Posted May 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
So you are tired, if not exhausted, as you whisk yourself away for vacation. You dream of a day at the spa, and just trying to get back to normal. This used to be us before we moved to the Riviera Maya permanently, and we discovered a natural solution in the area. Local cenotes, and even lagoons, were better than the spa, less expensive than the spa, and made us feel better than any spa treatment. If you combine both, a trip to a cenote and a local spa treatment, which we have done on many...
Posted May 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s episode, I chat with the dynamic Heather Froeming of Tulum. Heather first visited Akumal in 1998 on a diving trip with a college friend from California. She had plans to explore the world, but after falling in love with the area she let her love of adventure and passion for the environment guide her - so she put down roots. Her first days were spent volunteering for Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a non-profit organization which focuses on sea turtle protection and beach...
Posted May 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
If you are looking for a local experience in the Riviera Maya, then large tours are the best option. There are lots of small Riviera Maya group tours that are fun for both kids and parents. Grandparents will get a kick out of these as well! Small group tours provide a very different experience to the popular large bus tours so many people grab through street vendors and resorts. They are personal, you get to interact with your guide and gain a true understanding of their life in Mexico. When...
Posted May 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
On a recent trip to Merida in the Yucatan I saw something that I don't think I have seen for a long time. Ice cream for breakfast with an espresso. Yup, ice cream for breakfast. I was walking into the Main Plaza at 9 am in the morning looking for a coffee after a long morning walk, and that is when I witnessed this indulgent behavior. But I got it. The city was already heating up. At 9:00 am it was 36C and if you were not in the shade, it was hot. By noon on an April sunny day it reached 38C...
Posted May 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
So you are not sure what to pack for your beach vacation? And you are really not sure what to pack for your Riviera Maya beach vacation. Well there are few items items that will guarantee a laid back Caribbean vacation with some eco friendly essentials thrown in. Eco Friendly Beach Items To Protect The Sea To protect your skin, the sea, and the cenotes, eco friendly suntan lotion is a must. There are a variety of products on the market and we have picked a few of the best. Throw in some eco...
Posted May 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
How did a Canadian end up in the Riviera Maya and start brewing beer? This week I’m happy to interview local business owner, Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company. John moved to Playa del Carmen in 1994. Having run a few small startups he eventually decided to move on. But in time, John combined his long-time hobby, the lack of good craft beer in the region, and the now craft brew craze sweeping North America to fuel his return to Playa del Carmen. Of all the...
Posted May 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
There is something about vacationing alone that is empowering. Making the decision, planning your trip, packing your bags and then venturing into the known or the unknown seems a bit intimidating at first but ends up being bliss. Some people have no choice but to travel alone, some people travel alone by choice. Whatever your situation is, either male or female, the Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for flying solo. Why the Riviera Maya is a Great Place for Solo Travelers 1....
Posted May 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
So we decided the other day to take a little tour around Playa del Carmen and eat Mexican Food all morning and into the early afternoon. We were inspired by a recent article that talked about taking full advantage of the great ingredients, small restaurants, independent food carts that we sometimes forget are at our finger tips. So we hopped in the car, cause we can. Oh man this was a fun filled day that left us full for a week! Our deal was this. We decided to go to all the little places...
Posted May 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Oh the places we go! You'll be on y our way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. And that is how we feel this week, thanks to Dr. Seuss! So where should you go right now in the Riviera Maya? Let's get you off to great places cause Today is your day. Let's get you off and away. Rio Lagartos for Flamingos, Salt Flats and Ceviche! This is such a fun trip and an excellent adventure in the Spring. You can take two days and stay...
Posted May 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s episode, I chat with Sara Moen, who is originally from Northern California, moved to Seattle in 1990 for school and met her soon to be husband. Steve and Sara were married in 1993. He worked for Microsoft for ten years and in 2001, they took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, as the story goes “Once you arrive there it’s hard to leave.” Steve and Sara ultimately met their business partner during that getaway; within six months, they sold their home and packed up their pets and...
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