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This is not Cancun – Differences Between the Riviera Maya and Cancun

Posted December 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Besides the mere location differences between these two popular vacation spots, Cancun and the cities located in the Riviera Maya are different. In some ways it is hard to believe that they are neighbors except the blue of the Caribbean gives it away. This article digs into the variations of each destination and highlights the not so obvious differences. What is Cancun and What is the Riviera Maya? Cancun is a large city located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It was the very...

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Discover Valladolid- A Yucatan Colonial City Day Trip

Posted December 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities


Looking for something different in the Riviera Maya? Are you hoping to plan a special day trip that digs into local culture, history and food! Valladolid just a short distance from the Riviera Maya is just your ticket. Whether you drive, take the bus, or hire a private van for your group, you will have an amazing day! Photo Tour of Valladolid This is the Only Guide to Valladolid Written By Locals! Make Your Day Trip...

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Jim Wehrle – 29 Years in Cancun with No Regrets

Posted December 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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My guest on the today’s podcast is a longtime resident of Cancun, Jim Wehrle. Jim moved from Fort Worth, Texas, 29 years ago, and still enjoys each day here on the Riviera Maya. When he first decided to visit a sunny place for his vacation, a travel agent tried to steer him towards Acapulco. He was young, and she thought he might enjoy the clubs and budding nightlife there, but when Jim heard about laid back, quiet place called Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, something just felt right to...

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Review of Cirque de Soleil in the Riviera Maya – La Joya

Posted December 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Over a year ago Cirque de Soleil established their first permanent show in Latin America, La Joya. We are thrilled that its permanent home is in the Rivera Maya. We say 'woop woop' as we are great fans of Cirque. Now that said, this Cirque performance is a bit different from their previous 37 shows. In a coordinated effort between Grupo Vidanta and the Cirque Directors, this production has combined the performance with a culinary experience making this unforgettable. Gary and I decided to take...

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Been There Have Not Done It – New Local Food Tour In the Riviera Maya

Posted December 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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Excited! There are a lot of things that gets my travel groove on but food, specifically local food, puts me over the top. A new food tour hosted by a local chef has launched in the Riviera Maya. Super chido, where do I sign up! Tours are offered in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Cancun, giving you a range of destinations to discover local dishes and flavors. Me thinks I will be doing all three, especially Cancun as this is a city I do not know well. Your Culinary Host and Guide of...

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Saying Good Bye Is Never Easy – Remembering Chef David Sterling of Merida

Posted November 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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So many people have crossed our paths over the years in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan.We never say good bye, it is always see you later. This past month we learned about the passing of a good friend, local business professional and a great advocate for Mexico. We sadly have to say goodbye, but remained touched in our hearts and stomachs for knowing Chef David Sterling. If you have been following our journey through the Yucatan Peninsula you would have come across Chef David Sterling. We...

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Kristin Busse Knows Exactly What She Is Still Doing In Cancun

Posted November 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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My guest on the podcast today is a writer and local Cancun expert for USA Today’s “10Best,” a salsa dancer who will work for tips and tequila, and a mom of a 7-year-old Cuban boy, who is learning to snorkel. Who is this multi-faceted woman, you ask. Kristin Busse is the voice behind the new parenting blog turned culture and community-based information center, What Am I Still Doing in Cancun. Kristin’s blog started as a verbalization of the things she didn’t like about living in...

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All Inclusive verses All Exclusive Vacations

Posted November 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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OMG! We are so excited! We just came up with a new name for super cool vacations! The all exclusive vacation that focuses on private luxury vacations. The All exclusive experience is way better than the All inclusive experience and may just end up costing you less! What is the All Exclusive Experience? The All Exclusive experience is simple. It is a private luxury rental in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Each town, village or city has a few vacation homes that over the top amazing places,...

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Create Your Own Epic Endless Summer This Winter

Posted November 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Vacation tips

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"You can't tell how good a wave is until you try it." Bruce Brown - Director, producer and Writer of The Endless Summer 1966   In 1990 I would have said, "You can't tell how good a CAVE is until you try it". As an avid cave diver and soon to be explorer, I headed to the Riviera Maya on an epic Endless Summer journey, similar to the iconic movie released by Bruce Brown. My epic endless summer led to a 180 degree turn in my life, which is now Loco Gringo. An Endless Summer Can Be A...

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Try Something New to Experience Something New – Check out Puerto Aventuras

Posted November 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Are you in a vacation rut? Have you stayed at the same vacation villa year after year? In some respects there is comfort in returning to the same location, the same vacation villa year after year. You know what to expect, where to eat, what to see and you may visit old friends. We get it, and have done this ourselves. But some people want to change their villa rental every few years. They want to see something new, experience something different. They want to feel they are seeing all they...

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