San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – The Ultimate Guide

In the sleepy hills of Mexico lies one of the most gorgeous towns I have ever seen, San Miguel de Allende. This picturesque town is sure to give you all the “wow moments” of a big city, but with the pleasure of a small-town atmosphere. Don’t expect to find a fast-paced lifestyle in San Miguel, but rather a tranquil one. One that slowly evolves right

2020-09-26T09:36:55-07:00

Why I fell in Love with San Miguel de Allende

There is this little town in the central highlands of Mexico that isn’t easy to get to, but once you find your way here, you may never want to leave. That is what happened to me 10 years ago, and today I long to go back to a simpler time and place. Founded in the 16th century, San Miguel de Allende is known for its

2020-08-20T11:56:39-07:00

Visiting La Gruta San Miguel de Allende

With so many fun things to see and do in San Miguel de Allende, you may be forgiven for wanting to step back and take a breather from all the non-stop exploring, in order to rest and re-charge. Thankfully, the natural hot spring pools at La Gruta San Miguel are only a stone’s throw away from San Miguel. And set in gorgeous lush gardens, La Gruta

2020-08-25T08:47:18-07:00

Grand Velas Los Cabos Review – Elevating the Bar!

UPDATE! Grand Velas Los Cabos Named #1 Luxury Hotel in Mexico, #8 in the World by TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Cabos San Lucas, Mexico For me, going on a real vacation has become increasingly important over the years. Since I work in the industry, many times I feel like I am photographing everything, never knowing what I will find. I really do enjoy my work

2020-08-20T13:03:59-07:00

Zihuatanejo, Mexico for Families!

Of all the choices of small Mexican fishing villages to visit, Zihuatanejo is a hard one to put into any type of grouping. Zihua (pronounced “zee-wha”), for short, is up against the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, with cliffs, deep ravines, and a gorgeous bay. The fact that it is in the state of Guerrero—probably closer to Guatemala than it is the USA—also makes it

2020-09-29T08:05:36-07:00

How to get from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. This gorgeous little gem of a city in Mexico’s central highlands is known for its baroque-style of Spanish architecture and colonial buildings. Plus it has cobbled-stone streets, a thriving arts scene, and fascinating cultural festivals. Add to it an array of 84 churches and it seems quite perfect to me.

2020-08-20T22:17:38-07:00

Ultimate Guide to Puerto Penasco Mexico, Arizona’s Beach?

Ultimate Guide to Puerto Penasco Mexico I've always said that Phoenix Arizona was the perfect place to live except for one thing - we do not have a beach! But in a way, we do, as Arizona's Beach is in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, just a few miles down the road, well 212.3 miles that is! We Phoenicians call it Rocky Point (or Arizona's Beach) and

2020-08-20T22:38:56-07:00

A Guide to Mexican Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

One of our favorite family vacations is to travel and stay at a house or condo in the area where we want to explore in Mexico. We recently took a family trip to the Sea of Cortez to the little town in Mexico called Puerto Penasco to celebrate my son's college graduation. Not only did we pack a few things that are hard to find

2020-08-20T22:50:46-07:00

Famous Landmarks in Mexico You Must Visit!

The rich Mexican culture has empowered UNESCO to name at least 35 Mexican landmarks as 'World Heritage Sites'. There are 27 cultural sites, 6 natural sites, and 2 mixed sites (geography with the architecture mixed in) according to UNESCO. Scores of ancient civilizations such as the Aztec, Inca, Mayan, Olmec, and Zapotec have contributed to the modern ways of traditional Mexican life. According to archeologists,

2020-07-01T21:43:40-07:00

Diving Kukulkan, a Cancun Cenote Experience

Have you thought about cenote Mexico scuba diving while you are in Cancun or in the Riviera Maya? The stunning Kukulkan Cenote is a 33 feet (10 meters) deep blue cavern that is part of the Chac Mool caving system in the Yucatan, Mexico. It is set in a jungle scenery with fresh and saltwater, lots of fossils, and even a few stalactites. The main

2020-07-02T08:33:44-07:00

7 Underrated Destinations to Visit in 2020

Catapulting yourself to new places for a vacation is a great way to start the New Year. Winter seems to be slowly creeping away and going on a spring vacation to underrated places is just what you need. Forget about the same old boring places like Cancun, Hawaii, or Florida for a spring vacation. Instead, take yourself on a new adventure to places like Ruidoso,

2020-08-02T19:48:58-07:00

10 Puerto Vallarta Beaches with No Passport Required

Puerto Vallarta beaches are among the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. This coastal city used to be a small fishing village and was transformed into a popular beach holiday destination in the 1960s when popular Hollywood celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came for a visit. Today, the beaches in Puerto Vallarta are dotted with world-class hotels and resorts, although what attracts

2020-05-22T12:10:01-07:00

10 Popular Mexico Destinations & Cities to Visit

There are so many things to love about Mexico. It is one of my favorite countries in the world to visit. I bring you ten popular Mexican destinations to visit in this article that you may not even know existed. Mexico has such a deep heart and soul that it wants to show you. It is also a diverse a country that is filled with friendly

2020-07-26T15:15:57-07:00

BEST 7 Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resorts

Puerto Vallarta is THE place to be. Mexico is easy to get to and they have laid out the red carpet for your visit. In fact, your vacations begin from the moment you step foot off the airplane or the cruise ship that brings you here. You will soon notice the mesmerizing cobblestone streets lined with cafes, shopping, and boutique hotels along with a lively

2020-04-26T09:17:34-07:00

Stone Island Mexico: What to Do & How to Get There

Most people who find this page are looking for the Italian Brand of Men's Clothing called Stone Island. Actually, I had never even heard of it until I googled Stone Island one day and it popped up first. But this is article is NOT about the brand of Italian men's clothing but instead about a tiny island off the coast of Mazatlan where the locals

2020-06-20T11:53:19-07:00

Scuba Diving Cancun: Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Cancun Diving is a must if you are a certified diver and you in the area since they have more than 30 dive sites in what they call the Cancun National Marine Park. The Cancun reefs often have schools of snappers, barracudas, angelfish, and many other species living in an amazing ecosystem. One of my favorite things to do when I am in Cancun is

2020-06-12T11:40:35-07:00

Gliding Thru Hidden Worlds: Rio Secreto & Xentoes

Come with me today on a magical journey through four cenotes with Xenotes and one cenote known as Río Secreto. "Where the history of our planet is written according to the ancient Gods. Where floating in clear freshwater will change your life forever" -they say. Let's experience these stunning underground rivers and caves together with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. I say "It is like

2020-08-04T17:35:32-07:00

Foodie Heaven: Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico

Update: Restaurant Benazuzu has been named the #4 Restaurant in the World!! As voted on by TripAdvisors’ 2019 Travelers Choice Awards, which have just been announced. Calling it “Great flavors unique”  and “Truly an experience”! This is GREAT news for Restaurant Benazuzu in Cancun, Mexico! Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico The mysterious drink appeared at the bar, sugar cane chunks immersed in a cocktail. The bartender instructed

2020-07-09T14:05:38-07:00

Places to Visit near Oaxaca, Mexico

Visiting Oaxaca City in the foothills of the Sierra Madre along the banks of the Atoyac River in Mexico is a wonderful experience. It has numerous colonial-era buildings and churches, as well as a significant archeological site nearby. Known as Monte Alban, it is the ruins of a 2,300-year-old Zapotec city just outside of town. With its pastel-colored buildings, each building is cuter than the

2020-07-20T10:53:07-07:00

Xcaret, Mexico: The Adventure Park You Will Enjoy the Most!

It is hard to explain, but basically, Xcaret Park is an eco-friendly park in the Yucatan area of Mexico.  This is one of my favorite excursions Riviera Maya offers. My family and I had more fun there than we ever dreamed, as we really had no idea what it was, but kept hearing from tourists and locals alike that we shouldn't miss Xcaret Park. And I

2019-12-06T16:20:28-07:00

A Night at Hacienda San Antonio El Puente, Cuernavaca, Mexico

For years, I have been enamored with Spanish architecture of colonial origins, from San Miguel de Allende, Mérida, and Oaxaca City to Guanajuato, Puebla, Guadalajara, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Back in the day, it was called "New Spain" during the colonial era of Mexico in the 16th to 19th centuries. Mexico has more sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list than any other country in the

2020-06-20T11:53:25-07:00

Xel Ha vs Xcaret: A Review of Mexican Adventure Parks

Vacationing in the splendid Riviera Maya in Mexico can be a dream come true for many people. Tourists and natives of Riviera Maya can soak up the sun, go swimming, scuba diving, and be snorkeling along the stunning blue waters of the area. There are also some amazing cenotoes (limestone underwater caves or caverns) to explore such as Kukulcan (typically a private scuba dive) and

2020-08-04T16:15:36-07:00

Oaxacan Mezcal and the Passion of One Man

I was peering at him from the distorted window. His eyes smiled to his ears as I saw him wipe the sweat from his brow with the back of his wrist. He was ruggedly handsome, mid 50’s and had the roughness from years of manual labor. The lines on his face were deep and his skin tone told me he was a man who works

2019-12-06T16:23:51-07:00

Everything You Need to Know About Playa Zipolite Mexico

Along the Southern Coast of Mexico lies the beach community of Zipolite Playa or Playa Zipolite, depending on who you ask (Mexican or Gringo!) Both names are acceptable! This community is situated in the visually-stimulating state of Oaxaca, which, as you know, I can’t say enough about this region’s culturally rich charm. For instance, a visit to the city of Oaxaca, trying the local smoky

2019-12-06T14:05:02-07:00

Step back in time: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I was talking to my friend today, and she was telling me about her quick trip to San Miguel de Allende over the long weekend.  She was in Mexico City and decided to take a drive up to San Miguel.  By car from Mexico City, you can get there in approximately 3 hours. San Miguel de Allende is a historic treasure, high in the Sierra

2020-08-04T17:46:59-07:00

I Have Two Lovers: Vienna and San Miguel de Allende

Two Secret Loves: Vienna & San Miguel de Allende I was going to keep this confidential for the rest of my life. I really didn't want anyone to know. The fewer people that know about this, the better. That way, the hoards of tourists will stay away from my two lovers: Vienna, Austria and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I will admit it.  Vienna was

2020-07-30T15:30:36-07:00

Guadalajara Market Review – Tlaquepaque vs.Tonala Jalisco

I had always wanted to go to Guadalajara, in fact, I had already purchased a flight and hotel to go there years ago, but a different trip came up for work and I had to cancel our trip to Jalisco. Believe me, my husband was not happy about it, as he was looking forward to going there as well. So here we are five years

2020-07-03T16:26:06-07:00

The Circus is in Town in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

  Circo Chino de Peking:  Have you ever been to a circus in a foreign country? Circo Chino de Peking Zihuatanejo, Mexico We have tried an amusement park in Mexico and I have to say that my family truly enjoyed it. So going to a circus in Mexico is going to be so much different than going to the circus in the United

2020-08-06T18:18:04-07:00

Los Cabos Golf Resort: A Community at Quivira Los Cabos

Have you ever wanted to feel like being a part of a community while on vacation? That is one thing I loved about the community of Quivira Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico. It is a luxury residential resort community that has a lot to offer including the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort, The Towers at Pacifica, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, and a

2020-07-13T14:05:14-07:00

Puerto Vallarta All-inclusive Resort: Hyatt Ziva on the beach!

Along the secluded beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Hyatt Ziva stands out among the crowds of Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resorts. This is because of its comfortable atmosphere and location RIGHT on the beach. Yet, the Hyatt Ziva is also located only about two miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta. This is an excellent location, as guests can easily catch a 5-minute Uber ride into the

2019-12-06T16:06:07-07:00

Zihuatanejo: Oh, the colors of Mexico!

As I meander down each street, I think about Mexico and its colors. Zihuatanejo, Mexico Color, color is everywhere and they are serious about their colors. "Why, o, why can't the USA be like this?"  I have decided that I love color.  I love how bold and striking Mexico can be. Zihuatanejo, Mexico With all its dilapidated old parts and doors

2020-08-06T18:07:02-07:00

The Ultimate Xel Ha Travel Guide – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Plopping into my clear plastic tube at Xel Ha, I was ready for cool relief. It had been scorching and sweaty hot, as the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees for the last few days. I had come to the golden lands of a Mexican destination. I was in search of the festivals surrounding the “Dia de Los Muertos” -those lazy days in November where

2019-12-03T13:38:25-07:00

Holland America Experience – MS Westerdam

I recently returned from my first Holland America experience - a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. I was so impressed with the service of the staff and crew that I received from this group of highly trained workers! After multiple inquiries, I soon found out why from Captain Mark Rowden of the MS Westerdam. Holland America uses many of its mandates and knowledge received through

2020-08-04T17:36:28-07:00

Hyatt Zilara Cancun: A Relaxing Getaway For Adults

Everybody needs a little time away from their busy and stressful lives. Sometimes trips that can get you into vacation mode fast are needed, but rarely booked. So I have a quick trip recommendation ready for you. Booking a trip to Cancun, Mexico is easy from many places on the East and West Coast, as well as Arizona and Texas and that allows you to

2018-11-27T11:33:11-07:00

Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Boutique Hotel

Along the Pacific Ocean, the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico invites you to stay at its luxurious Casas en Puerto Vallarta: the boutique Casa Velas. This typically warm weather resort city entices adults to skip out on their usual work day and spend some time under the fiery Mexican sun! Guests of what the Mexicans call "Casas en Puerto Vallarta" are given a special

2020-08-05T09:55:08-07:00
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