Visit Mexico’s oldest and largest beach resort destination, Acapulco! Just 190 miles south Mexico City, the city’s resort area is divided into 2 sections — the north end of the bay, where Hollywood stars and millionaires vacationed in the 1950s, and the south end, an area dominated by luxury high-rise hotels. Acapulco is a popular port of call for shipping and cruise lines running between Panama and San Francisco, CA.
Tonight at 9|8c, Todd Carmichael braves the ganglands of Mexico to get the perfect coffee for his high-profile client, restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. When he hears of a wine-like coffee bean, Todd heads deep into Los Zetas territory to seek out the farmer he needs to please Jean-George, who is famous for his discerning palate.
How adventurous are you? Do you think you’d love Todd’s job or would the role of restaurateur suit your tastes? Find out with our Dangerous Grounds quiz!
Whether you believe the world is going to end tomorrow or not, you can’t deny that Mexico is doing it up Mayan-style. Even though the Mayans, themselves, are saying the world is not going to end (phew!), that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like it might, and these attractions in Mexico are making the most of the “new era.”
Tulum, one of the last cities built by the Maya and a popular tourist spot in Mexico, is celebrating the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Pyramid of Positive Thinking, designed by artist Xavier Maria y Campos. The pyramid, designed to reflect Mayan culture, will be fleshed out with recycled plastic bottles containing positive thoughts written by residents and visitors to the area. It is expected to receive more than 700,000 thoughts from people around the world.
Considered to be the world’s largest natural aquarium, Cancun’s Xel-Ha is celebrating the beginning of a new era with a variety of renewal experiences. The aquarium is looking on the bright side of things with yoga by the sea on the closest Saturday to the 21st each month and a special purification and transformation experience at the mouth of the world’s longest underground river. They’ve also been inviting people to write positive messages on the leaves of the sacred Ceiba tree through January 6.
The famed eco-archeological park, Xcaret, is offering visitors a series of Maya experiences, including a special “Hand the Sun Over” ceremony with the flight of 104 macaws, mystical meditation guided nature journeys and, tomorrow, a Maya 2012 gala dinner with a contemporary dance presentation.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa is bringing history back to life with actual Mayans sharing their traditions with guests. With a “Maya Market” offering authentic cuisine, Xtabentun Maya coffee demonstrations, Maya spa rituals and Maya warrior dog tours on the calendar of events, Sandos is going all out. The property even introduced a dedicated “New Era” website with all the event details and a trailer teasing the December 21st “End of the Maya Calendar” party that will wrap up the celebrations.
Thinking about a trip to Mexico? Get the lowdown with Oyster’s Spotlight on Cancun post!
There are 2 Cancuns: The Zona Hotelera in Isla Cancun, which is the mega-resort, mega-mall area that caters to mass tourism, and Ciudad Cancun, which is the original downtown area and where locals actually live and have their businesses. Thousands of spring breakers, honeymooners, old couples, families and young groups of friends flow into Cancun every year, making it one of the world’s top beach destinations. Its turquoise waters, beautiful stretches of sand, and night-long parties are a main draw here, but there’s a lot to do besides going to the beach. Cancun is the gateway to the breathtaking Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum (Coba is also nearby, but is less well-preserved). Even for those planning to spend most of their time in lounge chair, these centuries-old archaeological sites are well worth a visit.
If all you need is a beautiful beach and a self-contained megaresort close to the party area, you’ll probably have a great time in the Hotel Zone. Le Blanc Spa Resort is a luxurious adults-only choice directly on a heavenly white-sand beach, with amenities such as a gorgeous spa and 3 outdoor pools. The nearby Gran Caribe Real is also a nice choice, but caters more to families with suite-style rooms, a kids’ club, and a waterpark. If you’d prefer a more authentic experience and don’t mind being a 10-minute cab ride from the beach, consider Ciudad Cancun. Here, you’ll find cheaper, smaller hotels, and a wide array of traditional and international restaurants and shops. The Radisson Hotel Hacienda is a decent budget option, with clean, spacious rooms and a nice pool.
- Oyster.com Staff
How does a superstar say goodbye to the single life? If you’re Justin Timberlake, just one bachelor destination won’t do — you start the weekend in Las Vegas and end it in Cabo San Lucas with a posse of your 25 closest pals.
There’s no word on his impending nuptials to actress Jessica Biel — in July she told the Chicago Sun-Times she’s done “almost nothing” for the big day — but perhaps they’re plotting a secret wedding like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds?
Here’s what the weekend entailed:
*Things kicked off with dinner Thursday night at Wynn Las Vegas’ Sinatra, an Italian restaurant featuring the infamous ladies’ man Frank Sinatra. Timberlake and his crew got into the theme “decked out in suits, a la the Rat Pack,” according to People.com.
*After dinner they headed to 60,000-square-foot Surrender Nightclub, where JT sipped on his 901 Tequila and hung out in a private outdoor cabana while some of his buddies stripped down to their swim trunks to take advantage of the private infinity pool.
*Rounding out their night in Sin City, the group’s last stop was at Wynn’s Tryst Nightclub.
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
Whether you are actually celebrating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla … or just looking for an excuse to eat tacos and have a margarita and a few cervezas, there are plenty of free celebrations going on around the country Saturday for Cinco de Mayo. On the 150th anniversary of the battle, the celebrations are sure to be crazier than ever, so don’t miss out! Check out a few of our picks for great, free celebrations:
Yes — Omaha! The Nebraska celebration includes the coronation of a queen, concerts, carnival games, rides and, of course, Mexican food!
The annual celebration in Denver is one of the biggest (believe it or not!), with almost 400,000 people joining in the celebrations over the past few years. Admission to Civic Center Park is free, and attendees can enjoy the traditional Mexican music played by various mariachi bands, taste Mexican tamales and tacos, and participate in the Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off. READ MORE
After an increase in Mexico’s drug violence, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants college students to rethink spring-break plans south of the border.
Public Safety Director Steven McCraw encourage students to stay on the US side of Falcon Lake, a popular fishing and boating spot on the Rio Grande border. According to MSNBC.com, it’s also the same area where David Hartley was shot and killed last September.
“Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties,” McCraw said in a written statement on Tuesday.
Officials are also warning students to travel with caution in popular destinations, including Cancun and Acapulco, where “various crime problems exist.”
If you’re a fellow cruiser, like me, then you know Mexico is generally on the list of pit stops when you’re traveling to the Caribbean. If you’re traveling from the East Coast with ports of call from Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral and even Charleston, SC, then Cozumel, Mexico is a must–
see. However, if you’re on the West Coast, any stops to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas might have to wait.