Posted July 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations
Riviera Maya kids: summer ends, school begins In the Riviera Maya, towns like Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Akumal have motorcycle clubs. These riders not only love the sense of adventure on the open road but they have an open heart as well. The local motorcycle club of Akumal put their passion to work and has been working to raise funds for school supplies for the local kids in Akumal as they prepare to go back to the classroom. If you would like to donate school supplies,...
Posted July 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Services
Yesterday marked the ceremonial opening of a new construction project that will undoubtly benefit Akumal and the greater Tulum Municipality. It is an expansion of the Red Cross building, located next to the police and fire stations on the Tulum beach access road (Coba road). A brand new, larger, air conditioned classroom will be built on the second floor of the existing building, and it will be used to train emergency personel, educate the general public, or it can be rented out to generate...
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 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Family vacations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Turtle season begins in May. Kids love to experience this time of year in the Riviera Maya when females are venturing out of the sea and onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Witnessing these miracles of nature instills in children a love and respect for nature. Learn more about turtle nesting habits.
Posted March 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The Akumal Comedy Festival is back for its 3rd year in the Riviera Maya! From April 30 – May 3, 2014 get ready to laugh your coconuts off because this year's comedian line up has just been released. This year's proceeds go to the Tulum and Playa del Carmen Red Cross chapters. No joke! Check out the huge discounts festival goers can get on their Riviera Maya hotel or condo. Discover Akumal.
Posted March 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Natalie & the Foxes are playing at the Lol- Ha Beach Bar & Grill in Akumal beginning at 7PM March 21. If you are visiting the coast, come out and rock with one of the Riviera Maya's favorite local blues bands while enjoying dinner and drinks, and the very beautiful Akumal Bay as your backdrop. Stay the night in an Akumal hotel.
Posted March 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Attending local festivals on your vacation is a way to get to know the culture and support the community. Each year, Puerto Morelos hosts an international music festival. Check out this Akumal festival coming in April.
Posted March 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Getting involved in the local community festivals and fundraisers while on vacation is a huge step in the mindful travel direction! The annual Akumal Comedy Festival begins April April 29 and runs through May 3. This year's proceeds will benefit the Red Cross in Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Find an Akumal villa. Photo by Scott Brown
Posted March 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism
Now that you are familiar with sustainable travel, are you ready to take it to the next level? Mindful travel is more than just recycling aluminum cans, taking environmentally friendly tours and buying locally made souvenirs. Contributing something to the place or community you are visiting, beyond just the money you are spending for your vacation, is a way to experience an area and get to know its people. It is an opportunity to help with problems you may not see closer to home, and for kids,...
Posted March 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
One aspect of being a mindful traveler is giving back to the communities you visit. Playa Animal Rescue in Playa del Carmen is holding their annual fundraiser on March 13th from 7PM to 10PM at Bad Boys Beach Bar located on the beach between 2nd and 4th. There will be live music, a raffle, a silent auction and happy hour drink prices with a purchase of an armband. Playa Animal Rescue offers hope to the four-legged locals of the Riviera Maya and is 100% funded by donations. If you are visiting...
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