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 […]

Playing with Baby Gray Whales in Baja Sur, Mexico

There are plenty of places to go whale watching in the Baja Sur section of the peninsula off the west coast of Mexico. This is, after all, the Mexican state with the most coastline and there are multiple bays and migration channels loved by whales of all kinds. If you travel to San Ignacio Lagoon, […]

Cruising the Baja Coast the Right Way

Picture a small ship that has premium tequila, craft beer, and a variety of wine flowing freely, then imagine it has kayaks and paddleboards at the ready and you’ll use them regularly. Then imagine that when you go on deck, there’s a good chance you’ll see a breaching whale or a flying ray coming out […]

Great Tequila in a Work of Art: Reserva de la Familia

For most people the particular spirit they like best is a matter of taste, but if you gathered around a couple dozen tequila fans and asked them for their favorites, Reserva de la Familia would get mentioned more often than not. It’s rare to see a top-10 list that doesn’t have this one on there […]

Gourmet Cuisine in Costa Rica?

There are a hundred reasons to visit Central America, but the food isn’t usually one of them. It’s long been a mystery to travelers with a discerning palate: how can a region that grows so many wonderful ingredients produce such unimaginative food, even in nice restaurants? Why does all the culinary creativity stop as soon […]

Two New Luxury Boutique Hotels in Antigua, Guatemala

One of the most alluring things about Antigua, Guatemala is it doesn’t change much from one visit to the next. When I was back there recently it looked and felt mostly the same as the first time I was there many years ago. The same crumbling churches that got destroyed by earthquakes next to the […]