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Cancun's Mindblowing Underwater Museum is Open to Visitors

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.

Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.

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AeroMexico Will Start Sending Some 787s Across the Atlantic to London

Where: Mexico
April 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

AeroMexico has had some 787s hanging out in their hangar for a little bit of time, and now they’re using them for some new options. The carrier sees the need for a little more demand on one route across the pond, so a Boeing 787-8 is coming to the rescue.

The planes are on their way to three weekly round-trip flights between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport beginning this month, and it will remain that way throughout the summer. This will boost back and forth capacity by like 70 seats per flight, as the 787s replace some 767s on the Atlantic crossing.

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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Travel Contest Alert: A Family-Size Giveaway for a 'Rio 2' Getaway

Where: Mexico
April 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the release of Rio 2, Liberty Travel is giving away a 5-night Mexican getaway for a family of five.

The lucky winners will receive airfare and 5 nights at the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

To enter, just "like" Liberty Travel's Facebook Page and fill out the form with your contact information. The contest is open through April 26, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. EST at which time a winner be selected by random drawing.

Rio 2 opens nationwide today.

[Photo: IMDb]

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Street Food Friday: Fried Lobster in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California

February 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Laksa, Kolok Mee, and Satay in Kuching. This week, we head south of the border to Puerto Nuevo in Baja California to see what's cooking.

Tacos and tamales are clearly the first thing that comes to mind concerning street food in Mexico, which is why it is somewhat refreshing to see a town doing something different. The self-described “Lobster Capital of Baja,” Puerto Nuevo sits been Ensenada and Rosarito, about 90 minutes from San Diego in Baja California. You can definitely get a taco in town, but what the tourists come for is the fried lobster.

Yes, fried lobster. Just when you think something can’t get any better, someone throws it in a vat of fat to find out. The shell is kept on and the entire lobster is pan-fried in lard to keep the meat moist, which is the key aspect and major difference between good and bad restaurants serving the dish. Rice and beans come on the side.

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No Prescriptions Needed at This Airport Pharmacy

Where: Cabo, Mexico
January 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Coming back from a weekend of adventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and feeling a little, well, under the weather? Just pop into the new terminal at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (SJD) and pick up whatever you need from Zithromax to Ibuprofen and even Cialis and Valtrex. And no, you do not need to show a prescription for most of the products.

While we scanned the shelves for some Xanax or Valium (see below, we were hesitant to pick up the 800mg Ibuprofen. It just didn't seem right.

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How to Get Tickets to the 'One Big Holiday' Music Festival in Mexico

Where: Mexico
January 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're just about anywhere in the U.S. today we bet you're fantasizing about be somewhere warmer. So, how does a long weekend in Mexico sound?

Rooms are still available for One Big Holiday, a live music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Mexico from January 26 through January 30.

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Was This 'Hidden Beach' Near Puerto Vallarta Formed by Government Bombing?

Where: Las Marietas Islands, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco , Mexico
December 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (2)

When we mentioned the Marieta Islands in our basic overview of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas last week, a reader chimed in to say that its "Hidden Beach" -- aka the incredible scene you see in the photos in this post -- formed when the Mexican government used the island as a bombing range in the first half of the 20th century. Well, we did some research and guess what? It could be true!

The Marieta Islands were formed by volcanic activity and were never inhabited, prompting the Mexican military to use it as a place to test bombs. The explosions are rumored to have created the islands' caverns and rock formations, the most dramatic in the form of Hidden Beach. But, because the islands were never inhabited, there's really no documentation or official eyewitness account that confirms what was already there and what was a result of the bombings and explosions (if anyone knows otherwise, please let us know!).

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Breaking Down Banderas Bay: A Guide to Help You Understand the Coastline of Puerto Vallarta

December 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (4)

Yesterday, we told you why you should be making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta this time next year. Now, you need to understand the layout of the region to fully appreciate the amount of opportunities you will have within a short distance.

For the sake of this discussion, we'll consider the city itself, including the Zona Hotelera (north side), El Centro (center city), and the Zona Romantica (south side), as one point on the map (although we may break it down further in a later post). You can see that Puerto Vallarta is located pretty much in the center of the Banderas Bay, which, by the way, is huge - 62 miles of coastline in total that stretches from Punta Mita in the north down to Yelapa in the south. Using the city as a center point, let's split the region in two and take a closer look.

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Why the First Week in December is the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta

December 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

So much of what you are able to experience of a destination comes down to the timing of your visit, and we picked the perfect week to be in Mexico as cities across the country celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The festival is in remembrance of when the Virgin Mary left her image imprinted upon a cloth as a way of revealing herself and her identity to a Mexican peasant back in 1531 (the cloth in question is currently housed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City, where one of the larger fiestas takes place).

Across the country, Mexican Catholics participate in parades that symbolize pilgrimages, making the journey from their homes to the church on foot as an offering to the Virgin Mary. Although religious tourism isn't exactly our thing, we are very pleased to be in town during this time because of all the other things that come along with it.

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Wish You Were Here: Perched High Above Puerto Vallarta

December 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Puerto Vallarta sits in the center of the Bahía de Banderas, a 62-mile bay that runs from Punta Mita in the north down south to Cape Corrientes. The view you see from the photo is taken from the southern-most part of Vallarta looking north towards the center of town. In the distance, you can see the coast curve around to the left towards Punta Mita.

Many travelers who visit the area for the first time tend to stay put in Puerto Vallarta proper, but the city's location on the bay means that there are plenty of opportunities for day trips, from small villages such as Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan to surf towns like Bucerias and Sayulita.

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Can One Airport Straddle a Border Between Two Countries? Tijuana Thinks It's Possible.

Where: Mexico
September 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new international bridge is just around the corner, as the airport down in Tijuana has a plan to connect arriving passengers right into Mexico or the United States.

The plan—called Gateway to Las Californias—is made up of a 525-foot-long bridge that will connect the city’s A.L. Rodríguez International Airport directly with a US Customs station right on the other side of the border. You’d land in Mexico, get your stuff, and then walk over the bridge and arrive in the United States—assuming your visit with the customs and border protection officers goes well

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