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Wifi phone services to call home during your vacation

Posted October 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

ET phone home from the Riviera Maya

Phone Home from the Riviera Maya So many places have wifi now it is easy to call home to talk to friends, loved ones, and , we hope you don't have to call into the office…. you're on vacation!    A few internet calling systems work that you may want to consider to avoid astronomical long distance or data roaming charges on your cell phone, or pay your hotel on direct dial calls. Apps and other internet services to call home while on vacation Skype is the service many of us use at...

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So you have money issues?

Posted July 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Money exchange tips for Mexico

Exchanging money, paying in US Dollars, Pesos and ATM's in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya "Money it's a gas, Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash" We're not sure if Pink Floyd ever tried exchanging money in a Mexican "Casa de Cambio" or withdrawing cash/pesos from an ATM, but we liked the lyric anyway. Mexico pesos is not monopoly money! Mexico's currency is the Peso, usually denoted by the MXP sign. Prices quoted in US dollars will normally be written 'US$5' or '5 USD'. And...

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Whats the weather going to be like?

Posted July 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Riviera Maya weather information

We cannot tell you how many times we have been asked that question over the years.  We have staff members who are divers, foodies, hikers and bikers, but none of them are amateur meteorologists.  We turn to some of the same resources you do for the upcoming weather. Our  favorite weather resources are below.  And if you want to know what is like here at the Tulum beach right now, look at our webcam.   Or take a look at our Akumal beach cam. Weather.com's normal daily/weekly weather...

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How to buy gas and not get ripped off

Posted June 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Tips on how to buy gas at Pemex

  Tips on how to fill up the gas tank at Pemex When you pull in to the pumps the driver should get out and walk back by the pump. Look at the meter and make sure it is zero’ed before the attendant starts pumping. There is only Magna  and Premium . Plan ahead and have pesos in your wallet, but don't begin to pay until the gas has been pumped. When the attendant is finished check the meter and pull out the appropriate amount. Hold it up, making sure the attendant knows, that YOU know...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tips – Summer and Fall Weather in the Tropics

Posted June 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Vacation tips about the Riviera Maya weather

The summer is a great time of year to vacation in places such as Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal.  Summers in the Riviera Maya give you the opportunity to have the beach pretty much to yourself, you can scoop up a fabulous vacation rental deals and with school out your family's vacation schedule has more flexibility.   But of course what about the weather? Summer temps range from the high 80's to low 90's F (31-32C) and we can experience an occasional rain shower. June is probably the...

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Tulum Photo of the Day – A new take on sand castles

Posted April 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

Cheap family activities on your next beach vacation

Bringing all the sand toys on your beach vacation can be a chore. Why not built a new type of sand castle that does not require any sand toys, containers or thought. Drippy sand castles are an easy way to build super interesting and easy sand castles with little ones on your beach vacation. Very little creativity is needed, just have lots of hands, water (the Caribbean Sea) and sand (the Tulum beach). Voila! Super strong sand castles that will amaze even the adults! Looking for more family...

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Cancun Vacation Tip – Tigres baseball is back!

Posted March 31, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Cancun baseball

Baseball season in Cancun is back with the winning Quintana Roo Tigres. If you have never been to a local baseball game in Mexico, they really are a lot of fun. The tickets are cheap, the food is excellent (no, really, nothing like the squeeze cheese nachos you have at your home stadium) and the local fans really get into the game. Find other cool things to do in Cancun.

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Choose Sustainable Tourism in the Riviera Maya

Posted March 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable tours in yucatan

Tourism has incredible potential to do positive things not just for us as individuals, but for all people collectively and for the planet. According to the World Tourism Organization, "Tourism is an effective way of redistributing wealth and a catalyst for gender equality, cultural preservation and nature conservation." It is estimated that over 1 billion people travelled internationally in 2012. With so many tourists changing the way they used to travel and choosing instead to put into...

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Mexico Travel Tip – Your tourist visa es importante!

Posted March 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

riviera maya tourist visa

We've said it before, but with Spring Break in full swing, it probably needs to be said again. On the airplane, on your way to the Cancun Airport, you will be asked to fill out a customs card and a visa. Your first stop when you arrive to the airport will be the immigration window. Your visa will be stamped at the window and the officer will hand back to you one part of the perforated card, also known as your tourist visa. HOLD ON TO THIS. Keep it safe inside your passport and make sure you...

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Take Riviera Maya Sustainable Travel to a Higher Level

Posted March 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

riviera maya charities

Now that you are familiar with sustainable travel, are you ready to take it to the next level? Mindful travel is more than just recycling aluminum cans, taking environmentally friendly tours and buying locally made souvenirs. Contributing something to the place or community you are visiting, beyond just the money you are spending for your vacation, is a way to experience an area and get to know its people. It is an opportunity to help with problems you may not see closer to home, and for kids,...

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