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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 …

Swim with Puerto Vallarta’s Wild Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is a perennial favorite when it comes to vacation activities in places like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; these majestic ocean-going mammals are magnetic, charismatic, and unforgettable. Unfortunately their resounding charm has led to a custom of holding them in captivity in small pools so that tourists can interact with them. They are often alone, unhappy, and stressed by such treatment. This is why a move towards finding more ethical encounters is so important! Not only are wild encounters much better for the dolphins, but they provide you with a more genuine experience. Swim with Dolphins in the Wild in Puerto Vallarta The city of Puerto Vallarta lies on the shores of Banderas Bay where there is a resident population of bottlenose dolphins. In the wild these creatures are joyful, curious, and intelligent, and you’ll remember your day with them for the rest of your life. Up Close and personal with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta The boats used for wild dolphin tours are hooked up with hydrophones, and are shaded to avoid disruption where …

Cenotes Near Cancun – Gateway to the Gods

Located on the picturesque Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is a vacation hotspot with plenty to offer, from luxurious accommodations and gourmet dining, to outdoor adventures and fascinating historical sites that were home to the ancient yet sophisticated Mayan society that once dominated the area.  However, no trip to the region is complete without visiting at least one of the local cenotes, which were revered by the Mayans.  With thousands of cenotes found near the coastlines of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is easy to indulge your senses at one—if not several— of these naturally occurring oases.  Find out more about these aquatic escapes below.   What is a Cenote? Translating as ‘sacred well’ in the Mayan language, cenotes were once a gathering place for the ancient civilization where its people believed they could communicate with their gods.  Here, the Mayan people would often perform rituals that were important to their society, and cenotes were also a vital source for freshwater.  They would choose to build villages near these natural wells in order to communicate with the gods …

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2017

Home to the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, beautiful Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, is excited to announce that this year’s event will take place from November 30 through December 2, 2017.  The festival was established in 2003 and draws jazz music fans and those who enjoy live musical performances, providing a terrific reason to get away to the Mexican paradise along the stunning Riviera Maya.  The spectacular outdoor setting of Mamitas Beach creates the ideal vibe for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, where the vibrant sounds of jazz mingle with the relaxed atmosphere of the beach. The Global Jazz Connection The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has become one of the most popular events held in Playa del Carmen and has continued to grow over the years.  The festival invites a number of well-known jazz musicians to the share their immense talents with an eager crowd.  Each artist’s performance brings a special energy to the festival, and thanks to a diverse range of international backgrounds, every performer contributes to an outstanding show.  Jazz enthusiasts from …

The ArtWalk in Los Cabos

If you want to experience the thriving, creative, and innovative art scene of San Jose del cabo while you’re on vacation at Villa del Palmar Cabo or Villa del Arco, the weekly Art Walk which is held every Thursday night between November and May will be just your cup of tea. The local Gallery District Association set up this weekly event as a way to showcase the wonderfully diverse artworks that can be found here, and the event has really taken off, becoming wildly popular with tourists and locals alike. It’s become so big, in fact, that the local government shuts off certain roads and streets when it is taking place to allow walkers to enjoy the night without worry about traffic. Many Galleries also open their doors between 5 and 9 pm to cater to Art Walkers. A Fabulous Cultural Experience in Los Cabos This cultural experience has the whole Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo alive and buzzing every Thursday night; many places will have free snacks and drinks to enjoy while …

Chartering a Yacht in Puerto Vallarta

One of the wonderful treats you can enjoy when you use your Club Caribe membership to stay in Puerto Vallarta is fun on the ocean.  If you want to cruise around Banderas Bay in high style and see the sights of Puerto Vallarta’s coastline from the water, treat yourself to an outing on a private yacht.  Chartering a yacht will allow you to enjoy your day in the lap of luxury amongst your loved ones.  Although this is the perfect way to celebrate a special event such as a birthday, engagement or anniversary, you really need no excuse to hop aboard a yacht and delight in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.   Find out why chartering a yacht in Puerto Vallarta is so much fun: So Many Locations to Choose From! It goes without saying that any private outing on a yacht will be customized to your liking.  Whether you have a specific place in mind that you would like to visit or you just want to kick back and let the captain …

Where to Go for Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

While you are using your Club Caribe membership to stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, you will no doubt be amazed by the magnificent beaches, championship standard golf courses, and the adrenaline-pumping activities that can be found here; but did you know that Puerto Vallarta is also one of the best places on the Mexican coastline to find incredible seafood?   Puerto Vallarta was made famous by the love of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, but this once-sleepy fishing village is now known for a plethora of reasons, including the availability of some of the freshest, tastiest seafood in the country. Each day, the chefs of Puerto Vallarta—whether they work in fine dining establishments or at taco stands—draw their inspiration from the wonderfully fresh fish and seafood that is available to them. As a result, you will find some of the most delectable and tasty dishes in the most unexpected places. Take a look at some of Puerto Vallarta’s best seafood restaurants.   Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Joe Jacks Fish Shack is a perennial hotspot for …