Posted April 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted April 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,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...
Posted April 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
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...
Posted April 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Wow, this is a great inland village in the heart of the Costa Maya. Bacalar lagoon is known as the lagoon of 7 colors. The blues in the lake make it look like there are seven shades of blue in the water. Bacalar is a quiet village that has a rich history, the San Felipe fort and lots of sustainable activities. Bacalar is a little gem, a well-kept secret and a chill place for you to hang out. Check out more information on Bacalar, where it is located, what vacation activities there are and...
Posted April 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Isla Holbox (pronounced Hole-bosh) is just north of Cancun in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The history of this island is colorful, and it has been through more bosses of the island than we would like to mention. Isla Holbox has one boss today, and that is the Whaleshark, the largest fish in the sea that migrates from Honduras to the Gulf of Mexico during the summer months. Isla Holbox is a personal favorite and we love the whalesharks as well. Combined I would say...
Posted April 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
All we can say is this is why we moved here, this is why we love what we do, and this is the greatest pleasure we get we from life. You too can be here. Check out the Riviera Maya and the best way to arrange your next vacation to the beach! It is that easy, really.
Posted April 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
In the heart of Playa del Carmen, the Mayan pole dancers have been given a spot in the central zocalo, Parques Fundadores, to show off the famous Mayan pole dance. This Dance is called Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying) and is a ritual performed by Mayans in both Mexico and Guatemala. Thankfully, the dance of the flyers can be seen each hour in the center of Playa del Carmen or at the entrance to the Tulum ruins. This ceremony was said to be used to...
Posted April 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos
We could not resist! Fish tacos are one of the most craved foods from the Riviera Maya and this photo sure as heck can prove that! Fresh fish caught in the Caribbean makes this a great choice for Foodies, sweet onions, vine sweetened tomatoes, fresh cilantro, chilis, handmade tacos....oh goodness we can not go on! Each city in the Riviera Maya has a great fish taco stand. Some are road side stands some are family style restaurants. Bottm line is, they are world-class fish tacos that locals and...
Posted April 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
When people think of the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen or even Tulum, spring break parties seem to come to mind. Well let this photo of the Riviera Maya debunk all of those thoughts as you see families on the beach and not the college students (or adults) looking for a good time. Mexico as a culture is very family focused. As more workers are needed in the Riviera Maya to support the many businesses along the coast, families are the center of attention in most Riviera Maya...
Posted April 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
This photo was taken at Centoe Cristalino just north of Tulum. It is pictures like these that warm our hearts and give us a big smile when we are in Mexico. The store is at the entrance to the cenote, a fresh water natural sink hole where families and friends go to swim on our hot Riviera Maya days. What we love is the hand painted signs all over the exterior of the store welcoming everyone to this magical place. 'The cenote is a marvelous location to be enjoyed by everyone in the family'...
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