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Learning About The History of Mining at Museo Ruta de Plata in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Once we were done having a delicious lunch at Cafe El Triunfo, we walked next door to visit the Museo Ruta de Plata. We entered the museum into a gift shop and paid the entrance fee (100 pesos) to explore the museum. Museo Ruta de Plata is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich mining heritage and settlement of the region, the private museum focuses on the period between 1750 and 1930. The Ruta de Plata region encompasses the entire Cape Region on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Bringing history to life, their emphasis is on the La Paz Municipality, the 4th largest municipality by area in Mexico, and includes villages, towns and countryside spanning the width of the peninsula, from the Pacific Coast across to the Gulf of California. Our visit started by watching an...

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Exploring an Abandoned Mine in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

After having lunch at Cafe El Triunfo and visiting Museo Ruta de Plata, we walked behind the museum to get a closer look at La Ramona. The trail has a beautiful paved walkway that leads up to the historic mining chimney where your kids might get to see some wild chickens or even a cow or two. As we walked up to La Ramona, we were all in awe of the beauty of the structure and wondered how it was possible for such a large structure to be standing & so strong. Around the chimney were old pieces of mining equipment and the ruins of the old mine. While we were looking at La Ramona, a historian approached up and started talking to us about the history of the town and La Ramona. He was so pleasant and told...

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Best Pizza in Baja California: Cafe El Triunfo

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Dining, El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

When planning our visit to El Triunfo during our stay in La Paz, Mexico, I did a little bit of research and learned that there is only one restaurant in the small town called Cafe El Triunfo. While exploring the town, I did learn that there are more restaurants in the town, but since I thought it was the only place to dine, we stopped in for lunch before learning about La Ramona and exploring the town. The minute that we drove into the small town, there was a sign on the side of the road directing visitors to the location of the cafe. We parked the car and walked up to the beautiful restaurant. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever dined at in Mexico. When you first step in the door,...

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La Ramona Mining Chimney in El Triunfo Mexico

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

On my first trip to La Paz, Mexico, I heard about a mining chimney called La Ramona in El Triunfo that was made by Gustav Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower) located in a small village just a short drive away from La Paz. Every time we have visited La Paz, we never had time to visit El Triunfo until recently. I initially thought that our visit to El Triunfo would be a short visit, but after spending time in the magical town, we ended up spending the entire day exploring. It took us about an hour to arrive in El Triunfo, and the drive leading into the town was absolutely breathtaking. The minute that we first spotted the small town from the road, I was in love. The first thing that I saw standing tall was La...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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Museo de Arte de Querétaro

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

While in Querétaro, there was one place that I really wanted to visit, and that was the Museo de Arte de Querétaro. The Museo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and full of famous pieces of art. During my visit, I only had a few minutes to explore the building and capture some photos of the beautiful architecture. If you love architecture or history, you’ll fall in love the minute you walk into the Museo. The moment that I stepped into the atrium, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the building. I took time to admire every curve of the designs sculpted into the cement walls that surrounded the atrium. In the middle was a gorgeous fountain and there was a tall cement staircase where I stopped to sit and embrace all the exquisite...

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El Mesón de Chucho el Roto in Querétaro, Mexico

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest After arriving in Querétaro, Mexico, I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some authentic cuisine. I was visiting some friends in the area, and they had recommended that my first meal in the city be at the popular dining destination, El Mesón de Chucho el Roto. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city and features a relaxing outdoor dining patio where guests can hear live music from the center and enjoy beautiful views of the historic building surrounding the center. When we arrived, we were taken to a table on the patio where we sipped on hibiscus water and enjoyed the live music. Grasshoppers are one of my favorite things to enjoy while in Mexico, and my daughter had yet to try it, so we ordered some Sopes de...

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Ever since visiting La Paz last May, I have been craving the fish tacos that I had at Tacos De Pescado El Estadio. They were the best fish tacos that I have ever eaten in my life, and I couldn’t wait to have more when I returned to La Paz. When planning our recently family weekend getaway, I made plans one morning to bring my family to Tacos De Pescado El Estadio for breakfast. Why fish tacos for breakfast? People who live in La Paz eat fish tacos for breakfast or lunch and then carne asada or al pastor in the evenings. Tacos De Pescado El Estadio is one of the most popular places that locals go for fish tacos for breakfast or lunch, and you’ll often see a long line on the weekends. Since the last time I...

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest If you’ve been following our family travel adventures, then you know how much we love to have unique and adventurous travel experiences. A couple of years ago, I heard about how during a short period out of the year, families can touch wild gray whales in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. That’s right – you can touch wild gray whales!! I didn’t realize that Magdalena Bay was close to La Paz, Mexico until a friend of mine posted that it was whale season in Magdalena Bay on her Facebook page. The minute that she told me that Magdalena Bay was just a couple of hours drive from La Paz, I went online to book our airline tickets to visit La Paz to see the whales. Why can you touch gray whales in Magdalena Bay and nowhere...

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 8 comments

I love traveling to Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The country is rich with culture, delicious food, and welcoming people. Ever since I learned about the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), I will never travel to Mexico again without using it. Families can get flights to different regions of Mexico at 75% less than flying out of John Wayne or LAX. Last weekend, our family was able to have a weekend getaway to La Paz for less than the price of going to Palm Springs for the weekend!! Many of my friends are constantly asking me questions about how the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) works, so I decided to write a step-by-step guide on what to expect and how your family can use this great service to enjoy the benefits of affordable travel to...

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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue The best part about planning a family vacation to Mayakoba is that you don’t have to leave the property. There is a wide variety of dining options between the three resorts, and there is complimentary shuttles available for guests staying at Mayakoba. When planning your upcoming visit, make reservations to dine at one of the five best restaurants in Mayakoba. La Laguna Fairmont Maykoba La Laguna offers a large breakfast buffet in the morning and an evening menu with a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes. There is indoor seating as well as outdoor seating with views of the river and mangroves. El Puerto Fairmont Mayakoba This is the perfect restaurant to have a date night while staying in Mayakoba. It does have a family-friendly ambiance, and the cuisine is created...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue On our last evening in Mayakoba, we were treated to an evening full of culinary delights at La Laguna at the Fairmont Mayakoba. La Laguna is located right on a river where families can bask in the beautiful water views. My daughter and I had a seat right on the waterfront where we could see animals frolicking in the mangroves across the water. The minute that the menu arrived, we were in heaven. They had my favorite Mexican dish on the menu – queso fundido. We started our dinner with some queso fundido that was pure cheese bliss. It is melted Mexican cheese that is paired with warm tortillas and chile morita salsa. You must try this dish when dining at La Laguna. We also enjoyed some freshly made guacamole, chicharron...

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Latin Asian Cuisine at El Puerto in Mayakoba

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue The first thing that I wanted to do when arriving in Mayakoba was to have dinner at the highly acclaimed Richard Sandoval restaurant, El Puerto. The restaurant combines Asian and Latin cuisine that takes guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. We checked into our beautiful room at the Fairmont Mayakoba and then got dressed to have dinner at El Puerto. We took a seat at a table that looked out over Mayakoba, and we basked in the beautiful views of the sunset. Our meal started with a plate of freshly made sushi. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, but the lobster roll was the one that caught our attention. The sushi featured yuzu-truffle cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, and charred serrano-white soy sauce. We savored every bite of the...

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Lunch and Sun at Sands Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of the highlights of our trip to Mayakoba was taking the complimentary Mayakoba shuttle over to Banyan Tree Resort to have lunch at Sands. Sands Restaurant is located at the Banyan Tree beach club and offers guests beautiful views of the turquoise waters and sandy white beach. When we arrived at the restaurant, we first spent some time at the beach club. The staff helped to set-up towels for us by the pool, and we relaxed on the lounge chairs while listening to the crashing ocean waves. We splashed in the water, took a short walk along the beach and then while we were resting in our lounge chairs. Suddenly, we heard the sound of someone blowing a conch shell. We jumped up out of our chairs to see what...

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The Monkeys of Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Mayakoba When I was booking a mother and daughter getaway to Mayakoba, Mexico, I learned that they have wild monkeys who live in the trees surrounding Mayakoba. While flying to Mexico, my daughter couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was to have the possibly of seeing a wild monkey in the jungles of Mayakoba. The minute that we checked into the Fairmont Mayakoba, we asked the front desk about the monkeys. The advised us that many monkeys are living around the Fairmont Mayakoba, and guests do frequently see them at the resort. They are a wild animal, so we were not guaranteed to see one while staying at the resort. Throughout our stay, we asked many people if they had seen a monkey. Everyone we asked had told us that they had...

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Mayakoba Oceanfront Dining at Brisas Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun morning shopping at El Pueblito and exploring a cenote, we returned to the Fairmont Mayakoba to have lunch at Brisas Restaurant. Brisas Restaurant has beautiful views of turquoise waters and a white sandy beach. It is a restaurant concept created by the popular Richard Sandoval who is known as the “father of the modern Mexican cuisine” and serves local seafood and fine cuts of meats. When we arrived at the restaurant, we took a seat at a table next to the glass where we would enjoy looking out at the crystalline waters while savoring the delicious cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with blue and white colors that created a relaxing ambiance for everyone enjoying lunch that afternoon. The menu was vast and featured foods from the raw bar,...

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Dinner under the Stars at Saffron in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Dining, Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Mayakoba is a magical place. When the sun goes down, the stars light up the sky, making it the perfect place for couples to reconnect together. While I was staying in Mayakoba, we made plans to have dinner at Saffron, Banyan Tree Resorts signature restaurant. The restaurant features Thai cuisine to be savored while sitting on a wood deck that floats over water and surrounded by lush tropical mangroves. We took the complimentary resort shuttle from the Fairmont Mayakoba over to Banyan Tree Resort for dinner at Saffron. We walked over to the restaurant where we saw the beautiful deck with twinkling lights strung over the tables. They guided us to a table overlooking the water where we were about to go on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. There were so many...

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Farmer’s Market at El Pueblito in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mayakoba One of the best things about bringing your family to visit Mayakoba in Mexico is that everything your family needs is within the Mayakoba community. While we were visiting Mayakoba, I wanted to do a little shopping to bring home some souvenirs, and when I learned that they have a farmer’s market at El Pueblito on Sunday afternoons, I made plans to bring my daughter to support local small businesses. El Pueblito is a replica of an authentic Mexican plaza. Mayakoba offers a complimentary shuttle to El Pueblito for guests staying at any of the resorts within Mayakoba throughout the day. When we arrived at El Pueblito, all of the local vendors were setting up their booths featuring their homemade foods and crafts. We took our time walking around to each booth...

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Exploring Cenote Burrodromo in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mayakoba It has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl to explore a cenote in Mexico. When I learned that I would be going to visit Mayakoba that is located in the Yucatan peninsula, that is home to the largest amount of cenotes, I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting one. There was so much to see and do in Mayakoba that I didn’t have time in my schedule to drive to see one of the popular cenotes in the area. While I was shopping with my daughter around El Pueblito (authentic Mexican plaza), someone told me that there was Cenote Burrodromo just a short walk away from the town. I was overwhelmed with delight, and once we were done shopping at El Pueblito, the Mayakoba shuttle driver directed...

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10 Things to do in Puerto Peñasco

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Peñasco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mexico Puerto Peñasco is a quaint fishing village located along the Sea of Cortez that is just about a 45-minute flight from Tijuana. When families arrive in Puerto Peñasco, they will feel a sense of calming come over them as they bask in the beautiful ocean views and savor local cuisine. When bringing your family to visit Puerto Peñasco, these are ten things that you must do when visiting the area: Swim in the Sea of Cortez The Sea of Cortez (known by Jacques Cousteau as the world’s aquarium) is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on our planet. The water has a higher salt concentration which gives your body a healing effect while floating in the water. Make sure and bring along a snorkel and goggles because fish are everywhere...

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 2 comments

We visited as a guest After exploring Teotihuacán and having lunch at Restaurante Gran Teocalli, we returned to Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is one of the most sacred places in Mexico City and where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. We first visited the newer circular shaped Basilica where we had a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Juan Diego’s cloak. In front of the image was an escalator that keeps visitors moving back and forth in front of the image to avoid overcrowding. I rode the escalator multiple times, and couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful image. Then we walked into the church where a service was happening. The beautiful music...

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Restaurante Gran Teocalli

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest After spending the day exploring Teotihuacán, everyone in our group had worked up quite an appetite. We had heard a lot about the popular dining destination, Restaurante Gran Teocalli, so we decided to stop for lunch before heading back to Mexico City. The minute that our bus arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff who were all dressed-up in traditional tribal outfits. They were playing music and dancing as we entered the restaurant for lunch. Once we were inside the restaurant, we were seated at a comfortable table and given a tour of the massive buffet. My favorite part of the buffet was the quesadilla bar where we could customize mini quesadillas just the way that we wanted. They were so delicious that I couldn’t help but go back for...

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Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun and Moon

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest The highlight of my trip to Mexico City was visiting Teotihuacán and hiking to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. After visiting the Teotihuacán Museum, we made our way to the front of the majestic pyramid where we would hike up hundreds of tiny stone steps to the top of the pyramid. The moment that I saw the pyramids, I was overwhelmed by their beauty. I had to catch my breath for a moment as I looked around at what was once the place of the most powerful rulers in Mexico. There are two pyramids; The Pyramid of the Sun, and The Pyramid of the Moon. There were hundreds of people making their way to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, and I couldn’t wait to join them. The city...

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A Glimpse Back in Time at Museo Teotihuacán

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest The first thing that we did when arriving in Teotihuacán was to visit the museum located at the archeological site. It was the perfect way to start our visit to the magical place by allowing us to learn about the history of the indigenous people who once lived in the region. It took us about an hour to slowly explore the museum, but I could have spent all day reading about the history. Teotihuacán means “place of the Gods,” in Aztec and the city first formed in 150 BCE and 200 CE. The museum is filled with thousands of artifacts from the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec civilization. There are small plaques in front of each display case that talks about the items in each glass case along with a little bit of history behind...

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Almara Restaurant in Mexico City

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When first arriving in Mexico City, I checked into my beautiful room at the Galeria Plaza Reforma hotel, and couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some delicious food. Since I was tired from my travels, I didn’t want to explore the city on my first night, and had a relaxing dinner at the restaurant next door to the hotel, Almara Restaurant. The moment that I walked into the restaurant, the staff made me feel at home. They found me a table right by the window where I could see people walking along the cobblestone streets and a beautiful iron sculpture. Since I was visiting the city during the month of the countries biggest celebration, Mexico’s Independence Day, there are select cultural food offerings available at restaurants during the month...

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo ‘Day of the Dead’ Celebration

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Mexico, Travel, Zihuatanejo | 0 comments

Viceroy Zihuatanejo will come alive October 31 through November 2, 2016 with exhibits by acclaimed folk artists, historic displays, performances by noted dance companies, special dining and music to celebrate Mexico’s unique signature holiday, The Day of the Dead. During El Día de los Muertos, Mexicans remember and honor their passed family members and ancestors. But it is a celebration, not a time of sadness. The Day of the Dead is a colorful and exuberantly festive national holiday with roots that go back millennia. The Spanish tried to eradicate it but it was more powerful than the conquistadors. This chic resort on the Pacific is continuing the tradition by partnering with a local art gallery, GALART, to offer a three-day The Day of the Dead program. Monday, October 31 6 – 8 pm – Cocktail Reception at La Marea...

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo Romantic Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured, Mexico, Travel, Zihuatanejo | 1 comment

We stayed as a guest of the resort When was the last time that you had a weekend getaway with your husband? For my husband and me, we couldn’t remember the last time that we got away without the kids, so we realized that it has just been way too long. My husband was gearing up to have a major corneal transplant done, and I thought that taking him to a magical place in Mexico would get his mind off the surgery, and he would come home relaxed and free of any stresses before having his transplant. There were so many fantastic choices of where to have our getaway in Mexico, and it was the Viceroy in Zihuatanejo that caught my eye. I had always wanted to visit Zihuatanejo, and the resort looked like the perfect romantic destination for...

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Exploring the Puerto Vallarta Malecón

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the Marriott After having an incredible dinner at El Arrayán in Puerto Vallarta, my daughter and I ended our evening with a sunset walk along the Malecón. The Puerto Vallarta Malecón is rich with art and entertainment and is an experience that everyone who is visiting the area must experience. The first thing we did was walk down to the sand to watch the beautiful colors of the sunset over the crystalline waters. It was a magical night that we both will never forget. After the sunset had ended, we joined some friends to walk along the Malecón. As we walked along the Malecón, we admired all the beautiful sculptures. The sculptures were all beautiful, and unique. It was an immersive cultural experience for my daughter. The shops and restaurants along the Malecón...

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Romantic Oceanfront Dining in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I am in Mexico, I am always looking for the best oceanfront restaurants. After having lunch at Las Casitas at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, I made reservations to return for dinner. The food was spectacular, the views were breathtaking, and it was clearly the best place for a romantic oceanfront dinner. Even though I was not traveling with my husband, I knew it was the ideal location to relax and reconnect with my daughter over an exquisite cuisine while watching the sunset. We arrived at the restaurant after experiencing their interactive sunset guacamole presentation. We took our seat at a table overlooking the crystalline waters and ordered a couple of appetizers to start while enjoying the crisp ocean breezes. We started dinner with a small bite of...

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Best Taco Stand in Puerto Vallarta: Tacos Robles

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue While staying at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa we went on a food tour with Vallarta Food Tours, and they shared with us the best taco stand in Puerto Vallarta, Tacos Robles. Tacos Robles is a Birria Taco Stand. Birria originated in the state of Jalisco, and the competition every year is Guadalajara. Grandma and her husband started their taco stand in the early 70’s. Every year, they do a competition in Guadalajara. The husband had worked for a gentleman who won many awards, and he wanted to start his own, so Grandma had to come up with a recipe for their family, and that is what she did. They now own five places, and Taco Robles is the only one where Grandma (90-year-old) still works. They have not...

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El Arrayán Cocina Mexicana in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When looking for an authentic traditional Cocina Mexicana in Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayán is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. While staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa the concierge recommended El Arrayán for dinner, and helped us to make reservations. When we arrived at the local restaurant, I was immediately in love with the decor. The restaurant was decorated with bright, vibrant colors, and the staff made us feel at home while dining at their restaurant. Since we were traveling during restaurant week, we both ordered off the pre fixe menu. We started our meal with freshly made chips and a variety of different salsas. We savored the flavors of the various salsas while looking over their menu. Everything on the menu was making my mouth water, and...

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Teen Spa Day at the Ohtli Spa in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

I visited as a guest of the venue While my mom and I were staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we couldn’t not have a spa day at Ohtli Spa. The spa has so many great options for teens and adults. While My mom was off getting her massage, I went into their nail salon to get my nails done. Once I walked in I was greeted with friendly staff and shelves filled with different colors of nail polish. I was automatically in awe with everything about the room, from all the nail polish to the comfy chairs. I sat down in one of the chairs, and the first thing I did was pick the color I wanted. I ended up choosing the color white. After I had picked my color, they brought a warm...

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Oceanfront Dining at Las Casitas in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After checking into our gorgeous room at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we walked to have lunch at the on-site oceanfront restaurant Las Casitas. The host found us the perfect table overlooking the ocean where I sipped on a margarita and felt all my stresses of daily life drift away while watching the waves crash on the beach. We started lunch with chips, guacamole, and salsa while overlooking the menu for lunch. The menu offered a little bit of everything from a traditional club sandwich to fish tacos. There were so many options that it was hard for us to decide what to order for lunch. The server recommended that I try the fish tacos, and it was the best recommendation. The dish featured three tacos loaded with fresh...

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Snorkeling at Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue I sat on the balcony of our oceanfront room at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa watching the sunrise over the crystalline waters excited about spending the afternoon snorkeling at Los Arcos for the first time. On my previous trips to Puerto Vallarta, I had tried to make plans to snorkel at Los Arcos, but it never seemed to work out. I had heard so much about the beautiful fish that swim around the giant rock formations off the coastline, and couldn’t wait to experience it with my daughter. The concierge at the Marriott took care of all the arrangements for our excursion and made it where I didn’t have to worry about anything. When it was time to leave, there was a taxi waiting for us at the entrance...

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Las Animas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My favorite excursion while staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta was visiting Las Animas Beach. The Canuwa tour took us snorkeling at Los Arcos before bringing us to Las Animas Beach for some much-needed relaxation and zip lining fun. The boat pulled up to the dock where we were greeted by the friendliest people who welcomed us to the beautiful beach club. We started our time at Las Animas Beach by doing the zip line at the adventure park. My daughter zipped through the forest and had the time of her life at the adventure park. Then it was time for rest and relaxation. After we had finished the zip line, comfortable beach chairs were waiting for us just steps away from the crystalline...

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Extreme Zip Line Adventure in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue While staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we took a snorkeling adventure tour with Canuwa. The boat took us on a grand tour along the beautiful coastline of Puerto Vallarta before stopping for some snorkeling at Los Arcos. While snorkeling, we saw a beautiful world under the sea filled with colorful fish and bright corals. Then it was off for some relaxation at Playa Las Animas beach where the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park is located. My daughter couldn’t wait to arrive at the beach so she could have an epic adventure zip lining adventure through the forest. As soon as we got off the boat, we went straight to the path that would take us to Las Animas Beach Adventure Park. It was a beautiful hike...

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz Mexico

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of La Paz The one thing that I never thought I would ever be able to check off my bucket list was swimming with whale sharks. It’s been something that I had wanted to do since I was a teenager and thought that you could only experience it when traveling to Australia until recently when I went to La Paz, Mexico. It has only been a couple of years since swimming with whale sharks has been allowed in La Paz because the people are very protective of the ecosystem and animals living in the waters surrounding the small beach town. While visitors are now allowed to swim with the sharks, tour guides are limited to only allowing a small amount of people in the water. When I went to La Paz last month, I...

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Best Beach in Mexico: Balandra Beach in La Paz

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of La Paz I have visited many beautiful beaches while traveling the world, but one beach clearly stood out to me as the most beautiful beach in the world, Balandra Beach. It was voted as one of the ten best beaches in Mexico by TripAdvisor, and it is clearly the #1 winner. Until visiting Balandra Beach in La Paz, Grace Bay beach in the Turks and Caicos was my favorite, but not anymore. Balandra Beach is unlike any other beach I have visited before. It is a perfectly shaped cove where visitors can walk for miles into the crystalline turquoise water without the water getting higher than your waistline. The best part – it is rarely crowded. While I was standing on the edge of sand looking at the water, the water would change...

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Elegant La Paz Dining at Steinbeck’s Restaurant

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Dining, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of La Paz When staying at Costa Baja Resort & Spa a night at Steinbeck’s is a must. The elegant restaurant features one of the best chefs in Baja who is pushing culinary boundaries with his delicious creations. On our second night in La Paz, we made reservations to have dinner at Steinbeck’s, and it was one of my favorite meals in La Paz. I had already snuck a quick taste of the chef’s talents when having a couple of appetizers after a full day at Balandra beach. The quesadilla that the chef made was mind blowing, and truly the best quesadilla that I’ve ever sunk my taste buds into. Plus, their signature cocktail, the blue coconut Curacao, is unforgettable. Before taking our seat in the elegant restaurant, we listened to live music on...

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Luxe Family La Paz Resort: Costa Baja Resort & Spa

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of La Paz The one thing that I love about La Paz is that it is not commercialized, and all the resorts are small and intimate, making it perfect for families to relax and reconnect. The Costa Baja Resort & Spa is the premier travel destination for families visiting La Paz offering beautiful panoramic ocean views from almost every room, and is located right on a soft sandy beach. Costa Baja Resort & Spa is a 5-10 minute drive outside of town making it a peaceful resort for families. They offer exceptional service, and everyone who stays at the resort is treated like family. Rooms The rooms are large enough for growing families to feel comfortable. The room that we stayed in had a large veranda where families can have meals together or relax...

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How CBX Makes Traveling to Mexico Affordable

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 6 comments

We traveled as a guest of La Paz I love Mexico. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the beauty of the country. Our family spends lots of time in Ensenada, Rosarito, and Valle de Guadalupe because it has always been affordable to drive down from Southern California. While I love spending my time in these regions of Mexico, there is so much more of the country I want to explore, but the cost of travel has always been too high to travel on a regular basis until the recent opening of the Cross Border Xpress (CBX). When making arrangements to visit La Paz for the first time, it was an ideal time to test out CBX. Flights to La Paz from John Wayne or LAX can range anywhere from $350+ per person, but when flying out...

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Best Taco Shop in La Paz: Taqueria el Sabroso

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of La Paz What is the first thing to do when visiting La Paz? Go to a local taco shop! After checking into the Costa Baja Resort and Spa, we drove to have authentic tacos at the popular local dining destination, Taqueria el Sabroso. While there are many places to get great tacos in La Paz, it is always the small local taco shops that are the best. When we arrived at Taqueria el Sabroso, my mouth started to water when I first breathed in the delicious aroma of the food being cooked. There was my favorite pork slowly spinning and marinating on a trompo just waiting to be thinly sliced to make amazing tacos al pastor, and fresh meats and vegetables ready to be sizzled on the grill. After taking our seat at...

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The Best Ice Cream in La Paz: La Fuente

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of La Paz Whenever I am in Mexico, I have to go for ice cream. When I had my first taste of ice cream while on a mission trip in Ensenada, it was love at first bite. The ice cream made in Mexico is nothing even close to the ice cream sold in the US because everything is made from scratch using real ingredients. Just hours after landing in La Paz, we had lunch at Bismarkcito, explored museo de la ballena, and then cooled down with some delicious ice cream at La Fuente. La Fuente is well known along the baja coastline for having some of the best ice cream in the region. The restaurant is decorated with festive colors that is inviting for families and has one of the largest selection of flavors...

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Museo de La Ballena ‘Whale Museum’ in La Paz

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of La Paz One of the neatest hidden gems in La Paz is the newly opened Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum.) Located right along the Malecon it is a place where families are invited to learn about the different whales living in the waters surrounding the magical town of La Paz. When we first arrived at the museum, after having lunch at Bismarkcito, there was a giant whale skeleton outside the doors of the museum, and that was just a small taste of what was to come. We entered the museum into a gift shop where we were introduced to a guide who escorted us into the museum. The guide was one of the most knowledgable museum docents that I have had the pleasure of meeting, and carefully took his time to share...

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Seafood and Ocean Breezes at Bismarkcito in La Paz

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of La Paz Just a few minutes after our Volaris plane landed in La Paz from Tijuana, we took a short drive to the popular local dining destination, Bismarkcito. The owner of the restaurant started many years ago with a small fish taco stand along the Malecon, and over the years have grown to have one of the most popular family restaurants in La Paz. The restaurant features a large indoor circular bar where locals and tourists are often found sharing a cocktail together while basking in the cool ocean breezes. There is both indoor and patio seating, that both offer guests panoramic views of the crystalline waters. We were fortunate enough to get a table on the outdoor patio and sipped on a refreshing margarita while celebrating our arrival to the beautiful city...

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Wishes Come True at The Villa del Palmar Resort in Loreto

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Loreto, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We traveled as a guest of the resort A dream is a wish your heart makes…. All your Dreams and wishes will come true at the Villa del Palmar Resort at the Islands of Loreto with their “Light a Wish” program benefitting the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Mexico. Guests visiting the resort have a magical opportunity to make a wish before lighting a “wish lantern” over the sea of Loreto. Guests will have an opportunity to participate in a magical experience at the resort, while helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. While I was staying at the Villa del Palmar Resort during a recent visit to Loreto, I had the opportunity to make-a-wish and light a wish lantern before returning home. After dinner, all of the guests walked over to the patio that overlooked...

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Mommy Spa-cation at the Villa del Palmar Resort in Loreto

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the Villa del Palmar When was the last time you visited the spa? Or even thought of taking a mommy spa-cation?  As moms, we never stop working. We are up at night with bottle feedings, driving the carpool around town, cooking dinner, and putting band-aids on bobos. After three kids over the past 12 1/2 years, I was ready for a break. Not a break from my family, but a chance to relax, refresh, and reflect so that I could be a better mother. With all the running around I do, I never have time to sit and reflect on how I can be the best mom/wife. I planned a last-minute getaway for a mommy spa-cation in Loreto, Mexico, and I’ll be honest that I was overwhelmed with “mommy guilt” from the moment...

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Unforgettable Memories at Majahuitas and Fish Cove

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 1 comment

On our last full day at Majahuitas in Mexico, we wanted to soak in all the beauty surrounding the eco-resort. Just as we sat down to have breakfast, the staff went running to the ocean shore. Of course, our boys are filled with curiosity and followed behind them to see what all the excitement was about. The entire cove was filled with a swarm of fish that the staff began to toss their fishing lines in to catch. The catch was great, and the boys were able to play a part in catching food that would feed the resort and the families of the staff members for weeks. It was just another amazing experience that made us not want our time at Majahuitas to end. After spending the morning fishing, we jumped into the kayaks and explored the surrounding...

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Majahuitas and the Marieta Islands

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Featured, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 5 comments

One of the things that drew us towards a family vacation in Puerto Vallarta was being able to visit the Marieta Islands. I had a picture of “the hole” as my computer screen saver for many years dreaming about the day that I could see the “secret beach” in real life. When we first arrived at the Majahuitas Resort, they helped us to arrange a charter boat to bring our family and other guests at the resort to the Marieta Islands. We started off our fourth day at Majahuitas with fresh fruit with yogurt and huevos rancheros. It was a protein packed breakfast to give us the energy we needed to swim around the Marieta Islands. Immediately after breakfast, the boat came right to the beach in front of our resort to pick-up all the families staying at the...

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Exploring the Majahuitas Resort

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 1 comment

On our third day at the Majahuitas Resort, we spent the day exploring the stunning beach and crystalline waters. It was an unforgettable day that our family spent having intimate moments together. We started the morning having breakfast together with a panoramic view of the ocean. We enjoyed fresh fruit before indulging in our favorite breakfast during the trip, machaca. We were served the machaca with freshly made tortillas and a side of beans. Once breakfast was done, it was time to explore the waters surrounding the resort. The kids splashed and played in the water for hours. When the kids were not doing SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) they were snorkeling or floating in the water. We took a break from swimming in the private cove to kayak and explore the neighboring caves. The kids were able to ride...

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Majahuitas: Quimixto Waterfall Hike in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

The first night was the hardest at Majahuitas Resort. Adjusting from sleeping in a quiet house every night to sleeping with all the sounds of the jungle, animals, and bugs is a big change. There was a pot of coffee and hot chocolate waiting for us on the steps of the house before we awoke. We shared our experience sleeping in the jungle for the first time together over cups of coffee and hot chocolate before hearing the sound of a giant gong letting us know that it was time for breakfast. We walked along the dirt path to the main building where our semi-private family table was waiting for us. The staff welcomed us with big smiles and gracious greetings as they helped our family get settled in at the table for breakfast, even providing us with bug...

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Beginning our Family Adventure at the Majahuitas Resort

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 2 comments

We forgot to change our clocks, and we woke-up late in Puerto Vallarta. With just 10 minutes to pack our bags, we rushed downstairs to catch a cab to the town of Boca de Tomatlan where we had a water taxi scheduled to meet us at 11am to take us to Majahuitas Resort. We tossed everything into our suitcases, and took a 45 minute drive to the docks. When we arrived at the docks, there was a small cafe, and birds galore. Butterflies were like flies swarming around us as we walked around the small town, and the water was a dark deep brown where pelicans kept deep diving for fish. The humidity was so strong that the lens on my camera was fogging up just as the Majahuitas boat pulled into the docks to pick us up. When...

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Exploring the Town of Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 1 comment

Before getting to our final destination of the Majahuitas Resort, we spent our first day in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. As our plane was about to land, we were already captivated by the magic of Puerto Vallarta when seeing the beautiful green lush land below through our small airplane windows. We checked into the Westin, and immediately jumped into a cab to explore. After a day of traveling, and three hungry children, we took the recommendation of our friends and had lunch together at Pipi’s. Known for their flaming fajitas and massive margaritas, our family spent hours talking over dinner, while the children played together at a playground across the street. After dinner, we all met-up together at the playground to share our excitement about the upcoming days at the Majahuitas Resort. The clouds were starting to gather...

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Misión de San José del Cabo Anuiti in San Jose del Cabo

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Whenever we travel with our children, it is important to us that we expose them to the history and culture of the place where they are visting. While on our trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, we rented a car to bring them to see the historic Misión de San José del Cabo Anuiti in San Jose del Cabo. As we drove along the cobblestone streets of San Jose del Cabo, we were mezmorized by the beautiful church in the center of the town. The town has become a popular cultural area with many fine art galleries throughout the historic town. The old-world village has a special charm with its adobe buildings. What we learned while visiting the mission (facts and information provided courtesy of the mission): The mission was founded by father Nicolas Tamaral in the month of April,...

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An “Epic” Way To Travel Safely With Your Family in Mexico

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 5 comments

Sponsored I’ll be honest – at first I was fearful about traveling with my family to Mexico. I have read all the Government travel warnings, had multiple friends tell me it was not safe, and read all of the scary headlines on the evening news. Before making the commitment to travel to Mexico with our children, we took steps to ensure that we would travel safely in-between the hotel and airport by hiring Epic Mexico. Epic Mexico has been in business of 25 years, and all of the online reviews raved about their hospitality and safety measures taken when helping families travel in Mexico. When we first arrived in Los Cabos, Mexico, we walked out of the airport doors, and a group of gentlemen called out my name. (They had obviously done their research online to know what I...

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Watching Baby Sea Turtles Being Born in Los Cabos

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 5 comments

Sponsored We woke-up early to cloudy skies over the beach of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, and went out for a walk on the beach to watch the sunrise over the water. As we walked hand in hand along the beautiful Los Cabos beach, we heard a whistle in the distance. As we walked toward the whistle, we saw a young man waving us over to witness one of the biggest miracles we have ever seen in our lifetime – baby sea turtles being born. The young man did not speak any english, but somehow we were able to learn so much about his love for these beautiful animals. The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, is working to help save these endangered animals by creating a special hatchery for the eggs, giving...

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Playa Santa Maria Beach Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored On our second day in Cabo San Lucas, we rented a car to go discovering the beautiful area of Los Cabos. Just a few short miles from our resort, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, we drove down a small dirt road that would bring us to one of our favorite beaches in Los Cabos – Playa Santa Maria Beach. After driving down this long dirt road, we found a bunch of cars parked at the start of the beach. We got out of the car and were immediately in paradise. The water was calm and crystal clear at this horseshoe-shaped cove. Not only was the water perfect for the children to swim, but it had some of the most magnificent snorkeling. We cannot wait to return to Los Cabos, just so that we can...

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Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Kids Club

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored My husband and I love going on vacation with our entire family, but we always find ourselves wanting just a couple of hours alone to connect while on vacation. While in Los Cabos, last week, we treated ourselves to a relaxing couples massage at the resort while introducing the kids to the Sheraton Adventure Kids Club at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort. We got to spend time with the children as they got comfortable with the staff at the Kids Club on the morning of our couples massage. We had planned an hour to spend with our children getting acquainted with the staff, and were shocked to see them run off giggling with the staff within just five minutes. With their name tags around their necks, they were off to enjoy an adventurous afternoon...

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Dia de Los Muertos in Cabos San Lucas – Los Cabos

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Culture, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored Every year my children have enjoyed celebrating Halloween by trick-or-treating around our neighborhood. Last week, they had a unique opportunity to trick-or-treat in Los Cabos. Not only did they get to experience Halloween in a different culture, but they got the opportunity of a lifetime to experience a true Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos. Our children had only learned about Dia de Los Muertos from the textbooks in their classrooms, but for the first time, they got to be immersed in the cultural celebration. My children had always had the perception that Dia de Los Muertos was about darkness and death, but it is truly about celebrating life – celebrating the lives of those who are no longer here. Our family was provided bus transportation by Epic Mexico to the Puerto...

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Celebrating Halloween in Los Cabos Mexico with Trick-or-Treat Fun!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 2 comments

Sponsored Every Halloween has always been the same. We invite all of our close friends and family over for a chili dinner, and the kids spend the night running around the neighborhood collecting giant bags full of candy. Then the next day almost all of the candy is either donated or given away due to my older sons severe food allergies. This year, we mixed things up by heading to Los Cabos Mexico for a week during Halloween. I prepared the kids early, that they would be celebrating Halloween, in Los Cabos Mexico, and for them not to expect to do their traditional trick-or-treating. What we didn’t  know was that the kids would have the most epic trick-or-treating experience while spending Halloween in Los Cabos, Mexico. When we arrived in Los Cabos the afternoon of Halloween, we enjoyed a...

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