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Happy National Sangria Day! Mexican Sangria Recipe

Posted December 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Mexican Sangria recipe

You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious cocktail. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks 'Sangria', meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war. Brandy was added to...

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Romantic Rooftop Bars and Beachside Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted December 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Ever wonder where some of the best views of the ocean are in the Riviera Maya? Have you been looking for somewhere to share an evening cocktail or dinner in an iconic or beautiful location? Here are a few places in the Riviera Maya that won't disappoint. Some of these places are not well known, but should be, as their views are to die for. Roof Top Bars with Great Ocean Views News Flash! Carboncitos in Playa del Carmen has just finished a spectacular roof top terrace that has 180 degree views...

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Los Posadas – A Local Christmas Tradition Worth Adopting

Posted December 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Christmas in Mexico is fun. There is lots of music, great weather, a festival feel and a wonderful tradition that local families love. Los Posadas could be easily be explained as 9 days of traveling cocktail parties but there is a bid more to these festivities than just great food and drink. When we make the suggestion that this tradition is one worth adopting, not for the deep roots in religion but for the community involvement this traditions provides. The History behind Los...

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A Canadian Brewing Beer in Mexico – Dream Job!

Posted December 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mundo Maya Beer Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Jungle John, a Canadian Expat, is not new to business in Mexico. He was one of the first to start ATV tours over 20 Years ago, he brought in the first gelato ice cream to Playa del Carmen, and now he has created his own microbrew, Mundo Maya, eh! I have to admit, I always forget his real name (aka John Nielson) as everyone calls him Jungle John, a nickname that stuck once he opened his first ATV tours that took people through the depths of the jungle. But his beer is good, and having a local...

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Great Travel Gear for Your Gadgets

Posted December 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Smart Phone? Check. Tablet? Check. Go Pro? Check. This could be your routine before you head out on vacation but is this enough to capture the best shots and stay connected on your vacation. There is some great travel gear for your gadgets you might want to consider, but what is a good investment and what would you use. There are a few super cool gadgets that help you take spectacular photos. Imagine when you are on the top of the Coba Pyramid. The view is amazing and should be shared with...

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Christmas market in Puerto Morelos

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

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Begin your celebration in Puerto Morelos. Come along to see over 30 artists from all over Riviera Maya who will be showcasing their wares next Saturday 11am-4pm Av Rojo Gomez 776, Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Morelos.  Find great gifts and local artwork. The local food trucks will be there with great eats.  Get involved by donating local school, so bring some school supplies, or stop by and help out with a cash donation to the Red Cross. Click to share on Twitter: Tweet:...

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Traveling with Three Generations is Easier Than You Think

Posted December 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

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Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and then the kids. How the heck do you plan a large family vacation without losing your mind? Or your family? Cool thing is the Rivera Maya caters to families. Vacation rentals can be big enough to take anywhere from 8 to 20 family members. We are here to then support you through the vacation process. Seriously, we really do support you through the planning process to make sure you all have a great time and share great memories. No one will be left holding the...

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Cueva Vodka – Locally Distilled Artisanal Vodka with a Surprising Ingredient

Posted December 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cueva Vodka, Akumal, Riviera Maya

Bartley and Jen Smith were a bit frustrated with the quality of their happy hour. Internationally distilled vodka was just not cutting it anymore, and locally made vodka did not exist. They support local tequila, mezcal and independent breweries in their Akumal restaurant Turtle Bay Cafe, but vodka was an issue. Bart and Jen are not new to creating great products and new flavors. Turtle Bay Bakery has been creating great ice cream flavors, incredible baked goods and wonderful meals inspired...

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Break Out of the Tourist Bubble

Posted December 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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There is a great travel rule that I love. 'Turn right or left when you see an interesting road. Disregard the map and see what you find.' This rule has been one of the best we have ever followed. The wonderful adventures, surprises, people and pueblos that we have stumbled upon has made our travels in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan richer than we could have ever imagined. The Riviera Maya has done a great job in providing easy access to tourist areas and destinations. But there are great...

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Let’s all go to Valladolid

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Valladolid Yucatan Mexico

If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....

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