Manatees: 10 interesting facts

Manatees: 10 interesting facts

The Manatees are the gentle giants of the ocean, as a matter of fact they are very friendly creatures, and those who have had the joy of meeting face to face with a manatee can tell you that we are not lying.

We are sure that this cute friends will steal your heart in just seconds, as they love hugs and to be close to humans. Nowadays, these chubby and friendly animals inhabit three regions in southeastern Mexico: in the rivers and estuaries of Veracruz; in the basin of the Grijalva and Usumacinta rivers; in the region comprising the Caribbean coast; and the deep river in Quintana Roo.

In Mexico, the love and concern for the wellbeing of this marine mammal is important. This is why since 1999, every September 7th the National Manatee Day is celebrated; date on which various activities are carried out to raise awareness on the conservation of this species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Girl feeding manatees

Having fun with manatees

If you are a manatee lover like us, we are surely you will like to put an eye on these curious facts about this adorable species:

  1. They spent most of their time eating, resting and traveling (you would probably like to have a routine like this).
  2. When the spanish explorers reached Florida, they thought the manatees were mermaids because of the form of its bodies. Funny, isn’t it?
  3. Manatees consume 10-15% of their body weight every day, also they are herbivores.
  4. A manatee cannot turn its head sideways, it must turn its whole body. They are our big buddies!
  5. They normally breathe every 2 to 5 minutes, but can stay submerged for as long as 20 minutes if necessary.
  6. During the first years, the mother breastfeeds her baby with her nipples located under the armpits. This is really out of the ordinary, but cool.
  7. Manatees have no natural predators
  8. The manatees occupy 98% of their lungs for a simple breath.
  9. They use their whiskers to pick up and eat food. So cute!
  10. Who would have said so…  The manatee’s closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax (a kind of small woodchuck that lives in the forested areas of central and western Africa).
Manatee picture

Couple having fun with a manatee

Now that you know more about the lovely manatees, we invite you to visit them in some of the different habitats that Dolphin Discovery has in the Mexican Caribbean, it will be an experience that you will never forget.

Discover the perfect place to have fun: Puerto Aventuras!

Discover the perfect place to have fun: Puerto Aventuras!

Sun, sea and adventure is all you need to cool this summer. Imagine traveling to a heavenly place where all you have to worry about is how to have fun, any place in your mind? That’s right, Puerto Aventuras!

Dreams Puerto Aventuras hotel is an excellent choice for the whole family. Children will have fun in a big way and the big ones will act like children. Enjoy recreational activities, the elegant rooms and a have a relaxing day at the spa.

But that is not all! Hop on a kayak and enjoy a magical experience with the dolphins which you can see while doing this fun activity. If you have a more adventurous style, you can swim with this beautiful species, with funny sea lions and with the manatees. Yes, all in the same place!

And if that is not enough, we encourage you to visit the most complete marine of the Mayan Riviera and ship on a catamaran cruise. You will get to know everything about Puerto Aventuras and you will be able to snorkel and discover an underwater world. The reef will fill your panorama with its beautiful colors.

Hey! the fun is not over yet … Put on your best clothes and get ready to enjoy the nightlife, as you all know, the night is young. Go visit the bars and restaurants that will make your evening more enjoyable.

Stay awake and admire the sunrise while your eyes are filled with warm and beautiful tones.

So now you know, if you want an unforgettable holiday visit Puerto Aventuras.

Stars of the NBA swam with us!

Stars of the NBA swam with us!

Boban Marjanovic and Matt Bonner are well know as players of the NBA from San Antonio Spurs. The Serbian professional basketball and the two time NBA champion had a blast swimming with dolphins.

Dolphin Cove Moon Palace had the pleasure to welcome this two great players who enjoyed the beautiful Jamaican island. While they were in their trip, they had the amazing opportunity to swim with this wonderful species.

They had a great time with their families and their new dolphins friends. We hope to see them back soon, so they can enjoy this experience of a lifetime again!

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Destinations for your next summer vacation

Destinations for your next summer vacation

Summer is around the corner, the smell of the beach and sunscreen is inevitable, the little ones are wondering where is the family going to this year, and you still don’t decide where to spend your vacations? Don’t worry, here we leave you five destinations that will make your vacation days unforgettable.

Riviera Maya

riviera maya

riviera maya

Imagine enjoying a refreshing drink at the clear sea water, while your kids build a sandcastle where they are going to live their next adventure. It sounds relaxing, right?

The Riviera Maya offers a full tourist corridor of luxury hotels, resorts, spas, shopping malls and restaurants that will make your holiday perfect. You can swim with dolphins, visit sacred cenotes and explore archaeological ruins that will amaze you.

Pamper yourself a little and enjoy this wonderful place!

Vallarta

Puerto-Vallarta

Puerto-Vallarta

If you want a perfect place for a family holiday, this is a great option, Ideal for its great variety of hotels and excursions, Vallarta offers unlimited fun, whether you choose to walk on the boardwalk or have fun at water parks.

Remember to enjoy the  picturesque sunsets while discovering this beautiful place in the company of the whole family.

The fun never ends here, come and prove it!

Los Cabos

Cabos

Cabos

One of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in Mexico. In summer it is the perfect place to practice different activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing and so much more.

Its extensive beaches will guide the whole family in a beautiful vacation. Don’t forget to visit the Arch of Los Cabos, an impressive rock forms sculpted by the sea, admired by all visitors.

That’s not all! Through San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas, you will see a luxurious tourist corridor where you will find 5 star hotels, gourmet restaurants and extensive golf courses.

Make your summer vacations unforgettable!

Panama City Beach

panama city beach

panama city beach

If we have to describe this place in one word it would be: fun. With a wide range of activities such as walking along the beach, have fun with various attractions, swimming with dolphins, relax on a boat, or go at full speed in go karts, without a doubt, Panama City Beach has much to offer for all the family.

Sure you will live a wonderful vacation!

Anguilla

the-island-of-anguilla

Anguilla

Hoist the sails and turn your course towards the Caribbean Islands! Anguilla is unique in its beauty and is known for its amazing landscapes of turquoise sea and towering palms.

This beautiful island offers a wide variety of activities such as snorkeling, observing the beautiful coral reefs, massages to relax the tension and stress of the daily day, fun and informative swim with dolphins programs, windsurfing and more.

Relax and enjoy with your family the island of Anguilla… You don’t want to miss it this summer!

 

Now, it is your call, plan your summer vacation!

5 Great ideas to celebrate Father’s Day

5 Great ideas to celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you still don’t know how to celebrate the king of your heart. You will see that going to a restaurant or accompany him to see a football game is no longer so funny or original after a couple of years.

But don’t… You can find the solution here! We show you 5 amazing places where you can celebrate Father’s Day and make it an unforgettable experience.

Columbus Lobster Dinner

Columbus Lobster Dinner

LOBSTER DINNER

Imagine a romantic dinner with him while watching a beautiful sunset or under a roof of bright stars. The Lobster Dinner tour is full of romance where the little ones of 14 years old can be part of the evening. The whole family will be amazed by the beautiful scenery, they will be delighted with live saxophone music and spend a great Father’s Day.

Recommended for loving dads.

Garrafon Park

Garrafon Park

GARRAFON PARK

If you prefer something more relaxing, this is the best option. Located 25 minutes from Cancun, in the beautiful Isla Mujeres, Garrafon is a park full of recreational activities including snorkeling, kayaks, hammocks, temazcal and bicycles. Besides having a panoramic pool, this beautiful place gives you a taste of adventure as it is the only one with a zip line that makes you fly over the sea.

Recommended for relaxing dads.

Aquaventuras Park

Aquaventuras Park

AQUAVENTURAS PARK

A water park that will create unforgettable moments. You will feel the speed while going down the slides, your heart will rush as you go throw the zip line, you will conquer the Challenge and enjoy a relaxed ride on the longest lazy river around Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. The whole family will spend a fun-filled day! No more joy for a parent that seeing their children happy at Aquaventuras Park.

Recommended for happy dads.

Speedboat

Speedboat

JUNGLE TOUR

Live a Father’s Day full of speed. Up in a speedboat you will drive through the channels of the Nichupté lagoon until you reach Punta Nizuc, where you can snorkel while admiring the amazing underwater life. The Jungle tour is a great activity for all the family, specially for the boys of the house.

Recommended for adventurous dads.

Gulf World Girl

Gulf World Girl

GULF WORLD

We are sure you will have a blast at Panama City Beach! At Gulf World you will meet many friends, from dolphins and sea lions to stingrays, penguins and dogs. Collect all the affection of these species plus the love of your family and get an unforgettable Father’s Day.

Recommended for fun dads.

Let us know, which one are you willing to visit?

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