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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...

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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 | 3 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...

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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...

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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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