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Izamal: Mexico’s Beautiful Yellow City

A lot of people are under the misconception that Izamal isn’t worth visiting because it’s too small and doesn’t offer enough things to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mexico’s stunning yellow city holds Spanish colonial treasures to see, but it’s also the perfect place to position yourself to explore a good portion […]

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Cozumel Beaches & Best Things to Do in Cozumel

A tropical island off mainland Mexico, Cozumel lies in the Caribbean Sea. A popular cruise ship port destination, Cozumel beaches and outdoor activities – such as some of the best scuba diving in the Western hemisphere – attract tourists from all over the world to its shimmering turquoise shores. Cozumel at a Glance Just off […]

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12 BEST Puerto Vallarta Beaches and Activities

Nestled between the aquamarine waves of the Pacific and the lofty Sierra Madre Mountains is Puerto Vallarta. This popular tourist destination, once named as la ciudad más amigable del mundo (“The Friendliest City in the World”), beckons visitors with its colorful architecture, rich culture, friendly locals, and world-class beaches. In addition to the Puerto Vallarta […]

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Valladolid Yucatan: 10 Fabulous Things to Do in Valladolid Mexico

Not far from the Yucatan capital of Merida, Valladolid is a delightful Spanish colonial town consisting of narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored houses. Tucked away from the crowds of tourists, the vibe of Valladolid is reminiscent of “old Mexico.”  Whether you spend your days strolling around the central square, admiring the well-preserved architecture, exploring […]

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Acapulco Beaches and Activities Are Fun…But Is Acapulco Safe?

240 miles south of Mexico City, the azure blue water, craggy Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, and upscale high-rise hotels of  Acapulco de Juárez (Spanish: [akaˈpulko ðe ˈxwaɾes] was once Mexico’s paradise and most famous beach resort town. In its heyday, Acapulco beaches, upscale cuisine, golf courses, pulsing nightlife, and spas provided a powerful attraction […]

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What to Pack for Mexico – High Style, Low Cost

Ah, Mexico. When you hear the name, you probably think “fun,” right? And you’d be right. It’s an amazing, large, and vibrant country with a lot of diverse activities. If you’re planning a trip, lucky you!  Wondering what to pack for Mexico getaways? We’ve got you covered! My second international trip, when I was in […]

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10 BEST US Beaches for Your Bucket List! | Luggage and Lipstick

The United States is a huge country with lots of natural diversity. And that includes beaches. I’ve been searching for the best beaches for most of my adult life, and some of the romantic getaways in USA also deserve consideration as the best beaches in the world. FREE: Here’s the ONLY beach vacation packing guide […]

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Huatulco Playas & Activities: 10 Best Reasons to Visit Huatulco

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Huatulco (pronounced wa-TOOL-co) is worth checking out if you’re considering visiting the Mexican Riviera or the Mexican state of Oaxaca (wah-HAAK-kah).  Unspoiled beauty, eco-friendly, near-perfect weather, epic sunsets, ancient ruins, scrumptious food, and of course, crystal clear Huatulco playas (beaches) […]

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Mexico Hot Spots: Top 10 Mexican Beaches

The US (and many other places in the world) experiences cold winters and rainy springtime. If you live in one of the cooler climates, the thought of spreading a towel on a warm, palm-lined beach or curling up with a book under an oceanfront palapa with turquoise waves lapping at your feet is very appealing.  […]

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10 Things to Do in Beaufort SC

Beaufort (pronounced “byoo-furt,” not “bo-fort”), on the South Carolina coast, is called the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands” for good reason. Ranked by Livability as one of the Top 100 Small Towns in 2015, Beaufort has everything needed to attract couples, families, or solo travelers – pristine beaches, charming antebellum downtown, rich history, Gullah […]

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