Where is your passport?

Posted July 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Passports are required in Cancun Mexico

We want you to start your vacation off right with a friendly reminder to check the expiration date on your passport. Visitors to Mexico need a valid passport, so check the date and know that you are ready to travel! Take a few minutes to find your passport and check the expiration date.  Share this friendly reminder with your travel companions, and family members who are joining you on your tropical vacation. If you find that your passport is expired, check with the local passport office...

Restaurant Review: Don Chendo

Posted July 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Restaurant Reviews,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Don Chendo's Restaurant Riviera Maya Mexico

If you love Chicago style, deep dish pizza then you are going to love Don Chendo in Playa del Carmen. Don Chendo has a great menu of traditional Italian faves such as spaghetti and meatballs, rigatoni with sausage and peppers and double butter fettuccine Alfredo.  You can choose from a nice variety of salads, and vegetarian options!  One of the best deals in town for good pizza, starting at $120 pesos.   You won't find a full bar here, but definitely a cold cerveza or a glass of red...

Discover Cenote Samula

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil.  Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent.  But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...

Kava Kasa music, smoothies and lounge in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Restaurant Reviews

Kava Kasa review by Sol Tamargo of Del Sol Photography in Playa del carmen

Our good amiga, Sol Tomargo of Del Sol Photography recently visited Kava Kasa in Playa del Carmen.  Playa's first Kava bar.   Here's Sol's feedback… Trying a Kava drink. Strong flavor.. Here's what I feel: tongue numbed .. My lips feel fuller.. Sexy?? teehee.. I'm Relaxing .. Happy ... Mmm.. What comes next?? Kava is a root and at Kava Kasa you can drink it in different ways. My fav?? Chocolate - Expresso- peanut butter! I think this is a new#happysexyandhealthy drink!! Promotes...

How to buy gas and not get ripped off

Posted June 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Tips on how to buy gas at Pemex

  Tips on how to fill up the gas tank at Pemex When you pull in to the pumps the driver should get out and walk back by the pump. Look at the meter and make sure it is zero’ed before the attendant starts pumping. There is only Magna  and Premium . In a car 200 pesos of Magna should give you 1/3 to 1/2 tank. Don’t pull out your pesos until the gas has been pumped. When the attendant is finished check the meter and pull out the appropriate amount. Hold it up, making sure the...

Local company does good to help the Macaw species in Mexico

Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism

xcaret releases macaws at Los Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve

Xcaret, the Riviera Maya eco park has been very active and dedicated to their program to reintroduce the scarlet macaw into its natural habitats in Mexico. In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41%. A 2013 study showed that there were no more than 240 of these beautiful birds living free in Mexico's jungles due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal wildlife trafficking   In June 2014, the population of healthy...

Jimmy Buffett, the afterlife & photo of the day

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Beach philospohy according to Jimmy Buffett

If you're planning a beach vacation, or just dreaming of one, the name Jimmy Buffett sets the tone of beach with songs of cheese burgers, coconut oil and simpler days. Over the years Jimmy's albums have told of his tales and idyllic life in the tropics. It is no surprise when asked about the afterlife his response:

A new Mexico UNESCO World Heritage site

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler

UNESCO site Calakmul ruins Campeche Mexico

Back in 2002 the Maya ruins of Calakmul in the Yucatan peninsula state of Campeche was named World Heritage site.  Well the jungle surrounding Calakmul has been named a "mixed natural and cultural" World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. UNESCO stated: "The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital." The area added to the list is in the southern...

Local Talent Takes the Stage in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Explayarte Music, Dance and Theatre in Playa del Carmen

Tomorrow see local musicians from Explayarte Playa del Carmen's School for music, dance and theatre take the stage at Wah Wah Beach Club on June 25 at 4 pm.  Wah Wah is located at Calle 2 and the beach. Explayarte Playa del Carmen, the first music school started in 2003 with a mission: to encourage and strengthen the use of art in any of its disciplines as a tool for personal and social development.  Since its inception, hundreds of children, youth and adults have developed as...

Restaurant Review: La Parrilla de Manolo

Posted June 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Restaurant Reviews

La Parrilla de Manolo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Argentinean food in Playa del Carmen This was the first restaurant specializing in Argentinean food in Playa. Manolo Capeli has been living in Mexico for 34 years.   One thing we love about Argentinean food is that the meats are delicious and try the empanadas.  There is live music which always makes the evening special. The upstairs has a view of Constituyentes and 5th Avenue; great for watching the world go by.  Open daily from 1:00pm to midnight. Learn more about Playa del Carmen....

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