Posted April 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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! Take a Step to the Left or to the Right 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...
Posted April 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today's episode I talk to my friend Matt. He is a big German guy with tattoos and some piercings. He might look like an intimidating guy at first, but he is a big teddy bear. I am flattered he took time to be with us today. His passions are photography, sailing, and motorcycles. Matt loves cave diving and even made a business out of it. He is one of the owners of ProTec Dive Centers in Tulum and Playa del Carmen, offering the highest quality of standards with the most complete cave diving,...
Posted by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s installment I talk with Kelly Fitzgerald who shares on how to live sober and still be the life of the party in Mexico. Kelly is a social media manager and a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog. One of her biggest accomplishments and most admirable work is her blog The Sober Seńorita. Kelly wants everyone to know you can lead a fun and adventuresome life while being sober. Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated college in 2007. She always wanted...
In today’s episode I chat with Keith Heitke who shares some tips on real estate in Mexico and secret gems he knows of, from being in the Yucatán for 13 years. Keith and his partner David Sterling moved to the Yucatán in 2003 from Manhattan, NYC. The biggest reason for the move was because of 911. They considered living in Spain, however, the real estate was really expensive and the weather wasn’t what they were expecting. They moved to Mérida with no job and didn’t speak a lick of...
Posted April 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today's installment I talk to Captain Quickie. He was born in Southern Florida. His family moved to Mexico in 1982. Quickie went back to Mexico for College, where he graduated with an Economics degree. Quickie thought he needed a degree in that field to make the money he wanted to make to afford the big boats he knew one day he would own. Quickie was a stock broker in New York City for a couple of years. Until finally his love of Mexico and boats drew him back. Him and his wife Amy started...
In today's episode I talk to Kelly McLaughlin. She is a Canadian woman who arrived in Mexico back in 2003 for a two-week vacation, and hasn't left since. She's a writer and social media personality known as Cancun Canuck. Through her blog and social network, she shares her love of Mexico by sharing her unique personal tales. If she is not online she's probably underwater, climbing a pyramid, or getting into some sort of shenanigans with her adventuresome son, Max. Kelly also has five rescue...
Posted April 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
My parents just left after a one month vacation in the Riviera Maya, so I have some first-hand information on this topic. They were intrigued by the amount of snowbirds they saw on the plane and on local beaches (snowbirds being retirees that spend 2 to 4 months in warmer climates) flocking to the Riviera Maya. They found that the snowbirds were inspired to visit as many of their friends have decided to retire full time in Mexico. So why are so many retirees flocking to the Riviera Maya?...
Posted April 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Visitors and locals alike woke up to snow covered beaches in the Mexican Caribbean today, with people blaming El Nino for this unheard of phenomenon. ¡Inocente para siempre! April Fools! April 1st is April Fool's Day and we gotcha ya! But we think you also gotcha on another little bit of info. Mexico does not celebrate this day of jokes and pranks on April 1, they celebrate December 28 on the Holy Day of the Innocent. And that is not joke! History of April Fool's Day In Mexico If...
Posted March 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations
Moving through the Yucatan Peninsula seeing, feeling and tasting the history of the area is a precious vacation. Traveling into the depths of history, embracing the culture and deeply understanding the diverse history of the area could take a life time. Well we have learned how to shorten that learning by not only traveling through the area, but staying at legendary hotels and accommodations that deepen your understanding of Mexico. Haciendas are a large part of learning the good, bad and...
Posted March 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
This grand slam has nothing to do with baseball. We will leave that up to the pros in North America. This grand slam has to do with fishing, a trifecta of three specific fish species caught by one fisherman (sorry fisher person) in one day. We just learned on our last fishing trip that there are off shore and inshore Grand Slams as well as the Super Grand Slam and the Fantasy Grand Slam! Cool thing is, both the inshore (fly fishing) and off shore Grand Slams are achievable in the Riviera...
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