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The Mexican Way to Cool Off on a Hot Day – Ice Cream and Paletas

Posted May 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

The Mexican Way to Cool Off on a Hot Day - Ice Cream and Paletas

On a recent trip to Merida in the Yucatan I saw something that I don't think I have seen for a long time. Ice cream for breakfast with an espresso. Yup, ice cream for breakfast. I was walking into the Main Plaza at 9 am in the morning looking for a coffee after a long morning walk, and that is when I witnessed this indulgent behavior. But I got it. The city was already heating up. At 9:00 am it was 36C and if you were not in the shade, it was hot. By noon on an April sunny day it reached 38C...

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What to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation – Make It Easy

Posted May 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

What to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation - Make It Easy

So you are not sure what to pack for your beach vacation? And you are really not sure what to pack for your Riviera Maya beach vacation. Well there are few items items that will guarantee a laid back Caribbean vacation with some eco friendly essentials thrown in. Eco Friendly Beach Items To Protect The Sea To protect your skin, the sea, and the cenotes, eco friendly suntan lotion is a must. There are a variety of products on the market and we have picked a few of the best. Throw in some eco...

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Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

Posted May 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

How did a Canadian end up in the Riviera Maya and start brewing beer? This week I’m happy to interview local business owner, Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company. John moved to Playa del Carmen in 1994. Having run a few small startups he eventually decided to move on. But in time, John combined his long-time hobby, the lack of good craft beer in the region, and the now craft brew craze sweeping North America to fuel his return to Playa del Carmen.   Of all the...

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Flying Solo – How to Happily Vacation Alone in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

How to Happily Vacation Alone in the Riviera Maya

There is something about vacationing alone that is empowering. Making the decision, planning your trip, packing your bags and then venturing into the known or the unknown seems a bit intimidating at first but ends up being bliss. Some people have no choice but to travel alone, some people travel alone by choice. Whatever your situation is, either male or female, the Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for flying solo. Why the Riviera Maya is a Great Place for Solo Travelers 1....

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A Page from a Riviera Maya Foodies Diary

Posted May 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Riviera Maya Foodies Diary

So we decided the other day to take a little tour around Playa del Carmen and eat Mexican Food all morning and into the early afternoon. We were inspired by a recent article that talked about taking full advantage of the great ingredients, small restaurants, independent food carts that we sometimes forget are at our finger tips. So we hopped in the car, cause we can. Oh man this was a fun filled day that left us full for a week! Our deal was this. We decided to go to all the little places...

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Where to Go Right Now in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Where to Go Right Now in the Riviera Maya

Oh the places we go! You'll be on y our way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. And that is how we feel this week, thanks to Dr. Seuss! So where should you go right now in the Riviera Maya? Let's get you off to great places cause Today is your day. Let's get you off and away. Rio Lagartos for Flamingos, Salt Flats and Ceviche! This is such a fun trip and an excellent adventure in the Spring. You can take two days and stay...

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California Gal – Once an Educator Now Queen of Jerky in Playa del Carmen

Posted May 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Sara Moen Ch'arki Jerky

In today’s episode, I chat with Sara Moen, who is originally from Northern California, moved to Seattle in 1990 for school and met her soon to be husband. Steve and Sara were married in 1993. He worked for Microsoft for ten years and in 2001, they took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, as the story goes “Once you arrive there it’s hard to leave.” Steve and Sara ultimately met their business partner during that getaway; within six months, they sold their home and packed up their pets and...

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Rest Zone – Ideal Spas in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Ideal Spas in the Riviera Maya

If you are not a resort person, but love to be pampered, where can you get a resort-like spa experience in the Riviera Maya? Well we know where you can have a great spa treatment in the Riviera Maya. We like to think it is our specialty. Who doesn't like being pampered? We love it and love the non-resort options available in the Riviera Maya. Xpa Maya - A Natural Spa in Puerto Aventuras, Xcaret and Xel Ha Just to the south of Playa del Carmen and to the north of Akumal and Tulum is a...

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Local Markets in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Local Markets in the Riviera Maya - Coco Beach

There are a slew of local weekly markets in the Riviera Maya that offer not only great produce and homemade baked goods, but a unique look into the local culture. Markets are frequented by locals and visitors, making this an activity, not just a shopping experience. Local markets are a great way to meet others, check out local businesses, and dig into the unique products that entrepreneurs have created. Weekly Market Schedule in the Riviera Maya If you want to see new markets or be in the...

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Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Posted May 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Surprises come in many forms, and today we had a big surprise. Unbeknownst to our team, we have received acknowledgement from The Mexico Report for our contribution to Mexico. Their annual 'Real Heroes of Mexico' features everyday Heroes in Mexico that work hard to increase the positive Image of the country. We are one of those everyday heroes in 2015. "The Real Heroes of Mexico is a one-of-a-kind initiative (launched in 2012 by The Mexico Report) was created specifically to showcase these...

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