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Protecting Mexico’s Turtles

The sea turtle is by far one of the most beloved sea creatures to be found along Mexico’s coastline, and in its waters. The country’s stunning beaches are home to nesting grounds for loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles. Nesting Turtles in Mexico For thousands of years, female turtles have made the long, and often arduous, journey from their feeding ground to the beaches on which they themselves hatched. This ritual, and the effort the gestating female turtle’s make as they pull their heavy bodies up the sand and dig secure nests, is a huge part of the survival of this wonderful species! Protecting Turtles in Mexico Sadly, hunting, pollution, and overfishing, amongst other things, have devastated sea turtle populations. Because of this, all sea turtle species are now classed as endangered. Thankfully, countries like Mexico are taking action to ensure that these stunning sea creatures are with us for generations to come. These measures are both legal and practical; in Mexico it is now illegal to hunt sea turtles or disturb their nests, but there …

Why Los Cabos Might Make You Wobble

Rockstar and Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar first visited Los Cabos in the early 1980s, and for him it was love at first sight! At this point Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy fishing village and development was not high on its list of priorities, but nonetheless Hagar dreamed of opening a tequila bar with a small stage that could act as a performance space and hub for socialization in the town. So, how did this dream become a successful, thriving reality? Read on to find out how Cabo Wabo burst from Sammy Hagar’s imagination and became a Cabo staple! The Cantina The Cabo Wabo Cantina came to be because of a financial partnership between Sammy Hagar and his Van Halen band mates in Cabo San Lucas. They opened in 1990 amidst excitement and a fair amount of public interest, but the cantina struggled in early years due to mismanagement. Finally, in order to keep his dream alive, Hagar bought his bandmates’ shares and hired a management team that suited his business model and dream. …

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates 100 Years!

Last month saw a host of celebrations in Puerto Vallarta as the municipality celebrated its 100th birthday! 100 Years Old The municipality of Puerto Vallarta officially came into being 100 years ago on May 31st 1918! 50 years later, on May 31st 1968, Puerto Vallarta was recognized as a city in its own right. In honor of these historic moments, the whole city came alive to celebrate Puerto Vallarta’s 100th birthday with a series of events. Since the beginning of the year, numerous events have been organized in coordination with the 100 year celebration, including art exhibitions on the Malecon, concerts and processions.  The city pulled out all of the stops with the annual MayFest, which was weeklong festivity that climaxed on the weekend following May 31st with a free concert featuring Mexican superstar, Pepe Aguilar! Why Visit in May Even when the city is not celebrating such a huge milestone, May is a wonderful month to visit Puerto Vallarta; this is when the city hosts its annual MayFest as well as the much awaited …

Things to Do in Los Cabos – Natural History Museum

Children and adults of all ages can be sure to have a great time when they visit the Natural History Museum in Cabo San Lucas! Of all the things to do in Los Cabos, this should be at the very top of the list for those who love the natural world, or who like to learn about the history and culture of the places they visit. The Museo de Historia Natural, as it is known in Spanish, can be found in the heart of the downtown area of the city, and is housed in an old elementary school(named Artículo 123 Naciones Unidas or United Nations Article 123). The museum itself opened its doors in October 2006, and has been enriching the city and its visitors with knowledge, culture, and history ever since. A Bit of Everything You will definitely find something to pique your interest at the Natural history Museum in Cabo san Lucas; certainly some exhibits will be of more interest than others, but the variety is so huge that you couldn’t possibly be …

Whale Shark Season Coming Up in Cancun

Spring is in full effect, and summer is well on its way; that means that the Whale Sharks, too, are coming to Cancun. The waters off the coast of Cozumel and Cancun often play host to migratory species such as Whale Sharks and certain turtle species. Each year between June and September the waters of the Mexican Caribbean play host to Whale Sharks and the plankton on which they feed. Despite their gargantuan size, weighing in at over 20 tons and reaching up to 40 feet in length, Whale Sharks are docile, gentle creatures which pose no threat to humans, or even larger fish species. You see, they are one of only three species of shark which filter feed; this means that they filter plankton from the water using their gills. When they swim, despite their size and strength, Whale Sharks move at only 3 mph, and as such they are the perfect creatures to snorkel and dive beside. You would be able to keep up with these gentle giants without too much trouble at …

Garza Blanca Los Cabos Update – Now Taking Reservations

We are excited to share that Garza Blanca Los Cabos Resort & Spa is shaping up spectacularly in its prime location between the lovely towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, just a short distance from Cabo San Lucas Airport. As Garza Blanca Residence Club members you can be amongst the first to enjoy this stunning new addition to your membership that is sure to leave you breathless and coming back year after year for extraordinary experiences. Accepting Reservations from Members – October 1 2018 We are now taking reservations from Garza Blanca Residence Club members for vacations starting on October 1, 2018 and thereafter. Why not call today to book your accommodation at Garza Blanca Los Cabos Resort & Spa on +1 800 473 4590 or leave us a message by filling out the pre-reservation form by clicking here? We can’t wait for you to stay! In-keeping with the award-winning Garza Blanca brand, luxury, quality and fine service will be more spectacular than ever at Garza Blanca Los Cabos Resort & …

Origins of Mexico’s Margarita

The margarita is without a doubt one of the most famous and popular drinks to have come from Mexico; a classic margarita combines tequila, triple sec (orange flavored liqueur), and fresh lime juice.  It will generally also be served in a glass which has a salted frosted rim. Over the years there have been many versions of this drink which have included fresh fruits like mangos and strawberries. Ask your waiter at any of the resorts offered by your membership for alternatives to a lime flavored margarita and you will be surprised at the options. The Origins of Mexico’s Margarita The official origins of the margarita are widely disputed. You will find there are many different stories, though they all seem to involve a beautiful woman or two. Showgirl Status One theory about the origin of the margarita attributes the advent of this cocktail to a beautiful showgirl, Marjorie King and a bar owner. Ms King was a Ziegfeld dancer and a customer at Rancho La Gloria (found between Rosarito and Tijuana) when bar owner, …

Not Everything Costs Money – Free Tours in PV

Budgeting during your vacations is like a fine art. You want to have a fabulous time but don’t want to break the bank. This is particularly true for residence club members who take regular vacations, sometimes more than twice a year. So, let’s just say you want to limit yourself to one or two paid tours each time you vacation in Puerto Vallarta, like the Marigalante Pirate Ship or a whale watching tour, then you will be happy to know that Puerto Vallarta offers alternative activities that are just as fun (well, almost).   Check out these popular free pastimes that are worth exploring while in Puerto Vallarta: Downtown Tour On Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 am and 12 noon and Saturdays at 9 am, you can join in the fun on the free downtown tour that leaves from the Tourist Office found by the main plaza (opposite Starbucks). A tourist guide will accompany you as you peruse the many sights in the downtown historic area. This is a great two-hour tour to get a …

San Jose del Cabo’s Best Features

San Jose del Cabo is the quieter, more sophisticated counterpart to the nearby tourist temple of Cabo San Lucas, and is somewhat of a breath of fresh air for those who want the sun, sea, and a margarita without the crowds in this region that offers miles of stunning coastline. The soon-to-open Garza Blanca Resort in Los Cabos is ideally located between both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, so you will find you can enjoy the best of both destinations when you use your membership to stay from October 2018 onwards. Click here if you want to be among the first to make a reservation. Read on to find out what makes San Jose del Cabo so special…   Study the Architecture The architecture in San Jose del Cabo is colonial in flavor, and the buildings that dot the historic downtown are utterly charming, as is the stunning town plaza. Buildings of note in the city include the San Jose monastery church, rebuilt in 1940, the Misión de San José del Cabo …

Coba – An Archaeological Gem Near Cancun

When most people think about Mayan ruins in Mexico, the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza or Tulum tend to spring to mind. However, if you are looking for an experience that is a little less crowded or touristic, then Coba is a great choice. At the Coba Archaeological site, it’s like you have walked back in time, surrounded by the mystique and history of this ancient Mayan culture in a stunning site that is neighbored on both sides by dense, tropical foliage and two large, beautiful lagoons. A Gem Still Waiting to Be Fully Unearthed Due to its remote location, this historical site was not actually unearthed by archaeologists until the mid 1800’s. After that, more in depth research did not start until much later in the 1920’s after the Caste War ended*. Nearly a century later, most of the ruins remain unexcavated, which makes a visit to the site even more remarkable.  Coba was established as an archaeological site in 1973, and only three main settlements out of nearly 6,000 structures are available for …