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Akumal Travel Tip – Wednesday is Farmers’ Market Day in Akumal. Buy Local!

Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism

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Every Wednesday in Akumal, local farmers bring their fresh fruits and vegetables to sell in the open-air plaza in the center of town. A practice of the sustainable traveler is to buy local and support the indigenous community.  We encourage you to shop at this traditional Mexican market and enjoy delicious produce for a great price! Check out some of our Akumal vacation rentals!

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Riviera Maya Travel Tip – Sunday is Cochinita Day in Akumal. Get it While it’s Good!

Posted May 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I still have 24 hours before work Monday morning, it's my beach day and, best of all, it is cochinita pibil day in the Akumal Pueblo.  If you are not aware, cochinita pibil is a traditional Yucatecan dish of slow roasted pork marinated in achiote paste and sour oranges, and it is delicious! Every Sunday morning in Akumal, taco stands on the West side of the highway dish out this Mayan goodness on the side of rice and beans or wrapped in tortillas for...

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Riviera Maya Travel Tip- Sam’s and CostCo cards work in Mexico! Stock up!

Posted May 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

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Large family vacations, destination weddings and corporate retreats usually include lots of guests which means lots of provisions.  Did you know the Sam's Club and/or Cost Co card you use at home will work here in Mexico too? You do not need to buy another membership or pay any additional fee to use your club cards internationally.  This means huge savings on food, alcohol and supplies for your Riviera Maya occasion, as well as saving the time it takes to make numerous grocery runs!  So...

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Riviera Maya Travel Tip – Buy a Beach Chair and Pass it On!

Posted May 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya beach chairs and buying beach chairs in the Riveria Maya for your beach vacation

There is nothing like unfolding your comfy beach chair and placing it smack dab in the shallow water to keep cool on a hot, Riviera Maya day at the beach.  Beach chairs, while convenient to have on your beach vacation, are not a practical packing item.  Consider buying one at the local Wal-Mart or supermarket in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.  This small investment will make your valuable beach time so much more enjoyable. At the end of your trip, leave it at your vacation rental so...

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Akumal vacation tip – Sunday is a food day in Akumal

Posted May 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

cochinita pibil in akumal every sunday

Akumal makes Sunday even more than just FUNday. Every Sunday in the pueblo of Akumal local family style restaurants serve up cochinita pibil, AKA pulled pork sandwiches. Mexican pulled pork is a laborious process for the cook so Akumal has decided to make it a special day in town. Cochinita if done right, is marinated pork that is cooked in the ground. Yup, it is slow roasted in banana leaves in a submersed fire pit. Sound complicated right? This is how a true cochinita pibil is cooked. A...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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