Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Hot vanilla from Ah Cacao

Posted May 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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This is our new favorite drink when we are in Playa del Carmen! Ah Cacao has a hot vanilla drink, which is hot milk mixed with natural vanilla and a touch of sweetness. Oh la la! The nights are warm, but the fresh hot vanilla drink seems to go down oh so well. We have talked about the brownies and lattes at this local coffee-house, but this seems to take the cake! This is a caffeine-free drink, with frothy milk and lots of flavor! Love it and would say at this point, addicted! If you find a...

Playa del Carmen vacation tip – Local book exchanges

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

book exchanges in Playa del Carmen for paper books in multiple languages

Some of us have not quite made the shift to digital books. (I am raising my hand) There is something about holding a book, flipping the pages and dog earing your place in the story that is still very ritualistic, endearing and necessary. Locally in Playa del Carmen, book exchanges still exist and there is a second-hand book store for your browsing and buying. If you are a paper book reader like us, search out these cool places that let you exchange books, take a book or buy a second-hand...

Insiders guide to the Riviera Maya – local secrets and tips

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

local tips and secrets about the Riviera Maya

We had a duh moment this past month. Why have we not done this before? An insiders guide to the Riviera Maya, written by locals, tested by locals, shared with others. The month of May at LocoGringo is the month of sharing all the local secrets we can think of.Call it the Insiders Guide to the Riviera Maya, local tips or local secrets. Anyway you look at it, we are sharing what we know.  If you are coming to the Riviera Maya on vacation, these little local secrets that will provide you with...

Puerto Morelos photo of the day – Picture perfect Riviera Maya day

Posted April 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos


Puerto Morelos is located just south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This picture perfect day in the small fishing village was captured in this photo. Days like this are seen almost every day in Puerto Morelos making it a great vacation destination, a chill place to hang, a wonderful quiet location for your Mexican vacation and a unique experience for travelers. The residents are business work hard to maintain the beauty found in Puerto Morelos and it shows! Fishing is the number one...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – Water safety in the sea and pool

Posted April 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera maya water safety for kids on vacation

The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea are hard to resist! No matter what age you are, or how experienced you may be, the sea is an interesting place that take anyone by surprise! What we do love about the east coast of Mexico is the relative calmness of the ocean compared to other vacation destinations. When you end up in one of the many bays, or in Playa del Carmen, or find yourself at the beach on a north wind day when the seas are extra flat, water safety is still important! What...

Costa Maya photo of the day – Mahahual boat captain

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


Check this cool guy out on a boat in Mahahaul. This is a great photo taken in the Costa Maya that really portrays the area well. Cool captain, great boat for snorkeling and scuba diving on the Chinchurro Banks, a laid back feel and beautiful. Could you get a bluer sea or a bluer sky? Could it be more picture perfect? Costa Maya is located just to the south of the Riviera Maya. The first town is Mahahual, a cruise ship destination but a neighbourhood Mayan village. Xcalak and Bacalar are also...

Yucatan photo of the day – Mayan woman at work!

Posted April 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Mayan ladies at the Market in the Yucatan riviera maya mexico sustainable tourism

Love this photo of local Mayan women working and laughing together in a local market. One woman is carrying a clay pot, the other women are surrounded with market items of the day, banana leaves, gourds, boxes and more. What amazed us was the incredible piles of banana leaves that are used to steam fish and to make tamales. Tamales are indigenous to the area, a paddy of corn flour, meat and salsa wrapped in banana leaves and roasted over an open fire. Tamales are our road trip food and a...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – adventures for the kids

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

Kid advenutes in the Riviera Maya

Who doesn't love an adventure! Kids as well as adults will find these adventures great during their vacation in the Riviera Maya. We have picked these adventures using very particular criteria. First no long car drives. Some kids (and adults) don't travel well, so we defaulted to adventures close by. Second we choose some main stream easy to access, easy to get to adventures where the whole family will have fun. Third we have taken smaller and bigger kids into account. Fourth, these suggestions...

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...

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