Four steps for a great vacation in Jamaica.

  1. Get out of Montego Bay (Montego Bay is not very pleasant)
  2. Negril
  3. Roaring River
  4. Treasure Beach

I’ve been to Jamaica twice and loved it. I’ve flown into Montego Bay both times from the USA. My first word of advice would be to get out of Montego Bay as quick as you can. Montego Bay is the worst of Jamaica in my opinion. Maybe spend one night in Montego Bay and then head to Negril.

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Museo Leon Trotsky (Mexico City)

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Price: 40 Pesos

Location: You will need to take the subway.

Another museum not to miss and if you go to the Museo Frida Kahlo, you can walk here in 5 minutes. This is a fascinating place to discover and see what hell Leon Trotsky and his family went through. Imagine assassins are hunting you your whole life and eventually succeed.

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His room after they fortified it after the first assassination attempt. Heavy bars and steel windows. He would end up killed in the next room.
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Learn more about Leon Trotsky click here.

 

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino (Mexico City)

Price: Free Tuesday and 40 Pesos other days  (Tues-Sunday 10am to 6pm)

You will need to take a subway and train to get here.

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The biggest collection of Diego Rivera paintings and some Frida Kahlo’s. Best to visit the Blue House if you are interested in Frida Kahlo’s work.

 

Mexico City (Mexico)

Mexico City is a nice place to explore. There are about 20 police officers to each block, so you don’t have to worry about much. Lots of great places to eat ( I like the cheap taco stands with cow and intestine tacos).

Plenty of Museums to see and the subway is supper easy and cheap to use.

Churches everywhere 😉

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Weird art too
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Diego Rivera Murals
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Museo de la Medicina Maya (San Cristobal)

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Admission: 20 Pesos (2 US dollars)

Location: Av Salomon Gonzalez Blanco ( A nice half hour walk if you are in the mood).

The museum is pretty fascinating and shows you how the Mayans live traditionally. There is even a film on how the child birth is done with mid-wives. There is a herb garden and a natural pharmacy where they dry their own herbs. Stop by and give them some support, its a pretty interesting learning experience.

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San Cristobal (Mexico)

San Cristobal is a rather neat town to visit, even though it is rather chilly. The town kinda reminds me of Antiqua, Guatemala without the volcanos. Its clean and offers plenty of restaurants and some museums that you can walk to.

Lots of churches to look at.

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The streets are clean.

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Climb the stairs and see the church on top of the hill.

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Palenque Ruins (Palenque) Mexico

Admission price: 45 Pesos (4.50 US dollars)

The ruins are excellent and I like the fact that they have these giant plaques with information about each temple that you can read about. I think the thing I enjoyed the most was just walking around in the gorgeous setting. The creek running through the park is just calling for you to strip naked and jump in (just don’t get caught with your pants down 😉 . Don’t miss going to the museum, its a first class exhibit. Enjoy.

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This is just a beautiful area to admire.
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The museum is first class and included with your admission price. Just save your ticket stub.
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Compared to Tikal, Guatemala? Guatemala Baby !!!!!!

 

El Panchan (Palenque) Mexico

El Panchan is a excellent place to stay if you are heading to the Palenque Ruins. Many great places to stay and they have a couple restaurants. There is a Internet cafe and a place to have your laundry down. Also, a massage therapist and a few travel agencys. You can catch a shuttle van every ten minutes into town or to the ruins for 10 pesos each way.

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You can also go horseback riding.
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Palenque National Park is right out front of El Panchan
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Margarita & Ed (El Panchan) Mexico

Price: 180 Peso (17 US dollars) single

Location: Go to El Panchan and follow the signs.
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Margarita and Ed is the place to stay in El Panchan. Lovely cabanas/rooms and immaculately cared for. The staff is super friendly and the place is super secure. They offer free drinking water for the guests. All rooms have real hot water and very comfortable beds. You can’t go wrong staying here.

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Pros:

  • Super clean
  • Super secure
  • Free drinking water
  • Comfortable beds
  • Super friendly staff
  • Great location
  • Super hot showers

Cons:

  • Nada

 

Papaya Playa (Tulum) Mexico

Cost: 200 peso (18 US dollars) Single

Location: You will need to take a cab for 30-40 pesos. Take a right on the coastal Road and it the 2nd driveway on the left.

Papaya playa has an excellent beach and the cabanas are comfortable. They offer a restaurant and a neat bar area. The staff are friendly and they offer good security. They offer a clean shared bath area and they run a generator at night from dusk till 11:00 pm for a light in your room. They do have wireless Internet at that time too.

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The restaurant and bar area.
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The Cabanas are comfortable and have good beds.
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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Clean
  • Secure
  • Nice beach
  • Friendly Staff

Cons:

  • Cabs can get pricey into town
  • The town of Tulum is very unfriendly to Gringos
  • Bad coffee