Yucatan photo of the day – family market trip to Valladolid

Posted April 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Valladolid market in the Yucatan

The Yucatan is the food hub of the area with local farmers and ranchers working hard to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for the Penisula. Valladolid has a daily market that makes a great road trip for the family and only requires a half day trip, not a full day adventure. If you have kids, this is a great way to open them up to a unique cultural experience while getting your chores done. Unique foods indigenous to the area can be found, Local produce is fresh, fresh, fresh....The market...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Kids see the darndest things

Posted April 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

fun things to keep you entertained on your family vacation in the Riviera maya

My 5 year old nephew saw this bird on an adventure walk in the Riviera Maya. Of course I had no idea what type of bird it was or what family of birds it came from. My instinct was the Mayan turkey, referred to as the Ocelated Turkey. Without the blue head and fancy plumes of an adult Ocelated turkey I could not say for sure, for sure that this was the actual Mayan turkey. After doing some late night research, I recovered myself as the smartest aunt in the world and was able to verify that this...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – Best accommodation for families

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

family vaction villas in the Riviera Maya

Finding the perfect accommodations for your family while on vacation can be a challenge. It is hard to know what is best for your family, what would best suit your needs, your desires and of course your dreams. What you would pick for a couples getaway is very different from what you would pick for your family. Here is a list of things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect accommodations for your family vacation in the Riviera Maya. 1. Go beachfront! Watch over the kids while they...

Simple Family Vacations in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations

simple family beach vacation in the Riviera Maya

Since we moved to Mexico over 20 years ago, we have developed a KISS attitude -Keep It Simple Stupid! We did not start out that way, truly, but we have learned over time that simple is better! Simple is actually more fun. To help families plan for their vacation we are going to share our KISS principles so that you can learn in minutes what took us a few years to get used to. When we travel to other countries, we have a moment of shock at how busy, eventful, complex and complicated lives are...

Rivera Maya photo of the day – Reminder to all parents

Posted April 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Keep it simple stupid - uncomplicated family vacations in the Riviera Maya

Keep it simple! Your Riviera Maya vacation is better when you keep it simple! Kids need a vacation as much as anyone else. The beach, one toy, some quiet time or exploring time is enough to keep any kid happy while on vacation. As a parent, it can be better to let your kids explore new territory for a few hours and let them understand their new surroundings. We all love to help our kids but a little bit of parent free time (watching from afar) can be a blessing for both of you. Looking for...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Keep your kids hydrated!

Posted April 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

feeding your kids on vacation in the Riviera Maya

Kids love to be in the sun and they love to run on the beach. Let them do it, let them have fun on their vacation! Even when they are swimming in the ocean, they sweat. The result, dehydration if we don't make hydration a priority! Your kids will not know if they are sweating or getting dehydrated, they just know they are having fun. The best way to keep your kids hydrated is with coconut water straight from the coconut! If you see a sign anywhere that says Cocos Frios! Get some. If drinking...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Family funday everyday!

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

Family vacations in the Rivera Maya

Believe it or not this is typical family vacation in the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is an easy place to host a family vacation. The beach as your playground and the ocean as your source of daily excitement makes the Riviera Maya an easy family vacation location. Flights are easy, accommodations varied, and the people you will meet, extraordinary. Spanish is not required. But you can try your basic spanish and it will go far! Your kids will enjoy the exotic feel but feel at home. You can...

Family Beach Vacations in the Riviera Maya- Memories that last

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations

family vacation in the Riviera Maya are sure to build lasting memories

  When I get together with my family, the conversation always seem to direct itself to memories of a family vacation. As kids we took a lot of road trips, in a van, or with a camper, or in the station wagon. Summers and spring break were spent driving locally, through the US to unique and interesting places. In the 70's that was the best most families could do, pack up the car, load in a cooler, and drive. We camped, we did not stay in hotels as that would have been way to much money....

Riviera Maya photo of the day – this is what we know

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Riviera Maya vacations are a stepping stone to many different activities and adventures

The Riviera Maya is a stepping stone to learning more about Mexico. The beaches are beautiful, the people attentive and friendly. Your Riviera Maya vacation, like our first Riviera Maya vacation, is a path and window into a land of adventure, a land of new experiences and a land of endless things to do. There are many surprises and lots of treasures. Try the beach our first, then venture out and find out about the real Riviera Maya, the jungle, the communities, the people, the traditions....

Playa del Carmen Travel Tips – Live Music on and off the beach

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

live music in the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

For all of the live music fans out there, Playa del Carmen has some great beach bars that play live music. If the beach is not where you want to be when checking out some local musicians, 5th Ave also has a few places where you can listen live pop, rock and the blues. Beach bars with Live music Wah Wah Beach Bar - located on 2nd street and the beach, this is a favorite hangout for many visitors and locals. Great music by the Nasty Bastards (who actually own the bar) and guest musicians...

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