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A Riviera Maya City We Love – Playa del Carmen

Posted February 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

A Riviera Maya City We Love - Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, or Playa as locals call it, was previously known as the fastest growing city in the world. From 2005 to 2010 Playa del Carmen experienced a building and investment boom like nothing we had ever seen. In 2016 this boom has chilled a little and this sophisticated city has found its balance. Old Playa visitors, visitors who knew Playa pre-2005,  find the changes a bit overwhelming. We are growing into the changes and actually like the new enhancements Playa offers. Playa is...

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Tips on charging your cell phone

Posted February 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Tips for charging your cell phone

Don't freak out if you forgot to pack your phone charging cable. All of us have done at one time or another, we forget our cellphone cable to charge our phones.    I recently forgot my cable while in a remote part of the Yucatan and there was no Apple store.  Well, look no further than the OXXO convenient store. OXXO is kinda  like a 7-Eleven, and you can find a variety of charging cables.  For iPhones they have cables for the the 5 and 6 along with cables for Android phones.   For...

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Feeding the Senses – Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Mexico is an artist's community. For centuries all forms have art have shaped the country and its culture. Folk art, muralists, painters, singers, poets and actors are what attracted many visitors to the Mexico originally. Now beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, sustainable tourism and food attracts so many more visitors. Many art forms are still the back bone to understanding and appreciating Mexico. In Yucatan cities, the arts is an established institution. In the Riviera Maya, the...

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Best Authentic Souvenir Shopping in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Souvenir Shopping in the Riviera Maya

I think we would be rich if we got a peso for each time visitors asked us this question. With hundreds of stores to visit, and so many 'Mexican products' for sale in all Riviera Maya cities and villages, we understand that tequila shot glasses that say Playa del Carmen, or a t-shirt that says 'My grandma went to Akumal and all she brought me was this t-shirt' is not what you are looking to buy to remember your vacation in paradise. Good News . There are a lot of local stores in Riviera Maya...

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Local Secrets in the Riviera Maya – Get Adventurous

Posted February 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Secret Destinations of the Riviera Maya

There are so many places to see and so many places to go in the Riviera Maya that it is hard to keep track. If you prefer easy to get to and easy to navigate adventures, we have created these travel ebooks  for these adventures. If you are looking for a bit more of an adventure that takes you to new places and new villages, this is the article for you. We have dug deep into our memory banks and adventure lists. We have found five off the beaten track and little known adventures that might...

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Sweet Surrender – National Hot Chocolate Day

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

National Hot Chocolate Day

To think that cacao was used a currency by the Maya before they used it for their famous Mayan hot chocolate. Yup, that's right, cacoa beans were traded like money in the pre-classic days and valued more than jade, copper and black obsidian. Thankfully someone came up with the great, great idea that cacao (cocoa is the English term) should be ground and made into a delicious drink of the gods, an idea that remains with mere mortals today. National Hot Chocolate Day is a Day to Celebrate No...

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5 Places to Take Your Parents in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

Travel With Your Parents in the Riviera Maya

Vacationing with your parents in the Riviera Maya? How great. For some this vacation arrangement could be a bit stressful. What the heck can one do with their parents in Mexico? 12th street in Playa del Carmen? I don't think so. Tulum beach nightclubs, nah. There are a ton of fun things to do with your parents along the coast and we have the list for you! Parent or Grandparent Outings in the Riviera Maya We think if you tried at least one of these suggestions you might just turn into the...

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Puerto Aventuras Essentials – Stay, Eat and Things to Do!

Posted January 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Puerto Aventuras is like no other community in the Riviera Maya. The beach is smaller, but the community has a big heart and a marina. It is the port of call for personal yachts, large recreational fishing boats (the luxury kind) and a vibrant expat community that has a unique focus on the sea. Where to Stay in Puerto Aventuras    Las Palmas Beachfront Villa Hacienda del Mar Beachfront Villa Al Cielo Beachfront Condo Penthouse Where to Drink and Eat in Puerto Aventuras Latitude 20 -...

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Four Places in the Riviera Maya You Won’t Find on Google Maps

Posted January 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations

Places in the Riviera Maya You Won't Find on Google Maps

Google maps has been slow in updating Riviera Maya places on their maps app. We found some pretty cool places you will not find on Google maps. If you love adventure, off the beaten track day trips and historical sites, put down your phone and start trekking. One of our finds is a foodie find so keep reading! Ake Ruins in the Yucatan This is a full day trip but worth the drive. Ake Ruins is one of the oldest ruins in the area. It was occupied in 300 BC and finally abandoned in 1300s. The...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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