Akumal Photo of the Day – Caribbean Culture – Beach bar fun!

Posted October 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services

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When you are in the Caribbean you want to spend your days, and your nights, on the fabulous beaches...and that is just what the locals do. One of our most beloved hang outs is La Buena Vida Bar & Restaurant in Akumal, Riviera Maya. With a killer location on picturesque Half Moon Bay, palapas, rope swings at the bar and a quirky Day of the Dead theme, this is where the beach party is at! Don't miss this year's Halloween party on Saturday, November 2... these parties are legendary! Read...

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Yucatan Vacation Tip – Amaro in Merida – Enjoy live trova music

Posted October 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

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A great place to enjoy dinner, drinks and live regional music is Restaurante Amaro in Merida. A restored 18th Century mansion, the building is a romantic setting with quite a history.  Enjoy an intimate dinner while taking in the cultural guitar music know as Yucatecan trova. Learn more about the oldest city in the Americas, Merida.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Trova – Romantic music in Yucatan

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Trova is the regional sound of Yucatan. It is a romantic, folk guitar music perfomed by  trovadores (roaming musicians). Originaly from Cuba, trova was adopted by the Yucatecans in the late 19th Century and transformed into their own folk art. Read more about Yucatecan culture.

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Yucatan Festival de la Cultura Maya 2013

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities

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The 2013 International Maya Cultural Festival will begin October 17 and run through November 3 with this year's theme title "The Landscape." Performances will include over 450 artists from over 20 different countries. The Festival will take place in and around Yucatan's "Pueblo Magicos" (Izamal, Merida and Valladolid) on historical stages such as haciendas, museums, parks, archeological sites and cenotes. This multifaceted festival program will include Yucatecan cooking demonstrations,...

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Isla Holbox Photo of the Day – Oscar Cardena – Celebrity at Food Fesival

Posted October 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

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. Last year's celebrity spotting was Oscar Cardena. A famous Mexican television personality who served as a judge for the festival.Isla Holbox is celebrating its 2nd Annual Food Festival October 17 through the 20th Lear more about the tiny island that is making a big name for itself, Isla Holbox.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – 2013 Tulum Turtle Festival

Posted October 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Tulum Sea Turtle Festival 2013 will be going on October 17 and 18 in the towns of Tulum, Akumal and Xcacel Beach. The first festival was held in 2003 to raise awareness on the importance of conserving sea turtles. The festival will include art contests, expos, beach cleaning activities, sand sculpture and kite flying competitions and a release of baby sea turtles. Click here for more information on when and where events will be held.

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Mexico Photo of the Day – Dia de la Raza – Something to celebrate?

Posted October 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

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Dia de la Raza, Day of the Race, is the day Mexico observes Columbus's arrival to the New World. In Mexico, the holiday focuses more on honoring the ethnic diversity of its people rather than European expansion via the Spanish conquistadors. Throughout the years, this has been a controversial holiday. One view is that October 12 signifies a dark day that with the arrival of the Spanish marked the beginning of repression and slavery for the Indians. On the other side, it is a celebration of all...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try authentic Yucatecan for cheap!

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

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Touted as the oldest restaurant in Playa del Carmen, El Faisan y El Venado (The Pheasant and the Deer) located on the North bound side of the highway, serves authentic Yucatecan specialties at a very low price. Here is a wonderful opportunity to taste several delicious regional dishes, like papadzules, panuchos, cochinita pibil and tikin xik and not break the budget. This place is hopping with local businessmen during the lunch hours and filled with Maya families at night. Find other...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Huevos Motuleños – Buenos Dias!

Posted October 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos

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You will find huevos motuleños on any Riviera Maya or Yucatan restaurant breakfast menu. This classic from Motul, Yucatan is a favorite with locals and even better when served with fried plantains. Find a Yucatecan breakfast near your hotel or villa.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Colonial Theater in Merida

Posted October 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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The Jose Peon Contreras Theater in Merida, Yucatan is an architecturally stunning colonial treasure. Built in the French neoclassical style in 1908,the theater is named after a Yucatecan citizen who was a beloved politican and physician. Today it is home to the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, but over the decades it has hosted artists from all over the world. Find a hotel in Merida.

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