Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: January 11, 2006

DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS, the operator of all-inclusive luxury resorts in Mexico, said it reopened its Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa after extensive renovations following Hurricane Wilma. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Dreams Cancun underwent renovations to its rooms; eight restaurants and bars; spa and fitness center; and kids club, among other facilities. Situated on the portion of Cancun strip known as Punta Cancun, Dreams Cancun markets itself as the only resort on Cancun surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean. For information or to book, call (866) 2-DREAMS or visit www.dreamsresorts.com.

THE LOS CABOS TOURISM BOARD is promoting two new attractions. Opening later this month is Cabo Dolphins, a state-of-the-art dolphin center at the Cabo San Lucas Marina that enables tourists to interact and swim with Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The half-hour experience, which includes an educational orientation, costs $165 per person. The program is offered seven days a week. For information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 303-2653 or visit www.cabodolphins.com. If you prefer land-based activities, Baja Outback is offering single- or multi-day tours aboard four-wheel-drive Hummers. Single-day excursions take tourists to towns like Todos Santos and Santiago, while multi-day tours include the Route of the Jesuit Missions and the South Cape with Whale Watching. Hummer tour prices start at $165 per person. For information or to book, call (011) 52-624-142-9200, ext. 249 or visit www.bajaoutback.com.

SEA KAYAK ADVENTURES launched an eight-day Baja Desert Whales excursion that promises whale sightings in the protected waterways of Baja Californias Magdalena Bay. Guests will paddle kayaks along a 35-mile stretch of lagoons, visit a sea lion colony and spend nights camping in sheltered coves. A trip highlight is two afternoons of whale watching from a motorized skiff for a close encounter with the California gray whale in the deeper waters of Boca de Soledad. Six departures are scheduled from Jan. 29 through March 6 beginning and ending in Loreto. The trips cost $1,295 per person, including two nights in a hotel; airport and land transfers; meals; kayaking and camping equipment; whale watching excursions; and guides. Participation is limited to 13. To book or for information, call (800) 616-1943 or visit www.seakayakadventures.com

THE HACIENDA XCANATUN & SPA in Merida is promoting a three-night Maya Weekend getaway package priced at $1,250 for two people. Accommodations are in one of the restored 18th century haciendas 13 suites or five superior rooms, and the package includes daily breakfast, two spa treatments per person, a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine in the resort's gourmet restaurant, roundtrip airport transfers and service charges. The package is available from Feb. 1 to 15. For information or reservations, call (888) 883-3633 or visit www.xcanatun.com.

TESORO RESORTS, Mexicos newest all-inclusive resort chain, has switched telephone numbers to a centralized reservations center. For reservations from the U.S., customers can call (866) 998-3767. The companys Web site is www.tesororesorts.com.

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