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Captain Quickie’s Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya with Kay Walten

Posted April 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Captain Quickie - Riviera Maya, Mexico

In today's installment I talk to Captain Quickie. He was born in Southern Florida. His family moved to Mexico in 1982. Quickie went back to Mexico for College, where he graduated with an Economics degree. Quickie thought he needed a degree in that field to make the money he wanted to make to afford the big boats he knew one day he would own. Quickie was a stock broker in New York City for a couple of years. Until finally his love of Mexico and boats drew him back. Him and his wife Amy started...

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Discover the Hidden Gems in the Riviera Maya & Cancun, Mexico with Kelly McLaughlin

Posted by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Kelly McLaughlin

In today's episode I talk to Kelly McLaughlin. She is a Canadian woman who arrived in Mexico back in 2003 for a two-week vacation, and hasn't left since. She's a writer and social media personality known as Cancun Canuck. Through her blog and social network, she shares her love of Mexico by sharing her unique personal tales. If she is not online she's probably underwater, climbing a pyramid, or getting into some sort of shenanigans with her adventuresome son, Max. Kelly also has five rescue...

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Is the Riviera Maya for Snowbirds and Retirees? Hell Yes!

Posted April 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Retirement in the Riviera Maya

My parents just left after a one month vacation in the Riviera Maya, so I have some first-hand information on this topic. They were intrigued by the amount of snowbirds they saw on the plane and on local beaches (snowbirds being retirees that spend 2 to 4 months in warmer climates) flocking to the Riviera Maya. They found that the snowbirds were inspired to visit as many of their friends have decided to retire full time in Mexico. So why are so many retirees flocking to the Riviera Maya?...

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Riviera Maya Beaches Found Covered in Snow! El Nino to Blame?

Posted April 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

April Fool's Day In Mexico

Visitors and locals alike woke up to snow covered beaches in the Mexican Caribbean today, with people blaming El Nino for this unheard of phenomenon. ¡Inocente para siempre! April Fools! April 1st is April Fool's Day and we gotcha ya! But we think you also gotcha on another little bit of info. Mexico does not celebrate this day of jokes and pranks on April 1, they celebrate December 28 on the Holy Day of the Innocent. And that is not joke! History of April Fool's Day In Mexico If...

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Legendary Lodgings in the Yucatan Peninsula – Haciendas

Posted March 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Riviera Maya Haciendas

Moving through the Yucatan Peninsula seeing, feeling and tasting the history of the area is a precious vacation. Traveling into the depths of history, embracing the culture and deeply understanding the diverse history of the area could take a life time. Well we have learned how to shorten that learning by not only traveling through the area, but staying at legendary hotels and accommodations that deepen your understanding of Mexico. Haciendas are a large part of learning the good, bad and...

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Getting a Grand Slam in the Riviera Maya

Posted March 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Riviera Maya Fishing Grand Slam

This grand slam has nothing to do with baseball. We will leave that up to the pros in North America. This grand slam has to do with fishing, a trifecta of three specific fish species caught by one fisherman (sorry fisher person) in one day. We just learned on our last fishing trip that there are off shore and inshore Grand Slams as well as the Super Grand Slam and the Fantasy Grand Slam! Cool thing is, both the inshore (fly fishing) and off shore Grand Slams are achievable in the Riviera...

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Happy Easter from the Riviera Maya

Posted March 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Easter in the Riviera Maya

If you are one of the lucky ones to celebrate Easter in the Riviera Maya, Feliz Semana Santa y Pascal. If you are celebrating elsewhere, at home, in Europe, with family and friends, Happy Easter, and hope your Easter celebrations are as fun as ours. What we love about Easter is the diversity of traditions found all over the world. Here in Mexico we make our Cascarones, hand painted eggs filled with confetti, drink fresh fruit waters and eat a lot of desserts. The Spanish introduced Bread...

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A Local Find! A Puerto Morelos Sunday Food Find!

Posted March 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations

Puerto Morelos Cochinta Pibil

Sunday, Sunday....I can hear Al Roker saying this rhyme in the way he can only say on the Today Show. Sunday.....Sunday. Well, Puerto Morelos has a local food find in the town square each and every Sunday. Maybe we should invite Al to join in on this Sunday Funday Food Find! Each Sunday a group of local men from the Colonia wheel a huge batch of cochinita pibil into the town square. For 24 hours they cooked pork in an achiote sauce with peppers, onions and tomatoes. The entire dish is...

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Get Your Catch of the Day!

Posted March 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Riviera Maya Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing is a dream sport. Hooking that line into a big huge fish is adrenaline pumping. Eating that first catch or even your hundredth catch is even better. The Riviera Maya is a great place to try your hand at this sport, either as a hunter looking to feed your friends or as a catch and release sports enthusiast that likes to test their skills. Technically fishing season is May. This is when most local towns and cities have their fishing tournaments, but your catch can happen any...

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Puerto Morelos Restaurant Review – Mi Cocina

Posted March 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Puerto Morelos Restaurant - Mi Cocina

If you knew, and tasted, the food at Cocina dela Duna in Puerto Morelos last year, then you will love Mi Cocina! Richard, the owner of Cocina de la Duna, has moved the restaurant and reopened under the name Mi Cocina (My Kitchen). His menu has changed a little, the location is beautiful (thanks to a friend who decided to paint the front of the new location) and his daily specials are as spectacular as ever! My Kitchen is the Perfect Name for Mi Cocina Richard treats Mi Concina like it is...

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