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Riviera Maya photo of the day – hidden beach and secret beach

Posted May 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

xcacel hidden beach in the riviera maya

When you live in the Riviera Maya you have the opportunity to find hidden beaches, secret beaches and off the beaten path beaches. One of our favorites has been Xcacel just south of Akumal. This beach is a turtle sanctuary that has been tagging, studying and watching the turtles of the Riviera Maya for decades. It is a great beach to go to and a great beach to swim at. Xcacel does not have a restaurant, or beach chairs or any amenities. If it had all of that, it would not be hidden or a...

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Yucatan photo – loving Mexico’s rich history

Posted May 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

history of mexico and the cristeros

Living in Mexico and the Riviera Maya has taught us a lot about the history of this country. There is much more than meets the eye and we love to share Mexican history that is not well-known. This photo is a photo of the Mexican Cristeros. After the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900's the President at the time tried to ban the Catholic church in Mexico. The outcry was historical, with Mexicans defeating this decision of the federal government in the late 1920's. The local armies that fought...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – sweet onion salsa recipe

Posted May 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

favorite foods and salsas in mexico and the Riviera maya

Love tacos but love salsas more! Pico de Gallo, the fresh tomato salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and chiles is a popular choice. But wait till you try this sweet onion salsa that is a staple salsa in true Mexican taquerias. This fresh red onion salsa is easy to make and can sit in the fridge for a week. If you want a true Mexican flavor this is it! Sweet Onion Salsa Ingredients One red onion Juice of a bitter orange (or substitute 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp grapefruit, 2 tbsp...

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Yucatan photo of the day – A great off the beaten track road

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

road in the Yucatan mexico

One of our favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya or the Yucatan is to take a road less traveled and find out where it leads. This game is not for everyone but we have found some pretty interesting things when we take a left, because. Cool thing is, you can benefit from our 'take a left here' adventures. We write about most of these adventures or share our discoveries with readers. Sure it takes a bit of the adventure out of the 'turn left here' ritual, but it saves a bit of time. This...

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Tulum Photo of the day – reading a book and chilling

Posted May 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Reading a book on the tulum beach in the riviera Maya

Is there anything more blissful than having a one book day.  Is there anything more blissful than a one book day, on the beach, under a palapa, sipping a margarita? This photo was taken in Tulum. It WAS a one book day, and it was a blissful day. As a paper book reader still (digital books are not as luxurious) there is nothing better than a quiet day on the Tulum beach reading a great book. A walk can be taken in between chapters, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Few people...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – the original vacation specialists

Posted May 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

oringinal image Locogringo is the original vacation center in the Riviera maya

We were reminiscing the other day about the history of LocoGringo. The conversation inspired this image as LocoGringo is the original vacation booking and tourism portal for the Riviera Maya. The idea seemed big, onerous and a bit out of reach. The internet was based on code (wordpress was not invented yet), and we lived in an area that had sporadic internet at best! It feels pretty good to be the first and it feels pretty good to still be delivering services Riviera Maya visitors 20 years...

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Puerto Morelos photo of the day – Picture perfect Riviera Maya day

Posted April 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Puerto Morelos is located just south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This picture perfect day in the small fishing village was captured in this photo. Days like this are seen almost every day in Puerto Morelos making it a great vacation destination, a chill place to hang, a wonderful quiet location for your Mexican vacation and a unique experience for travelers. The residents are business work hard to maintain the beauty found in Puerto Morelos and it shows! Fishing is the number one...

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Costa Maya photo of the day – Mahahual boat captain

Posted April 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

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Check this cool guy out on a boat in Mahahaul. This is a great photo taken in the Costa Maya that really portrays the area well. Cool captain, great boat for snorkeling and scuba diving on the Chinchurro Banks, a laid back feel and beautiful. Could you get a bluer sea or a bluer sky? Could it be more picture perfect? Costa Maya is located just to the south of the Riviera Maya. The first town is Mahahual, a cruise ship destination but a neighbourhood Mayan village. Xcalak and Bacalar are also...

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Yucatan photo of the day – Mayan woman at work!

Posted April 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Mayan ladies at the Market in the Yucatan riviera maya mexico sustainable tourism

Love this photo of local Mayan women working and laughing together in a local market. One woman is carrying a clay pot, the other women are surrounded with market items of the day, banana leaves, gourds, boxes and more. What amazed us was the incredible piles of banana leaves that are used to steam fish and to make tamales. Tamales are indigenous to the area, a paddy of corn flour, meat and salsa wrapped in banana leaves and roasted over an open fire. Tamales are our road trip food and a...

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Isla Mujeres photo of the day – Sunset on the Island of Women

Posted April 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Isla Mujeres is just north of Cancun. Take a quick ferry ride to the Island of Women and enjoy a Caribbean feel, great beaches, and our favorite, the sunsets. Isla Mujeres is technically outside of the Riviera Maya, but we still love this vacation destination in Mexico. THe island is small, 2 kms in diameter and 8 kms long. Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation but cars are allowed on the island. Isla Mujeres has a pedestrian avenue similar to that found in Playa del Carmen but it...

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