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Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo

The natural thing to do at a Mexican resort is hang around the pool. Friendly waiters and obliging bartenders indulge your every desire. With everything you need just steps from your room, why venture off the hotel grounds?

No reason at all, if you traveled to the southern tip of Baja California to bake in the sun, drink abunch, and get some much needed rest.

On the other hand, if you leave the hotel property to explore the local area and eat in restaurants frequented by locals, you'll be rewarded with a cultural experience  and more interesting food that will make the trip even more enjoyable.

Cabo San Lucas has dozens of restaurants worth a visit. Mariscos Mazatlan (Narcisco Mendoza and 20 de Noviembre, 52-624-143-8565, mariscosmazatlandcabo@hotmail.com) is worthy of notice as much for the interior as the food.

For appetizers, you can't go wrong with seafood cocktails made with shrimp, octopus, oyster, or sea conch. Shrimp or fish ceviche, raw clams and oysters or avocados …

Earth, Sun, Water and Art on the Southern Tip of Baja California

With summer a fond memory and colder weather approaching, now is a good time to think about a trip to warmer climes. While some might happily settle for the familiarity of Hawaii, Florida or Puerto Rico, Mexico is a great destination with its vast, natural beauty, rich cultural history, amazing archaeological sites and wonderfully flavorful cuisine.

Mexico's well-publicized difficulties with crime have caused travelers to steer clear of the DMZ border regions. Tragically, it was those regions that were once the perfect places to experience the melding of two great cultures and peoples. 
Luckily there are safe places to visit in Mexico far from the border, a fact that Peter has chronicled in many posts. A recent trip to the southern-most tip of Baja California showed me what warm-weather fun awaits in Mexico.
Mitsubishi invited several dozen travel and automotive writers to visit Cabo San Lucas so we could test drive two of their new vehicles, the 2011 Outlander Family and Outlande…

Day-Tripping in Amsterdam

Moving into the colder months, be sure to carry an umbrella or rain coat when you visit Amsterdam. Don't let the rain stop you from renting a bicycle. It's still the best way to see Amsterdam.

A city on a uniquely human-scale, there's so much to see in Amsterdam, focusing day trips in a single area will help you enjoy the city at a leisurely pace.   
MUSEUMPLEIN AND DE PIJP Amsterdam is home to dozens of great museums, not the least of which are the Amsterdam Historical Museum (Kalverstraat 92) , the inspiring Dutch Resistance Museum (Plantage Kerklaan 61), the Filmmuseum (Vondelpark 3), the Foam-Fotografiemuseum (Keizersgracht 609), the Royal Palace (Dam), and the remarkable Hermitage Amsterdam (Amstel 51). 
For a day trip, three of Amsterdam's best museums are conveniently within a block of one another in the Museum Plaza (Museumplein) just south of the city center.  
Ongoing renovation has temporarily closed the Stedelijk Museum (Museumplein 10) which houses an imp…