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Some Great Places To Bike In Puerto Morelos

Posted November 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

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Ditch the car and grab a bike to explore Puerto Morelos. Locals love their bikes and many tootle around on two wheels instead of four. So where are they going? We are gonna tell you where. To the Town Center and Local Restaurants Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be found in the main town center of Puerto Morelos. Great restaurants overlook the town square but there are some great gems on the nearby side streets. Take your bike and ride through the zocalo, then find out what lies just a...

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All Time Classic – Akumal Dive Shop

Posted November 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports

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We love connecting our readers to long time friends that are as passionate about the Riviera Maya as we are. For 35 years the Akumal Dive Shop has been introducing visitors and local friends to the reef and caverns of the Riviera Maya. Their longevity in Akumal, one of few businesses that have stood the test of time on this beautiful beach, speaks volumes. Their activities are a reflection of their deepest passion, the water, be it through scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling and sailing. The...

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I Want a Pair of Mariachi Pants!

Posted October 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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So I was sitting down the other day on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen with a group of friends and a mariachi band came by. Yes we agreed to have them play a few songs. But for a different reason than you think. I love mariachi pants. Truly I want a pair. And not just any old style of mariachi pants, but the black ones with the silver buttons up the side of the leg. Those are the ones I want! My Fascination for Mariachi Pants Has Led Me to the Entire History of Mariachi Outfits I...

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Lia Evans — An Island Girl, Cavern Diver and Foodie, Who Is In Love with Tulum.

Posted October 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Lia Evans of Tulum, Mexico

My guest on today’s podcast, Lia Evans, has a passport full of stamps, is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves her new home of Tulum. Lia and her husband managed a diving resort in Belize, shortly before arriving in the Riviera Maya in 2015. They found Belize to be expensive, so they decided to travel around a bit. Playa del Carmen wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, so they made their way to Tulum. Lia says, “It immediately felt like home.” So, they rented a cheap room in the...

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Day of the Dead Events in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Day of the Dead, Hanal Pixan, El Dia de los Muertos. These are the international, Mayan, and Spanish names for this amazing festival that is at the heart of Mexican culture. This holiday is celebrated in the Riviera Maya but local events are not announced until the day before or the day of. What is a guarantee for this celebration is Xcaret's Festival of Life and Death, an evening event explains the history, cultural aspects and celebrations of this national festival day. The event runs for...

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Baseball in Mexico? You bet!

Posted September 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Quintana Roo Tigres Baseball Team

We have become addicted to Mexican baseball. Yup that's right Mexican baseball. Who would have thunk? Friends of ours who live in Cancun asked us if we wanted to come up for a game. For years we could not find the time. This year we decided to take the plunge and have not looked back since. For Minor League Baseball, I have to say, there are some great players and the games are really good. What our friends failed to tell us was how great the food is. The Cancun baseball stadium has great...

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The Heart of Mexico is Experienced at Independence Day Celebrations

Posted September 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

September 16 Independence Day in Mexico

You can read a ton of books, visit local historical sites, eat at local restaurants, but the best way to truly understand the heart of Mexican culture is participating in a local holiday. Independence Day has to be one of the most celebrated holidays in Mexico right along with Day of the Dead and Revolution Day. September 16 Independence Day in Mexico This holiday is reminiscent of July 4 celebrations in the US. Where the US received independence in 1776, Mexico began its fight for...

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Old Traditions Are Hard to Break

Posted September 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Mexican Traditions

If you want to really understand a destination, start digging into tradition festivals. The more historical the tradition, the more you can really understand, learn and appreciate a place, a culture or a group of people. Mexico's long history is an incredible blend of pre-Hispanic, European and North American traditions. It is this blend of cultures and combined traditions that makes it unique, captivating and most of all interesting. Sure, you can celebrate Day of the Dead these days...

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Insiders Guide to Xenses – A New Experience Park in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Insiders Guide to Xenses - A New Experience Park in the Riviera Maya

If you have been to Xcaret and Xel Ha, two eco and cultural parks in the Riviera Maya, you just might want to read this. Experiences Xcaret, the company that created the ever so popular eco parks mentioned above, have added a new experience to their list of amazing things to do. Xenses opened July 20, 2016 and people are talking about this new adventure park that throws your sense for a loop. Xenses has three objectives. One, to throw your senses off and have you question how you perceive...

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The Far Side – Secluded Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports

The Far Side - Secluded Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya

Have no fear. Revealing one of our favorite secret destinations in the Riviera Maya will not have it over run with visitors. We have decided to share a secluded, secret destination as this is an adventure to get to. It will take time and a special spirit to venture into this local secret hang out. If you are up for an adventure, are you curious to see Riviera Maya beaches in their primitive state, and hope to do a bit of shore snorkeling or lagoon kayaking, the Sian Ka'an is your place....

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