Palace Resorts Offers Spectacular Early Savings Promotions for All Mexico and Dominican Republic Getaways in 2010

MIAMI, March 30 /PRNewswire/ — Palace Resorts — the company that set the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations — invites families, couples and friends to book a warm escape to one of 12 luxury all-inclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Sunny and warm spring escapes are more affordable than ever with incredible deals and promotions at Palace Resorts properties including the Palace Passport to Savings, $300 Resort Credit, Kids 12 Years and Under Stay Free, and Free Scuba Diving, all of which can be combined with many other promotions for even greater savings.

Palace Resorts is one of the only all-inclusive brands that gives guests the opportunity to explore the history, culture and tourist spots in each featured destination as part of the all-inclusive rate, via the Palace Passport to Savings. This promotion is available to all guests staying three nights or more now through Dec. 23, 2010 and includes unlimited select off-site historic and cultural tours, 30 percent off golf course green fees, 25 percent off select spa services, buy one get one free swim with the dolphins, and buy one get one free jungle tour (tours and details vary in each location). This can be combined with all other promotions. Exclusions apply.

The $300 Resort Credit promotion allows guests staying three or more nights to experience the best of the area with three $100 credits per room, per stay towards each of the following: Palace Resorts golf courses, spa treatments and off-site optional tours. This can be combined with the Palace Passport to Savings except with the discounts on golf and spa. Those who book a stay at Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana receive credit towards slot machines instead of tours.

The Kids 12 Years and Under Stay Free promotion is available for all trips booked now through Aug. 27, 2010 for travel June 1 – Aug. 31, 2010 for when sharing a room with an adult. This promotion is valid for up to two kids per room and is combinable with Free Scuba Diving and Palace Passport to Savings.

For adventure lovers, Palace Resorts offers Free Scuba Diving at Cozumel Palace, where the gently lapping waters of the Caribbean Sea beckon adventurers to explore Planacar Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef. The Free Scuba Diving promotion includes up to two free two-tank dives per room, per stay, for certified divers ages 12 and over. Available with a minimum seven-night stay now through Dec. 23, 2010. This promotion can be combined with the Palace Passport to Savings and the Kids 12 Years and Under Stay Free promotion.

Regardless of which Palace Resorts property travelers choose to stay at in the Mexican Caribbean, they have access to all other Palace Resorts facilities and amenities, adding even more value to these warm getaways year-round. Rates start at $161 per adult, per night, based on double occupancy or $56 per child ages 4-17, per night.

To book a stay at Palace Resorts or for more information, call (800) 635-1836, visit www.palaceresorts.com or contact your preferred travel agent.

About Palace Resorts

With 12 oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea or the tranquil Pacific Ocean, Palace Resorts celebrates 25 years of setting the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Nayarit in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Palace Resorts provides an exceptional experience for travelers, offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by their signature in-room double Jacuzzi ®, nightly entertainment, included select off-site excursions, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier championship golf courses. Palace Resorts’ unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes them a leader in providing world-class resort vacations.

Great Bass Fishing in Mexico

Provided by:   otownsports.com

Every year, more and more people are becoming interested in the whole bass fishing, whether as a sport, or simply as an activity that they can share with their family and friends. With this growing interest in bass fishing, more and more areas of the world are being explored by beginner and professional bass anglers alike, hoping that they would find a great spot where they can enjoy the bass-rich bass fishing lakes. One particular part of the world that has bass-rich waters is a place just south of the border called Mexico.

There have been a lot of talks about how rich and wealthy with bass fishes the waters and lakes of Mexico are which is probably why a lot of people are interested in visiting its waters and lakes. If you are a bass angler looking for some adventure, then Mexico should probably be in one of your list to go to. Here are a couple of places that you should know in order to make the most out of your bass fishing trip around the world.

Lake El Santo

One of the four greatest black bass lakes in the world, Lake El Santo should definitely be one of the bass fishing destinations that you must visit when you are visiting Mexico. This is actually one of four lakes that is positioned on the Western side of the Mexican coast. Although this particular lake is associated with the other three great black bass lakes, each one of these lakes actually differ in the amount of black bass that are residing in them. The younger and newer the lakes are, the more number of black bass are present. However, the sizes of those black bass fishes are not as large as those which are located in the older lakes. In this particular lake, however, the black bass are relatively larger in size.

Lake Agua Milpa

Lake Agua Milpa, which is another one of the great four black bass lakes in Mexico, is known to have a considerable number of black bass in its waters, which means that it is one of the newer and younger lakes. Although the black bass in this particular lake are numerous, their size is not that large, unfortunately.

Lake Huites

Lake Huites, which is also another of the great four black bass lakes in Mexico, is believed to contain not just a lot of black bass in its waters, but are known to contain black bass that are relatively large in size as well. This is probably one of the lakes that you might consider visiting, especially if you want to be able to catch a lot of decent sized fish.

Lake Baccarac

Lake Baccarac is the last of the four great black bass lakes in Mexico, and has some of the larger-sized bass fishes in its waters. Taking a trip in this lake and doing some bass fishing can be a dream come true for you, especially if you can snag one that is relatively larger in size.

Lake Guerrero

Lake Guerrero is actually one of the two great lakes that are situated on the East side of Mexico, and is actually perfect for bass fishing, as its waters hold some pretty decent-sized bass fishes, and are actually a bit large in number as well. Some of the bass caught here even reached over 10 lbs. in weight, something that is definitely worth noting.

Lake El Cuchillo

Lake El Cuchillo is actually located about 100 miles from the Mexican/Texan Border, and is reported to have produced some pretty amazing bass catches. These notable bass catches could be a direct result of Mexico’s excellent growing weather, which actually extends the growing period for most bass fishes, thereby allowing them to grow more for longer. Also, since Mexico has a very low fishing pressure, there is actually no abuse of bass fishing in their lakes, ensuring that the bass population in these lakes can continue to grow into a much larger size, as well as continue to increase in their numbers as well. It is a rare site that you will see over 50 bass fishing boats at a time in the bass fishing lakes of Mexico, something which other bass-rich countries, like the U.S., is not able to monitor and control.

Premier Event Draws Thousands of Bikers to Mazatlán

mazatlan old town

Motorcycle fans gear up for five days of high-octane fun and adventure along Mexico’s golden Pacific Coast. Mazatlán hosts the 15th Annual International Motorcycle Week, Wed ., April 7 – Sun ., April 11.

This year’s event is expected to draw more than 300,000 bikers and spectators to Mazatlán from across North America and Mexico. Known as ‘The Pearl of the Pacific,’ this top seaside destination sets the stage for an action-packed week of activities for every level of motorcycle enthusiast. Highlights include bike parades, stunt exhibitions, drag races, custom bike competitions, bike accessories and apparel, as well as live music, entertainment, local restaurant sponsors, free contests and giveaways.

The centerpiece of the 2010 International Motorcycle Week is the Great Parade, taking place at 5:00 p.m. on Sat ., April 10. More than 15,000 bikers will join in this colorful procession of international motorcycle clubs as they cruise sixteen miles along Mazatlán’s oceanfront malecón promenade. During the parade, drivers will enjoy scenic coastal views and warm sea breezes before reaching the finish line. A best-in-show parade trophy will be awarded to the winning motorcycle club.

Before the parade is underway, fans can get the adrenaline pumping with this year’s first-ever extreme acrobatics competition. Check out action-packed stunts and displays of motorcycle showmanship as competitors vie for top honors and cash prizes. For more adventure, Mazatlán’s Autodromo speed track hosts two days of Drag Racing events, Fri ., April 9 – Sat ., April 10. Also on Friday, the 4×4 Extreme Route Tour pits 100 drivers along a challenging course of varied terrain through Mazatlán’s picturesque countryside and the Western Sierra Madre mountains. Medical assistance and hydrating stations will be stationed throughout the course, and all participants will enjoy an authentic meal and festive celebration at the conclusion of the tour.

Visitors can also explore natural wonders and rich culture during guided Regional Rides to the colonial towns of La Noria and El Quelite. These small picturesque villages offer panoramic views of the fertile Sierra Madre foothills, as well as historic sites and churches more than 400 years old. In La Noria, shop for leather handcrafts and delicate pottery, or savor traditional cuisine prepared with local ingredients and spices. The scenic village of El Quelite offers a “living” museum of architecture and 17th-century artworks. Visitors here can also and watch Ulama, a game like soccer that has been played in this area since ancient times.

Back in Mazatlán, International Motorcycle Week features an abundance of live entertainment throughout the week, including nightly concerts and performances by national rock bands Maldita Vecindad and Hijos del Quinto Patio. Visitors can compete in custom bike contests, shop for motorcycle accessories from international vendors and sample the destination’s renowned seafood and other culinary delights. There’s also much to see and do in the colonial district of Old Mazatlán, known as El Centro Histórico. Here, travelers enjoy leisurely strolls among unique shops, museums, art galleries, sidewalk cafés, contemporary dance studios, jazz clubs, concert halls and unique examples of neoclassical architecture.

For more information on International Motorcycle Week, including registration and a full event schedule, visit www.gomazatlan.com.

About Mazatlán
Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at www.gomazatlán.com.

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Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores)

by Ron Mader

Mexico celebrates Easter with great passion. In 2010 Holy Week (Semana Santa) is celebrated March 28- April 4.

Tomorrow is the celebration of Viernes de Dolores or Friday of Sorrows. The tradition dates to the Colonial period when priests consecrated a chapel to the Virgen de los Dolores. Altars are built in public areas, markets, homes and churches to commemorate the pain of the Virgin Mary. Altars are decorated with seedlings, straw flowers and chia pets. Check out the photos!

Viernes de Dolores @ 2010

President Felipe Calderón to Pay Official Visit to Washington

Calderon photo

Press Release March 21, 2010

The Presidency reports that President Felipe Calderón will pay an official visit to Washington DC on May 19 and 20 in response to an invitation by US President Barack Obama.

The meeting will expand the dialogue begun by the two leaders during their first meeting in January 2009 a few days before President Obama took office and contribute to the strategic relationship between the two nations, on the basis of shared responsibility.
The issues to be discussed by the presidents include: border  infrastructure, facilitating trade, cooperation against organized transnational crime, the environment, the challenges faced by the Mexican community in the United States and the wide range of issues in regional and international spheres.

President Calderón will also pursue a working agenda with various actors in US political life, opinion shapers and in particular, the leaders of other branches of government, in order to strengthen the new framework of bilateral cooperation.
Within this framework, the US president will host a state dinner for President Calderón at the White House. This will be the first dinner President Obama has hosted for a Head of State since he took office.

Destination:PEACE and PEACE Isla Mujeres join together to create an incredible Volunteer Vacation

Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations is branching out to Isla Mujeres to  provide a beautiful experience for travelers who want to take their vacation one step further with a Vacation for the Soul

Destination:PEACE is making its way from the Pacific Ocean to the turquoise Caribbean waters and landing on Isla Mujeres, a quaint tropical island located just eight miles east of the coast of Cancun, yet worlds away.  Destination:PEACE was born out of an idea to couple volunteer opportunities with the amazing landscapes throughout Mexico. During a Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacation, guests will experience another culture while making a difference in the lives of others: children, women, families, animals and the environment. A volunteer will help raise awareness and contribute to the overall love, community and hope to the people and animals affiliated with PEACE Mexico, a non-profit organization currently operating in Punta de Mita and Isla Mujeres. Destination:PEACE gives a portion of their proceeds to PEACE in order to further their mission.

Founded in 2008, PEACE Isla Mujeres provides support to established nonprofit/community groups and develops initiatives focused on educational opportunities, youth development, environmental responsibility, animal care and protection and economic empowerment.  Community grants, volunteerism, educational initiatives, and animal spay/neuter clinics are among the various projects.

Some history on the Island: The Island was used by the Mayan people as a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, the Goddess of love and fertility. According to the legend, when the Spanish arrived they found a large number of women statues carved in stone in honor of the Goddess, and it is from here that the island received the name “Isla Mujeres”- the Island of Woman. Today Isla is a tropical oasis for many, with a diverse mix of fishing and tourism set in a laid back Caribbean feel.  Despite the increase in tourism, Isla Mujeres still maintains it’s quaint and wondrous charm. Truly a paradise in the sun.
 
“Spreading across the country to share a volunteer experience and engage with another community is one of our visions. We are ecstatic to join the community on Isla Mujeres, an Island of true beauty, culture and tranquility,” says Katherine Fisher, Co-Founder of Destination:PEACE.

“Through volunteering in the community people get to see another side of Isla, one with many needs, but one of beauty and hope and an incredible sense of community and relationships that transcends culture, and goes to the heart of people.” Anna Douglas, Director of PEACE Isla Mujeres

It’s not all work. The five-day vacation combines volunteerism with the relaxing practice of yoga, spoils you with Mexican cuisine and enables you to explore the natural wonders of the Island. Whether it’s relaxing on a powder white beach, snorkeling in the crystal blue waters, visiting the local turtle sanctuary or just lounging in a hammock under your new favorite palapa, Isla is a wonderful place to sit back and relax.

 “There is a beautiful balance between the volunteer opportunities and the time to reflect and relax here in Mexico. We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you come back year after year,” says Katherine.

The date of the Isla Mujeres PEACE Vacation is August 28th – September 2nd.  The remainder of the 2010 Destination:PEACE calendar is as follows:

April 24 -29  Punta de Mita 
May 22 – 27  Punta de Mita
June 19 – 24  Punta de Mita
July 24 – 29  Punta de Mita
August 28 – Sept 2  ISLA MUJERES 
September 18 – 23  Punta de Mita
October 23 – 28  Punta de Mita
November 13 – 18  Punta de Mita
December 11 – 16  Punta de Mita

 The vacations range in cost from $999 to $1399.  The cost includes all activities, yoga, food and transportation on the Island. It does not include airfare or transportation to / from the airport. They also offer private, customized vacations.

For more information on Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations visit  www.DestinationPeaceMexico.com. For more information on PEACE Isla Mujeres visit http://www.peace-islamujeres.org/.

Contact for marketing, advertising and partnership opportunities:    

Jennifer Johnson
 Mavericks of Marketing
Jen@MavericksofMarketing.com
                       800.650.9035

All other inquiries should be directed to:    

Katherine Fisher
Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations
 Katherine@PeaceMexico.org
        503.568.8462 (US)
        011.521.322.160.8874 (Mexico)