Author: Kendell Cronstrom

After decades of running one of Manhattan's first mid-20th-century-modern shops, Full House, Robert Swope and Michel Hurst took the road less traveled in Mexico City.

After decades of running one of Manhattan's first mid-20th-century-modern shops, Full House, Robert Swope and Michel Hurst took the road less traveled in Mexico City.

Landscape architect Douglas Duany is the mastermind behind Las Catalinas, a thriving, eco-sensitive community carved out of a mountainous slice of Pacific coastline.

You can walk in virtually any direction in Cartagena and be immediately seduced by the bougainvillea-draped Colonial architecture, the noble churches with their pregnant bell towers, the multitude of convivial alfresco restaurants, the chic shops and informal street-side markets, and vendors selling everything from piping-hot arepas to tiny thimble-sized cups of café.

You can walk in virtually any direction in Cartagena and be immediately seduced by the bougainvillea-draped Colonial architecture, the noble churches with their pregnant bell towers, the multitude of convivial alfresco restaurants, the chic shops and informal street-side markets, and vendors selling everything from piping-hot arepas to tiny thimble-sized cups of café.

See the discoveries of these hidden charms found in Puerto Vallarta and the Costa Alegre. Puerto Vallarta is a bustling mid-size Mexican city with beautiful beaches, glorious mountains that spill into the Bay of Banderas, and wonderfully quirky architecture and fabulous food at every turn.