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Best of Puerto Morelos What To Do And Eat!

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations

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Yes, we are fans of Puerto Morelos, the small seaside town between the Cancun Airport and Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for a quiet holiday, with lots of local nuances intertwined with little known local history, Puerto Morelos is where you want to be. If you were hoping for a city filled with brand name stores and restaurants, lots of beach bars and things to do both night and day, you might be happier in one of the Riviera Maya cities, like Playa del Carmen. We have guests that...

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Walk This Way In Playa del Carmen – Great Walks to Explore the City

Posted January 9, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Vacation tips

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Part of a local experience is smelling, seeing and understanding a city. What we love about Playa del Carmen and what has made Playa so popular is that this location is a walking city. You walk to the beach, you walk to the grocery store. The focal point of the city, 5th Avenue, is a pedestrian walkway filled with restaurants, shopping, and small bars. The beach is always a great place to walk along the coast. No matter where you choose to stay in Playa, there are various walking routes that...

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Spring Time Getaways in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 4, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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-30 C, 0F, 36F, 40F, 55F, 1C. These are some of the reported temperatures to the north, mainly northern US states and Canada. Weather reports say this will be the year of weather extremes, from very cold to unseasonably warmer temperatures. Sounds like people will be reaching for winter coats one week, and light spring jackets the next. How labor intensive, no? Reach for your Flip Flops and Bathing Suit in the Riviera Maya So far this year we have been reaching for flip flops and bathing...

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This is not Cancun – Differences Between the Riviera Maya and Cancun

Posted December 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Besides the mere location differences between these two popular vacation spots, Cancun and the cities located in the Riviera Maya are different. In some ways it is hard to believe that they are neighbors except the blue of the Caribbean gives it away. This article digs into the variations of each destination and highlights the not so obvious differences. What is Cancun and What is the Riviera Maya? Cancun is a large city located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It was the very...

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Try Something New to Experience Something New – Check out Puerto Aventuras

Posted November 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Are you in a vacation rut? Have you stayed at the same vacation villa year after year? In some respects there is comfort in returning to the same location, the same vacation villa year after year. You know what to expect, where to eat, what to see and you may visit old friends. We get it, and have done this ourselves. But some people want to change their villa rental every few years. They want to see something new, experience something different. They want to feel they are seeing all they...

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Discover Xpu Ha – Local’s Love This Beach in the Riviera Maya

Posted November 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Since the late 90's I have been going to Xpu Ha Beach. The spectacular views, the pristine powder white sand, the clear blue Caribbean waters are as perfect today as they were back then. All beaches in the Riviera Maya are beautiful, there is no doubt about that, but there is a very distinct feel to Xpu Ha you have to experience, as words nor photos never capture the true essence of this destination. Perfect for a Beach Stroll, Scuba Diving and More There is so much and so little to do in Xpu...

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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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Nature By Design – Truly Inspiring Vacation Rentals

Posted November 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

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There are some special vacation rentals that feel part of the diverse landscape that defines the Riviera Maya. These extra special places immerse you into the beauty that draws so many millions of people to the beaches, jungles, historical locations and cultural masterpieces. These homes and the owners who built them go beyond a good beach view, jungle retreat or sustainable vacation rental. These homes bring the environment where they were built into the house. The architects have studied...

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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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Out of Range – Three Off the Grid Places in the Riviera Maya

Posted November 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Off the grid or off the beaten path? Both are super exciting alternatives when it comes to the Riviera Maya and both can be classified as 'comfortable' adventure. Our off the grid adventures or off the beaten path day trips are not for the super adventurous or exclusive to the well seasoned traveler. They are great opportunities for a vacationer who wants to experience something unique, that is reflective of the area's culture, but is not with predictable crowds. Most importantly you will not...

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