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4 Myths about Cancun and the Riviera Maya

We live in a world of information overload. We are bombarded 24/7 with statistics, videos, words, paper and sounds telling us what something is or isn’t. Therefore, we’re left to sift out the truth for ourselves. It’s no different when it comes to Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Who DO you believe?

You can see a blurb here, a soundbite there or a State Department posting over there. Or maybe you hear from a friend of your Aunt Nellie’s cousin (yes, her) that such and such or so and so is what is really going on in not only Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but Isla Mujeres, Tulum and the whole country in general.

But is it true?

As a long-time foreign-born-and-raised resident of Cancún (yes, it has an accent), I’d like to take on a few of those myths. Give you my take. Here are a few…

Myth #1: It’s Just for Americans

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Cancun and the Rivera Maya are for EVERYONE!

A few years ago an old friend who enjoys adventurous traveling (she and her family don’t say vacation), mentioned that she and her family would be doing some hiking in Belize and might want to swing up to Mexico. I said ” let’s meet here in Cancún or Playa.” She said, “nope, that’s for American tourists. We want something real.”

First of all…

It is true that the first major market outside of Mexico to make Cancún and the Mexican Caribbean a vacation destination was the US. That has changed. Today you hear people speaking Russian on the beaches of Isla Mujeres. You can see Korean honeymooners enjoying our exotic natural wonders in Playa del Carmen. Italians sun themselves down in Tulum.

On excursions to Mayan sites like Chichen Itzá or Tulúm you’ll meet fellow travelers from Asia, Europe, South America and all over the world. In hotels and restaurants along the Riviera Maya, your waiter may need to speak a little French, German and Italian to communicate with diners. The Mexican Caribbean is clearly an international destination. Visitors are real people hungry for real culture, real adventure, real natural beauty and really warm and hospitable hosts.


Myth Two: the Area is So Built Up There is Nothing Natural to Admire.

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Plenty of nature on, under and near the water here…

While Cancun´s Hotel Zone has many hotel rooms in its 23 kilometers (14 miles), you may want to wait a second before you make that statement. In this space, you have 14 miles of beautiful white sand beaches with some of the most beautiful water in the world. Right across the street you have the Nichupté Lagoon for boating jet skiing, flyboarding and other water sports. And you have several Mayan archaeological sites like El Rey, and a Mayan History museum on the site of a real set of Mayan ruins, and beautiful green areas.

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping…

Also, are there hotels? Of course. Where would you stay? Are there US-styled shopping malls? Totally. You can’t keep people (especially from South America) out of Louis Vuitton, Prada and Brooks Brothers. Everybody wants something different on their vacations, and we have plenty of  different.

Want something less bustly? Just as soon as you go a few minutes south to the Riviera Maya, you’ll have plenty of elbow room…

A day trip to iconic beaches like Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres will have you singing another tune. The same can be said if you visit our amazing interior with its lush tropical jungles and cenotes. You won’t get enough of how naturally beautiful and awe-inspiring our home can be.

Myth #3-There’s No Great Food Here.

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SOOO much good food here!

Au contraire, mon frere. Mexican cuisine is celebrated ‘round the world for its complexity of flavors, textures and colors. Cancun and the Riviera Maya has hotels and restaurants boasting world-famous chefs and magical ingredients. You can even run into exquisite taco stands or grilled fish stalls that will blow your tastebuds away!

Local flavors are a mix of Mexican classics with a strong Mayan influence. Try some of the local cochinita pibil (a fabulous pork dish), pollo pibil (chicken cooked in a buried pit) o pescado tikinchik (grilled fresh fish done with Mayan spices). I am now officially hungry.

And you can’t leave without trying some mind-numbing habanero chiles. Just a few drops will work wonders. Any more than that and you will be communicating directly with the Mayan gods.

Myth #4 It’s Not Easy to Get Here


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Just a hop, skip and a jump from where you are.

Not to bust your bubble, but this couldn’t be less true. Last year, Cancún had over 16 million people pass through its airport with flights from all over the world. If you live near a major city, there’s a chance you’re one or two stops away from us!

Furthermore, for those people who may have worried about a congested airport, we announce the opening of International Terminal 4.  It should take less time to get in and out and get through customs and immigration. Score for everyone.

Why don’t we do this?

In conclusion, instead of believing what is fed to us by the media and gossipy friends and family, do some educated research and put Trip Advisor, Facebook and other tools to work for you. Find a great place to stay in our area, and FEEL IT FOR YOURSELVES.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Need tips and tricks to know where to go and what to do when you do come down? Drop us a line here at the  Moana blog and we’ll be glad to put some suggestions down for you, you know, to help bust those myths.

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Real smiles from new friends aboard the Moana…

And what is not a myth is how amazing a day out on the Moana Catamaran will be for you, friends and family once you get down here (or over here, or under here…you get the picture). Sure, we say this because this is our blog, right?

Additionally, if you check out our Facebook page, Instagram feed, Trip Advisor or Google+, you’ll get an idea of what people from all over the world have said about us. Our satisfied clients are our best advertisers!

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If you’re in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, or the Riviera Maya,  find out how easy and affordable it is to enjoy our Lobster Dinner Cruise and a day out on the Moana, and the memories you and yours can make aboard. E-mail this beautiful Cancun catamaran directly at or call (52) 998 734-8578 today.


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