Akumal Photo of the Day – Hang around Half Moon Bay in a hammock

Posted June 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

La Buena Vida hammocks

After a day of snorkeling the amazing coral reefs of Half Moon Bay, swim right up to the shore of La Buena Vida Bar & Restaurant to claim your hammock. Swing in the Caribbean breeze while waiters bring cold beer and ceviche right to your hammock. Ahhh. now this is the way to enjoy the Caribbean. Check out Vista del Mar hotel on Half Moon Bay. Photo by Scott Brown

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Ocean month in the Riviera Maya – Cenotes and swimming

Posted June 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Cenotes-in-the-Riviera-maya

Cenotes are a natural, jungle oasis common in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. These freshwater sinkholes are created when the limestone surface collapses exposing an underlying water-filled cave. The Riviera Maya has the highest concentration of cenotes and we think it's one of our best unique water features. The Ancient Maya performed religious ceremonies and even human sacrifices at these sacred wells. They believed the cenotes to be the passage ways between the world of the living and the...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Staring at the Caribbean Sea

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Blue waters of the Caribbean

Is there anything more hypnotic than staring at the radiant blue water of the Caribbean Sea? Calm ocean vistas just pull us in and don't want to let go. One, or several as in this photo, could pass an entire day getting lost in the view of the Mexican Caribbean. When I first moved here, it seemed logical to situate my office desk facing out to lovely Half Moon Bay, but then I soon discovered I had to turn it facing away from the window because I often found my mind drifting on the waves out to...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Visit The Jungle Place. It’s a barrel of monkeys!

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

The Monkey Sanctuary

We are just loving these little guys who live at The Jungle Place in Chemuyil, Riviera Maya. Kuchi Kaax is a spider monkey sanctuary where you can learn about and interact with these amazing creatures that are so much like us.  Pet them, feed them, and cuddle them because they are so loving!  This is definitely an authentic Mayan Riviera vacation experience.  These monkeys were brought to Heidi and Joel (the owners of The Jungle Place) because they were either confiscated from an abusive...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Cenote at the Xel Ha Ruins

Posted June 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Cenote in the Riviera Maya

Now this is the kind of Summer swimming hole kids dream about!  The Xelha Mayan ruin site near Akumal is often void of tourists and so is its lovely cenote. This hidden gem is just waiting for someone to come and make a big splash. Learn more about the Xelha Ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Add a Grocery Stop to Your Airport Transfer Service

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

Cancun Airport shuttles will make a grocery stop

Want to make a grocery stop on the way out of the Cancun Airport, but don't plan on renting a car? No problem! For a reasonable fee, most Riviera Maya transfer services will make a one hour stop at the grocery store of your choice.  If your destination is Puerto Morelos, the driver will back track a bit to the Superama (owned by WalMart) or Sam's located just north of the Cancun Airport. If you are going to Playa del Carmen you have a few stores to choose from; WalMart, Soriana, Chedraui.  If...

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Akumal Photo of the Day – Low Season Riviera Maya Vacations

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Akumal Bay, Mexico

These two little guys have Akumal Bay all to themselves. It's low season so Akumal is once again peaceful. All the crowds have gone home - a perfect time to visit.  Planning a low season vacation to the Riviera Maya has some real advantages like lower prices for tours and accommodations. Bays and beaches are practically deserted. No waiting for a table at the restaurant or a lounge chair at the pool. Need a quiet, three day weekend? Check out some of our low season specials! Photo by...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Kayaking is fun and sustainable!

Posted June 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Kayaking the Mexican Caribbean

Wow! Look at those colors! Kayaking in Riviera Maya, Mexico is one of the best ways to explore its waters. Not only is it great exercise and fun, kayaking is sustainable tourism at its finest, and anyone can do it! Check out some Riviera Maya kayaking adventure tours!

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Use an insulated tote to double as a carry on.

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

Insulated totes for your beach vacation

Insulated totes are a must for any beach vacation, but strangely enough, a lot of vacation rentals do not provide them, leaving you to bring your own. And these days, with luggage space almost as valuable as real estate, you hate to put one more item on your packing list. Insulated coolers make great carry on luggage. They are padded so you can safely carry computers and cameras, and they have a lot of space for travel extras like books, magazines and snacks. If you are traveling with an...

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Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Laguna Bacalar

Posted June 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Bacalar, Lake of the 7 Colors

Laguna Bacalar in Costa Maya, Mexico was also referred to by the ancient Maya as "the lake of  seven colors" because of all the amazing shades of blue that can be seen on a sunny day. Lake Bacalar is the second largest fresh water lake in Mexico. On its grassy banks sits The Fortress de San Felipe Bacalar that was built by the Spanish in 1729 to protect the town from pirates. Find out what to do in the historical town of Bacalar

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