The Riu Palace Baja California, Finally!

The Back Story There’s an old Yiddish saying that translates, “Man plans, God Laughs.”  My first attempt to visit the new Riu Palace Baja California was cancelled by Hurricane Sergio.  The following year COVID-19 hit the world.  Now, vaccinated, boostered and ready to travel (November 2021), I packed my sunscreen, water bottle, sandals, and bathing[…]

Comala…Pueblo Magico

Background – The village of Comala, population 20,000, is located approximately 75 miles east of Manzanillo in the small state of Colima, Mexico.  It is the least populous region in the entire country. Indigenous people first appeared in the area 3,000 years ago and called it Ajuchitlán, the Valley of the Flowers.  Pueblos de Mexico[…]

Excellence and Finest: Aptly Named

Excellence & Finest – Aptly Named Descending into Cancun is always a treat; the sea is a blue color, as beautiful as anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Within the almost 2 million square kilometers of Mexico, I discovered two spectacular resort gems named Excellence and Finest. The Excellence Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa was my[…]

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[…]

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[…]