Seems you are wondering where we get our great photos, our great restaurant recommendations and super deals!
Get off the main drag of any Riviera Maya and you too can see the things we see and discover super cool new places. When you find them let us know!
As Yogi Berra said “If you see a fork in the road take it!” That is what we do and encourage others to do the same. When we are in Playa, we stay off 5th Avenue and walk on either the side streets or 15th Ave. If we are looking for lunch in Puerto Morelos on a trip back from Cancun we head to the jungle side of the highway, not the beach side. In Puerto Aventuras we eat on the highway, in Tulum we roam the back streets of the pueblo.
We do this anywhere we go. If tourist maps highlight a particular part of the city, we go the opposite way. If we are researching a destination we look through local blogs or Instagram feeds to find out where locals like to go.
If you take the fork in the road you will find authenticity, cheaper treats, and in most cities better food. The Riviera Maya is no exception. Great Mexican food, a more authentic experience and cheap things to take home are easily found off the highlighted tourism path. Cool thing is your vacation will be better for it! Guaranteed.
Our concierge Paulina opened my eyes to new neighborhoods in Playa del Carmen. Living in Akumal means I don’t have a finger on all new things in Playa. Paulina has been a great resource for me and our LG friends. She has taken me onto the Arco Vial, the alternative route around Playa that skips the 307 highway. She has taken me to some great little eateries on Avenue 115 on the other side of the highway.
To add to my adventures my workouts in Tulum take me deep into the back streets of this incredible city where there are uncrowded juice bars, amazing tacos, cheap breakfasts, and colorful buildings.
My more frequent trips to Cancun have me stopping off in Puerto Morelos for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. As much as I love the sea view in this little town, there is something to be said about the ‘Colonia’, the residential neighborhood on the jungle side of the highway. Great cochinta pibil tacos, amazing fruit and vegetable prices, pop up road side markets, and Mexican food that I rarely see in other cities.
I will say that not all forks result in a cool find, but most forks lead to interesting discoveries. Spontaneous encounters is what makes life interesting, fun, and full of surprises. Exploring new cities is what takes a vacation from good to great.
What has been your favorite fork in the road?