Isla Mujeres photo of the day – Sunset on the Island of Women

Posted April 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos


Isla Mujeres is just north of Cancun. Take a quick ferry ride to the Island of Women and enjoy a Caribbean feel, great beaches, and our favorite, the sunsets. Isla Mujeres is technically outside of the Riviera Maya, but we still love this vacation destination in Mexico. THe island is small, 2 kms in diameter and 8 kms long. Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation but cars are allowed on the island. Isla Mujeres has a pedestrian avenue similar to that found in Playa del Carmen but it...

Our Riviera Maya family – Living the life in the Riviera Maya

Posted April 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations


After researching and writing about family vacations in the Riviera Maya this month, we realized that our Riviera Maya family is a great example of how you can have fun as a family, either a family with kids or a pet parent family, like ours. Gary and I never had children, we felt that our community provided us with a robust and fulfilling life. For us, the addition of Chili Dog was our way of defining our family. Everyone has a different family and all families need to have a...

Paamul vacation tip – Great beach for the whole family

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

paamul restaurant on the beach in the Riviera Maya

For good reason, Paamul is a kid destination where local moms and parents love to take their children after school or on the weekends. Why is Paamul a great family beach and hang out spot in the Riviera Maya? There are few family essentials in Paamul that make family fun a little bit easier than other beaches. Find out why Paamul is the family beach Paamul is minutes from Playa del Carmen, just north of Xpu ha beach and north of Akumal. The family features at this quiet beach are a pool, easy...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – Parents need down time too!

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

get some quiet parent time while on your Riviera Maya vacation

We have heard it many times, taking your kids on vacation is not a vacation for the parents! When you venture off on vacation the planning to unpacking process is a chore. It is a chore all parents love as they want to create wonderful family vacation memories, vacation adventures and get away from routine, but family vacations are tiring, there is not doubt about it. How to get parent down time while on vacation Here are a few ideas, or tips so you can get some down time while on vacation....

Costa Maya photo of the day – Bacalar lagoon

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


Wow, this is a great inland village in the heart of the Costa Maya. Bacalar lagoon is known as the lagoon of 7 colors. The blues in the lake make it look like there are seven shades of blue in the water. Bacalar is a quiet village that has a rich history, the San Felipe fort and lots of sustainable activities. Bacalar is a little gem, a well-kept secret and a chill place for you to hang out. Check out more information on Bacalar, where it is located, what vacation activities there are and...

Isla Holbox photo of the day – Sandy roads and caribbean flare

Posted April 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Isla HOlbox in the town of HOlbox, featured buildings and sand roads

Isla Holbox (pronounced Hole-bosh) is just north of Cancun in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The history of this island is colorful, and it has been through more bosses of the island than we would like to mention. Isla Holbox has one boss today, and that is the Whaleshark, the largest fish in the sea that migrates from Honduras to the Gulf of Mexico during the summer months. Isla Holbox is a personal favorite and we love the whalesharks as well. Combined I would say...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Words speak louder than…..

Posted April 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

riviera maya water safety for kids on vacation

All we can say is this is why we moved here, this is why we love what we do, and this is the greatest pleasure we get we from life. You too can be here. Check out the Riviera Maya and the best way to arrange your next vacation to the beach! It is that easy, really.

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Keep the family hydrated on vacation

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

staying hydrated in the riviera Maya

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The tropical weather in the Riviera Maya can be deceiving. You are on the beach, in the sea, playing, having a great time and little did you know that you, your kids or even your pet is dehydrated. It is easy to stay hydrated if you are aware. Dehydration creeps up on you and though it is not dangerous it can slow down your vacation if you are not careful. How to stay fully hydrated when you are having way too much fun? Water, coconut water and juices all work...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Mayan pole dancers

Posted April 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

mayan pole dance in Playa del Carmen

In the heart of Playa del Carmen, the Mayan pole dancers have been given a spot in the central zocalo, Parques Fundadores, to show off the famous Mayan pole dance. This Dance is called Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying) and is a ritual performed by Mayans in both Mexico and Guatemala. Thankfully, the dance of the flyers can be seen each hour in the center of Playa del Carmen or at the entrance to the Tulum ruins. This ceremony was said to be used to...

Riviera Maya vacation tip -Best weather channel for the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

riviera Maya blue sky off the shores of the Caribbean

Of course you want to know what the weather is going to be like when you are in the  Riviera Maya. Many weather networks and weather internet sites show the opposite to what we are experiencing in the Riviera Maya. Years ago we could swap weather information through the radio so everyone could get a grasp of what to expect for the day. Tropical weather can differ from city to city, village to village. It is not unheard of that Tulum is experiencing rain and Playa del Carmen has full sun. So...

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