Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival: This celeb chef-studded fest unfurls at the adults-only, gourmet all-inclusive El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort in mid-March. Expect tastings, contests and parties for hotel guests and festival ticket-holders alike (room rates start at $531 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; eldoradosparesorts.com).
SUP: Standup Paddleboarding: SUP—essentially surfing with an oar—is the latest watersports craze to hit Mexico’s surf-happy west coast. Los Cabos has Cabo SUP for rentals, lessons and guided tours. Pacific Paddle serves Puerto Vallarta adventurers.
Cancun Whale Shark Tours: Take a whale shark tour off the coast of Cancun and you’ll get in the water and splash around with these gentle giants of the water. The misnamed animals are actually the world’s largest fish (many of them clock in at over 35 feet long).
Underwater Museum: Cancun’s mesmerizing Underwater Museum is a spectacular art gallery with a twist, as it’s submerged, in shallow water and accessible to divers and snorkelers. Dozens of interesting images of people—carved of stone and sprouting coral—recently joined this liquid world.
The Tequila Train: Guadalajara, an artistic colonial city set a couple of hours inland from Puerto Vallarta, is the gateway to Jalisco state AKA tequila country. The new José Cuervo Express train runs on weekends, delivering a fun-filled day of tastings, tours, dining and entertainment. When you tire of sipping the strong stuff, take a tour of the pretty city. Base your stay at the romantic hotel Villa Ganz, a gracious mansion with four honeymoon suites (room rates start at $200 a night; villaganz).
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