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March 27, 2021

#Mexico #Quintana Roo JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Destination Update: Quintana Roo

Sustainable Travel in Quintana Roo 

From its turquoise sea and beaches with fine white sand to crystal-clear cenotes and a lush rainforest, the Mexican Caribbean strives to preserve its natural wealth. Over the last few years, the region has increased efforts for the conservation and preservation of the ecosystem; today, the protection of these natural scenarios is a priority.

“We recognize the challenge that the transition to sustainable tourism represents, but we have great allies that are increasing their sustainability practices daily to continue the Mexican Caribbean’s standing as a global tourism innovator,” said Ocampo, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board.

One of the most famous islands in Mexico is Cozumel, which boasts some of the best sunsets in the world. The Island of the Swallows has a secret: the Pearl Farm, the only active pearl farm in the Caribbean. Cozumel Pearl Farm aims to preserve natural resources and create awareness through research. By maintaining sustainable onsite practices including the use of solar, wind and wave energy, and rainwater collection, the farm believes it can minimize the negative effects human beings are causing.

Meanwhile on Isla Holbox in the natural reserve of Yum Balam, officially a Natural Protected Area, island hotels and businesses support community sustainability. Isla Holbox is famously car-free, which considerably reduces carbon footprint and makes the destination safe to walk, thanks to the short distance between beaches, restaurants, hotels and shops. The standout hotel Casa Blat Ha has an organic orchard with over 70 species of medicinal, edible and local plants. The property is designed to take advantage of the natural wind currents and has incorporated different eco-techniques to minimize environmental impact.

In the center of the Mexican Caribbean is Maya Ka’an (Mayan for “where the Earth beats”), an ecotourism destination for travelers who enjoy being in balance with nature. Area tours go beyond the ordinary and seek to raise awareness for visitors. Tour provider is also a community tourism network that connects travelers with freelance local guides, who work as cultural ambassadors across different community projects in the area. Another company supporting locals is a local tour operator inspired by love and respect for the ocean and wildlife; the team is composed of marine biologists and certified guides.

The area known as Grand Costa Maya located in the south of the State, consisting of Chetumal, Bacalar and Mahahual, is known for its spectacular natural beauty. Locals maintain the region as a space of tranquility, history, adventure and culture. Luxury Resort & SPA implements low-impact practices in its daily operations; for example, the hotel water is recycled and treated to be used as irrigation water for the gardens surrounding the rooms; organic waste is repurposed as fertilizer; and the onsite chef’s garden grows local, fresh and chemical-free products used in onsite dining.

Across the region, social responsibility and sustainability consultants Camaleón promote local economic development with over 12 years of experience. Believing that small actions can generate big changes, the Camaleón team advises local businesses on best sustainable practices via custom strategies, events and special projects.

We encourage you to advise your clients to follow their country’s recommendations to have a safe vacation when planning their next trip to the Mexican Caribbean.

For more information about traveling to the Mexican Caribbean, please visit 

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March 18, 2021

Los Cabos Baja Calif. JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Spring is here.

Time to take a break in the Baja … The Antidote to March Madness!

March and beyond 2021

Celebrate Freedom in Los Cabos!


EMAIL here to check out what magical settings await you: #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365


You can have it all right now, in Los Cabos, Mexico with our Mexico’s luxury vacation options. The Baja is open for business with luscious hidden beaches, warm seas and sands and a fantastic food culture ranging from traditional kucina favorites to new and tempting twists by top chefs.


Swim, sun, soak and simmer with a dozen of your favorite friends and family at a Casa above the Sea of Cortez. With six bedrooms, ten bathrooms and an expansive terrace overlooking the water there are equally a dozen reasons why this is your key to a perfect Spring, Summer and Fall Vacation. And yes … we all need this!!!


Turn up the intensity on design and comfort at A Casa . Find eight bedrooms here, each one its own world of wonders, in a marvelous manse expanse that can sleep 20. The party is only getting started with a grand infinity pool, a mesmerizing firepit and endless places to lounge.


Seeking a spot to sequester on the beach at the bottom of the Baja!  A Villa is your answer to sweet serenity. With five bedrooms steps away from the beach, this 7,200-square-foot villa spread sleeps ten in enrapturing comfort. The beach is your personal domain. Let the waves lull you to sleep while the views fill your dreams.


Every day is fiesta time in Los Cabos. We bring you the chef to cook up supercharged nachos and gourmet platters, all served to you in style with creative margaritas and cocktails mixed by your dedicated villa butler.

If you can dream it, you can do it in #LosCabos Baja California, Mexico … follow whales, swim with whale sharks, dolphins and sea lions, surf the waves or take off on a flyboard. If fun is in your vacation fantasy you will find it here. #BestValues

If you do not need a large Villa, we have Deluxe Resorts to see your wants, needs, desires and expectations!  

Just tell us: Who will be traveling: names as they read on passports. Most preferred travel days, dates, times. Hometown airport. 

We also offer Private Jets from anywhere in the USA, to anywhere in Mexico, or wherever you want to vacation. 

We also Private Yachts of any size required. Anywhere in the World!


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March 14, 2021

#BajaMexicoDiveCharters #BajaMexicoYachtCharters JESS@FriendsTravel.com


Cabo!

The Experience
Life in Cabo and La Paz is steadily returning to normal. The weather this year has been wonderfully comfortable. Clear days, slightly cooler than normal. Day time temperatures are ranging in the middle 70’s F, sometimes in the 80’s. Nights in the 60’s. Overall, very pleasant, with mostly clear skies.

The Covid concerns, felt worldwide, are less of an issue here than in most places, with lower infections than most places and fewer casualties. We continue to have capacity restrictions and mandated protocols, but the deep concern has subsided significantly, and guests are thrilled to be free of lockdowns and out of the cold. Cabo and La Paz are simply incredible destinations.

It is easy to get here, unless you are a Canadian, and easy to get back, even with required antigen testing. Multiple facilities are readily available for testing. Many of the larger resorts and hotels provide their own testing for guests. But, even if you do not get around to getting the required test done during your stay, the tests for return to the US are available at the airport for just US $25! It is simply no longer a big deal.

There has never been a better time to experience the wonderful sea life of the inside Sea of Cortez. Come and see us!
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We are NOT Crowded!
The sea life here is abundant. The fishing is good. None of our tours are crowded. We operate our shared excursions below licensed capacity for quality-of-service reasons. We always have, except when weather forces activity cancellations and we must rotate guests on to another day’s excursion. And even then, we still do not load to licensed capacity. At the present time, all tour providers are restricted to 50% of licensed capacity. The larger discount operators have suspended tours like the whale shark encounter, as they cannot operate successfully at reduced capacity rates.

Reduced capacity is not a serious problem for us. This has been our operational standard for years. We are NOT crowded. We do NOT operate cattle-car style tours. This approach has paid off and blessed us with a large percentage of returning guests. Almost 60% of our annual business comes from guests that come back to enjoy activities with us again and again.

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#WhaleSharks, #Whales and #Dolphins
Recently multiple guests have been excited to experience more than they expected. This time of year, we get a lot of calls to do the whale shark encounter. Other than private charters, which are usually contracted well in advance, we are out most days doing whale shark activities. This week alone, we have had pods of dolphins surround our yachts almost daily, and we’ve been surprised to see how many large whales have been coming alongside to investigate what we were doing. Pretty darn cool!
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La Paz is the New Big Deal!
The big change for us at Baja Charters, is the number of guests seeking to spend all or a part of their vacation time in La Paz. Many of these have been out with us before, as a result, they’ve had some exposure to the wonderful vacation destination La Paz can be. More and more folks are ready to return, and spend time in La Paz itself, and enjoy this more laid-back environment.

#LaPaz, is in many respects, the undiscovered jewel of the #Baja. Prices for accommodations, and tourism in general, are significantly lower than similar travel destinations. There are many more nautical adventures available from La Paz than in Cabo, or virtually anywhere else that I can think of. There are dozens of protected, remote islands and islets within a few hours of a boat ride, and more sea life on the inside Sea of Cortez than anywhere else in the world outside the Galapagos islands.
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La Paz Hotel
Baja Charters office in La Paz, is located within Captains Sunset Bar & Restaurant, on Marina Palmira. We are on the waterfront side of the Marine Waterfront hotel, directly in front of our yachts. The Marine Waterfront hotel has done an excellent job of renovating their rooms, and grounds, and expanding resort resources and options for guests. Because we work so closely with this unique 4-star property, we have been provided special hotel pricing for guests of Baja Charters. We make hotel reservations for customers of Baja Charters continually. This is a FREE service for guests of our nautical excursions and private yacht charters. The low rate is almost unbelievable compared to Cabo pricing.
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Private Yacht Charters
This year we have enjoyed a significant increase in private yacht charters. All Inclusive, private charter information on our large and spacious sailing catamaran is here:
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For our triple-deck, 96’ cruising yacht, Contact us: #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365 for Boat Info. Our All Inclusive private yacht charter prices are VERY competitive.

We are proud of our service, and proud of our individual crew members. We take as a source of great pride that so many guests over the years return asking for crew members by name.
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Competitively Priced
Pacifica is priced MUCH LOWER than any other yacht of similar size and capacity, notwithstanding we include more than any other provider without extra charge!

How can we provide so much more for so much less! We are not brokering someone else’s yachts, as is the common practice, so we are not marking up rates. We own our yachts. We have our own core crews, and we even own the restaurant and bar that services our yachts. And CAPTAINS is conveniently located right in front of our yachts!


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Private Jet  Charters  anywhere in the USA to anywhere in Mexico!

Be sure to ask about our special offer: $25.00 per person discount to any travel destination in the world! 

December 2, 2020

Mexico Riviera Nayarit new resort JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Luxury Resorts,Mexico,Private Jet Charters,Puerto Vallarta Resort,Riviera Nayarit — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 5:42 am

New Resort in Mexico Has Incredible Villas and Tree Houses With Infinity Pools and Ocean Views at Riviera Nayarit. The Pacific coast of Mexico has a major new destination resort, just in time for the holiday season.


Mandarina opened its doors Nov. 1, 2020 along the Riviera Nayarit, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The property is the second new to open this year, along with the Desaru Coast, which debuted in Malaysia in early September.

The jaw-dropping resort is one piece of the larger Mandarina development, which also features a still-under-development Rosewood hotel and a polo club. It’s sure to be in demand this winter, as Puerto Vallarta, the gateway to the Riviera Nayarit, is just three hours by air from Los Angeles and less than three hours flying from Dallas. While some of the Mexico-U.S. land border is still closed to non-essential travel due to COVID-19 concerns, U.S. travelers can enter Mexico by air. This is of course subject to change at any moment.

The property is compelling because it won’t have any standard issue guest rooms, instead offering a selection of 105 villas and “tree houses,” which have features like infinity pools, outdoor terraces, skylights, ocean views, spacious bathrooms, and outdoor showers. You better believe there’s butler service.



A few extra special options include the Villa Pacífico and Villa One, which have room for larger families or small groups, with multiple bedrooms and plenty of privacy. Villa Pacífico, which sleeps eight, counts among its amenities “two private pools, walk-in closets, an office, a butler room, a Jacuzzi, a fully stocked wine fridge, full-screen cinema, outdoor rain shower, and an outdoor covered dining terrace with barbecue grill”. The top-tier Villa One spans nearly 19,000 square feet over two stories, with sweeping ocean views, twin master suites, and many of the same amenities found in the Villa Pacífico.

If those aren’t enough, the property also has 55 Private Homes, which are available for sale, from $4.95 million. (They join the existing portfolio of private residences at resorts in Greece, Malaysia, and Mauritius, plus a forthcoming Montenegro property.)



As for what to do when not luxuriating in one’s villa, hotel reps say the sky is pretty much the limit, with sailing, fishing, scuba diving, spearfishing, and “marine safaris” available to guests, along with “miles” of jungle hiking trails and activities at the nearby Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club. The massive kids club has numerous tree houses, a cinema, a butterfly garden, climbing walls, and other diversions, all designed by Brigitte Broch, a set decorator and designer who won an Academy Award, with Catherine Martin, for her work on the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge!



It’s not the only celebrity connection on property: has tapped Enrique Olvera, probably the most famous Mexican chef in the world, to oversee one of the restaurants on property. Carao will offer an adults-only dining room, with Olvera’s “menu that reflects a broad spectrum of influence from Oaxaca to the modern Mediterranean”, featuring “refreshing flavors that leave an impression, from roasted palm hearts to aged fish or smokey octopus zarandeado,” spiced and grilled in the local style. Other, more casual options, are also available, including poolside crab tacos and in-villa private dining.

Guests considering a trip should also take heed of some warnings: Puerto Vallarta announced new restrictions due to COVID-19, including a curfew, early closure of many businesses, and limits on beaches. Needless to say, has a full suite of new health and safety policies.
Nightly rates for the Mandarina start at $990.


Private Jet Charters are available to accommodate your needs.
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November 17, 2020

#Mexico #Baja #WhaleShark Charters JESS@FriendsTravel.com

The whale sharks are here in great abundance, and the feeding zone was finally opened after weeks of no communication. The government agencies involved with managing the whale shark area were six weeks late in opening! They blamed delays on their Mexico City offices being closed for Covid-19 lockdown. So, although Baja Sur, which has very low Covid-19 complications, was up and operating, the whale shark zone went through a frustrating period of confusion. As of this writing, most whale shark providers are still closed. We were fully engaged the first day the zone was re-opened on the 14th of November.
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Swimming with Sea Lions
During the period of confusion about the whale sharks we provided both a search for whale sharks out side the feeding zone, and a visit to the friendly sea lion at San Rafaelito, along with a host of other extras. The sea lion video above was taken just two weeks ago.

Baja Charters and Island Cat Services, have successfully operated the premier whale shark encounter for eight years with a 100% track record for locating whale sharks, providing the port was open and government regulations did not prevent access to the whale shark feeding zone. This is our ninth Whale Shark season. Once approved into the whale shark feeding zone, it takes fifteen minutes to an hour to find these wonderful creatures. But, find them, we do!

What’s Included:
We provide a large and spacious Sailing Catamaran with one or more licensed and certified, snorkel boats, helmsperson, and guide, in order to get you up close and personal to the whale sharks. We provide ground transportation, wet suits, and all the snorkel gear needed along with a choice of full-face or standard snorkel masks, vests, towels, private bathrooms, private fresh-water showers, even reef-friendly sunscreen. We typically have a chef on board to prepare meals. We provide a host of drinks, snacks, an open bar, and a marine biologist as your snorkel leader and hostess. There are excellent lay-out areas on board, and we generally set sails on the return trip. We are NOT a cattle-car-style tour operator. NO ONE DOES IT LIKE WE DO.

Whale Shark Guarantee
If we are unable to locate a whale shark, we will take you out again for FREE.

Covid-19 Compliance
The Mexican state of Baja Sur, has the fewest infections of the 32 Mexican states and especially as compared to much of the world, the U.S., and the rest of Mexico. Baja Charters complies with all the sanitary and security standards and regulations to operate in safety. Currently we are restricted by regulation to 50% capacity. We strictly follow the cleaning protocol of the State Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks, and the CDC guidelines to keep guests and crew safe. CAPTAINS restaurant and bar, and each of our yachts and tour boats, along with snorkel gear, and other user equipment, is cleaned and sanitized using recommended products by the Ministry of Health. The same as required for hospital disinfection against COVID-19 and other viruses. The health of our crew members is constantly monitored. As time goes by, circumstances change. By the time you read this info, hopefully Covid19 will be totally under control. 

Season & Regulation
The Whale Shark season runs from October 2020 through April 2021. Semarnat, the environmental agency of Mexico, and CONANP, the National Park Service, restrict the number of swimmers in the water with a single whale shark to five, plus guide. The whale shark feeding zone became an underwater national park in 2019, requiring access bracelets.

Weather
Winds and waves in the Cabo area are NOT an indication of winds and waves in La Paz. The sea around the whale shark feeding zone, is usually swimmable. We are careful to examine forecasts daily, but wave heights and wind forecasts are often wrong. We have to reschedule the Whale Shark encounter on average, twice a month for weather issues. We provide wetsuits and shorties in adult sizes for both women and men. We also have some children’s sizes. On board, we have private hot water showers and fresh clean towels.

Refund Policy
If maintenance issues, or anything within the normal control of Baja Charters, prevents you from enjoying your booked cruise date, we will provide you with an alternative date that works within your travel plans, or refund your money completely.

Baja Charters is not responsible for the Port Captain closing the Port, government edict, or in the case of whale shark excursions, changes in bureaucratic regulations without adequate notice. However, in these situations, we provide you with an alternative date that works within your travel plans, or issue you an assignable, three-year cash certificate that may be used the same as cash for any future activities aboard Baja Cat, Grey Light, or Pacifica. If you voluntarily cancel your prepaid trip more than ninety days in advance of departure, we will refund your money in full. If you voluntarily cancel your trip within ninety days of your departure date, we will provide you with a prepaid certificate good for three years. #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com will give you full information on cancellation insurance.  We strongly urge you to protect your travel investment dollars on any and all travel arrangements. 

Private Charters
Discover a quiet peaceful cove on a stand-up paddle board, move amongst mangroves in a kayak, scuba the most remarkable reef imaginable, head out on our tender to see all kinds of sea life and visit a remarkable island bird sanctuary. Your hostess is a marine biologist. Your chef provides great food, all kinds of beverages, AND an open bar. There are wonderful areas to lay-out, relax, read a book, and enjoy a drink, surrounded by stunning views.

There are hundreds of beaches and bays scattered amongst the myriad islands of the Gulf of California, (the Sea of Cortez). Snorkel or scuba the incredible Cabo Pulmo Reef. This is the Number One restored reef in the Western Hemisphere! Visit the outer bay and seven beaches of the fabulous Balandra. Anchor at Ensenada Grande on Holy Spirit Island (Isla Espiritu Santo). Drop anchor at the incredible Isla San Francisquito, a truly remarkable place alive with sea life. These are the finest beaches in Mexico. Quiet and secluded, they are breathtakingly beautiful.

Fish for your dinner of tuna, dorado, yellowtail, bass, grouper, and wahoo. Your chef will prepare ceviche and fish anyway you like. If you are not a fish-eater, we have steak, and chicken, and a host of marvelous vegetable and fruit dishes, along with baked goods. We are also vegan and gluten-free experienced.

Cruise and explore the incredible inside Sea of Cortez. We have the perfect yacht and crew for you. Spend nights at anchor in deserted coves under star-studded skies. Shine lights in the water to bring up the swirling schools of Mobula rays. They are not dangerous; you can literally swim amongst them. Stroll a deserted white sand beach. Swim with a friendly sea lion colony, chase tropical fish around corals and enjoy the peace and beauty of it all.

A nautical tourism company with offices at the marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and a wide variety of yachts for charter from both La Paz, and the greater Cabo surround. Located at the extreme end of the Baja Peninsula, operates its own boats, and acts as the marketing and sales agent for yachts, sports fishers, and dive boats, owned by responsible, licensed, and insured, third-parties.

 
Baja Charters has larger luxury yachts, and mid-sized motor and sailing yachts, along with sports fishing vessels of varying size and costs. We also have dive boats for scuba with licensed and insured dive instructors. Dive equipment is included. All of our boats come with competent, well-trained crew. Nautical activities are focused on cruising, sailing, and exploring the beaches, bays and coves, of the Sea of Cortez. We host snorkeling, sailing, diving, fishing, eco-tourism, and associated activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. The latter, only from yachts that have these resources onboard.
 
Typically, mid-sized and larger yachts come as an all-inclusive package, with meals, open bar, snorkel equipment, fishing gear (if a sports fisher), towels, private bathrooms, etc. Smaller fishing platforms charge per person for the added costs of fishing licenses, bait, food, drinks, etc.


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November 4, 2020

Mexico City Distrito Federal JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Mexico,Mexico City — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 7:12 pm

High-altitude and high-energy, Mexico City has long been known for its cultural attractions, numerous museums (more than 100 in the city alone!) and thriving art scene. Its reputation as a family-friendly destination however, is more recent, thanks to expanded offerings aimed at introducing younger jet-setters to the country’s capital. And today, Mexico is one of the few countries that are actually admitting Americans who are starting to come back into traveling again.

The city is sprawling but surprisingly accessible thanks to two international airports, one of the largest subway systems in the world, and multiple bus lines. And if car seats are a concern, Über is just a Wi-Fi connection away. The neighborhoods most popular with traveling families — including #Roma, #Condesa and #Polanco — are #walkable, and bike/scooter shares are also widely available.

#English is spoken widely in Mexico City, especially at restaurants, hotels and attractions, etc. that cater to tourists. Still, it’s a great idea for you and your kids to learn some common Spanish words and phrases before you go. Here’s your first lesson: ¡Vámonos!


Where to stay

The colorful courtyard and stairs at The Red Tree House in Mexico City.Red Tree House Mexico City. Ideally located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of the city, The Red Tree House offers gourmet breakfasts daily (plus happy hour for moms nightly) and all the love you want from the on-site pup, a Labrador named Romeo.

The legendary luxuries win over parents while kids will clamor for the poolside ice-cream cart and bedtime milk and cookies. Pint-size bathrobes and other kid-size toiletries are also on hand.

It may seem silly to book a room at the myriad of  Mexico City deluxe hotels, and not sleep in the beautifully made beds, but kids won’t be able to resist the en-suite #glamping experience. The hotels will swap a rollaway bed with a tent packed with blankets, activities and snacks. The hotels have made a ton of COVID-safe updates and is requiring masks in all indoor public areas. Of course, this can change over time.


Where to play

Step back in time at #Teotihuacan, the enormous #archaeological complex about an hour’s ride outside Mexico City. Climb to the top of the #Pyramid of the #Sun, stroll the #Avenue of the #Dead and learn what happened to the #ancient #civilization from one of many excellent English-speaking guides available. We will pre arrange all sightseeing so you are not disappointed that it may be sold out.


Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the city’s largest green space, #Bosque de #Chapultepec. Spread across 1,700 acres is a #zoo, #botanical #gardens, #lakes, #fountains, #historic #monuments, multiple #museums, plus food and drink vendors.


Market Tour with #CasaJacaranda.

Kids as young as seven can start to master authentic Mexican dishes at Casa Jacaranda, which boasts cooking classes that start at the local market and end at the lunch table. It has newly reopened for private, in-person experiences, so participants will get lots of individualized attention. Plus, they email you recipes at the end — so you can show off your newfound culinary skills back home.

Cruise along the canals of #Xochimilco, the “Venice of Mexico” in brightly colored flat-bottomed boats as vendors sail by offering food, flowers and other souvenirs. Stops generally include a wildlife preserve, floating gardens and the creepy-AF La Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls). The waterways can get crowded on the weekends when locals are off work, though, so consider going on a weekday.


Where to Learn
If suggestions to spend a day at a museum are met with a less than enthusiastic response, start at MUCHO Museo de Chocolate. This small but oh-so-sweet spot is dedicated to the history and modern-day use of chocolate and cacao in Mexico culture and food.


The courtyard at the Museo del Arte Popular.

The Museo de Arte Popular is anything but a stuffy and boring museum stereotype. Focused on Mexican folk art, it hosts an annual piñata competition and regularly holds art workshops for kids. Even on a day without a special event, the bright colors and fascinating stories will captivate.

No exhibit is off-limits to curious hands and minds at the Papalote Museo del Niño. It recently underwent a multi-year renovation and now boasts one of the largest IMAX screens in the country. While technically a children’s museum, it’s designed for big kids too; Thursday nights are adults-only. The Papalote has reopened with increased cleaning protocols, promising families “un espacio limpio y seguro” — a safe and clean space in which to play and learn.


#Museo #Nacional de #Antropología is the biggest and arguably the best museum in the city. Exploring all the exhibits would take days so if time is limited, pick a couple exhibits to really delve into; the most popular focus on Maya culture and the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

An exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Antropología.


Where to Eat

#Churros and hot chocolate on offer at #Churreria El Moro.

Start the day off right with a quick breakfast or brunch at Ojo de Agua. Freshly squeezed local fruit juices, vegetarian options and lightened-up version of classic Mexican dishes fill the menu. Portions are generous so consider sharing if your little ones are light eaters.

Tacos are having more than a moment in the U.S. but they’ve long been a reliable staple in Mexico. El Califa is one of the big-name purveyors in town and for good reason: the menu is plentiful, plates come quickly and everything can be customized thanks to a variety of tableside salsas.

Please all palates and even the pickiest of eaters at hip Mercado Roma. The gourmet food hall has dozens of stalls offering everything from local specialties to international dishes to American comfort food (including, of course, good old pizza).

The line can get long outside Churreria El Moro but don’t be dissuaded; it moves quickly. Churros are made fresh, dusted with plain or cinnamon sugar and served alongside hot chocolate.

Mexico City, Mexico’s largest city and the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere, is also known as Distrito Federal, or the federal district. It is the country’s economic and cultural hub, as well as home to the offices of the federal government.


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Mexico is more than just beautiful beach resorts!

 

October 20, 2020

#México Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Caribbean Sea,Honeymoon Mexico Resort,Mexico,Quintana Roo,Riviera Maya — mexicowithfriendstravel @ 10:45 pm

#PlayaDelCarmen, #QuintanaRoo, #México

Stretched along the translucent #Caribbean #Sea on the coast of #Quintana #Roo rests the multicultural and #cosmopolitan #Riviera #Maya. An easy choice for a top-three luxury resort in the region, is one of the only three hotels inside the exclusive – meaning village over the water in Maya – community. Imagine a cluster of airy, freestanding villas, decorated with handcrafted #Mayan furnishings and outfitted with private pools that curve around individual gardens.. An extraordinary blend of #Mexican culture and #Asian hospitality, this luxury seaside jungle resort is a breathtaking sanctuary for the senses and the perfect getaway for nature lovers seeking seclusion.

Why You’ll Love It Here…

The Sleep: Each of the 123 elegantly-designed private and tranquil villas features extraordinary fusion design of Asian inspiration and Mayan-inspired accents. Enjoy an #exceptional level of #luxury that includes private heated pools, outdoor bathtubs, massage Veranda with outdoor showers and Jacuzzis, rooftop terraces with breathtaking views of the waterways, the mangrove garden and more. You will never want to leave.

The Taste: Food lovers will be obsessed with the many dining options the hotel offers. From Asian, Thai and Italian to Mexican, Spanish and fusion, it is difficult to just choose one. The most interesting of them all is HAAB, a deep-in-the-jungle mystical experience channeling ancient Mayan flavors and techniques. Other than that, you can choose to have a private dining at your own villa or embarking on a romantic boat trip along the water canals with #Ixchel and #Sunset #Cruise. The tasty dishes at Cello are Mediterranean influenced, while Saffron offers a true culinary journey of the flavors of modern Thai cuisine. Foodie Delight!

The Pamper Spa is an intimate retreat combining Thai and Balinese wellness traditions, but what really sets this Spa apart is its world-class hydrothermal section called The Rainforest. The ten-step treatment involves going through various sensory chambers like a cascading Rain Walk, an aroma steam room, an ice fountain, hamam and a restorative vitality pool.

The WOW: Although each villa has its own private pool, guests can enjoy access to a couple more pools on property. The first one is located at the Sands Beach Club featuring a stunning beachside infinity pool with stunning views and a snack bar. Located just off the main lobby is the Reflections Pool surrounded by manicured gardens, with light snacks and cocktails offered throughout the day.

Our favorite room: Corner king, ocean view,  with private pool


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October 18, 2020

#IslaMujeres #Mexico • JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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#IslaMujeres, #Mexico •
Mexico Island #Luxury with Half-Day #Snorkeling Tour

Indulge in the ultimate island escape to Mexico’s #exclusive #Casa, a secluded #sanctuary on the postcard-perfect #Caribbean Sea. This stunning boutique property is located on Isla Mujeres, a 20-minute ferry from #Cancún, and has featured in Condé Nast Traveler and Honeymoon Hotels Collection.

Experience the pure relaxation of a fuss-free escape with daily breakfast, a local speciality welcome gift on arrival and roundtrip airport transfers (taxi and ferry) from Cancún International Airport. Your stay also includes a complimentary half-day snorkeling tour of Isla Mujeres’ striking underwater world — #crystal-clear waters and #dazzling sands, home to #mesmerizing marine life and filled with #undersea #marvels.

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October 9, 2020

Riviera Nayarit has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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The Riviera Nayarit has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico
Today we want to share something that our travelers are constantly talking about: the Rivera Nayarit’s gorgeous sunsets, the time of day in our paradise that’s a big hit with locals and tourists. No matter where you are when the sun goes down, the view is simply breathtaking.

Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful sunsets as seen from the beaches in the Riviera Nayarit’s micro-destinations.

#Sayulita
This must be the destination with the most Riviera Nayarit sunset photos. Plus, you’ll always catch someone waiting for it as they bob along on their surfboard.

#SanBlas
This micro-destination is steeped in history, has inspired songs, and boasts endless beaches just for you: sunset here is a must as an after-dinner treat at one of the restaurants at Playa Las Islitas.

#NuevoVallarta
After a fun day at the pool, our visitors always take the time to watch the impressive color show put on by the sun and record it for posterity, whether they’re on the sand, their balcony, or enjoying a romantic dinner.

#SanPancho
Some go by themselves, others with family, friends, or their dog. Watching the night steal across the sky is a moment to savor no matter who you’re with. Also: San Pancho is a great place to make friends on the beach.

#Chacala
Yoga and nature are the shining stars in this beautiful micro-destination, but the sunsets are no slouches. Just imagine bidding adieu to the sun from a hidden paradise in the middle of the jungle…

#LaCruz de #Huanacaxtle
Whether you’re on the beach or on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, words cannot explain how incredible it is to watch the sunset from this village. By the way, this is highly recommended if you’re here with your sweetheart (wink).

The Riviera Nayarit may have the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico. Reservations: JESS@FriendsTravel.com
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July 2, 2020

#AquariumOfThe World #SeaOfCortez #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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#AquariumOfThe World #SeaOfCortez #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

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The Sea of Cortez: The Aquarium of the World. The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, has warm crystal clear waters on its southern end, where the coastline is filled with jungles, river mouths, estuaries and mangrove that house thousands of local and migratory bird species.

The Gulf of California is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa with a coastline of approximately 4,000 km. Rivers which flow into the Gulf of California include the Colorado, Fuerte, Mayo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Yaqui. The surface of the Gulf is about 160,000 km². Depths range from near-zero at its fording at the estuary near Yuma, Arizona, to in excess of 3,000 meters due to the complex geology, linked to Plate Tectonics.

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