Why Visit Bacalar, Cancun’s Nearest Pueblo Magico

Bacalar Pueblo Magico in Cancun

In 2001, Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism embarked on a mission to embrace and promote the magic of some of the nation’s most beloved towns. The initiative began with just a few towns, now, almost fifteen years later, the Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Villages) program recognizes some 83 villages that embody the beauty and spirit of Mexico. These towns, each of which offer visitors a magical experience, radiate with natural beauty, rich history and a vibrant culture.

Dispersed throughout all of Mexico’s 31 states, these Pueblos Magicos show a different side of the country than the sun-filled beachfront destinations that most tourists are accustomed to. While resort towns, like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, share their own unique magical feeling, it is the quaint size, grand history and unique culture that sets these 83 destinations apart.

In 2006, Bacalar near Cancun was added to the list of Pueblos Mágicos due to its rich Mayan history. As one of the major trading centers in Central America, this seaside village was repeatedly sacked by pirates for both its worldly merchandise and abundance of dye wood. While years have passed since the days of pirates, Bacalar still remains a place of interest for those visiting the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

Much like other destinations in the area, Bacalar is the perfect location for water related activities. The stunning lagoon, situated just in front of city and boasting 7 shades of blue, is ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and small boat excursions. The picturesque community, featuring stunning natural beauty and quaint Mexican culture, is also a great place to learn about the grand history of the region.

The San Felipe Fort, constructed in 1729, stands as a great reminder to the battles faced against Europeans and the protection needed from pirates. In addition, Bacalar is the gateway to Cenote Azul, an underground network of submerged caverns, and interesting archaeological sites left behind by the once great Mayan civilization.

At just a few short hours from Cancun, the Magical Village of Bacalar is an inviting day-trip that shouldn’t be missed on your next vacation to Villa del Palmar Cancun.

Class Action Scams, Timeshare and the Villa Group

The timeshare industry just like any growing sector has its share of controversies and scams. Just like the old cliché: “you can’t make everyone happy”. Timeshare owners who feel like they are getting the raw end of the deal sometimes resort to court action against timeshare developers in the hope of receiving “damages” or to be able to cancel their timeshare without penalty. While everyone has the right to take legal action, it is important to establish the facts before going for a legal move, especially as most of the advice you will receive about class action timeshare suits is provided by fraudulent companies and scammers. For example, you will find fraudulent class action suits against even the most reputable hospitality companies including big names like Disney, Sandals, Starwood and the Villa Group, which should set the alarm bells ringing.

What’s a class action suit?

The concept of a class action suit is not a scam (on the contrary, they have helped many people be able to access affordable legal support); the scams arise depending on how the concept is used. Class action suits are a legal remedy wherein a group of people files a case in court against an individual or a company for violations or misdeeds that they feel are breaches of contract. Unsatisfied clients normally ask services of lawyers and attorneys to act on their behalf in exchange for fees and in a class action case, these fees are divided more affordably between all parties. Class action suits are most successful in the area of medical negligence, widespread fraud etc.

Why most timeshare class action suits are scams?

When you consider that class action suits have been offered for even the most well-reputed timeshare developers like the Villa Group Timeshare or Disney, it becomes clear that we are more likely to be dealing with a scam company than a genuine case. Your case is not likely to be valid against bonafide timeshare providers but the class action fraudsters will take your money nonetheless.

The timeshare industry with all its rules and restrictions governing registered timeshare companies tries to limit the possibility of scams or frauds taking place, meaning that your contract is likely to be binding. Before filing a class action suit against a reputable timeshare company like the Villa Group, one must ensure they have a solid case with unquestionable evidence for it to prosper. What you will find is that there are a number of class action scams that will try to convince you that they can win your case, when the reality is that you are likely to lose. Many of these companies create cases that are full blown fabrications in order to make fast money.

The only ones who end up winners are those companies who claim to be representing your case. It’s like plain robbery, and the money they receive is no small amount by any standards. If there are around 10 or more being represented in the class action suite, the fee then is multiplied by the same number. Never let these cheats get the better of you. Instead of deciding to file class action suits, it is recommended to exert all out effort to get representatives of timeshare companies to the negotiating table in private. Every complainant should bear in mind that filing a class action suit is not simple, and that the best way to approach any problem regarding existing contracts with top timeshare companies like the Villa Group is to talk it out with them personally. Drastic moves most often results to unfavorable results.

The Good News

The timeshare industry has grown during the past decades, and as such there are regulating bodies committed towards the overall welfare and satisfaction of timeshare clients such as ADEPROTOUR, ACLUVAQ and AUSDESTICO. The government on its part has passed laws that regulate the timeshare industry, and most of these points to the good of timeshare owners and patronizers. Save yourself from all the stresses and expenses that come attached in a class action suit.

Scams to Avoid this Summer

Scams to Avoid this Summer

A summer vacation has its perils; you can get sunburn, heat stroke and a nasty hangover, but what you really need to worry about is the summer scammers who come out to play in the peak seasons. So, in order to help you avoid these fraudsters and their money-grabbing schemes, we’ve compiled what we know about the most common scams to be found during the summer period. Knowledge is power, after all, and we want to empower you to side-step the scammers.

Summer Take Away Restaurant Scams

The take-away scam kicks in when you’re just arriving to your destination and, in part, relies on you being hungry and tired enough to have a lapse in judgement. They’ll put a flyer under your door which advertises a takeaway service that’s open late, and when you call they’ll claim that (for security reasons) they cannot take cash at the door and so need your credit or debit card details. You can imagine where this is going, no doubt.

Rental Fraudsters

Rental scams prey on people looking for last-minute deals and getaways by advertising great properties at low prices at short notice. They’ll tell you that you can’t pay by credit card as it’s a private rent, and that they need the money (or most of it) up front. This is when they take your money and run, leaving you to turn up at a derelict, or occupied, property none the wiser.

Drop and Switch Scams

This is a quick and common little scam that’s actually fairly easy to prevent if you’re on your guard. This involves the person you are giving money to switching in a smaller bill so that they can claim you’ve given them less and give you less change, or get you to give them to difference. A good way to avoid this is to visibly count out and orally confirm the money that you are giving over in payment.

Summer Scams at Check-In

Yet another late-night scam, this one happens after you check in to your hotel (hence the name). You’ll arrive and check in without incident, but soon after someone claiming to be the receptionist will call your room saying that your card has been declined. They’ll ask you to confirm your details or provide an alternative. They do it so smoothly that you may not even think about it again until you notice charges on your card.

Internet Wifi Scams

Internet cafes are common in most countries now, and they make it much easier for us all (especially those who work on the go) to stay connected. The problem is that these cafes cannot ensure a secure connection and it’s very, very easy to connect to a fake network which hackers can gain access to your systems from.

Remember – never give your credit card details over the phone, always check what money you hand over and always check the network you’re connecting to.

Summer Vacations in Puerto Vallarta with Children

Vacations in Puerto Vallarta

Excited about your summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta but having difficulty thinking about how your children will enjoy the trip with you? Worry no more! Your trip to Puerto Vallarta is sure to be packed with exciting summer fun for you and your kids of all ages. From your hard-to-please toddler up to the pickiest teenager, summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta will surely challenge and thrill them. That means plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy as well.

Take a look at these remarkable adventures for your children while enjoying summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta:

Hiking to Las Animas

Kids love adventure. Their high amounts energy will be well-spent in this two-hour nature walk where tropical birds, plants, hidden beaches and a small river are waiting for them to behold and explore. This coastal trail begins on the South Side of the river in Boca de Tomatlan, only thirty minutes away from Puerto Vallarta. If you don’t have a rental car vehicle, there are buses and taxis that will take you there along the South Shore highway (Carretera a Barra de Navidad). Once in Tomatlan, the beginning of the trail is easy to spot or local folks are friendly enough to be your guides. Kids from ages of five and above will have the best two hours of their life as they hike through this wonderful nature trail.

Swimming and Other Adventures at Las Animas

More adventures are waiting on your summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta once you and your children reach Las Animas beach along the coastal trail. Another way to reach this town is by water taxis from Boca de Tomatlan or Los Muertos Beach, or through organized tours. This is a magnificent place for kids where they can dive off from the pier and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, feeding the fish, and other water fun. Those in organized tours can already make friends while on their boats. There is also a waterfall located on the South End of the beach for additional fun. Appealing restaurants are ready to satisfy your little adventurers’ gastronomical cravings.

Dining and River-exploring at El Rio BBQ

Hidden on the inland part of the town, this unique restaurant can be reached by taking the local highway called Libramiento. The trip will only take ten minutes and you will be welcomed by the savory aroma of their special ribs and chicken barbecues. They also serve fries and watermelon and jicama salad for a complete mouth-watering meal. Your meal will sometimes be accompanied by live music and a wooden dance floor is ready for kids’ energetic moves. The real adventure is found beneath this dining area. The segment of El Rio Cuale which is well-maintained by the owners and their resident dog which waits for children to play with it offers amazing fun for your young ones. Children may swim; make sandcastles, dive, and swing off a rope into the cool waters. This will keep them busy while parents enjoy their cocktails while watching over them. A great choice while on your summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta.

Sight-seeing at Isla Rio Cuale

At the center of Puerto Vallarta is the Isla Rio Cuale. This island was designated by the town’s municipality as a kids’ area since the 70s. Formed by the natural interlocking waters of the River Cuale, this island can only be reached through two hanging bridges, which already provide an adventure for your kids. Once they reach the island, a statue of John Huston and the city’s cultural center are great places to discover. But the best thing in this island is the hundreds of kitty cats that find their homes here. Volunteer animal advocates feed these kittens. They don’t mind if kids would take pictures, feed, hold, and cuddle these cute creatures.

Doing Charitable Works

Make your summer vacations in Puerto Vallarta unforgettable and even life-changing experiences for your children. Puerto Vallarta has associations which are in great need for monetary donations, medicines, or animal or children’s supplies. These organizations include Purr Project, DIF Old Age Home, Corazon de Nina Children’s Home, and Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Orphanage. The DIF Old Age Home has a program where your family can adopt a grandparent. Teaching your kids to share their blessings will make your summer vacation not only filled with fun and excitement, but also filled with new perspectives about life.