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Read your message and became nervous…. "Sunquest apparently has cancelled all Friday flights from Halifax to Cancun for April."I contacted my TA and not all flights are affected. We are departing April 13 (Friday). Everything is still the same with just about all flights, I’m told.Did your TA tell you all Friday flights were cancelled, or just the one departing April 27?ThanksFollowup-I checked departures and availability for departures from Halifax to Cancun for the other Friday’s in April, and they are still selling, so it looks like it’s just affecting April 27.


Does anyone have any information on this resort. We just booked April 13-20. It looks nice, some good reveiws.Thanks
If you want to avoid any concerns from wary security, don’t pack them in your carryon.You might be the unlucky traveller who gets the new guard who decides to do the whole routine on the radios, complete with demonstration.We never pack our radios in carryon luggage, and we have never had any "lost in transit".I got through this with my laptop when travelling. I can’t put it in my checked luggage, so it always accompanies me onto the plane. Most security are fine, a quick look, and off I go. Once in a while I get the overzealous guard who wants me to prove it is a laptop, and I need to turn it on, run it for them.I guess that is a good thing though!

Have fun!

Hi karibkelly,I got this tip a long time ago from a very experienced traveller, and after speaking to staff in various resorts, it seems to be the best way to approach tipping.Alway leave a note, when tipping room staff, stating something like the following: "Thanks for the great job you’re doing on our room, Maria (or whatever), please accept this as a sign of our appreciation….capercanuck."What this does is gives the room staff "an out" if their supervisors say anything to them. The last thing the management wants to do is to tick off their obviously appreciative guests by disciplining the housekeeper. It also shows that the housekeeper wasn’t involved in any underhandedness.It always works for us and the staff really does appreciate the note.Have fun!
We stayed at the Riu Ocho Rios last April and it was one of the best properties/destinations we have ever had the pleasure of visiting.We felt safe anywhere we went. We felt the town was safe. Don’t stray into alleys, non tourist areas though, use common sense. Everyone was laid back and very friendly. There were lots of opportunities to sample their local flora, if you know what I mean. We were not into that, but others must have been or there would not have been such a vibrant trade in it. No one ever "pushed" us to purchase their stuff. Just a simple "no thanks" and you were left alone.We love to snorkel to. There weren’t any areas at the resort that I would say was good, or even fair for snorkelling. The resort is set on a beautiful white sand beach. Venturing outside of the roped area could be a bit scary since there are jetskis and boats running by all the time. But, if you like adventure, wait at the edge of the roped area, and wait for a lull in the jetski traffic. When you have an opening, swim as fast as you can to the barrier reef, about 100-200 feet off shore. The swimming is great out there, and the fishermen set lobster traps there. The lobster traps attract not only lobster, but colorful fish too. The reef itself has an abundance of tropical fish. We had a lot of fun at that reef.You can’t go wrong with that property, in my opinion. Keep in mind it is a 1.5 hour bus trip to the resort from the airport. We didn’t mind the ride, we got to see some of the countryside.

Any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]

We used the following sight seeing company when we were at the Riu. He was very courteous and was actually recommended by a friend who grew up in the Ocho Rios area. Name: GeoCompany: Maxi Tours

email- [email protected]

tel: 876-392-8289, cell 876-776-4899He is from St. Anne’s Bay, which is near the Riu property.I hope this helps.Oh,

The e-mail for the resort is [email protected]

Got back Monday.We had a great time. Our kids really enjoyed the activities.We rented a car for a day and did the island.I submitted a review last night. I hope it’s posted soon.
Hi flopnfly…It’s good to hear you had a nice time.How was the beach for kids? That is usually the highlight for our kids.Did you get into town? We are thinking of renting a car for a day to explore the island. Can you walk very far off the resort along the beach?We leave Saturday.Thanks!
Thanks Snorkelgeek,We have spoken to a few people that have been there since I posted, and they have basically said that it is a safe are, with lots to do.I’m hoping FLopnfly will post something soon about their recent trip.
lilyapple,It’s great to hear you had a good time.What was the price of the beach chairs? The hotel didn’t have any of their own?Is there any type of beach bar? Were there any a la carte restuarants included in your package? There is confusion on the Go travel site about this. We are going with Go Travel to the Hotel Caribe in March and would like all the information you can give us.


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