In Mexico, the Christmas season is a much more elaborate and evocative celebration than you may be used to. It is an extended month-long fiesta, gilded with the nation’s famously colorful Catholicism, long since syncretized with indigenous customs that bubble up through more familiar festivities.
Celebrating Christmas in Mexico? Wondering what to expect? Well, aside from the sub-tropical to tropical climates making it a bit difficult to find a pine tree, Christmas in Mexico is celebrated in much the same fashion as their neighbors to the north, with some fun exceptions.
We were headed to tour the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The contrast between the desolate stretch of pavement that was leading us there and the throbbing club music and brightly colored Viva Mexico flags that decorated Fifth Avenue, Playa’s main drag, couldn’t have been much more pronounced.
Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan in Mexico and here you’ll find an amazing diversity of charming culture, fantastic Meridian food, and archaeological ruins. Many a day trip embark from Merida, and though the exploration of the Yucatan peninsula uncovers rich treasures and memorable adventures, within the heart of Merida itself lies one of the most overlooked Mexican treasures – the Iglesia de Jesus.
Perhaps the most well-known fishing tournament in the world, Bisbee’s Balck & Blue fishing tournaments in Baja California are, thanks to the extra-large purse, legendary. Started in 1981 by Bob Bisbee, the Black & Blue Marlin Tournament has grown from six teams with a purse of $10,000 to more than 150 teams with millions of dollars on the line. In 2006, the Bisbee’s Black & Blue had its biggest overall cash payout of $4,165,960, which was, and remains, the largest sportsfishing payout ever. For over 30 years now, Bisbee’s has been putting on fishing tournaments of fabled scope, so, as you might imagine, Bisbee’s name carries a lot of weight in the sportsfishing industry.
Acapulco’s main thoroughfare and party central is Costera Miguel Aleman, but the locals know and love it as simply “La Costera,” which is essentially a road that winds around the long and beautiful bay of Acapulco. It’s a long stretch of asphalt, sand, and skyscrapers, which is incongruous enough, but La Costera is more than just a Caribbean oddity – it’s Acapulco’s primetime real estate. If you’re in Acapulco and looking for something to explore, or a fun night out on the town – you’re looking for some time spent on La Costera.