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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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Lia Evans — An Island Girl, Cavern Diver and Foodie, Who Is In Love with Tulum.

Posted October 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Lia Evans of Tulum, Mexico

My guest on today’s podcast, Lia Evans, has a passport full of stamps, is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves her new home of Tulum. Lia and her husband managed a diving resort in Belize, shortly before arriving in the Riviera Maya in 2015. They found Belize to be expensive, so they decided to travel around a bit. Playa del Carmen wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, so they made their way to Tulum. Lia says, “It immediately felt like home.” So, they rented a cheap room in the...

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The Far Side – Secluded Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports

The Far Side - Secluded Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya

Have no fear. Revealing one of our favorite secret destinations in the Riviera Maya will not have it over run with visitors. We have decided to share a secluded, secret destination as this is an adventure to get to. It will take time and a special spirit to venture into this local secret hang out. If you are up for an adventure, are you curious to see Riviera Maya beaches in their primitive state, and hope to do a bit of shore snorkeling or lagoon kayaking, the Sian Ka'an is your place....

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Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Watersports

Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

The Mexican Caribbean that lines the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya is a diving hot spot! From Cancun to Xcalak you will find unique diving experiences no matter which city you choose to put your tanks in the water. The second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef, runs from Cancun to Xcalak and has so many wonderful places for divers to explore. The hot, hot spots or maybe I should say highlights are listed by city below. Whether you dive in one city for your vacation or...

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Steve Gerrard – Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Posted June 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Steve Gerrard - Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Today we welcome a longtime friend and fellow cave diver, Steve Gerrard. Steve was the first ever full-time cave diving instructor. He has been cave diving for over 30 years, has been the President of the National Association of Cave Diving (NACD) since 1979, has been featured in magazine articles and television programs, and is the author of five books.     The New Frontier Steve started out cave diving in the deep caverns of Florida and eventually moved to the...

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Underwater Summer Camp

Posted June 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services,Watersports

Underwater Summer Camp

This is how summer camp should be. Parents get a vacation and kids have an adventures. Well, this is the reality here in the Riviera Maya and Underwater Summer Camp can be done any day of the week! I remember my memorable days of summer camp. Crafts, canoeing, camping, camp fires, and just being a kid or a teenager. But not all of us can afford 4 weeks at camp, and most parents are still stuck working grind while they ship off their kids summer camp. That is not a break for...

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Jump In – Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities

Jump In - Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory  so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...

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Personal Cenote Check List for the Riviera Maya

Posted September 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Cenote Azul, Riviera Maya Mexico

As some of you may know, we have a bit of a passion for cenotes, okay a huge passion for cenotes. These natural sink holes are a true wonder both above and below the surface. Our love for the Riviera Maya started at these very pools and grew to regions near and far as we explored the Yucatan Peninsula. We thought it might be fun, and useful, to build a cenote check list. This list will keep you pretty busy, and could have you racing back for more on another vacation. This is exactly what...

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Infographic

Posted May 29, 2015 by Steve Moen in Watersports

Riviera Maya Vacation guide to Scuba Diving, cenote diving and Ocean Diving

Have you always wondered what differentiates snorkeling from diving. Have you dreamed of switching your snorkeling for your open water certification. Have you wondered what it would be like to try scuba diving when in the Riviera Maya. Well, this infographic designed by Jennifer Forbes is a great way to figure out which Caribbean water activity is best for you! Snorkeling vs Diving in the Riviera Maya Big shout out to by Jennifer Forbes for creating this amazing infographic Check...

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Off the Beaten Track Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Xcacel Cenote

The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with fresh water sinkholes, called cenotes, that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Cenotes are a wonderful alternative to the sea, are wonderful adventures, and are a great place to cool off on a hot day. Popular cenotes are Dos Ojos, Cenote Manatee, and Gran Cenote. If you are seeking more private place for your midday swim, we have a list of off the beaten path cenotes. Four Off the Beaten Path Cenotes in the Rivera Maya We have highlighted this list...

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