Quintana Roo is the area south of Cancun situated on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Both Now Sapphire & Dreams are located on the north end of Puerto Morelos - 20 minutes south of Cancun International Airport and 40 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.
The local currency is Mexican Pesos. Many shops and restaurants in the area will accept US Dollars, however you may end up paying a bit more so it's important to check the exchange rate before you buy. When using Dollars, expect your change to be returned in Pesos.
There is an ATM in the lobby at each resort that dispenses US Dollars. You can exchange Dollars to Pesos at the Front Desk, just make sure you have your Passport with you. Pro Tip: Check the current exchange rate before you arrive and come prepared!
Taxis are readily available, just let the bellman know where you wish to go. There are signs posted with fixed rates to nearby towns or you can negotiate a rate to almost anywhere else you want. Prefer to explore on your own? You can rent a car by visiting the rental desk in the lobby. There is free parking for hotel guests on resort property.
This small, quiet, fishing village is well-known for having some of the freshest seafood in the area. Get a ride into town and spend the day exploring the local restaurants and small, unique shops around the town square. Bring your pesos! Between freshly caught fish, ceviche, tacos, empanadas, and street corn - there is something here for everyone! All the amazing food and local shops make this town a must-see for anyone wanting to experience living like a local.
Head off the resort to enjoy some local culture and the tropical Yucatan climate. Located approximately twenty minutes north of the resorts, Cancun offers a variety of options to fill your day. In addition to the excursions offered through the event, you can also organize your own tour of the region. Check out the El Rey Mayan ruins near the Hotel Zone in Cancun, take a boat tour, head to an ecopark, go diving at the Cancun Underwater Museum, or head to one of the markets for local crafts and food.
Head an hour south to Akumal Beach and experience swimming and diving in the clear sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Here you will find some of the best snorkeling in the area, where you are sure to encounter different types of reef life, ranging from coral, fish, and turtles of all sizes. Great visibility and white sandy beaches are sure to make this a day trip to remember! Check out Cenote Santa Cruz, Yal-Ku Lagoon or Aktun Chen to get a taste of the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tulum houses some of the most spectacular coastline alongside well-preserved archaeological sites of Pre-Columbian Mayan ruins. Get a sense of Mexican history while walking through these sites. While in the area, take advantage of LabnaHa Eco Park where you can explore underground rivers and cenotes. Spend the day snorkeling and diving into natural sinkholes formed by limestone in the middle of the forest.
Playa del Carmen is a city on the coast that was originally a small fishing town and has recently expanded into many restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Explore 5th Avenue which is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels and parallels to the ocean. There are many boats nearby that are ready to take you snorkeling and diving in the incredible reefs that showcase sea turtles, eels, and a large variety of coral.