If you have never had a tamale then you don't know Mexico! This is the country's comfort food and sold on street corners everywhere. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, listen up 'cuz this local treat is found on highway stops, local street corners, and at holiday festivals. It is in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that you will experience hundreds of different tamale recipes! What is a Tamale? A tamale is a corn dough that is wrapped around roasted meat, fish, cheese or...
Christmas Day is a ton of fun in the Riviera Maya but we have to admit, we love the day AFTER Christmas the best. With so many friends to visit over the holidays, and a large Christmas dinner to tend to, the day After Christmas is our day of outdoor fun, rest and relaxation! For our fellow Canadians, this is Boxing Day. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya for your Christmas holiday you will not find those famous Canadian Christmas sales on the 26th. Everyone goes to the beach, or a cenote,...
I have to say, vegan and vegetarian choices have multiplied exponentially in the last few years. A friend of mine moved here in 2000 and was looking for vegan basics like Almond Milk, Soya Milk, Tofu, and gluten free bread. At that time, there was nothing. A few restaurants offered vegetarian meals, Babe's Noodle Bar and Restaurant and 100% natural in Playa de Carmen being two of three restaurants that served vegetarian, but not vegan. In most cases cheese was added to all meals so a vegan was...
December 20 is National Sangria Day, which we will celebrate overlooking the Caribbean Sea. I attempted to dig up more facts about Sangria but could not find anything new other than what we wrote last year - History of Sangria. But then we found something interesting which turned into some amazing! Heelllo Mangria Who says great ideas don't come to those who may have a bit too much to drink? The Mangria sounded interesting so we decided to make our own. Call it our test bar in...
Mexico is the land of great holidays, with indigenous, religious and political holidays found every month of the year. There are also local events that are great to plan your vacation around. On top of this, American holidays are observed as well, Thanksgiving being given priority. On top the cultural festivals, local businesses love to create events that highlight food, music, art and sports. The Riviera Maya jazz festival is one of these, the Riviera Maya Film Festival another. So many events...
A few years back, the team at Loco Gringo published an article about the various community projects active in the Riviera Maya. A subscriber to the newsletters read the article and then created a corporate initiative to help fund a much-needed maintenance project at a local school. The organizer, Gayle Collins, lives in Playa del Carmen, and loves it. Gayle was a Minnesota High School teacher for 36 years. Upon retiring, Gayle knew she didn’t want to face another cold, Minnesota winter....
Looking for something new for your upcoming vacation? Hoping to try out a new location in the Riviera Maya or Yucatan this Christmas. Well we may just have the answer to your prayers. We have been looking at new hotels and vacation rentals in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that could either match your budget or your vacation lifestyle. Check them out and let us know which one sparks a vacation idea. New Vacation Rentals in the Riviera Maya We have been loving smaller cities outside of the...
This is how summer camp should be. Parents get a vacation and kids have an adventures. Well, this is the reality here in the Riviera Maya and Underwater Summer Camp can be done any day of the week! I remember my memorable days of summer camp. Crafts, canoeing, camping, camp fires, and just being a kid or a teenager. But not all of us can afford 4 weeks at camp, and most parents are still stuck working grind while they ship off their kids summer camp. That is not a break for...
Did you know that the local Mexican tradition of gift giving is not on Christmas? Local families have adopted some western Christmas traditions, like Santa Claus, but the real gift giving day is January 6, not December 24th or 25th. El Dia de los Tres Reyes is a fun fiesta where kids get their presents and the family breaks bread. Kings Bread or Rosca de Rey, is a traditional sweet yummy holiday egg bread that is covered in candied fruit. If you are in Playa del Carmen on Kings Day you can...
Feliz Navidad! This Christmas, the anniversary of our 20th Christmas in the Riviera Maya, we decided to share the 12 things we have learned and love about the Riviera Maya. So here goes nothing. And this just might be better and more fun than the 12 Days of Christmas. 1. Impromptu happy hour! We lost count many years ago but impromptu hours rock. 2. Mayan is a tough language to learn. 'Nuff said. 3. Mexico and Mexican culture is nothing like it is reported in the news. Perhaps we...
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