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Traveling During a Pandemic: Riviera Maya



Mexico is one of the countries US citizens can currently visit without having to quarantine. Georgia took advantage of this and spent an amazing, fun-filled week at an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya.



Q. What was the name of your resort, what were the dates of your trip, and how was the weather?


A. We stayed at the Iberostar Selection Paraíso Lindo from July 18 - July 25, 2020. The weather was perfect. It was sunny and in the mid-80s with a nice ocean breeze and only a few small rain showers.



Q. What was your favorite part about the trip? Did you do any excursions?


A. My favorite parts of the trip were experiencing a change of scenery and the excursion to Xel-Ha to swim with the dolphins.



Q. Do you have any advice for someone wanting to visit Cancun?


A. My only advice for someone wishing to visit Cancun would be to do it! It was so nice to relax and forget about the problems we are experiencing for even just a short week.



Q. Is there anything you’d do differently if you went back? Or if you did go back, what are 1 or 2 additional things you might like to do?


A. There is nothing that I would do differently. If we went back, it might be nice to experience a cenote or some of the ruins. They were closed during our stay.



Q. How was traveling during COVID-19? What was different about the flights and resort?


A. Traveling during COVID-19 was not much different, other than being required to wear a mask at the airport and on the plane. The middle seats were open on the flights, which was actually nice.


Our hotel had only been open for about two weeks and was operating at 30-40% occupancy. That made it easy to get dinner reservations and seats for the shows, but it also felt a little weird as people were social distancing and were not as friendly as they would normally be. Many parts of the resort were closed, which made getting around a little confusing but we figured it out within a few days.


It seemed as though the majority of the guests were from Mexico and there weren't a large amount of US tourists. The staff was very diligent about keeping things clean and we felt very safe while there. The staff all wore both masks and face shields and provided hand sanitizer anytime they were dealing with the public. Guests were not required to wear masks but social distancing was encouraged.




Even in the midst of a pandemic you can still have an amazing vacation. If you're ready to travel or have questions about traveling, email us or give us a call.


We make sure to stay up to date on destinations open to US citizens, safety protocols, and travel guidelines to ensure our clients can travel safely and comfortably while having a great time!



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