Mexico’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit: An Upscale All-Inclusive

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The thought of an all-inclusive resort automatically conjures up images of drunken college groups or families with a half-dozen kids splashing loudly in the pool. But the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a unique alternative that caters to a largely high-end and upscale crowd; in fact, it’s a member of The Leading Hotels of the […]

Travel News: Week of January 15, 2014

Delta Plane at LAX

Top Travel News Delta Introduces $2 In-Flight Wi-Fi Passes for Smartphones U.S. Warns Americans Over Security At Sochi Olympics Russia airports to ban all liquids on flights ahead of Sochi Olympics Southwest suspends pilots after landing at wrong airport Delta Puts Another $770 Million Into Comfort Upgrades Airlines go on a record new jet shopping […]

Travel Contests of the Week: November 20, 2013

Santa Fe entrance

This week’s travel contests include: Win a three-night “Spirit of Sante Fe” escape to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to Nicaragua for a Cigar Safari Win a culinary trip to Italy Win a romantic getaway in Coronado, California Win a trip for two to Australia to […]

The surrealist’s Mexico City

Aztec guys outside Templo Mayor Museum

French writer and poet André Breton was a master of expression. He was also the founder of surrealism, a “revolutionary movement” bent on uniting the unconscious and observable realms, and so his talents bore particular agility in the presence of the colorful, the raw, the animated—the surreal. In 1936, on a France-commissioned visit to Mexico […]

Mazatlan: Seafood and Eat It

La Costa Marinera

Mazatlan is rightly praised for its shrimp dishes, but as I discovered, that is not the only seafood to enjoy in this culinary wonderland. I was lucky enough to be part of a group who got to watch the chef at La Costa Marinera prepare ceviche and aguachile. Though similar these two dishes are distinguished […]

Fun Facts About Mazatlan

Mazatlan Beach

I know of no better way to capture the quirky charm of Mazatlan than this list of fun facts I assembled while visiting, in no particular order: Mazatlan is known as the Pearl of the Pacific not because of the gemstone but because of the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its beaches. […]

Meals Beyond Mazatlan

Main Course

Those tourists seeking “authentic” Mexican experiences – I use the quotations to connote both irony and self-recognition – will do well to check out tours to Puerta de Canoas (city of canoes in homage to its canoe building history) and El Quelite, both about one hour from Mazatlan. I recognize that for many authenticity seekers, […]

Sweet Sinaloa

Making Jamoncillos

Sometimes a person just wants to eat something sweet, either to finish a big meal or between meals to quell a rumbling stomach. Or, frankly, sometimes because dulces, as the Mexicans call them, are just so delicious. No visit to Mazatlan and its environs would be complete without a sampling of their sweets. I could […]