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News for the Week of March 23, 2015

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Cozumel Arrivals: 28 Ships this Week
3/22 - Numbers remain very high this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 28 ships registered to dock for the final week of March 2015. This is 4 less than the number of ships last week and 8 more than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season." With Spring Season now upon us, an estimated 84,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 6.7 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season." However it seems this year, Cozumel is enjoying a much welcome early beginning to high season!

This week Puerta Maya pier will be a big economic winner as 11 ships dock there, 8 will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will also see 9 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have 1 ship arrival with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 3 ships docking on Monday, 6 on Tuesday, 6 ships Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 5 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 3 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.
Cozumel Prepares for 2015 Turtle Season
The Municipal Government, through the Department of Environment and Ecology, made preparations for the “Turtle Protection Season 2015". “This season we expect a large arrival of turtles” stated David Martínez Viana, Director of Ecology.

"According to the biological cycle and conditions, it is expected that the 2015 nesting season and release of sea turtles will be very high, so we have projected that this time the activities carried out are a social and family integration, where preschool and primary level children attend in the company of their parents, in addition to the tourists," said David Viana. Viana also said that they already have all the necessary permissions from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). "We will meet with the Municipal Committee for Protection of the Turtle in the first days of April, with the presence of all members from Cozumel’s National Parks, the Foundation of Parks and Museums (FPMC), environmental organizations, Secretary of the Navy, public security and others in order to join efforts in only one direction” said the director.

Finally, David Martínez Viana, stressed that they have already begun the work in the cleaning of beaches and will intensify in April to assure 11 trash free Kilometers of beach and to remove other debris in the sand that could harm the turtles.
El Cedral Lacks Information for Visitors
The thousands of tourists who come to Cozumel also visit the town of El Cedral. Location of the local Festival and a great representation of the culture and history of the island; However, those who arrive by their own means do not have much information regarding this site which is home to an important Mayan culture.

The main square is littered with craft shops but there is no information about the importance of the site, when it started and what is now modern Cozumel with the repopulation of the island in 1848. The town is settled on native land about 25 kilometers south of the center of the island and those who provide information about the place are tour guides leading groups or taxi drivers. El Cedral lacks any type of nameplate or information of the area which preserves Mayan vestiges of almost one thousand 500 years old.

It was stated from personnel of City Hall that they have plans to remodel the image of this area.
Local Cozumel Realtor on TV
We hope you didn’t miss the HGTV Caribbean Life Episode 1 television show filmed in COZUMEL this past January 2015 which aired Sunday, March 22nd at 8pm Central time on HGTV.

The episode featured Cozumel’s own NANCY EDWARDS of COZUMEL LIVING REAL ESTATE COMPANY showing property to a hopeful couple from New Mexico following their dreams to move to a warm, tropical climate in the Caribbean to open a business and raise their kids in a safe, International environment! If you missed it, the episode will air again at midnight on March 23rd. Next episode to air in April so stay tuned!

HGTV’s Caribbean Life Series follows families as they leave the mainland behind and head to the Caribbean to live on island time. Join their search for an affordable slice of heaven, touring gorgeous homes on white sandy beaches. You don't have be rich to live in paradise!
Images of Cozumel to Reach Japanese Households
Representatives of the television program "Ittakirh Traveler" of the Japanese television network "Mainichi Broadcasting System" (MBS) visited the island of Cozumel to film episodes that will be transmitted to their audiences back home.

Director Nanje Kouta and photographer Fukuda Yasumi took shots of tourist sites that stand out for their natural beauty as part of a tour of destinations in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula for Japanese viewers to see. Representatives of the Japanese television channel were in Cozumel in early March but it was not until this week that the news was made known by means of a bulletin issued by the Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel. The Japanese group was transferred in vans to various touristic locations to promote Cozumel and the Mayan Riviera. Among the sites visited in Cozumel were Chankanaab and Punta Sur.

Iwoa Kawasaki, who was identified as the W-Color Film Company producer and coordinator of the visit, said "I am impressed by the natural beauty of Cozumel; these images will serve to promote the island in Japan". He said that the television program "Ittakirh Traveler" transmitted by broadcaster TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings) is the largest and most important of Japan.
Crocodile Removed From a Public Beach
A crocodile approximately one meter long was trapped by the fire department when it came too close to the swimmers at the public beach” Caletita”. This occurred at 12:15 in the afternoon last Sunday. According to the police report, some people who were on the beach at that time immediately left the water when they discovered the reptile basking in a rocky area.

Once the firefighters arrived and after half an hour of work, the experts were able to remove the Crocodile.The reptile was then delivered to the municipal director of ecology, David Martínez Viana
Ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza Welcome Spring
To welcome “Spring” this year, Tulum received more visitors than Chichen Itza. Tulum received 3,933 visitors and Chichen Itza 2,229

"In Tulum, the vernal equinox is a matter of seconds and this occurs before the area opens or after it closes (8 am and 5 pm)” stated an official of INAH. Alejandro Torres Perera, former leader of the Union of tourist guides of Tulum, said: "The rising of the Sun on the spring equinox happens exactly behind the structure called “The Castle", while the sunset of the same day happens exactly above the door of the exit West of the archaeological site".

The Equinox at Chichén Itzá at in the pyramid of Kukulkan is one of visual phenomena that most impacts because it gets both the spring and autumn equinoxes, which annually mark the change of seasons. The descent of the "Feathered Serpent" can be seen reflecting on the staircase and is considered the most important event of the year although in the last two years it has not exceeded in number of visits to the archaeological site of Tulum.

The equinox is of great significance for many cultures since it marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere and only on this date, at dawn, the sun comes out by the equator of the planet, marking this cardinal point, accurately and in its twilight, the West, and in the Yucatan Peninsula Majestic buildings of the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá,
"50 Shades of Grey" Actress Vacations in the Riviera Maya
Dakota Johnson, Melanie Griffith, and Kris Jenner, were seen vacationing on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean last week. This news was unveiled when fans captured photos of the protagonist of “50 Shades of Grey", at the Cancun Airport. Through social networks, they shared pictures of their stay in a hotel in Quintana Roo. It had not been confirmed if they were in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.

Dakota was captured on the beach wearing a bikini with sunglasses, sitting in a lounge chair. Melanie Griffith, former partner of Antonio Banderas, and Kris Jenner, 'The Kardashian' mother, shared several photography via Instagram from one of the beaches on the Caribbean Sea.
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December 24, 2014 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
Because we are continually asked about travel safety in Mexico and Cozumel, INSIDER always maintains the most recent, complete version of the U.S. State Department Mexico Travel Warning HERE on our website for traveler convenience.

The good news continues to be that there are currently no regional security warnings in place that cover Quintana Roo, Cancun, Cozumel or Costa Maya so make vacation plans now to get here for some fun in the sun!

The Mexico Travel Warning dated December 24, 2014 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the Department of State website.
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