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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 …

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Sport Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

One of the best ways to enjoy your vacation in Puerto Vallarta is to go on a sport fishing trip on the Bay of Banderas, and the fall and winter season is the best time for fishing! There are several fishing tour agencies in Puerto Vallarta. These tour agencies work with independent fishing boats, and have numerous different kinds of boats under contract. Booking your trip through one of these agencies will ensure that you will be on a very professional boat with a top-notch crew that speaks English, and has been vetted by the agency for safety, reliability and quality of the trip. Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle Charly’s Sport Fishing & Tours Mike’s Fishing Charters & Tours Puerto Vallarta Sport Fishing The agency will arrange everything for you, and the boat will supply everything you need, including the fishing license, fishing rods, tackle, bait, drinking water, everything. The only thing you need to bring is sunblock, a hat for the sun, and you may want to consider wearing long sleeves, or dressing for …

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MUSA – Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Travel is an amazing experience, even if you stay at your resort, but what makes your time extraordinary is discovering the wondrous phenomena of an area. MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is one of those magical finds that can define your vacation and expand your horizons. This underwater art museum is a testament to human ingenuity, creativity and the mark we leave for future generations. More than 750,000 people visit the Cancun-Isla Mujeres Marine Park every year severely taxing the natural environment and changing the seascape. So in 2009, Roberto Díaz Abraham, once the President of the Cancun Nautical Association and Jaime González Cano, Director of the National Marine Park created a plan to draw people to the waters surrounding Punta Nizuc, Isla Mujeres and Cancun. This would help to spare the overly visited coral reef systems and give tourists an equally stunning experience. They then searched out Jason deCaires Taylor, an English sculptor, to get the project started. As it gained momentum, other sculptors such as Karen Salinas Martinez, Roberto Diaz Abraham, Rodrigo Quiñones …

Balandra Beach

If you’re up for adventure outside of Cabo San Lucas, Balandra Beach could be just the place you are looking for. This stunning, secluded beach is located approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes northeast of Cabo San Lucas, on the Baja California Sur peninsula, outside of the town of La Paz. Even though this beach is located on the eastern side of the peninsula, due to the geography of this particular cove of the peninsula, this beach actually faces west. Check it out on Google Maps. White sand, clear water, and perfect swimming conditions are some of the reasons why people love Balandra Beach, but the dramatic scenery is the most important reason to travel here! Desert mountains surround turquoise blue water here, with the shapes of the mountains forming many natural coves, each with its own beach. This location is rather remote and there are not many people on these beaches, so they are quite private.   Balandra Beach became a Natural Protected Area in 2008, which means there isn’t any development in this …

Colomitos, The Smallest Beach In México

The Emerald Hidden in the Mexican Pacific Less than an hour from downtown Puerto Vallarta is a special place, surrounded by exquisite flora and adorned by a warm, golden beach, where numerous varieties of marine fauna coexist and where unique and wonderful sunsets over the ocean can be appreciated. An authentic jewel where tranquility and adventure converge, where the senses are enlivened and the pleasure of being in the sea is felt all around. Playa Colomitos offers diversity in its maximum splendor because to get to this particular place, you either can hike the trails from the road to Barra de Navidad, or you can take any of the boats that depart around Puerto Vallarta. Besides the small size of this beach, the calm and warm waters, spectacular view and comforting breeze are the first things you will notice about Playa Colomitos. It is a beautiful tiny destination that invites you to stay from sunrise to sunset, walk in the jungle, rest on the sand, capture photographs, dive, fish, explore the nearby beaches, and taste …

Cancún Prohibition Of Plastics

Regulation of the use and consumption of plastics is growing in Mexico, due to public concern about how plastics are destroying the environment and its wildlife. One of the main challenges in highly touristic cities is the eradication of the use of disposable plastics in public places, specifically on beaches and in parks. Straws, plastic cups, cutlery, bags, bottles, styrofoam, and a wide variety of non-biodegradable products are the current focus of attention due to the ease with which they reach our hands and with which they are wasted. In December of 2017, the city of Querétaro became the first city in Mexico to ban plastic bags, by unanimous city council approval of the Regulation of Environmental Protection and Climate Change, which allows for a fine of up to 200,000 pesos to anyone who violates the new provision. Earlier this year, the state of Jalisco announced a plan to prohibit the use of plastic straws and plastic bags, starting awareness campaigns in January 2019 and moving into a ban on those products in 2020. The …

The Origin of Mexican Chillies

Christopher Columbus is most commonly credited with aiding the spread of chillies (and their popularity) across the globe, but did you know that these spicy little plants originated in Mesoamerica? Particularly in ancient Mexico. Long before Columbus ever reached the “New World” the ancient Aztecs and Maya had domesticated the chilli plant; archaeologists can trace them as far back as 5000 BC in the Tehuacán Valley! The word chilli comes from Nahuatl (an Aztec language from which many modern terms and words are derived). The plant itself had many uses beyond spicing up food and drinks; it was used for medicinal purposes and for the fumigation of homes in certain cultures!   So you see, the chilli has been popular for a very long time! Mexico, el país de los 64 chiles 🌶 si no pica no sabe 😅 . . . . #mexico #gastronomia #chiles #tijuana #tijuanamakesmehungry #visitmexico #bajacalifornia #tjtq #chilemexicano #raices #mexicanos #elpecadogastronomico #youtube #youtubers #youtuber #blogger #turismo #🇲🇽 #mercado #mercadoelpopo #mercadomexicano #mercados #centrotijuana #tijuana #enchilados A post shared by Carlos Amarillas (@carlosamarillas84) …

El Tuito Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan? Well, the answer is a whole lot; beyond these places there are beaches, coves, and islands to be discovered throughout Banderas Bay, and a whole world of mountain life beyond this bay in the Sierra Madre mountains. If you head south of Puerto Vallarta for around 45 minutes, however, you can begin your exploration with the quaint and traditional town of El Tuito. Divine Place In Nahua (the Aztecan language) El Tuito means “the Divine Place,”  and if you take the time to see it you will know why it has received such high praise! El Tuito is a 500 year old town which houses only 3,600 people (mainly farmers and small business owners), though soon it may have its first bank! Though this town is moving forward in terms of technology and health care it is still very traditional; recently this town was named a Pueblo Mágico by the Mexican Federal Government. Pueblo Mágico means “magical village.” In 2001 the government launched …

Isla Mujeres Day Trips

Isla Mujeres, named for the small female figurines discovered by the Spanish during their arrival in the 16th century, is a tiny islet stationed a 20 minute ferry ride off the eastern coast of Mexico. Home to sugary white sand beaches and some of the most scenic snorkeling sites on the planet, Isla Mujeres has become a popular day trip from Cancun, attracting a global complement of visitors yearly.   While splashing in the island’s cerulean waters or passing a lazy afternoon in a breezy hammock on the beach is a perfectly good way to spend the day, the island is also home to a small but thriving town with an array of attractions. The island measures less than 5 miles across, making it extremely easy to get around on foot. However, golf carts and scooters are other widely used methods of transportation on the island, and are readily available to rent. Inland from the shore is a network of artisan vendors offering one of a kind souvenirs such as colorful hand blown glassware and …

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 …