The Jews of Cancun

I met a man in the Museum of Natural History on the Oklahoma University campus. Often coincidence leads to an interesting story. We were both in Oklahoma City attending a conference. His name was Emilio Reyner and, at the time, he was Cancun’s Director of Public Relations. Almost immediately, my Jewish radar began to buzz.[…]

Quintessential Quintana Roo

In November of 2008, my wife and I made our first visit to Mexico’s east coast state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Our destinations were Cancun and Puerto Morelos. Passing through immigration was speedy and efficient. When we reached our hotel, the oceanfront Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa, located in what is[…]

Why Riviera Maya?

Located on the east coast of Mexico, in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Peninsula, on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, lies the Riviera Maya. Here are my top reasons for vacationing there: History and Culture. Dating back to 2500 BCE, the Mayans lived in the rainforest and on the seashore. They[…]

Triple Treat: All-Inclusive in Cancun, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen

Cruising is more popular than ever. Its package approach takes a lot of guesswork out of a vacation. Meals and activities are onboard while at sea and, in port, tours are available. If this model works aboard a ship, why not on land? In fact, the all inclusive approach is being offered by more and[…]

Hacienda Tres Rios – It’s Not Easy Being Green

Background: The award-winning Hacienda Tres Rios in Riviera Maya is at the forefront of sustainable eco-tourism. It’s a beautiful beachfront, all-inclusive destination resort, situated near Playa del Carmen on the Mexican Caribbean, 45 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport. Riviera Maya Resort Natural Channels Staying and Playing: There are 273 suites with mini-bars (restocked[…]


Found: New Town in a Funky Florida Location — Greatest Escapes

The “Redneck Rviera” has been a southern secret for years. Families from the deep south have vacationed in the area from Panama City to Destin for decades. The area is officially known as “the beaches of South Walton.” There are 19 beaches stretching along 26 miles of the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s northwest coast,[…]