Author: Don Herman

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How to Call the US from Mexico

If you travel a lot, you know that making a phone call from another country to the US isn’t as simple as dialing the usual phone number. We travel most often to Mexico, so I’ll deal with that first. Calling Cell Phone to Cell Phone or Land Line Within Mexico. This is the easiest – just dial the 10-digit number like you would anywhere.  In Mexico, the saying is “He who calls, pays” (el que llama paga).  Calls to cell phones cost more than calls to regular land line phone numbers. Calling Land Line to Cell Phone Within Mexico Going...

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Vidanta Ambassador Program – Free Voucher Opportunity!

Vidanta Ambassador Program We’ve been Vidanta members for over ten years now.  Through our ownership, we’ve had some truly unforgettable experiences: Gazing out over the Bay of Banderas, seeing whales breaching the surface to land back with a crash of spray, catching red snapper right and left out of a little fishing boat, diving in the crystal waters off the coast of the Riviera Maya, helping baby turtles escape their predators in their first flight to the sea, visiting amazing pre-historic ruins and hearing the stories of the ancient peoples of Mexico. Because we are long-time owners, we are part...

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Vidanta Offers “A Walk to the Beach” Excursion

A Walk to the Beach is a flora and fauna excursion offered at Vidanta’s exclusive resort on the Mayan Riviera in Quintana Roo.  Through a guided tour you get the chance to see numerous specimens of plants, birds and animals unique to the Caribbean coast of Mexico. (To see more about the exclusive Grand Luxxe resorts located throughout Mexico, click here.) Over the years, Vidanta has adopted a clear conservation philosophy at their resorts.  Instead of fighting the jungle, replacing it with lawns and artificial landscaping, the company chooses to work within the natural surroundings.  At the Riviera Maya, you’ll...

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Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya – Privacy in Paradise

The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Mexican coastline beginning just south of Cancun on the eastern Yucatan peninsula, all the way to the Mayan ruin of Tulum.  Calm Caribbean waters, in that unique shade of turquoise, attract millions of sun-worshiping tourists each season.  And with dozens of resorts to choose from, finding the perfect spot for a vacation can be a bit daunting. The Grand Luxxe resort is part of the Vidanta family of resorts, and is located about 30 km south of the Cancun airport. The resort is comprised of multiple tiers of residences.  The basic residence is...

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta – Your Best Family Vacation Destination

The Grand Luxxe is Your Best Family Vacation Destination Having traveled all over the world, to hotels, on cruises, city condominiums and exotic resorts, Dwaine and I agree that the Grand Luxxe is simply the best family vacation destination. Whether you’re staying in Nuevo Vallarta just outside of Puerto Vallarta on the magnificent Banderas Bay, or in the Riviera Maya, with it’s calm turquoise-blue Caribbean water, the Grand Luxxe provides everything you want in a perfect family vacation. Removing the Hassle of Family Travel – Step One, Find the Right Space Traveling with family, while rewarding, comes with a big...

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What is a Bucket List . . . And Why You Should NOT Make One

Don’t make a Bucket list, Live your Bucket list. It has become a popular thing for people to talk about things they want to do or experience before they die. We call them “bucket lists” – a place to store all those plans and dreams you want to realize . . . well, someday. I was a part of the same thinking for many years, until several  experiences gave me some good reasons to look at it in a different way. Seize the Opportunity We were with a group of long-time friends at the Vidanta resort in Mazatlan when we...

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Golf Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta – A First-Hand Review

There are many, many activities to choose from when you are a guest at Vidanta, Nuevo Vallarta. The huge resort features world-class pools, sandy beaches, and numerous children’s activities. But the resort is ideal for the golf enthusiast.  On the grounds, there are two 18-hole courses and a ten-hole, par three course that is lighted at night!  Here’s what to expect when you golf at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. A First-Hand Review On a recent stay at Vidanta, my wife and I played both of the 18 hole courses. The older of the two courses is referred to as the Nicklaus...

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The Best Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive May Not Be An All-Inclusive

People like the idea of an all-inclusive vacation, right?  They imagine arriving at the resort, throwing the bags in the room and hitting the beach or pool, ready to eat and drink to their heart’s content without a second thought as to what the bill might be at the end.  After all, you’ve paid for it all up front so there’s nothing to think about, right?  But have you ever done the math on the total cost of a Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive?  I’ve done it here for you so you can see it’s just not the “deal” you’ve been led...

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta – Experience the Sublime

If you’re considering a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the first thing you’ll probably think about is “Where Do I Want to Stay?”  And there are hundreds of options.  The decision is difficult because that’s the wrong first question.  Your first question should be, “What Type of Experience Do I Want In Mexico?” Where you stay will determine much about the type of experience you have in Mexico (and anywhere, really).  So give some thought first to what it is you want to do when you’re there.  Are you looking for adventure?  Relaxation?  Exploring new culture?  Unwinding?  Escape from the...

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About Us

Hello from Don and Dwaine in Denver, Colorado! We’ve been eager travelers for many years now and created Cowboy Concierge to gather all of our experiences together to share with you. We are both retired and in that stage of life that says, “Go for it!” We have our health and time and are always curious about new places and new experiences. We only wish we’d had a spot to go to help avoid some of the boo-boos we’ve made through the years. We hope we’ve created that spot here for you. Why Cowboy Concierge? Both Dwaine and I grew...