Flying into Casablanca, Morocco in your private jet you will witness grandiose architecture concocted by the French colonialists, Art-Deco condominums, and collage-like Neo-Moorish palaces that make the city resemble a giant museum. Below the watchful eye of the tallest minaret in the world, Moroccans still walk along palm-lined medinas in hooded djellaba robes and head-covering hijab. With the exception of Casablanca's very modern night life, the newest hot spots exploit the city's aging edifices, resurrecting faded structures into period storefronts and lounges.
Must See: Casablanca's Corniche is a fantastic area to take a walk and take in some of the city's past glory. While not quite as romantic in reality as it was in the movie named after the city, the coastal promenade is definitely memorable.
Lodging: Tailor made for passengers arriving via private jet Casablanca offers a sprawling 250 hectare compound along a 7 km long beach; the Mazagan Beach Resort is the place to stay for the well heeled.
Ground Transportation: Negotiating is not something that is limited to street vendors in Morocco. Do not pay more than the listed price under any circumstances. Don't allow yourself to be persuaded by the cabbies that will tell you that the panel prices are simply out of date.
Packing Tips: The Moroccan nights can be exceptionally cold so pack your PJ's.
Recommended Books: Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (1959) - One of the most important novels of the twentieth century; Naked Lunch examines the relationship of art and obscenity. It is one a books that has redefined literature as well as American culture.
Currency: The Moroccan Durham is the official currency
Calling Code Morocco: 212
Best Travel Dates: July to September is peak tourist season in Casablanca, which offer cool sea-breezes. In the winter months, sunny days during the retreat to chilly nights. If you're looking to do some hiking in the mountainous areas be aware that these areas are susceptible to flash flooding during the winter rainy season.