BREAKING NEWS – Cancun area travelers

DC Vekic blog March 23, 2021

BREAKING NEWS for Cancun area travelers:

As announced by the Quintana Roo government on March 19, 2021, beginning April 1, all international visitors to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, 15 years and older, will need to pay a Tourist Usage Fee of $224 Mexican pesos (MXN), approximately $10 USD depending on the exchange rate. Popular vacation destinations in the state include, but are not limited to Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel. 

Payment must be made prior to the traveler’s departure using an official payment platform which will be available in the upcoming days.

The following information will be required:

• Number of people traveling

• Name, age, and passport number – for each traveler

• Departure date

• Data to make the payment electronically

Families or groups can make one payment, as long as each individual is listed on the registration form. Individual payment receipts will be provided.Confirmation of this payment must be shown during the departure security filter in order to continue to departure gates for departing flights.

For more information, or any travel related needs, feel free to contact us, or call us at 310-490-1893.

See you in Cancun!

DC’s BigD Bash 2021

DC Vekic blog March 22, 2021

It’s that time again, we planned the 2021 trip, the only trip I am hosting personally, with a very funny name. When I first organized this trip in 2017, It started as an idea for my own personal divorce trip, but then a friend said “Don’t use the word DIVORCE, it sounds negative.” Especially because I was inviting singles and couples alike. So I thought: “Ok, no DIVORCE.. let’s make it a Big D.”
But apparently, I was the only one who had no clue what else big D meant, but since I already ordered T-shirts, we decided to go with it, and by now we are all used to it…

This year we are doing it different! With so many people with unused airline credits and miles about to expire, we are having everyone get their own airfare. We are doing resort only NOVEMBER 12 – NOVEMBER 16, 2021, and what a resort!!!! SECRETS VALLARTA BAY, situated on the golden sand beaches of the Banderas Bay, just minutes from the famous El Malecón boardwalk. This adults-only getaway offers Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, including limitless gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits, daily activities, live entertainment, and free Wi-Fi. Relax at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia® or hit the green at nearby golf courses. Additionally, all guests have free flow access to seven restaurants, five bars, and facilities at nearby Now Amber.

JUNIOR SUITE OCEAN VIEW (double occupancy)
Spacious and luxurious 582.65 sq. ft. Junior Suite features, in addition to the above amenities, one king size or two double beds and balcony with beautiful ocean views. These suites are fully equipped with separate shower, soaking tub and double vanity sinks. These suites are located on the 3rd and 15th floors at the main tower.

$652 per person 11/12-11/16 $150 deposit required to reserve

 (double occupancy)Located in the Secrets Preferred Club Tower, these 622.36 sq. ft. suites offer, in addition to the above amenities, one king size or two double beds and private terrace with breathtaking ocean views and whirlpool. Bathroom is fully equipped with in room soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity sinks. These suites are located on the 4th and 8th floors in the Preferred Club Tower.

$740 per person 11/12-11/16 $150 deposit required to reserve

TRAVEL INSURANCE. We offer Group Elite with Cancellation for any reason F436G – PRICE $160 per room (double occupancy)/ $80 per person

Spanning over 14,000 square feet, the magnificent Secrets Spa by Pevonia® treats you with dozens of pampering choices. Experience pure indulgence through a combination of the latest hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments.

Gourmet Dining:

Indulge in an expansive array of international cuisine

  • Barefoot Grill / 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Enjoy grilled specialties served pool side

  • The Bay Café / Open 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm

Signature coffee Shop serving fresh made coffee and pastries

  • Bordeaux / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Savor the taste of French cuisine each evening at Bordeaux, serving delectable fare in a romantic, elegant setting including a wine cellar offering a variety of wine for your enjoyment.

The warm and romantic atmosphere provides a unique dining experience with an extensive wine list – perfect for special occasions.

Additional costs may apply

  • Market Café / Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

International theme buffet offering 5 specialty stations

  • Oceana / Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

A wide variety of snack specialties for lunch and fresh, gourmet seafood specialties for dinner served beach front with spectacular ocean views.

Lunch is for Preferred Club guests inly between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guests can access six additional restaurants located next door at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta:

  • Capers / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Specializing in Italian à la carte cuisine

Wine cellar with a 5-course menu and a sommelier

  • Carnival / Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Lunch 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Buffet style with 5 different stations every day serving a variety of Mexican and international specialties

  • Castaways / Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Seafood served à la carte

Lunch is for Preferred Club guests only between the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Coco Café / Open 24 hours

Signature coffee shop serving fresh made coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches

Late night bites are served à la carte including pizza, sandwiches, paninis, hot dogs, pastries, cookies, fruit and yogurt, soup of the day, chips, and pretzels.

  • Himitsu / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A fusion of Pan-Asian delicacies exclusive experience

Prior reservation with Concierge in the Hibachi Tables

  • Tamarindo / Dinner 6:00 p.m. –  11:00 p.m.

Serving authentic Mexican and local favorites with a gourmet style

Bars 5 bars and lounges, serving international and domestic top-shelf spirits, ranging from swim-up to a nightly music lounge.


For more information call or text DC at 310-490-1893 or email

Staying bikini fit during the lockdown

DC Vekic blog December 28, 2020

Most of us who have been in the COVID 19 haze and lockdown, have let our exercises routines either drop completely, or seriously lacking the usual dedication. We have also indulged food and alcohol more than usual, and now that we might be traveling in 2021, we need to get back in shape and fit into our vacation-ware. I personally used to spin, and now with the gyms closed I found it hard to get motivated. I had a long talk with my dear friend and fitness maven Irene Biery, on this subject.

Irene Biery

My first question is how do we develop and keep our routine, and there is no simple answer. Very few of us can keep up with the discipline and dedication it takes without help. A personal trainer is your accountability watchdog, your biggest cheerleader and an expert who can custom design a workout tailored for your needs and make sure to support you when you’re ready to give up. She is suggesting adding the following exercises in the meantime and do them every other day for a quick full body workout. As you get stronger you can add weights to make these exercises more potent and challenging.

Sit-ups are a classic core workout.
They are do not only strengthen the abdominal muscles, but also work the chest, hip flexor, lower back and neck. 
Keep doing those sit-ups!


An excellent upper body workout. This exercise targets multiple muscles, including chest, back, arms, shoulders, triceps, neck as well as legs and increased core strength. Push-ups! Wow !

Lunges are one of the best leg workout!
They target gluteus muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. But they also strengthen abdominal muscles. 
Tip: take smaller steps work to work the quads more
Bigger steps will give you a better gluteus burn.

A little bit more about Irene, she is 51 and a COVID survivor. She focuses on fitness in 40s 50s and 60s. It took her months of hard work regaining her strength back and getting ever stronger than before COVID. Follow her on Instagram for more tips. You can also email to to schedule a free 30 minute consultation and discuss your goals.

Let’s get in the bikini shape together!