Riviera Maya vacation tip – protect the sea and cenotes

Posted June 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

cenotes of the Riviera maya and the best way to protect the cenotes

It is all of our job to protect the sea and cenotes while living in or visiting the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya has a very delicate water system that affects the ecosystem. It is all connected! There are some basic measures you can take to protect the waters and life of the sea and cenotes. This includes fish and planets, coral and algae, all important aspects of the underwater environment. 1. Wear a biodegradable suntan lotion. Many lotions are harmful to our skin and the sea. Find a...

Yucatan photo of the day – Cenotes at the Coba Ruins

Posted June 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

cenote at coba ruins open to the public

This is one of three cenotes in the Coba pueblo just outside of the Coba Ruins. Once you have completed your tour at the Coba Ruins, put on your bathing suit and drive to the group of cenotes. One ticket will get you into all three cenotes, and all three are worth the visit. The entrances to the cenotes are long winding staircases into the bottom the earth, and the waters are crystal clear. Swim away, or just bask in the glory of these caverns. A car is needed to get to these cenotes and visits...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – always swim with a partner

Posted June 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

snorkeling safety in the riviera maya

The clear blue waters are tempting swimming waters, and we encourage everyone to get in the Mexican Caribbean and swim! What we do suggest is one general rule, alway swim with a partner or buddy! There are few currents off the beaches of the Riviera Maya, with Tulum having some small riptides off the south end beach areas. The sea is calm, glorious and wonderful, but anyone can get excited and swim out too far or snorkel past their limit. Swimming or snorkeling with a buddy will keep both of...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Whale shark season

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all.

Well June marks the official opening of whale shark season in the Riviera Maya. For as long as we can remember we have been making the trip up the Gulf of Mexico to see the whale sharks. Why? Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. Their size ranges from a few meters long up to 7 meters in length. That is bigger than many boats that conduct the tours! Whale sharks migrate from the south each spring and head up to the Gulf of Mexico just north of Cancun to feed and breed. We get to go...

Sian Ka’an photo of the day – reefs in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

The barrel sponges spawn each August in the Mexican Caribbean and are an incredible natural activity to watch. Barrel sponges are either male or female.

Wow, wow, and wow. This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all. The Sian Ka'an is a protected biosphere so tours and activities are conducted by local guides who are knowledgable and trained in local birds, eco-diversity, indigenous plants and the history. If you look at this photo you will see dark patches in the sea, the coral reefs in the Sian Ka'an. Amazing and...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – when to wear water shoes

Posted June 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

to pack or not to pack your water shoes for your riviera maya vacation

Water shoes are a great way to protect your feet in unknown waters, rocky entries and inland water pools. We have not used water shoes when swimming in the sea but understand that many people do prefer to wear them, just in case. We do wear water shoes or our dive booties when hanging out in the cenotes. Cenotes are fresh water pools in the jungle that are surrounded by limestone rock. We find water shoes to be protective and useful when snorkeling or swimming in the cenotes. If this is...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Barrel sponge spawning

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

barrel sponges spawning in the Riviera Maya august each year

The barrel sponges are quite an incredible ocean species. The barrel sponges spawn each August in the Mexican Caribbean and are an incredible natural activity to watch. Barrel sponges are either male or female. When they spawn, the male barrel sponge releases sperm and the female barrel sponge releases the eggs. The expectation is the sperm meets the egg in the sea! Wonderous really and quite incredible. Scuba divers flock to the area to witness this incredible breeding. If you are diver, join...

Ocean, sea and cenote month in the Riviera Maya!

Posted June 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

baby turtles in the riviera maya going to sea

This month we are celebrating all the bodies of water that are in the Riviera Maya. What makes the Riviera Maya so unique, so diverse, and ecologically extraordinary are the different bodies of water throughout the area. June is World Ocean Month, celebrated everywhere on the planet. With 73% of the planet covered by bodies of water, this part of our world deserves a dedicated month! Follow us this month and find out more about the diverse bodies of water located in the Riviera Maya. The...

Riviera Maya Travel Tip – Stock Your Villa Before You Arrive. Save Valuable Vacation Time!

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

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Imagine the convenience of having someone do your vacation grocery shopping for you and delivering it to your vacation rental before you even get there.  Enjoy cracking open a cold one immediately after dropping your suitcase at the door. Avoid dragging your travel weary children through a grocery store.  Pack less because your shampoo, tooth paste and sunscreen are already waiting at your villa. Rivera Maya Groceries lets you order and pay for groceries online, and then delivers your order...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Family reunions in the Riviera Maya are fun for everyone

Posted by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Family vacations,Riviera Maya Photos

Mayan Riviera family reuinions

Family reunions in the Riviera Maya are a huge hit! These kids of all ages are having a blast. With all the fun activities, amazing sites and natural beauty you can't go wrong planning your next family get together in the Mayan Riviera. Check out these Riviera Maya vacation villas built with big family fun in mind! Photo by Scott Brown Photo

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