Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay – Romantic Getaway At Its Best – Hotel Review

One of my favorite locations in the world is Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. This resort, north of Mazatlan, Mexico, is the very picture of serenity and tranquility. It’s set on a 20 acre area, on a nearly private horseshoe-shaped beach. While the Golden Zone of Mazatlan has hundreds of restaurants, hotels, bars and shops, this area is quiet and secluded, perfect for a romantic beach getaway. There are no beach vendors hawking their wares. My husband and I LOVE this feature. When you go up the … [Read more...]

Is It Safe to Drink the Water – Super Sunday Travel Tips

When traveling in a foreign country, it’s important to know - is it safe to drink the water. If you aren't sure, a super quick way to tell is by the ice cubes. If the ice cubes are round and have a hole in the center, they are made with purified water. If the ice cubes have a different shape, the water might still be fine, but this is a simple eyeball test. Do you have a quick travel tip to share? … [Read more...]

My Parasailing MISAdventure – Funny Travel Stories

  Picture this: 16 year old me, standing on a lovely Mexican beach on a bright, sunny morning. I am about to go parasailing for the first time. My dad has been watching the para-sails for a week and he determines the yellow-and-black sail gives the longest ride. My dad, my brother and I head out early one morning so there are fewer parasails up at one time. My mom is likely hiding in the hotel room, terrified to see her little girl die. As I’m getting buckled into a life … [Read more...]

Travel Advisories in Mexico – What Do They Mean for You?

What do travel advisories in Mexico mean to you? I felt I had to address the frequent reports of crime in Mexico, the drug cartels, and the travel advisories. This is just my opinion. In April 2011, the US department of state put out a travel advisory alerting US travelers to carefully consider travel to Mexico due to the increasing violence of drug cartels. What does this mean to you? Should you cancel your couple getaways? First off, I am no safety expert, so don’t sue me based on this … [Read more...]

Hot Travel Deal – Save $500 on a Mexican Beach Vacation

  Priceline has an awesome deal right now if you are thinking of traveling to Mexico and planning a Mexican beach vacation! You can save "up to $500" when you book your flight and hotel together. Keep in mind, you might save $500, but you might save less, too. As always, compare before you buy! Viva Mexico! Enjoy sand, sun and tequila when you book your priceline package. Check out the great deals below. Save up to $500 when you book your hotel & flight together Choose Your … [Read more...]

Take a Tour or Hire Your Own Driver?

So, you’re in a tourist area and you want to see the sites. You see lots of tour options, what should you do? I highly recommend you consider hiring a private driver. It has lots of benefits, plus it can add a little romance to couple getaways! In Mazatlan, a popular tour I’ve been on several times is to Copala and Concordia, two small mountain towns. It’s really a fun tour. You get to see old Mexico and meet adorable kids. Recently, my husband and I were going to go on this tour. We were the … [Read more...]

CanIDrinkTheWater.com – Travel Apps and Websites

I recently found this website, and newly launched iPhone app, called CanIDrinkTheWater.com You simply select the name of a country from a drop down menu and it gives you a short narrative about water quality of that particular country. According to the website: Can you drink the water in Mexico? Yes. Drinking water is completely sanitary in Mexico, despite some claims that it is not. In fact, 95% percent of its people can testify to that. If you’re not really comfortable with the country’s … [Read more...]

The Secret to Excellent Valet Service – Super Sunday Travel Tip

Tip your valet when you first drop off your car. Here is the secret to excellent valet service - A former valet recently told me he took better care of the car if the driver tipped him. Of course, to do this, you need to tip when you first drop off your car, not when  you pick it up. Your valet  might give you a more favorable parking spot which would get your car to the front sooner. Your valet might ensure your car gets more careful attention in a location where it's unlikely to get … [Read more...]

Anabella Hotel in Anaheim/Disneyland – Hotel Review

There are a zillion hotels near Disneyland in Anaheim and a billion different opinions about which one you should stay in. Here’s my 2 cents on one of the fantastic Anaheim hotels near Disneyland. We stayed at the Anabella Hotel in Anaheim, and I would recommend it to anyone! Please note, this is the only Disneyland area hotel I’ve stayed in, but I was very pleased with the Anabella Hotel. First off, the location of the Anabella is great. Many hotels say they are within walking distance to … [Read more...]

How NOT to Make a Grand Entrance – Funny Travel Stories

  To kick off my series of Funny travel stories, I thought I would first poke fun at myself…well, my sister and myself. My mom, my sister, a family friend and I went to LA to see a taping of The Price is Right. We were supposed to see a taping of Dr. Phil, but they weren’t taping the particular day we were in town. That’s another story… Anyhow, we were a group of country bumpkins setting foot in the Beverly Hilton. We felt a little out of sorts, but we were very excited to be in … [Read more...]