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Riviera Maya


Description



The Riviera Maya was originally called the Cancun-Tulum corridor, but in 1999 it was renamed as the Riviera Maya. Today it stretches from Playa del Carmen in the north and south to Tulum, and extends some 40 km inland bordering with the state of Yucatan.


Climate

The average maximum and minimum temperatures are:

From January to March: 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F)

From April to June: 22° to 32°C (71° to 89°F)

From July to September: 24° to 33°C (75° to 91°F)

From October to December: 20° to 31°C (68° to 87°F)


Attire

At resorts, casual attire is appropriate almost anywhere. Appropriate attire for gentlemen includes slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. As for ladies appropriate atttire includes sundresses, skirts, and dress shorts or pants. Please note that some restaurants do not permit non-dress shorts or recreational sandals. Shorts, slacks, collared sports shirts, skirts, sundresses, jeans, and swimsuits with cover-ups are all appropriate during the daytime. You should also check the attire for your selected activities in case special shoe wear such as soft-soled shoes or hiking shoes are required. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for all excursions. On tours involving water activities bring along or wear a swimsuit, sunglasses, a sun hat or visor, and sunscreen.


Infrastructure

The Riviera Maya provides an impressive choice of accommodations, ranging from large and luxurious oceanfront hotel complexes (some of them operating on an "all-inclusive" basis and offering luxurious spas with all the necessary amenities for rest and relaxation) to smaller hotels and rustic cabins built on the edge of the jungle or facing the sea for those who enjoy being closer to nature.


Electricity

The electricity standard is 110 Volts AC, the same as in the United States and Canada.


Telecommunications

All main tourist areas have facilities such as fax and internet services and you will find wireless internet access in most hotels as well as in many restaurants and cafes. To make international calls from Mexico you need to dial an international access code: 001 for the US and Canada and 00 + access code for the rest of the world. The cheapest way to make phone calls is with prepaid cards.

Making phone calls from your hotel room may be costly. If you wish to use your cell phone in Mexico contact your service provider before your vacation for more information. You can rent cellphones per day for local use.


Medical Care

Two major hospitals are located in downtown Cancun, with one specializing in tourist care. Staff in both facilities are bilingual. Some hospitals even accept US insurance. At major resorts a doctor usually is on call 24 hours a day.


Taxes

A 11% value-added tax (called IVA in spanish) is applied to most goods and services, allthough some items such as medications are exempt. Receipts are not required to itemize taxes separately, the taxes are usually included in the retail price of the goods.


Money

The official currency is the Mexican peso but American dollars are also widely accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm. The majority of Money Exchange offices are open much later. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops, and restaurants. Your purchase is charged in Mexican pesos, your bank converts the amount to the equivalent in dollars and charges it to your account. Keep in mind that some stores don't accept $100 US dollar bills. ATM's accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and dispense money in Mexican pesos, the commission amount depends on your bank's policy.


Tipping

Gratuities have been prepaid for airport porters, resort bellboys, tour operators, and wait staff for all hosted meal functions. When you are dining on your own, please verify if a service charge has been included with the price of your meal before tipping. Generally, 15-20% gratuity is customary.



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