Posted April 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
Our dream has come true. The cities of Playa del Carmen and Merida have free WIFI in major parks, squares, residential communities and tourist attractions. The new WIFI falls under the Federal program 'Mexico Conectado', with Merida building its own information website 'Merida - Cuidad Digital - Parques En Linea'. As of March 1, 2015 Playa del Carmen has 25 public spaces with free WIFI and Merida has 125 public spaces with free WIFI. Bottom line for visitors - it is easy to stay in touch...
Posted April 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
The Howler Monkey is easily found in the southern part of Quintana Roo and Campeche near the Calakmul and Kohunlich ruins. We recently retraced some of our past adventures and came across the Howler Monkeys yet again. This video is what the monkeys really sound like. It was freaky, intriguing, and amazing all at the same time! Video of the Howler Monkey Find out more about the Calakmul Ruins and Kohunlich Ruins in the southern part of the state.
Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Activities
I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...
Posted April 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
It is not a secret that the Riviera Maya is filled with retail stores chocker block full of 'stereotypical souvenirs that visitors like to take home. Think velvet somberos, maracas, sarapes, and shot glasses. Store upon store offers these little souvenirs that seem to reflect your Riviera Maya vacation. If you are following the country's rich artisan traditions, these souvenirs are a far cry from the countries best keep secret, Mexican Folk Art. There are a few stores in the Riviera Maya who...
Posted April 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Most visitors come to the Riviera Maya for the unforgettable beaches that line the coast. What makes this area extra special and unique is the proximity to the jungle, in most cases, just a few miles to the west of the beach. The jungle is a fun place to explore and has as many activities to share as the Caribbean Sea. Oddly there are things you do in the Sea that can also be done in the jungle! Read on to find out! Fun Things to Do in the Riviera Maya Jungle Cenote Diving - Cenote Diving is...
Posted April 8, 2015 by Steve Moen in Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Services
We love the people who live in our little pueblo of Akumal, Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries being one of those special locals. Gessie is fun, loves the area and has been a good friend over the years. I love her perspective and thought you would as well. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? This part of Mexico has a lot to offer! Every place in this area is unique, even if at first sight it seems all the same; beautiful ocean and beaches, really nice...
Posted April 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food
This is not a local secret but I can guarantee that few visitors are aware of this information. There is a little village called Temazon just a few miles outside of Valladolid that is dedicated to the production of smoked meat, albeit, some of the best smoked meat we have ever tasted! Temazon - The Smoked Meat Capital of the Yucatan Many, many years ago I stumbled upon the smoked meat capital of the Yucatan, Temazon. In 2014 I revisited this little piece of heaven. On previous visits I just...
Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...
Posted April 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Oh the beaches of the Riviera Maya! This is why we fell in love and continue to fall in love with the area. The beaches of the Rivera Maya fill the coast line for over 130 kms/65 miles. No matter where you are staying, Playa Secreto, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tulum, you will have a little piece of paradise to enjoy every day. Beach Love in the Riviera Maya This is the beach in Puerto Morelos to the south of the town center. This is the beach in Playa del Carmen, one...
Posted March 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Oh the havoc winter has on our body, mind and spirit. between Vitamin D deficiencies, less exercise, less fresh produce, little sun, and lots of re-circulated air, we are all feeling a little tired of the cold. Well, we have the solution! The Riviera Maya is full of sun, outdoor fun, fresh food, and fresh air, a recipe for good health and a solution for the winter blues! Get out and about in the Riviera Maya With lots to see and do most of your time in the Mayan Riviera is spent outdoors....
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