Posted July 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Yachts are certainly icons of luxury and this Riviera Maya marina is full of them. Puerto Aventuras is a luxury vacation community centered around its lovely marina. Golf courses, gourmet restaurants, palatial waterfront villas, and a marina that is home to gorgeous yachts. For those who don't have to ask, "How much?" or if you have saved your pennies for such a decadent excursion, you can charter one of these babies, captain and crew included. Check out some amazing Puerto Aventuras...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services
Nothing says you are on vacation like indulging in one, or more, of the delicious offerings at a spa. Massage, facials, body wraps...they all provide a thoughtful bit of pampering. If you are a spa-goer, make sure you do not miss out on this royal treatment, book your spa service when you book your Riviera Maya hotel or resort. Renting a villa? Make sure to arrange the massage therapist before you arrive. Don't wait until check in or you may not get the times or treatments you want. Find...
It may seem out of reach for those of us who scrimp and save all year for a vacation, but the truth is anyone can enjoy a little luxury on their Riviera Maya escape. Most of us do not have a Carlos Slim sized bank account. A private plane is not waiting to jet off to a Caribbean island (full staff included) reserved for just you and your friends, but this does not mean you can't indulge in a little first-class pampering on your much anticipated vacation. In the Mexican Caribbean, there are...
Posted June 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips
Tacos al pastor (shepherd's tacos) are a Yucatan favorite and could become your Riviera Maya vacation addiction. This spit-grilled way of cooking pork was adopted by Mexicans from the Lebanese immigrants who brought lamb shawarma to the area. The pineapple core on top of the spit drips down onto the meat while it cooks creating a sweet, juicy flavor. Add fresh cilantro, onion and pineapple pieces to your taco for an authentic taste. Discover some other favorite local cuisine. Photo by...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
One of our favorite ways to enjoy the Caribbean is from a catamaran. Sunsets, snorkeling tours, fishing adventures...it's all more fun from a sailing vessel! There are so many different sailing tour packages to choose from and you can even customize your own to include visits to secluded beaches and snorkeling far off reefs. So all hands on deck and anchors away for family fun on the high seas! Book a sailing excursion for your next Riviera Maya vacation.
Posted June 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
After a day of snorkeling the amazing coral reefs of Half Moon Bay, swim right up to the shore of La Buena Vida Bar & Restaurant to claim your hammock. Swing in the Caribbean breeze while waiters bring cold beer and ceviche right to your hammock. Ahhh. now this is the way to enjoy the Caribbean. Check out Vista del Mar hotel on Half Moon Bay. Photo by Scott Brown
Posted June 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Cenotes are a natural, jungle oasis common in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. These freshwater sinkholes are created when the limestone surface collapses exposing an underlying water-filled cave. The Riviera Maya has the highest concentration of cenotes and we think it's one of our best unique water features. The Ancient Maya performed religious ceremonies and even human sacrifices at these sacred wells. They believed the cenotes to be the passage ways between the world of the living and the...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
Is there anything more hypnotic than staring at the radiant blue water of the Caribbean Sea? Calm ocean vistas just pull us in and don't want to let go. One, or several as in this photo, could pass an entire day getting lost in the view of the Mexican Caribbean. When I first moved here, it seemed logical to situate my office desk facing out to lovely Half Moon Bay, but then I soon discovered I had to turn it facing away from the window because I often found my mind drifting on the waves out to...
Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
We are just loving these little guys who live at The Jungle Place in Chemuyil, Riviera Maya. Kuchi Kaax is a spider monkey sanctuary where you can learn about and interact with these amazing creatures that are so much like us. Pet them, feed them, and cuddle them because they are so loving! This is definitely an authentic Mayan Riviera vacation experience. These monkeys were brought to Heidi and Joel (the owners of The Jungle Place) because they were either confiscated from an abusive...
Posted June 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
Now this is the kind of Summer swimming hole kids dream about! The Xelha Mayan ruin site near Akumal is often void of tourists and so is its lovely cenote. This hidden gem is just waiting for someone to come and make a big splash. Learn more about the Xelha Ruins. Photo by Scott Brown
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