Posted June 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Family vacations
Akumal has been known over the years for its luxury ocean front homes, and one of the premier vacation destinations of the Riviera Maya. It is no wonder that Akumal and luxury vacation rental Esprit del Mar was chosen as the cover shot for Luxury & Lifestyle Ocean Magazine. The owners are good friends of our and have bought their own flair and style to the Riviera Maya. Esprit del Mar is only one of their vacation rentals. Two other popular homes in Akumal that they have designed...
Posted April 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Now this is truly a great sight. Your family vacation is over, you had a great time, and the plane ride home is quiet. The kids had so much fun and so many adventures on their beach vacation they are fast sleep. This is every parents dream after a week long family vacation, happy tired children that played so much, had so many great adventures that they fall straight to sleep once they sit down on the plane. If this is your idea of perfect children on the perfect family vacation, check out...
Posted April 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Bringing all the sand toys on your beach vacation can be a chore. Why not built a new type of sand castle that does not require any sand toys, containers or thought. Drippy sand castles are an easy way to build super interesting and easy sand castles with little ones on your beach vacation. Very little creativity is needed, just have lots of hands, water (the Caribbean Sea) and sand (the Tulum beach). Voila! Super strong sand castles that will amaze even the adults! Looking for more family...
Posted April 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
There is nothing better than young chilren (and old children :) ) having an impromptu nap in the shade from playing too much! Beach vacations are built for outdoor play, which leads to early naps and longer naps. Nothing is more beautiful or perfect than a tired child on vacation who has played so much, played so hard that they just....fall asleep. Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your next family vacation that will encourage longer and more naps? Check out our Riviera Maya...
Posted April 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities
OUr friends with kids that stay in Playa del Carmen during their vacations swear by this playground located just off 5th Avenue near the ADO station. The playground is located right under the new statue on the beach and just behind the small chapel at the end of Avenida Juarez. Parents and children alike find this centrally located park with a glorious seaview a life saver and great meeting place while on vacation. Our friends found it to be a wonderful ritual for the kids while they were out...
Posted April 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
This is a photo taken in Akumal Bay on a morning snorkel. We love going out early into the bay and looking for turtles. We feel that the day just starts off right when you put on our snorkel gear and head to the sea or Yal Ku Lagoon in search of our sea friends. The Caribbean side of the Mexico is well-known for sea turtles and programs that protect the various varieties of sea turtles that call this part of Mexico home. After living here for 20 years, the day seems off when we don't make a...
Posted April 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures
The Maya did not recognize Easter holidays, but they did celebrate the Spring Equinox in style. Easter falls about a month after the Spring Equinox this year but that does not mean that a visit to the Coba ruins during your Easter vacation is not a worth while endeavor. We love all Myan ruins and particularly love the Mayan archeological site of Coba. The main pyramid can still be climbed unlike other Mayan sites, you have the option of using the Mayan Limos to take you around this large site,...
Posted April 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports
So we have decided to start a new Good Friday and Easter Weekend tradition. We are keeping our Easter routine of Margaritas on the beach, a down time and beach time, but are adding SUP to the Easter weekend menu. The weather forcast of this weekend is looking good; clear skies, flat seas and the sun a shinin'. We have been Stand Up Paddle Baording for a couple of weeks now and find it to be an easy, fun activity that can be done up and down the coast and in the larger cenotes. Life jackets are...
Posted April 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities
Cenote Cristalino is a natural sink hole with fresh water and easy entries that is perfect your families first centoe experience. Unlike other cenotes, Cenote Cristalino is shallow, full of vegetation, and does have some fish to excite your new little snorkelers. Located just south of Tulum, Cenote Cristalio is easy to get to and will have your kids amazed by the natural playgrounds the RIviera Maya has to offer. The family who owns the cenote have a small store for snacks, and snorkel...
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Xpu-Ha beach is a local favorite beach in teh Riviera Maya. Located just south of Playa del Carmen, Xpu-Ha has wide open spaces, snorkeling from the shore, and places for the kids to run and be free without disturbing other people. Sand castle building, picnics, running, and sleeping is all possible on this large stretch of beach! Parking is best at X-4, an entrace just off the main 307 highway. Check out more Riviera Maya beaches that you want to explore with the family!
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