Posted August 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Passionate travel is also wanting to learn about a destination's people and their history. The modern Museo Maya in Cancun is a great place to start researching the Maya that lived in this part of Mexico. Original artifacts and a small ruin site give us a look inside the daily life of the ancient Maya. Excellent rainy day excursion! Check out other things to do on a rainy day in the Riviera Maya.
Posted August 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Join us September 5th! A new food festival planned for early September will certainly spice things up for vacationers this slow season. A committee of dedicated volunteers will launch the first large scale International Culinary Celebration ever proposed in the Riviera Maya. The Taste of Playa story goes back several months to an idea, a vision of Steering Committee Co-chair Nicola Inwood. "Playa Del Carmen is a first class tourist destination that deserves a first class international event...
Posted August 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Passionate about food and drink pairings? Friday nights at Co.Cos Culinary School in Playa del Carmen you can take a class learning to mix and match great cocktails and delicious appetizers. Impress your friends with a classy cocktail party using the new kitchen skills brought home from your Riviera Maya vacation. Check out some of our Playa del Carmen condos.
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos
Tulum's young, hip foodies LOVE Ginger. Ginger restaurant has a passion for delicious food and original, local art. The restaurant's sexy decor features bold red walls and original paintings and photography for sale, making this bistro an art gallery too. Chef Javier Ornelas is himself a food artist with creations like Fried Camembert with Apple Chutney, Pan-Seared Fish Filet with Roasted Pineapple Salsa, and Fresh Pasta with Shrimp Sautéed in Garlic and Chile. Check out more great Tulum...
Posted August 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos
If you are visiting Isla Mujeres for a week or just the day you MUST have lunch or breakfast at Mango Cafe. These folks are wildly passionate about fresh, delicious food. This chili relleno is to die for! Mango's hot cakes and eggs benedict are big winners too! Whatever you order, you can't lose. Oh and the ginger lemonade! Find more great restaurants in the Riviera Maya.
Posted August 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos
Turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya is still going on through the month of August. This big girl found a nice sandy spot on the shore of Isla Mujeres. Did you know sea turtles can lay up to 200 eggs at a time? Learn more about sea turtles.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips
If so many of us want to travel more, why is it when the time comes to actually pack our bags and hit the road we find so many excuses not to go? The expense, jobs, pets, kids, the time it takes to plan...there are many reasons why we end up spending more time dreaming about travel than actually doing it. You don't have to keep putting off those travel plans because of the day to day. There are people from all walks of life that make travel happen, budget travelers, families with small...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Are you a foodie? People who are passionate about food make it a big part of their vacation itinerary. If food and drink are a passion for you, take a cooking class at Co.Cos Culinary School in Playa del Carmen. Learn "hands on" how to make authentic Mexican meals in a slick, modern kitchen with chefs who are passionate about sharing their culinary creations. Check out some of our Playa del Carmen hotels.
Posted August 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
No one can deny the passion heard in Spanish guitar playing. As part of Mexico's heritage, Spanish guitar can be enjoyed throughout the Yucatan. Live music is everywhere in Riviera Maya. Stroll down 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen day or night, check the entertainment schedule at Lol Ha in Akumal, beach bar hop in Tulum - you will surely find musicians sharing their passion for music. Find live music in the Riviera Maya. Photo by Scott Brown
Posted August 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
Passionate about grilling? Then you probably plan on firing up the grill during your Riviera Maya vacation. Pick up some banana leaves and twine at any supermarket and wrap your fish, chicken or beef Maya style to keep in juices and add a unique flavor. If wrapped tightly, the leaves will hold a marinade in while it is on the grill. When you pull dinner off the grill, you can eat right out of the leaves. No need to dirty dishes or use paper plates! Read about some of the local foods we have...
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