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!

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.