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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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California Gal – Once an Educator Now Queen of Jerky in Playa del Carmen

Posted May 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Sara Moen Ch'arki Jerky

In today’s episode, I chat with Sara Moen, who is originally from Northern California, moved to Seattle in 1990 for school and met her soon to be husband. Steve and Sara were married in 1993. He worked for Microsoft for ten years and in 2001, they took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, as the story goes “Once you arrive there it’s hard to leave.” Steve and Sara ultimately met their business partner during that getaway; within six months, they sold their home and packed up their pets and...

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Rest Zone – Ideal Spas in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Ideal Spas in the Riviera Maya

If you are not a resort person, but love to be pampered, where can you get a resort-like spa experience in the Riviera Maya? Well we know where you can have a great spa treatment in the Riviera Maya. We like to think it is our specialty. Who doesn't like being pampered? We love it and love the non-resort options available in the Riviera Maya. Xpa Maya - A Natural Spa in Puerto Aventuras, Xcaret and Xel Ha Just to the south of Playa del Carmen and to the north of Akumal and Tulum is a...

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Local Markets in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Local Markets in the Riviera Maya - Coco Beach

There are a slew of local weekly markets in the Riviera Maya that offer not only great produce and homemade baked goods, but a unique look into the local culture. Markets are frequented by locals and visitors, making this an activity, not just a shopping experience. Local markets are a great way to meet others, check out local businesses, and dig into the unique products that entrepreneurs have created. Weekly Market Schedule in the Riviera Maya If you want to see new markets or be in the...

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Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Posted May 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Surprises come in many forms, and today we had a big surprise. Unbeknownst to our team, we have received acknowledgement from The Mexico Report for our contribution to Mexico. Their annual 'Real Heroes of Mexico' features everyday Heroes in Mexico that work hard to increase the positive Image of the country. We are one of those everyday heroes in 2015. "The Real Heroes of Mexico is a one-of-a-kind initiative (launched in 2012 by The Mexico Report) was created specifically to showcase these...

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Jump In – Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities

Jump In - Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory  so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...

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Adventure and Retirement on the Sandy Shore of the Riviera Maya

Posted May 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Sherwood Anders

In today’s episode, I chat with Sherwood Anders, who was born and lived in Pittsburgh until she was 32 years old. Sherwood lived in San Francisco before she and her husband Bob moved to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with their three rescue dogs “Beachmutts”. She spends a great chunk of her time volunteering with different organizations in Mexico, helping at spay/neutering clinics, animal welfare and helps find new homes for dogs and cats. Bob and Sherwood retired and sold their home in San...

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National Salsa Month – Get Cooking and Eating

Posted May 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

National Salsa Month

Okay everyone start dancing...oops sorry wrong salsa. The month of May celebrates salsas you eat, not salsas you dance. With Cinco de Mayo just days away, you can start preparing your Mexican salsas for your parties! What is a Salsa Anyway? Salsa is a sauce that can play double duty, both as a dipping sauce and a condiment. Typically a Mexican salsa is a bit spicy, if not a lot spicy, but there are toned down versions that take out the spice which can be enjoyed by the light at...

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Keeping Cool with Aguas Frescas

Posted April 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Aguas Frescas Riviera Maya

Convenience stores, coffee shops and juice bars are a Canadian's and American's go-to-place for something to drink. Here in the Riviera Maya the best and cheapest place to get a nice cold drink is the local Agua Fresca store. Direct translation of Agua Fresca is 'Fresh Water' or 'Cold Water' but what these fresh waters really are will blow your mind taste buds. Aguas Frescas are made by combining fresh fruits, grains, seeds, and even flowers, with sugar and water. They are made fresh every...

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