Awesome Mexican Recipes from the Riviera Maya

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes


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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Celebrate Carnival / Mardi Gras in the Riviera Maya

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

Be an Eco-Packer for your Riviera Maya Vacation

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...

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....

Off the Beaten Track Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Xcacel Cenote

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...

Tulum Restaurant Review – Ziggy Beach Restaurant

Posted January 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Ziggy Beach Restaurant Tulum Mexico

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...

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