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Todos Santos Village – Pueblo Magico

Located just an hour’s drive time from the airport in Los Cabos, Todos Santos may be one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Founded in the 18th century as a agricultural town, the locale retains a relaxed atmosphere and leisurely pace of life in the modern day, transforming over time into a haven for artists, surfers, and lovers of life. A Magical Town This quiet community has been designated as a “Pueblo Magico” as part of a national initiative identifying towns in Mexico with significant “Historical, Cultural, and Architectural Significance.” The Pueblo Magico program highlights the unique atmosphere of destinations such as Todos Santos, and as the first such town named in Baja California, the thriving municipality is truly in a class all its own.   Todos Santos welcomes visitors into town with immaculate cobblestone streets populated by boutique hotels, inviting cafes, engaging art galleries, and the colorful clientele that ensure these establishments continue to thrive. This makes it an ideal choice for a day trip from the twin towns of Los Cabos, offering a look at …

May & June Events in Cancun

Cancun is known worldwide as one of Mexico’s premier escapes for vacationing visitors, and the spring and summer schedule is replete with excellent activity options for the entire family. The weather in the area is also usually at its best during May and June, making these months an ideal time to discover what Cancun has to offer.   May is for Memories May 5th’s Cinco de Mayo is no doubt the most famous Mexican holiday outside the country, but is observed in more understated fashion in domestic locales such as Cancun. This commemoration of the Mexican Army’s triumph over French forces at the battle of Puebla is observed with small private festivities among local families as well as larger events appealing to visitors at bars, restaurants, and other establishments in the city.   If you’re planning a family trip to Cancun with Mom, the first weeks of May are a great time to arrive in town. May 10th marks Mother’s Day across Mexico, with the holiday widely considered one of the most important on the …

May & June Events in Puerto Vallarta

May and June are among the most pleasantly sunny months on the Pacific Coast calendar, and Puerto Vallarta takes full advantage of the weather with a packed schedule of events and special attractions. From yearly local street festivals to major international exhibitions that draw in spectators from around the world, the region holds ample appeal during this stellar season, making it the right place at the right time for practically any visitor.   A Magnificent May May is ripe with opportunities to enjoy a memorable experience in Mexico…indeed, the month itself is a celebration in Puerto Vallarta. The Festival Cultural de Mayo emcompasses weeks of events and activities that spotlight the area’s vibrant creative community.   Admirers of Mexican culture will get a real treat with a May visit, from art fairs and free outdoor concerts in the heart of the city to food festivals and traditional live entertainment in the charming residential subdivision of Pitillal.   The merry month of May also brings Cinco de Mayo celebrations to town. The national holiday commemorates the …

Cancun Travel Guide

Overview Cancun is an exotic paradise resting at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula. These resplendent shores off the Gulf of Mexico enjoy well over 200 days of sunshine each year, creating an environment that is as ideal for enjoying active pursuits as it is for lounging on the beach with a cool glass. This well-developed coastal retreat is divided into two main areas. The most frequently visited by international tourists is known as the Hotel Zone, a thin, boomerang shaped island spanning 14 miles in the Caribbean Sea. The mainland is dominated by residential neighborhoods, housing most of the 450,000 people that call Cancun their home.   The region as a whole is most noted for its consistent weather and crystal clear turquoise waters as well as its powdery white sand. Laying claim to a rich cultural tapestry as well as ample contemporary appeal, Cancun has long stood as the most popular tourist destination in all of Mexico. Safety The focus on providing a safe and positive experience for tourists has been substantially bolstered …

Los Cabos Travel Guide

Overview Standing at the terminus of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is an exceptionally inviting destination for lovers of sun, sand, and surf. Prized for its striking seaside settings and its signature cultural charm, the region welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world each year to sample its local flavor. Los Cabos is comprised of two distinct settlements, Cabo San Lucas to the south and San Jose del Cabo to the north, and their privileged position perched on the coast of Mexico greets guests with a pleasant desert climate. Warm, dry days and cool, refreshing evenings make Los Cabos an outstanding atmosphere for lounging in the sun all afternoon and taking in lively outdoor events by night. Getting Around Intrepid travelers will be pleased to find that both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are both approachable options for exploration on foot, although a reliable pair of walking shoes are advisable for navigating the cobblestone streets. While car rentals are inexpensive and allow easy access to surrounding areas, there are a …

Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Framed in picturesque fashion by the Banderas Bay to the west and the Sierra Madre mountain range to the east, Puerto Vallarta offers one of Mexico’s most inviting destinations for a diverse array of travelers. This enticing coastal destination brings countless thousands of visitors in each year for its spectacular seaside settings along with its verdant jungle vistas, but offers plenty of interest beyond its signature natural splendor. Overview As recently as the 1960s, Puerto Vallarta was a virtually unknown fishing village tucked away on the Mexican coast. Its modern renaissance was sparked chiefly by a fateful visit by iconic Hollywood director John Huston, who sought an idyllic setting for his “Night of the Iguana” film starring silver screen superstars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Rumors of their romance brought the tiny town to an international stage, transforming it into a global destination in the decades following. Today, Puerto Vallarta is an enjoyable escape for visitors from around the world. Its warm climate delivers on average 280 days of sunshine yearly, and the surf in …

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The Sea of Cortez: “The Aquarium of the World”

The city of Cabo San Lucas is a paradise divided between the majestic Pacific Ocean and the wondrous Sea of Cortez.   The Sea of Cortez is also known as the Gulf of California. This impressive body of water is a sub sea of the Pacific ocean, located between mainland Mexico and the Baja California peninsula. The total surface area of the water in the Sea of Cortez is roughly 160,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles), and the coastline spans an impressive 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles).   The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau nicknamed the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World” for the wealth of species that live there and visit each year. The warm, calm water of the Sea of Cortez is home to thousands of fish and mammal species. Some of the animals that live in or migrate to the Sea of Cortez include: Blue whale (the world’s largest mammal) Humpback whale California gray whale Killer whale Sharks Marlin Manta rays Leatherback sea turtle and other species of sea turtles Giant …

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Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2019 Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place in Cancun at the Pok Ta Pok Golf Course on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.   This is one the most anticipated festivals of the year. The name of the festival is “Volando El Paraíso,” which can be translated as “Flying Over Paradise.” It is a family friendly outdoor event that goes from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm each day. There will be at least 20 hot air balloons participating in the event. Weather permitting, the balloons will make “free flights,” which means the balloons will not be anchored, and they will fly around the Nichupté Lagoon. Otherwise, if the weather is inclimate for free flying, the balloons will be anchored, and they will rise from 15 to 20 meters above the ground. Either way they will be a spectacular sight to behold, and if you like, you can even ride in the balloons, which are piloted by professional experts who have flown in the biggest national and international festivals.   The balloon flights …

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Warm and Welcoming: Winter and Spring in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has experienced a period of prosperity and well-being in many ways, for the last several years, thanks to all of the positive things the city offers. Thanks to the warm weather and the kindness of the people, thanks to the diversity of activities that can be done here by the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the view, the walks, the sunset, the gastronomy, the recreation and the arts.   Particularly during the winter and spring seasons, Puerto Vallarta is characterized by receiving thousands of tourists from all over the world every day, all of them determined and motivated to celebrate their vacations in their own way.     And during the first months of the year the welcome could not be better as the sighting of humpback whales offers a unique and beautiful show for all ages. Likewise, and for the most adventurous experts, the fishing season is in full swing, with a huge number of boats and their respective captains ready to set sail.   The year 2019 is just …

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Family Friendly Sporting Activities in Cabo

When you visit Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area you will have ample opportunities for fun and family friendly sporting activities! Here are just a few.   ATV & Dune Buggy Satisfy your need for speed! The deserts around Cabo San Lucas are perfect for racing around in these off road vehicles, and if you have teenagers this is a great family activity. Anyone age 16 and up with a valid driver’s licence can drive one. Tours are typically 3 hours long. Jet Ski If racing on dry land isn’t your thing, get your adrenaline rush by renting jet skis at Medano Beach and cruising around the bay. Check with the tour operator ahead of time to find out the minimum age for driving a jet ski solo. Some will allow children 16 and up with a valid driver’s license to drive, while others require drivers to be 17 or 18. Minor children can often ride along with parents on the same jetski. FlyBoard In the last few years FlyBoarding has taken over as …