Posted May 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Riviera Maya Services
My guest on the podcast today is originally from Normandy, France. Gilles Denis has been traveling to the Riviera Maya for 20 years, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he made the decision to pick up his family and move to where the sun was, Playa del Carmen. His children now speak Spanish as their first language. Gilles says he loves Playa del Carmen because it still has a village-type ambiance. Everyone seems to know each other. He says if someone were to give him the opportunity, and...
Posted May 16, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
I have to credit my mom for this question. She listened, for the very first time, to one of my podcasts after I explained what a podcast was. And now she is hooked! Why did my mom avoid the podcasts on Loco Gringo? Cause she did not understand what a podcast was. She also admitted that many other people she knew also did not understand what a podcast was. So they avoided the entire podcast thang. What is a Podcast? In my mom's words, it is a radio show. But let me add a few more details to...
Posted May 12, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,Ecotourism
Whale Shark Season is approaching and you can play a large part in conserving and protecting the largest fish in the world by participating in one of these tours! How? Why? Read on and find out. Snorkeling with the Whale Sharks is the best way to protect this fish. As of 2016, the Whale Shark was placed on the endangered species list, not due to activities in Mexico, but due to activities in Asia where Whale Sharks are fished and taken to market for their meat and fins. Mexico has the best...
Posted May 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
My guest on the podcast today grew up as a traveler. When she was a young girl, her father told her traveling was the best investment she could make, and her money was best spent on summer excursions. Maria Azanza made the decision to travel from Guadalajara to the Riviera Maya, and has lived here for the past 11 years. She shares with us her favorite places in Mexico, why she stays in the Riviera Maya, and where she goes when she wants to get lost for a few days. Maria and her boyfriend,...
Posted May 9, 2017 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips
All Inclusive resorts are a great first time place to stay in the Riviera Maya if you just want to sit back, hang on the beach, look at the sea and chill. But if you want to get out and about and explore, the all inclusive resort could pose a challenge. If you want to have an ocean front room just steps to the beach, this will be a premium price. Why you say? Let us explain the hidden challenges of booking an all inclusive resort for your vacation. All Inclusive Resorts Are Built On...
Posted May 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities
Tulum is a beautiful place to hang on the beach, but it is also surrounded by subterrain caverns, lagoons and caves that are a must see. If you are unfamiliar with cenotes (say-note-tay) then you need to check these off the beach location out! They are a sneak peak into the diverse ecosystem of the Riviera Maya and a ton of fun. They are fresh water systems that are cooler than the sea, are are shallow and a great place to start snorkeling if you are a beginner. Cenotes are a great family...
Posted May 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Born and raised in Akumal, my guest, Gerardo Orozco has been working at his family’s diving business for over 12 years. He has seen the growth of the Riviera Maya from the ground up. Gerardo says the area grew so fast, people were not able to make the necessary adjustments to preserve the environment and plan for future development. As the operations manager for the Akumal Dive Center, Gerardo contacted the ecological center in Akumal and works with universities such as University of...
Posted May 2, 2017 by Kay Walten in Hyper Local Info,Vacation tips
One reason people love the Riviera Maya is the sense of and participation in community. Whether you are a local or a visitor, community is what sets the Riviera Maya apart from other vacation destinations. Did you ever feel a part of the Las Vegas Community? Did you feel a part of the St. Lucia community on your last vacation? Unless you really dug deep and had a serendipitous moment with a local, it is unlikely you felt connected to the community on your last vacation. I have a story that...
Posted May 1, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,City Information
Snorkeling with the Turtles in Akumal is a precious activity in this little Riviera Maya town. For as long as we can remember, and we have been living in Akumal for over 20 years now, snorkeling with the turtles is distinct to Akumal. Sure you can snorkel off the shore in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, but there is no guarantee that you will see a turtle. Akumal's shoreline is perfect for turtle sightings and people come specifically to Akumal to see the turtles. In the past few...
Posted April 28, 2017 by Kay Walten in City Information,Hyper Local Info
Who would have thunk? A female run taxi service in Playa del Carmen taking on the transportation disrupter Uber. This may be a game changer in so many ways, and just might be the ticket the local service and visitors are looking for. Mexico is thought to be a machismo culture. But if you understand the deep roots of this culture you will see that is pro-female in so many ways. The creation of the Pink Taxi Service is just one more innovation that could rock the transportation world on the...
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