Mexico

Tips and Articles in Mexico

When I first visited Mexico's Riviera Maya eight years ago, this 75-mile stretch of Caribbean coastline south of Cancun had neither its classy--not to mention marketable-- name nor its slick four-lane expressway. In those days, you took your life ...
My normal environment is backstage. It's busy and buzzy, and I stare into a mirror surrounded by lights. It's exactly what I saw in the movies as a child, and I never cease to be pleased by that. I have conversations with Mitch, who does my hair, ...
Here, five hotels that are the latest in seaside luxury: (1) The centerpiece to a resort community on Florida's Gulf Coast, designer David Rockwell's 60-room WaterColor Inn (34 Goldenrod Circle, Seagrove Beach; 866/426-2656 or 850/534-5000; double...
I am the envy of all, trust me. Here I am on the terrace at the Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where I stayed with my friend Vanessa. I'm sitting at the edge of the Blue Pool in my "resort nightwear" -- can you imagine an...
Magic places loom in one's consciousness, confected with a plot and a set of characters. It was Leonora Carrington, a Surrealist painter in her eighties and living in Mexico City, who first told me of Edward James and Xilitla. Between 1949 and 198...
By 7 p.m. dusk has fallen in Veracruz, and the sticky tropical heat finally begins to ease up. The streetlamps have been illuminated, as have the lights in the grand arcades of the city hall and the cafés that border the zocalo. The bandstand in t...
(26) Hoi An Vietnam's funky port Hoi An, a well-preserved port town, is a Vietnamese Provincetown of sorts. Its tranquil waterfront and art galleries make it the perfect weekend away from Hanoi and Saigon (planes connect both cities to nearb...
(14) Four Seasons Punta Mita High style, south of the border The rocky road that snakes from Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita is about as raw as it gets. But don't fret, for at the end is true luxury, Four Seasons-style. Resting between the Pacific O...
(01)Haggerstone IslandFar away in Australia So you want to escape civilization and flee to that mythical undiscovered beach, a place where it's just you, the sand, and the sea (okay, and a nice meal after a sunbaked day)?Well, we've found it, but...
With its cobblestoned streets, colorful 16th- and 17th-century houses, neo-Gothic churches, and hilly terrain, it's no wonder San Miguel de Allende has been luring artists and writers since the 1940's. In recent years, an infusion of new B&B's, st...
ASA IS NOT OLD ENOUGH TO RIDE A HORSE, ACCORDING TO THE WOMAN AT THE ACTIVITIES DESK. BUT I bring him along to the stables anyway and, this being Mexico, our wrangler, Don Pancho, thinks he'd do okay behind me on the saddle. And already I'm glad ...
Like pilgrims who trek to far-flung places to catch the sun at equinox, I have come to Dzitnup cenote, in the center of the state of Yucatán, Mexico, at 7 a.m., to see a renowned sunbeam pass through the earth's crust and strike the surface of an ...
Mineral de Pozos is not at the top of anyone's list of destinations south of the border—but that's changed, with the opening of Casa Montana, a stylish five-room inn from New Mexico transplant (and local real estate agent) Susan Montana. A onetime...
The ancient pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacán, which lie just an hour north of Mexico City, are one of Mexico's most popular attractions. Each year some 2 million visitors—from amateur archaeologists to pagan pilgrims—flock to the site's massive Pyra...
In 1940, John Steinbeck ventured on a marine collecting expedition to Baja California, a peninsula off Mexico's west coast; he found more signs of life in the tidal pools than on land. His Log from the Sea of Cortez speaks of an ocean's edge inhab...