Great Value in Cancun? Try Oasis Hotels & Resorts!

Grand Oasis Cancun

Grand Oasis Cancun

We all have times when we would like, and need, to stretch our dollar just a little further than it seems to want to go.

But even with that mindset, you don’t have to give up on your vacation dream!

Apple Vacations offers many “Value Vacation” options, including all-inclusive resorts in the 4 Apple and 4 Apple+ categories that will get you to the sun and sand, while keeping your budget intact!

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Starship Concert in Cancun with K-HITS Chicago and WCSX Detroit

Apple Vacations partnered with K-HITS Chicago and WCSX Detroit to bring Starship to Riviera Cancun! Starship performed live from Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort on February 3rd, with over 300 people in attendance. The band played some of its greatest hits, like “We Built This City,” “Somebody to Love” and “Sarah.”

Dave Fogel from K-HITS Morning Show, broadcasted live from Moon Palace during the week of Feb 2nd. WCSX Afternoon Host, Doug Podell, also broadcasted live throughout the week. Fans from both stations traveled with the radio DJs, enjoyed the resort broadcasts, and attended the Starship concert at the resort. A big thanks to Moon Palace for partnering to make this trip possible!

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Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya Time Change

Cancun Time Change

Apple Vacations has received notice that on Feb. 1, 2015 at 2 a.m., the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya, will change clocks to Eastern Standard Time Zone.

Local time in destination for all arriving and departing flights will move forward one hour. Departure and arrival times in the US will not be affected.

The change does not apply to the rest of Mexico nor to the state of Yucatan.

Apple Vacations and the airlines are in the process of making adjustments to flight times in their systems to reflect this change. In the meantime, Apple Vacationers should confirm their return hotel transfer and departure flight time with their local Apple Vacations Representative in resort.

Apple Vacations Phancation 2015 Now On Sale

Phancation 2015

As a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Phillies, Apple Vacation is excited to announce Phancation 2015 in Riviera Maya.

And YOU are invited! (Click here for more information)

This is Apple Vacations’ second annual Phancation. We will be returning to Riviera Maya in 2015 – this time at the beautiful Now Jade Riviera Cancun!

A Phun filled week is in store for everyone! Phancation 2015 will be hosted by Scott Palmer and will include The Phillie Phanatic, Phillies pitcher Justin DeFratus, along with Phillies alumni Larry Bowa, Greg Luzinski, and Tommy Greene.

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Brave Enough for a Cancun Whale Shark Tour?

Swimming alongside dolphins is a popular and safe adventure for vacationers in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

But what about sharks?

If you’re feeling brave, you can take part in a Whale Shark Tour! Watch and swim with enormous local Whale Sharks, a species of shark that got its name for being the size of some whales.

The best part about this excursion? Unless you’re plankton, there’s no need to fear!



Apple Vacations SuperSale starts today! It’s our (and should be your) favorite time of year if you are planning an Apple Vacation!  Excuse the sales pitch for a moment, but this is really one of our biggest sales of the year!

Book during Apple Vacations’ SuperSale and you can save up to 40% on your next Apple Vacation to Mexico & the Caribbean.

Apple Vacations has sharpened our rates and is featuring some great deals including … save up to 40% at Dreams Palm Beach in Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic . Or, look for an Apple Vacation to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta… there are big savings in so many destinations. Click here to see all of Apple Vacations SuperSale deals.

White sandy beaches, blue turquoise waters, tropical beverages and palm trees as far as the eye can see… will all be calling your name this winter. So stop dreaming about it and start planning!  Log on to or call your travel agent today to pick out your next Apple Vacation! Hurry, the best dates and hotels will sell out quickly.



‘Dia de los Muertos’ is a grand celebration of life itself!

The Day of the Dead is otherwise known as ‘Dia de los Muertos’ or ‘All Soul’s Day’ and can be traced back for thousands of years. This day is held to honor and remember family members and relatives who have passed away. During the day on November 1st and 2nd, people gather together to pray for lost loved ones. Altars are created to honor the dead and gifts are taken to the graves of the departed. The essence of this beautiful ritual is to lovingly and happily remember the dead relatives, their life, and in this way, give meaning and continuity to human existence. Here are some great places in Mexico that really embrace the Day of the Dead tradition:

Mural from Secrets Hualtuco Photo Credit: Stephanie Diehl, Travel Designed

Mural from Secrets Hualtuco Photo Credit: Stephanie Diehl, Travel Designed

1. Huatulco

Huatulco is one of Mexico’s newest and very unique tourism development areas. The state of Oaxaca has a rich cultural history and guests of Huatulco can take full advantage of interesting opportunities to experience some of Mexico’s charm. Although the Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, Oaxaca has become known for the ornately richness of its celebrations.  The festivities begin a week before November 1st with the commencement of the “Plaza de los Muertos”, an elaborate initiation held in each city market, and a contest is held to judge the best of the city’s ofrendas.


2. Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Traditional Day of the Dead Face Painting – Photo Credit: Jeff Farinosi

Xcaret is normally a hybrid action-eco-archeological-adventure park about an hour south of Cancun. From October 31-November 2, it transforms into an all out Day of the Dead celebration a.k.a. the Xcaret, “Life and Death Traditions Festival”. For those that really want to embrace the culture, complimentary face painting stands are set up through the park.


3. Los Cabos

Encompassing the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Lose Cabo, The Day of the Dead Festival is a key festival in Los Cabos throughout the Mexico. Families and loved ones pay their respects by creating spectacular altars that are elaborately decorated with photos, candles and food offerings. The altars are then displayed in the towns main square of Plaza Amelia Wilkes, where the best decorated alter is granted a prize.


Dia de Los Muertos skulls - Photo Credit: Travel Designed, Stephanie Dieh

Dia de Los Muertos skulls – Photo Credit: Travel Designed, Stephanie Diehl

4. Puerto Vallarta

There’s plenty to do in Puerto Vallarta to feed your adventurous spirit. Often called the “crown jewel” of the Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita, a small fishing town located just 35 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, has become a popular destination. The roots of Mexican culture are deep and complex, as is evident even in a place seemingly as simple as Sayulita: once a fishing and farming pueblo, now a magical, compelling tourist destination. Sayulitans set up alters around town to honor the deceased and there are lovely masses held in the cemetery.


5. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

A varierty of learning opportunities await you in and around Ixtapa for those who enjoy experiencing the real destination behind the resort.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo hosts a complete festival with lectures about the tradition, photographic exhibitions, traditional dance and music.  Building “altars” with flowers and tokens of the deceased is part of the tradition.  Local vendors will compete for the “Best Altar.” Activities start at the Zihuatanejo Bay with lighting of the area.

Have you visited Mexico for Day of the Dead? Where did you stay?  Feel free to share your comments and stories about your experiences with Day of the Dead traditions in the comments. Or continue this conversation on our facebook page!

Special Thanks to Travel Designed by Stephanie for letting us use her great photographs!