Riviera Maya photo of the day – Xcacel cenote a local secret

Posted May 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

xcacel hidden free cenote in the Riviera maya

We have talked about Xcacel a few times and rave about the pristine beaches, the quiet, the solitude and more. We have mentioned that it has a free cenote that all visitors can go and swim in but I don't think we have shared a photo! So here it is! This is the cenote tucked away in the jungle at Xcacel. The path is now easier to find. Enter the beach entrance and just to the south is a small path leading into the jungle that will take you to the cenote. This is truly a local secret and one that...

Riviera Maya favorite foods we can not live without!

Posted May 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

riviera Maya insiders food tips

We love the culinary culture in the Riviera Maya! Gary and I came from Texas over 20 years ago so we had been introduced to Mexican food before we arrived. But there is something to be said about eating locally, experiencing local foods and knowing that the ingredients are authentic. The Riviera Maya is a smorgasborg of international cuisine but it is also a smorgasbourg of NATIONAL cuisines. Like any country, there are regional dishes that are unique to geographic locations within Mexico. The...

Tulum photo of the day – Buy local at Tulum fruit markets

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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We are great supporters of buying local. The produce and fruits we find at the local fruit markets are so sweet, so delicious and so fresh, why would we buy from large grocery stores? Tulum fruit stands are worthy of special mention as they do have tropical fruits that can not be found in Playa del Carmen, or other local village stores. Tulum is a fruit hub where fruits come in from the east (Yucatan) and the south. Step into a roadside fruit stand in Tulum and buy some of their local produce...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Living Life on the Edge

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

our life in the riviera Maya

Several years ago, when I told my friends and family I was moving to Riviera Maya, Mexico they all said I was crazy. What will you do down there? How will you manage by yourself? Aren't people trying to leave Mexico? Though their hearts were in the right place, their questions reflected doubt and discouragement. It seems like a lifetime ago when I packed up my truck and rode the last operating Yucatan Express ferry over. When to everyone's surprise (even my own) I had carried through with my...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – our Mexican food craving!

Posted May 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

empanadas in Tulum or Playa del carmen

It is early and we have already decided what is for dinner. When we first arrived in Akumal many moons ago, 20 years to be exact, we used to crave American food. Now we crave Mexican food and I have a soft spot for empanadas. These are delicious and need to be a treat. They are deep-fried, filled with cheese and on top, you guessed it, full cream, lettuce and salsa. Habanero is the salsa of choice for these bad boys, but you can take your pick. It is off to Dona Marie in Playa del Carmen for...

Akumal photo of the day – Sunset in Akumal

Posted May 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Nothing more needs to be said. This is gorgeous, happens often and we love this photo! Check out more Akumal information and photos!

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Mexican food trucks rock!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera maya street food and food trucks

We have heard a lot of Mexican myths, but the food truck myth is most likely the biggest myth around. Larger hotels and resorts discourage their guests from eating local street food or on food trucks. Well let us tell you, street tacos, empanadas, cochinita pibil tortas (pulled pork sandwiches) are some of the best we have tasted. We are living proof that street food is delicious, wonderful and a truly authentic experience. Tulum has a family duo that sells cochinita pibil outside the Tulum...

Playa del Carmen Vacation tip – Local Sundays at Wah Wah’s

Posted May 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

wah wah beach bar sunday afternoon buffet in Playa del carmen

Wah Wah beach club is located in Playa del Carmen on 2nd street and the beach. This is a big beach club that is geared to an older crowd and those who love live music. Sundays is a special day at Wah Wah's and is a great day to hang with locals, meet new people and find out more about the Riviera Maya. Every Sunday, Wah Wah Beach CLub has an all you can eat beach buffet. Yup, all you can eat and the menu changes each week. Sometimes it is Italian, sometimes it is Mexican, some Sundays it is...

Tulum photo of the day – Horchata a local gluten free drink

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

horchata in the riviera maya - local gluten free drink

We talk about drinking coconuts all the time for hydration and over well-being, but this local drink rocks it! For those on a gluten-free diet, this could become your next drink of choice. Horchata is a cold rice based drink that is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Rice is soaked to create a milk like liquid (think rice milk) and blended with vanilla, cinnamon and  a sweeter. If you are thirsty, this is a great thirst quencher. If you are looking for a local, cheap, delicious drink, this is...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – hidden beach and secret beach

Posted May 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

xcacel hidden beach in the riviera maya

When you live in the Riviera Maya you have the opportunity to find hidden beaches, secret beaches and off the beaten path beaches. One of our favorites has been Xcacel just south of Akumal. This beach is a turtle sanctuary that has been tagging, studying and watching the turtles of the Riviera Maya for decades. It is a great beach to go to and a great beach to swim at. Xcacel does not have a restaurant, or beach chairs or any amenities. If it had all of that, it would not be hidden or a...

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