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10 Things You Wouldn't Expect From An All-Inclusive Resort

10 Things You Wouldn't Expect From An All-Inclusive Resort Oct 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: I've never considered myself an "all-inclusive resort" type of person. Sprawling grounds filled with "vacation activities" always seemed disingenuous to me and from the snippets of reviews I had heard or read online, they seemed filled with buffets of terrible food and children running amok. So when my husband and I found ourselves exhausted and at our wits' end last year in the Yucatan, we...

Marietas Islands: The Mexican Government's Bomb Testing Created This Unreal Hidden Beach

Sep 9th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) are located off of the coast of the state of Nayarit on Mexico's west coast, just above Puerto Vallarta. The islands are uninhabited and flush with marine life since hunting and fishing is forbidden on the islands. While staying at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit over the weekend, the manager of the resort's restaurant, Lucca, relayed his appreciation for the...

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. ...

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Even if you're not a spa junkie, it's hard to deny the appeal of a great massage or other self-indulgent treatment. I'm actually a massage school graduate, and although I ultimately decided not to pursue that career path, I've parlayed my experience into doing the odd spa writing assignment. Not surprisingly, I'm a tough judge when it comes to practitioners, facilities and treatments. I also don't...

10 Essential Destinations In Mexico

10 Essential Destinations In Mexico Jul 18th, 2012 at 12:00PM: While many think of Mexico as a country that's too dangerous to visit, there are actually many beautiful, safe and historically rich cities worth making a trip for. While Tulum features one of the most well preserved ancient civilizations in the country, Copper Canyon features an extreme adventure park inside its ravine. Additionally, Guadalajara boasts magic villages, UNESCO World Heritage...

I Traveled To Mexico And Came Back Alive

I Traveled To Mexico And Came Back Alive Jul 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Two weeks ago I did something absolutely crazy. I packed a bag, got on a plane, and spent an entire week traveling in Mexico. GASP! The horrors! Haven't you heard? Mexico is dangerous! It isn't safe to travel there anymore. Go somewhere else – anywhere but Mexico. There be dragons out there... One of the hottest topics in North American travel at the moment, the question of whether...

Culinary Cab Confessions: The Search For Tacos And 'Authenticity' In Mexico

Culinary Cab Confessions: The Search For Tacos And 'Authenticity' In Mexico Apr 2nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: The first taxi driver I met in Puerto Vallarta had other plans for me. "You want to go to peliculas?" he asked, looking at me through the rearview mirror. I didn't particularly want to go to a movie. Especially not the kind he had in mind. "It's a good movie," he said in Spanish and then laughed in the way that would have required him to rub his hands together if they weren't occupied with dodging...

Crime in Mexico: Is Puerto Vallarta unsafe for travelers?

Crime in Mexico: Is Puerto Vallarta unsafe for travelers? Mar 1st, 2012 at 10:00AM: My colleague Chris Owen has raised some good points about crime in Mexico in his piece on Saturday about the bus full of tourists who were recently robbed at gunpoint near Puerto Vallarta (PV), but as someone who has visited PV three years in a row, 2009-11, I'd like to offer another perspective on this issue. Early reports of the incident left the impression that the tourists were robbed by a...

Mexico still not safe says cruise line

Mexico still not safe says cruise line Jun 21st, 2011 at 7:00AM: In the latest round of bad news for travel to Mexico, Princess Cruises pronounced parts of Mexico still not safe Monday and that they would not be calling on Puerto Vallarta or Mazatlan any time soon. That's double-bad news for a struggling Mexico that just wrapped up a week-long anti-crime campaign among other efforts to rebuild tourism. Our ongoing coverage continues. "As the safety and...

Mexico Travel: A Day in Melaque

Mexico Travel: A Day in Melaque Jan 20th, 2011 at 9:16AM: Cocks have been crowing for hours before the sun begins to rise over the village of Melaque on the Pacific coast of Mexico, several hours drive south of Puerto Vallarta. The town lies along a large bay. At the northwest end are steep green hills, studded with rocks. The sea at this end is calm enough for easy swimming and fishing. Further southeast towards Villa Obregon, the surf is rougher and at...

17 great destinations for romance

17 great destinations for romance May 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some say that romance is a lost art - but it's not. It's just hiding, waiting to be uncovered in some of the most beautiful places around the globe. Whether you are trying to show that special someone that they truly are special, making a proposal, or rekindling the flame you once had with your spouse, setting the stage is your first step to success. Whether you are searching for the perfect...

Mexico relies on Facebook to kick travel slump

Mexico relies on Facebook to kick travel slump Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Travel to Mexico got a big ol' kick in the cojones last year. The global recession spanked airlines and hotels around the world, and since the United States was ground zero for the financial crisis that accelerated the recession, Mexico likely lost some action from its biggest trading partner. And then swine flu came along, bringing much of the Mexican tourism and travel industry to a crawl. When...

New Nicklaus course to open in Punta Mita next month

New Nicklaus course to open in Punta Mita next month Oct 3rd, 2009 at 2:00PM: A new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is opening next month, so you may want to start planning immediately. On November 16, 2009, Nicklaus himself will hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the new Punta Mita Bahia golf course. This is the second of his courses at Punta Mita – he designed Punta Mita Pacifico, which opened in 1999. Both Bahia and Pacifico are part of the private Punta Mita...

Daily travel deal - 4 nights all inclusive Puerto Vallarta hotel + air from $409

Daily travel deal - 4 nights all inclusive Puerto Vallarta hotel + air from $409 May 13th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Ready to get away from the unpredictable Spring weather? How about a nice 4 night trip to Nuevo Vallarta? Starting at just $409 (based off a Los Angeles departure, Chicago from $425), you'll fly to Puerto Vallarta, and stay at the 5 star Riu Nuevo-Vallarta all-inclusive resort. This place offers some serious "all-inclusiveness" - lets start with the coolest part; a 4 bottle liquor dispenser in...

Photo of the Day 3.9.09

Photo of the Day 3.9.09 Mar 9th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I've always been a sucker for photographs that have strong colours and geometric patterns -- so it's not surprising that I'm drawn to this photograph taken by malaycobra and shared in our Gadling Flickr pool. According to malaycobra, this beautiful statue is "one of the many statues on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico." It's beautifully shot. If you've got some great travel shots you'd love...

Photo of the Day (1/09/08)

Photo of the Day (1/09/08) Jan 9th, 2008 at 9:00AM: My first major trip on my own was when I was in the 12th grade. I had a summer job in Maine working at a kid's camp. Great way to learn how to water ski. My mode of transportation was a bus from New Paltz, New York to Augusta, Maine. Oh, the glory of the whoosh of the door before the bus pulled away from the bay. Freedom. Our very own Martha's shot of someone boarding a bus in Puerto Vallarta,...

The Most Debaucherous Places I've Been to

The Most Debaucherous Places I've Been to Sep 26th, 2007 at 4:58PM: I'm only in my 20s, but there have been a few places where the party-hard attitudes of locals and visitors alike have left me feeling more like 87 than 27. I like have fun as much as the next gal, but I'm not one to stay up drinking all night and into most of the next morning too. I need my rest, and plus, I am not good with hangovers. But nonetheless, I've been to a few excellent parties and made...

Ladies: Free Vacation to Puerto Vallarta

Ladies: Free Vacation to Puerto Vallarta Jul 10th, 2007 at 11:52AM: It looks like this classified ad was cribbed from Jay Leno's Tonight Show (notice the NBC peacock in the bottom corner), but it's funny nonetheless. Apparently some heartless soul's girlfriend died and he didn't want to waste that extra plane ticket + accommodations in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. So not only did he actively search out someone to replace his dead girlfriend, but...

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