What are some must-do activities in Puerto Vallarta?

At any time of the year, one of the most pleasant and inspiring experiences you will have in Puerto Vallarta is a simple one: a sunset walk along the Malecón, the pedestrians-only waterfront promenade. Fabulous tropical sunset colors in the sky, dozens of quirky and beautiful modern art sculptures along the promenade, sand sculptures below on the narrow beach, and hundreds of crazily amusing people to watch. Free, fun, and unforgettable. I recommend taking a day trip to the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, an hour south of town. Wander the lush, lovely gardens, then swim in the river than runs through them.

If you could only recommend one beach in Los Cabos, which would it be?

Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) is the only beach in the world to border the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Take a water taxi from Playa El Medano or the marina in Cabo San Lucas, or rent a kayak and paddle yourself. Bring snorkeling gear and a picnic lunch for a perfect afternoon in the sun.

Best Beaches in Los Cabos along the Corridor

Author Nikki Goth Itoi points you toward the best places to take a dip or lay your towel along the 29-kilometer stretch of beautiful coastline between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas known as the Corridor.

Any advice for visiting Los Cabos during peak season?

Don’t be afraid to leave the resort and venture out on your own. Take the bus from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to browse the art galleries and walk the organic farmers market on Saturday. You can also rent a car and drive to Todos Santos or the East Cape for the day to see the quieter side of southern Baja.

Can you recommend some good restaurants in Cancún and Cozumel?

The best food experience is in the eye of the beholder, or rather, in the belly of the diner. For us, that typically means heading to where the locals eat—Quesadillas Tierra del Sol, a small open-air eatery facing Parque Palapas (in downtown Cancún), or El Viejo y La Mar, a bustling seafood joint run by a local fishermen's co-op (in downtown Cozumel).