Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Manzanillo, Mexico & Barcelo Resorts

SHOES: Flip-flops all the way! But if you head out of the resort, I'd recommend closed toe shoes, because some areas aren't so clean (like downtown).
A couple of weeks ago, I was on assignment in Mexico, with multiple connections from Manzanillo. at Barcelo's Karmina Palace, Manzanillo is located in the State of Colima on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Puerto Vallarto. Beautiful golden beaches, lush green valleys, majestic mountains, with banana plantations lining the valleys and mountains.

Manzanillo is the the sailfish capital of the world, and this is the best place for deep sea fishing enthusiasts. Besides sailfish, other varieties caught include tuna, marlin, and dorado. This small fishing village admittedly needs some cleaning up, but their downtown is doing just that in preparation for their cruise ship traffic as a major port for cruise lines.

I stayed at my favorite Mexico all-inclusive chain: Barcelo's Karmina Palace. Several years ago, I visited Karmina before it was purchased by Barcelo, and the changes are subtle but noticeable. Service is definitely at a higher level. For an all-inclusive, the food is decent, and the breakfast buffet includes made to order omeletes and eggs. Other meal options included a fine dining restaurant "Carioca" as well as several other buffet, less formal meal spots, and a nightly show.

Other upscale amenties at Karmina Palace: oceanfront with white beaches, interconnected cascading swimming pools, two secluded adults-only areas, attentive staff - need I say more?
Shoes: optional. :-) but bring along your comfortable flip-flops for walking.
Next up -- the glitzy Acapulco and the Fairmont Acapulco Princess & Pierre Marques.
Your TravelingInHeels.com Host: Diana

Monday, September 17, 2007

I'm back...

Okay, maybe I was barely here to begin with, but life has gotten in the way. Not of my travels, but with blogging. So today is my attempt to get back on track. I promise to start with tips on the shoes to wear, because, chica, we all know how important the right shoes (aka heels!) are to a trip.

Since my last confession, er blog, I've traveled all across the world. I've been to Mexico: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Laz Paz (Yacht Cruise), Acapulco (COMING SOON!), Manzanillo, and mad dash through Mexico City's airport (another topic on its own). I've also stayed around my home state of Colorado, visiting The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Aspen and Snowmass. Other adventures include Las Vegas, Palm Desert/Palm Springs, California, Montreal (Canada), Hawaii (Honolulu and Malakai), Panama (COMING SOON!), and ...I'm sure I'm missing other places I've visited.
In two weeks, I'm heading to England, Wales and Ireland, so I'll be sure to update you on that. For now, I'm just checking in, letting you know what's going on and where to check for stories. I'll blog on some of this adventures -- more coming soon! Really....
Until then, pack your bags, and don't forget the right pair of shoes...Diana ;-)