-kind interactions with tropical wildlife.

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            Discovery Cove is an all inclusive experience.  For the cost of $199-$319 per person, visitors will receive unlimited snorkeling with tropical fish, swimming with stingrays, and the ultimate experience of a thirty minute swim with the dolphins.  Also included in the cost are locker rental, wetsuits, towels, swim mask, sunscreen, beach chairs, parking, and food, drinks, and snacks for your entire visit.  As an additional bonus, the Discovery Cove ticket also gives you unlimited admission to Sea World for up to fourteen days!  Visitors receive an incredible array of experiences and amenities with the single cost of admission to Discovery Cove.

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            What can you expect during this exciting experience?  Visitors can anticipate a truly immersive experience that feels like a private tropical island.  Sand, palm trees, exotic birds, and beautiful ocean creatures will surround you.  Resverations are not required, but are recommended to help maximize experience.  Guest should plan to arrive early, as reservations for swim times are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Arrival at 8:00 a.m. will insure a good choice of possible swim times.  Swims are done in groups of eight, so if your party is larger than this, it may be necessary to divide into two groups.  While resting and relaxing between tropical adventures, visitors can enjoy a wonderful selection of food and beverages.  Breakfast offerings include eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, potatoes, biscuits, cereal, croissants, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  The lunch menu features spaghetti, fresh fish, jambalaya, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, french fries, and corn on the cob.  Snacks are available throughout the day and include chips, hot pretzels, cookies, icees, fresh fruit, soda, and beer.  All of these amazing food choices are included in your ticket cost.

            There are a few options available for an additional charge to enhance your experience.  Private cabanas are available for approximately $229 for the day.  Included in your cabana rental is an underwater camera, t-shirt, stuffed toy, themed buoy handed to you by a dolphin, and a discount on the photo package.  There are only thirteen cabanas available, so booking in advance is wise.  Cabanas can be booked three weeks prior to your scheduled visit.  Photo packages are also available for an additional charge.  Packages range from $69-$219, and can help capture your memories so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

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            Is Discovery Cove worth it?  Speaking from experience, I can say that Discovery Cove was an amazing experience.  Swimming with the tropical fish and stingrays was incredible, and the encounter with the dolphins was more rewarding than I ever thought it could be.  The dolphins have so much personality and character, it was truly amazing to interact with them.  The park itself was breathtakingly beautiful, and the food was delicious.  I would have to say that our day at Discovery Cove was one of our best family memories, and one that we would definitely enjoy experiencing again.  Discovery Cove is a truly unique experience and one that everyone should consider when vacationing in Orlando.

Contact me Tammy Cain at TammyC@Travelwiththemagic.com or you can call me at 1- 800-670-4312 ext 137 for your next magical vacation.