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Puerto Aventuras Photo of the Day – Nothing says luxury like a yacht!

Posted July 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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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...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Book spa services before you check in.

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

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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...

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Luxury Vacations in the Riviera Maya – Easier than you think!

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

riviera-maya-spas for luxury vacations in Mexico

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...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try tacos al pastor, a local favorite. Que rico!

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

Tacos al pastor in the Yucatan

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...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Smooth Sailing on the Caribbean

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Sailing in Riviera Maya

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.

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Akumal Photo of the Day – Hang around Half Moon Bay in a hammock

Posted June 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

La Buena Vida hammocks

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

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Ocean month in the Riviera Maya – Cenotes and swimming

Posted June 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

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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...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Staring at the Caribbean Sea

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Blue waters of the Caribbean

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...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Visit The Jungle Place. It’s a barrel of monkeys!

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

The Monkey Sanctuary

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...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Cenote at the Xel Ha Ruins

Posted June 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Cenote in the Riviera Maya

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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