Do you have any recommendations for making the most of a trip to Puerto Vallarta?

I have two suggestions. 1. Go on a whale watching trip during the season (November through May), in a fast boat, and with a real whale scientist, such as Nico Ransome at Vallarta Adventures or Oscar Frey at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching. With an expert as your guide, whale behavior—all that jumping and tail thumping and splashing—begins to make sense, and knowing the meaning of whale behavior deeply enriches the experience. 2. Learn how to paddle a stand-up paddleboard while you’re here, in either Bucerias, Sayulita, or Punta Mita. It’s super fun, super healthy, easy to learn in an hour, and a great way to experience the ocean.

Renting Cars or Mopeds on Isla Cozumel

Renting a car is a nice way to get out of downtown and see the rest of the island. It is virtually impossible to get lost, and you can visit all the main spots in a day or two. Read on to learn about the average costs and how to avoid tourist scams.

Water Parks and Swimming with Dolphins in Cancún

Depending on your comfort and price range, you can interact with dolphins with a simple “fin shake” or enroll in a “trainer for a day” program. Read more to find out where you can swim with dolphins in Cancún, as well as where to cool off in a classic water park.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas offers a variety of unique opportunities for underwater exploration. Boat rides are relatively short (as little as five minutes to the closest sites), and the terrain is dramatic. Read on to learn more about snorkeling and diving in Cabo San Lucas.

Everyday Customs & Etiquette in Mexico

While good manners are universally appreciated, Mexicans know that foreigners may not understand the country’s codes and customs. Politeness, patience, and a smile go a long way, but here is some additional information to make eating meals or greeting strangers go more smoothly.

Bringing Your Own Boat to Mexico

Sailing and fishing are popular activities off Mexico’s azure coast, especially along the Baja California peninsula and the Pacific. Author Julie Doherty Meade tells you what you need to know to bring your boat to Mexico.

Visual Art & Architecture in Mexico

Julie Doherty Meade discusses the history of visual art and architecture in Mexico, from the stepped temple-pyramids of the pre-Columbian era to the influence of French occupation on Mexico City. Read on to learn more about Mexican art—both past and present.