Explore Baja California Sur

If you are planning a vacation, where the sun is your constant companion and nature the scenery of new memories, visit La Paz. La Paz is the place for nature lovers, especially those looking for aquatic adventures. Walking along the La Paz boardwalk, you will have one of the best views of the Baja California Peninsula. Keep an eye out for the gray whale, which visits the waters off La Paz every year. La Paz is the best place to explore Baja California Sur and all that it has to offer.

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One hour from La Paz is Todos Santos. A place that artists chose to be inspired. Here you will find the Hotel California. Rumor has it, that it inspired the song of the same name by The Eagles.

Costa Baja Resort & Spa is the best-hidden treasure in Mexico and a great place to explore Baja California Sur. A place where the land and sea merge in a way that the rest of the world has never seen. Discover an exclusive place where elegance, hospitality, and privacy combine to create a unique experience.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is part of the historic city center. Sophisticated architecture in a contemporary style. With a special focus on the details, a stay here offers you both excellence and quality.

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One of the typical meeting points for the people of La Paz is the Velasco Garden. Here you can take a break, and enjoy some shade under the trees. Located in the heart of the city, you will find the Cathedral of Our Lady of La Paz. Take a tour of the Whale Museum, where you can learn more about the different species that visit La Paz from December to March.

Plan your visit to explore Baja California Sur and La Paz. Reach out to me to get started

An Authentic Mexico Honeymoon

Plan your honeymoon escape to a place where the sun meets the ocean. There are locations in Mexico that are more unique and offer an authentic Mexico honeymoon experience without crowds of tourists. Learn about the culture, enjoy sun-kissed beaches, and experience new adventures by the sea.

Riviera Nayarit

an authentic mexico honeymoon experience

Located north of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s beach destination with 200 miles of pristine coastline dotted with dozens of seaside coastal towns and pueblos. Enjoy lush rainforest-covered mountain peaks, nature sanctuaries, and golden sand beaches. Learn all about one of the richest cultures in Mexico, the Huichol culture.

Punta Mita

Leave the world behind you. This exclusive and luxurious destination has six miles of virgin Pacific coast beaches, surrounded by rolling green hills. More importantly the Pacific Ocean opens before you, and you will never tire of admiring the endless turquoise blue of the sea.

Enjoy an understated sophisticated stay coupled with relaxation at Casa de Mita. Casa de Mita is located on the beach in Punta Mita where the blue waters of the pacific will be your playground. This intimate hideaway is where romance lives.

Discovering a place means immersing yourself in its culture. Iberostar Selection Playa Mita wants to welcome you into one of the richest cultures in Mexico. Enjoy an all-inclusive experience with the pacific ocean at your feet. Enjoy a drink on the terrace and watch the sun fade below the horizon.

Located on the ocean in the heart of one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, the W Punta de Mita welcomes you to a remarkable experience. A biosphere reserve and seaside villages known for their crafts are located nearby. 

Escape to Secrets Bahia Mita. Located in Banderas Bay, with golden sand beaches, this adults-only all-inclusive resort combines elegance with natural elements. Enjoy amazing views of the mountains, ocean, and gardens. A romantic honeymoon at Secrets offers you gourmet room service, walks on the beach at sunset, and multiple dining options to choose from. Let romance bloom at Secrets Bahia Mita.

Sayulita
an authentic mexico honeymoon

When dusk falls on the beaches of Sayulita Mexico you will see silhouettes float across the water. Subsequently, watch bodies dive and emerge, facing the sunset while waiting on the next perfect wave. Each evening, these scenes are repeated. Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise and definitely one of Mexico’s more unique destinations. It is a place where you can honeymoon in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Certainly, the complicated world begins to disappear as the warm Mexican sun kisses your skin when you arrive at Hotel Playa Escondido. Celebrate your love in a beachfront room. Take a deep breath of sea air, and you will smile as you look out over the beach and the blue waters beyond. 

This is the first part of a series on authentic Mexico honeymoon destinations. Above all, there is so much beauty to be seen in Mexico, certainly at the beach and beyond. If you are looking for more romantic, and off-the-beaten-path places for a honeymoon in Mexico, I would love to speak with you.

How to NOT Look Like a Tourist in Paris

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, full of chic locals living their best lives. While France is one of the most-visited countries in Europe, this doesn’t mean you want to stick out like a sore thumb! Here are a few tips on how to not look like a tourist in Paris.

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Wardrobe

It’s no secret that Parisiens are stylish, and the city itself is a hub for fashion and creatives alike. Before you go out and buy a whole new wardrobe fit for Paris Fashion Week, take stock of your closet. You probably already have an attire that would blend in on the streets of Paris.

Do: Bring plain t-shirts, well-tailored pants, a nice pair of shoes

Don’t: Bring your baseball caps, Hawaiian shirts, and sports jerseys

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Language & Tone of Voice

Take some time on the plane to brush up on some basic French. Learning some basic French phrases goes a long way, and is a sign of respect. Speaking of respect, say “bonjour” when you enter a store, “au revoir” when you leave, and “non merci” if someone is offering you something that you don’t want.

Do: Speak softly, and make an effort to communicate in French

Don’t: Shout into your cell phone, or expect everyone to speak to you in English

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Dining

From Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy neighborhood cafes, it’s hard to beat the dining scene in Paris. For the French, dining is an experience, and one not to be rushed. Don’t gulp your meal, and certainly don’t expect the quick food and service that you may experience in North America. Expect for your meal to take some time, and enjoy the slower pace that allows you to appreciate every sip and morsel.

If you happen to not finish your meal, do not ask for a to-go container (aka a doggy bag). While it’s customary in the United States to tip up to 20%, in France the gratuities are included – listed as “service compris” on your bill and is usually about 18%.

Do: Try restaurants off the beaten path, further away from the tourist attractions

Don’t: Request modifications to your meal at a restaurant, as it’s considered rude (unless for medical or dietary restrictions)

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Day to Day Life

Paris is not only a charming and romantic destination but also a major metropolitan city. With that in mind, you need to keep your wits about you and be conscientious of pickpocketers who prey on travelers. Avoid hanging your handbag on the back of your chair in restaurants and cafes, and don’t carry an excessive amount of cash on you. Utilize the safe (if there is one) in your hotel to store valuables, and keep your bag or valuables in front of you when using the metro or visiting crowded tourist attractions.

Forget your checklist of attractions to see, and instead consider flaneur (strolling, or meandering) with no real end game. The best times while traveling are often not visiting attractions or following your itinerary to a ‘T’, rather they’re the genuine, authentic moments in between. It’s the buttery pain-au-chocolat you eat on a park bench, or the fromagerie you discover as you meander down cobbled side streets, or even the pride you feel when you successfully complete a basic exchange in another language. That’s what you’ll remember when your suitcase is unpacked, the souvenirs given out, and the photos are printed. And that’s what you’ll be looking forward to experiencing again.

Do: Soak it all in, people watch, and leave room in your travels for free time

Don’t: Visit Paris only once

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Experience Paris like a local with these tips on how to not look like a tourist in Paris.

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting Paris, let’s talk! You can reach me at 888.598.8351 or email me.