As we just experienced our first bbq’s over Memorial Day weekend and parents and kids countdown the final school days, we can tell Summer is here and vacation season is under way…officially!
With literally a world of destinations to choose from, it’s sometimes a daunting task to decide where to go. If you’re one who likes to explore the happening spots, read our “Trending Travel” article HERE.
In this issue, I’ve decided to focus on a destination just south of the border which has been an ever-changing, yet consistently fun and affordable travel spot for many years...MEXICO!
Many North Americans have never wandered beyond Mexico’s beautiful coastline. True that being bordered by both stunning coastlines (Pacific and Atlantic), Mexico offers beaches that are spellbinding, so there’s good reason for any surf-loving, beach bum giant to flock to those stunning seaside destinations to literally stretch out his long limbs and sip a margarita. But Mexico offers so much more than grand ocean breeze-swept getaways. With an array of culturally diverse cities like Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Merida, Mexico City, Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta, there really is something to satisfy the taste of every giant to enjoy in this country….and when I say every giant, I mean EVERY giant!
For example, would you every think of Mexico City as an international center of culture, history and art? Well you should. The city actually showcases the works and tradition of three cultures—the Aztec Empire, the colonial era and the modern, cosmopolitan city it is today. Its 175 museums make it second to London as the city with most museums in the world! In November 2013, the city welcomed another museum to its portfolio, the Jumex Museum (pictured) in the Polanco neighborhood. This 5-level building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, will be the largest private and contemporary art space in Latin America housing works from international artists.
If history is your flavor, there are ethereal colonial cities sprinkled throughout this multifaceted destination that are not to be missed. Oaxaca, Queretaro, Puebla, Morelia, San Miguel de Allende, and Cuernavaca offer up an extraordinary trove of bygone opulence. And the only way to truly immerse yourself in these colonial cities/towns is to book them a stay in one of the many Old World properties. Consider the Casa Azul (pictured), an 18th century French colonial home—registered as a historic monument for the city of Merida and part of the MBH (Mexico Boutique Hotel) collection—will put giants right in the center of town.
Even though Mexico itself is a great getaway from our everyday work-home-family lives, if you’re feeling like you want to escape more towards an island, consider one of Mexico’s many off-shore island paradises for that extra sense of “ahhhh.” Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox are each filled with natural wonders, unspoiled calm beaches and the perfect escapes. The best modes of transportation on Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres are golf carts and walking, which make it a great idea for the giant dad with kids. Cozumel is a little more popular since it is a major cruise port, but nonetheless, the eastern shores of the island (pictured) are empty of people and buildings, and therefore offer a great alternative for clients looking for a real retreat away from mass tourism.
Mexico has always been a great value vacation. It’s one of the few places where the exchange with the American dollar is in our favor. But don’t confuse value with cheap! There is definitely luxury in Mexico. And if you’re a giant who likes to be active on his vacations and indulge in a little adventure, Los Cabos is a perfect marriage of the two. Los Cabos is a complete ‘resort city’ with big offerings for activities like shopping, golfing, snorkeling, boating, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, dolphin experiences, diving, ziplining, and deep-sea fishing expeditions that are high-class operations on par (or above) anything you would find in Florida or California, and at a much more reasonable price. The Grand Solmar at Land’s End Resort & Spa (pictured, grandsolmarresort.com) allows you to enjoy these endless outdoor options while basking in an effortless blend of luxury, fine dining and top-notch accommodations, making it the ideal refuge for winding down the night once the thrill of the day’s outdoor activities in Cabo come to an end.
In light of LGBT Pride month, we’d like to give kudos to Mexico for being on the forefront of LGBT tourism. LGBT travelers will no doubt already be familiar with Puerto Vallarta as for more than 60 years this has been one of the top go-to destination for LGBT travelers. The Zona Romantica is where the majority of the city’s gay hotels are located. It’s close to the gay beach, gay bars and nightlife, restaurants and cafes.
Mexico is a pioneer of LGBT marriage equality in Central and South America in recognizing. In 2010, same-sex marriage was made legal in Mexico City, a first for any Latin American jurisdiction. Legal adoption by same-sex couples was also enacted in 2010. Mexico City’s Zona Rosa, birthplace of the country’s LGBT rights movement, is home to some of the best gay nightlife in the world. LGBT travelers will also love the architecture and history of the Centro Historic, the artsy enclaves in Condense and Roma, and the affluent lifestyle in Planck.
This makes Mexico an ideal and safe spot for LGBT destination weddings and gay family vacations.
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