I sent this out one week prior to leaving...I must admit, I lifted quite a bit of it from other brides that are on here. I hope it helps!
I hope this e-mail finds you well. It’s less than a week until we leave for Mexico! We want to make this vacation as stress-free as possible, so we’ve put together this e-mail to give you some pointers about travelling to Mexico and about your stay at the Now Sapphire!
What to Pack?
We have come up with a wonderful packing list on our website. Please take a look for all of the essentials you need to bring – including LOTS of sunscreen and sun protection. Please note that there is a dress code for many of the restaurants. Men should have at least one pair of long pants and either dress sandals or dress shoes. Also, collared shirts are required for men in all restaurants except the buffet. This is strictly enforced. Ladies will be ok in dresses, or skirts.
Please don’t forget your passport!!
The Cancun airport can be very busy. After getting off the plane, go immediately to the customs area. Make sure you have your tourist card filled out (you will be given this on the plane, keep it safe because you will need it to return home). Once through customs, claim your baggage and proceed to the “red light district”. Here you will test your luck with the press of a button. A green light means you are free to proceed with your baggage. A red light means that your bags are going to be searched. Don’t worry, this is pretty standard. I got the red light once and it took an extra 5 minutes.
Once through customs you will exit the building. Here you will face a mass of people that are ready to “help you”. Proceed through the sliding door and keep an eye on your baggage and keep your bags with you at all times! Porters may approach you and pick up your bags only to carry them a few feet and expect a tip. Don’t fall for it. Also, there will be people trying to show you a time-share or tours…IGNORE THEM, or give a firm “No, Gracias”. Once you make your way through the hall just outside the doors is where you will find all of the vans, taxis and transfer services.
The Now Sapphire has a great new app! The app allows you to make phone calls, and access their wifi all for FREE. Search “Now Sapphire Unlimited Connectivity” and you should be able to find it. The app also has a list of daily activities at the resort and a menu for all of the restaurants. It’s pretty cool to check out before you even leave!
What about Money?
The currency in Mexico is the Peso, however American dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere. An estimate of the exchange rate is approximately 10-13 peso = $1. It would be a good idea to bring small bills as many places will not offer change and they are useful for tipping. If you plan to use your credit card, please call your company and let them know your travel plans.
We should add that there will be time share vendors at the resort. They will try to entice you to hear their sales pitch by offering you free massages, free dolphin swims or even money. They will tell you that you will only have to sit through a 60 minute presentation. Often 60 minutes can turn into 2-3 hours, and trust us, these people can often be very, very pushy. And really, who wants to spend 3 hours of vacation inside at a presentation? Not us! If these people approach you, firmly tell them you aren't interested and they should leave you alone.
Finally, we would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to celebrate this wonderful day with us. We are so happy to share such a meaningful day with you. Can’t wait to see you in the Caribbean!!
Dina and Patrick
Edited by DinaQtobe, 10 March 2014 - 03:40 PM.