Been There – Playa del Carmen

Starbucks Been There – Playa del Carmen is a mug for a popular tourist destination located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Apart from relaxing on one of its amazing beaches or getting into water activities like surfing or swimming, you can also enjoy an abundance of wildlife by diving, snorkeling or just wondering around. That’s what we see the most on the mug – a great number of animals such as Yucatan Parrots, Jabiru Storks, Flamingos, Green Sea Turtles, West Indian Manatees, monkeys, fish and many more.… Read more

Been There – Los Cabos

Starbucks Been There – Los Cabos is a mug for a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It is, in fact, two towns linked by a twenty-mile Resort Corridor of beach-front properties and golf courses. The smaller town, San José del Cabo, is the municipal seat, while the bigger one, Cabo San Lucas, is far more commercial with a nice marina and entertainment district. It was not always the case, as up to the 1990s it was a small rural fishing village.… Read more

Been There – Puerto Vallarta

Starbucks Been There – Puerto Vallarta is a mug for a Pacific Ocean resort city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. The name of the city is often shortened to “Vallarta” in Spanish.
Here are some points of interest from the mug:
– The statue of a man waving his hand as he rides a giant seahorse is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular and recognizable landmarks. Upon close examination, one can see that this is actually a boy with a hat behind his back.… Read more

Been There – Puebla

Starbucks Been There – Puebla is a state and city mug from Mexico. Puebla de Zaragoza is the capital and the largest city of Puebla state, giving the latter its name. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means “where serpents change their skin”, to secure the trade route between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.
Here are some elements from the mug, which the state is famous for:
– China Poblana was a combination of a skirt, shawl and blouse meant to compliment a woman’s figure, a dress style traditional to the region of Pueblo in the 18th century.… Read more

Been There – Veracruz

Starbucks Been There – Veracruz is a mug for a Mexican state on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It could very possibly be a mug for the whole state since it has the same name. Veracruz, that developed during Spanish colonization, is the state’s most populous city and has been Mexico’s oldest, largest, and historically most significant port.
The original name of the city Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz was given to the settlement by Hernán Cortés who commanded the second expedition to this region.… Read more

Been There – Villahermosa

Starbucks Been There – Villahermosa is the mug for the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco. The name of the city literally translates as “Beautiful Village”, as you might have guessed or knew.
My attention was drawn to a giant head on the side of the mug. It is actually known as Monument 1, one of four Olmec colossal heads from La Venta, a pre-Columbian archaeological site. The height of these sculptures range from 5ft to 9ft and weight is 10-20 tonnes.… Read more

Been There – San Miguel de Allende

Starbucks Been There – San Miguel de Allende is a mug for the Mexican city located in the far eastern part of Guanajuato.
Two names of historical persons are incorporated in the city’s name:
– Friar Juan de San Miguel who arrived in Uruapan in 1533 and helped to evangelize the local villagers
– Ignacio Allende, a martyr of Mexican Independence, who was born in a house facing the city’s central plaza
La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel can be seen on the side of the mug.… Read more

Been There – Manila

Here is the mug for the capital of the Philippines, Starbucks Been There – Manila. With around 120k people per square mile, Manila is the most densely populated city proper in the world. The initial settlement existed even before Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi founded the Spanish city of Manila on June 24, 1571, hence it is home to many historic sites.
– The Manila City Hall is the official seat of the government of the City of Manila.… Read more

Been There – Cebu

Starbucks Been There – Cebu is a mug for the province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas. It consists of the main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Its capital, Cebu City, a.k.a. “the Queen City of the South”, is the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines. The origin of the province name is probably coming from old Cebuano language, where “sibu” or “sibo” means “trade”. Metro Cebu is the second-largest metropolitan area in the Philippines (after Metro Manila) with Cebu City being one of the busiest seaports in the Philippines and the second largest air hub.… Read more

Been There – Cagayan de Oro

Starbucks Cagayan de Oro – is a city mug from Philippines. The name of the city can literally be translated as “River of Gold”. The addition of “Oro” might be related to the gold mining in the 1500s that were present in the barrios around the settlement of Cagayan.
From the mug:
– White water rafting or kayaking activities are popular along Cagayan de Oro River and are being promoted as major adventures of the region.
– The MacArthur Memorial Marker is a landmark at Macabalan Wharf (the peaked cap on the front of the mug).… Read more

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