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Experience the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship in Cancun

Experience the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship in Cancun

Cancun’s Jolly Roger Pirate Ship experience treats those who set sail with Captain Jack Black and his crew to an exciting evening of pirate performances, live music, and silly seafaring shenanigans on the high seas. Six days a week from Monday through Saturday, this exact replica of Columbus’ pirate flagship takes up anchor from Playa Linda Pier by the Cancun Theater, embarking on a four-hour adventure delivering fun for the whole family. The signature attraction of the Jolly Roger is the live pirate show that brings together a dramatic production, captivating acrobatics, skilled swordsmanship, and special effects to create a one of a kind exhibition off the coasts of Cancun. The story follows Captain Jack Black as he leads his crew and an audience of pirates in training on a quest for gold and glory. Along the way, the good Captain will have to face threats from the angry sea, an ancient course, and his own crew. The charted course takes the Jolly Roger around the island of Cancun, passing the landmark Isla Mujeres along …

Los Cabos Lights Up All August Long

Los Cabos Lights Up All August Long

While many tourists shy away from a visit to Mexican destinations like Los Cabos during the wetter months, experienced travelers know that August offers some of the best space on the calendar in which to discover the twin towns. Not only is August perfect for avoiding the large crowds that descend upon the area most of the year, ensuring a seat for visitors at popular bars and restaurants, there are also a range of public events scheduled for these exhilarating weeks. Wonders in the Waves August represents a prime time in Los Cabos for lovers of the ocean, as swell patterns bring favorable conditions for a number of nautical activities. Surfers from around the world flock to the tip of the Baja California peninsula to enjoy consistent waves at beaches on the Sea of Cortez such as Old Man’s Beach and The Rock without the chillier temperatures that come with ideal surf on the Pacific side during the winter. Beneath the turquoise waters off the shores at Los Cabos, the locale offers one of the …

An Active August in Cancun

An Active August in Cancun

What is commonly called “low season” in Cancun brings high times for those in the know, as August is one of the more active months for community events with a focus on locals. This month brings on a full schedule of festivals, cultural presentations, and other special presentations that ensure anyone who finds themselves in the city during these weeks will return to their routines with a newfound appreciation for this destination.  From August 11th through the 13th, the natural splendor of Cancun and its beaches are celebrated with the Fiesta de la Playa en Cancun. This citywide beach party spans over 12 kilometers of shoreline between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, making it one of the most massive and activity-dense seaside events in the world.  The Fiesta de la Playa in Cancun incorporates options for the entire family from street food installations and live outdoor concerts to themed parties and parades. There will also be competitions including windsurfing and jet ski races as well as an extensive fireworks display after nightfall. In fact, the …

Rainy Season Guide to Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Guide to Puerto Vallarta

The tropical climate of the Central Mexican coast brings higher temperatures and increased humidity to the forecast for this sunny city by the sea during the late summer months. This time of the year is known in the area as “rainy season,” and although the weather may be wet sometimes, the storms rarely last all day and there are a number of activities that can still be enjoyed while visitors wait out the strongest of the storms.  Storm Watching Many visitors who have never watched a storm roll in over the ocean are stunned to discover what a spectacle it is. Tremendously brilliant waves of light are interspersed with the daunting rumble of thunder to create an exciting exhibition that is impossible to ignore. Rather than see incoming clouds as a negative, embrace the showcase from a window seat at a beach bar or restaurant, or take in the intensely romantic show from the comfort and privacy of your balcony. ATV Tours Taking to the streets of Puerto Vallarta on an ATV or off road …

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 …