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Restaurant review: El Meson de Marques in Valladolid

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

tapas at Posada Margherita, Tulum Beach Mexico

Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot.  Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid.  We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors!  Why, because here...

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A Friendly Reminder: It’s Still Turtle Season in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism,Vacation tips

Vacation Tips about watching the Sea Turtles nest in the Riviera Maya

Baby Turtles and Late Nesters on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera Late in the summer is when the baby sea turtle hatchlings begin to make their way to sea.  Yes they are cute, but please don't interfere with Mother Nature and let the babies head out to sea without picking them up!  It is our understanding that baby turtles hatch as the moon becomes full, following the moonlight as they make their way to the sea, so  keep your lights off, or dimmed in your villa or condo in the evenings, as...

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A local favorite you must try: ceviche!

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips

yucatan mexico ceviche recipe

Ceviche a seafood medley marinated in lime juice Ceviche that has become one of the world's favorite ways of enjoying fresh seafood. Ceviche is just one of the reasons UNESCO has honored Mexico for its cuisine. You can make it at home easily with this recipe from Los Dos. In classic Maya cities, fish was a luxury reserved for the upper crust... Even then, it was salted, dried, smoked or pre-cooked. The Incas, too, preserved their fish by salt curing, and they even developed methods for...

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Health Tips for Your Vacation

Posted August 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Vacation tips

Healthy travel tips for the Riviera Maya Mexico

Although you cannot anticipate every contingency, there are steps you can take to ensure a healthy vacation. Planning ahead for a healthy trip involves taking along first-aid supplies that might be needed at your destination or along the way. It also means remembering to pack any prescription or over-the counter medications you or your family members take on a regular basis. See your doctor. Before leaving on vacation, you should visit your family physician to discuss any troubling...

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Akumal Motorcycle Club Helps Kids Go Back to School

Posted July 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations

Motorcycle Club akumal Mexico

Riviera Maya kids:  summer ends, school begins In the Riviera Maya, towns like Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Akumal have motorcycle clubs.  These riders not only love the sense of adventure on the open road but they have an open heart as well.  The local motorcycle club of Akumal put their passion to work and has been working to raise funds for school supplies for the local kids in Akumal as they prepare to go back to the classroom. If you would like to donate school supplies,...

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ABC’s The Bachelor finds paradise in Tulum

Posted July 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations

bachelor in paradise tulum beach riviera maya

"The Bachelor in Paradise" hits the Tulum beach! ABC's reality TV show, The Bachelor in Paradise season takes place as the Papaya Playa Project in Casa Madera overlooking the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya town of Tulum.  Heartbreak and drama will fill the shores of Tulum with this cast as they go seeking true love.  You can watch the beach just north of their piece of paradise. Get a glimpse of what is in store for the bachelor and bachlorettes on Mayan Riviera. This ABC-TV...

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So you have money issues?

Posted July 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Money exchange tips for Mexico

Exchanging money, paying in US Dollars, Pesos and ATM's in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya "Money it's a gas, Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash" We're not sure if Pink Floyd ever tried exchanging money in a Mexican "Casa de Cambio" or withdrawing cash/pesos from an ATM, but we liked the lyric anyway. Mexico pesos is not monopoly money! Mexico's currency is the Peso, usually denoted by the MXP sign. Prices quoted in US dollars will normally be written 'US$5' or '5 USD.' And...

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Restaurant review: Kaxapa Factory Playa del Carmen

Posted July 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Kaxapa Factory Restaurant Playa del Carmen

Kaxapa is a hidden gem in Playa del Carmen's realm of restaurants.  This family-run eatery offers Venezuelan fare that is fresh, made with local ingredients and produce.  One of the menu items we liked best was the cachapas,  pancake made of corn meal. Their South American menu has vegetarian options and gluten-free!  The service is warm and welcoming, and the pricing is great too since it is off the main drag, you're not paying tourist prices like you would on the Quinta. Loco Gringo...

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Cell phones on vacation in the Riviera Maya

Posted July 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Cell phone tips while on vacation in the Riviera Maya

Everyone cannot seem to leave home without their trusty cell phone.  We have a few tips for you in regards to your phone while you are your beach vacation in the Riviera Maya. Prevent any surprise cell phone bills when you get home from vacation. Contact your cell phone company about a Mexico or international calling plan, data plan and know if you have restrictions on the number of text messages you can receive. Turn data roaming off in your phone settings while on vacation. This will...

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Whats the weather going to be like?

Posted July 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Riviera Maya weather information

We cannot tell you how many times we have been asked that question over the years.  We have staff members who are divers, foodies, hikers and bikers, but none of them are amateur meteorologists.  We turn to some of the same resources you do for the upcoming weather. Our  favorite weather resources are below.  And if you want to know what is like here at the Tulum beach right now, look at our webcam.   Or take a look at our Akumal beach cam. Weather.com's normal daily/weekly weather...

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