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Family Fun - Building Sand Castles

Family Fun – Building Sand Castles

0.0 00 There is no childhood beach activity more beloved than building sand castles, which isn’t surprising in the least.  Constructing sand castles can provide hours of entertainment and offers families plenty of bonding time together in a beautiful setting.  This simple pleasure takes little more than a bucket, shovel, sand and some imagination.  Many people’s most cherished memories of when they were young include this endearing ritual because it involved the people they love the most.  If you are ready to create special new memories with your own children, or anyone you may be traveling with for that matter, follow these tips for the most epic sand castle designs ever: Teamwork is Essential Assemble a group of friends and family members and set to work on your sand castle.  Depending on how ambitious you’re all feeling, you may want to assign a leader.  Outline the plan of your design and have everyone tackle a portion they feel comfortable with.  Working as a team builds character and can be a whole lot of fun, too. …

Exclusive Adventures - Tours in Puerto Vallarta

Exclusive Adventures – Tours in Puerto Vallarta

5.0 01 Did you know that you can book the best tours in Puerto Vallarta at Exclusive Adventures, the onsite travel agency at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa? The tour agency is located next to the Residence Club sales room on site at Garza Blanca and is open to all guests from 10am until 8pm. We spoke to Ramón Peredo, the tour agency manager at Exclusive Adventures, to find out how guests can make the most of the tour services on offer. Read this short interview: Why should guests book tours at Exclusive Adventures? Firstly, all of the members of our team really know what they are talking about when it comes to the best tours in Puerto Vallarta, being able to recommend the perfect fit for guests. We have experienced all the tours first-hand, having been on all of them. We make sure that when we are talking to our clients we are speaking from real experience. Every time there is a new tour in Puerto Vallarta, we make it our priority to check …

Tips and Showing your Gratitude in Mexic

Tips and Showing your Gratitude in Mexico

0.0 00 It is customary in Mexico, as in many countries, to tip in a number of different situations, whether that be in a restaurant, to the bellhop, to the maid and so on. Though you won’t get into “trouble” for not tipping, it is only polite and a sign of your gratitude and appreciation! Tipping not only rewards good service but is a great motivator to ensure amazing service in the future. Paper money tipping In Mexico it is acceptable to tip in either pesos or dollars, and it is customary to avoid tipping with coins unless you are tipping the bag packers in a supermarket or someone who washes your windshield at traffic lights etc., in which case, only use peso coins. Bills are preferable, and pesos rather than dollars are generally more practical for the recipient (although the exchange rate might make dollars more valuable overall). Between 15% and 20% is the standard tip in tourist areas, but anywhere between 10% and 20% is perfectly acceptable. Restaurants In some restaurants in Mexico …

Best Hotel Reviews

Best Hotel Reviews

0.0 00 Whether you found your stay impeccably wonderful and you want to sing the praises of the establishment and staff alike, or you had some issues that you think the hotel should know about, writing hotel reviews is a great skill. Not only will you be able to give fellow travelers good advice, but you’ll find that the skill is transferable to other areas of life! Here are some tips to consider when writing up your next hotel reviews for TripAdvisor, TravBuddy, or TravelPost… Provide some context Let people know a little about you and the purpose of your trip; do you travel often, what kind of accommodations and activities do you usually favor? Who do you usually travel with, and who were you traveling with this time (if anyone)? This can help people who are reading your hotel reviews to decide if the issues that were a problem to you, would be a problem to them. Talk about specific details Talk about the kind of room you stayed in, your view, the mattress, …

Jen Selter Healthy Vacations in Puerto Vallarta

Healthy Vacations in Puerto Vallarta

0.0 00 For most of us vacations are a time to kick back, eat what we want, and worry a little less about all the responsibilities that come with adulthood. This can lead to vacation weight-gain, of course, and often leaves us more work to do when we get back. What if we told you that you could enjoy your vacation just as much and still come back looking and feeling better? It’s true when you vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta Health Tips Enjoy the Ocean Water   When you vacation in this amazing corner of Mexico be sure to take the time to swim in the ocean; this gentle exercise will help to alleviate the effects of depression and anxiety, and many people swear by the purifying properties of salt water. In some areas it is a part of almost every beauty regime which detoxes and promotes cell growth. Eat fresh When you’re in Puerto Vallarta you can afford to eat fresh every day much more easily than you might at home. In …

Is it Safe to Vacation in Mexico?

Is it Safe to Vacation in Mexico?

0.0 00 Everyone knows that the media is notorious for drawing attention to whatever sensational stories they come across, which are often unflattering or downright scary, especially when it comes to the diverse and beautiful country of Mexico.   If you haven’t heard of kidnappings and drug cartel violence, you must live under a rock, because these stories make the headlines. However, there are also countless gorgeous destinations throughout the country that are safe, drawing tourists from all over the world, boasting everything from five-star resorts and world class dining to outdoor adventure and breathtaking secluded beaches.   So, how do you know if it is actually safe to vacation in Mexico where you can experience the trip of a lifetime?  Here are some guidelines to help you make the right choices as you explore all of the wonderful things Mexico has to offer: Use Common Sense! Above all else when traveling, using common sense should be your foremost command.  As a general rule, if you aren’t out doing questionable things, like looking for and …

Which Sunglasses are Right for You?

Which Sunglasses are Right for You?

0.0 00 Sunglasses serve so many fabulous purposes, from disguising the dark undereye circles that are a telltale sign of your late night out, to accentuating whatever you are wearing, not to mention most important of all: they protect your delicate eye area from the damaging effects of the UV rays present outdoors.   With so many benefits, sunglasses may just be the single most important accessory in your wardrobe when going on vacation.  That being said, it is essential to choose a pair that will make your feel confident and attractive, but how do you narrow down your search with so many styles to choose from?  When you understand which styles of sunglasses will be the most flattering for your face shape, you will be armed with the right tools to help you zero in on what will work for you right away, instead of wasting time trying on countless pairs.     Determine Your Face Shape Figuring out your face shape is a snap.  Make sure your face is completely unobscured by pulling back …

Is travel Insurance Necessary for Trip

Is Travel Insurance Necessary?

0.0 00 Plenty of us, especially those of us who are healthy, may not give travel insurance a second thought, believing that it is unnecessary or a waste of money.  However, if you find yourself in the middle of an emergency situation while traveling abroad, you will be so relieved if you chose to purchase a travel insurance policy before you left.   Life can surprise us at any moment, and for that reason it is a smart bet to include this travel must-have on every journey away from your home country.  If you are dealing with a canceled flight, a stolen camera, a lost suitcase or even the death of a family member and you need to get home early, travel insurance can cover you. The right policy will keep you from spending out of pocket on situations that may otherwise be costly, such as a pricey hospital stay, and knowing you are covered should a problem arise can allow you to breathe a little easier while traveling.  While you certainly hope you never …

Travel with Elderly Parents

Travel with Elderly Parents

0.0 00 While you may have an aging parent or parents, that shouldn’t be a reason to keep them from the joy that travel can bring.  Whether their goal is to vacation with other family members (especially grandchildren), embark on a new adventure in a destination they have always dreamed of visiting, or even return to a place they used to call home, there is no doubt that they will need some help in planning it all out.  Here are some guidelines to help Mom and/or Dad have an excellent trip.    Research Once you have a destination and dates chosen, you can begin planning and making reservations.  Research several methods of transportation (airlines, Amtrak, buses, etc) for the shortest routes and travel times.  Find out what each offers as far as benefits and special services.  While senior discount rates used to be widely available, they are mostly extinct except for Southwest Airlines and Amtrak. Request Special Services Make sure you book seats in rows designated for disabled travelers, and request free wheelchair service at …

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor - A Love Story in Paradise

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – A Love Story in Paradise

5.0 01 There are few real-life love stories that have captured the world’s attention the way the passionate, often tumultuous relationship between screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton did.  Long before the advent of daily entertainment news, internet gossip sites and social media from which we know what the rich and famous are up to 24/7, the celebrity lovebirds were so sought-after that they were hounded by the paparazzi during their time together in the 1960s!  Their juicy love story seemed to inspire a newfound obsession with the private lives of the famous.   The two movie stars met on the set of Cleopatra, which ignited an intense flame between them, even though their relationship began amidst scandal.  They were each married to someone else at the time (she to Eddie Fisher, he to Sybil Williams) but seemingly just couldn’t stay away from each other.  So when Richard arrived in the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Vallarta to film director John Huston’s classic The Night of the Iguana, he naturally decided Elizabeth should join …

Get on a Paddleboard

Get Fit! Get on a Paddleboard

0.0 00 It’s no secret that your level of fitness is crucial to many aspects of life including your energy levels, stamina, weight, and physical capabilities. While the best way to increase fitness and manage weight might seem to be joining a gym, dieting rigorously, or using home fitness DVD’s you should really be considering the kinds of activities that you will find fun and stimulating. Stand up paddle boarding is a perfect example of the kind of activity that you might consider as it’s entertaining as well as good exercise. Here’s what we love about SUP… Tone Muscle and Lose Unwanted Pounds There are few ways to burn so many calories, shed unwanted pounds with speed, and tone your body overall that are as fun and easy as stand up paddle boarding. For enthusiasts of this pass-time, getting in a good workout is exhilarating and fun… what’s more you’ll be toning your full body while you get some rays and enjoy the sea breeze. You’ll most likely be surprised by how effortless the whole …

Benefits of Running on the Beach

Benefits of Running on the Beach

0.0 00 Running remains one of the most popular choices when it comes to cardio exercise, and for good reason.  It provides many benefits for the mind and body to keep you healthy, happy and fit.  However, running on the beach takes this favorite activity to a whole new level.  If you have access to the waves and the sand, take your workout to this scenic atmosphere where your cardio routine is about to get even better.   Find out why running on the beach is the ultimate way to exercise: Improve Your Overall Health When you get your heart pumping with exercise, your entire body has a positive response.  For one, as you deliver more oxygen to your lungs during a run, your breathing improves.  As you receive more oxygen, you are then able to perform at a higher level.  Running regularly will also greatly increase your stamina so you can run longer and faster.  When you add in the natural resistance provided by the sand when you run on the beach, your legs …

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How to Survive while Traveling with Young Children

0.0 00 Although traveling with young children presents a laundry list of challenges which can become a very stressful affair, it doesn’t have to be an experience you merely struggle through.  Countless parents (and their fellow passengers) have suffered through miserable flights with kids who can’t seem to behave, so to ensure you don’t fall victim to this scenario, prepare yourself with these tips for a more pleasant trip. Invest in Ride-on Luggage Although the upfront cost may seem silly for a child’s carry-on, this purchase will pay dividends in sanity.  These ingeniously designed wheeled carry-ons by brands including Skoot Kids, Trunki and Kiddee Cases allow kids to scoot around on top of them which will keep them entertained at the airport, plus an attached strap means you can also pull them if they claim to be too tired to walk. Traveling with young children could actually be quite fun with these items in tow. Activity Variety is Huge Every parent knows that traveling with young children and keeping your child entertained can be tricky …

Family Activities in Puerto Vallarta

Family Activities in Puerto Vallarta

0.0 00 Will you be traveling to Puerto Vallarta with teens, toddlers and demanding children? Wondering what is happening in the destination over and beyond your in-hotel offerings? Read on about the family activities in Puerto Vallarta waiting to be explored. Family activities in Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarta is a melting pot of activities to keep people of all ages happy. At every corner of Banderas Bay you can find different terrain and cultural flavor to show your family something new!   South Shore On our South Shore, home to Garza Blanca Resort & Spa, starting where the cobble stoned streets end and you encounter a paved highway, take the highway to Barra de Navidad and get ready for a winding ride along a fabulous coastal road. Whether you like the beach, river, jungle walks or bungee jumping, you can hop along the coast exploring dozens of coves each one a treasure offering different grains of sand and new sights. North On our North Shore, starting where the International airport is located driving towards Riviera …

TripAdvisor Awards and Hotel Reviews

TripAdvisor Awards and Hotel Reviews

0.0 00 TripAdvisor is one of the world’s top sites for hotel reviews and online ranking services that helps travelers decide where to take vacations, which accommodations to stay in and what local attractions are worth visiting. As such, TripAdvisor’s awards and reviews are a great way to distinguish the best hotels and attractions in the world’s top destinations. More recently, TripAdvisor has begun to give awards to many resorts and local attractions based on the number and quality of the genuine hotel reviews received. Among the most notable awards are: TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice, Certificate of Excellence, Green Leader’s Program and TripAdvisor’s badges. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice TripAdivor’s Traveler’s Choice was launched in 2002 to reward those establishments (including hotels, tours, restaurants and local attractions) that receive the most excellent reviews. The Traveler’s Choice Award is considered to be TripAdvisor’s highest honor. It is also the only award within the travel industry that is based solely on the opinion of genuine reviews from millions of travelers throughout the world, rather than by a panel of judges …