Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MEXICAN BEACHES & HACIENDA VACATIONS

VACATION BEACHES

Over the years,  I have taken some nice vacations round to the best beaches of Mexico. Here is a list of our favorites and some hotels we’ve enjoyed.  If you plan to come earlier or stay later, we are happy to also recommend more specific tours of places in Mexico.  There isn’t any particular order to these, but all of them you would  need to fly from DF and get an all inclusive type options or go hippie route and bus to wherever and find an AirBandB place for the cheap.  All accommodations and levels of prices are available.
  1. Acapulco is an easy bus or car trip from DF.  My favorite hotel overall in Mexico is Boca Chica, which is a retro place the sourthern part of town http://www.hotel-bocachica.com/.  This is part of the  Habitat group too.  We’ve also stayed at Las Brisas here: https://www.brisas.com.mx/hotels/acapulco
  2. Ixtapa zihuatanejo is pacific ocean, we went in May--it's quiet and nice with a bike trail around town and small fishing docs for dinner. We stayed at Las Brisas (https://www.brisas.com.mx/hotels/ixtapa) which was bulit by a famous Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta.
  3. Cozumel is the island off the Yucatan Peninsula.  I would go back there at anytime!  This is next to Playa del Carmen which is a boat trip away and has more of a party vibe than the quiet island.  We rented a motor scooter to run around the island, which was a lot of fun.
  4. Tulum is also Yucatan. It has a great local beach vibe with a some town and some ruins on the outskirts of town.  My favorite hotel is Zulum www.hotelstulum.com/zulum/  with its cabañas facing the ocean.
  5. I’ve wanted to go to Huatulco, which is pacific in Oaxaca that’s more hippie place that you can go. There are so many options along the southern part of the pacific, I haven’t been so if you go, please send me your impressions.  
  6. Taxco: The World’s Silver Capital is on the way to Acapulco and a fun place to visit: http://www.visitmexico.com/en/the-silver-capital-taxco-guerrero-mexico

HACIENDA VACATION

If you can’t afford the time or money to hit the beach, there are several haciendas near Mexico City which are as lovely and more affordable. Spend two nights and three days in the warm sun without the beach. Typically these were built in the late 1500s to 1800s and have amazing accommodations.
Carretera Federal Cuernavaca-Cuautla KM 32.5
Centro, 62736 Cocoyoc, Morelos, México
cocoyoc.com.mx
2. Hacienda de Tenango
AlbercasHacienda de Tenango Miguel Hidalgo 1, Tenango Cuautla (Morelos)
Photos Here
Plaza Kennedy 90
62560 Atlacomulco Juitepec, Morelos, Mexico
hotelhaciendadecortes.com.mx
More Photos
4. Hacienda Amanalco
Calle de la Estación, 412 62410 Cuernavaca (Morelos)
Photos Here
5. Hacienda Vista Hermosa
Km. 7 Carretera Alpuyeca Tequesquitengo, San José
Vista Hermosa CP. 62680, Puente de Ixtla Morelos
http://www.haciendavistahermosa.com.mx/
See Photos Here

Mexico City Information

LOGISTICS & MONEY, ETC.

Mexico city is an easy place to get around with Taxis, Metro, Metrobus (BRT), Uber and drivers to contract, it's easy to go from place to place.  Although there is high traffic at times, so plan in advance and expect an adventure....
The airport to fly in and out of is Mexico City (MEX) and there are taxi stands outside the international gate.  These are certified taxis and will cost approximately $250 pesos (about $20 US) to go anywhere in the city. They have booths where you buy your ticket and there are several brands like “Yellow Taxi” or “Taxi Express” which cost just about the same.  Cars fit 4 people comfortably but if you need a larger van, just ask for an additional rate.  All fairs can be paid by credit card including American Express.  Simply pay for your ticket and walk out the doors and you’ll find the same company sign and logo.  Their drivers will carry your bags for you to put into the car. Just tell the driver the address of your hotel and they will find the best route for the time of day.
The exchange rate in Mexico is variable but currently around $16.5 pesos to the $1 US dollar.
Every hotel has an internal system to find or hail private cabs. Use them!  The best and safest way, if you are not familiar with the city, are to use Taxis that are private services like radio taxi or “taxi de sitio” which has a base and sends out cars as necessary.  Uber also works just fine and you can use the app with the hotel WIFI.  Sometimes charges appear from their international base, but the premise works the same way as in the US and all you need to do is write in the address to where you are going. It’s often the most easiest way to get around and the safest.

WEATHER

The weather in Mexico city is just about always 70 degrees in the day and 50 degrees at night. This hardly changes through the dry months or rainy season (May-August). In late December and January it can drop to be a bit colder, but not by much. If there is inclement weather on the costs it could drop to 60 degrees in the day and 40 at night, but basically expect to see sun during the day and bring a jacket for the evenings.

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