Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: July 5, 2006

KARISMA HOTELS, which operates several properties in Mexico, said it will open a 96-room boutique hotel in Tulum, the Riviera Maya. The 96-room Azul Blue Hotel and Spa is scheduled to open in November with six villas each with 16 suites accented with hand-carved mahogany doors. Each suite will feature plasma TVs and Jacuzzi tubs, among other upscale amenities, and a personal butler will be assigned to each room. Facilities will include a spa and a two-story fitness center with ocean views. Room rates, which are inclusive, are expected to start around $700 per couple upon opening and run to around $1,300 during the high season. For details, visit www.karismahotels.com/azul_blue/index.html.

HORIZON CHARTERS, a San Diego-based operator of live-aboard scuba diving expeditions, added departures to its San Benito Islands and Guadalupe Island itineraries in Baja, Mexico. Five- to eight-day departures are scheduled aboard the 80-foot Horizon with eight air-conditioned cabins. The vessel features dining facilities and carries specialized equipment for scuba divers. San Benito Islands departures are scheduled from July to September, while the Guadalupe Island departures are offered May through July; trips to view Great White Sharks off the coast of Guadalupe are scheduled from August through November. Departures from San Diego include accommodations, meals, beverages and diving equipment and services. For departure dates and pricing, call (858) 277-7823 or visit www.horizoncharters.com.

SPORTS TRAVEL ADVENTURE THERAPY, a Greenwich, Conn.-based operator specializing in customized trips for women, will open up one of its itineraries -- Fall in Mexico -- to couples. Scheduled for departure Oct. 11, the six-night plan includes an exploration of Mexicos Copper Canyon where Tarahumara Indian guides will lead participants into the canyon to visit small villages, abandoned Indian caves and hidden waterfalls. The trip also includes a bike excursion to the tropical village of Bataplias. The trip costs $2,500 per couple and is limited to five couples. For information or reservations, call (203) 618-0854 or visit www.stattrip.com.

VISITORS TO TIJUANA can get tourism information by using three new kiosks located at the Aberaldo L. Rodriguez International Airport, the Mexicoach Station (at Avenida Revolucion), and at the San Ysidro-Tijuana International border (near San Diego County, Calif.). The kiosks offer information via interactive touch-screens on city attractions, hotels and restaurants, as well as maps, printable discount coupons and secure online reservations systems. The kiosks were launched by MyBajaGuide.com, a travel and tourism Web portal for Baja California and the Tijuana Tourism and Conventions Bureau. For more information on the region, visit www.MyBajaGuide.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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