Local Interview – Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries

Posted April 8, 2015 by Steve Moen in Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Services

Interview with a Local - Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries

We love the people who live in our little pueblo of Akumal, Gessie from Riviera Maya Groceries being one of those special locals. Gessie is fun, loves the area and has been a good friend over the years. I love her perspective and thought you would as well. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? This part of Mexico has a lot to offer! Every place in this area is unique, even if at first sight it seems all the same; beautiful ocean and beaches, really nice...

A Little Yucatan Secret – Smoked Meat!

Posted April 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Smoked Meat Temazon, Yucatan

This is not a local secret but I can guarantee that few visitors are aware of this information. There is a little village called Temazon just a few miles outside of Valladolid that is dedicated to the production of smoked meat, albeit, some of the best smoked meat we have ever tasted! Temazon - The Smoked Meat Capital of the Yucatan Many, many years ago I stumbled upon the smoked meat capital of the Yucatan, Temazon. In 2014 I revisited this little piece of heaven. On previous visits I just...

What’s New in the Riviera Maya?

Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services


We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...

Beach Love!

Posted April 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Beaches of the Riviera Maya

Oh the beaches of the Riviera Maya! This is why we fell in love and continue to fall in love with the area. The beaches of the Rivera Maya fill the coast line for over 130 kms/65 miles. No matter where you are staying, Playa Secreto, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tulum, you will have a little piece of paradise to enjoy every day. Beach Love in the Riviera Maya This is the beach in Puerto Morelos to the south of the town center. This is the beach in Playa del Carmen, one...

Winter Is Not Over Yet – Treat Yourself

Posted March 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips


Oh the havoc winter has on our body, mind and spirit. between Vitamin D deficiencies, less exercise, less fresh produce, little sun, and lots of re-circulated air, we are all feeling a little tired of the cold. Well, we have the solution! The Riviera Maya is full of sun, outdoor fun, fresh food, and fresh air, a recipe for good health and a solution for the winter blues! Get out and about in the Riviera Maya With lots to see and do most of your time in the Mayan Riviera is spent outdoors....

Tulum Restaurant Review – Cetli Restaurant

Posted March 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Cetli Restaurant Tulum Mexico

I have followed Claudia's culinary success for over 12 years. In the beginning she moved from restaurant to restaurant in search of the right location for her culinary expertise. 9 years ago she found her place, in the heart of Tulum Pueblo. This is the perfect place for her to share her love for authentic and cultural cooking. Claudia is special, her vision is unique, and her food is great. Before culinary historians, UNESCO, and other international chefs grabbed onto the cultural food...

Creating a Family Friendly Cenote Experience

Posted March 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities

Family friendly cenotes

When you vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost a given that visiting a cenote will be on your ‘must-do’ list. However, swimming in a sinkhole or cave for the first time can be an intimidating experience for some kids. We get that. Its dark, there are a lot of squishy fish and sometimes even bats. But done right dipping their toe into one of these magnificent turquoise pools of water doesn’t have to be as unnerving as you might think. If you are interested in exploring the...

Mundo Maya Brewing Company – Local Interview

Posted March 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local

Mundo Maya Brewery, Playa del Carmen

Mundo Maya is producing craft beer in Playa del Carmen and distributing this new brew to cities throughout the Riviera Maya. We hooked up with John and he gave us some of his tips about working and living in the area. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? This part if México is the forgotten gem. It doesn't have the colonial buildings, or the sense of history that you find in other parts of Mexico, but it does have an amazing history none the...

Laughter for a good cause

Posted March 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events


This completely not for profit comedy festival will feature over a dozen professional comedians from the United States performing eight shows across Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Akumal over 5 days. The Festival is the brain child of Grammy Award winning president and founder of Stand Up! Records Dan Schlissel and comedian/actor Gus Lynch (Saving Silverman, North Country, I Spy), who seek to showcase the finest professional and fastest rising stars in stand up comedy, as well as the people,...

Mahahual Restaurant Review – Luna de Plata

Posted by Kay Walten in Costa Maya Restaurants,Food & Drink,Mexico Destinations

Luna de Plata Restaurant Mahahaual

On a recent trip to Mahahual, we stepped into Ristorante Luna de Plata at the end of the pedestrian walkway on the beach, and had a wonderful meal. This little gem was just off the beach walkway, with a nice sea view. Yeah! Great Staff and Large Portions This is a restaurant where you want to share, just like an Italian family! The menu is large, the selection varied, and the waiters were very friendly. Their open terrace overlooks the Caribbean, which is just steps from your table. Our bill...

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