Taking the Kids — when rain upends your plans on a cruise ship
A rainy day scuttles plans for an excursion in Puerto Vallarta

Taking the Kids — when rain upends your plans on a cruise ship

Weather can derail the best-laid plans. We almost didn’t make it to San Diego and the Oosterdam before she sailed, in fact, because of canceled flights

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#BestTamalesEver? Try the sweet corn in Matazalan on a local food tour
Sweet corn tamales in Matzalan

#BestTamalesEver? Try the sweet corn in Matazalan on a local food tour

We are in Mazatlan, Mexico, the second port on our New Years’ cruise aboard the Holland America Oosterdam and we have forsaken a cruise tour today to see the city with a local, through its food.

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Taking the Kids — and indulging your inner-foodie at an all-inclusive resort
Casa de Rosa at The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen

Taking the Kids — and indulging your inner-foodie at an all-inclusive resort

All-inclusive resorts are also upping the ante when it comes to food. But unlike most cruise ships, these specialty dining experiences don’t come with an extra tab.

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Calling all foodies – all-inclusives are no longer about buffet lines
Guacamole made tableside at Grand Residents Riviera Cancun

Calling all foodies – all-inclusives are no longer about buffet lines

All-inclusives once were the purview of bland buffets where, like on cruise ships, the emphasis was on quality rather than quality. That has all changed

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When it rains in paradise, there are alternatives to explore
Rainy day at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

When it rains in paradise, there are alternatives to explore

On this rainy day, the club is humming with activity -- some kids playing air hockey; others doing a paper Mache craft. In the afternoon, they will feed iguanas

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Spacious, family-friendly, foodie paradise – Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
The beach activity at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

Spacious, family-friendly, foodie paradise – Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

At the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun with my three friends from grade school and after a day of lounging, we’re also smitten—the good food and service, the spacious accommodations with plenty of hang-out space

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Spending the New Year at Seadust Cancun Family Resort
The all new and renovated Seadust Resort

Spending the New Year at Seadust Cancun Family Resort

For families looking to still get away and escape the frigid northern temperatures for the new year, there’s good news. The family-friendly Seadust Cancun Family Resort is offering an unforgettable holiday and dining experience

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A Weekend Visiting The Newly-Renovated Fiesta Condesa Americana All-Inclusive Resort In Cancun
An Aerial view of the Fiesta Cancun Americana Resort in Cancun

A Weekend Visiting The Newly-Renovated Fiesta Condesa Americana All-Inclusive Resort In Cancun

The newly-renovated Fiesta Condesa Americana All-Inclusive Resort is one of the most family-friendly properties in Cancun and perfect for a mid-semester break with the kids

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