Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – The Beach Rules

Posted May 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Is it any wonder why beach destinations are at the top everyone's vacation list? Check out some of our beach front vacation rentals!

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Xcalak Costa Maya photo of the day – The bluest ocean ever!

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

Xcalak Costa Maya ocean view of the Mexican Caribbean on a beach holiday

This photo was taken at Xcalak, a small fishing village in the Costa Maya just to the south of the famos Riviera Maya. The photo says it all, and we could not have had a more perfect day. Check out more beach vacation details about Xcalak in the Costa Maya.

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Riviera Maya vacation tip – how to avoid expensive wifi charges

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

where to find wifi in the Riviera Maya

We are still amazed that some hotel chains charge for wifi. In our perfect world, wifi would be free no matter where you are. We would love it if the owner of Mexico internet services, Mr. Carlos Slim, would open up free wifi throughout Mexico as a gesture to his home country. But as we know free wifi is a dream, and not the reality. Imagine if tourist areas had free wifi so we could all share on social media in real time....that would be sweet! Riviera Maya small businesses are great at...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Puerto Morelos Beach Bar

Posted May 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Could this be the world's tiniest beach bar? Or is the Puerto Morelos beach so long and wide everything on it seems small? Either way, this is one of our favorite beaches because it is never too crowded and it has everything from restaurants, to bars to massage without seeming too commercial. Check out some of vacation rentals near this fabulous beach!

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Playa del Carmen vacation tip – Cheap movie Wednesday

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

cheap movie wednesdays in playa del carmen and cancun

On those rainy tropical days, a cheap movie is always a great idea! Playa del Carmen has two movie centers and Cancun has various movie theatres. Our favorite day to go is Wednesday afternoons, when there are cheap tickets, hardly anyone in the theatres, and fresh popcorn. Wednesdays are cheap movies days with a single adult ticket priced at 19 pesos. That is $1.50 USD for a great flick. Now you know why we like to go to cheap movie Wednesday! The movie theatres in Playa del Carmen are...

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

Posted 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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