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Meet the Crew: Erick

Hola, que tal? My name is Erick and I am a beachaholic. I am 100% Mexicano. I was born in Veracruz but spent half of my life in Playa del Carmen.
Playa is my home. Almost all of my family moved here, which makes me a very fortunate man.  

12 years ago, I fell in love with a Dutch girl and we got married almost 6 years ago. El Mexicano con la Holandesa, who would have ever expected that? Definitely not me! 

We have travelled through Europe and lived about a year and a half in Canada. We truly enjoyed it there, but it was too cold. In 2006, we decided to stay in Mexico permanently. Following that, my wife’s family also moved here, so that makes it even more special. We are all together. We have a beautiful son of almost 4 years old.

Since moving here, I have been working in the hotel industry, starting from the bottom, moving my way up with lots of energy and motivation toward a higher position. For the past 9 years I have worked in one of the most beautiful adult-only, all-inclusive resorts of Playa del Carmen, managing the front service area including concierge, reception, butler and bellboy department. 

Recently, I became General Manager for H2Oh! Sun Cruises. I was glad. I was ready for a new adventure, a new challenge and this job gives me plenty of opportunities to do what I like most: making sure that the people who visit this beautiful country have the best time of their lives so that they will return to Mexico and recommend us to family and friends! 

I love Mexico, I love the music, I love the different cultures, I love the beach, I love everything that has to do with the ocean, I love the hot weather, I truly love life and I love to see people happy!  

A big philosophy of mine is that a beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment we start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel and BE like one! For sure, mine is!

It will be my pleasure to assist you with any questions or concerns you have, prior to this beautiful day trip and I will be at your service for anything you need so that this day will be BEST DAY of your vacation!
What made you choose coming to Mexico? What do you like about it? 

Su Amigo (Your friend),

Meet the Crew: Deborah

Hi guys, I'm the sales rep at H2Oh. I handle sales and general inquiries. We might have talked before, during and after your booking!

I was born in Scotland, grew up in Texas, and now live in Mexico! I've been coming over to Cozumel since I was 12 — because I fell in love and can't stop coming back. I made so many friends here from all those vacations! They made it great for me when I finished college and finally moved to Cozumel. I was an English teacher for a short while there, before I decided to move to Playa.

In Playa, I worked as a photographer, then the manager of several hotel photo shops. While I loved working in photography and being able to give people beautiful memories in their photos, I began to wish for a job with less stress — I was, after all, managing upwards of 40 people in various hotels!

After looking around, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity with H2Oh. It's awesome to be a part of a company that cares so much to make their clients happy!

This is in Xcaret. I’m in love with the culture here!

I love my job. Who wouldn't? Helping people in general is great, but helping people have a great vacation? That's something else!

It's awesome when you can make someone's day easier, or make them — and their families and friends — smile. It's doubly awesome when a client comments to Michael about me, or mentions me in a Trip Advisor review. I love the feeling of having done my job well. It's addicting! Everything about this is addicting! I'm used to it, but I won't stop being delighted.

Bacalar: the lagoon of 7 colors. A beautiful place with such an awesome vibe! One of my favorite places!

I'm used to it? Well, I live in Playa del Carmen and have been here 13 years! Living in a beach town is like being on vacation year-round. I work, and I work hard! But life in the Playa is so vivid and colorful. The beaches are amazing, and even after more than a decade, it still stuns me that a gorgeous beach is just a walk or a drive away!  

Aside from photography and travelling, my passions are my cats. I have 3. Tito, Titito and Pickles. Don't look at me like that. I'm getting better. I've cut down from 5 to 3. See? I'm good! But yeah, I'm a crazy cat lady! With a camera. Another reason living here is that it’s awesome for photography!

Did I say awesome one time too many? Have you been here? You'll understand and you'll be uttering 'awesome' every five minutes when you're here, I promise you. Hope to see you wandering around the Quinta!

5 Tips for your Destination Wedding in the Mayan Riviera

Have you ever given thought to having a destination wedding? How about turning that thought into a reality! Making plans to have the perfect wedding in the Mayan Riviera can be a wedding of a lifetime.

Knowing what to expect when planning your destination wedding is crucial and can save you from potential problems. Below we have listed six tips you need to know.

1. Know the Requirements for a Legal Ceremony

When you travel to a different country to get married, there may be a different process than back home.

In Mexico there are two options.

1. Legal Ceremony, also called Civil Ceremony

This ceremony will have to be spoken first in Spanish by an officiant who is also a government representative, then spoken in English. 

There are a couple other rules if you plan to get legally married in Mexico.

  • You must be in the country for at least three days prior to the wedding.
  • The bride and groom to-be are required to have a blood test.
  • Your marriage certificate will be in Spanish, which will then need to be translated into English.
  • A valid passport.
  • Tourist Card (provided when crossing the border)
  • Single Status Affidavit from back home.
  • Health Certificate.
  • Have 4 witnesses picked.

While these may seem like big tasks or maybe just different than what you are used to hearing about back home. Don't worry! It is a simple process that your resort or wedding coordinator can help sort out for you. They do it all the time, and can make it easy and stress free.

2. Symbolic Ceremony

With a symbolic ceremony, everything can look identical to a legal ceremony, only with less hoops to jump through down in Mexico. 

You can take care of the entire legal side of your marriage back home in private before even coming down to the Mayan Riviera. The process is different for each region, but look into the process in your home town.

With this method, once you get to Mexico for the wedding, your ceremony can be in English (or your native language), and you don't even need to tell your guests you were "officially" married just before coming down! As far as everyone will know or can tell, you are getting married then and there.

2. Know when the sun sets

The Mayan Riviera is comprised of well known locations such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. If your choice of wedding is to be towards the evening be sure to look up sunset times to give your photographer plenty of time to capture the perfect moments in the perfect light.

Photo tip: Shooting photos at "golden hour".

Here's a link that will tell you the time and date of all sunsets throughout the year (just select the month near the bottom): Sunset times in the Mayan Riviera 

3. Pick your resort

When deciding where you would like to get married a big decision is which resort you will stay at. Spend time reading Trip Advisor reviews or even searching forums like Best Destination Weddings or Facebook for relevant groups that you can join and talk to brides who have had or are having weddings at these resorts.

Your resort should be carefully chosen based off of your own personal tastes, location and budget. The coast stretches from Cancun south through Playa del Carmen to Tulum and beyond, and most are on the water or very close to it.

4. Plan some activities (and relaxation!)

Before leaving on your dream vacation, know your surroundings.  You can do a quick Google search of things to do in the Mayan Riviera and it will turn up tons and tons of results. There are endless adventures to be had in the Yucatan.

Water activities are a huge hit in the region as the entire coastline is along the Caribbean Sea. Fishing, snorkeling, diving and yacht tours are among the most popular things to do in the region — and for good reason: Sea + sun + friends + family = good times!

If you have various family members and friends flying in to join the celebration it helps to keep everyone entertained and happy while on their vacation to celebrate your marriage.

However, you probably don't want to over do it by planning activities for every single day. Of course everyone is there to see you married and be a part of the group, but they're also there to relax.

Down days laying by the pool or beach are just as important as the adventures.


5. Find time to relax!

After the big day has happened it is time to relax. You have made it past the stress and now you get to spend time alone with the person of your dreams.

Take in the sights in the Riviera, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen surroundings. Spend a day on the beach in the sun or snorkeling in the ocean. Time is on your side and the drinks are waiting...