Posted December 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Christmas Day is a ton of fun in the Riviera Maya but we have to admit, we love the day AFTER Christmas the best. With so many friends to visit over the holidays, and a large Christmas dinner to tend to, the day After Christmas is our day of outdoor fun, rest and relaxation! For our fellow Canadians, this is Boxing Day. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya for your Christmas holiday you will not find those famous Canadian Christmas sales on the 26th. Everyone goes to the beach, or a cenote,...
Posted December 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants
I have to say, vegan and vegetarian choices have multiplied exponentially in the last few years. A friend of mine moved here in 2000 and was looking for vegan basics like Almond Milk, Soya Milk, Tofu, and gluten free bread. At that time, there was nothing. A few restaurants offered vegetarian meals, Babe's Noodle Bar and Restaurant and 100% natural in Playa de Carmen being two of three restaurants that served vegetarian, but not vegan. In most cases cheese was added to all meals so a vegan was...
Posted December 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
25 people in the same vacation rental? Really? You would be surprised how many requests we have for large vacation rentals. Here is how it happens. Destination wedding, family reunions, friends getaway, 50th Birthday vacation and celebration, 65th Birthday, Vow renewals, Class reunions, Girls Getaway, Babymoons, and in most cases just a damn big family! The first thought is to rent a whole bunch of rooms at a resort. Easy no? Intimate? NOT! YOur celebration ends up being the entertainment...
Posted December 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food
December 20 is National Sangria Day, which we will celebrate overlooking the Caribbean Sea. I attempted to dig up more facts about Sangria but could not find anything new other than what we wrote last year - History of Sangria. But then we found something interesting which turned into some amazing! Heelllo Mangria Who says great ideas don't come to those who may have a bit too much to drink? The Mangria sounded interesting so we decided to make our own. Call it our test bar in...
Posted December 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya
So you have been reviewing your travel bucket list and realized that you have been fortunate enough to hit all the pueblos, villages, cities and towns in the Riviera Maya. If this is you, you might want to consider a new Mexican location for your getaway. The Costa Maya is four hours from the Cancun airport and a true step back in time. We have been traveling there for over 15 years and love this area for a change in pace. Coconut groves, few English speakers, small hotels and small...
Posted December 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Mexico is the land of great holidays, with indigenous, religious and political holidays found every month of the year. There are also local events that are great to plan your vacation around. On top of this, American holidays are observed as well, Thanksgiving being given priority. On top the cultural festivals, local businesses love to create events that highlight food, music, art and sports. The Riviera Maya jazz festival is one of these, the Riviera Maya Film Festival another. So many events...
Posted December 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest on the today’s podcast, Pam Acosta, is originally from Chihuahua Mexico. Pam traveled to Arkansas to get her college degree in Journalism, and then returned to her home state. Shortly after returning, she found little work available to her. She made the decision to move to the Riviera Maya, where she could make the most of her excellent English speaking skills. She did find opportunity in Cancun. Her first job was in a call center, which she remembers as being hard work. She...
Posted December 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Who doesn't like peace! A vacation is the best place to find it! You will find it on the beach, in a cenote, and in some cases over a taco but we have found it through some of the best yoga studios in the world. Here is a quick list of spectacular yoga studios in the Riviera Maya. We do not have a favorite, but we do love mixing up our class whether it be by changing up our yoga practice, hopping between cities (which is very easy to do) or just switch between a sea view or jungle view...
Posted December 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Besides the mere location differences between these two popular vacation spots, Cancun and the cities located in the Riviera Maya are different. In some ways it is hard to believe that they are neighbors except the blue of the Caribbean gives it away. This article digs into the variations of each destination and highlights the not so obvious differences. What is Cancun and What is the Riviera Maya? Cancun is a large city located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It was the very...
Posted December 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities
Looking for something different in the Riviera Maya? Are you hoping to plan a special day trip that digs into local culture, history and food! Valladolid just a short distance from the Riviera Maya is just your ticket. Whether you drive, take the bus, or hire a private van for your group, you will have an amazing day! Photo Tour of Valladolid This is the Only Guide to Valladolid Written By Locals! Make Your Day Trip...
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