Can you recommend a must-do activity in Los Cabos?

One of the most memorable experiences you can have in Los Cabos is the opportunity to watch a baby sea turtle hatching. This takes some advanced planning with local conservationists, as well as a little luck on the timing. Olive ridley hatchlings can be seen from August through January, from Todos Santos to Los Cabos and along the East Cape.

Which beach would you recommend for the overall best beach experience in Belize?

If you’re looking for a great beach with entertainment, Placencia Beach is definitely the best pick. In addition to 16 miles of golden sand that stretches across three areas or neighborhoods, there are numerous bars, restaurants, and boutique hotels lining its shores—and therefore plenty of all-around entertainment. And while Belize's offshore cayes or islands are my favorites and have stunning white sand beaches surrounded by gorgeous Caribbean turquoise waters, they're often isolated or restricted to on-site resort visitors only. If you want to experience a secluded white sand beach and turquoise waters straight out of a dreamy postcard, then take a day trip or stay on one of the offshore islands, like South Water Caye or Ranguana Caye.

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.

What are a few tips for visiting Belize during peak season?

My one big tip would be to book your tours in advance of your trip if you already know what interests you, whether it’s a snorkeling trip or an inland excursion. Tours are usually priced lower when you reserve your spot ahead of time and higher for walk-ins. I also recommend that visitors check a hotel or tour operator's social media site for any discounts or package specials, which are sometimes posted a month ahead of peak season. My final tip would be to reserve your rooms in advance, as it's quite common for the best resorts to be full during the months of December and January in particular.