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Diary of a Vegetarian in Mexico

Posted October 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Oh Mexico, the land of meat, pork fat and Chicharrón (deep fried pork fat). Add in an abundance of seafood and local fish from the Caribbean Sea and vegetarians are a little fork shy in the Riviera Maya. But don't fret. Many a vegetarian or vegan traveler will be able to experience local food 'sin carne'. (without meat) Vegetarians just need to know where to go and what to eat so they can have a local foodie experience as good as, if not better than, the carnivores. Hidden Meat in Mexican...

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What’s New! New Vacation Options in Puerto Morelos

Posted October 7, 2015 by Steve Moen in Riviera Maya Destinations

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We have found some super sweet accommodations in Puerto Morelos that we know you will love. These two newly constructed homes are perfect for either a couple or a small family. With a private pool, a beautifully decorated space, and bathrooms with artfully made sinks and bath tubs, Casa Gaviotas and Casa Colibri just may be the perfect vacation get away you are looking for. Puerto Morelos - Just 20 minutes south of the Cancun Airport Puerto Morelos is a favorite destination of ours. It is...

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Start a New Travel Tradition this Holiday Season

Posted October 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Canadian Thanksgiving, Day of the Dead, Halloween, American Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are just a few weeks away. (panic) If the time crunch to the holidays is becoming more overwhelming each year, why not start a new travel tradition that coincides with your holiday traditions. How to Successfully Change your Holiday Traditions into Travel Traditions We know that making that shift from holiday traditions at home to holiday traditions abroad are easy, but newbies to the concept is...

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Celebrate National Taco Day – Great Tacos in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Tacos are a daily staple for us in Mexico. We have made lots and we have tasted lots. To honor National Taco Day we have highlighted two very different and very good taco places in the Riviera Maya. By no means does this list mean other tacos are not great, nor do we think this is a complete list of taco places. We just wanted to highlight these two restaurants which have been a favorite of ours for over a decade. Tacos Pastor at El Fogon in Playa del Carmen Tacos Pastor are a treat, and very...

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Travel off of the beaten path in Francisco Uh May

Posted September 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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If you visit the Coba Ruins just to the west of Tulum, you will drive through this Mayan pueblo located on the Coba Road. Spanish is not required, nor is English, as Mayan is the language of this small but unique village that is known for arts and crafts. As you drive over the three speed bumps that mark this small Mayan village 23 kms from Tulum, you are only see a very small portion of Francisco Uh May. The art and crafts stores are conveniently located on the Coba Road for visitors...

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Cultural Centers in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Cultural Centers in Mexico are similar to community centers in the US and Canada but with a cultural/arts focus. Community Centers as we understand them are a mix of sports and recreation, classes, and learning centers. In Mexico cultural centers are classes, learning centers and a large influence on the community. As Riviera Maya cities grow, and visitors become more curious about daily life, local culture, and unique local experiences, cultural centers are broadening their scope beyond...

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Personal Cenote Check List for the Riviera Maya

Posted September 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Cenote Azul, Riviera Maya Mexico

As some of you may know, we have a bit of a passion for cenotes, okay a huge passion for cenotes. These natural sink holes are a true wonder both above and below the surface. Our love for the Riviera Maya started at these very pools and grew to regions near and far as we explored the Yucatan Peninsula. We thought it might be fun, and useful, to build a cenote check list. This list will keep you pretty busy, and could have you racing back for more on another vacation. This is exactly what...

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Puerto Morelos Restaurant Review – El Nicho – Simple and Fabulous

Posted September 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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What happens when a cooking school chef breaks away to open up their own restaurant? El Nicho! Pablo, head chef and owner of El Nicho was the first star chef at the Little Mexican Cooking School. Now all the chefs at the Little Mexican Cooking School are stars, but Pablo was the first star chef that helped to create the successful cooking school program. After developing the concept and recipes for the school, he decided that he wanted to start his own restaurant and wow visitors in a...

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Gas up at the Cancun Airport

Posted September 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Tips on how to buy gas at Pemex

Does your gas gauge read E? If you need to return your car to the rental agency when you get back to the Cancun International Airport you can fill up right there!  There is a new Pemex gas station at the airport, so if you get a car that needs gas, or if you agreed to return the car with a full tank, you can fill 'er up on the spot. We asked a couple people about the price, and they said the price per liter is the same as if you buy gas at a Pemex on the highway. You won't be paying a...

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Classes and Workshops in Playa del Carmen

Posted September 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Not all of us want to sit on the beach all day long for seven days. We get it, and we support those who want to get out and about and learn more about the local culture, other than the beach culture. Sifting through hundred of tours can be daunting. It is easy to get caught up in choosing who to tour with, where to go, and which activity. We have solved the tour issue with our Loco Gringo Ebooks, mini tour guides and tour company suggestions from Loco Gringo friends and family. Get your...

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