Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Cozumel

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Scuba diving in the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Akumal

Scuba diving is not just for the vacations in the Riviera Maya or Cozumel. It's an easy activity where you learn some basic underwater skills so you can fulfill your Jacques Cousteau fantasies.   Many of your local YMCA's and area dive shops will be offering Open Water Certification programs. The minimum age to begin is 10 years of age for The Junior scuba class, so you and your kids can learn together. Jump in no matter where you are! The wonderful thing about learning to scuba dive near...

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Xtabentun: nectar of the Mayan Gods

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips

xtabentun Mayan liquor made in Yucatan Mexico

Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...

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Mayan Art Takes to the Streets of Tulum

Posted August 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Graffiti art in Tulum Mexico

Twenty-first century Mayan Art in Tulum If you are driving around the Tulum pueblo keep an eye open for some incredible graffiti-style art.    

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Restaurant review: El Meson de Marques in Valladolid

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

tapas at Posada Margherita, Tulum Beach Mexico

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...

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A local favorite you must try: ceviche!

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips

yucatan mexico ceviche recipe

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...

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Discover Cenote Samula

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil.  Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent.  But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...

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Local Talent Takes the Stage in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Explayarte Music, Dance and Theatre in Playa del Carmen

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...

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Tulum Photo of the Day – A new take on sand castles

Posted April 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

Cheap family activities on your next beach vacation

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...

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Playa del Carmen Photo of the Day – Kids Playground

Posted April 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities

kids-playground-in-central-playa-del-carmen

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...

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Tulum Vacation Tip – Last minute shopping

Posted April 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

mixik-in-tulum-mexico

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...

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