Posted July 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Services
Yesterday marked the ceremonial opening of a new construction project that will undoubtly benefit Akumal and the greater Tulum Municipality. It is an expansion of the Red Cross building, located next to the police and fire stations on the Tulum beach access road (Coba road). A brand new, larger, air conditioned classroom will be built on the second floor of the existing building, and it will be used to train emergency personel, educate the general public, or it can be rented out to generate...
Posted July 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
I recently had a great evening wandering around Puerto Morelos. I popped into El Sabor de Mexico. The staff was super friendly, and the restaurant had a nice local feel to it, of course with soccer playing on the TV screen. The food is good standard Mexican fare, and El Sabor de Mexico has a full bar. Only thing is at night which was annoying was the the mosquitos. For a good fix of your favorite Mexican dishes, eat here, just bring repellent. The restaurant also offers...
Posted July 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
We want you to start your vacation off right with a friendly reminder to check the expiration date on your passport. Visitors to Mexico need a valid passport, so check the date and know that you are ready to travel! Take a few minutes to find your passport and check the expiration date. Share this friendly reminder with your travel companions, and family members who are joining you on your tropical vacation. If you find that your passport is expired, check with the local passport office...
Posted July 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Restaurant Reviews,Riviera Maya Restaurants
If you love Chicago style, deep dish pizza then you are going to love Don Chendo in Playa del Carmen. Don Chendo has a great menu of traditional Italian faves such as spaghetti and meatballs, rigatoni with sausage and peppers and double butter fettuccine Alfredo. You can choose from a nice variety of salads, and vegetarian options! One of the best deals in town for good pizza, starting at $120 pesos. You won't find a full bar here, but definitely a cold cerveza or a glass of red...
Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities
Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil. Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent. But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...
Posted June 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Restaurant Reviews
Our good amiga, Sol Tomargo of Del Sol Photography recently visited Kava Kasa in Playa del Carmen. Playa's first Kava bar. Here's Sol's feedback… Trying a Kava drink. Strong flavor.. Here's what I feel: tongue numbed .. My lips feel fuller.. Sexy?? teehee.. I'm Relaxing .. Happy ... Mmm.. What comes next?? Kava is a root and at Kava Kasa you can drink it in different ways. My fav?? Chocolate - Expresso- peanut butter! I think this is a new#happysexyandhealthy drink!! Promotes...
Posted June 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Tips on how to fill up the gas tank at Pemex When you pull in to the pumps the driver should get out and walk back by the pump. Look at the meter and make sure it is zero’ed before the attendant starts pumping. There is only Magna and Premium . Plan ahead and have pesos in your wallet, but don't begin to pay until the gas has been pumped. When the attendant is finished check the meter and pull out the appropriate amount. Hold it up, making sure the attendant knows, that YOU know...
Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism
Xcaret, the Riviera Maya eco park has been very active and dedicated to their program to reintroduce the scarlet macaw into its natural habitats in Mexico. In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41%. A 2013 study showed that there were no more than 240 of these beautiful birds living free in Mexico's jungles due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal wildlife trafficking In June 2014, the population of healthy...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
If you're planning a beach vacation, or just dreaming of one, the name Jimmy Buffett sets the tone of beach with songs of cheese burgers, coconut oil and simpler days. Over the years Jimmy's albums have told of his tales and idyllic life in the tropics. It is no surprise when asked about the afterlife his response:
Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler
Back in 2002 the Maya ruins of Calakmul in the Yucatan peninsula state of Campeche was named World Heritage site. Well the jungle surrounding Calakmul has been named a "mixed natural and cultural" World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. UNESCO stated: "The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital." The area added to the list is in the southern...
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