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Recipe: Traditional Christmas Punch

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Mexican Christmas "Ponche" Ponche is a traditional drink made at Christmas in Mexico. This recipe which we love is from of one of our favorite cookbooks "Mexico -  The Cookbook" by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time:  40 minutes Serves: 6 6 tejocotes or yellow plums 4 guavas, halved 2 apples, cored and cut into wedges 3 tamarind fruits, seeded 2 pieces of sugar cane, peeled, split into quarters and diced 1 cu. or 150 grams of...

Local Restaurant Makes Your Holiday Stress-free

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For people spending Christmas week in the Akumal area of the Riviera Maya, restaurant Turtle Bay wants you to enjoy the beach while you are here for the Christmas holidays.  Turtle Bay is offering take out breakfast and dinner on December 24 with pick up late afternoon.  So you can get your Christmas Eve dinner or breakfast for Christmas morning. Click here for Turtle Bay Christmas Order Form, then print from the screen or FILE>SAVE AS> then print it from your hard drive Complete...

Take advantage of a last minute vacation cancellation

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Villa Turquesa in South Akumal just became available! Unfortunately the family that was who planned on staying in this ocean front villa, Villa Turquesa, had to cancel :-(  so it is open for December 20 - 27 :-) Instead of thinking about the snow, cold, putting up the Christmas tree you can have turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches and a pool! Make the holiday special with these complimentary features Complimentary arrival night dinner (Mom will love this) Complimentary...

Start a new travel tradition for this Christmas!

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Open for last minute holiday plans... Villa Moon Star is open until December 26, on special $1000 per night with a minimum of 5 nights.  Stylin' on Soliman Bay near Tulum. Casa Playa del Caribe  available on the beach, December 20 to 27 spend the holiday on the beach in South Akumal Casa de los Suenos available December 20 to 27, have an awesome sunrise view Christmas morning! Casa Romero, available December 20 to 27.  Snorkel steps from your door! Blue Tang Townhouse...

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mexican Folk Art Tradition

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One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...

2nd Annual Rotary Seaside Golf Classic presented by Tequila Barrel

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Rotary Seaside Golf Classic presented by Tequila Barrel, at the Grand Coral Golf Club. Beginning at 8:00am on November 1.  This is  the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen  second annual charity golf tournament.  T tournament will be a non-handicap scramble with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seaside Rotary’s ongoing programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. Since receiving its charter in September 2012, Seaside Rotary...

What are you doing this holiday season?


Weathermen predict another polar vortex this winter So you have a choice you can spend your holiday vacation at home, digging out from under the snow up north or you can enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya. What do you choose? In Tulum El Paraiso Beach Hotel has availability for both holiday weeks!   New Years is almost sold out in regards vacation rentals and small hotels, so call us today 1-800-478-0081.  We have some great vacation rental house still open for Christmas...

So you have money issues?

Money exchange tips for Mexico

Exchanging money, paying in US Dollars, the Mexican Peso and ATM's in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya "Money it's a gas, Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash" We're not sure if Pink Floyd ever tried exchanging money in a Mexican "Casa de Cambio" or withdrawing cash/pesos from an ATM, but we liked the lyric anyway. Mexican pesos are not monopoly money! Mexico's currency is the Peso, usually denoted by the MXP sign. But just to confuse you the $ also is used when writing prices in...

Loco Fun and Adventure on the Caribbean Sea

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Last month, the Loco Gringo crew booked a sailing trip out of Akumal for the annual company Christmas party. We had all done this catamaran tour before with visiting friends and family but had forgotten how much fun the Robinson Crusoe Sailing Adventure really is. With jobs, growing families and daily responsibilities, even those of us living in paradise can forget to take time out to enjoy life. We were certainly reminded that, without a doubt, this was one of the coolest excursions in the...

Brisa Security Deposit


Special terms and conditions for rentals - Villa Brisa Caribe, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico Refundable Security/Damage Deposit: $1000. NOTE: The Pool House bedrooms and Pool House area including the Kiddies Pool, Pool bar/dining area and Poolside bathroom are only open to groups who rent more than 7 bedrooms. ASIA bedroom (2nd floor/villa/ faces casita) _____ Twin beds or ____ set up as a King bed BUENOS AIRES bedroom (grnd. floor/villa/ faces casita) _____ Twin beds...

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