Ocean Coral & Turquesa Hotel, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Ocean Coral & Turquesa Hotel is an all-inclusive resort, a beachfront property at Puerto Morelos, in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, around 35 km from Playa del Carmen and 18 km from Cancun Airport. It has a magnificent white sand beach with crystalline water. It’s a good hotel for every occasion; with family, with friends, for a romantic vacation and more. The hotel offers a lot of activities for everybody: aqua-fitness, football, beach volleyball, an introductory scuba diving lesson in pool (1 per stay), among others. It has 7 Restaurants, 4 Pools, a full-service Spa, a Fitness Center, spacious rooms and suites. You also have 6 special rooms for business meetings and congresses.

Tips

If you are looking for a hotel with nice service and deals to prepare your wedding, this is a good one. It’s a well-strucured place for that.
You have a lot of paid treatments in the spa, ask for the packages.
If you pay for the Privilege, Exclusive Rooms and Services, you’ll have all the best talking about rooms, food, personnal service, etc.

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Bimini Islands, Bahamas

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is part of the Bimini chain of Islands in the Western Bahamas, at 104.5 km East of Miami. It was an industrial sand excavation area but MSC Cruises decided to transform it into a marine reserve respecting the local ecosystem. A lovely place with white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. This place is only for MSC Cruises’ guests. The ships will arrive early in the morning and it’ll stay there till late evening to give an entire day to the guests including evening shows. Different activites are offered to the guests like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boat rides and much more. You can also have the spa treatments into small private cabanas surrounded by soft relaxing music facing to the sea and beaches. There are some shops too where you can buy souvenirs of the Bahamian culture or MSC logo souvenirs. There’s also the possibility to celebrate a wedding or renew vows. MSC Yacht Club members have an exclusive beach area and private cabanas. You have good food options in the buffet restaurant and some food trucks placed in different corners of the cay. There are still works running and different projects to preserve the reserve must still be done but you can enjoy a lovely day there cause it doesn’t disturb the beauty of the place. The access to Ocean Cay is direct and very easy.

Tips

You must just take your beach towel and your cruise card with you. The same package you have on board continue on the beach.

You will just need some money if you want to buy something from the artisans, for the rest of souvenirs, you can pay with the ship card.

If you are in a small group, you can rent a cabana for the day. You must book it the day before at the excursions’ counter on the ship as well as other excursions or activities.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos is a port city on the south coast of Cuba, capital of the province of the same name. The bay on which is located, has the same name too and is 228 km from Havana. It was founded by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819 (although it was dominated by the Spanish) under the name of Colonia Fernandina de Jagua but 10 years later, it took the name of the general Cuban governor at that time, José Cienfuegos. It has a very well preserved colonial-style historic center with imposing buildings around the central square, Parque José Martí, which is UNESCO heritage. You will find very beautiful buildings of that period like Tomás Terry theater with its frescoed ceilings and its mosaics; the Government Palace (City Hall); Ferrer Palace; the former Lycée; San Lorenzo School; among others.

Tips

There are other attractions to visit not far from the city like the Soledad Botanic Garden, 14 km away, with a huge variety of species and the Jagua Castle, an eighteenth century fortress that can be reached by ferry.

There are two important events in the city: the Carnival and the Benny Moré Music Festival (September).