October 31, 1993 |
The rental car I picked up at the Puerto Vallarta airport came with only a partial tank of gas, but I didn't notice until 40 miles later. By then I was headed south on a twisting, potholed road along Mexico's remote and mountainous Pacific Coast, and the dashboard needle was bouncing near empty. Where were the gas stations? Running out of gas would be a poor way to begin my end-of-summer beach holiday.
March 28, 1985 |
It wasn't enough for Joe Ramirez to attach his name to his restaurant. Now he has moved Mexican Joe's onto the second floor of his house in this Mexican resort town. The new location is two blocks north of the old site, the Hotel Palacio Blanco. Before the move, it took a breathless climb up several flights of stairs to reach the restaurant, which occupied a terrace atop the hotel.
December 25, 1994 |
In what his family says is nothing short of a miracle, Anders Bjella came home from the hospital Saturday, just in time for his second Christmas. The 13-month-old son of Ross and Diane Bjella of Costa Mesa was near death after being stung repeatedly by a scorpion at a Mexican resort Dec. 18. "It's a very happy Christmas," his mother, Diane Bjella, said soon after arriving at the family's home, which friends had decorated. "He has his spirit back. He looks like himself again."
January 25, 1998 |
My wife and I are not all-inclusive resort types, but we're not exactly adventure travelers, either. When we talked about vacationing in Mexico, we hoped to find an uncrowded village where accommodations and food were first rate. I had seen both extremes in Mexico: the plush, high-end resorts with big hotels and little local flavor, or remote pueblas with no tourist amenities.
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February 26, 2012 |
Twenty-two guests on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship out of Long Beach were robbed at gunpoint in Mexico last week as they traveled by bus from a nature hike in the jungle to the Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta, according to cruise ship officials and local media reports. Hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists' bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito, known for its trail through the jungle, according to the Mexican newspapers El Norte and La Jornada.
October 21, 1990 |
It was while visiting some friends in Mexico four years ago that I first heard of Careyes. Knowing Marta and Alejandro Gomez' penchant for understatement, I should have guessed that when they invited me to spend Christmas at their vacation place, "the farm," I wouldn't find pigs and ducks. Still, I was a bit open-mouthed when the farm turned out to be a splendid five-bedroom house perched on a hill above its own slice of sandy beach on the coast north of Puerto Vallarta.
May 7, 2013 |
Cancun tops the popularity chart with Memorial Day travelers bound for Mexico this year, according to statistics compiled by travel website Kayak.com. “Cancun, San Jose Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City are among the top Mexico destinations for both Memorial Day and summer travel," said Maria Katime, a Kayak spokesperson, who added that Cancun and San Jose Cabo hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. "Of these hot spots, Mexico City is the cheapest, with average airfares of $473 for summer and $394 for Memorial Day weekend.
March 4, 2007
Great article on Chacala, Mexico ["Chacala, the Anti-Cancun," Feb. 25]. We have a time share in Puerto Vallarta and always make it a point to take a day trip to San Francisco Beach, near Chacala. One note to those who travel north from Puerto Vallarta: There is a one-hour time change. Thanks again for the great article. We're going to check out Chacala on our next visit. PHIL YOUNG Palmdale