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La Cucaracha: No Pot, No Travel

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.26.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

If you're a frequent visitor to Mexico, chances are you've heard bands play the popular Latin song "La Cucaracha" a zillion times at floor shows and p...

Spanish Troops Got a Big Surprise on the Gulf of Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

In the Middle Ages, commoners with an itch to pep up their wardrobes had a choice of black or various shades of grey, their dyes coming from cheap, dr...

Tales of Mazatlan's Plaza Machado

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Built in the 1820s, the plaza has been drawing visitors ever since. No one's really sure why he came to Mazatlan, but in the late 1820s a fellow fro...

Playa Espiritu Takes Root (at Last) on Mexico's West Coast

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Memo to travelers to Mexico: Make room in your closet for a bunch of new tee shirts proclaiming your love for places like Teacapan, Esquinapa and Playa Espiritu. Particularly for Playa Espiritu.

Alamos: A Treasure in the Sonoran Boonies

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

It's easy to see how this old Spanish mining town might have inspired a book about prospecting for gold in the nearby Sierras.

Todos Santos: What a Nice Surprise... Bring Your Alibis

Bob Schulman | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Next time you're vacationing down at western Mexico's beach resort at Los Cabos consider a visit to the nearby town of Todos Santos.

Relatively Unplugged: Four Days Roadtrip Los Angeles to Baja California Norte

Tara Fass | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
Tara Fass

Baja and Paso Robles compete as our place to unplug from Los Angeles. Day 1: Our sweet spot has been a canine friendly casita named Villa Bella Gue...

I Am Not a Sailor, I Am a Captain: Behind the Words of 'La Bamba'

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Many -- but not all -- Latino musicologists agree the name of the song relates to the Spanish word bambolear, roughly meaning "to shake." Beyond that, though, the oft-improvised lyrics run the gamut from a happy Mexican dance tune to tales of lamented love.

A Guide to 10 Wacky Weddings in Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.10.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Looking for a place a little, er, unconventional to tie the knot? How about on top of a 2,000-year-old Maya pyramid? Or maybe in a church named after 11,000 virgins? Or on a beach where old-time movie stars used to whoop it up? If ideas like these ring a bell, consider these 10 spots south of the border.

Mexico Debuts Quickie Immigration Clearance for Some Arrivals at Popular Airports

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.05.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The lines will likely get even longer next year when current caps on transborder flight frequencies are tossed out.

Relic-Packed Museum in Cancun Turns Tourists on to Mayan Archaeo Sites

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Memo to visitors to Cancun: Sometime during your stay, chances are you're going to tear yourself away from your hotel's powdery beaches to get a look at one or more of the ancient Mayan cities dotting the Yucatan Peninsula.

Punta Diamante: Mexico's New Kid on the Beach

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

It's 1976, and eccentric (to put it mildly) billionaire Howard Hughes is on the move again. This time - after a decade of penthouse hopping between th...

Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Ready to Go Capless

Bob Schulman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

It's 1525, and 20,000 native warriors are about to make history out of your little troop of Spanish conquistadores scouting the bay. There's only one way out. All eyes turn to Father Octavio, who needs no encouragement to call for divine intervention.

Baja California Sur: Vacationing With the Saints

Bob Schulman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

LOS CABOS, Mexico - Not too long ago - up to the 1970s - this 30-mile stretch of beaches, coves and lagoons at the tip of western Mexico's Baja Penins...

Confessions of a Spice-Challenged Visitor to Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

I really like spices. The trouble is, they don't like me. Anything with even a tiny chili in it gives me an instant heartburn.

Puerto Morelos: Cancun's Quiet Little Neighbor

Bob Schulman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Fast-forward to today, and Puerto Morelos (named after a hero in Mexico's war for independence from Spain) probably looks much like it did before the world's chewing gum craze put it on the map.

What This Woman Learned About Life By Traveling Solo To Mexico

Maryjane Fahey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Maryjane Fahey

It's a jolt to be called 'Ma'am' the first time. And it still sucks the 223rd time. Ouch...a realization nobody needs to be reminded of.

How 3 X's Put Mexico's Cozumel Island on the Map

Bob Schulman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The first "X": You don't run across many islands with their own goddess. One is Cyprus, the home of the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. Another is Cozumel, a spot on the Mexican Caribbean where the Maya goddess Ixchel doled out love, fertility and lots of offspring.

Silks for Silver: Saga of the Manila Galleons

Bob Schulman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Imagine it's the 16th century, and you're on a 2,500-ton Spanish super-galleon sailing off the Pacific coast of Mexico. You're on your way back from a long, dangerous voyage to Manila, where traders from Spain's conquered lands in the Americas.

Kaank'uun to Cancun: The Backstory of Mexico's Blockbuster Resort

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Today, fun-in-the-sun-loving tourists and wannabe archaeologists alike are bedding down in some 41,000 rooms in 385 hotels along the powdery beaches of the Riviera.

Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay: The Little-Known Roots of 'Cielito Lindo'

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Chances are you've belted out your share of "Ay, ay, ay, ay" choruses in that timeless Mexican song about a lovely lady with dark eyes. Everyone knows "Cielito Lindo," right?

Mexico's La Malinche: The Woman Behind the Sword of Hernan Cortes

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The invaders called her "La Malinche" -- meaning something like "the captain's woman" -- but legends say her name was really Malinalli.

Mexico City: Tales of an Aztec Emperor, a Spanish Conquistador and a Flying Serpent

Bob Schulman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Next time you're on a jet landing at Mexico City, try to imagine what happened here five centuries ago.

What's New In Mexico Travel

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Next time you're planning a vacation south of the border, chances are the bargain rates you'll see in the travel ads -- one might say: "7 nites in Los Cabos for $750 PPDO incl. air" -- came from a deal cut at Tianguis.

Where Spain And The New World Collided...

Bob Schulman | Posted 02.25.2013 | Travel
Bob Schulman

A newer attraction on the tour routes -- it's only 450 years old -- is a colonial town full of yellow buildings called Izamal.