Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot. Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid. We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors! Why, because here...
Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips
Ceviche a seafood medley marinated in lime juice Ceviche that has become one of the world's favorite ways of enjoying fresh seafood. Ceviche is just one of the reasons UNESCO has honored Mexico for its cuisine. You can make it at home easily with this recipe from Los Dos. In classic Maya cities, fish was a luxury reserved for the upper crust... Even then, it was salted, dried, smoked or pre-cooked. The Incas, too, preserved their fish by salt curing, and they even developed methods for...
Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
Tomorrow see local musicians from Explayarte Playa del Carmen's School for music, dance and theatre take the stage at Wah Wah Beach Club on June 25 at 4 pm. Wah Wah is located at Calle 2 and the beach. Explayarte Playa del Carmen, the first music school started in 2003 with a mission: to encourage and strengthen the use of art in any of its disciplines as a tool for personal and social development. Since its inception, hundreds of children, youth and adults have developed as...
Posted April 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Bringing all the sand toys on your beach vacation can be a chore. Why not built a new type of sand castle that does not require any sand toys, containers or thought. Drippy sand castles are an easy way to build super interesting and easy sand castles with little ones on your beach vacation. Very little creativity is needed, just have lots of hands, water (the Caribbean Sea) and sand (the Tulum beach). Voila! Super strong sand castles that will amaze even the adults! Looking for more family...
Posted April 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities
OUr friends with kids that stay in Playa del Carmen during their vacations swear by this playground located just off 5th Avenue near the ADO station. The playground is located right under the new statue on the beach and just behind the small chapel at the end of Avenida Juarez. Parents and children alike find this centrally located park with a glorious seaview a life saver and great meeting place while on vacation. Our friends found it to be a wonderful ritual for the kids while they were out...
Posted April 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Oops. You got so hung up enjoying your Tulum vacation you completely forgot to pick up something for yourself and family members. We have the perfect place for you to stop by and pick up unique Mexican folk art all in one place. We find it very hard to walk into Mixik and not buy something as their collection of Mexican folk art collected from all over Mexico is by far some of the best in the area. When Sally sees me coming, she knows I won't be walking out empty handed. And why would...
Posted April 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
So you want to have a good run while on vacation but you are not sure where to run or where would be a great place to run? Playa del Carmen is full of runners, both locals and visitors. The early morning is busy on 5th Avenue as this is the first place that runner gravitate to. We have a great runners map that will take you off the beaten track and let you kill two birds with one stone; a great run about 8 kms long and a nice tour of Playa del Carmen. You can start anywhere on this map and...
Posted April 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports
So we have decided to start a new Good Friday and Easter Weekend tradition. We are keeping our Easter routine of Margaritas on the beach, a down time and beach time, but are adding SUP to the Easter weekend menu. The weather forcast of this weekend is looking good; clear skies, flat seas and the sun a shinin'. We have been Stand Up Paddle Baording for a couple of weeks now and find it to be an easy, fun activity that can be done up and down the coast and in the larger cenotes. Life jackets are...
Posted April 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities
Cenote Cristalino is a natural sink hole with fresh water and easy entries that is perfect your families first centoe experience. Unlike other cenotes, Cenote Cristalino is shallow, full of vegetation, and does have some fish to excite your new little snorkelers. Located just south of Tulum, Cenote Cristalio is easy to get to and will have your kids amazed by the natural playgrounds the RIviera Maya has to offer. The family who owns the cenote have a small store for snacks, and snorkel...
Posted April 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Families LOVE visiting the sea turtle farm on Isla Mujeres. See and learn about the different sea turtles that call the Mexican Caribbean their home. Enjoy interacting with other local sea creatures and during hatching season, hold and even participate in the release of baby turtles. Find out more about sea turtles.
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