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Puerto Vallarta
Hacienday Buenaventura 3nts $449.95
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Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort 3nts $469.95
Riviera Beach Resort 3nts $474.95
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Cancun
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Acapulco
on Mexico's Pacific Riviera, could easily be called the "mother" of all Mexican beach resorts. Its bay and harbor are among the most beautiful and scenic in the world.
Today's Acapulco can be as relaxing or frantic as one desires. Its beaches invite one to cuddle up to a book while rocking in a hammock and soaking in the sun rays. At night, the discos come alive close to midnight and start emptying when the sun starts breaking through the eastern horizon. In between, one can savor cuisines from around the world in a wide variety of gourmet restaurants, some with breath-taking views of the bay.
All water sports can be found in Acapulco - deep sea fishing, water skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving. The Shotover Jet - Acapulco's latest craze - is a fun-filled ride down the Papagayo River from a base campsite in a powerful boat which reaches speeds of 40 miles per hour.
Golfers can tee up at five golf courses in the area. All have beautifully maintained fairways and traps with challenging water hazards set amid beautiful palm trees. Over three hundred species of local birds satisfy ardent bird watchers and nature lovers.
For corporate meetings, trade shows and conventions, there are over 10,000 deluxe category rooms in hotels with full meeting facilities. The Acapulco Convention Center is centrally located and equipped to handle most major conventions and trade shows. Fort San Diego situated on the location of the original Spanish fort built in the 16th Century is the site of the annual Acapulco Film Festival.

Cancun
Developed from a pristine natural environment in the 1970's, Cancun today is a bustling resort mecca offering a wide range of accomodations and entertainment activities for every budget. Its beaches contain some of the whitest sand in the world - so white it reflects the heat and your feet do not burn when you walk on them. The hues of blue of the water range from turquoise to green. Impressive Mayan ruins at Coba, Chichen-Itza and Tulum are within a two hour drive. At night, the discos come alive and stay humming a loud beat until the sun comes up.

Cozumel
The island of Cozumel lies twelve miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula across from Playa del Carmen, the mainland terminal of the cross channel ferry. Most of the hotels, restaurants and activities are located close to the small town of San Miguel on the leeward side of the island. Scuba diving trips to world famous Palancar Reef are arranged by the many dive shops found on the island.

Playa del Carmen
Some thirty miles south of Cancun, on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is flourishing as a laid-back resort for fun and adventure. Interesting boutiques and shops are found in the quaint village. The island of Cozumel is a short ferry ride away. Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza are within a two hour ride from Playa del Carmen.

Akumal
is situated on a beautiful bay about 70 miles south of Cancun airport. The bay has a natural reef at its entrance and there is great snorkeling at the reef and in surrounding lagoons. Great beach with palm trees and hammocks. Initially, Akumal was the base for research projects launched by CEDAM - an underwater and deep sea diving society that explored sunken Spanish galleons that ran aground on Palancar and other nearby reefs. Small hotels and condominiums have sprung up around the bay. Nearby markets and dive shops are handy for a complete stay.

Cabo
The town of Cabo San Lucas is situated at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, approximately 20 miles west of San José del Cabo. This once sleepy fishing village has been transformed into a full scale tourism destination. Championship golf courses, world class deep-sea fishing and interesting nearby scuba diving opportunities abound in this resort. Restaurants serving delicious meals and shops with merchandise from all parts of Mexico are found throughout Cabo San Lucas for a complete destination vacation.
Cabo San Lucas boasts a much more active night life than San José del Cabo.
Cabo Pulm
A small fishing and diving village located north of San Jose del Cabo on the eastern shore of the cape. Off the main road on a secondary road. Popular with divers as it is close to the only coral reef found in the Sea of Cortés. Rustic accomodations and palapa restaurants.

San Jose Del Cabo
On the eastern end of the tip of the Baja California peninsula, San José del Cabo offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The city is small and the hotels are spread out. Deep-sea and "panga" fishing to the teeming waters of the Sea of Cortez can be arranged. Other activities include whale watching and golf in the championship courses that are sprouting throughout the area. The marsh north of the city serves as a nesting area for many bird species during the "wet" season.

Todos Santo
Situated between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific road, Todos Santos' founding dates back to 1733. It was a sleepy village until the late nineteenth century when the water table was found to be sufficiently close to the top-soil and easy to use for agricultural development.
Initially, sugar was one of the principal crops. When demand for sugar collapsed other cash crops where developed. These include mangos, papayas, coconuts and other tropical fruits.
The valley is green and the atmosphere relaxing. Near-by beaches offer a number of popular surfing swells.
Rumor has it the Hotel California in downtown Todos Santos inspired "The Eagles" popular song with the same name. Though not proven conclusively, the hotel and area conform to the spirit of the song.

La Paz
A Spanish expedition in 1533 discovered Bahia de La Paz - the beautiful bay on which the city of La Paz is situated. As the city occupies the southeastern corner of the bay, it is possible to view spectacular sunsets across the water from most points in the city.
Settling La Paz was not an easy accomplishment for all who tried. Hernan Cortes failed after an expedition led by one of his lieutenants was decimated by unfriendly natives. Jesuit missionaries finally settled the city some two hundred years later after the natives succumbed to the diseases brought by Spanish settlers.
The territorial capital was shifted to La Paz after a hurricane destroyed Loreto in 1829. Living up to its long historical tradition, La Paz today is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur.

Guadalajara
As Mexico's second largest city, Guadalajara is becoming an industrial giant. Though dubbed the "Silicon Valley" of Mexico, the city retains many of its great traditions. Large exposition fair sites and a bustling business activity fall in pace with the easy going canter of its residents. Downtown attractions set amongst colonial buildings include the Plaza de la Liberacion and the Libertad Market. Culturally rich, Guadalajara is the birthplace to many famous artists like Jose Clemente Orozco and Chucho Reyes.

Huatulco
Mexico's newest master plan developed resort is found on the Oaxaca coast. It consists of a series of resort hotels built on beaches found in a string of nine small bays - an idyllic and unspoiled setting due to its close proximity to the mountainous jungles of the Sierra Madre del Sur. The small town of Santa Cruz Huatulco is away from the beach area. An eighteen hole golf course challenges the skills of the most adept golfers. Scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing and other popular water sports are practiced in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Ixtapa
Developed by Fonatur in the 1970's, this resort on Mexico's Pacific coast is a beachcomber's delight. Modern hotels line up on the boulevard and extend to the beach. On the inland side there is a wonderful 18 hole golf course. Zihuatanejo bay and its delightful restaurants and beaches are ten minutes away by taxi.

Zihuatanejo
A small fishing village situated in a bay with the same name north of Acapulco and adjacent to the new resort development at Ixtapa. Zihuatanejo was the playground and beach resort for Aztec emperors. A courier system of runners delivered fresh fish and other seafood delights to the emperors.

Manzanillo
Situated between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta along Mexico's west coast, Manzanillo started figuring historically shortly after Cortes conquered the Aztecs. In the mid-1500's spectacular galleons were built in this natural harbor to explore and develop trade with China and other points in the Orient. Manzanillo's name stems from the manzanilla wood harvested in the surrounding area used in the construction of these daring ships.
The twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago are separated by Santiago Peninsula where most tourism oriented hotels are situated. Its clean beaches with dark blue water and golden sand attract travelers from all over the world looking for peace and tranquility.
Today's Manzanillo is known as the "Marlin Capital of the World" due to the vast amount of bill fish of this species caught in the deep waters nearby. World class fishing tournaments are held annually.

Mazatlan
On Mexico's mainland, across the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Mazatlan's long beaches with gentle rolling waves and restaurants serving some of the freshest shrimp call out to travelers from around the world. Daytime activities include deep-sea fishing in the Sea of Cortes, golf on championship courses and other water sports such as surfing, jet skiing and snorkeling. At night, enjoy tasty meals at a local restaurant and live music for dancing as well as a beating discotheque.

Mexico City
Capital of the country, Mexico City has been described as the "biggest" city in the world. In reality, with over 20 million population and an area covering approximately 600 square miles it is probably one of the most densely populated. Regardless, Mexico City is truly one of the great capitals of the world.
Its origin goes back to around the year 1325 when a nomad tribe of warriors called Aztecas, whose chieftain Tenoch followed the instructions of Huitzilopochtli - their tribal deity - to settle "on an island on a lake where an eagle was devouring a serpent while perched on a cactus". That settlement became Tenochtitlan - a city with over 100,000 population living among splendid temples and pyramids built with the spoils gained from the many battles fought with neighboring tribes.
By the time Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, the Aztecas dominance over neighboring tribes had started its decline. Their nearby neighbors - the Tlaxcaltecas - became their bitter enemies and facilitated Cortez' march into Tenochtitlan and his eventual conquest over the Aztecas in 1521. Today's Mexico City is full of hustle and bustle. The underground Metro covers over 200 miles of routes within the city. Restaurants, museums, art galleries, fashion shops, tree lined boulevards, boutiques, taco stands, and the haute and demi mondes are present in Mexico City.
Culturally, Mexico City has something to offer the most jaded visitor. The Museum of Anthropology, built in the early 60's, rivals museums around the world. Visitors can spend hours, even days, viewing the extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts collected from sites around Mexico. Testimonials and remnants of the works of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Siqueiros, Tamayo and other notable painters are found throughout the city.
Taking in a performance of the world-renowned Ballet Folklorico is a must for first time visitors ... and highly considered by repeat travelers. The dawn to dusk effects on the Tiffany curtain image of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl at the Palace of Fine Arts are an impressive start to a whirlwind performance of flying colors in regional costumes, traditions and beautiful music.

Nogales
Across the US border from Nogales, Arizona, the city of Nogales retains much of its small town flavor. As the gateway to Puerto Peñasco and the starting point of a super-highway to Los Mochis, Nogales has a series of shops in its downtown area that cater to the tourist trade. Its bars and other entertainmen shops relieve tensions of fun-seeking students from Arizona's universities.

Oaxaca
As capital of the state with the same name, the city of Oaxaca was settled in a sub-tropical valley surrounded by the high mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur. In pre-columbian times, the valley was settled by Mixteca and Zapoteca tribes. Descendants of these noble people are found throughout the state which is famous for its folk art, regional cooking and mezcal - the local fire water. Vestiges of the pre-columbian and colonial periods are found in the magnificent ruins at Monte Alban and Mitla, as well as the Cathedral and Temple of Santo Domingo.

Puerto Vallarta
was a sleepy fishing village until a few years after Richard Burton and the rest of the cast of "Night of the Iguana" left. It is situated in the middle of Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of the state of Jalisco. Its church spire, cobblestone streets and red tiled roofs are famous landmarks along with the flower bedecked wrought ironed balconies.

Tampico
Situated on the Gulf of Mexico at the Tamaulipas-Veracruz border, Tampico's present day economic mainstay centers around the oil industry. Though settled in the sixteenth century on the remains of a Huasteca village plundered and destroyed by Cortes, Tampico has experienced various life cycles.
A complex river and lagoon system form part of Tampico's geography. The Panuco and Tamesis rivers merge and form a series of lagoons popular for the variety of marine and aquatic life fished for seafood.
Tampico's port activity rivals that of Veracruz. Oil began to be industrialized at the turn of the century. Mexicana Airlines traces its origin to the mail and payroll services it performed linking Mexico City with Tampico in the 1920's.

Tijuana
One of the most popular border cities due to its proximity to Southern California, Tijuana is an important trade and economic center. Considering day trips and overnight stays, Tijuana is the most visited city in Mexico.
It serves as the gateway to the developing resorts south of the city on the road to Ensenada like Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo.

Ensenada
Situated about seventy miles south of Tijuana on the shore of Bahia Todos Santos along the Pacific Ocean, Ensenada is a small fishing and commercial port catering to weekend and summer travelers from southern California. La Bufadora on the southern end of the bay is a natural rock formation where the sea explodes into a natural geyser.
Beaches for swimming and surfing spots are found both north and south of Ensenada. Other local sports attractions include mountain climbing, beach-combing and hiking.
Ensenada hosts the very popular Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride, the Baja 1000 Off-Road Race and the Newport Beach-Ensenada Regatta. Valle de Guadalupe, one of Mexico's finest wine growing area is close by. Gray whale watching in the winter time is very popular in Todos Santos Bay.

ATM's - Automatic Teller Machines

These are found throughout Mexico and enable you to draw funds from your bank account if it is affiliated to the Star, Cirrus, Global Access, Explore or Maestro systems. Exercise care, as you would at home, when using ATM's in remote locations. The exchange rate conversion is very favorable. Mexican pesos are the only funds dispensed. Do not give out your PIN number to anyone including persons posing as bank employees.

Automobile - Temporary Import

Driving a foreign registered car into Mexico requires a Temporary Import permit. These are issued at major border crossings and are good for six months. Process takes a couple of hours and requires proof of ownership (notarized permit to take car to Mexico from lien-holder, if any), a bond issued to the Mexican Government for the market value of the car or a valid credit card imprint charged with a processing fee approximately valued at $12 US Dollars.

Automobile Driving in Mexico

Common sense is recommended at all times. Avoid night driving on roads, if possible. Unleaded gas is found throughout Mexico at all gas stations. Gas up when reaching one-quarter level in remote locations.

Electric Current

Electric current throughout Mexico is conformed to 110 volts, 60 cycles. Same type used in the United States and Canada. Some electrical outlets at hotels are still of the two prong type. To get around this and enable you to use a notebook computer with a three prong electrical cord plug, suggest taking a converter with you.

Entry Requirements - Child of Divorced Parents/Sole Custody

"Affidavit of Sole Custody" required. Format states name of sole custody parent, name of child (best to take one for each child), date issued, notary's signature, designation and seal.

Entry Requirements - US Citizen

Tourist card obtained from travel agent or airline accompanied with proof of citizenship which may consist of a valid passport, voter registration card, birth certificate or notarized affidavit.

Entry Requirements - US Legal Residents

Most legal US Residents only require a Mexican tourist card to travel to Mexico and return to the US. Tourist cards are available through your travel agent and the airline you choose to fly to Mexico. A travel restriction applies to legal US residents who are citizens of a very limited number of countries. If you have questions, check with your closest Mexican consulate or send us a message.

Mexican Government Tourism Offices in the US.

Chicago 312-606-9252 Houston 713-772-2581 Los Angeles 213-351-2075 Miami 305-381-6996 New York 212-821-0314

Weather - General Conditions

Rainy season in Mexico's Pacific coast starts generally in June and lasts through late September or early October. Days are sunny with heavy downpours between 4:00pm and 7:00pm and clear skies following the rain. Same general conditions apply to Central Plateau. Along the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts, some rain can occur in December and January. Daytime temperatures in the 80's along the coasts all year around. Inland city temperatures get progressively milder according to altitude. Nighttime temperatures in 70's along the coast. Inland location temperatures can reach 40's in higher elevations. All temperatures noted as fahrenheit.

Weddings in Mexico

Getting married in Mexico is becoming increasingly popular. More and more couples are doing it with or without the "wedding party entourage". Several companies are specializing in assisting interested parties. In general terms, interested couples need 1. Certified copies of each person's Birth Certificate. 2. Health Certificate with blood test taken within thirty days prior to wedding ceremony date. 3. Names and addresses of bride and groome's parents. 4. Names and addresses of four witnesses. 5. Tourist Cards For previously married celebrants - Verification required of one year's time lapse since death of prior spouse or receipt of divorce decree of prior marriage.


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