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Tips to Designing Your Fun Family Retreat

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

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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,Restaurant Reviews

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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

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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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Sea turtle nesting season tips

Posted June 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Sea turtle protection, Riviera Maya Mexico

Create a safe environment for the turtles As female turtles make their way to nest on the beaches of the Riviera Maya.  Truly it is amazing to watch these nest, and to watch the babies hatch later in the summer, but please be respectful these endangered animals and remember the following tips: Do not take flash photography or use any white light on the beach at night. Use a red flashlight with a red filter.  Keep the lights of your condo or vacation home turned off. Do not touch or...

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A great little hotel in Mahahual: Almaplena Eco Resort

Posted June 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism


Get off the beaten path!  Almaplena Eco Resort is located about 20 minutes or so south of Mahahual where the the busyness of the world fade away.   This quaint 8 room resort is one of Loco Gringo's newest listings.  Almeplena won the Certificate of Excellence 2013 from TripAdvisor.  One guest commented: "Perfect place to unwind and disconnect. Beautiful rooms and place." Another guest said: "The beautiful, serene beach and open air lobby are your's for the day. There are an abundance of...

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Sage advice from the beach in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Vacation advice and tips from Akumal Beach

Some days life gets crazy and we forget common sense.   We have one of the most important vacation tips for your next Riviera Maya vacation.

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