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Photo Of The Day: Cancun Dreamin'

Photo Of The Day: Cancun Dreamin' Sep 23rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: Imgur I know, I know, the song by The Mamas & The Papas is about California, not Cancun. But with the weather turning so-slightly colder in Virginia, seeing photos plastered across Reddit of warmer, tropical climes found my fingers searching YouTube for the 1965 hit. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons...

The Beach Snob's Guide To Cancun

The Beach Snob's Guide To Cancun Mar 25th, 2013 at 1:00PM: So you're not the Cancun type. That's no reason to pass up a cheap flight to its airport, a gateway to lots of anti-Cancun destinations. The area has more than 80 miles of white-sand Caribbean beaches, and only a few of those are confined to the cheesy place you've been avoiding. I'm a certified beach snob, and Cancun-area sands are some of the best for the money and the time it takes to...

Know Your Spring Break Legal Rights

Know Your Spring Break Legal Rights Mar 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Spring Breakers, did you know that anyone boarding a plane is covered by a "passenger bill of rights?" Or that in Mexico you're guilty until you can prove yourself innocent? Lawyers.com's editor in chief, Larry Bodine, has some legal insights that Spring Breakers should digest well before their first Jello shot – particularly the 120,000 students heading to Mexico this year. ...

8 Strategies For Avoiding The Spring Break Crowds

8 Strategies For Avoiding The Spring Break Crowds Mar 14th, 2013 at 9:00AM: For the college crowd, spring break typically means one thing: raging parties. For everyone else, however, spring break brings on more of a raging headache. Those traveling at the same time as the party crowd are faced with a number of dramas, ranging from laying wide awake at night listening to thumping music piercing the paper-thin walls of their hotel room, to having to explain to their...

Business Fuels Doomsday Prophecies In Mexico

Business Fuels Doomsday Prophecies In Mexico Dec 20th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Every other billboard seemed to mention 2012 as I drove along that famously flat stretch of road from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. I was on my way to spend a couple of days relaxing at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, but the easiest way to reach Riviera Maya is via Carretera Federal 307 and 307 is ornamented with billboards, as anyone would expect. Riviera Maya is a popular vacation destination, and...

Photo Of The Day: Cancun Landscape

Photo Of The Day: Cancun Landscape Dec 13th, 2012 at 5:00PM: There are certain images we see in our social network feeds over and over, especially at certain times of year: the Thanksgiving turkey, the decorated Christmas tree, and the vacation favorite: the bare feet on a beach chair (recently called "the loneliest pic in the world" on TV's "Up All Night"), alcoholic beverage in hand. Today's Photo of the Day is thankfully foot-free, though the image is...

Hotel News We Noted: November 10, 2012

Hotel News We Noted: November 10, 2012 Nov 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's official, and hopefully you're not too blue about it. We're in for four more years of President Obama, but that doesn't mean Washington (hotels) are any less excited about inauguration. We've been tracking what our favorite properties are doing to prepare, but also what's going on in the hotel world at large for this week's "Hotel News We Noted." As always, send us questions and comments...

Gratis Hotel Rooms To Celebrate The End Of The Mayan Calendar

Gratis Hotel Rooms To Celebrate The End Of The Mayan Calendar Sep 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: It's the end of the world as we know it ... or at least the end of the Mayan Calendar. On December 21, 2012, the day the Mayan Calendar resets the date to "zero," Expedia has partnered with 11 Mayan area hotels to offer special $0 rates. From the Grand Melia to the Intercontinental Presidente and Hyatt Regency in Cancun, some of these names are on the luxe side. The deals even extend to a few...

Texas authorities urge students to avoid Mexico

Mar 6th, 2012 at 10:30PM: As spring break draws near, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has issued a warning that advises college students to stay away from Mexico. The warning cites ongoing drug cartel violence as the main reason to avoid going south of the border, but also mentions criminal activity including homicides, gun battles, kidnappings, carjackings, rapes and more. Popular resort...

LGBT travel 2012: Gay marriage becomes legal in Cancun, Mexico

LGBT travel 2012: Gay marriage becomes legal in Cancun, Mexico Jan 2nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: LGBT travelers can add Cancun, Mexico, to their must-visit destination list, as the city has recently legalized gay marriage. In fact, the first same-sex marriages will be taking place this month in the resort area. While same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2009, a recently discovered gap in the Civil Code, which only talks about "people interested in getting married" without...

Spring Breakers head to Mexico despite drug wars

Spring Breakers head to Mexico despite drug wars Feb 18th, 2011 at 9:00AM: While drug war violence has sent Mexican PR into a whirlwind, spring breakers have been unswayed by the persistent safety warnings and bad press. According to the AP, spring break reservations to Mexico remain resilient in the face of such setbacks, even growing slightly over last year. The big three of the Yucatan peninsula - Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and the Riviera Maya, are the top...

Virgin America lets loose in Cancún

Virgin America lets loose in Cancún Feb 1st, 2011 at 9:00AM: Virgin America just can't sit still these days. In the past two months, they've launched service to Dallas/Forth Worth (and added frequency from both LAX & SFO), placed an impressive order for 60 new A320's (to be delivered starting in 2013), said adiós to Toronto for the time being, and launched service to two cities in Mexico; Los Cabos and now, Cancún. Everything about...

The ultimate pre-wedding party: Off & Away offers $22,500 bachelor / bachelorette auction

The ultimate pre-wedding party: Off & Away offers $22,500 bachelor / bachelorette auction Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Ever wonder what happens to the palatial pads used in MTV's "The Real World" after the season is over? In at least a few instances, they've been turned back into their original hotel suites, available for show devotees or high-rollers to rent by the night. Luxury hotel deal purveyor Off & Away is offering their highest-priced acution to date with the ME Cancun suite apartment that housed...

Virgin America kicks off service to Cancun

Virgin America kicks off service to Cancun Jan 19th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Dying to get your Spring Break on in style? Then pack your sandals, sunscreen, sombrero and head on over to Virgin America's website to grab some great fares or a chance to win a VIP getaway to Cancun, Mexico. This morning, Virgin America is launching their service from LAX & SFO to the Mayan Riviera (aka Cancun) and Gadling is onboard to witness the festivities. Remember the Goo Goo...

3 great books about cruise vacations

3 great books about cruise vacations Jan 15th, 2011 at 7:00AM: While blogging, video, interactive travel books and online travelguides have command a lot of interest, books (like with paper and ink) are still being published. Here are some of the best about cruise vacations for your weekend reading pleasure. Selling the Sea- An inside Look at the Cruise Industry Written by cruise industry veterans Bob Dickinson from Carnival Cruise Lines fame and Andy...

Top ten overrated international travel destinations

Top ten overrated international travel destinations Nov 2nd, 2010 at 11:30AM: Laurel brought us the US's top ten overrated travel destinations, and we thought it was time to go global. Here are ten international sites, in no particular order, that just aren't worth a two-hour wait in line, fighting the crowds, or covering long distances to get there: 1. Eiffel Tower, Paris Seriously, your photos of Paris are going to look much better with the Eiffel Tower in them. If...

Eerie underwater sculpture finished in Caribbean

Eerie underwater sculpture finished in Caribbean Nov 1st, 2010 at 2:00PM: If you go diving off Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico, you'll see more than the usual coral reefs and colorful tropical fish. You'll see a ghostly crowd of people standing on the bottom of the sea. Silent Evolution is the creation of Jason de Caires Taylor, who specializes in underwater sculptures cast from real people. Taylor uses inert, PH-neutral concrete that doesn't pollute the water....

TripAlertz combines group buying with travel flash sales

TripAlertz combines group buying with travel flash sales Oct 26th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Launching today, TripAlertz aims to do for the travel market what Groupon and LivingSocial have done for restaurants, spas and shops. Part flash sale, part group-buying site, TripAlertz will offer impulse getaway packages with prices that start 30 to 50 percent below the leading public online travel sites. Destinations to be featured include places like Miami, Orlando, Beverly Hills, San...

Mexico limits U.S. dollar purchases in bid to beat drug lords

Mexico limits U.S. dollar purchases in bid to beat drug lords Oct 25th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Worried that your money isn't green enough? Well, in Mexico, the contrary may be true. If you're headed to Mexico this year, you'll want to bite the bullet and exchange some greenbacks for pesos. New currency laws came into effect in parts of the country last month that limit U.S. dollar-purchases to $100 per cash transaction (the most a business can accept). And, some businesses won't be able to...

Virgin America announces nonstop flights to Los Cabos and Cancun from $129

Virgin America announces nonstop flights to Los Cabos and Cancun from $129 Aug 31st, 2010 at 10:01AM: Viva, Mexico! Get your margaritas ready and toast to Virgin America's new flight announcements. The airline announced today it will serve San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD) and Cancun International Airport (CUN) with nonstop flights from California starting this December. The fights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Los Cabos start Dec. 16, 2010, and flights from...

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