Riviera Maya vacation tip – how to avoid expensive wifi charges

Posted May 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

where to find wifi in the Riviera Maya

We are still amazed that some hotel chains charge for wifi. In our perfect world, wifi would be free no matter where you are. We would love it if the owner of Mexico internet services, Mr. Carlos Slim, would open up free wifi throughout Mexico as a gesture to his home country. But as we know free wifi is a dream, and not the reality. Imagine if tourist areas had free wifi so we could all share on social media in real time....that would be sweet! Riviera Maya small businesses are great at...

Playa del Carmen vacation tip – Cheap movie Wednesday

Posted May 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

cheap movie wednesdays in playa del carmen and cancun

On those rainy tropical days, a cheap movie is always a great idea! Playa del Carmen has two movie centers and Cancun has various movie theatres. Our favorite day to go is Wednesday afternoons, when there are cheap tickets, hardly anyone in the theatres, and fresh popcorn. Wednesdays are cheap movies days with a single adult ticket priced at 19 pesos. That is $1.50 USD for a great flick. Now you know why we like to go to cheap movie Wednesday! The movie theatres in Playa del Carmen are...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Xcacel cenote a local secret

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

xcacel hidden free cenote in the Riviera maya

We have talked about Xcacel a few times and rave about the pristine beaches, the quiet, the solitude and more. We have mentioned that it has a free cenote that all visitors can go and swim in but I don't think we have shared a photo! So here it is! This is the cenote tucked away in the jungle at Xcacel. The path is now easier to find. Enter the beach entrance and just to the south is a small path leading into the jungle that will take you to the cenote. This is truly a local secret and one that...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Mexican food trucks rock!

Posted May 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera maya street food and food trucks

We have heard a lot of Mexican myths, but the food truck myth is most likely the biggest myth around. Larger hotels and resorts discourage their guests from eating local street food or on food trucks. Well let us tell you, street tacos, empanadas, cochinita pibil tortas (pulled pork sandwiches) are some of the best we have tasted. We are living proof that street food is delicious, wonderful and a truly authentic experience. Tulum has a family duo that sells cochinita pibil outside the Tulum...

Playa del Carmen Vacation tip – Local Sundays at Wah Wah’s

Posted May 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

wah wah beach bar sunday afternoon buffet in Playa del carmen

Wah Wah beach club is located in Playa del Carmen on 2nd street and the beach. This is a big beach club that is geared to an older crowd and those who love live music. Sundays is a special day at Wah Wah's and is a great day to hang with locals, meet new people and find out more about the Riviera Maya. Every Sunday, Wah Wah Beach CLub has an all you can eat beach buffet. Yup, all you can eat and the menu changes each week. Sometimes it is Italian, sometimes it is Mexican, some Sundays it is...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – how to exchange money at the bank

Posted May 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

how to exchange money in the Riviera maya

Now this is a mystery to even some locals that live in the Riviera Maya. Since 2010, money exchange at local banks has been a every changing mystery but it seems that the system is now in place. We are great advocates of people bringing pesos with them to the Riviera Maya but if you forget to order pesos at your local bank, you may have to exchange money at a local bank here. This is the deal. To exchange money at a local bank, you will need the following: 1. Copy of your passport 2....

Favorite Activities in the Riviera Maya – Insiders Guide

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events


We have some favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that we would love to share! Some of these favorites are new, some of these favorites are old. No matter where you live in the world, neighbourhoods and cities have events and areas that become a local favorite and the Riviera Maya is no exception. What we do have to say is this. There is so much to do we find it hard to choose what to do. Sounds a bit crazy but there is so much to do in the Riviera Maya, we need a week's...

Puerto Aventuras vacation tip – buy cheap fish in the marina

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

buy your fish directly from the fisherman in the riviera maya

Captain Rick's in Puerto Aventuras has fishing trips each morning and each afternoon. Their trips are great and if you love to deep-sea fish this is a great outfit to hook up with. Our vacation tip is not about fishing though, our vacation tip is about buying fresh fish at great prices. Waiting for the fishing boats at noon or at 4 pm in the marina at Puerto Aventuras is a sure-fire way to get dinner and not have to work for it. For many people who fish, fishing is a sport. At the end of the...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Grocery store specials every Wednesday

Posted May 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera Maya food specials in local grocery stores

Listen up and save a few dollars, or pesos. The local grocery stores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum have a weekly deal day where locals can save on their grocery purchases. Wednesday is the day, and each grocery story chain offers great deals throughout the store. Produce is the main savings, with fruit and veggie deals being the best deal in the town. Depending on the season, we have seen tomatoes as low as 1 peso a kilo, bananas at 2 pesos a kilo, grapefruit, limes,...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Hot vanilla from Ah Cacao

Posted May 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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This is our new favorite drink when we are in Playa del Carmen! Ah Cacao has a hot vanilla drink, which is hot milk mixed with natural vanilla and a touch of sweetness. Oh la la! The nights are warm, but the fresh hot vanilla drink seems to go down oh so well. We have talked about the brownies and lattes at this local coffee-house, but this seems to take the cake! This is a caffeine-free drink, with frothy milk and lots of flavor! Love it and would say at this point, addicted! If you find a...

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