Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – 5th Avenue in Lights

Posted December 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Playa del Carmen. The famous 5th Avenue promenade is all lit up from end to end. Check out some Playa del Carmen condos. It's not too late for a Riviera Maya Christmas!

Akumal Holiday Vacation Tip – Christmas Pageant

Posted December 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Vacation tips

Christmas pageant in Riviera Maya

The annual Akumal Christmas pageant will be held December 22 beginning at 5PM in the Plaza Ukana in the center of town. If you are visiting Akumal, Mexico during this time we would love for you to join us for carols, storytelling and of course Santa will make an appearance for all the kids (big and small) to tell him what they'd like for Christmas. Read about Mexico's most important holiday tradition.

Cancun Photo of the Day – Holiday Boat Parade

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

Holiday boat parade in cancun Mexico

Last year, Cancun started a new tradition to kick off the holiday season. A parade of festively decorated boats float through Nichupte Lagoon at sunset sometime during the first week of December. Check out other holiday traditions here on the coast. #sunsetBP

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Holiday treats!

Posted December 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos

Holiday treats in the Riviera Maya

These little bite-sized beauties are called Mexican wedding cookies, but they are on every Mexican holiday table too. Pistachios, butter, powdered sugar, more butter...they just melt in your mouth. Try your hand at some Mexican holiday recipes.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Posted December 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Noche Buena Beer

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

Holiday beer in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.

Carrying a Torch for Guadalupe in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Dia de Senora de Guadalupe in Riviera Maya

One of the Mexican culture's most celebrated historical figures is without a doubt the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Mexico seen everywhere, statues, paintings, sculptures and posters adorn churches, houses, convenience stores and restaurants. Decals of the religious icon ride in the back windows of taxis and on the front of T-shirts for sale in the local mercados.  This sacred lady is also referred to as Señora Guadalupe, a woman for whom many carry a torch for every holiday...

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...

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