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The Los Cabos International Film Festival: Debuts at Lands’ End

The Los Cabos International Film Festival: Debuts at Lands’ End

The 8th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival has become a true fixture of the event calendar in these thriving twin towns on the Baja California coast. Since its inaugural edition in 2012, the festival has attained an international profile, drawing in thousands of filmmakers and silver screen enthusiasts from across Mexico and around the world. From November 13th through the 17th of the month, the Los Cabos International Film Festival will dominate the local cultural scene. Last year’s edition welcomed more than 15,000 attendees to enjoy 40 national and international films over 80 screenings, including 15 debuting Mexican films and 2 world premieres. Guests of honor included industry luminaries such as Adam Driver, Terry Gilliam, and Spike Lee, highlighting the global profile of this yearly event. This year’s festival is expected to be even more of a spectacle, offering prizes to standout filmmakers in over 20 categories. Winning entries will earn their creators millions of pesos in cash prizes from event sponsors along with an international platform for their work, as the Los Cabos …

Chichen-Itzá: Center of the Mesoamerican World

Chichen-Itzá: Center of the Mesoamerican World

Joining marvels such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China on “The New 7 Wonders of the World” list created by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2007, the ruins of the pre-Columbian city by the name of Chichen-Itzá have been standing in some form for hundreds of years. Located outside the city of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, the installations at Chichen-Itzá were constructed between the 6th and 13th Centuries, and represent one of the most widely recognized and frequently visited archeological sites in the nation. The story of Chichen-Itza is one of the various peoples that shaped its legacy, including the Toltecs as well as the Maya. As a result, the ruins are a tapestry of Mesoamerican culture, with the surviving stone monuments and artistic works offering rare insights into each civilization’s evolving visions of the world as well as the Universe beyond. Together, they create a narrative of construction techniques and aesthetic themes employed over nearly a thousand years. The city as a whole was …

Playa Las Gemelas: Twice as Nice

When you visit Garza Blanca in Puerto Vallarta, be sure to make a special trip to Playa Las Gemelas, the hidden beach near the resort. Just a few minutes’ drive south of the Garza Blanca resort grounds along the Barra de Navidad highway awaits the picturesque Playa Las Gemelas, with its soft, powdery sands and calm cerulean waves. Approximately 9 kilometers removed from the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Playa Las Gemelas is an outstanding option for visitors looking for an escape from the fanfare and bustle of the city proper. The name “Playa Las Gemelas” translates from Spanish as “Twin Beaches,” as this stretch of shoreline actually comprises two waterfront areas in close proximity to one another. The north beach and south beach are separated by a rock wall rising out of the sand, and so while the nearest beach is easily accessible to the public, getting to the southern shore will likely require a bit of hiking over the boulders that form the defining line or taking a brisk swim offshore. View this post …

Xpu-ha

Xpu-Há is an area located about 95 km south of Cancún, just south of Puerto Aventuras.   There are a few hotels, cabins, restaurants, and dive shops off the main highway heading towards the beach. It’s a good area to visit if you want to get out of the city and head down the coast to somewhere more remote, and relaxing, with plenty of adventures to check out. At the north end of Xpu-Ha there are several cenotes where you can go swimming and snorkeling, including Cenote Cristalino, Cenote Eden, Jardin del Eden Cenote, Cenote Ponderosa, Cenote Azul, Cenote Abierto, Paraiso Tucan, and Kantun Chi eco-park.   To get to Xpu-Ha beach, you’ll need to exit Highway 307 onto a short dirt road that will take you down to the beach. You can walk down the dirt road or drive your car down to the parking lot. It’s a small parking lot, so get there early or plan to walk down. It’s only about a 5 minute walk.   There is a large bay with …

Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo is tiny, remote village about 60 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, with a population of about 100 full time residents. It was once a fishing village but in 1995, the waters offshore from Cabo Pulmo were designated a National Marine Park by the Mexican government. The Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve is one of the healthiest marine areas in the world, attracting snorkelers, scuba divers, scientists and conservationists from around the world. It is a great place to visit, and highly recommended if you are into snorkeling or diving. To get to Cabo Pulmo, north and east on highway 1 for about 2 hours. You will find yourself in a remote area, surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range.   Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park stretches five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes, with the village of Cabo Pulmo in between.   There isn’t much in the village except beaches, scuba divers and a few local businesses, but that’s what makes the village itself …

Adventure to Playa del Toro

If you are looking for adventure and exploration outside of the tourist areas around Puerto Vallarta, a day trip north could be just what you need! This adventure is not for the faint of heart, rather it is an idea for those who want to push outside of their comfort zone to see some truly beautiful scenery and experience real local life in coastal Mexico. Playa Del Toro is a tiny, hidden beach in the municipality of Compostela in the state of Nayarit, about two hours north of Garza Blanca. This virgin beach boasts crystal clear turquoise waters, radiant sands, gentle waves, lush vegetation, impressive rock cliffs, and a small waterfall. It is only 200 meters long and 30 meters wide, and very private, due to the effort needed to reach it. You can swim, snorkel, hike, admire the landscape, and enjoy the waterfall and the magnificent view.   There are no restaurants, restrooms or services at Playa del Toro, so you will need to be prepared to pack in and pack out everything you …

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Surf Season Begins in Cabo!

Los Cabos, consistently rated among the top tourist destinations in all of Mexico, offers never ending appeal during the spring and summer. Along with sparkling beaches, scuba diving scenes, and a kaleidoscope of marine life, the twin towns of Los Cabos are home to some of the best surfing anywhere in the world. Surf season in Los Cabos extends from June to August, and is kicked off in massive fashion each year with the Los Cabos Open of Surf. From June 11th to June 16th, the Los Cabos Open will challenge top riders from over a dozen countries to showcase their skills and style in one of the planet’s highest profile surf competitions. The waters off Los Cabos offer plenty of options for amateurs as well. Whether you’re looking for an undisturbed session with a full cooler and warm waves, or like to keep close to the beach bars, Los Cabos has the ideal surf spot for you. Located at “Lands’ End” at the southern tip of Baja California, it is one of the few …

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Puerto Morelos International Fishing Tournament

Cancun is an inviting destination any day on the calendar, but the Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament has become one of the area’s most eagerly anticipated annual events. This town just outside of sunny Cancun had a well-documented enthusiasm for fishing, and among the most influential of its’ founding fathers of was “Don” Cesar Martin Rosado. Don Cesar’s enduring mark on this town is reflected today in the names of many local businesses, and he is also the founder of the yearly Puerto Morelos fishing tournament, initially contested between friends and colleagues over 20 years ago. The year 1998 saw the first Blue Marlin landed to claim first prize for the competition, cementing the status of Puerto Morelos as one of the finest fishing destinations on the planet. What began as a friendly competition has become serious business for top-flight fishermen around the world. 2019’s Puerto Morelos fishing tournament will see hundreds of world-class anglers descend on Cancun to compete for the largest catch. Cash prizes, bragging rights, and lifelong memories are on the line for …

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Puerto Vallarta Open & Down Puerto Vallarta

The late spring season is perhaps the best time to visit the Banderas Bay, offering the year’s most consistent weather along with a full schedule of events for the whole family. Professional tennis returns to Puerto Vallarta from the end of April through beginning of May with the second annual Puerto Vallarta Open. Puerto Vallarta Open is a professional tennis tournament presented by La Afición, with the ambitious intent to transform Puerto Vallarta into the tennis capital of Latin America. This is a high level competition that tennis fans around the world will enjoy! Come out to rejoice with top professional players from all over the world and support Mexican national players on their way to success. The competitions begin on April 29th and run through May 5th at the newly remodeled Parota Park, in front of the Hotel Puerto de Luna, which has been fully reconditioned to receive this magnificent tournament. Parota Park is located just 5 kilometers from the city’s boardwalk, on Avenida Francisco Medina Ascencio. It is a perfect space to receive …

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May & June Events in Cancun

Cancun is known worldwide as one of Mexico’s premier escapes for vacationing visitors, and the spring and summer schedule is replete with excellent activity options for the entire family. The weather in the area is also usually at its best during May and June, making these months an ideal time to discover what Cancun has to offer. May is for Memories May 5th’s Cinco de Mayo is no doubt the most famous Mexican holiday outside the country, but is observed in more understated fashion in domestic locales such as Cancun. This commemoration of the Mexican Army’s triumph over French forces at the battle of Puebla is observed with small private festivities among local families as well as larger events appealing to visitors at bars, restaurants, and other establishments in the city. If you’re planning a family trip to Cancun with Mom, the first weeks of May are a great time to arrive in town. May 10th marks Mother’s Day across Mexico, with the holiday widely considered one of the most important on the calendar, and …