A few years ago, I did a six-week road trip through Mexico. I visited a lot of great parts of the country, but one of the highlights was the monarch butterfly sanctuaries near Valle de Bravo and Patzcuaro, Michoacan.Read More
Considering that Isla Holbox is on the small side, there is an impressive variety of places to eat and drink. Luckily, we were staying at Hotel La Palapa, with their terrific Italian restaurant, Costa Nostra. We had several fine meals there, which you can read about in the last blog post. As much as we liked Cosa Nostra, we wanted to sample some of the other spots.
In the mood for seafood, we found Zarabanda, lovingly run by Chef Leo and his family. We had read about the seafood soup and we weren’t disappointed. The tomato-based seafood broth was loaded with chunks of fish, octopus, crab, small shrimp and half of a small lobster tail. The grouper filet was good, but the seafood soup took the prize. The owner’s boys worked the tables and his wife made sure everything ran smoothly. After we paid our bill she gave us a hand-woven palm frond hummingbird as a small parting gift. Style. Charm. Fresh seafood.Read More
There is a variety of Holbox hotels with budgets for every taste, but Hotel La Palapa by Xperience Hotels is one of the best. Only two short blocks to the plaza, right on the beach with plenty of palms to shade visitors from the heat of the day and a killer Italian restaurant open from early morning through dinner.
The welcome at all Xperience Hotels begins the moment you walk in the door and Hotel La Palapa is no exception. You are offered a nice, cold towel and a cold beverage to refresh after your journey. They both come with a smile.
The rooms are comfortable, the balconies have great chairs and a hammock, and the bathrooms feature local toiletries. Most of the company’s hotels in Playa have huge overhead rainshower shower heads, but La Palapa takes advantage of the wealth of shells on Holbox and uses a large conch-like shell for the shower head. There are no televisions or telephones, but there is free wifi in the rooms, on the beach and in the restaurant.Read More
One of the best spots in the Yucatan is Isla Holbox, a small island off of the northeastern edge of the peninsula. The island came to my attention at least ten years ago when the owners of the former Caribe Blu hotel and dive shop starting taking guests there to snorkel with whale sharks during the summer. It has always been on our list of places to visit and we finally did so last week.
The island is what most people dream about when they hear the word “tropical island”: white sand, swaying palm trees, fresh seafood, cool bars on the water, and a slow pace of life. The slow pace of life is headlined by the lack of cars and paved roads (virtually none and none). You could spend a week here without wearing shoes and most people do. A few years ago the whale shark tours attracted a young mix of Mexican, Italian, Spanish and American entrepreneurs who have set up shop on the island and the island is better for it. You want anitpasto, lobster ravioli, spanish tortas or french pastry? You’ll find it here.Read More
The argument can be made that Lolo Lorena is one of the best restaurants on Isla Mujeres. It is certainly the most interesting. Serving a limited number of people (maximum of sixteen) with a set menu that changes nightly is nothing new, but when you add the eclectic setting, the ability to bring your own wine without a corkage fee, and the high quality of the food, this is the place for serious eaters.Read More
A story about the top things to do in Oaxaca could begin and end with the word, “food”.
One could simply say, it’s all about the food. You could spend your time in this wonderful city doing nothing but market visits, cooking classes, mezcal tastings and consuming a series of wonderful meals. But, saying it’s all about the food would mean you would miss the interesting architecture, the pleasant plaza and the fine museums and art galleries.Read More