Review of the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg

In January 2018, I had occasion to stay overnight in the Tampa Bay Area. What better excuse to check out revitalized downtown St. Pete and its plethora of craft beer, right? From past research, I knew that we could theoretically stay at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg for only 5000 Hyatt reward points. But would […]

Brewery Review: Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Miami, Florida

I grew up in Miami and stayed there through my late-20’s. And my parents still live in Coral Gables, so I visit the city pretty often. On my most recent trip, I had a chance to check out one of the newest breweries, Veza Sur. I’ll get it out of the way up front…  Veza […]

Review: La Aurora Hotel Colonial in Valladolid Mexico

In late-December 2017, I stayed at the La Aurora Hotel Colonial in Valladolid Mexico. This property is a former Hacienda that is oozing with charm and is very well located. It’s only a few short block to the main plaza in Valladolid. A less-than 5 minute walk, easy. If you are arriving by bus, the bus […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Valladolid, Mexico

In December 2017, I visited the cheerful and compact city of Valladolid, Mexico. Valladolid is named after Valladolid in Spain, which was the capital of Spain at that time. Like many other cities on the Yucatan, Valladolid is built on top of a Mayan village and some of the bricks from the old Mayan structures […]

A short visit to Acanceh, Mexico

After leaving the Mayapan ruins, we stopped in the small town of Acanceh to grab lunch and explore around a little. As you are driving back on Highway 184 north from the Mayapan site toward Highway 180, the exit for Acanceh is well signed on the righthand side. And there will be no doubt when […]

Exploring the Mayapan Ruins

As part of my late-December 2017 trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, I visited the ruins at Mayapan. I had read several enthusiastic reviews about this site and indeed, it is highly underrated. Compared to more well known ruins like Chichen Itza which are overrun with tourists, we had Mayapan nearly to ourselves at some points. […]

La Linda Brewpub in Merida, Mexico

On our second night in the Yucatan’s capital city of Merida, we headed over to La Linda Brewpub. Having just opened in November 2017, La Linda is a very recent addition to the Merida craft beer scene. They are located on the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 49 in Centro, not far from the […]

Merida's Governor's Palace and Museum Casa Montejo

Probably like many of you, January 1st was a mandatory work holiday for me. The perfect excuse to get out of town for the long weekend, right? Hmmm, where could we go that has an international vibe but is a short flight from our home in south Florida? Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula! Now let me start […]

Hermana Republica Brewpub in Merida, Mexico

In December 2017, I traveled to the Spanish Colonial City of Merida, Mexico. Merida is full of great food, culture, and impressive mansions. But as with anywhere, the local craft beer scene is also a must-explore for me. La Negrita Cantina We started at La Negrita Cantina, which has a very enthusiastic fanbase. Actually, we […]

The White City of Merida, Mexico

In late-December 2017, I spent several days visiting some of the Spanish Colonial cities on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Merida is the largest city on the Yucatan, as well as the capital. Just as Izamal is known as “The Yellow City”, Merida is known as “The White City”. Although don’t expect to see a ton of […]