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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 If you decide to play, the following suggestions will hopefully help you better enjoy your Vidanta golf experience: On a recent stay at Vidanta, my wife and I played...

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Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta – A Day of (Permissable) Decadence!

A review of Vidanta from our friend, Alex, a first-time visitor to the Nuevo Vallarta resort. We invited him and his family to come for a visit while they were in town this past November. Just worked it out with the concierge – they got wrist bands and a charge account, just like any other guest. Here’s his observations Luxury. Calm. Carefree. Metaphysically decadent. I played that game where I challenged myself to – without thinking – write the first three words that came to my mind as I reflected on spending time at the Grand Luxxe resort in Nueva...

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What to Pack for that Warm Weather Vacation!

Packing for your vacation is usually one of the last things you work on before your trip, which makes it very easy to forget things.  In that last-minute rush, with all the other considerations on your mind, you can leave your pills on the counter or your must-have pair of shoes under the bed.  This Packing List for Vacation can help you run through everything a few times before that final Zip-Up-the-Bag moment. Different vacations call for different lists.  Dwaine and I have traveled all over the world, on tours, cruises, resort stays and independent trips, so we’ve been able...

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Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

I Should Have Bought the Trip Protection Insurance! You’ve saved for months or years for that fantastic cruise or resort stay.  You’re packed and ready to go – and then disaster strikes.  A close relative becomes ill.  You fall and injure yourself.  Or you’re already on the road and the plane has a mechanical problem, causing you to miss a day or two of your trip.  Your luggage winds up in Toledo, Ohio and you’re in Toledo, Spain.  Or – worst of all – you need medical attention while on your trip and your own health insurance won’t cover you....

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Mexican Folk Art – The Artists of Puerto Vallarta

If you’ve traveled near the US/Mexico border, you’ve no doubt seen the beaded artwork in various shops and stalls.  Sometimes you’ll even see someone painstakingly working on an art piece in the shop, tapping tiny, colorful beads into a beeswax-coated wooden carving of an animal, a mask, or perhaps an egg.  We’ve bought our share of those, and have enjoyed giving them as gifts to friends.  But if you think these pieces constitute the entire breadth of Mexican Folk Art, you are sorely mistaken. Several years ago, while shopping in downtown Puerto Vallarta, we stumbled upon a shop called Peyote...

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta – A Private Chef Experience

Looking for a truly unique experience that brings your friends together for an unforgettable evening?  Check out the Private Chef Experience at Grand Luxxe Neuvo Vallarta! Recently, Dwaine and I traveled to Nuevo Vallarta with three other couples to stay at The Residence at Vidanta.  This four-bedroom, 6,000 sq. ft. unit is currently the largest unit available at Vidanta (though the Jungle Estates are being constructed as you read this – more on that later). The point of our two-week stay was to reconnect with our friends.  Life gets busy, even being retired.  We travel quite a lot, so making...

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Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips

Planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta?  Here are some Puerto Vallarta travel tips to help you as you make your plans. Time Zone: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit, starting from San Blas in the north. Buses: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between.  if you’re going further than San Pancho, head to the main bus terminal to catch a “Pacifico” bus.  Current fare is $10 pesos. Click...

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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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B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers the best B.E.A.C.H. on the Bay of Banderas.  But it’s not just the sand and surf.  B.E.A.C.H. stands for the Best Escape Anyone Can Have.  It’s a quick way to think about what to look for in a vacation getaway. Just take a moment now to think about what you want most in a vacation. Start with being taken care of from the minute you land in Mexico.  Vidanta’s complimentary transportation to the resort from the airport starts you on your way to a stress-free check-in process.  There’s something calming and reassuring in having someone waiting...

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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...