Guided Bike Tours of Puerto Morelos

Guests of Now Jade and Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun can enjoy a daily guided bike tour of Puerto Morelos, a quant town nearby. The Now Entertainment Team at each resort takes guests out for a short bike ride each morning.  This is a chance for guests to immerse themselves in the local culture while getting a workout in too.

Guests depart the resort at 9:00 am and return to the resort at 11:00am on the daily guided bike tours. The leisure bike route to Puerto Morelos is about four miles each way from Now Jade and is less than five miles each way from Now Sapphire. Upon arriving in Puerto Morelos guests can explore the markets in town and purchase handmade crafts, visit the church or just relax in the main square of town to take it all in. Then, the group turns around and peddles back to the resort.

Children 11 years old and up can participate in the bike rides with  a parent or guardian accompanying them. Bikes and helmets are provided by the resorts. This activity is included in the Unlimited-Luxury® stay with no additional cost.  Guests are encouraged to make reservations at the resort they are staying at with the Now Entertainment Team at least one day prior to the bike tour.

Experience Puerto Morelos Music Festival

This weekend guests of Now Jade and Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun can ‘live in the now’ at 7th annual Puerto Morelos Music Festival or as the locals know it, “Festival de Musica”! Tonight kicks off the last three nights of the exciting music festival that features local artists. The last week of the 2012 festival will be held on February 2nd, 3rd and 4th  from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of music including reggae, rock, blues, Latin, jazz  performed by local and visiting musicians. There will also be visual arts and dance, including traditional Mexican folklore ballet.

Puerto Morelos is a very peaceful and quiet fisherman’s villa with beautiful scenery and friendly locals. Like each year this little town is hosting the traditional Puerto Morelos Music Festival.  This is a free event in the town square and all ages are welcome. It is a great occasion where families, couples, friends and even pets will enjoy! 

Taste  local flavors such as “marquesitas”, popular snack in the Yucatan Peninsula that is similar to a waffle crepe filled with Edam cheese and sweets, Yummy! Guests can also get the chance to shop for local arts and crafts and other souvenirs to take home!

Check out photos captured last weekend from the first half of this fun festival. This information was compiled from  Zuko Garcia’s experience at the Puerto Morelos Music Festival last weekend. Zuko is an E-Concierge at our nearby sister resorts Secrets Silversands and Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. Photos were also taken by Zuko.

Taste Local Specialities, Marquesitas

Bands Perform for a Vibrant Crowd

Local Artists Display Artwork

Shop for Handmade Jewelery and Crafts

Even Pets Enjoy the Festival

Shop for Souvenirs

Mayan Holidaze at Now Sapphire

We are so excited for the Mayan Holidaze group to arrive at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun this weekend. The events, sponsored by Cloud 9 Adventures, kick-off today, January 20th and will last until Sunday, January 24th.

Mayan Holidaze is a music lover’s dream. It’s a 4-night event combining music, tropical settings and Unlimited-Luxury® at Now Sapphire. Guests are traveling from near and far to hear some of their favorite bands play at our resort. They will get to spend time with the bands by day while swimming in the crystal clear waters and dance to their infectious beats by night under the starry skies.

So who is scheduled to perform at our resort? The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee & STS9 will each perform two full shows plus an extended special set: Tractorbeam, an all-instrumental performance by the Disco Biscuits; Eliga la Musica, an all request set by Umphrey’s McGee and Axe the Cables, plus an acoustic set by STS9.

But the weekend isn’t just about music. Now Sapphire has six incredible restaurants that offer tastes from around the world. Our lively bars are the perfect place to sample, sip and taste just about anything your heart desires. There is also a variety of fun activities planned for Mayan Holidaze, including beachside yoga, tennis lessons, culinary classes, tequila tasting and more! This weekend is also the NFL playoffs, so we are planning to host a beachside tailgate for our guests to watch the games on the big screen!

To keep up with the latest event details, follow @MayanHolidaze and @NowResorts on Twitter. Let’s get this party started!

The In’s and Out’s of Deep Sea Fishing

When you’re a resort that is situated in the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, it seems only fitting that you offer deep sea fishing as an activity for guests. And at Now Jade Riviera Cancun, we do just that. Guests of our resort are able to enjoy deep sea fishing and a number of other activities while staying at our resort.

Deep sea fishing, also known as sport or big game fishing, is a form of fishing in which fisherman hunt for large open-ocean fish species. In the Riviera Maya, deep sea fisherman often try to catch marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi (dorado), wahoo, grouper, snapper and kingfish.

The primary goal of deep sea fishing is to travel far enough away from land so that a fisherman can reach very deep areas of the ocean and have access to a number of different fish species. Most deep sea fishing boats will actually travel beyond the sight of land.

Once the boat travels far enough out to sea, fishermen use different techniques to catch the fish. Some use nets, while others prefer to spread bait throughout the water and hook the fish individually as they surface. Deep sea fishing is actually quite a challenge and fisherman need to constantly be on their toes as big fish can be seen and then quickly escape.

If you’re interested in deep sea fishing during your stay with us, be sure to check in with the activities desk upon arrival and they will be more than happy to help you arrange this!

Bicycle Tour of Puerto Morelos

When staying at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, guests have the opportunity to take a fun-filled bicycle tour into the town of Puerto Morelos. This adventurous activity is a great way to get your heart rate pumping first thing in the morning and also gives you the opportunity to see the local community and shop for some souvenirs!

Puerto Morelos is a town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, about 20km south of Cancun. It is both a fishing village and a resort and diving destination. There is a zocalo (town square) in the center of town with a few stores, a dive shop and some restaurants along its perimeter. The main fishing pier and the lighthouse are the primary points of interest, with friendly locals and great photo opportunities.

Don’t miss out on the bicycle tour to Pueto Morelos during your vacation at Now Sapphire. All you need to do is make reservations a day in advance to hold your spot. See below for pictures of our guests in action on a recent tour!