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Cocina Navidad – Holiday Recipes from Riviera Maya

Posted December 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes

Holiday recipes from Cancun

Nothing brings people together for the holidays like the promise of good food, and here in Mexico, the Christmas holidays are more about family and food than anything else. We hope you are spending your holidays with us here on the coast, but if not, maybe you would like to bring a little bit of Mexico into your home this season with recipes from our Loco Gringo family. If you decide to try your hand at any of these recipes, let us know how they turn out. Enjoy! Ponche 4 liters of...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mañanitas de Flor y Canto at Xcaret

Posted December 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

Xcaret theme park in the Mayan Riviera

At Xcaret theme park on December 11 the annual Mañanitas de Flor y Canto festival will be held in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If you are visiting the Mayan Riviera, you will want to make time for this very special cultural event. Find out more about Xcaret, the Riviera Maya's most popular theme park!

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Holiday Dining

Posted December 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya restaurant

Will restaurants be open Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? We get this question a lot from our holiday guests, and the good news is YES! Most Riviera Maya restaurants are open Christmas Day as it is the custom in Mexico to celebrate the holiday on Christmas Eve. If a restaurant closes at all, it will usually close on the Eve. If you have a special restaurant in mind for your holiday dinner, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. It is not too late to book a Christmas vacation in the...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – 5th Avenue in Lights

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Playa del Carmen. The famous 5th Avenue promenade is all lit up from end to end. Check out some Playa del Carmen condos. It's not too late for a Riviera Maya Christmas!

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Akumal Holiday Vacation Tip – Christmas Pageant

Posted December 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Vacation tips

Christmas pageant in Riviera Maya

The annual Akumal Christmas pageant will be held December 22 beginning at 5PM in the Plaza Ukana in the center of town. If you are visiting Akumal, Mexico during this time we would love for you to join us for carols, storytelling and of course Santa will make an appearance for all the kids (big and small) to tell him what they'd like for Christmas. Read about Mexico's most important holiday tradition.

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Cancun Photo of the Day – Holiday Boat Parade

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

Holiday boat parade in cancun Mexico

Last year, Cancun started a new tradition to kick off the holiday season. A parade of festively decorated boats float through Nichupte Lagoon at sunset sometime during the first week of December. Check out other holiday traditions here on the coast. #sunsetBP

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Holiday treats!

Posted December 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos

Holiday treats in the Riviera Maya

These little bite-sized beauties are called Mexican wedding cookies, but they are on every Mexican holiday table too. Pistachios, butter, powdered sugar, more butter...they just melt in your mouth. Try your hand at some Mexican holiday recipes.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Posted December 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Noche Buena Beer

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Holiday beer in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.

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Carrying a Torch for Guadalupe in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Dia de Senora de Guadalupe in Riviera Maya

One of the Mexican culture's most celebrated historical figures is without a doubt the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Mexico seen everywhere, statues, paintings, sculptures and posters adorn churches, houses, convenience stores and restaurants. Decals of the religious icon ride in the back windows of taxis and on the front of T-shirts for sale in the local mercados.  This sacred lady is also referred to as Señora Guadalupe, a woman for whom many carry a torch for every holiday...

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