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Where to Eat in Puerto Morelos: From Fine Dining to Authentic Dives

Where: Mexico
May 7, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Hope you're hungry.

Puerto Morelos has some of the best food in Mexico, as we found out during a recent visit. Whether you're in the mood for a fine dining experience or a relaxed, authentic Mexican meal, here are three restaurants that won't disappoint:

El Faro Grill: This upscale dining establishment at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun has an expansive terrace with ocean views and some of the best food in Puerto Morelos. El Faro’s chef, Yann Cozic, was named Hotel Chef of the Year by the Caribbean Journal and he offers up grilled delicacies, prime rib and expertly prepared seafood (the grilled shrimp and octopus are fantastic). The service is top-notch and friendly.

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Get Your Drink On in Puerto Morelos: Best Bars for Booze and Views

Where: Mexico
May 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

Heaven Beach Bar in Puerto Morelos

The small-town, mellow feel of Puerto Morelos, Mexico is (for me) a delightful respite from nearby Cancun, known for its raucous nightlife. But despite its sleepy demeanor, there are still plenty of fun cocktailing options in Puerto Morelos — and here are our favorites.

Heaven Beach Bar is that rare breed of seaside bar: It is right on the water and super casual, yet it offers a decidedly upscale drink menu with more than 25 choices of tequila, 15 whiskey options, bellinis made with Moet & Chandon and a delicious cucumber martini that is a must try. Of course, sitting back and watching the waves with a Corona is also a good option. Better yet, every day from 2 to 3 pm the bar offers a two-for-one special. So pick your poison, get two and pay for one. The food exceeds the normal beach bar fare as well, like this delicious — and huge — steak quesadilla that two people can easily split for lunch or a snack.

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Wish You Were Here: Relishing the Slow Pace of Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Where: Mexico
May 4, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

View from Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos

We are currently in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, which is 30 minutes south of Cancun but might as well be in another world; the two resort towns are so close yet so different. While Cancun is party-centric with nightlife galore, Puerto Morelos is (happily) a bit sleepy and historically quaint. Those looking for late-night action can of course head north into Cancun, or head south 30 minutes to visit the lively Playa del Carmen area.

This week, Puerto Morelos is just our speed: lovely views, authentic Mexican food, a charming town square and the Mesoamerican Reef, which lies just offshore and offers easy access to spectacular snorkeling.

Our goal today is a noble one: to find the best margarita Puerto Morelos has to offer. Have any suggestions or questions about the area? Sound off below!

And of course, we wish you were here…

[Photo: LindaM]

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A Snorkeling Adventure Goes Terribly Wrong in Cabo

March 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

A freak accident happened the other day in the otherwise idyllic Cabo San Lucas when a Canadian tourist died after the boat she was on was hit by a breaching grey whale. The woman was tossed into the water by the hit, and rescued by her fellow passengers. They attempted CPR but the woman died later from her injuries at the hospital. Two other people on the boat were injured as well.

The incident happened as the boat was returning from a Snorkel and Sea excursion run by Cabo Adventures. We've actually done this excursion that the woman was on and it is by no means a dangerous one.

After getting fitted for snorkel gear at the Dolphin Center in the marina, the trip takes the snorkelers on a high-speed Apex boat ride around the famous Arch in Cabo while detailing the history of the area and the marine life. Everyone is required to wear life vests while on the boat.

After a short ride, the boat drops anchor in a relatively enclosed spot for snorkeling (the ocean off the beach in Cabo is too rough for swimming or snorkeling) where people can snorkel, paddle board and kayak for over an hour. Then it's back to the marina.

Dolphins and whales are highlighted as an "attraction" for the excursion but not always guaranteed. Unfortunately, this surprise sighting ended in a terribly tragic way.

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Travel Contest Roundup: 5 Ways to Visit Mexico for Free

Where: Mexico
November 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some fun in the sun:

American Express - Win a Stay With Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

You know you’re going to have a nice time away from home when you’re staying at a Four Season Resort, and that’s exactly what American Express is giving away. The grand prize includes around $2,500 in gift cards as well as a stay at a Four Season location around the world. Since we’re talking about Mexico we guess we need to recommend Mexico City; however, spots like Sydney, Costa Rica, and Paris are options as well.

Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Sweepstakes

It doesn’t matter if you like Luke Bryan or not, as we’re sure you’ll be his new best friend if he gives you a free vacation. Enter by November 11 for a four-night all inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Airfare to and from Cancun is included, as is ground transportation, tickets to the performances, and a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

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Try This Tequila Substitute on Your Next Trip to Baja California

October 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

Tequila and summertime lagers dominate the drinking scene in Mexico so much so that, unless you're hitting up fancy cocktail bars in Mexico City, variety is not something you expect to experience. Because of that, we get very excited anytime we come across a liquid vice that allows us to do a margarita differently.

In Cabo and Baja California, keep your eye out for Damiana, a herb-based liqueur produced from the locally grown plant by the same name, which is considered to be a strong aphrodisiac in itself. So, you can imagine the potential it holds when fermented. As a funny footnote, a Mexican bride is sometimes given a bottle of Diamana as a wedding present to foster fertility.

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Too Much Tequila? Leave the Bar Behind for These Activities in Cabo San Lucas

October 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

Cabo has been no stranger to the front lines of travel news of late, first with the announcement of new routes on Delta and more recently in the wake of the hurricane. We wish the whole area a speedy recovery, and hope the damage doesn't discourage visitors for too long.

Given that the high season in Mexico is now in sight, many of you may already have plans to head south to Baja this winter. If that's the case, you're most likely planning to partake in a bit of tequila. Which is understandable. Most people think of Cabo as a collegiate destination that specializes in dollar beers and watered-down margaritas, and that's certainly part of it. But over the course of a few visits, we discovered that it is still possible to experience what Cabo used to be, before marketing agencies and tourism boards decided to foster the spring-break atmosphere in San Lucas, before developers bulldozed much of the dramatic, rocky coastline.

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What Travelers Should Expect During Reopening of Los Cabos' Damaged Airport

October 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

The main airport for Mexico's Cabo San Lucas may have only reopened to commercial flights last week, but it's already welcoming back planeload after planeload of tourists eager to get their sunburns started after damage from Hurricane Odile effectively shut down travel to the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in September.

To show that the destinations is quickly bouncing back, the tourism board is now advocating use of the hashtag "#UnstoppableCabo" on social media, as well as constantly providing recovery news on their Facebook page.

One of the most recent updates involves some important information for travelers who have flights to or from Los Cabos International Airport in the coming weeks:

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Los Cabos International Airport is Back in Business, Welcoming Flights Despite Hurricane Damage

October 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | ()

Some shocking news out of Mexico this week and, for a change, it's extraordinarily positive.

Not only has Los Cabos International Airport met their estimated airport reopening date following damage from Hurricane Odile, but they're now welcoming flights on a nearly normal schedule.

As we stated September 25, the main airport for the Cabo San Lucas resort area set a reopening for October 8 at the earliest. That was yesterday, and the day indeed saw commercial flights back to business as usual, albeit with limited terminal facilities.

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Los Cabos Airport Releases Newest Estimated Reopening Date

September 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | ()

First it was September 22, then September 26, and now the estimated re-opening date for Los Cabos International Airport is October 8 at the earliest. This news comes direct from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

The delay isn't surprising considering the damage to both terminals at the airport, not to mention the personal property destruction suffered by employees whose homes or entire neighborhoods were beaten by Hurricane Odile.

Airlines are extending their travel waivers accordingly, but please check with all travel providers involved in your plans to discuss options.

If you're just back from Mexico or holding reservations for an upcoming trip, stay up to date with our recent stories on developments in Cabo:

· How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurrican Evacuation
· Photos of the destructions and relief efforts around Los Cabos
· Cabo's "Plan of Action" for reopening and other relief efforts

[Photo: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico]

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Photos: Relief Efforts and Hurricane Destruction at Cabo San Lucas' Airport

September 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM | by | ()

With recent news that it may still be another week before commercial flights resume at Los Cabos International Airport, travelers are undoubtedly concerned for travel plans to Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

All flights have now stopped to the airport, including relief flights now that foreign tourists have been successfully evacuated and repair efforts must begin.

For a sense of what Cabo San Lucas is up against when it comes to cleaning up the airport and making it ready again to welcome sun-seeking travelers, we've combed Instagram for photos from those who made it out within the last few days:

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New Details on the Reopening Date for Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport

September 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM | by | ()

Los Cabos' battered airport is seen behind the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines relief flight

UPDATE, 9.24.14: The airport is now scheduled to reopen on October 8. That could change but we'll keep you updated if we hear otherwise.

The fallout from Hurricane Odile continues, now one week after the category 3 storm lashed the Baja Peninsula and stranded nearly 40,000 tourists. Although relief flights operated by governments and even by airlines have been successful in evacuating the stranded, the major airport for the region—Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)—remains closed to regularly scheduled service and, as of Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics suspended relief operations in order to begin airport repairs.

The latest word on a reopening date for SJD comes from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, who are now planning to welcome limited flights no earlier than September 26. The danger lies not in the actual flying to/from or landing at the airport since the runways and taxiways themselves were not damaged. It's the airport buildings serving passengers—Terminal 1 with a collapsed roof and Terminal 2 with structural damage, both a general mess—which delay the resumption of flights.

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