Riviera Maya photo of the day – Hogfish in the Caribbean

Posted June 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

oceans in the riviera maya hogfish

There are three places you will see the hogfish in the Riviera Maya, diving in the sea, snorkeling in the sea and cooked on a plate at a local restaurant! The hogfish, known in spanish as a 'Boquinetta' is an indigenous fish to the Mexican Caribbean and a popular one! They are great to see in the ocean in their natural habitat and can be identified by their large front teeth (no they don't bite) and spiny backs when you get too close. Being a fishing area, the Riviera Maya restaurants think of...

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Sian Ka’an photo of the day – lagoons and sea

Posted June 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Sian Ka'an photo of the sea and lagoons -Riviera maya

This is why we love where we live and why millions of people come to the Riviera Maya for vacation. The pristine beauty of this Sian Ka'an photo tell it all. This photo is a small portion of the 1.3 millionacre Sian Ka'an biosphere, a UNESCO park and one of the most beautiful areas! WE snorkel in the Sian Ka'an, kayak in the lagoon, chill on the beaches and bird watch. The diversity of the landscape, plants, animals and birds makes this...heaven. The Sian Ka'an means 'Where the sky is born' and...

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Riviera Maya vacation tip – finding the best snorkeling spots

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports

how to find great snorkeling in the Riviera maya

So how do you find good snorkeling spots from the shore of the beaches of the Riviera Maya? Look for darker areas in the sea. The darker patches in the water show where there are clusters or group of coral. Coral is where the fish and animals love to hang out. Coral clusters are like a playground and food court for the fish and animals that live in the sea. If you are located on a patch of beach that is just crystal clear water, white sand and no coral patches, no fear, the Mesoamerican reef...

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Cozumel photo of the day – sea-horses

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

des-horses in cozumel and the riviera maya

We love sea-horses and love the trip to Cozumel to see them. Cozumel has an area in the sea where sea horses come to spawn each year. When you go with your guide on a diving tour you will see not just one sea-horse but many sea horses on one dive. They are tiny in the ocean, so you need to look carefully, pay attention to your guide and enjoy this unique experience. Sea horses can be spotted in the Riviera Maya occasionally, they are a wonder and a great gift when you see them diving, but to be...

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Tulum photo of the day – endangered coral types Elkhorn

Posted June 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

endangered ocean species in the riviera maya

Tulum has some great snorkeling and diving on the Mesoamerican reef located off the beautiful beaches Tulum is so famous for. Tulum is not famous for its diving, but if you venture into the ocean, you will find some endangered coral species found in this part of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.  Elkhorn coral was put on the endangered species list in the early 90s and are protected ny NOAA. Tulum has a great garden of Elkhorn coral along the coast, so if you are looking to see something different,...

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Riviera Maya vacation tip – protect the sea and cenotes

Posted 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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