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Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina to hit Cancun in next 24 hours

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011

Hurricane Rina is hurtling towards Cancun, a popular tourist resort in Mexico.

The storm, which has sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Caribbean coast in the next 24 hours, prompting the Mexican government to issue travel warnings.

Hurricane Rina hits Cancun, Mexico - Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

It has already brushed Nicaragua and Honduras, where dozens of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides.

Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast today before hurtling towards Cozumel, another popular resort in Mexico.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Hostel Moneda, Mexico City - Hostel Review - Fabulous Travel Guide

Hostel Regina, Mexico City

[ 1 ] June 10, 2011

Looking for somewhere to stay in Mexico City? Hostel Regina is a fairly new hostel located just 5 minutes from the Zocalo.

Dorms are light and airy with large French windows overlooking the street and the bathrooms are spotless. There’s also a kitchen with plenty of fridge space and a restaurant downstairs that serves up delicious cooked breakfasts (included in the price).

Hostel Regina Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Hostel Regina review - Fabulous Travel Guide

Hostel Regina Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

We love the peaceful rooftop terrace (pictured below) – ideal for spending lazy afternoons in the sun. All it needs is a barbecue/and or bar and it would be perfect!

TOP TIP: If you’re travelling alone, or looking for a party vibe, you might want to try Hostel Moneda. Regina may be clean but it lacks social areas and staff have limited Spanish so you might feel a little isolated.

Rooftop terrace at Hostel Regina, Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Hostel review Hostel Regina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Rooftop terrace at Hostel Regina, Mexico City - Hostels in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Looking for things to do in Mexico City? Visit Chapultepec Zoo and learn how to use the metro. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

Hostel Review: The Weary Traveler, Tulum

Hostel Review: The Weary Traveler, Tulum

[ 0 ] March 18, 2011

The Weary Traveler in Tulum, Mexico, is a popular  spot with backpackers largely due to the free bus to the beach and its proximity to the Mayan ruins.

The outdoor communal areas are excellent (unless it rains) – and more than make up for the cramped dorms.  There’s a large kitchen with fridges, toasters and a barbecue where guests can ‘grill their own’ fish and meat. Breakfast is also included.

It can get pretty rowdy at night, with everyone congregating around the bar and playing drinking games until the early hours, so if you’re after a good night’s sleep then this probably isn’t the place for you!

The Weary Traveler, Tulum, Mexico

The Weary Traveler, Tulum, Mexico - Hostel reviews - Fabulous Travel Guide

Overall the hostel has a great vibe, the drinks are cheap and the bus to the beach makes it the perfect base for exploring the ruins and cenotes.

Looking for more things to do in Mexico? Check out where to stay in Isla Murjeres in Cancun and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

Best beaches in Central America

[ 5 ] March 17, 2011

Planning a trip to Central America? With so many beaches to visit, both on the Pacific and the Caribbean, you’ll be hard pushed to see them all. So we’ve come up with a list of must-see places:

1) Caye Caulker, Belize

Head to The Split in Caye Caulker and enjoy a cold beer on a picnic bench in the sea. Don’t miss the snorkelling trips from Raggamuffin Tours – they’re the best on the island!

The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

2) Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

The black sand beaches on the coast of El Salvador are a welcome change from the rest of Central America. Make sure you hire a surf board and hit those waves – they attract surfers from all over the world.

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

3) Tulum, Mexico

The Mayan ruins in Tulum are perched 39ft above sea level on a cliff overlooking the sea. Get there early to catch the sunrise and avoid the tourists.

Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico

Best beaches - Tulum, Mexico - Fabulous Travel Guide

4)  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There are several beaches in San Juan del Sur – all great for keen surfers. We love the local beach for its spectacular sunsets and chilled out vibe.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur - Best beaches in Central America - Fabulous Travel Guide

5) Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo stretches as far as the eye can see – making it great for those who like their own space. It’s also a great place to party and meet fellow travellers.

Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Best beaches in Central America - Fabulous Travel Guide

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Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

Staying safe in Central America

[ 2 ] March 12, 2011

Central America is fantastic place to travel round but some areas, such as Panama City and Managua in Nicaragua, can be really dangerous.

So if you’re travelling alone, or arriving in big cities at night, you’ll need to have your wits about you. Follow these top tips for staying safe in Central America:

* Never travel at night

It’s always best to travel during the day – especially when crossing borders or arriving in busy bus terminals. This gives you time to find a hostel and get your bearings.

* Make sure your taxi is authorised

Look for the driver’s I.D and agree a price before you get in.  Lock the doors once you’re inside – it’s not unheard of for muggers to jump in next to you at traffic lights.

* Don’t carry an expensive handbag

Be wary about getting money out in public places and use an inexpensive bag that you can wear across the body so it’s not as easy to snatch. Take enough money for the day and leave your passport and wallet in the hostel.

* Be careful where you withdraw money

Where possible, withdraw cash from inside a bank. Cloning cards is a common occurance in some places so avoid using cashpoints in dodgy areas and don´t go near them at night.

*Don´t fight back

If you´re unlucky enough to be targeted by thieves, stay calm and cooperate. Never resist or fight back and give them everything they ask for. Don´t be clever by giving them the wrong pin number – it’s simply not worth it.

* Cover up

It’s fine to wear tiny shorts to the beach – but make sure you dress respectably in large towns and cities. Otherwise you’ll attract unwanted attention – not something to be doing when you’re travelling alone.

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

You’re usually asked to leave your backpack under the bus on long journeys so carry anything of value  (such as passport, wallet, credit card etc) with you. Don´t put your bag under the seat as it can be taken (or cut open) when you’re sleeping. The best thing to do is put your passport and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

*Trust your instincts

Look around you – if shops are boarded up and there’s not much street lighting, leave immediately. Even in broad daylight you are an easy target. Don’t wander into quiet areas on your own and if you ever feel vulnerable get straight in a taxi.

TOP TIP Some girls carry pepper spray with them for protection. It may seem a little extreme but if you’re getting hassled by anyone it will give you time to make a swift exit.

Planning a trip to Central America? Get tips on crossing borders safely and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Enjoy a family day out at Chapultepec Zoo

Enjoy a family day out at Chapultepec Zoo

[ 0 ] March 10, 2011

Fancy getting up close and personal to lions, snakes and camels? Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City is a great day out for the whole family.

Rather than small enclosures and miserable-looking animals, it’s more like a mini safari park. Hippos laze around by the lake, giraffes huddle together seeking shade and tigers stretch out in the sun.

Hippos lazing around at Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Hippo lazing around at Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Don’t forget to visit the python enclosure for a dangerous encounter or check out the butterfly farm. There’s even a simulator so you can get you photo taken being eaten by a shark.

Tiger at Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

Tigers at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

The best part? Entrance is free! See what else there is to do in Chapultepec Park and find out how to get there on the metro.

Griaffe at at Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

Visit Chapultepec Park in Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

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Visit Chapultepec Park in Mexico City

Visit Chapultepec Park in Mexico City

[ 0 ] March 5, 2011

Staying in Mexico City? Chapultepec Park is a great place to spend the day – and it’s only 20 minutes on the metro from Zocalo. Surrounded by lush green trees, a glittering lake and Mexico City’s only castle, it’s is a welcome relief from the city centre.

Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

Relax by the lake at Chapultepec Parkin Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Chapultepec market

It’s easy to spend hours walking round the market. Stalls sell everything from wrestling masks to hand-crafted wallets, so take your time to wander around. Make sure you try the homemade crisps with chilli, lime and lashings of salt. They may look a little strange (the sauce drips all over the bag) but they taste amazing (10 pesos).

If you’ve got the kids with you, hire a pedalo (from 45 pesos) and spend an hour on the lake. It’s huge so go exploring and keep them occupied.

Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

Hire kayaks at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City - Fabulous Travel Guide

Castillo de Chapultepec

Don’t miss Castello de Chapultepec – it’s absolutely stunning and entrance is only 50pesos. Walk around the grounds, take snaps of the royal carriage and enjoy the views of the city from the top-floor gallery.

Find out how to get there on the metro and see how much Spanish you need in Mexico City.

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to cross borders in Central America

[ 6 ] March 4, 2011

Planning to travel through Central America? Crossing borders is fairly straight forward but occasionally tourists have trouble. Read these top tips for crossing borders safely:

* Avoid crossing borders at night

There’s usually a fair bit of walking to do between immigration offices so don’t leave yourself in a vulnerable position by arriving at night. You’re an easy target.

* Get stamped

Make sure you get stamped in and out of countries – this is really important as you could get refused entry/exit.

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice for crossing borders - Fabulous Travel Guide

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Keep tourist cards and documents safe

It’s a good idea to buy a passport wallet so you can tuck away forms and tourist cards.

* Proof of onward travel

Read the latest entry requirements before travelling. Some countries, such as Costa Rica and Panama, require proof of onward travel. So print off flight documents or bus tickets ready to show them.

* Ask for receipts

There is usually a departure tax/entry fee when crossing borders in Central America. However, always ask for a receipt (see Spanish phrases) as tourists are often ripped off. It’s a good idea to carry extra cash in case of emergencies.

* Change your currency before you get to the border

You’ll get a better deal if you change your currency before you reach the border.  If you do need to change money, make sure you know the exchange rate before you start negotiating.

* Be wary of fraudsters

Don’t hand your passport over to anyone until you’re safely inside the immigration building. Some fraudsters try and get you to ‘buy’ a stamp outside and insist you give them your passport. Don’t!

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

If you take a bus over the border it will usually drop you off at immigration and drive through separately. Don’t leave any valuables in your backpack – keep them on your person at all times (a money belt is a good idea).

* Travel in a group

You’re less likely to get ripped off if you’re in a group. If you’re travelling solo don’t worry, there will always be other people crossing at the same time as you so try and stick with them.

* Don’t carry drugs!

This may seem like an obvious one but it’s surprising how many travellers get into trouble because they forget to check their pockets.

Planning a trip to Central America? Get more tips for travelling safely abroad and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Where to stay in Isla Mujeres: Hostel Pocna

Where to stay in Isla Mujeres: Hostel Pocna

[ 1 ] February 26, 2011

Looking for somewhere to stay in Isla Mujeres, Cancun? Hostel Pocna is a big favourite with backpackers looking for good time.

There are two bars -  one inside and one on the beach; a games room (with table-tennis, pool tables and movie area); a volleyball court; loads of hammocks, free wifi and a restaurant that serves amazing tacos and super cheap cocktails.

Pocna Hoste review - Where to stay in Isla Mujeres - Cancun - Mexico - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pocna Hoste review - Where to stay in Isla Mujeres - Cancun - Mexico

Free activites

Every day there are free activities, including volleyball tournaments, Spanish lessons and yoga on the beach. So if you’re travelling on your own there’s plenty of opportunity to meet other people and have fun. And if you fancy a spot of snorkelling you can buy tours from reception.

The only downside to Hostel Pocna is there’s no kitchen to prepare your own food and dorms are very basic. Fortunately breakfast is included, although it’s only toast and one piece of fruit, but food is generally fairly cheap on the island and there are plenty of supermarkets and restaurants for dinner.

Want to see more pictures of Hostel Pocna? Check out our photo gallery and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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