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Golf Courses in Los Cabos

​Mexico, and Los Cabos in particular, may not be your first choice when it comes to a traditional golfing vacation, but in fact the area is more than equipped to provide avid golfers with an amazing experience that they will never forget. Since the 1990s, Los Cabos has experienced a boom in golf course creation. Since then, many famous names have lent their skills and vision to a course or two, but none quite so inspired or important as Jack Nicklaus—it was he who started the golf wave that has been rippling through Los Cabos ever since when he built three courses in the early 1990s. Today three of the world’s top courses can be found in Los Cabos, not to mention more than a few of the world’s top 100. Whether you want the scenery, a challenge or to learn how to swing a club, you’ll find that there is a course for every person in Los Cabos. Cabo del Sol Ocean Course This has been called the masterpiece of Jack Nicklaus, and it …

Where to Visit Near Puerto Vallarta Off the Beaten Track

It’s time to step out of the ordinary when it comes to the amazing tourist attractions that you can enjoy in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. It needn’t, and perhaps shouldn’t, be all sun, sea, and frosty margaritas! There’s so much to see and do when you’re in this most stunning area of Mexico. Here are some of our favorite hidden gems which can be found just off the beaten trail: San Sebastian San Sebastián del Oeste is just one of the many charming small towns nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains, and is only 90 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta when you head east inland. Nonetheless, the ex-mining village stands out amongst the rest, having been awarded the status of “Pueblo Mágico” [Magical Town] by the Mexican Tourism board. During colonial times this was a thriving silver mining town, but today it is primarily a local secret for those looking to getaway from Puerto Vallarta’s humid weather you will enjoy in the mountains. Make sure you see the old hacienda style coffee plantation and …

Sea Turtles in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Considering that they are some of the most beloved and enchanting animals found in the Caribbean Sea, sea turtles are a big draw for visitors heading to Cancun and Riviera Maya.  Loggerhead, green and hawksbill sea turtle species spend a great deal of time in the spectacularly clear, turquoise-hued Caribbean waters, and vacationers in this Mexican paradise can look forward to seeing them in their splendid natural environment.     Activities such as spending time on the soft white sands of the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving or swimming in the sea can bring turtle encounters at any moment.   The area’s coral reefs provide a magical atmosphere for popular night diving at particular times during the year, delighting viewers as they witness large numbers of sea turtles gather.  Another favorite nighttime activity is taking a guided turtle walk.   Protecting Sea Turtles from Danger Fortunately for the wellbeing and safety of sea turtles residing in Mexico, It is illegal to hunt or capture them or their fragile eggs.  Resorts in the region, local citizens, visitors and …

Whale Shark Tours in Los Cabos

The waters surrounding Los Cabos are stunningly beautiful and serene and there are many ways you can enjoy time out on the water. One of the most incredible experiences is to swim with the whale sharks that pass through these waters during the high season from early winter to late spring. Whale Sharks Whale sharks are some of the biggest animals in the ocean, and are without a doubt the largest fish species in the world. Reaching up to 40 feet long, and weighing in at over 20 tons these leviathans can live to 70 years old and constitute the most breathtaking sights in the Sea of Cortez. Owing to their huge size, these creatures are slow moving and generally docile, which makes them a favorite of animal-lovers and adventure seekers from all over the world. Whale or Shark? You might be wondering which category these majestic giants fall into, and it will probably surprise you to hear that, despite their considerable size, whale sharks are not related to the air breathing, mammalian whales at …

History of Puerto Vallarta’s Pirate Ship

The Marigalante Pirate Ship is iconic in Puerto Vallarta. Not only is it one of the most popular family activities but it is also a beautiful feature that adorns the Banderas Bay skyline each night, much like its Cancun counterpart, the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship. However, did you know that this ship has a history of its own, one that precedes the pirate antics that have made it a vacation must in Puerto Vallarta. The Marigalante was not always a tourist attraction! What did the Marigalante do before it was a beloved attraction in Puerto Vallarta? Crafted over 7 years, from 1980 -1987, in the town of Alvarado, Veracruz by the non-profit “Mar, Hombre y Paz” Civil Association, the Marigalante traveled the world before making Puerto Vallarta its home. The ship was originally built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the “New World” modeled on the Santa Maria vessel (called Maria Galante by her sailors) that Columbus sailed to the Americas. Upon completion in 1987, the completed ship sailed from Veracruz …

Top Watersport Activities in Cancun and Riviera Maya

With access to the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea just about everywhere you turn in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, there are plentiful watersports to enjoy.  With a bevy of different watersport activities to choose from, deciding on what to try may seem overwhelming.  Fortunately, you can use the following cheat sheet to figure out which of the following top watersport activities in Cancun and Riviera Maya are the best fit for your ability level and interests. All of the tours mentioned below can be organized by the on-site tour agency at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Tulum Ruins and Underground Cenote Tour As one of the most famous archaeological sites in Mexico, Tulum is a must-see for anyone visiting the Cancun area.  Home to jaw-dropping architecture such as towering pre-Columbian temples, and some of the most magnificent vistas of the Caribbean found anywhere, you are sure to feel awestruck.  From there, you can go to Aktun Chen Park, which contains an otherworldly underground cenote that you can swim in.  An optional guided tour through …

Desert Tours by ATV, Horseback and Camel

Los Cabos is a place of amazing scenery which is fully natural; this is a wonderland and utter playground for anyone who loves to spend time in the great outdoors, and it’s not short of outdoorsy tours to enjoy, either. Because Los Cabos is such a popular tourist destination, there’s a good variety of tours for all tastes and preferences. The most popular tours tend to involve riding something: an ATV, a camel, a horse… you get the idea. These are thrilling experiences which may well be the highlight of your trip. ATV Tours in Cabo The rugged beauty of Baja California is famous, and there are few better ways to see it than while operating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). If you sign up to one of these tours, you will be equipped with all the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable in the desert that surrounds Los Cabos; just make sure you don’t wear your best clothes as they are likely to get covered in dirt, dust, grime, and sweat. In many …

Guide to Beach Hopping on Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore

If you are in love with the Mexican coastline, then why not use your membership to stay in Puerto Vallarta so that you may enjoy beach hopping along Puerto Vallarta’s south shore? Resting on the shores of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has some of the best Pacific coastline.   Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore Garza Blanca Resort & Spa or Hotel Mousai are a great base from which to explore the beaches of the south shore, although Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta or Villa del Mar are relatively close as well. For the record, the “south shore” beaches are those which fall between the south end of Los Muertos Beach reaching towards Cabo Corrientes. This includes the beach that is directly accessed from the Garza Blanca Preserve. South Shore Beach Hopping There is no doubt whatsoever that the certified beach found at the Garza Blanca Preserve is one of the most beautiful in the area, but the southern coastline has so much more to offer! This whole area is dotted with coves and beaches which vary …

Car Rentals in Cancun

Though you probably want to spend most of your time relaxing at Villa del Palmar Cancun, there is no reason why you shouldn’t see more of the city and the surrounding area while taking a vacation in Cancun. Public transport is reliable and efficient, the taxis are reasonable, but most importantly getting around is easy and affordable when you rent a car. Here’s a short guide to car rentals in Cancun. How to choose a car rental company? Firstly, see if your preferred brand is available, or otherwise stick to international brands as smaller “mom and pop” shops may not offer the service that you are used to. You should also check reviews and compare prices before making your choice. Things to remember Online bookings can give you access to the best deals and save you money, but they may not include the compulsory insurance coverage you need. Full coverage is the best option for tourists, even if you think your credit card includes insurance for rental cars. Do a complete check of the car …

Loreto’s Chocolate Clams

If there’s one thing you should definitely try when you’re on vacation in Loreto it’s the famed almejas chocolatas (Chocolate Clams).  These clams are a seafood delicacy hard to come by anywhere else in the world, and Loreto’s Chocolate Clams are unrivalled! These are a real treat for any foodie. Do chocolate clams taste of chocolate? You could be forgiven for thinking these clams are so named because they are cooked in a chocolate sauce (which is not so unusual in Mexican cuisine where chicken and chocolate sauce are a common combo!), or that they taste chocolatey. The truth behind the name, in fact, refers to the rich brown color of their shiny shells. Mega Clams – Size matters! The meaty chocolate clams found in Loreto are famed for their huge size (reaching six inches wide – that’s around 15 centimetres). In fact, their scientific name Megapitaria squalida makes a stronger reference to their size than their color. Loreto’s chocolate clams are the largest bivalves (marine mollusks like oysters, clams, scallops, and mussels) in North …