It took a thousand years but Tulum finally got a Starbucks.  A 5-minute walk from the ruins entry gate, the bustling souvenir marketplace offers an iced café latte refuge from unrelenting engagement in hand-to-hand commerce with aggressive vendors. Smile in good humor while you sneer at the price and hold out for half. Here are some tips for making the...
Full of beautiful sandy beaches, nine bays, and a stunning variety of flora and fauna, Huatulco is an ideal location for watersports enthusiasts and eco-tourists alike. Learn more about why we love this easygoing destination, awarded the 2017 Crystal Apple Award for “Best Destination”, and start planning your vacation today! Trying to find the right time to visit Huatulco without...
by Dave McBride We are off to Panama City and not the Florida one where spring breakers bong beers on the beach. Our destination, Panama the country, is the newest real estate in the Western Hemisphere. The space in which it resides was previously occupied by the ocean for 70 million years between two drifting continents before colossal pressures in the...
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...
A stay on the north coast is just what the Doctor Bird ordered Hello---I’m reading the foremost author on the birds of Jamaica---whose name is Bond. James Bond. James Bond was an American ornithologist who wrote Birds of the West Indies in 1936. Ian Fleming moved to Jamaica and was a passionate bird watcher and owned a copy of Birds of...
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...
Camel Quest 1
We're halfway through a long week, and you know what that means! Let's celebrate by exploring this fun excursion in Los Cabos called "Camel Quest," a camel-riding safari that winds its way through El Tule canyon in the desert of Los Cabos. Amstar dmc will pick you up from your hotel for a morning or mid-day safari. Upon arrival at...
Snorkeling
While there are tons of awesome snorkeling excursions available on vacation, sometimes you just want to grab your snorkel and fins and go! Here are some resorts with above average (if not excellent) snorkeling right off the shore -- no boat required! Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Located on the north end of Ka'anapali Beach, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is...
Humpback whale watching
You're not the only one looking for a great winter getaway; majestic whales also head south to warmer waters. From several Apple Vacations' destinations, you can spot whales from your resorts' beach. But for an even closer look, head out on a whale watch excursion, where local marine experts can give you the whaley scoop close up. So you wanna...
Kilauea Volcano, Big Island
If you're looking for a vacation that's smoking hot, there's nothing like a getaway to an active or dormant volcano. Apple Vacations offers four great destinations that get you up-close-and-personal with ancient volcanoes. We promise, you'll lava it! (We'll see ourselves out now.) Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Located just a few hours east of Guanacaste, the Arenal Volcano makes a great...

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