Posted July 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips
Every Tuesday at Dirty Martini Lounge get 2 martinis for the price of 1. This is a favorite watering hole for locals and tourists alike. Grab a friend and head over to 1st Avenue between Calle 10 and Calle 12 to imbibe in Martini Madness. Find more fine drinking establishments in Playa del Carmen.
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Love these simply chic palapas at Al Cielo Hotel on Xpu Ha Beach. Al Cielo's natural hardwood & thatch roof bungalows give it the quintessential tropical fantasy feel. The hotel's Caribbean tasteful style seems almost effortless. It has been said many times that Xpu Ha Beach is the most beautiful in the Riviera Maya. Book your stay at Al Cielo Hotel.
Posted July 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
This is one of the prettiest cenotes on the Ruta de los Cenotes near Puerto Morelos. Verde Luceros (green lights) is named for the bright green color that can be seen when the sunlight hits the water through the jungle trees. Discover more about cenotes.
Posted July 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
This sculptor located on the Coba road is creating Maya stone sculptures very much the way ancient Mayan artists did. Many of these sculptures are replicas of actual statues and carvings found at excavated ruin sites. The distinct style of Maya art has influences from the Olmec and Aztec civilizations. Discover more art in the Riviera Maya.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services
This is good advice no matter where you are vacationing. Protect yourself when renting a car. Take photos of all sides of the vehicle to document any damage, no matter how small. These days, everyone has a camera on their phone or brings one on vacation. Take the time to CYA so you don't end up paying for another guy's mistake when you return the car. Read our helpful driving tips. Helpful links for Rental Cars Budget Car Rentals Avis Car Rentals Payless Car Rentals Hertz Car...
Posted July 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Any Riviera Maya vacation should include a day trip to Valladolid, a charming Spanish colonial city located an hour inland from the coast. The perfect lunch spot? La Taberna de los Frailes located right next door to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena. This table enjoys a perfect view of the 16th Century building. Learn more about Valladolid.
Posted July 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Manatee Cenote in Tankah Bay is a great place for first time snorkelers to get their fins wet. The calm, crystal clear waters are welcoming. Kids love cenote snorkeling in the Riviera Maya! Find out more about cenotes.
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips
If you are feeling hungry, but your gang is not ready to pack it up and leave the beach for lunch - have it delivered! Just about any restaurant in the Riviera Maya that offers delivery service will deliver your pizza, tortas or tacos to the beach. Find Riviera Maya restaurants that deliver.
Posted July 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos
There is something about forbidden fruit that makes it so much sweeter. People who don't even smoke will search for Cuban cigars while in the Riviera Maya. The truth is there are a lot of cigar vendors, but a lot of them are not real Cuban cigars. Never buy from someone on the beach or the street. These vendors do not have access to Cuban trade goods and aren’t authorized to sell them. So where to go to avoid the counterfeit Cuban? One such shop is La Bodeguita del Medio is a...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Mexicart in Akumal is the stop for Mexican folk art from around the country. We love, love, love this store for all its bright colors. Who could pass up this store without at least taking a peek inside? Mexicart also has a location in the Tulum Pueblo. Check out more shopping.
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