Posted February 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism
What the heck is an eco-packer? And what does this have to do with my vacation in the Riviera Maya? Well, here's the scoop. Very few people know that the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya are extremely diverse and sensitive environments. The ocean, jungle and fresh water cenotes require a delicate balance to maintain a healthy environment. Eco-packers pack for a vacation taking the ocean, the jungle, and the cenotes in mind. Knowing that this is a eco-sensitive area makes this task all...
Posted February 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
If you enjoyed your Rosca de Reyes on January 6 perhaps you were the lucky one to be awarded the task of cooking for El Dia de Candelaria. Candle Mass on February 2 is a mash up of a few religious and indigenous holidays that make this Mexican Holiday interesting. The multicultural lesson mixed with a historical overview of Mexico is fascinating. The tamale dinner served on February 2 is not too shabby either. February 2 - a Global Holiday with lots of cultural nuances So here is the gig....
Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with fresh water sinkholes, called cenotes, that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Cenotes are a wonderful alternative to the sea, are wonderful adventures, and are a great place to cool off on a hot day. Popular cenotes are Dos Ojos, Cenote Manatee, and Gran Cenote. If you are seeking more private place for your midday swim, we have a list of off the beaten path cenotes. Four Off the Beaten Path Cenotes in the Rivera Maya We have highlighted this list...
Posted January 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
If you are hoping to have lunch beachside, or a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean, Ziggy Beach restaurant is the place to be. Located on the hotel grounds of Cabanas Tulum and shared with the sister hotel, The Beach Tulum, Ziggys Restaurant has a view of the Tulum beach to die for. Add Mexican cuisine to that mix and you have a winner. Ziggy Beach Restaurant - Authentic Mexican Flavors Ziggy Beach has a Mexican inspired menu where their chef creatively uses Mexican recipes in ways not...
Posted January 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Salt Rock Grill at 38th street and 5th Ave combines a little Argentinean, a little Mexican, a little American with some Asian flavors in their cuisine. The Dutch and Argentinean owners, a wonderful husband and wife team, have literally traveled the world collecting favorite recipes used in their Playa del Carmen restaurant. From cruise ships to small restaurants - this couple has done it all Before you even open the menu, you are joyously greeted by the wife of this husband and wife team....
Posted January 23, 2015 by Gary Walten in Mexico Destinations
Akumal is known as the 'Place of the Turtles' but it is also the home of Yal Ku Lagoon, a unique snorkeling adventure in a coastal lagoon. We love that Yal Ku adds to your turtle snorkeling in Akumal Bays and compliments your vacation activities. Yal Ku Lagoon is a inland lagoon that connects to the Caribbean. Fresh water from surrounding cenotes escapes to the sea in this area. The result is a calm waterway that mixes both fresh and salt water called brackish water and creates a home for...
Posted January 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Riviera Maya events
Get ready to move your clocks forward on February 1, 2015 as the coastal state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, the Rivera Maya, and Costa Maya, gets in sync with the Eastern coast of the United States and Canada. The states of Campeche and Yucatan located in the Yucatan Peninsula will not be following suite. These states will remain on Central Time. The recent decision was based on a few factors. Since 1981 the Federal Government has been pushing to change the time zone in Quintana...
Posted January 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
Now that you are in the Riviera Maya, I would suspect you are searching for some fresh fish to sink your teeth into. Well, look no further. For many years, La Cueva del Pescador has been serving fresh fish for locals and visitors. Their secret? The owner is a local fisherman who has been fishing in the Caribbean since 1982. He is the secret to Cueva del Pescador's continued success. Great margaritas, super friendly staff (his kids), and its central location helps, but the fresh catch served...
Posted January 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism
Not sure if the general public is aware but Mexico decided over a year ago to support a NO GMO agriculture law! Local farmers protested to their state governments who then took the request to the Feds. Quickly the farmers were granted their wish, no GMO seeds are allowed in the country. Yipppeeee!! Throughout the coast local organic and farmers markets are springing up to support local farmers and support our health. It is fantastic that organic produce that is GMO free is found so readily...
Posted January 14, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The Riviera Maya, with its miles of gorgeous beaches, lush tropical jungle and azure, blue Caribbean Sea has hosted many magical honeymoons. Mayan Riviera spots such as Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum are ideal locations, each with something different to offer. Ecological parks and reserves, Mayan ruins, water sports, shopping, dining, dancing...and numerous opportunities for romance. Having an amazing honeymonn in the Riviera Maya is easy. Here are a few tips to get your planning...
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