The World’s Most Expensive Margarita – I want one!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Worlds Most Expensive Margarita

USA Today did a calculation and explanation of the world's most expensive margarita. Who is going to buy me one? If you are looking for an affordable Margarita in the Riviera Maya we suggest: Turtle Bay Bakery and Cafe - Akumal El Bar - Playa del Carmen rooftop at Hotel Cacao Zenzi - On the Beach in Playa del Carmen Hartwood - Tulum beach Road La Buena Vida - Akumal Beach Dirty Martini - Playa del Carmen El Nave - Tulum Charlies - Tulum Enjoy, and let me know...

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition – Vaquerias

Posted April 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition - Vaquerias

Participate in a historical dance tradition that is exclusive to the Yucatan. Vaquerias are a religious and economic celebration honoring the patron saint of either a Hacienda or a Yucatan village. The bigger the party, the more money a village or hacienda had. These dances share the sounds of the Jarana orchestra with the sights of Jarana traditional dance. Today, no one has to travel outside Merida to a Hacienda or village to witness a traditional Vaqueria. Every Sunday at 1 p.m. or Monday...

Free WIFI Is Now Available in Playa del Carmen and Merida Parks

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Free WIFI Is Now Available in Playa del Carmen and Merida Parks

Our dream has come true. The cities of Playa del Carmen and Merida have free WIFI in major parks, squares, residential communities and tourist attractions. The new WIFI falls under the Federal program 'Mexico Conectado', with Merida building its own information website 'Merida - Cuidad Digital - Parques En Linea'. As of March 1, 2015 Playa del Carmen has 25 public spaces with free WIFI and Merida has 125 public spaces with free WIFI. Bottom line for visitors - it is easy to stay in touch...

Photo and Video of the Day – Howler Monkeys in Calakmul

Posted April 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

Howler Monkeys in Calakmul Ruins, Chetumal, Mexico

The Howler Monkey is easily found in the southern part of Quintana Roo and Campeche near the Calakmul and Kohunlich ruins. We recently retraced some of our past adventures and came across the Howler Monkeys yet again. This video is what the monkeys really sound like. It was freaky, intriguing, and amazing all at the same time! Video of the Howler Monkey Find out more about the Calakmul Ruins and Kohunlich Ruins in the southern part of the state.

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos – More than Just Food

Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos

I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...

Mexican Folk Art Stores Worth Visiting in the Riviera Maya

Posted April 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

Mexican Folk Art in the Riviera Maya

It is not a secret that the Riviera Maya is filled with retail stores chocker block full of 'stereotypical souvenirs that visitors like to take home. Think velvet somberos, maracas, sarapes, and shot glasses. Store upon store offers these little souvenirs that seem to reflect your Riviera Maya vacation. If you are following the country's rich artisan traditions, these souvenirs are a far cry from the countries best keep secret, Mexican Folk Art. There are a few stores in the Riviera Maya who...

Head For The Jungle – Fun Things To Do Off the Beach

Posted April 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips


Most visitors come to the Riviera Maya for the unforgettable beaches that line the coast. What makes this area extra special and unique is the proximity to the jungle, in most cases, just a few miles to the west of the beach. The jungle is a fun place to explore and has as many activities to share as the Caribbean Sea. Oddly there are things you do in the Sea that can also be done in the jungle! Read on to find out! Fun Things to Do in the Riviera Maya Jungle Cenote Diving - Cenote Diving is...

Local Interview – Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries

Posted April 8, 2015 by Steve Moen in Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Services

Interview with a Local - Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries

We love the people who live in our little pueblo of Akumal, Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries being one of those special locals. Gessie is fun, loves the area and has been a good friend over the years. I love her perspective and thought you would as well. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? This part of Mexico has a lot to offer! Every place in this area is unique, even if at first sight it seems all the same; beautiful ocean and beaches, really nice...

A Little Yucatan Secret – Smoked Meat!

Posted April 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Smoked Meat Temazon, Yucatan

This is not a local secret but I can guarantee that few visitors are aware of this information. There is a little village called Temazon just a few miles outside of Valladolid that is dedicated to the production of smoked meat, albeit, some of the best smoked meat we have ever tasted! Temazon - The Smoked Meat Capital of the Yucatan Many, many years ago I stumbled upon the smoked meat capital of the Yucatan, Temazon. In 2014 I revisited this little piece of heaven. On previous visits I just...

What’s New in the Riviera Maya?

Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services


We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...

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