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The beauty and festive culture of Mexico attracts all kinds of travelers, but it’s the country’s endless supply of all-inclusives that makes it the ultimate bargain getaway. You can snap up all-inclusive vacations in every region of Mexico and at all price points. From basic rooms and buffets to luxury villas, Mexico covers all your one-stop travel options. Here are a few of our favorites:
Mexico City may have its share of crime, litter, and traffic — as every large city in the world does. But anyone who has visited recently will tell you that many of the travel concerns here, from safety to health, are largely unfounded. In fact, there are plenty of pleasant surprises that you’ll find in Mexico City, as we did on a recent trip. Here, top five reasons why you should visit.
As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available.
The Mexican Baja Peninsula town of Cabo San Lucas offers a mix of hotels divided between budget properties for partiers and luxury resorts for pampering. On the luxury side, at places like The Resort at Pedregal, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and Esperanza an Auberge Resort, rates are $500 or more per night, even in low season. That’s why we’re excited to see opening rates as low as $299 at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel this summer.
The international capital for museums, Mexico City claims to have more than anywhere else in the world. In the heart of the city’s Coyoacán neighborhood sits one of its most popular attractions: painter Frida Kahlo’s former residence, known now as the Frida Kahlo Museum. The property has morphed from Kahlo’s childhood house to martial home and finally the Frida Kahlo museum upon her passing. For the art and history buff alike, an afternoon at the museum is a wonderful way to step back in time and glimpse into the life of a brilliant mind.
From dive-y taquerias to five-star restaurants, here’s where to eat best in Mexico City.
1. Pujol: Chef Enrique Olvera opened Pujol nearly 15 years ago, and the restaurant remains a cult favorite among foodies, both in Mexico City and beyond. The sleekly designed space, serving elegant takes on Mexican cuisine, is among the best in the nation, holding court to the 50 World’s Best Restaurant list each year. Don’t miss the dinner tasting menu — a steal at $90. Guests will experience six courses, including Olvera’s playful take on street snacks and a signature “happy ending.”
In a destination with plenty of high-end chains, Las Alcobas feels right at home in Mexico City’s ritzy Polanco district. This boutique hotel is a former residence and has been gorgeously transformed into a series of intimate alcoves, as referenced in its Spanish namesake Alcobas. While the hotel captures minimalistic luxury with crisp white bedding and handsome leather sofas, personal touches aren’t forgotten here. Guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink, perhaps swirled with fresh strawberry, mint, and chia seed. And the homemade Mexican soaps in the bathrooms — possibly a cucumber-and-cactus combo or a bar with freshly ground coffee — are yours to take a couple home as a parting gift.
We loved checking into the boutique on a recent trip, and here’s what you should know before you do so yourself:
Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.
By Greg Keraghosian for Yahoo! Travel
Images courtesy: Atlas of True Names
Fans of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman can rejoice at the knowledge of what San Diego’s name really means: St. Heelholder.
That is, according to the Atlas of True Names, created by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust. Part science and part entertainment, their map displays the cities, countries, oceans, and mountain ranges in their original, etymological names. So, if you live in Missouri, you actually live in the Land of the People with Dugout Canoes.
The Veronica Corningstones of the world may call foul at some of these names, which don’t take into account literal translations. San Diego does mean Saint Diego, but the authors took things a few steps further and converted Diego into the original name James, which converts to the Biblical name Jacob. And in the Bible, Jacob was born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel.
Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.
If you know who Lady Mary, Tom Branson, and the Earl of Grantham are, read on. Crystal Cruises has taken the wraps off a two-night, post-cruise trip to the land of Downton, themed after the popular series about early 20th century English aristocrats. It’s an extension of the luxury line’s 17-night cruise departing July 8, 2015 from Reykjavik to London. Cruisers, who will pay $4,600 per person for the land tour (we never said it was cheap), will live like royalty while visiting Highclere Castle, the fictional home of the Grantham clan. They’ll arrive in vintage 1920s cars (chauffeured, of course) and be guests of honor at a private champagne reception and tour, among other Downton-related activities. Cruise fares on this itinerary — which crosses the Arctic Circle on its way to London — start at $1,730 per person if booked by January 2.
In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready…
Are you attracted to cities like a siren? Whether you love popping in and out of museums in the nation’s capitol or romping along neon-studded Las Vegas Boulevard, cities across the U.S. are offering plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year. You’ll find discounts as steep as 90 percent off, and rooms as low as $39 per night.
If you’re yearning to flee the coop this winter for a little heat, Apple Vacations wants to help you out. Its Winter Super Sale kicks into effect for select packages in various sunny locales — shaving close to $300 off busy season prices from booking air and hotel separately. The sale encompasses three-, five-, or seven-night trips between December 18, 2014 and April 30, 2015.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration.
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