Travel Tip of the Day: Global Entry, NEXUS and Sentri

Global Entry

Global Entry, NEXUS and Sentri If you travel internationally at all (and especially if you do it frequently), you need to get Global Entry ($100). If you travel to and from Canada often, then you need NEXUS ($50)—and it’s Sentri ($122.25) for frequent travelers to and from Mexico. No matter which one makes sense for […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Spirits of Mazatlan

Tasting

When is tequila not tequila? When it is made in Mazatlan. Much in the way the French legislate that only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region can be called such, the Mexican government has decreed that only blue agave based spirits made in Jalisco and three other states can be labeled “tequila”. This creates […]

Amazing Mazatlan

El Meson de los Laureanos Restaurant

  Recently I spent five days in Mazatlan with a group of writers exploring the food and drink of this port city. No small feat, though I dug into my assignment with enthusiasm. Here are a few things I learned: *The seafood is exceptional, especially Matazlan’s world famous shrimp ceviche. *So is the local tequila, […]

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 […]