Puerto Vallarta: The Gem of Mexico’s Pacific Coast

A paradise of sparkling blue-green waters, sandy beaches, and lush palm-covered mountains

Last weekend, Julian and I visited yet another beautiful city on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Like the iconic Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta was once a sleepy little fishing village before being transformed into a world-class vacation destination. In the 1960s, renowned director John Huston put Puerto Vallarta on the map with his film “The Night of the Iguana.” It starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner (huge stars at the time) and was shot on a beach near Puerto Vallarta. Elizabeth Taylor tagged along too as she was having an affair with Richard […]

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Iconic Acapulco

Acapulco, Mexico

A few weekends ago, Julian, eleven of our closest friends, and I went to Acapulco to celebrate Julian’s 26th birthday. If you don’t know, Acapulco is an iconic resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In the 50s and 60s, Acapulco was the vacation destination for the rich and famous. Today it’s no longer an international hotspot but it’s still absolute paradise. I’ve been to Acapulco several times now and I am absolutely in love with its dramatic scenery and retro vibes. Acapulco’s Golden Years During the 50s, big Hollywood stars […]

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The Ancient Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Recently, my friend Taliya came to visit Mexico City and I spent a few days showing her around. She asked me what was an absolute must-do and without hesitation I said “the pyramids of Teotihuacan.” I’ve been to Teotihuacan three times now and it never ceases to amaze me. If you’re planning on visiting Mexico City, you must put this ancient, mystical city on your list. Past Visits and Latest Archeological Findings I first visited these majestic pyramids over four years ago on my very first trip to Mexico City. […]

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The Mexico City Earthquake and How You Can Help

Last week, on the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake, central Mexico was hit by another powerful temblor. The epicenter struck the bordering state of Puebla but the capital was hit the hardest in terms of deaths and destruction. In total, 320 people died, dozens of buildings collapsed, and thousands more were damaged, leaving countless people homeless. Read on for my experience in the earthquake and what you can do to help: Experiencing my First Earthquake Three weeks ago, I moved back to Mexico City. I originally moved to Mexico City last fall […]

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Sailing the Sea of Cortez

Baja California, Mexico

Over the past few years, I have visited many gorgeous beaches in Mexico. But if I had to pick my favorite, the beaches of Baja California would have to take the cake. If you want to see a wild and virtually untouched part of Mexico, then sail the Sea of Cortez in Baja California. Dramatic Scenery There is something so magical about the Sea of Cortez. It is a dazzling sea in the midst of the desert, surrounded by staggering mountains covered in enormous cacti. As you sail from one […]

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Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

After four months of living in Mexico City, I am more obsessed with the city than ever before. Before I made the move, I had visited DF (short for Distrito Federal, the local name for the city) over a dozen times. With each visit, I fell more in love with this vibrant city, its people, and its rich culture. Since returning stateside, I have been bombarded with questions about life south of the border. What I’ve found, is that most Americans know very little about our southern neighbor. And what […]

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