Riviera Maya Passionate Travel Tip – Picnics – Rewarding and cheap!

Posted August 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

Have a picnic on the beach in the Riviera Maya

One of my best vacation dining memories is the sunny afternoon I spent eating a simple pimento cheese sandwich while sitting in Kelvingrove Park in Scotland. I sat next to the Stewart Memorial Fountain while listening to a live Celtic band. It was one of my most authentic travel experiences - and it was absolutely free. I was not in a fancy restaurant that served up gourmet meals, but I felt like I was doing what any Scottish local would do on their lunch break. The Riviera Maya has...

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Playa del Carmen Vacation Tip – Tuesday is Martini Madness!

Posted July 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

Kay Walten having 2 for 1 martinis in Playa del carmen

Every Tuesday at Dirty Martini Lounge get 2 martinis for the price of 1. This is a favorite watering hole for locals and tourists alike. Grab a friend and head over to 1st Avenue between Calle 10 and Calle 12 to imbibe in Martini Madness. Find more fine drinking establishments in Playa del Carmen.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Dining in Valladolid

Posted July 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Any Riviera Maya vacation should include a day trip to Valladolid, a charming Spanish colonial city located an hour inland from the coast. The perfect lunch spot? La Taberna de los Frailes located right next door to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena. This table enjoys a perfect view of the 16th Century building. Learn more about Valladolid.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Pizza at the Beach – Have it delivered.

Posted July 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

Playa del Carmen food delivery in the Riviera Maya

If you are feeling hungry, but your gang is not ready to pack it up and leave the beach for lunch - have it delivered!  Just about any restaurant in the Riviera Maya that offers delivery service will deliver your pizza, tortas or tacos to the beach. Find Riviera Maya restaurants that deliver. 

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – La Playita, the locals’ choice.

Posted July 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

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Puerto Morelos locals know that La Playita on the north end of the beach is the place in town to go for fresh seafood.  A colorful ceviche mixto of fish, octopus, conch and shrimp, whole fresh fish fried to a golden brown and succulent garlic shrimp...all the flavors of the Caribbean. Yum! While most of the tourists are having lunch on the square in the center of town, this is where you will find happy locals having lunch with their toes in the sand. Check out more Puerto Morelos...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Fine dining, a must on your luxury getaway!

Posted July 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

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Gourmet meals are an essential part of any luxury vacation. If you are an honest to goodness foodie, once the accommodations are set, the very next step is to get restaurant reservations. The Riviera Maya is full of upscale dining venues. Some of our favorites include John Gray's in Puerto Morelos, Hechizo in Tulum and Luna Maya in Playa del Carmen. And the best part, fine dining in the Riviera Maya does not include stuffy maitre d's but it may require your toes in the sand. Search a list of...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try tacos al pastor, a local favorite. Que rico!

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

Tacos al pastor in the Yucatan

Tacos al pastor  (shepherd's tacos) are a Yucatan favorite and could become your Riviera Maya vacation addiction.  This spit-grilled way of cooking pork was adopted by Mexicans from the Lebanese immigrants who brought lamb shawarma to the area. The pineapple core on top of the spit drips down onto the meat while it cooks creating a sweet, juicy flavor. Add fresh cilantro, onion and pineapple pieces to your taco for an authentic taste. Discover some other favorite local cuisine. Photo by...

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Puerto Morelos Travel Tip – El Nicho restaurant for brunch

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips


If you are like me, you want to sleep late on your vacation and eat your breakfast too. El Nicho on the square in Puerto Morelos is still serving their delicious breakfast menu well into the afternoon. Chef Pablo, who used to teach at The Little Mexican Cooking School and had his own critically acclaimed restaurant in Canada, has opened a quaint cafe serving breakfast and lunch... and boy is it good! We LOVE the Eggs Benedict Palta with avocado, bacon and cilantro mojo - YUM! Learn more...

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Akumal Travel Tip – Wednesday is Farmers’ Market Day in Akumal. Buy Local!

Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism

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Every Wednesday in Akumal, local farmers bring their fresh fruits and vegetables to sell in the open-air plaza in the center of town. A practice of the sustainable traveler is to buy local and support the indigenous community.  We encourage you to shop at this traditional Mexican market and enjoy delicious produce for a great price! Check out some of our Akumal vacation rentals!

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Riviera Maya Travel Tip – Sunday is Cochinita Day in Akumal. Get it While it’s Good!

Posted May 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I still have 24 hours before work Monday morning, it's my beach day and, best of all, it is cochinita pibil day in the Akumal Pueblo.  If you are not aware, cochinita pibil is a traditional Yucatecan dish of slow roasted pork marinated in achiote paste and sour oranges, and it is delicious! Every Sunday morning in Akumal, taco stands on the West side of the highway dish out this Mayan goodness on the side of rice and beans or wrapped in tortillas for...

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