Every morning, before arriving at the beaches of Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, the sun climbs the Sierra Madre Occidental; the mountain spine of Mexico. And on hundreds of plantations spread across the ridges and valleys of the Jalisco Highlands not far to the east of here, that rising sun causes the agave to grow. And when it is...
At Now Amber Puerto Vallarta—where the phrase, Unlimited Luxury is actually a registered trademark, you can spend your entire visit happily chilling in this tropically landscaped Pacific playground and just bliss out as the sun bakes through the day and at dusk paints the Pacific with a palette of coral and tangerine. Or you can actually get up and...
Ancient Aztecs measured getting hammered in units of rabbits, as in: “I’m not speaking to my husband. He stumbled in last night at least 150 rabbits.” When they discovered that sap from the agave naturally fermented into a creamy drink with about the same alcohol content as beer, the mythology of the 400 Rabbits was born. The story goes...
Some locals sniff that Red Stripe is for tourists, and when we were present at Scotchies green Heineken bottles inhabited the rustic bar in company with the red and white labels. But Red Stripe is indisputably the most iconic symbol of Jamaica aside from Usain Bolt smiling from a green and yellow T-shirt. Red Stripe beer appeared in the...
Scotchies in Montego Bay is widely celebrated as the best jerk chicken pit in Jamaica. And its name is derived from the potent pepper that imbues jerk meats with their kick. The Scotch Bonnett pepper that is the foundation of jerk chicken spices has a heat rating of between 100 thousand and 400 thousand Scoville units. The Jalapeño measures 25...
They’ve been making rum in Jamaica since Thomas Jefferson was 6 years old, and one can’t throw a stone here at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande without hitting someone holding a tall glass with a pineapple wedge on the rim containing some rum-based potion in colors of every wave length. Since guests here are from everywhere, it’s always 5...

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