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Los Cabos Travel Guide

Los Cabos Travel Guide

Overview Standing at the terminus of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is an exceptionally inviting destination for lovers of sun, sand, and surf. Prized for its striking seaside settings and its signature cultural charm, the region welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world each year to sample its local flavor. Los Cabos is comprised of two distinct settlements, Cabo San Lucas to the south and San Jose del Cabo to the north, and their privileged position perched on the coast of Mexico greets guests with a pleasant desert climate. Warm, dry days and cool, refreshing evenings make Los Cabos an outstanding atmosphere for lounging in the sun all afternoon and taking in lively outdoor events by night. Getting Around Intrepid travelers will be pleased to find that both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are both approachable options for exploration on foot, although a reliable pair of walking shoes are advisable for navigating the cobblestone streets. While car rentals are inexpensive and allow easy access to surrounding areas, there are a …

Cancun Travel Guide

Cancun Travel Guide

Overview Cancun is an exotic paradise resting at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula. These resplendent shores off the Gulf of Mexico enjoy well over 200 days of sunshine each year, creating an environment that is as ideal for enjoying active pursuits as it is for lounging on the beach with a cool glass. This well-developed coastal retreat is divided into two main areas. The most frequently visited by international tourists is known as the Hotel Zone, a thin, boomerang shaped island spanning 14 miles in the Caribbean Sea. The mainland is dominated by residential neighborhoods, housing most of the 450,000 people that call Cancun their home. The region as a whole is most noted for its consistent weather and crystal clear turquoise waters as well as its powdery white sand. Laying claim to a rich cultural tapestry as well as ample contemporary appeal, Cancun has long stood as the most popular tourist destination in all of Mexico. Safety The focus on providing a safe and positive experience for tourists has been substantially bolstered in …

Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Framed in picturesque fashion by the Banderas Bay to the west and the Sierra Madre mountain range to the east, Puerto Vallarta offers one of Mexico’s most inviting destinations for a diverse array of travelers. This enticing coastal destination brings countless thousands of visitors in each year for its spectacular seaside settings along with its verdant jungle vistas, but offers plenty of interest beyond its signature natural splendor. Overview As recently as the 1960s, Puerto Vallarta was a virtually unknown fishing village tucked away on the Mexican coast. Its modern renaissance was sparked chiefly by a fateful visit by iconic Hollywood director John Huston, who sought an idyllic setting for his “Night of the Iguana” film starring silver screen superstars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Rumors of their romance brought the tiny town to an international stage, transforming it into a global destination in the decades following. Today, Puerto Vallarta is an enjoyable escape for visitors from around the world. Its warm climate delivers on average 280 days of sunshine yearly, and the surf in …

Warm and Welcoming: Winter and Spring in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has experienced a period of prosperity and well-being in many ways, for the last several years, thanks to all of the positive things the city offers. Thanks to the warm weather and the kindness of the people, thanks to the diversity of activities that can be done here by the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the view, the walks, the sunset, the gastronomy, the recreation and the arts. Particularly during the winter and spring seasons, Puerto Vallarta is characterized by receiving thousands of tourists from all over the world every day, all of them determined and motivated to celebrate their vacations in their own way. And during the first months of the year the welcome could not be better as the sighting of humpback whales offers a unique and beautiful show for all ages. Likewise, and for the most adventurous experts, the fishing season is in full swing, with a huge number of boats and their respective captains ready to set sail. The year 2019 is just beginning but our beloved …

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2019 Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place in Cancun at the Pok Ta Pok Golf Course on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.   This is one the most anticipated festivals of the year. The name of the festival is “Volando El Paraíso,” which can be translated as “Flying Over Paradise.” It is a family friendly outdoor event that goes from 1:00pm to 11:00 pm each day. There will be at least 20 hot air balloons participating in the event. Weather permitting, the balloons will make “free flights,” which means the balloons will not be anchored, and they will fly around the Nichupté Lagoon. Otherwise, if the weather is inclimate for free flying, the balloons will be anchored, and they will rise from 15 to 20 meters above the ground. Either way they will be a spectacular sight to behold, and if you like, you can even ride in the balloons, which are piloted by professional experts who have flown in the biggest national and international festivals.   The balloon flights will …

The Sea of Cortez: “The Aquarium of the World”

The city of Cabo San Lucas is a paradise divided between the majestic Pacific Ocean and the wondrous Sea of Cortez.   The Sea of Cortez is also known as the Gulf of California. This impressive body of water is a sub sea of the Pacific ocean, located between mainland Mexico and the Baja California peninsula. The total surface area of the water in the Sea of Cortez is roughly 160,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles), and the coastline spans an impressive 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles).   The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau nicknamed the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World” for the wealth of species that live there and visit each year. The warm, calm water of the Sea of Cortez is home to thousands of fish and mammal species. Some of the animals that live in or migrate to the Sea of Cortez include: Blue whale (the world’s largest mammal) Humpback whale California gray whale Killer whale Sharks Marlin Manta rays Leatherback sea turtle and other species of sea turtles Giant …

Family Friendly Sporting Activities in Cabo

When you visit Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area you will have ample opportunities for fun and family friendly sporting activities! Here are just a few. ATV & Dune Buggy Satisfy your need for speed! The deserts around Cabo San Lucas are perfect for racing around in these off road vehicles, and if you have teenagers this is a great family activity. Anyone age 16 and up with a valid driver’s licence can drive one. Tours are typically 3 hours long. Jet Ski If racing on dry land isn’t your thing, get your adrenaline rush by renting jet skis at Medano Beach and cruising around the bay. Check with the tour operator ahead of time to find out the minimum age for driving a jet ski solo. Some will allow children 16 and up with a valid driver’s license to drive, while others require drivers to be 17 or 18. Minor children can often ride along with parents on the same jetski. FlyBoard In the last few years FlyBoarding has taken over as the …

Rio Cuale Islands

Puerto Vallarta is a fabulous city filled with haute cuisine, designer shopping, hillside cityscapes and breathtaking beaches, but the real magic is in the hidden details. To truly get to know a place and its people, one must take a walk and absorb the sights and sounds of life around them. For a rich source of history, art and culture, a visit to the Isla Cuale or Cuale Island is in order, and the only way to explore it is on two feet! The Cuale River splits in half to circumvent two large islands in the middle of the city defining the distinct styles of Puerto Vallarta as it divides Old Town (or the Romantic Zone) from Centro. The two halves of the city are completely different, each offering a unique flavor and pace. As a silent mediator between the two, the islands sit quietly tucked between rushing waters and lush gardens. Children, couples and individuals stroll the manicured walkways in this city park filled with music, artisanal crafts, quiet dining and community events. It’s …

Day Trip to Tulum

The archeological ruins of Tulum are a short drive down the coast from Villa del Palmar Cancun! Going to visit the ruins can be a fun day trip for you and your family, and we can help you book the tour. Post-classical Trading Port Tulum was one of the last cities where ancient Mayans lived before the Spanish colonization of Mexico. The ruins date back to the 13th through 16th centuries. It is one of the most well-preserved Mayan sites. It was a city that was an important hub for trade in the region, situated on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea, and protected by a wall surrounding the city, which is still mostly intact today.   Tulum is famous for its Pyramid El Castillo (The Castle) and its position on the coast. You can tour the ruins and then walk down the stairs to the beach and swim in the sea! It is one of the truly magical sites in Mexico, and being the only Mayan site built on the coast, it is one …

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Los Cabos 101

Los Cabos stretches along the southernmost tip of Baja California and includes the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. We’ve put together a quick guide that covers some of the things to do in the area.   Cities Cabo San Lucas is known for nightlife, high end restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. It’s also where the main marina is. San Jose Del Cabo is known for its traditional Mexican look and feel, including cobblestone streets and brightly colored buildings. It is an artists’ hub with many art galleries. Waters Los Cabos is situated where the Pacific ocean meets the sea of Cortez, which provides the opportunity for travelers to experience both bodies of water which are quite different. The Pacific side has stronger wind and waves, and cooler weather The Sea of Cortez side has calmer waters and warmer weather The shallower, warmer waters of the Sea of Cortez allow many varieties of marine life to thrive there. Jacques Cousteau called the sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world.”   Water …