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Best Things to do in Los Cabos

With the opening of Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos planned for later this year, it could be time to start thinking about a vacation to Los Cabos. Los Cabos is known to have an endless number of exciting things to do and see. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, a food lover, a nature geek, or a water sport enthusiast, you are sure to find something on this list to “tickle your fancy!”   El Arco Rock Formation The El Arco rock formation is iconic, and really represents the aesthetics of this part of Mexico; you will see it on all the postcards and in many articles and brochures… so why not see it in person? You will often hear El Arco referred to as the Arch or “Land’s End” but its all the same. You can reach this stunning natural wonder by water taxi (some have glass bottoms!), by chartering a luxury yacht, or by joining an organized tour. If you have time for swimming and sunbathing you could even sit back and …

Getting Romantic in Cancun

Cancun has developed quite a reputation for being a highly romantic destination, and when you consider what it has to offer, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cancun provides a setting that combines all of the factors that make a destination truly romantic! Stunning views? Check. Sparkling waters? Check! Fine dining on every corner? Check, check, check please! Cancun is the honeymoon, anniversary and romantic getaway destination of a lifetime; here’s a list that illustrates why this is so! Experience a Dip in a Cenote There is real magic in the Mexican landscape, and the cenotes which pepper the area surrounding Cancun are a great example of this. These fresh water sinkholes are ethereally beautiful, and are filled with mineral rich water, which will refresh your body and mind if you choose to take a dip. Even if you wait by the side, the stunning beauty of these landmarks is sure to blow you and your lover away! Tour Tulum Mayan Ruins and Beach Get in on the art, architecture, and culture of ancient Mexico …

Tequila Experience and Show in Puerto Vallarta

Tequila has long been synonymous with Mexico and, in particular, the state of Jalisco, where the beverage is traditionally produced (there’s even a town named Tequila). As such, there are plenty of tequila tasting experiences to be found around Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay that you can try on your next visit to Jalisco.   Tequila Tasting Wherever You Turn Puerto Vallarta is home to many small, independent “mom and pop” tequila tasting venues, which you can simply walk into for impromptu tequila tastings where you can try all types, grades, and prices of the Mexican liquor. You will be encouraged to buy a bottle, of course, but not before you have tasted most of the tequila brands in the shop! However, if you want a more sophisticated and exclusive tequila tasting experience, you might consider reserving a tequila tasting activity when you stay at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa or Hotel Mousai; unless that is, you want to try the Viva Tequila Tour! The Viva Tequila Tour The Viva Tequila Tour is a complete …

Heavenly Scuba Diving in Cabo

Are you an avid scuba diver or snorkler? If you are, diving in Los Cabos should definitely be at the top of your vacation list. Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world” and he was entirely right. These waters are so perfect for diving not just because they are warm and clear, but because they are teeming with life of all varieties. Whatever your level of skill you can be sure that you’ll be able to learn about the fascinating and beautiful world that can be found beneath the waves. Diving in Cabo There are quite a few dive trips which are available daily for those who are interested in diving in Los Cabos. Popular dive sites in the area around Cabo San Lucas Bay and beyond include: Neptune’s Finger, La Larga, The Point (found just off Land’s End), and the Blowhole as well as reefs like Twin Dolphins, Barco Varado, Chileno, and Santa Maria. If you’re interested in seeing sharks in all their majestic glory in the wild …

Exploring Cancun’s Maya Museum

Famous for its fun family atmosphere, luxury resorts and outdoor adventures, Cancun is also home to thought-provoking cultural experiences.  Next time you use your Garza Blanca Residence Club membership to stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun, be sure to visit the Maya Museum where tourists can get to know the region’s fascinating cultural history, which is on full display.   Exploring Cancun’s Maya Museum Exploring a timeline that begins in ancient times and continues through the modern era, the museum offers a closer look at the Mayan culture.  Visitors can marvel at one of the most superb artifact collections found in Mexico today, with most of the items sourced on the surrounding Yucatan peninsula throughout the years. The Museum Space Showcasing sweeping views of the San Miguelito jungle and the Nichupté Lagoon, the museum is a modern building that was built with the breathtaking natural surroundings in mind.  Each space, whether indoors or out, was designed to delight and inspire each visitor who walks through the doors of the museum.  Each of the three exhibition …

Guide to South Shore Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Are you a beach hopper who loves to visit hidden coves, secluded idylls, and pristine sands? Then the south shore of Banderas Bay may just be mother nature’s gift to you! Below we have listed the very best beaches in the area, and even included how you can access them from Garza Blanca Preserve. Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore Puerto Vallarta’s south shore overlooks the shimmering waters of Banderas Bay, and is backed by some of the most stunning, palm covered mountains in the world. The beaches that are considered “south shore” beaches are those that fall between Los Muertos Beach and Cabo Corrientes, and they can be reached from the main highway that is known as Carretera de Barra de Navidad. These beaches can be accessed fairly easily by car, water taxi, bus (orange color), taxi or even on foot. Just follow signs for Barra de Navidad when leaving downtown Puerto Vallarta. Garza Blanca Beach The Garza Blanca Preserve is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore, offering access to a lovely fully-certified …

Playing Golf in Cabo

Los Cabos has been experiencing a boom in the quality and number of its golf courses since the 1990s. Golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus has had a big part to play in this boom. In the 1990s, he opened three prime golf courses in the area, causing many other top golf clubs to quickly follow his lead. Now you can find three of the world’s top golf courses in Los Cabos in addition to other top quality courses too, and great weather to match. So whether you’re just in it for the scenery or you have a love of the game, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is a course in Los Cabos that will be just right for you! Just have a look at this selection of world class golf courses to be found in Los Cabos, Mexico!   Cabo Del Sol Ocean course Throughout the years there have been many legendary personalities putting their names to golf courses, but none have gained the recognition quite like Jack Nicklaus. Many say that the …

Turtles in Cancun and Riviera Maya

If you happen to love sea turtles, taking a vacation in Cancun and Riviera Maya will be a dream come true!  With species including the hawksbill, green and loggerhead turtles frequenting the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, you will find plenty of opportunities to encounter them in their natural habitat.  Whether you are out in the sea for a swim, snorkeling, scuba diving or even just hanging out on the beach, sea turtles often appear when you least expect them to! You can even go diving at night at the coral reefs in the region, where you will likely spot countless sea turtles during certain times of the year.  Nighttime turtle walks are popular as well.  Akumal—a town about an hour south of Cancun whose name quite literally means “place of the turtle” in the Mayan language—is an especially popular area to spot sea turtles because they have a very large population count there. Keeping them Safe In Mexico, sea turtles are, thankfully, a protected species, and hunting or catching them or their …

Puerto Vallarta – Places to Visit Off the Beaten Track

When it comes to awesome tourist activities in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, it could be time to step out of the box and consider daytrips that take you somewhere new. It’s not all about sun, sea, sand, and margaritas; there is so much more to this area of Mexico, and so many new things to be discovered. Here are some great “off the beaten track” experiences near Puerto Vallarta. Tehuamixtle and Mayto About two hours or so south from the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta on the Costa Alegre corridor, the beaches of Tehuamixtle (also known as Tehua–pronounced Tewaah) and Mayto are an amazing day trip. If you like mixing with the locals and love some seafood, the cove of Tehuamixtle, also known as La playita de amor [Little Love beach], is a real must visit! When you arrive you can eat fresh oysters straight from the ocean (cleaned and prepared, of course) under an enormous palapa whilst the ocean sparkles and swells before your eyes. This whole area is a feast for the …

Los Cabos Whale Shark Experiences

There are few places in the world like Los Cabos with its sparkling, crystalline waters, dry heat, great climate, and the majestic whale sharks which pass through the Sea of Cortez (in Baja California Sur) and the Bay of La Paz each year between early winter and late spring. Better yet, these waters can be reached easily with a short boat trip from Los Cabos. Whale Sharks These leviathans of the deep can reach a staggering 40 feet long (though the average is anywhere from 18 to 32 feet), 70 years old, and over 20 tons… their sheer size alone makes whale sharks awe-inspiring. Beyond this, they are some of the most amazing creatures to get close to. Despite their enormous size, whale sharks are gentle, placid creatures who pose no threat to any humans who decide to swim close to them and treat them with respect—unless you get in their way, then their sheer size and force might cause you some bruising. Many people wonder whether these creatures are whales or sharks, and it’s …