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Three Authentic Mexican Foods You Must Try

Posted May 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Three Authentic Mexican Foods You Must Try

Okay get your Spanish dictionary out 'cause you are going to need it. We are taking you into the depths of Mexican food, to a place few Mexicans have been, and even fewer visitors have been. These foods are so culturally specific, you would only know them if a local had taken you by the hand to a cocina economica in the region these foods are made. Luckily we have been living her long enough to have many local friends who are familiar with food carts that offer regional foods that get them...

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No Spa Appointment Needed – Riviera Maya Cenotes and Lagoons

Posted May 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya Cenotes and Lagoons

So you are tired, if not exhausted, as you whisk yourself away for vacation. You dream of a day at the spa, and just trying to get back to normal. This used to be us before we moved to the Riviera Maya permanently, and we discovered a natural solution in the area. Local cenotes, and even lagoons, were better than the spa, less expensive than the spa, and made us feel better than any spa treatment. If you combine both, a trip to a cenote and a local spa treatment, which we have done on many...

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Heather Froeming Passion for Protecting the Integrity of the Environment

Posted May 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Heather Froeming of Tulum

In today’s episode, I chat with the dynamic Heather Froeming of Tulum. Heather first visited Akumal in 1998 on a diving trip with a college friend from California. She had plans to explore the world, but after falling in love with the area she let her love of adventure and passion for the environment guide her - so she put down roots. Her first days were spent volunteering for Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a non-profit organization which focuses on sea turtle protection and beach...

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Small Riviera Maya Group Tours for a Fun Family Experience

Posted May 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Small Riviera Maya Group Tours for a Fun Family Experience

If you are looking for a local experience in the Riviera Maya, then large tours are the best option. There are lots of small Riviera Maya group tours that are fun for both kids and parents. Grandparents will get a kick out of these as well! Small group tours provide a very different experience to the popular large bus tours so many people grab through street vendors and resorts. They are personal, you get to interact with your guide and gain a true understanding of their life in Mexico. When...

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The Mexican Way to Cool Off on a Hot Day – Ice Cream and Paletas

Posted May 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

The Mexican Way to Cool Off on a Hot Day - Ice Cream and Paletas

On a recent trip to Merida in the Yucatan I saw something that I don't think I have seen for a long time. Ice cream for breakfast with an espresso. Yup, ice cream for breakfast. I was walking into the Main Plaza at 9 am in the morning looking for a coffee after a long morning walk, and that is when I witnessed this indulgent behavior. But I got it. The city was already heating up. At 9:00 am it was 36C and if you were not in the shade, it was hot. By noon on an April sunny day it reached 38C...

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What to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation – Make It Easy

Posted May 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

What to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation - Make It Easy

So you are not sure what to pack for your beach vacation? And you are really not sure what to pack for your Riviera Maya beach vacation. Well there are few items items that will guarantee a laid back Caribbean vacation with some eco friendly essentials thrown in. Eco Friendly Beach Items To Protect The Sea To protect your skin, the sea, and the cenotes, eco friendly suntan lotion is a must. There are a variety of products on the market and we have picked a few of the best. Throw in some eco...

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Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

Posted May 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

How did a Canadian end up in the Riviera Maya and start brewing beer? This week I’m happy to interview local business owner, Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company. John moved to Playa del Carmen in 1994. Having run a few small startups he eventually decided to move on. But in time, John combined his long-time hobby, the lack of good craft beer in the region, and the now craft brew craze sweeping North America to fuel his return to Playa del Carmen.   Of all the...

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Flying Solo – How to Happily Vacation Alone in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

How to Happily Vacation Alone in the Riviera Maya

There is something about vacationing alone that is empowering. Making the decision, planning your trip, packing your bags and then venturing into the known or the unknown seems a bit intimidating at first but ends up being bliss. Some people have no choice but to travel alone, some people travel alone by choice. Whatever your situation is, either male or female, the Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for flying solo. Why the Riviera Maya is a Great Place for Solo Travelers 1....

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A Page from a Riviera Maya Foodies Diary

Posted May 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Riviera Maya Foodies Diary

So we decided the other day to take a little tour around Playa del Carmen and eat Mexican Food all morning and into the early afternoon. We were inspired by a recent article that talked about taking full advantage of the great ingredients, small restaurants, independent food carts that we sometimes forget are at our finger tips. So we hopped in the car, cause we can. Oh man this was a fun filled day that left us full for a week! Our deal was this. We decided to go to all the little places...

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Where to Go Right Now in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Where to Go Right Now in the Riviera Maya

Oh the places we go! You'll be on y our way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. And that is how we feel this week, thanks to Dr. Seuss! So where should you go right now in the Riviera Maya? Let's get you off to great places cause Today is your day. Let's get you off and away. Rio Lagartos for Flamingos, Salt Flats and Ceviche! This is such a fun trip and an excellent adventure in the Spring. You can take two days and stay...

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