Mexico Photo of the Day – Hand crafted ornaments

Posted December 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Christmas ornaments made in Puebla, Mexico

These women in a small village outside of Puebla, Mexico are hand crafting blown glass Christmas ornaments, most of which will be exported to the U.S. Read about Christmas holiday traditions in Mexico

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Noche Buena

Posted December 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Christmas in the Riviera Maya

Did you know that poinsettias are native to Mexico? The plant is known in Mexico as "Noche Buena", meaning Christmas Eve. Get our holiday recipe for Mexican sangria.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Akumal Toy Drive

Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Family vacations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Toy Drive in the Riviera Maya

Three Kings Day on January 6th is the most special day of the year for children throughout Mexico. It is the day they wake up to find toys and gifts left by the three kings, or wise men,  who historically brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Every year since 2006, the residents of Akumal head up a toy drive to make sure the children living in the rural Mayan villages of the surrounding areas are not forgotten. The Akumal Toy Drive is a project dear to the hearts of Akumal's regular visitors...

Celebrating a Traditional Christmas in Riviera Maya

Posted December 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Christmas in Riviera Maya

If you have decided to spend your Winter holidays in the Riviera Maya it means you are not only looking to escape the harsh cold weather for warm, sandy beaches, but you and your family are ready to experience Christmas in a new way. Christmas in Mexico is more a religious event and less a commercial opportunity. Christmas in Mexico is a time for family get togethers and seasonal recipes, not so much about big ticket items under the tree. A Christmas vacation in Mexico is getting back to the...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – NEW Cultural Tour

Posted November 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Tours in Riviera Maya mexico

Learn about the Maya culture with Corazon y Vida Tours. Tour archeological sites, see dance and music ceremonies, learn about medicinal plants in the Yucatan jungle, witness the ancient Mayan arts of beekeeping and textile making, and taste regional food created from ancient recipes.  Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture on your next Mexico vacation. Discover the diverse Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Buy Local Art!

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Art in Akumal Riviera Maya

Can you spot the differences? Each one of these "Mona Lisas" and "Giant Hibiscus" paintings are unique, no two are alike, but they are all original, local art. Discover Akumal, an artsy fartsy Riviera Maya seaside village.

Akumal Photo of the Day – A NEW kind of Thanksgiving

Posted November 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Lol Ha Restaurant on Akumal Bay

When we think of Thanksgiving, the images that come to mind are sweaters, Fall leaves and football...but try to imagine doing something new for Thanksgiving. Next year, spend the holiday on Akumal Bay, Mexico in a bathing suit, eating Mexican cuisine and swimming in the Caribbean Sea.  And no worries, at Lol Ha restaurant, you can still watch the big game and enjoy a classic turkey dinner, just with a different view of course. Book your Akumal vacation villa for Thanksgiving 2014.

NEW Loco Adventures – Paddleboarding in a Cenote

Posted November 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Paddleboarding in the Riviera Maya

In the spirit of trying something that I have never done before, I decided on an activity that has intrigued me for months…Stand Up Paddleboarding.  After all, I like to consider myself somewhat adventurous but am not very athletic, thus some of the newer sports and trends are just not for me.  So when our friends at Extreme Control told me about their new Paddleboarding Tours, I jumped at the chance to experience this new sport for myself. On Sunday we gathered at Casa Cenote to begin...

Akumal Vacation Tip – NEW Ecocina in Akumal Norte

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Restaurant in Akumal Mexico

Akumal has a new Mexican kitchen on the north end of the Akumal road. Las 3 Acapulqueñas is a good, inexpensive (around $50 pesos  per person) breakfast or lunch.  Like mama's kitchen, the menu changes daily.  Classic Mexican comfort food like chicken fajitas, empanadas, and panuchos are regular items.  Stop in on the way to Yalku Lagoon or bring your own "to go" plates or Tupperware and take it back to your villa or condo. Check out this other fantastic Akumal lunch spot.

Akumal Photo of the Day – Always NEW at Lamani

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Shopping in the Riviera Maya

Lamanai gift shop on Akumal Bay always has something new to tickle your "Mexican folk art" fancy!  Textiles, paintings, figurines, handmade jewelry, children's toys...you never know what you might find in this Caribbean treasure trove! Fall in love with the quaint beachfront village, Akumal.

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