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Riviera Maya: Hurricane Emily

By June 18, 2005

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Some 23,500 tourists in the Riviera Maya are being returned to their resorts, following evacuation to shelters as Hurricane Emily bore down on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The Riviera Maya and Cancun are especially popular with family travelers due to their many all-inclusive beach resorts.

In Cancun, the airport re-opened at 9 am Monday, and power was quickly restored; however, in the Riviera Maya not all electricity and water supplies have been restored by late Monday. Click to read more about the Mayan Riviera.

Before Mexico, Hurricane Emily dealt damage in Jamaica, Grenada, Cuba, Haiti and the southern US, killing over three dozen people.(Read CNN's report.) continued below...

Riviera Maya: aftermath of Hurricane Emily

Hurricane Emily made landfall north of Tulum on July 19 2005; Tulum is at the southern end of the Riviera Maya coast. Fortunately damage to Cancun and to the island of Cozumel were minimal.

The Cancun Visitors' Bureau advises travelers to continue with their vacation plans; Cancun has normal local transit, lights, water and telephones.

Read about the Riviera Maya below. the information below has been provided by Riviera Maya Tourism

The Riviera Maya region of Mexico, located just to the south of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula, announces that there has been no loss of life reported following Hurricane Emily.

In addition, the region’s main airport, Cancun International Airport, has been open since 9:00am this morning and is fully operational. Hotels are operating and report minimal damage at first assessment. While electricity is out over most of the region due to downed power lines, there is limited phone service and roads are traversable.

The 23,500 tourists who are in the Riviera Maya are currently being returned to their respective hotels following earlier evacuation to shelters as a precaution. All efforts are being made to restore electricity and running water to affected areas as quickly as possible. Bottled water, food and other vital provisions are well-stocked and being distributed to those in need.

“We are extremely thankful to be able to assure the families and friends of travelers vacationing in the Riviera Maya that their loved ones are safe,” said Mr. Dario Flota, General Director of Tourism for the Riviera Maya. “The fact that we appear to have emerged from Hurricane Emily relatively unscathed is a relief and a blessing. We will continue to assess damage and pledge to continue to provide timely updates of the region’s status.”

The eighty-one mile stretch, known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the Mexican Caribbean on the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Beginning eleven miles south of the Cancun International Airport in Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya extends to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a small town near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The region features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes, the action of eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to many of Mexico's most significant Mayan archeological sites, the varied activities of the eco-archeological parks, plus golf courses, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget.

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