Mexico: Mayan Riviera

Mexico is a vibrant and wonderful place to visit. There are family trips, weekend getaways and even romantic honeymoons, Mexico caters to many different types of visitors.

The Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya is an oceanfront Cancún resort located on the Riviera Maya, within one mile of Puerto Morelos and the National Reef Park. An outdoor swimming pool has waterfalls, a diving platform, and water slides.

The Hotel Marina El Cid has 350 guest suites that are located on four floors. All rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean or pool, as well as mini-bars and complimentary bottled water. One-bedroom suites have a kitchenette. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

The majority of amenities, activities, and gratuities at this resort are included in the room rate; guests will usually not be charged extra for them.

Even more enticing than its location are the amenities available for kids. These include a kids’ club for children ages four to twelve, a play zone in the pool including waterslides, a teens’ program including a trip to the Mayan Ruins, kayaking, snorkeling on the Barrier Reef, and windsurfing lessons.

In addition, parents who have vacationed at this resort with their kids have nothing but rave reviews. The food is delicious, fresh, varied, and plentiful. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the staff is more than accommodating. The kids’ club scored high marks by adults and overall, visitors boast it is one of the best family resorts in the Mayan Riviera.

In addition, you can obtain the lowest rate by checking out this hotel online and clicking on price comparisons. Some hotel rates were as low as $404.00. You can also check with your travel agent to ascertain the air/land package rates.

The Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya is close to shopping, restaurants, and other venues as well. For an affordable family vacation this spring, consider the Mayan Rivera for its culture, history, and an overall experience that you and your family will talk about for years to come.


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Travel Immunizations: Are You Up-to-Date?

You have probably heard about the serious outbreak of Avian Flu. This is just one of many illnesses that you need to be aware of when traveling anywhere in the world. The CDC has a comprehensive page on their website that offers the latest recommended vaccinations for travelers.

Basically, these vaccinations are divided into three groups: recommended, required, and routine. Your family doctor will be able to advise you as to what vaccinations are needed depending on the destination you choose; however, you can easily check the latest information on the CDC website.

According to the CDC, recommended vaccinations are “to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations.”

Required vaccinations are those that are mandated by International Health Regulations. Presently, “yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America is required. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj.”

Routine vaccinations are “necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States.”

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the CDC offers recommendations on the type of immunizations needed. This is also the case if you are traveling with infants and/or children.

Before you travel abroad or anywhere in the world, check out the CDC website to ascertain what immunizations are required. They have a page where you can search destinations by region.

Moreover, they provide information on such concerns as water and food safety, insects, and other diseases which may be currently active in certain countries.  The more you know, the better equipped you will be to choose a vacation spot that is relatively clear of any disease or problems that can affect your family’s health.

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