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The Chemistry of Flavors with Chef Cristobal Tamariz

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts

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My guest on today’s podcast, Cristobal Tamariz, is the owner of Riviera Maya Food Tours. Cristobal believes the best way to preserve a country's culture is through sharing and experiencing local traditions. And, his way of sharing is through authentic, regional cuisine. Born in Central Mexico, Cristobal grew up surrounded by his grandmother’s and his mother’s flavorful cooking. He thought he might become an engineer and study chemistry, but soon realized he could create chemical...

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Luxury For Less in the Rivera Maya – Adopt this Luxury Strategy

Posted April 25, 2017 by Kay Walten in Family,Vacation tips

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Who doesn't dream of a luxurious vacation? Who doesn't want the best of the best when they go away but not all of us can not necessarily afford a hotel with a butler, your own pool, roof top jacuzzi and more. Well, you can have that dream if you plan and talk to people who know where to find these luxurious options for less. And we are just those people in the Riviera Maya. We have found that when you book a top of the line all inclusive you rarely use all the high end amenities you...

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Don’t Miss the 8th Annual Akumal Auction for Hekab be Library – Local Fundraiser

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kay Walten in Hyper Local Info

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If you are in for a good time and want to help a local cause, the 8th Annual Akumal Auction is coming up May 3, 2017. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm bid at the live auction, listen to the ever popular Salty Snowbirds and catch up with dear friends at the Lol Ha Beach Bar under their north Palapa. Be Entertained By Natalie and Dave The Salty Snowbirds will have you clapping, singing along and loving the sultry voice of this magical duo that performs to standing room only crowds in the Lol Ha...

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Riviera Maya as an Eco Destination – Hell Yes!

Posted April 21, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism

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When you think of eco-traveler destinations, visions of mountain ranges, national parks, northern lights, glamping or all of the above come to mind. I would bet money that the Riviera Maya does not even pop up in that list. Well that's a shame, as the Riviera Maya has a diverse eco system that has some of the most spectacular eco activities one can do. And they are only found here! Let me share just a few highlights: •World Class bone fishing - Check •One of a kind cavern...

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Ael Enciso

Posted April 19, 2017 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Podcasts

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Ael Enciso was ‘made’ in Cozumel, and delivered in her grandmother’s living room in Mexico City. For the past 17 years, she has been in Playa del Carmen, working in just about every aspect of the tourism industry. Ael says the Riviera Maya is best seen off the beaten track. When a visitor ‘acts like a local,’ and enjoys the laid-back atmosphere of the area, is when they have the best time. When Ael travels within Mexico she visits the cenotes, rides her bike through trails in...

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Restaurant Review – Café Sahara at Jashito Hotel Soliman Bay

Posted April 18, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food

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Breakfast alert! If you are looking for a beach-side leisurely breakfast with all the fixings, Sahara Café could be your spot. Breakfast out is a luxury all of us can afford, and Sahara Café with its view of the sea makes this breakfast spectacular! Stunning View with a More Than Complete Breakfast This Soliman Bay restaurant review is for people who are not staying at the hotel. The hotel restaurant is open to the public and has a separate breakfast menu for non-guests. We love the...

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Old ‘Skewl’ Mexico Where Chilling and the Sea Are Your Best Friend – Xcalak

Posted April 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in City Information

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If your ideal vacation is chilling, chatting, fishing and palm trees, Xcalak just might be your place, in fact we might be so bold to say, it is your place. Xcalak, located in the Costa Maya, is the most southern tip on the East Coast of Mexico. Its very location has preserved the old school way of vacationing where you are unplugged, off the grid, and just far enough from everything that you are not eager to explore the notable sites most vacationers place on their list. This...

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Perfect Day On Isla Holbox

Posted April 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Travel Tips

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Oh Isla, how I love thee. Isla Holbox is a favorite day trip destination of ours from the Riviera Maya. It can turn into a long day if you take everything in, but well worth it. Located right where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico, how could you not think this place is magical. If a long day is not what you were hoping for, we suggest a trip up for lunch, take in the beach and return pronto. For those who want to do more, read more and plan your perfect day on Isla Holbox. Finding...

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Tamara Adame’s Manatus Mexico Offers a Memorable Diving Experience

Posted April 12, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

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My guest today, Tamara Adame, was born and raised Puerto Morelos, here in the Riviera Maya. After studying in Merida, Tamara spent 10 years in Europe, devoting most of her time to Brussels, Belgium. It was there she rekindled her love of diving and the ocean. When she returned to Mexico, she met up with a friend who also grew up in Puerto Morelos and who, like her, wanted to educate people about environmental protections, sustainability of the reef environment, and take them underwater to...

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Restaurant Review – Pavo Real By The Sea at Maroma Beach

Posted April 11, 2017 by Kay Walten in Hyper Local Info

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If you are looking for a great dinner with a world class oceanfront backdrop and view, first class service and great food, man do we have a place for you. This Riviera Maya restaurant has been around for a long time, one that we have frequented for over 15 years. But I have to say the view, the food and the service never gets tired. The Quick and Dirty About the Pavo Real By The Sea Restaurant This seaside restaurant is located on Maroma Beach at the Kin Sol Soleil Hotel, about halfway...

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