Seeing San Javier Mission

The Mission

Some of my most memorable travel memories have been the result of what I call happy accidents. My friend Daniel, who had come with me for a chance to scuba dive in the Sea of Cortez, received a free trip to the San Javier Mission as consolation for treacherous currents canceling all water activities. Seeing […]

Loreto and the Islands of Loreto

Mission de Loreto

  Back before Cabo San Lucas became CABO!!, it was a fishing village a lot like the town of Loreto is today. Popularity and growth have eaten away a lot of the Mexican charm one still finds in Loreto. Don’t just take my word for it; in 2011 the New York Times called Loreto one […]

Video of the Week: Scientists capture epic ‘fish tornado’

Scientists capture epic 'fish tornado'

I posted a photo from National Geographic’s photo contest on my Facebook page and it garnered hundreds of likes. Well, I just found video (24 seconds) of behind the scenes of the David and Goliath image. It was taken at Cabo Pulmo National Park in Mexico by photographer and marine biologist Octavio Aburto while he […]

7 Reasons to Take a LivingSocial Adventures Trip

Jungle Maya

LivingSocial Adventures’ Playa del Carmen trip launched just over eighteen months ago. They recently gave my girlfriend, Alanna, and me the opportunity to check out the trip and share our experiences. Usually we travel by ourselves with a very rough itinerary (if any at all), so having a planned trip and being part of a […]

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen Beach

As I stepped out of Cancun International Airport this October, the humidity hit me like a ton of bricks. Thanks to LivingSocial Adventures, my girlfriend Alanna and I were just beginning a four-night stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Although we had an itinerary, we weren’t sure what to expect. This was the first group […]

Hotel Aventura Mexicana

Hotel Aventura Mexicana Waterfall

After a 45-minute drive from Cancun International Airport, our shuttle stopped in front of a small hotel on Avenido 10 in Playa del Carmen. Although its appearance was rather modest at first glance, we soon discovered that Aventura Mexicana Hotel had a lot to offer. The Rooms All the rooms have doors that open outside. […]

Where to eat and drink in Playa del Carmen

Mayan Margaritas

No matter what your tastes may be, you will be able to find somewhere to eat (and drink) in Playa del Carmen. The layout of Playa del Carmen is relatively straight forward. Avenidas (Avenues) run parallel to the beach and are in increments of five (5th, 10th, 15th, etc.). Calles (Streets) run perpendicular to beach […]

Things to see and do in Playa del Carmen

Rappelling into a cenote at Jungle Maya

The only thing we found we were lacking in Mexico’s Riviera Maya was time. You can visit Mayan Ruins, zip line through the Jungle, dine at a world-class restaurant and explore a thriving downtown nightlife scene all within the same day. Even after doing all these things, we had only just begun to uncover all […]