Riviera Maya travel tip – cool sustainable art and jewelry

Posted February 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

Art found in the Riviera Maya from recycled material, sustainable art and local artists

One thing that we love about Mexico and the Riviera Maya is the vast selection of artists who love to create new art out of recycled materials. The other day we found this 'not for sale' chandelier in a local store that uses beer bottles and recycled metal in the creation of this super cool sustainable lamp. It is functional art that if we had the chance, would have bought it for the house! Local artists and their shops are located throughout the Riviera Maya, with some stores searching out...

Puerto Morelos travel tip – English books new and used

Posted February 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips

alma libre english books used and second hand in the Riviera maya

There is something about a great book and a beach that seems to go hand in hand. With ereaders becoming the go-to source for books, there are still a few of us that love to hold a book, flip the pages and smell the paper. Have not fear, English books and other languages can be found at the Alma Libre bookstore in Puerto Morelos. Trade, buy or browse books while in the Riviera Maya. Make use of their trade in policy if you want to share a great book or exchange it for another. There is no reason...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Martini madness!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

Dirty martini in Playa del Carmen, a great hang out with great martini's

This is a popular spot in Playa del Carmen that is frequented by locals and visitors. Besides that fact that they have great drink specials, a fun location, caters to all ages (this is not just for the young at heart) and is owned by a long time Playa resident, Greco, the Dirty Martini is a great place to check out at any time of the day! Our favorite martini is the cucumber martini rimmed with a spicy salt that has you running back for more. Not only is Greco a great host, but his music is...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – destination wedding ideas

Posted February 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Riviera Maya Photos

great wedding cakes for a mexican wedding in the Riviera maya

Now this is fun. If you are looking for some fresh wedding cake ideas, we found this one that is truly a Mexico iconic wedding cake! If only we thought of this over 20 years ago when we were married in cenote Dos Ojos! Destination weddings let you be creative and bring out the fun in every couple. There is something about being away from the north that allows brides and grooms to be extraordinary and create a wedding that truly reflects who they are! Looking to plan a destination wedding?...

Sustainable weddings in the Riviera Maya – 5 easy steps

Posted February 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings

guide to sustainable weddings in the Riviera maya

When you say I DO! at your wedding this year, say I do to a sustainable destination wedding that is fun to create and easier to plan. Sustainable weddings are becoming more popular throughout North America as couples are more conscious of their commitment to each other and their commitment to the planet. Though the days of $10,000 may not be over for everyone, there are a rising group of young brides who want to celebrate not only their vows but their vow to the sustainable living. 5 ways to...

Akumal travel tip of the day – vegetarian dining option

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

turtle bay lunch menu for vegetarians in The Riviera maya

Turtle Bay Bakery in Akumal is a personal favorite of ours. In addition to thier meat lunches, Turtle Bay offers up one of the best vegetarian lunch options we have seen on the coast of the Riviera Maya. If you are a vegetarian and have found it a challenge to eat or are just tired of salads and fruit, Turtle Bay Bakery has a special menu item for you! Their lentil burger is big, healthy, delicious and we think is enough for lunch and dinner! Jen and Bart have taken vegetarians into...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – hangover breakfast!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mexican breakfast for the curious, the food savvy and the hungover

This is photo of a famous mexican breakfast that is a great cure for a hangover! If you are not a happy hour participant, this is still a wonderful cultural breakfast that is a wonderful Mexican treat! Chilaquiles is a favorite (pronounced chila-kill-ees) and mixes some staple Mexican ingredients together in this dish! Taco chips, green or red salsa and meat is mixed together in a frying pan and heated. The taco chips and salsa are put on a plate and covered with cream, cheese and if you want,...

Playa del Carmen photos – the traditonal Mariachi and music

Posted by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Mexican Culture

mariachis int he Rivera Maya traditional mexican music

Whether you are walking down 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen, having lunch on the beach or just slipping into the corner store. Mariachis, the leadres of traditional music of Mexico, seem to be everywhere. Each Mariachi group has their own mariachi clothing, each a little different from the next. Each Mariachi group has a different sound which makes this music so cultural. Depending on where the family or families are from, each Mariachi group will sing similar songs but bring their own...

Rio Lagartos photo of the day – the pink lagoon

Posted February 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

salt mines in Rio lagaratos north of the Riviera Maya

This photo is real, Photoshop has not been applied to make this pink and we love what we saw in Rio Lagartos. This photo was taken at the Los Coloradas salt mines, an ancient Maya tradition still used to mine salt from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is truly a spectacular sight when you travel to most northern point in the Yucatan. Just 3 hours form Playa del Carmen, 2 hours from Tulum and about 2.20 hours from Akumal, the salt mines are the entrance into the Rio Lagartos Biosphere that...

Puerto Morelos travel tip of the day – Protected marine park

Posted February 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

puerto morelos national marine park locogringo

This is a local well-known tip but not necessarily a well-known vacationers tip. Puerto Morelos, located to the south of Cancun but to the north of Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Tulum. This small fishing village is the home of a protected marine park that is great for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many scuba divers travel to Puerto Morelos to see the wreck, a difficult but wonderful dive, that does require special entrance into the marine park. Each diver and snorkeler will need to pay an extra...

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