Posted November 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services,Vacation tips
DAC market on 30th Avenue, between Constituyentes and Calle 20 in Playa del Carmen is a locals' favorite and has been selling fresh, organic, quality produce for many years. Not only do they sell gorgeous fruits and vegetables, but they have so much more like spices, nuts, flowers, Asian cuisine imports, almond milk and a small cafe. If you don't eat organic at home because it is so expensive, treat yourself while you are in Mexico where a healthy lifestyle is very affordable. Find other...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The Beer Box, located on 10th Avenue between Calle 14bis & 16bis, has a wide import beer selection and craft beers from all over Mexico, like Chupacabra and Calavera. If you thought Mexican beer was just Corona and Dos XX, stop by The Beer Box and taste a new brew. Learn more about the cosmo town of Playa del Carmen
Posted November 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities
Have you ever thought about relocating to Mexico? The Merida English Library is now offering a home buying workshop and tour for visitors who have caught the "Mexico bug" and want to own a slice of colonial paradise in the Yucatan. Yes, it is possible, but there are a few things any new home buyer should know. Workshops include valuable insider information about buying in Mexico, a walking tour to examine architectural styles and other property considerations and a tour of 2 houses. Find...
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Akumal has added a NEW authentic Mexican grill to its restaurant repetoire. Pancho Villas, in the town center, specializes in seafood, beef and chicken fajitas. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Provecho! Find an Akumal accommodation for your 2014 family vacation.
Posted November 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
We all scream for ice cream in Akumal! Located by the town arch, is a new little ice cream shop with a whimsical mural outside and fabulous flavors inside. Stop by on your way to Akumal Bay for a sweet treat! Discover beautiful Akumal Bay.
Posted November 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Two new Riviera Maya yoga retreats are going on this Winter. The "New Year's Yoga and Meditation Retreat" in Puerto Morelos begins December 28, 2013 and runs through January 4, 2014. Enjoy Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga as well as swimming in the Caribbean Sea, long walks on the wide, sandy beach, massages and exploring the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos. Learn more about Puerto Morelos. In Tulum, the "Live Royally Now - Yoga and Manifestation Retreat" will be held January 28...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities
Colonial cities in the Yucatan are undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Historic homes are being bought and restored to their former, or new, glory by foreigners making a fresh start in Mexico. These historic buildings have "good bones" like thick, rock walls which have kept them through the many decades, and classic architectural features such as 20 foot-high beamed ceilings, hand-painted pasta tiled floors, fountains, bright, Talavera tiled kitchens and interior courtyards. Buyers are...
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports
Xplor adventure theme park in Playa del Carmen has a new twist to their excitement. A swim in the underground river - at night. Lit with red lights, the waterway has the appearance of a river of volcanic lava while the entire cave, with it's dramatically lit rock formations, looks like a scene out of Dante's Inferno! The water is even bubbling as if it were boiling hot. Of course, anyone who has taken a dip in these waters knows it is always cool and refreshing. Buy ticket for Xplor.
Posted November 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
The much anticipated Riviera Maya food festival, Taste of Playa, which is held in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is happening November 24, 2013 from 3PM to 9PM in the Parque Fundadores. Restaurants from all over the Riviera Maya will participate by showcasing samples of their most delicious creations. Check out some of our Playa del Carmen hotels.
Posted November 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Bio-Natural, the new health food store and cafe in Playa del Carmen is keeping it real with organic dishes and market products. Located on 5th Ave. at Calle 40 and 42, this organic cafe with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options allows you to maintain your healthy life style while on vacation. Discover other healthy dining options in the Riviera Maya.
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