Posted September 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
If you want to really understand a destination, start digging into tradition festivals. The more historical the tradition, the more you can really understand, learn and appreciate a place, a culture or a group of people. Mexico's long history is an incredible blend of pre-Hispanic, European and North American traditions. It is this blend of cultures and combined traditions that makes it unique, captivating and most of all interesting. Sure, you can celebrate Day of the Dead these days...
Posted August 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Time to get out and about in the Riviera Maya! traveling through the Riviera Maya is a breeze. There is one main highway that takes you to so many little villages and cities on the coast...and one or two main roads that take you into the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula. If you want to skip driving, public transport is so easy to take! And it is cheap as well! Check out these three roads trips that explain various ways to explore the area easily. Road Trip to Tulum This can be a short...
Posted August 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan headed to the west coast to complete his graduate degree in architecture. He started working with a local sculptor in California, who does art installations, furniture designs and architecture. During Ryan’s initial interview, the sculptor asked him if he would move to Mexico. Ryan ended up in the city of Merida with a team of people. About a year and a half ago, Tulum called to him and Ryan transitioned from life in the city to life on the...
Posted August 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
This video shows the diversity in the Riviera Maya. Love it! If you are thinking about taking a quick vacation before the kids go back to school, or before the fall weather settles in, this just may be the ticket! Check out our local travel guides that have you exploring cool places that only locals know about! There is more to the Riviera Maya than what is found in a tour guide. Photo by Del Sol Photography
Posted August 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins
I was sent a link the other day of this amazing video footage taken at the Tulum Ruins. Thanks Sky High Videography for creating this amazing view of the Tulum Ruins! Check out more information about Tulum: where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. Or if you want to make your Tulum Ruins visit extraordinary, download our Local Guide to the Tulum Ruins.
Posted August 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya
Ready for a new adventure? We just spent 72 hours in Mahahaul and want to share our adventures in the Costa Maya. Get set, ready, go! Half the Adventure is the Drive to Mahahual We do like to drive to Mahahaul so we can make a few stops along the way. Friends love to take the bus so they can rest, read and just chill. Take your pick, and start heading south. Total trip time with no stops from Akumal to Mahahual - 3.5 hours We take a bit longer due to some favorite stops. Here are our...
Posted by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest today, Sandra Dayton, is a huge supporter of the local Mayan community here in the Riviera Maya, specifically Puerto Morelos. She is an icon who embodies a true pioneer spirit. Sandra became enchanted with Mexico when she was only 7. Her family would take her from Texas to Mexico for shopping trips. Her silky blonde hair got her a lot of attention from the local women who said it reminded them of corn silk. She says the women would give her free ice cream and the mariachis would sing...
Posted August 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
There is something frustrating about looking for fun things to do for your parents to do on vacation, yet super rewarding when you find great places for them. I keep reminding myself that my parents researched and arranged great family vacations when I was a kid. Now it is my turn to be as inventive and aware to make their vacations great! 5 Places Your Parents Will Love in the Riviera Maya Rio Lagartos - This Flamingo Haven will have your parents putting a check mark on their bucket list....
Posted August 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
Everyone loves having a great meal, we certainly do. Knowing where to eat when on vacation can be tough, but this review will make your life just a little bit easier. Away from the main square in Puerto Morelos is a foodies haven. Mi Cocina, run by Richard, serves an eclectic menu that is sure to please any palate. The hardest choice when picking a local restaurant is picking somewhere that will please everyone. One person may want to try regional food (when in Mexico, eat like a Mexican) or...
Posted August 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations
I started this article with a list of places to go and things to do, cenotes, Folk Art Museums, archeological sites, eco parks, all areas that matter in the Riviera Maya. These places and things to do are what define the Riviera Maya and have put it on the map. But when thinking about what really matters, I had a very different thought. What really matters in the Riviera Maya are the people, not the places and the things to do. What makes this area different are the people who come here,...
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