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.

Where do you recommend eating in Belize?

Ambergris Caye has the reputation for being more "touristy" than other parts of Belize, but it also has the best restaurants and most delicious food options in the country. From Ruby's Deli (where locals line up every morning to grab fresh-baked, stuffed johnny cakes) to Latin specialties like pupusas grilled by street vendors, from Elvi's Kitchen serving the best shrimp curry I've ever had in the Caribbean to fresh seafood eateries like Caramba, San Pedro is a foodie's paradise. Throw in upscale, intimate fine dining spots like Casa Picasso or the beachfront Blue Water Grill, and it's no exaggeration to say that San Pedro is Belize's best all-around food destination. The Cayo District is a close second, with the best farmers market in the country and easy access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and cheeses.

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).

Which activities should travelers be sure to try in Belize?

Belize may seem small, but it offers an incredible variety of activities that range from culture to adventure. A memorable trip would blend one cultural experience, one outdoor experience, and one island or Barrier Reef experience. Spend the day in Hopkins, a Garifuna beach village, to learn about an endangered culture—beat the drums and sample cassava-based meals. Hop on a river safari to Lamanai Archeological Site, which includes wildlife spotting, hiking in the rainforest, and climbing up Maya temples. Snorkel or dive off the Belize Barrier Reef at Hol Chan Marine Reserve if short on time, or off one of the three atolls.

Where should travelers go for the gourmet experience of a Puerto Vallarta lifetime?

Dine at Café des Artistes, a few blocks up the hill from the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It’s similar to a first-class, gourmet dining room in New York or Paris. If you want to go the cheaper and more ethnic (and some would say better) route, get a shrimp burrito from Tacos Marlin—there’s one across the pedestrian bridge at the airport and another downtown. One burrito is big enough to feed two people!