Mexico Archive

Best of Both Worlds: Mantamar Beach Club in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

There are many hotel zones in Puerto Vallarta itself, then when you head north into Nayarit there are even more. Most function like secluded resort areas though, without a lot of life outside the walls. If you want to enjoy the more Mexican vibe of downtown Puerto Vallarta and stroll real streets with real bars […]

Updated Review & Video Tour of Fairmont Acapulco Princess

When we first launched Luxury Latin America last decade, things were different in Acapulco. This was a hotspot on the rebound—according to the glossy magazine stories anyway—and we covered all the top hotels and resorts in what was still a fairly popular international destination. Then business dried up there and apart from adding one new […]

Maestro Taquilero Tequila From Cuervo

“They make that brand too?” It’s a common refrain in the gift shop of the Jose Cuervo distillery in the town of Tequila. The world’s biggest producer of the spirit is known for its worst brand, but it also produced 1800, Centenario, Reserva de la Familia, and now Maestro Tequilero. From my sampling from three […]

The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

Mexico Celebrates a Record Year for Tourism

It looks like Mexico is back in the groove. At the Tianguis Turistico conference I attended last week, government officials and the private sector were celebrating impressive growth numbers and a new record for the number of foreign visitors. It’s one thing when a tiny country with less than a million annual visitors posts double-digit […]

Good News/Bad News in the Airline World

We’ve been watching announcements about new air routes opening up to the countries we cover with joy, but that’s been tempered by a general devaluation among the frequent flyer programs. So those U.S. airlines adding more routes are generally the ones treating you the worst in terms of perks. For the good news, we’re seeing […]