Posted September 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food
It truly is 5 o'clock somewhere in the world, but when searching for a great happy hour, you kinda have to honor 5 o'clock where you are, right now. No fear. There is a great place centrally located in Playa del Carmen that will give you one of the best happy hours you have had in a long time. The exceptional Happy Hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Half price martinis every Tuesday, and ladies drink for half price on Thursday. The party continues on Karaoke Night every Wednesday....
Posted September 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
We love the popular cities and beaches in the Riviera Maya. There are few places in the world like Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue, Akumal's beautiful Caribbean bays, Tulum's foodie scene and glorious white sandy beaches. But for the adventurer who loves unknown places, obscure landmarks, and less traveled destinations, there are still some off the grid, less popular areas in the Riviera Maya worth exploring. Nice part is, you still get the iconic paradise vacation everyone loves. Playa...
Posted September 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
The area around Cozumel grabbed Kelly's heart during her first visit. Flying over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean left a significant imprint on her heart. She returned to the Riviera Maya to work for a summer and once she went diving in the area’s underwater playgrounds, she was hooked. Later when Hurricane Gilbert smashed into Cozumel, Kelley returned to San Antonio, Texas to finish her Psychology and Business Administration degree, even though she knew it wouldn’t be relevant to...
Posted September 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
Love this Photo!! Love it! This captures the true essence of why we love Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and the colonial cities that are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Riviera Maya. We travel to learn, and have used the off the beach destinations to deepen our understanding of Mexican history and culture. After taking a few days of R and R on the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya, go and explore! Put Valladolid on Your Bucket List Less than 2 hours from any Riviera Maya city is one...
Posted September 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
If you want to really understand a destination, start digging into tradition festivals. The more historical the tradition, the more you can really understand, learn and appreciate a place, a culture or a group of people. Mexico's long history is an incredible blend of pre-Hispanic, European and North American traditions. It is this blend of cultures and combined traditions that makes it unique, captivating and most of all interesting. Sure, you can celebrate Day of the Dead these days...
Posted August 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Time to get out and about in the Riviera Maya! traveling through the Riviera Maya is a breeze. There is one main highway that takes you to so many little villages and cities on the coast...and one or two main roads that take you into the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula. If you want to skip driving, public transport is so easy to take! And it is cheap as well! Check out these three roads trips that explain various ways to explore the area easily. Road Trip to Tulum This can be a short...
Posted August 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan headed to the west coast to complete his graduate degree in architecture. He started working with a local sculptor in California, who does art installations, furniture designs and architecture. During Ryan’s initial interview, the sculptor asked him if he would move to Mexico. Ryan ended up in the city of Merida with a team of people. About a year and a half ago, Tulum called to him and Ryan transitioned from life in the city to life on the...
Posted August 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
This video shows the diversity in the Riviera Maya. Love it! If you are thinking about taking a quick vacation before the kids go back to school, or before the fall weather settles in, this just may be the ticket! Check out our local travel guides that have you exploring cool places that only locals know about! There is more to the Riviera Maya than what is found in a tour guide. Photo by Del Sol Photography
Posted August 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins
I was sent a link the other day of this amazing video footage taken at the Tulum Ruins. Thanks Sky High Videography for creating this amazing view of the Tulum Ruins! Check out more information about Tulum: where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. Or if you want to make your Tulum Ruins visit extraordinary, download our Local Guide to the Tulum Ruins.
Posted August 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya
Ready for a new adventure? We just spent 72 hours in Mahahaul and want to share our adventures in the Costa Maya. Get set, ready, go! Half the Adventure is the Drive to Mahahual We do like to drive to Mahahaul so we can make a few stops along the way. Friends love to take the bus so they can rest, read and just chill. Take your pick, and start heading south. Total trip time with no stops from Akumal to Mahahual - 3.5 hours We take a bit longer due to some favorite stops. Here are our...
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