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On Columbus Day, Follow Columbus’ Journey to Palace Resorts

On his last voyage to the New World in 1502, Christopher Columbus made it all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula where he encountered what were believed to be Mayans, and may have got a look at temples and pyramids. Columbus would later spend a year stranded in Jamaica after his hurricane-battered ships could go no further.
This Columbus Day, what better way to honor the adventurous spirit of the Italian explorer, than chart your own path to the Caribbean at Moon Palace Resorts and Palace Resorts in Mexico and Jamaica.

The majestic Riviera Maya awaits you on Columbus Day


Touring Tulum on Columbus Day


Whether Columbus actually sailed up to the ruins of Tulum in Mexico is unknown, but you can one up him when you visit the amazing beachfront ruins that have become famous the world over.
The picturesque temple that overlooks the turquoise waters is an unforgettable sight but the town surrounding the ruins has become an equally alluring attraction. The Tulum Express Tour gets you to the ruins and the artsy town that has grown up around them for a fabulous day trip – you can use your Resort Credit.


Discover the Secrets of Chichen Itza on Columbus Day


If the ruins at Tulum are impressive, a trip to the majestic Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza will drop your jaw. We are fairly certain Columbus never made it deep into the heart of the jungle to see the amazing El Castillo but fortunately it’s just a day trip away from Cancun.
You’ll be lucky to fit in all the adventures available at Chichen Itza in a day, including taking a dip in a nearby cenote, walking along the ball court where the winners of an ancient Mayan game were allegedly sacrificed, and witnessing a light show at the El Caracol Observatory.
If you can get to the ruins during the spring or winter equinox, you’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime event as you watch the shadow of the Mexican deity Kukulkan appear on the pyramid and snake it’s way all the way down.
Again, use your Resort Credit for this amazing adventure.


Get Stranded in Ocho Rios


Jamaica may have been the most beautiful island Columbus visited – its mountainous rainforest reaching into the Caribbean all around the island – but he probably didn’t see it that way considering he was basically shipwrecked on the island for a year during his expedition.
He is thought to have “landed” in St. Ann’s Bay or Discovery Bay, and is likely to have come upon some of the island’s amazing waterfalls. Both St. Ann’s Bay and Discovery Bay are close to Ocho Rios and Moon Palace Jamaica, which is basically waterfall central in Jamaica. There are at least five idyllic waterfalls you can tour from the resort and say that you bathed in the very same waters that Columbus landed near.


Set Sail Better Than Chris


While Columbus’ ships got stuck on the island, you can take part in a more successful sailing experience at Moon Palace Jamaica.
From the resort you can choose to take your own catamaran out for a sail or use your Resort Credit and book a Sunset Cruise where the sailing is taken care of while you enjoy the open bar and gaze at the descending sun.


Ranks among the best resorts in all destinations


  • BJRD

    Wilmington, North Carolina

    Excellent entertainment staff

    We spent a week at Beach Palace, Cancun with our family. The entertainment staff kept us busy and entertained all week. Pool volleyball, Zumba and yoga. Trivia games every day and lots of nightly entertainment. Fun for kids and adults.

  • Tahira R

    Bradford, United Kingdom

    Fantastic Hotel

    It’s the first time we have visited Cancun and stayed at the Sun Palace Hotel, we will definitely be going back again. I couldn’t have asked for a better hotel. It was just truly amazing. The food was great. The hotel staff were so polite and friendly.

  • Art H

    Bluffton, South Carolina

    Moon Palace All Inclusive

    Wow! What a week this Is truly a five star resort. If I heard it from one, I heard it from all servers, "Its my pleasure to serve you". The resort's rooms were upscale and the food and food service was five star. We will definitely go back next year.

  • Lizzieoneill

    Altinkum, Turkey

    Wow! What a hotel

    Amazing, staff are wonderful and the beds are so so comfortable, I'm trying to find out what the mattress is so I buy one! I will definitely be back! Oh and try the Bob Marley cocktails (yeah man).

  • Harry S

    Lee's Summit, Missouri

    Amazing Resort!

    I have stayed at many very nice hotels, but the Le Blanc Spa Resort is my new favorite. This hotel is indeed worthy of their Five Diamond rating! The overall service at the Le Blanc is EXTRAORDINARY! From the pool servers to the butlers, we never waited for anything!