08212007: Mexico’s Riviera Maya After Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean, which has been ripping through the Caribbean the past week, came ashore on the Yucatan peninsula this morning. We’ve just started getting damage reports from the area and wanted to pass them along to you:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico – (August 21, 2007 at 3:00PM EDT) Governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo Sr. Felix Gonzalez Canto has declared Yellow Alert for the entire northern part of the state, including Cancun, Cozumel, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Puerto Morelos. He has also requested that all commercial services and tourism sectors resume all services and reestablish normal business operations.

• The Cancun International Airport reports that it has maintained normal operations throughout last night without interruptions. Beginning today, the airport has started receiving tourists with the arrivals of the first flights from Mexicana Air, Continental and USA 3000 arriving at 9:00am local time carrying 600 passengers, most of them tourists from the USA and Mexico City.

• All Highways are open to the regular vehicular traffic, providing uninterrupted access to the Riviera Maya and main city Playa del Carmen.

• Bus Stations are back to normal operations with service between Merida and Playa del Carmen as of this morning.

• Xcaret announces that it has not incurred damage from the storm and will open to the public with all the services tomorrow morning, Wednesday August 22.

• Xel-Ha announces that it will open and resume normal operation of its services, activities and attractions on Thursday August 23.

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