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It’s the Prefect Time to Visit Riviera Maya and Here’s Why

It’s the Prefect Time to Visit Riviera Maya and Here’s Why

Visiting Mexico's Caribbean Coast, known as the Riviera Maya is a must for every adventurer at heart. It's great for road trips where you can explore more of numerous white-sand beaches, scenic ruins, and amazing cenotes. It might be a little too busy for some, but despite the development, you can still discover small fishing towns or set forth inland and experience the true-blue Mexican culture untouched by tourism. Download the Riviera Maya Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you plan your next trip.

1. Chichen Itza

The famous Mayan ruins are UNESCO world heritage and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Even if you are in your all-inclusive relaxing vacation, a day trip is totally worth it. Chichen Itza is a huge complex of Mayan ruins in a shape of pyramids built by Maya people approximately 1,200 years ago. Keep in mind that the area is big, it is not only one pyramid that you see on all the pictures, it is an ensemble of many greatly preserved ruins.

2. Grupo Nohoch Mul

Nohoch Mul (Big Mound) is also known as the Great Pyramid. It reaches a height of 42 meters, making it the second-tallest Maya structure on the Yucatán Peninsula. Climbing the old steps can be scary for some. Two diving gods are carved over the doorway of the temple at the top (built in the post-Classic period, AD 1100–1450), similar to sculptures at Tulum.

3. Grupo de las Pinturas

The temple at Grupo de las Pinturas (Paintings Group) bears traces of glyphs and frescoes above its door and remnants of richly colored plaster inside. You approach the temple from the southeast. Leave by the trail at the northwest (opposite the temple steps) to see two stelae. The first of these is 20m along, beneath a palapa. Here, a regal figure stands over two others, one of them kneeling with his hands bound behind him.

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Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Playa del Carmen's popularity is growing more and more each year. It now ranks as the third-largest city in Quintana Roo and competes with Tulum as one of the Riviera's rendiest cities. The town is ideally located: close to Cancún’s international airport, but far enough south to allow easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Cobá and other worthy destinations. So If you're looking for your next tropical destination download the Playa del Carmen Travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.  Cenote Diving

What’s a cenote you ask? It’s an underground cave filled with fresh water. The Yucatan has tons of them—sinkholes that open up into underground rivers with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. If you have your PADI license, you can go scuba diving in these caves with a guide. Because there’s daylight near the entrance a more technical cave diving license isn’t required. Not a diver? No problem. You can also go snorkeling at most cenotes.

2. Visit Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are located South of Playa del Carmen in the town of Tulum. A must-visit if you’re in the area.

Tulum was once a small but important port city for the Mayans. Along with impressive structures on the edge of a cliff, it has a beach below where you can swim too. Because Tulum is so popular, it can be crowded unless you arrive early in the morning. Coba is another Mayan site near Playa del Carmen which sees less visitors. You can still climb the pyramid there too.

3. Swim With Sea Turtles

Who doesn’t want to swim with sea turtles? I’ve always wanted to, that’s for sure. I got my chance at Akumal beach, 30 minutes South of Playa del Carmen. The shallow blue-green water here is home to Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead sea turtles that you can swim with.

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Reasons Why Italy is the Capital of European Summer

Reasons Why Italy is the Capital of European Summer

Italy’s great food, beautiful countryside, fabulous wine, and long history make it an excellent country to visit. I fall in love with it every time I go. The vineyards in Tuscany, the history of Florence, the ancient streets in Rome, the laid back nature of Southern Italy, the gorgeous Cinque Terre, and the romantic canals in Venice all make the country irresistible. Italy leaves no one underwhelmed and, with so much to do and see, you better download the Italy Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you plan your trip.

1.  Tuscan Hills

Tuscany has a timeless familiarity with its iconic Florentine cathedral dome, gently rolling hills dipped in soft morning mist and sculptural cypress alleys. Get out, explore, hike and ding your bicycle bell, as this rousing landscape demands. Then there's the food. No land is more caught up with the fruits of its fertile earth than Tuscany, a gourmet destination whose residents spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about, discussing and consuming food and wine.

2. The Ruins of Pompeii

The ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii make for one of the world's most engrossing archaeological experiences. Much of the site's value lies in the fact that the town wasn't simply blown away by Vesuvius in AD 79 but buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). The result is a remarkably well-preserved slice of ancient life, where visitors can walk down Roman streets and snoop around millennia-old houses, temples, shops, cafes, amphitheatres, and even a brothel.

3. Venetian Grandeur

The Grand Canal, reflects the glories of Venetian architecture lining its banks. At the end of Venice’s signature waterway, the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco add double exclamation points. But wait until you see what’s hiding in the narrow backstreets: neighbourhood churches lined with Veroneses and priceless marbles, Tiepolo’s glimpses of heaven on homeless-shelter ceilings, and a single Titian painting that mysteriously lights up an entire basilica.

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3 Remarkable Things to do in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World

3 Remarkable Things to do in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World

It's hard not to take that flight to the sunshine state of Florida where they promise "Real People, Real Time, Real Florida," Florida is the southeastern most U.S. state, facing the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico on both sides. It isn't just known for the Walt Disney World and its hundreds of miles of beaches, but it's also well known for its rich Latin-American cultural influences. Enjoy Florida's remarkable art scene, nightlife, and beach vibe with the Florida Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.      Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World by the famed Walt Disney Company featuring four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including Disney Springs. Whew, if that's not enough to make you visit then we're pretty sure the hundreds of attractions will. From the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom to Impressions de France at Epcot and Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, there is definitely something for everyone.

2.      South Beach

South Beach is often referred to as the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. But there's more to this eclectic city than its pristine shores and vibrant Deco architecture. With its unique mix of Latin-American influences, it boasts a culinary flair of gourmet to casual beachside cuisine that you won't be able to find anywhere else. If you're taking a break from the sun, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst world-class boutiques, art galleries, and stores.

3.      Mallory Square

The famed Key West plaza is located just on the waterfront of its historic Old Town. There's so much to see around Mallory Square that it makes for one of the best tourist and local hot spots in Key West. Enjoy a little bit of history at the Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum and the Old Post Office and Customshouse and of course the very famous "Sunset Celebration." Enjoy this tradition of watching the sunset undisrupted by boats and yachts with local and tourists alike.

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Top Attractions to Visit in Phuket, Thailand’s Largest and Most Popular Island

Top Attractions to Visit in Phuket, Thailand’s Largest and Most Popular Island

The island of Phuket has been heavily developed for tourism and has become a favorite destination for families thanks to the availability of generous group holiday packages. Here are the reasons why you need to check out Thailand’s most popular tourist destination. Get your Phuket Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map to help you out in planning your itinerary.

1.      Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is famous for its towering limestone cliffs sticking out of the water but its most famous attraction is its Koh Ta-Pu. The charm and beauty of Koh Ta-Pu became world renowned when it was used as a major setting for the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. People started calling it James Bond Island ever since. If you love seeing different living creatures, the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park will keep you enthralled with its numerous species of fish, amphibians, mangroves, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Swing by Koh Panyee, a Muslim fishing village impressively built entirely on stilts.

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2.      Old Phuket Town

The old Phuket Town is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the island’s culture. Phuket architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more were greatly influenced by Chinese and Indians as the island used to be a major trading stop between China and India. Arab, Malay, and Portuguese traders also frequented it and left their own influences. Phuket Town is the largest town in the province and boasts a great selection of restaurants and cafes as well as awesome markets.

3.      Buddhist Temples

There are 29 vibrant Buddhist temples spread across the island. Among these temples, the Wat Chalong is the most popular, attracting thousands of tourists each year. The temple features a 60-meter tall pagoda and numerous gilt statues of two venerable monks who saved hundreds in the Tin Miners Rebellion of 1876. Today, the temple is known as a place of healing for both body and soul.

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4.      Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi chain of six islands is one of most famous tourist spots in Thailand. Phi Phi’s white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and intriguing rock formations have already been featured in countless local and international films. Take that ferry ride and enjoy ultimate relaxation in this exotic paradise.

 

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3 Tempting Reasons to Visit Ibiza, the Weekend Paradise

3 Tempting Reasons to Visit Ibiza, the Weekend Paradise

Ibiza is one weird destination wherein you need to visit during the weekend to make the most out of the experience. Here are the reasons that make a weekend in this music loving city one that you’ll never forget. Download the Ibiza Travel Guide and Offline City Map to make the most out of your visit.

1.      Eclectic Dining Scene

You need a large meal to provide you with energy as you indulge in the city’s club culture. Fortunately, Ibiza has an amazing culinary scene that brings together the wonders of indigenous Mediterranean cooking and the talents and skills of world renowned chefs. Tapa is the specialty dish in Ibiza and the best place to taste it is in the swish tapas bar La Cava. La Cava serves a variety of traditional tapas with international twists. If you are looking for a hearty brunch or late lunch then the Deco Restaurant is the place to go. And for seafood lovers, nothing beats the Restaurante Sa Nansa.

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2.      Legendary Club Scene

Ibiza’s unparalleled club scene is the reason why you should visit the city during the weekend. The weekend is when the clubs showcase their main attractions. The Super Club with its countless dancing laser lights is one of the most popular dance clubs in the city. Space has achieved legendary status with its wild parties where everyone is encouraged to throw away all inhibitions and go all out in dancing, chatting, tripping, and seduction. Other nightclubs have several floors with a different type of dance music playing on each floor. With numerous night clubs to choose from, you can go bar hopping all night and still just manage to visit a small portion of them. Some clubs have quite the expensive entrance fee though, so it is best if you do a little research or ask around about a club before you enter it.

3.     Relaxing Beach Scene

The soft white sand found in Ibiza’s many gorgeous beaches is the best way to rejuvenate yourself after a night of wild partying. You can opt to relax by sightseeing, sunbathing or having a picnic or you can just wash away the fatigue and hangover with some watersports. If you want more music, go to the Las Salinas beach where numerous bars near the show play music all day and all night. If you are looking for peace and quiet walk to the far end of the Playa d’en Bossa beach where there are no bars and clubs. For the best view of the sunset, head to the Cafe del Mar on the Sant Antoni seafront.

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Mallorca, the Largest Island in the Balearic Islands Archipelago

Mallorca, the Largest Island in the Balearic Islands Archipelago

More than five years ago, Mallorca was barely known outside of Spain. Then for some reason, people from all over the world started wanting to visit it. Today, Mallorca is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Europe and below are some of the reasons why. If you are also planning to check out this marvelous island, make sure to have your Mallorca Travel Guide and Offline City Map.

The Romance

Many tourists consider Mallorca as the most romantic island in Europe. It makes for the perfect location for a honeymoon or even just a simple romantic getaway. Exquisite white wine, elegant cocktail dresses, majestic view of the ocean, it has everything a couple may need for an unforgettable vacation. Most of Mallorca has become busy after the tourism boom but you can still find some peace and quiet by visiting one of the many small, romantic Spanish villages within the island.

The Cuisine

Mallorca has some of the freshest food in Spain due to the fact that nearly all ingredients come from within the island itself. Tapas are still the most popular and Mallorca has all kinds of them. Seafood also is an important ingredient in most Spanish dishes and all restaurants and eateries in Mallorca only use freshly caught ones.

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The Coastline

The Mallorca coastline is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Europe. Many tourists like to rent a car and just drive around the coastline for an entire day. That is how captivating the island’s coastline is. You’ll find yourself driving with a splendid view of the mountains on one side and a spellbinding view of the ocean and the horizon on the other side.

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The Nightlife

Mallorca has a unique and amazing nightlife. Countless small bars and huge outdoor clubs are scattered around the island. Many of the more established ones even have swimming pools and famous artists as regular performers. Indulge yourself in Spanish music for a night of singing and dancing.

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