We love Denver. You love Denver. But we can also agree that it’s nice to get away from city life for a weekend trip or maybe even a longer vacation and simply relax. If you’re in need of such a break, check out these amazing places in Central America and the Carribean you can visit with a flight out of DIA via Southwest Airlines.
Cabo San Lucas
Live music at Cabo Wabo Cantina, spectacular weather, beautiful scenery, ocean water, surfing, and plenty of beaches to soak up some sun. Sure it’s a popular spring break getaway, but they’re not there all the time so it’s still easy to relax, hang with some locals, or head to the coves and rock formations of the Cannery beaches.
Puerto Vallarta is the perfect coastal city getaway along Mexico’s western shores. Here you can take a stroll along Malecon boardwalk, dine on wonderful local food, walk and ship the cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta, sip tequila, find yourself on an exciting ATV tour, or even dive in the warm waters of the Bay of Banderas.
Liberia and San Jose are both wonderful places to start your Costa Rica adventure. A stay in Liberia means modern churches, an authentic colonial atmosphere, rich history, and the gateway to white sand beaches. San Jose, or “Chepe,” as locals call it, is the modern hub for Costa Rican culture including chic cafés, shopping, dining, and a growing craft beer scene. To get away from it all, take the scenic drive to Playa Flamingo for a slower pace, sailing tours, small local restaurants, spectacular beaches, warm waters, and stunning sunsets.
Just look at the picture above and you’ll see why Punta Cana is one of the best places to visit in the Carribean. Whether it’s lounging on the beach all day, waterfall repelling, zip lining, or hitting any number of the upscale restaurants and bars, this Dominican Republic gem will not let you down.
Want more locations? Check out this interactive map for additional Southwest Airlines routes.
If you love running, bubbles, brews, and an endurance challenge, it’s time to lace up your shoes for these fun events coming up on the calendar.
July 28 | Great Lawn Park Lowry – 101 N Yosemite Street, Denver CO, 80230 | Heat# 1: 8:00 AM
If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the Bubble Run is like running through three miles of Willy Wonka’s factory of family fun. Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!
August 11 | Odyssey Beerwerks – 5535 West 56th Ave. #107, Arvada, CO | Cost: $35
Rocky Mountain Brew runs brings together what runners and athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels love: Beer and running! Join the social fun run along the flat and fast Ralston Creek Trail. Finish with an ice cold brew, delicious grub from a local food truck, live music, and fun games. This brew run includes a free Odyssey brew, fun coaster, custom pint glass and more giveaways from our sponsors and partners!
August 25 | Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado | Prices vary per event
Come run in one of the biggest endurance sporting events of the summer, the Boulder Sunset Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K & 5K Run. Race alongside more than one thousand athletes from across the west and finish to an amazing post-race party.
Joey Bada$$, the independent hip-hop Recording Artist hailing from Brooklyn, has been a staple in the hip-hop industry for maintaining an authentic, unique and versatile sound. Whereas other rappers may take fewer risks with formulaic projects, Joey never shies away from keeping his music raw and original. And now he’s bringing that vibe to the Odgen on Thursday, May 17.
On April 7, 2017, Joey released his sophomore album “ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$” featuring J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q, Styles P, & more. Opening week, the album came out strong as the #1 rap album and #2 independent album in the country. His lead single “Devastated” which he debuted at Coachella in 2016, is now certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Doors for The Amerikkkana Tour with Boogie, Buddy, Chuck Strangers open at 7 pm with tickets on sale here.
The Mile High 420 Festival is only three weeks away and will be one of the biggest parties in Denver this year. This festival, one that is expected to see 50,000 people fill Civic Center Park, will kick things off at 10 a.m. and reach its high point just before 4:20 p.m. with a DJ set by Lil Jon followed by the long-awaited return of rap star Lil Wayne.
Attendees can look forward to great live music, food trucks, dozens of vendors including a cannabis craft marketplace, and an improved festival environment altogether. As the organizer for this year’s event, Euflora has placed their focus on making the experience not only more streamlined than in previous years but elevating the experience from a protest to a celebration.
The diverse lineup of music on the main stage, including a set by the legendary Original Wailers, will be complemented by local bluegrass legends WhiteWater Ramble and the up and coming indie crooner Taylor Alexander. In addition an entire local stage will round out the lineup with some of Colorado’s best and brightest. As if that wasn’t enough, the “420 Funny” comedy stage is going to ensure that Denverites and cannabis curious from across the globe are ganja have a good time.
Entry to this celebration of cannabis culture is completely free of charge and people of all ages can attend.
On April 20, 2018, an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts will convene in Denver, Colorado’s Civic Center Park for the largest free 420 festival on Earth. The new and improved event will feature the long-awaited return of rap star Lil Wayne, and a highly anticipated DJ set by Lil Jon, classic Bob Marley songs by the Original Wailers and tracks from reggae giants Inner Circle. The diverse lineup of music on the main stage will be complemented by local bluegrass legends WhiteWater Ramble and the up and coming indie crooner Taylor Alexander.
The Mile High 4/20 festival will kick off at 10 am and will reach its pinnacle at 4:20 PM with a scheduled performance by celebrity hip-hop talent Lil Jon and Lil Wayne. Entry to this celebration of cannabis culture is completely free of charge and people of all ages can attend the event. For more information about the event, and potential sponsorship or vendor opportunities, check out the official event page at MileHigh420Festival.com.
Look for more upcoming coverage from 303 Live soon.
Here are the things you can do in and around Denver this week.
Stomp is a must watch spectacle for the audiences of all ages. This international percussion sensation has traveled and garnered so many wards around the globe. They even appeared in a number of TV shows worldwide. Find out why this explosive, provocative, and utterly unique show is a fan favorite.
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
FEB 13 – 18, 2017
1400 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
Valentine’s Day 90’s Block Party
Celebrate Valentine’s 90’s style with Guy feat Teddy Riley, creators of the New Jack Swing Style. Dust off your 90’s wardrobe and party like Y2K have’nt happened yet.
FEB 3, 2018
700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202
Watch the Spurs Visit our Nuggets
The Nuggets just traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks and acquired Devin Harris from the Mavs at the trade deadline. Will it be enough to secure a playoff spot in the stacked Western Conference? Well, it’s an uphill battle as they host the Spurs at home.
FEB 13, 2018
1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80204
Ever since her performance at America’s Got Talent, Grace Wanderwaal has become one of America’s favorite new singer. In 2017, she won Choice Next Best Thing at the Teen Choice Awards and The Freshest-Best New Artist from Radio Disney Music Awards. Clearly, she and her ukulele is set to conquer the US.
The Bluebird Theatre
FEB 16, 2018
3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
If you are feeling the blues, maybe a good cocktail and a bit of jazz are just what you need. Fortunately, the jazz scene around Denver is pretty vibrant and as smooth as a sax solo on a Friday night.
To get your Jazz fix, here are some spots you can go to:
If you are talking about Jazz in Denver, the first place to go to is the pioneer in the scene: El Chapultepec. Every Jazz fan in Denver knows to go to the corner of the 20th and Market. They are considered the oldest Jazz club in Denver, serving up the blues every night since 1933.
1962 Market St. Denver, CO 80202
Herbs’ motto is low on pretension, high on energy, and the club certainly lives up to it. If you are looking for a Jazz club at Denver’s LoDo scene, this is the spot. Great bands paired with creative, yet inexpensive cocktails make for a very smooth night. If you are in the mood to sing or play yourself, Herbs wants you to come down and bring your voice and your Axe on their Hump Day Funk Jam. Just check out their calendars for the dates
2057 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Probably the premier jazz spot in Denver. They have featured some of the best local and national jazz artists like Joe Lovano, The Bad Plus, and Kurt Elling. It was listed as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by DownBeat magazine too. To top it off, they also established their own vinyl record store so that Jazz enthusiasts has another mode to enjoy the music.
1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202
Nocturne is a pretty young contender on this list as they only opened in 2014, but that they already belong on this list speaks volumes of what they offer the Denver Jazz scene. What started out as a warehouse in RiNo, turned into an acoustically designed room to optimize the blues from the bands and artists. Their Artist in Residency program explores modern and classic jazz as never before as artists engage in an 8-week performance. So for straight ahead to funky, Nocturne has got you covered.
1330 27th St. Denver, CO 80205
The Crimson Room
If you are looking for a more intimate setting with a touch of sophistication, just check out this cozy place behind a glossy red door at downtown Denver’s historic Larimer Square. Wear your fancy clothes and experience some of Denver’s best Jazz and Acoustic acts nightly.
1403 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80202