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


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


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


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


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


6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to Miss

Travelocity Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about some of my latest travel experiences. I was a travel ambassador for Travelocity and this is an excerpt from those stories. 6 Ultra-Indulgent Spa Getaways Not To Miss ... Spending a day relaxing at a luxury spa is a moment every traveler dreams of relishing during their


Living it up at the Hotel California

  “Ain't it funny, rumors fly, And I know you heard about me.” - Taylor Swift Have you heard? I’ve been living it up at the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico… with “mirrors on the ceiling” and “the pink champagne on ice”… I was dangling my feet in the refreshingly cold swimming pool of the Hotel California in Baja Mexico on a hot, late-fall


Día del Niño – A Mexican Tradition

How will you be celebrating Día del Niño this year?  I love to cook with my Ninos - Diego and Christian, to help celebrate them and in a small way, pass down some authentic Mexican traditions, even though they are not Mexican, but Chilean. Since we live in Arizona and have such a close connection to the Mexicans and the Mexicans traditions, this holiday means so


Travel Trend: Hire a Local Photographer

Travel with a private/personal photographer Photo Courtesy of Cantimplora Travel I am crazy excited to tell you about an upcoming adventure I am taking! I have decided to try something totally different in the travel world and go off-the-beaten-path this month with a private, local photographer. Why? So that I can put down my camera (well a little bit!) and Factor Fabula's Bernie


Grand Velas: Raising The Bar on All-Inclusives

Raise the Bar: Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation ~Jack Nicklaus I was on my way to the Grand  Velas in the jungles of Mexico. I was hired to photograph the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Life and Death (Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead) for Experiences Xcaret. I couldn’t be more excited


Behind the Scenes: Cancun Xcaret’s Espectacular

One by one, they would climb the 17 dingy white stairs to the tiny crowded, dimly-lit room. They needed to get out of the sweltering heat and were dressed in the brightest blues, vibrant yellows, and heart-stopping red colors. Never have I seen such a stunningly beautiful group of women with matching beads and flowers in their hair. The men came too, fewer, but they


Las Posadas: A Mexican American Tradition

Do you know the story of Las Posadas? Posadas means “accommodations” in Spanish and Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that has been celebrated for over 400 years. Its roots are in Catholicism, yet even Protestant Latinos follow the tradition. It is the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph in search of a place to stay (an “inn”) before the birth of Jesus. The nine


Remember how I told you the secret about my lover?

By Cacinda Maloney San Miguel de Allende, Mexico captured my heart.  It is the quintessential town for me.  It answered all my prayers about a place that I thought could exist.  You see, I have always been in love with colonial architecture, interior design, music, art and the language of Mexico for a long time (plus I love Mexican food!).   It romances me.  Coming

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