Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
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...
Posted February 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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...
Posted February 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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...
Posted January 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted January 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
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...
Posted January 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
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 -...
Posted January 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture
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...
Posted January 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
With smart phones, email, texting and Facebook, everyone still seems to struggle with keeping up to date with friends. It is hard, there is no doubt about it, but there are solutions. Balance your time off with friends and family. Create a friends only vacation with your besties, or create a couple's vacation that brings all your friends together. Friend trips are easier to plan than family trips. You can't pick your family, but you do pick your friends. There is a common element that we...
Posted January 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
So you decided to plan your first family trip. Some of you have emailed us with large family requests, some have been small family trip planning requests. However large or small your family may be, we have your vacation back. We have been feeling a bit like Super heroes lately, vacation planning heroes for family vacations. Super heroes never tackle the same crime twice, and our super hero vacation planning never duplicates a family vacation. Every single family is different, every single...
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