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Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 – Beachside Festival

Posted February 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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Now this is a festival you cannot miss. The Riviera Maya Film Festival - RMFF 2015 is an annual festival of international films that takes you from city to city, beach to beach, and theater to theater. This ingenious festival is a ton of fun and is structured similar to that of the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival. This festival is only a few years old, but momentum is building as the festival becomes popular. 2015 Festival Dates for the Riviera Maya Film Festival Dates have...

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5 Thing To Do on Isla Holbox in Mexico

Posted February 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Things to do on Holbox Island

Isla Holbox is most famous for its summer Whale Shark tours in the Gulf of Mexico. But there is far more to do than swim with the Whale Sharks throughout the year. Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico This is a daily beach event where visitors and locals come to watch the evening sunset, which is spectacular by the way. Sunsets signify unity and connectivity and Holbox is no exception. Once you have experienced a Holbox sunset, you will know what we mean. Bird Watching on Isla Contoy and Bird...

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Awesome Mexican Recipes from the Riviera Maya

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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I have just come back from a glorious cooking class at The Little Mexican Cooking School (review to come later) and decided to share some interesting Mexican recipes that may not be typical recipes that we normally share. The deeper I travel into the culinary history of Mexico the more intrigued and amazed I get. Here are some authentic Mexican Recipes that I wanted to share, cause I can! Atole Mayan Drink Recipe Atole plays a large part in winter Mayan ceremonies especially around the Day of...

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Cheap Eats in Merida – Platos Rotos

Posted February 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

Platos Rotos Merida

Oh the beauty of great food, at super prices, served fast! Platos Rotos specializes in Mexico City inspired chilango food that will have  you running back for more. This is a lunch only restaurant in the heart of Merida where you might spend 70 pesos or 5 USD for a glorious home cooked meal. Yes, 5 USD for a glorious lunch that has distinct Mexico City flavors in the heart of the Yucatan. They win my heart, and stomach, every time! Platos Rotos is a true cocina economica; cheap family style...

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Things to do on Valentine’s Day in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Valentine's Day in the Riviera Maya

We have spent over 19 Valentine's Days in the Riviera Maya. If you count all the Valentine's Day spent by all of our staff, it is over 100 Valentine's Day celebrated just by our immediate team in the area. Dinner is always the number one activity on our plate (lol, pardon the pun) but there are great things to do during the day that will make your Valentine's Day in the Riviera Maya special. Visit a Less Traveled, More Intimate, Mayan Ruin There is something magical about having a Mayan ruin...

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Romantic Riviera Maya Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Posted February 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Restaurants for Valentines in the Riviera Maya

So you have decided to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Riviera Maya! What a great idea, and you are sure to romance the socks off of your partner. Think early morning sunrises over the Caribbean, cool sea breezes, remote beaches, and romantic evenings along the coast. 5 Romantic Restaurants in the Riviera Maya For the child-less couple, or the couple who have been able to leave the kids at home, there are some sweet spots for Valentine's Day dinner that will provide a view, a quiet evening,...

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Interview with a Local – Dave Tomlinson from the Abyss Dive Center

Posted February 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local

Dave Tomlinson from the Abyss Dive Center

Dave Tomlinson has been living in Playa del Carmen for over 22 years, with his dive center running for over 18 years. Dave has witnessed first hand the evolution of Playa del Carmen from its beginning; a small fishing village that was the gateway to Cozumel Island. His experiences and insight into both the changes to the city and the Caribbean Sea provide a unique perspective in our 'Interview with a Local' series. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and...

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Celebrate Carnival / Mardi Gras in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

Celebrate Carnival / Mardi Gras in the Riviera Maya

Skip New Orleans this year and celebrate Mardi Gras in the Riviera Maya! Cozumel Island has a long history of Mardi Gras celebrations, with Merida putting on a great series of events before Fat Tuesday. Dates for Carnival in 2015 Fat Tuesday falls on February 17, 2015. Cozumel has a full month of celebrations starting January 17 with the crowning of the King and Queen. Merida has a full week of Carnival celebrations starting Feb 11 and ending February 17th. Like other famous Mardi Gras...

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Be an Eco-Packer for your Riviera Maya Vacation

Posted February 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

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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...

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El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

Posted February 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

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....

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