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A new Mexico UNESCO World Heritage site

Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler

UNESCO site Calakmul ruins Campeche Mexico

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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Local Talent Takes the Stage in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Explayarte Music, Dance and Theatre in Playa del Carmen

Tomorrow see local musicians from Explayarte Playa del Carmen's School for music, dance and theatre take the stage at Wah Wah Beach Club on June 25 at 4 pm.  Wah Wah is located at Calle 2 and the beach. Explayarte Playa del Carmen, the first music school started in 2003 with a mission: to encourage and strengthen the use of art in any of its disciplines as a tool for personal and social development.  Since its inception, hundreds of children, youth and adults have developed as...

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Restaurant Review: La Parrilla de Manolo

Posted June 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Restaurant Reviews

La Parrilla de Manolo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Argentinean food in Playa del Carmen This was the first restaurant specializing in Argentinean food in Playa. Manolo Capeli has been living in Mexico for 34 years.   One thing we love about Argentinean food is that the meats are delicious and try the empanadas.  There is live music which always makes the evening special. The upstairs has a view of Constituyentes and 5th Avenue; great for watching the world go by.  Open daily from 1:00pm to midnight. Learn more about Playa del Carmen....

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Tips to Designing Your Fun Family Retreat

Posted June 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Vacation tips

family vacation tips for the riviera maya

Let's all be together! Villa rentals are a great way to have everyone together. Hotel rooms tend to separate everyone, making it more challenging to maintain a feeling of togetherness. Also, in a villa you have everything at your fingertips instead of having the added chore of packing up every time you get together for meals or beach time. There is no need to pack your days full of adventures at advertised tourism spots. One or two day trips are enough. Too many parents are making the same...

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Riviera Maya beach advice & photo of the day

Posted June 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Vacation advice and tips from Akumal Beach

12 tips to find well-being on your vacation. Face the sun Nap in a hammock Breathe salty air Go with the flow Drift Soften into warm sand Sway like a coconut palm Float on a balmy breeze Surrender to the shore Let go Unwind Relax

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Restaurant review: El Merkadito

Posted June 16, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Restaurant Reviews

ek merkadito restaurant puerto morelos mexico

Good times, good food, great atmosphere! Recently we had a great opportunity to meetup with amigos from Cancun for dinner.  They recommended El Merkadito on the beach in Puerto Morelos.  From the street you walk through the kitchen and bar out to the dining area facing the Caribbean sea.  A funky sea shanty style takes will take you to the old days of the Caribbean. The menu is a seafood lovers paradise. The tacos and tostadas come two or three to an order, it is fun to share with...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tips – Summer and Fall Weather in the Tropics

Posted June 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Vacation tips about the Riviera Maya weather

The summer is a great time of year to vacation in places such as Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal.  Summers in the Riviera Maya give you the opportunity to have the beach pretty much to yourself, you can scoop up a fabulous vacation rental deals and with school out your family's vacation schedule has more flexibility.   But of course what about the weather? Summer temps range from the high 80's to low 90's F (31-32C) and we can experience an occasional rain shower. June is probably the...

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One of Akumal’s finest vacation rentals makes a magazine cover

Posted June 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Family vacations

Esprit del Mar, Akumal Mexico vacation home, luxury villa rental

Akumal has been known over the years for its luxury ocean front homes, and one of the premier vacation destinations of the Riviera Maya.  It is no wonder that Akumal and luxury vacation rental Esprit del Mar was chosen as the cover shot for Luxury & Lifestyle Ocean Magazine.  The owners are good friends of our and have bought their own flair and style to the Riviera Maya. Esprit del Mar is only one of their vacation rentals.  Two other popular homes in Akumal that they have designed...

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Riviera Maya beach photo of the day and vacation tips

Posted June 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Vacation advice and tips from Akumal Beach

Vacationing is good for your family's wellbeing! An international group of researchers led by Purdue University Xinran Lehto concluded that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Vacations promote what is called the "crescive bond" (in sociological parlance, a "shared experience") by fostering growing and enduring connections. Shared family memories and time spent together isolated from ordinary everyday activities (school, work, and...

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Learn to Cook with People Who Have a Passion for Food

Posted June 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos is touted by USA Today and Trip Advisor as one of the Riviera Maya’s top activities. The cooking school is a foodie adventure that will teach you Mexico’s history through its dishes. Classes include tequila tasting, regional snacks and a sumptuous meal at the end of the day. Co.Cos in Playa del Carmen has courses for everyone ranging from beginners to professionals, they even have a mixology class on Friday nights! Co.Cos offers...

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