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Puuc Route – Mayan Ruins and So Much More

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We have traveled the Ruta de Puuc (Puuc Route) many times and find more interesting things to see along what others call, the Mayan Highway. It is known for its Mayan Ruins, but there is so much more to see than this! You can easily make this Yucatan tour a week long vacation, staying in little hotels in small pueblos as you meander through the area. Many love to do this tour as a day trip out of Meida, and take in the Mayan archaeological sites only. Before you start planning your best...

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Just Back From the Botanical Gardens in Puerto Morelos

Posted January 27, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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  It has been years, if not over a decade, since we visited the Puerto Morelos botanical gardens. I was inspired to visit again as a friend just sat through a indigenous Maya plants seminar. I am glad I revisited this location and wanted to share some new photos with you. What I found at this latest visit to the Jardin Botanico - Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin is that not much has changed, which is amazing in this day and age. Our lives are changing at lightning speed, but thankfully there...

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Beyond the Beach in the Riviera Maya – So Many Things to Do

Posted January 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We love the beach, really love the beach, but there is so much more to the Riviera Maya than the beach. This area was developed in the 70's because the beaches and the Caribbean Sea are beautiful. Pristine white beaches and turquoise blue sea. How could it get any better than that! Well, in the 20+ years we have been living here, we can say there is so much more to the Riviera Maya than the beaches. Cultural activities and environmental diversity compliment the beautiful beaches, they do not...

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Where to Listen to Live Music and Bands in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 11, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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I am over 50 and do love a great live band that is not techno DJ music. The Riviera Maya has some great restaurants and bars that have live music throughout the week for us non-techno music lovers. Live music at these bars and restaurants feature local bands that love to play either nightly or weekly. So if you love the sound of live music, the strumming of a guitar, the actual voice of a singer, not the techno generated music kids seem to love today, check out these live music hubs in the...

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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

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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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