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Tipping While on Vacation in Mexico

Similar to the U.S. and Canada, tipping in Mexico is a custom woven into its vibrant culture.  As you travel through this beautiful country, remember that almost everyone working in the service industry here receives very modest wages, which means that tips are essential to their livelihood.  Tips should match the level of service you have encountered, so amounts can vary depending on your satisfaction.  Reward good service with genuine thanks and a tip.     Currency for tips Although you can tip in U.S. dollars (bills only, never coins) and spend the currency almost anywhere, most businesses do not offer good exchange rates, so it is wise to have pesos whenever you are out and about.  As you travel around, try to keep a stash of small bills and 10 pesos coins with you so tipping is easy; hunting down change when you need it can prove difficult sometimes, so break your larger bills when you make purchases.   Below, you will find some basic guidelines for tipping in Mexico*: Tour and Activity Guides …

You’ll be the Picture of Health at Club Caribe

You might think that maintaining healthy habits while vacationing in Cancun will be difficult due to the huge temptation to eat, drink and socialize to your heart’s content.  However, as a Club Caribe member, you have exclusive access to the very best dining, activities and wellness facilities available at Villa Del Palmar Cancun to ensure that your overall health and wellbeing aren’t compromised by overindulgence and delicious temptations. Follow these simple steps to ensure you stay healthy while on vacation. 1. Drink plenty of Water! After long days in the Caribbean sunshine and hours spent sipping margaritas, it will be more important than ever to get your daily allotment of fresh water. Don’t let dehydration mar what is meant to be a fantastic Mexican vacation. At Villa Del Palmar Cancun, it is safe to drink the water, which is filtered and purified on site, right out of the tap or you can take advantage of the bottled water that is available upon request. Either way, you’ll be glad you made water intake a top priority …

Stand Up Paddleboarding for Mind, Body and Soul

Years ago, few people had even heard about Stand-Up Paddleboarding, let alone set out to try it for themselves. Nowadays though, millions of people are taking to the oceans and lakes for a chance to surf the waves and enjoy the water, all while getting a low-impact full-body workout. While the euphoric effect of heading out on the open seas for a fun filled day in the sun makes SUP (stand up paddleboarding) an attractive pastime for people of all ages, it’s the numerous health benefits that come with the sport that make it the ultimate outdoor activity. From rigorous workouts to improved cardiovascular health, there are a myriad of reasons to give the relatively new sport a try next time you use your Club Caribe membership to stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Physical Well-being It’s no secret that professional stand up paddleboarders are in great shape. Typically they are not only toned from head to toe, but they have great stamina and endurance and can maintain incredible balance. And for good reason: paddleboarding …

Mother’s Day Cancun Style

If you are going to be using your Club Caribe membership to stay in Cancun during the second weekend in May, than you already have the perfect setting to create the very best Mother’s Day surprise. Make this year an experience she’ll never forget by treating your mom to some of the most indulgent Mother’s Day experiences on the planet. Not only will she be left feeling like a queen, but you’ll have the satisfaction of giving her a gift that she so surely deserves. Here are some tips on great treats for you mom, most of which you could adapt to your home town if Cancun is not on the horizon for Mother’s Day this year. Breakfast in Bed or on your Balcony Get an amazing start to the day by surprising her with a delicious breakfast on the balcony of your suite at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Not only will she get to witness one of the most amazing sunrises in the world, but she’ll be able to indulge in the decadent flavors …

Cancun to Experience Irish Fever

Thousands of miles off the shores of Ireland’s emerald coast, Cancun’s tropical paradise will be brimming with Irish fever on St. Patrick’s Day this year. While an obvious correlation between these two seemingly different destinations is not at first apparent, Mexico and Ireland’s love for celebrating unite them in a bond that is undeniable. Club Caribe members visiting Cancun for St. Patrick’s Day will be able to tip back their glasses and toast to the Irish at one or all of Cancun’s most iconic locales. Here are some great activities for you to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day in Cancun. Dinner at Caprichos – Irish Themed Buffet and Show Enjoy fun, Irish-themed revelry at the brand new Caprichos restaurant at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Indulge in a carefully selected menu in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and delight in the  entertainment and live music planned for you enjoyment on this special day. Bar-Hop Cancun’s Hotel Zone If you have owned your Club Caribe membership for a while, then you will know that the Hotel Zone …

Celebrate Love with Club Caribe

The whole of February is a time to celebrate the very thing that inspires us to be better, work harder and strive past obstacles in life – LOVE! It is not just Valentine’s Day that gives us an excuse to thank our loved ones, everyday at Villa del Palmar Cancun provides ways to show love and be loved. At Villa del Palmar Cancun, the whole of February is considered a month of romance and passion giving Club Caribe members the perfect reason to celebrate those special people. Why not treat your loved one to a Noche Romantica at the Village Spa to show them just how much you care. Noche Romantica (Romantic Night) The Noche Romantica couples’ spa treatment boasts the perfect combination of relaxation and romance to sweep you and your beloved off your feet. The romantic ritual begins with ample time in the Village Spa’s hydrotherapy area for you to relax and set the mood. This spa circuit, which includes a steam room, hot, cold and warm Jacuzzis and showers, is the perfect …

Club Caribe Membership to Escape Winter

As the warm fuzzy feeling of the holidays wears off and the chill of winter sets in, it’s only natural to feel a longing for the brighter signs of spring. At the beginning, the holiday spirit keeps us going but, as the Christmas trees disappear and the candles of the Menorah burn out, we are left with the piles of muddy slush and frostbitten cheeks to remind us of the cold winter days that still lie ahead. Unfortunately, in the US and Canada the frosty temperatures drag on and the dog days of summer seem like nothing but a distant memory. For this and so many other reasons, hundreds of thousands of UV-deprived northerners dream of heading south to Cancun in search of the warmth and sunshine of a Mexican vacation. In Cancun, visitors trade in their seasonal depression for jubilant nights on the strip and euphoric days under the golden sun. Imagine a time when instead of pulling the covers over your head each morning, dreading the start of another gloomy day, you could …

Celebrating the Shortest Day of the Year

For most, the arrival of the winter solstice on December 21st, the shortest and darkest day of the year, leaves little to celebrate. With, of course, the exception of the upcoming holidays and the promises of a new year, there isn’t much to look forward to other than colder weather and reduced hours of sunlight. However, for some, the winter solstice marks a time of renewal and a period in the yearly calendar that deserves both recognition and honor. The Mayan Calendar and the Winter Solstice For the ancient Maya, the winter solstice, whose date varies each year from December 20th to 23rd, represents the beginning of a brighter and warmer future. As a culture who studied the sun’s movements and the constellations with great precision, they knew that the winter solstice was the end of a cycle and, from that point on, the days could only get longer and eventually the temperatures would rise again. Likewise, it is the time of year when the sun appears as though it has paused in its procession …

THANKSGIVING FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

As the United States prepares for its most cherished family celebration of the year, did you know that in Canada, Thanksgiving is already a distant memory? Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October and not the fourth weekend in November. Check out more facts about Thanksgiving in the USA and see how many you already knew. THANKSGIVING FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW – The exact date when the Plymouth Pilgrims feasted with the Wampanoag Indians for the first Thanksgiving dinner is unknown and is thought to have happened somewhere between September 20 and November 9, 1621, although some claim that there are records of earlier “Thanksgivings” in other parts of the New World. – Although Abraham Lincoln is credited for the Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1863, which officially acknowledged the fourth Thursday in November as the Thanksgiving national holiday, it wasn’t until December 26, 1941 that Congress passed a law. -The original Thanksgiving was a much longer affair and is said to have lasted for three days. – Approximately 50 Native …

Luxury Spa Travel

Nowadays, it seems there are so many new fads and health routines to keep us looking younger, thinner and feeling healthier; yet one that has not gone out of fashion since the time of the Egyptians is enjoying a spa session. The health benefits of spas are widely accepted, with the initials SPA forming the acronym for the latin title salus per aquam, which in a literal sense means “health by water.” So, it would seem we have a lot to thank our ancestors for. Spa vacations have become more and more popular, and rightly so; with your Club Caribe membership you can visit various destinations in Mexico for a spa retreat, taking full advantage of the spa treatments and facilities at each of the resorts offered by your membership. The spas at the resorts each have a different flavor and varying policies for members. For example, although the spa wet areas (jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas) are free in all of the spas when accompanying a treatment or massage, there may be a small …