Posted March 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
When you vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost a given that visiting a cenote will be on your ‘must-do’ list. However, swimming in a sinkhole or cave for the first time can be an intimidating experience for some kids. We get that. Its dark, there are a lot of squishy fish and sometimes even bats. But done right dipping their toe into one of these magnificent turquoise pools of water doesn’t have to be as unnerving as you might think. If you are interested in exploring the...
Posted December 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Guest Bloggers
My husband and I are expecting our first child so the last several months have been filled with so many new ideas, concepts, and feelings. Needless to say, it can get overwhelming. So when friends brought up having a "BabyMoon", I was immediately on board. The idea of taking a trip just my husband & I is always appealing but what made it even more special was that we agreed to just focus on us and leave the "baby talk" at home. We were blessed to be able to stay in a stunning suite...
Posted June 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food,Guest Bloggers,Restaurant Reviews
Our good amiga, Sol Tomargo of Del Sol Photography recently visited Kava Kasa in Playa del Carmen. Playa's first Kava bar. Here's Sol's feedback… Trying a Kava drink. Strong flavor.. Here's what I feel: tongue numbed .. My lips feel fuller.. Sexy?? teehee.. I'm Relaxing .. Happy ... Mmm.. What comes next?? Kava is a root and at Kava Kasa you can drink it in different ways. My fav?? Chocolate - Expresso- peanut butter! I think this is a new#happysexyandhealthy drink!! Promotes...
Posted November 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
In the spirit of trying something that I have never done before, I decided on an activity that has intrigued me for months…Stand Up Paddleboarding. After all, I like to consider myself somewhat adventurous but am not very athletic, thus some of the newer sports and trends are just not for me. So when our friends at Extreme Control told me about their new Paddleboarding Tours, I jumped at the chance to experience this new sport for myself. On Sunday we gathered at Casa Cenote to begin...
Posted October 29, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
Comedy is back at La Buena Vida in Akumal, Mexico! La Buena Vida is the birthplace of stand up comedy in the Riviera Maya, and for the 2nd consecutive year, Stand Up! Records will be a part of the legendary La Buena Vida Halloween Weekend. Friday, November 2, we will have comedy upstairs, followed by live rock n roll at the beach bar! A great way to warm up for the big Halloween party the next night! Seating is limited, so don't be late! 7pm. Tickets $120 pesos at the door. Get...
Posted September 30, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
The 10th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Music Festival will feature a one-of-a-kind lineup of some of today's greatest jazz performers. Nestled between the white sand beaches and verdant jungles along the Eastern Caribbean coast of Mexico's Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya will vibrate to the rhythm of Jazz for 3 days on November 22nd 2012 through November 24th. The festival, hosted in Playa Mamitas and considered to be among the top 10 jazz music festivals in the world, will allow music lovers to enjoy...
Posted June 22, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
Summer has begun! The kids are getting anxious, knowing that exams are over and the last days of school are fast approaching. Many Riviera Maya locals will spend the summer traveling, perhaps back to their home countries to visit with family and friends in more temperate climates. The rest of us will be sweating it out in the tropical heat looking for ways to keep the kids entertained for the next two months. Here is a listing of Summer camps and programs for children on the Riviera Maya....
Posted June 11, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers
Dear Friends, We are writing today to ask for your support for our school, the Centro Comunitario Montessori Otoch Paal, or as you may know it, Otoch Paal Akumal Montessori School. Otoch Paal is a community school financed by donations and parent work-share which provides the children of Akumal and surrounding communities with a solid education based on the educational principles of Maria Montessori. We all know that education can change a life, especially in Mexico where a good...
Posted April 26, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
Exotic Rides, Cancun and the Riviera Maya's newest tourist attraction, has recently been rated the #1 attraction in Cancun on Trip Advisor. Exotic Rides gives visitors the opportunity to drive their dream car at top speed on a racetrack or at a lazy Sunday pace on a palm tree lined road with spectacular views of the Mayan Riviera. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Audi R8, Mercedes Benz SLS or a Lotus Elise are just a few of the options Exotic Rides has to offer for an amazing "behind the wheel"...
Posted February 28, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
When people speak about December 21, 2012 as a potentially world changing event, one of the most common explanations is that it has to do with something "cosmic" beyond our control or understanding, such as the alignment of planets and stars. In fact, the Mayan Calendar, which is at the root of much of the debate and discussion about 2012 is all about alignment of planets, stars, and their impact on the world. Living in the heart of the Mayan Lands, near Tulum Mexico, we see people traveling...
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