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Summertime Scuba Diving in Cancun

Every summer, scuba divers from all over the world flock to Cancun to experience its legendary dive sites. Club Caribe members who enjoy diving can take advantage of Cancun’s coral reefs, and experience an unforgettable adventure swimming with sharks, rays, sea turtles and more. Unique Diving Sites Cancun and the nearby areas are famous for having every kind of diving you could want. There are several shipwrecks, underwater caves, lagoons and cenotes, each one containing different varieties of marine life. There is also the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) which features over 500 life-sized and monumental-sized underwater sculptures in the shape of human beings, animals, houses, cars and other objects. These sculptures were made out of material that is designed to promote regeneration of the coral reefs. MUSA is one of the largest underwater art attractions in the world, and is definitely a must-see for divers. Villa Del Palmar Cancun’s tour agency can coordinate tours and dives to the various sites for Club Caribe members.   Swimming with Whale Sharks In the summertime, pods of …

Understanding Los Cabos

With the opening of Garza Blanca Los Cabos just around the corner, we want to share some information about the area, for those who might not be familiar. The term “Los Cabos” refers to the area of the southern Baja California Peninsula that includes Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo and the corridor in between the two cities. Cabo San Lucas is at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. It is the largest city in the Los Cabos area, and perhaps the well-known city in the area. Swimmable beaches, water activities, entertainment and nightlife can be found here. Medano Beach is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. You can go parasailing, jet skiing, paddleboarding and kayaking off Medano Beach. The Marina and Downtown are walkable areas full of shops, restaurants and bars. You can indulge in high-end luxury shopping at stores such as Louis Vuitton,  Coach and Rolex Luxury Avenue in the Marina, and Plaza Puerto Paraiso downtown. You can take high-end charter boat rides and glass bottom boat rides from the Marina. …

Puerto Vallarta for Art and Galleries

Puerto Vallarta has long been a go-to vacation destination for sun worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, and luxury seekers of the world, but did you know that it is also one of the best places in Mexico to come to if you’re an art lover, or have an interest in art works of any kind. The galleries here are all unique, and each have a specialization in what they exhibit and display. In Puerto Vallarta everything from ceramics to glasswork and paintings can be found with ease. Whether you consider yourself a real connoisseur of art, or have just a passing interest you should really consider looking around when you’re in Puerto Vallarta; there are few better places in the country to get acquainted with Mexican art. Here are the highlights of the art scene in Puerto Vallarta:   Galeria Uno Morelos 561, Centro A true cornerstone in Puerto Vallarta’s art scene, Galeria Uno specializes in works which are colorful and vibrant, no matter their style. Omar Alonzo Leona Vicario 249, Centro Omar Alonzo is a …

Protecting Turtles in Mexico

The sea turtle is one of the most beloved and charming of all the animals that grace Mexico’s shores and beaches each year! In fact, the beaches and coves of Mexico provide nesting grounds for loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles every single year! Nesting Turtles Female turtles are driven by pure instinct to return to the beaches on which they themselves hatched. The journey can be arduous and reach around 1000 miles in total, but it is an essential part of the survival of this lovely species! These gestating females are driven by pure instinct from their feeding grounds to the nesting sites where they drag their heavy bodies ashore and dig a secure nest before laying their eggs and beginning the long journey home. How Turtles are Being Protected in Mexico It is a sad fact that all sea turtle species are now classified as endangered, but you will be glad to learn that measures are in place along Mexico’s coastlines to ensure they have the best possible chance of survival. In fact, it …

Cabo Wobo-ling in Los Cabos

Former Van Halen frontman and all-round rockstar, Sammy Hagar first fell in love with Los Cabos in the early 1980s when he visited the town. At this point Cabo San Lucas was little more than a sleepy fishing village with amazing scenery and very little development on the go. Nonetheless, Sammy envisioned opening a tequila bar with a small stage in the sunny Baja California town So, how is it that this rockers’ dream of Cabo Wabo went from a mere idea to a nightlife legend and tequila legacy in Los Cabos? Read on… The Cabo Wabo Cantina Thanks to Hagar’s vision, and a financial partnership with his Van Halen bandmates, the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas opened its doors in 1990 to plenty of excitement and buzz! Despite its popularity, Cabo Wabo struggled financially in the early days due to mismanagement, and Hagar ended up buying his bandmates’ shares to keep the dream alive. Once in full control he hired a management team that fit his vision and business model, and the …

Safety for Tourists in Cancun

Wherever you travel in the world, there are some basic tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to ensuring your safety. Vacations to top destinations in Mexico, such as Cancun, are no different. While any stay in Cancun is more likely than not to be a safe and fun trip, there are still somethings that you should do to be on the safe side.   Here’s how to travel safely in Cancun and any city in the world:   Money and ATM Safety Withdraw money from ATMs during the day. Choose ATMs inside, or outside, of banks rather than standalones or machines in convenience stores. Avoid going to the ATM alone. Cover the keys when entering your pin. Put away all cash before leaving the ATM. Put your passport away before leaving an exchange bureau. Have small bills readily available in a separate location for tips so you don’t have to show all your money when tipping. Carry spare change; never take out your wallet to give money to beggars. Only carry …

Whale Shark Season Almost Upon Us

Summer is well on its way, and that means that the whale sharks, too, are coming to the warm water of the Mexican Caribbean in search of fresh feeding grounds. Whale sharks migrate to the waters near Cozumel and Cancun each year in order to feed in the warm shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. They are fascinating creatures, and a sighting will be the highlight of any summer vacation in Cancun, of that we are sure! Whale season runs from June to mid September; this gives visitors plenty of opportunity to swim with these magnificent and gentle beasts. Whale Sharks are the largest fish species in the ocean, and despite weighing in at 20 tons with an average length of 18 to 32 feet they are gentle, docile creatures that have proven to be non-dangerous to humans. Their slow speed, around 3mph, and their preferred diet of plankton make them the perfect subject for snorkeling and diving. Whale sharks are one of only three known shark species which filter-feed, meaning they filter food through …

Los Cabos Attractions – Natural History Museum

People of all ages are certain to have an fascinating time at the Natural History Museum in Cabo San Lucas. This museum, known locally as the Museo de Historia Natural, is one of the most popular attractions in Los Cabos; it can be found in the heart of the downtown area, and inhabits what was once an elementary school (called Artículo 123 Naciones Unidas or United Nations Article 123). The museum itself, however, opened to the public on the 9th of October 2006 and has been enriching the cultural scene of the city ever since. A Bit of Everything You will definitely be more interested in some topics than others, but the museum itself has a good variety of displays and exhibits to enjoy so you should never find yourself bored! If fossils are up your street, for example, you will love the displays concerning paleoanthropology and paleobotany as they contain fossilized animal and plant remains! You can also look forward to exhibits concerning geology, astronomy, and paleontology! Cabo San Lucas History Lessons If you’re …

Free Tours for Your Next Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Budgeting during your vacations is like a fine art. You want to have a marvelous experience but don’t want to put too much pressure on your credit cards. This is particularly true for Club Caribe members who take regular vacations, sometimes more than twice a year. So, let’s just say you want to limit yourself to one paid tour each time you vacation in Puerto Vallarta, like the Marigalante Pirate Ship or a whale watching tour, then you will be happy to know that Puerto Vallarta offers alternative activities that are just as fun (well, almost).   Check out these popular pastimes in Puerto Vallarta that won’t cost you penny: Downtown Tour You can join the downtown tour by going to the Tourist Office located on the main plaza in Puerto Vallarta’s Centro area opposite Starbucks at 9am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays or 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This tour is two hours long, so make sure your shoes are comfortable for walking and you have some drinking water on hand. Admire the …

Whale Shark Season Almost Upon Us

Summer is well on its way, and that means that the whale sharks, too, are coming to the warm water of the Mexican Caribbean in search of fresh feeding grounds. Whale sharks migrate to the waters near Cozumel and Cancun each year in order to feed in the warm shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. They are fascinating creatures, and a sighting will be the highlight of any summer vacation in Cancun, of that we are sure! Whale season runs from June to mid September; this gives visitors plenty of opportunity to swim with these magnificent and gentle beasts. Whale Sharks are the largest fish species in the ocean, and despite weighing in at 20 tons with an average length of 18 to 32 feet they are gentle, docile creatures that have proven to be non-dangerous to humans. Their slow speed, around 3mph, and their preferred diet of plankton make them the perfect subject for snorkeling and diving. Whale sharks are one of only three known shark species which filter-feed, meaning they filter food through …