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

Posted May 10, 2013 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...

Yucatan photo – loving Mexico’s rich history

Posted May 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

history of mexico and the cristeros

Living in Mexico and the Riviera Maya has taught us a lot about the history of this country. There is much more than meets the eye and we love to share Mexican history that is not well-known. This photo is a photo of the Mexican Cristeros. After the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900's the President at the time tried to ban the Catholic church in Mexico. The outcry was historical, with Mexicans defeating this decision of the federal government in the late 1920's. The local armies that fought...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – how to exchange money at the bank

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

how to exchange money in the Riviera maya

Now this is a mystery to even some locals that live in the Riviera Maya. Since 2010, money exchange at local banks has been a every changing mystery but it seems that the system is now in place. We are great advocates of people bringing pesos with them to the Riviera Maya but if you forget to order pesos at your local bank, you may have to exchange money at a local bank here. This is the deal. To exchange money at a local bank, you will need the following: 1. Copy of your passport 2....

Favorite Activities in the Riviera Maya – Insiders Guide

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


We have some favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that we would love to share! Some of these favorites are new, some of these favorites are old. No matter where you live in the world, neighbourhoods and cities have events and areas that become a local favorite and the Riviera Maya is no exception. What we do have to say is this. There is so much to do we find it hard to choose what to do. Sounds a bit crazy but there is so much to do in the Riviera Maya, we need a week's...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – sweet onion salsa recipe

Posted May 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

favorite foods and salsas in mexico and the Riviera maya

Love tacos but love salsas more! Pico de Gallo, the fresh tomato salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and chiles is a popular choice. But wait till you try this sweet onion salsa that is a staple salsa in true Mexican taquerias. This fresh red onion salsa is easy to make and can sit in the fridge for a week. If you want a true Mexican flavor this is it! Sweet Onion Salsa Ingredients One red onion Juice of a bitter orange (or substitute 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp grapefruit, 2 tbsp...

Puerto Aventuras vacation tip – buy cheap fish in the marina

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

buy your fish directly from the fisherman in the riviera maya

Captain Rick's in Puerto Aventuras has fishing trips each morning and each afternoon. Their trips are great and if you love to deep-sea fish this is a great outfit to hook up with. Our vacation tip is not about fishing though, our vacation tip is about buying fresh fish at great prices. Waiting for the fishing boats at noon or at 4 pm in the marina at Puerto Aventuras is a sure-fire way to get dinner and not have to work for it. For many people who fish, fishing is a sport. At the end of the...

Yucatan photo of the day – A great off the beaten track road

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

road in the Yucatan mexico

One of our favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya or the Yucatan is to take a road less traveled and find out where it leads. This game is not for everyone but we have found some pretty interesting things when we take a left, because. Cool thing is, you can benefit from our 'take a left here' adventures. We write about most of these adventures or share our discoveries with readers. Sure it takes a bit of the adventure out of the 'turn left here' ritual, but it saves a bit of time. This...

Tulum Photo of the day – reading a book and chilling

Posted May 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Reading a book on the tulum beach in the riviera Maya

Is there anything more blissful than having a one book day.  Is there anything more blissful than a one book day, on the beach, under a palapa, sipping a margarita? This photo was taken in Tulum. It WAS a one book day, and it was a blissful day. As a paper book reader still (digital books are not as luxurious) there is nothing better than a quiet day on the Tulum beach reading a great book. A walk can be taken in between chapters, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Few people...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Grocery store specials every Wednesday

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

riviera Maya food specials in local grocery stores

Listen up and save a few dollars, or pesos. The local grocery stores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum have a weekly deal day where locals can save on their grocery purchases. Wednesday is the day, and each grocery story chain offers great deals throughout the store. Produce is the main savings, with fruit and veggie deals being the best deal in the town. Depending on the season, we have seen tomatoes as low as 1 peso a kilo, bananas at 2 pesos a kilo, grapefruit, limes,...

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