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Avoid Riviera Maya traffic – be driven

Traffic is not fun in any city. People are on edge, there are more people on the road and it just seems….busy. The Riviera Maya is no exception to this rule but we have a solution to high season traffic. Transportation services are extremely good in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan. Depending on what we are doing,  where we are going, including who we are going with, our choices for differ. What…

What to do over the Holidays in the Riviera Maya

Well, you made the right choice. You have booked your upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays in the Riviera Maya! No matter which city or town you have booked for your vacation, there is lots to do and more to experience. This is your Christmas present to yourself and your family so make the best of it! Wehave put together our favorite things to do over the holidays in the Rivera Maya and want…

Mayan Cultural Festival in Valladolid Yucatan

Valladolid has a new Tourism Board that is doing a bang up job for this great colonial city. Valladolid is located between the Coba Ruins and Chichen Itza with local tours stopping at this influential city so visitors can tour around in the city and see the first Roman Catholic church that was built in the area.

As more visitors look for cultural activities while visiting the Riviera Maya,…

Feel good Mexican business story

Do you remember the great handmade chocolate store in Plaza Paraíso Caribe at the entrance to Playacar in Playa del Carmen. We have shared blog posts, photos and more about this great chocolate shop, named Cocoa Craft Chocolate Maker. We discoverd the store last December 2012 and loved their bean to bar chocolate treats. This husband and wife team from Mexico really love what they do and really…

#Mexchat on Twitter – monthly information

If you are a twitter user and want to learn more about what is going on in the Riviera Maya, #Mexchat is a great way to get connected with locals, visitors, and businesses who want to share all things about the Riviera Maya. The twitter chats are monthly and hosted by a different person/twitter handle every time. This diversity of hosts brings in a multitude of topics for participants. LocoGringo…

Riviera Maya Events November 2013

For over 6 years the Riviera Maya has produced a free 3 day Jazz Festival on the beach. Yup, you heard it correctly, a free concert in Playa del Carmen on the beach in Mexico. This is not a small festival and the Tourism Board works diligently each year to make it better and better. This year seems to be an exceptionally great year as the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival just announced that Earth, Wind…

New Restaurant in Akumal – Pancho Villa’s

There is a new gig in the town of Akumal and people are liking it! Pancho Villa’s is located beside Turtle Cafe and Restaurant near the arch. Their menu is eclectic with a mix of Authentic Mexican, American sandwiches and hamburgers, and lots of fresh seafood. The reviews have been good, customers are happy and Pancho Villa’s is fitting in nicely to the round up of great Akuma…

Protecting the Turtles in Akumal Bay

If you are thinking of going to see the turtles in Akumal Bay (great choice) or will be joining a guided tour to Akumal Bay for snorkeling, we are happy to announce that new sustainable actions have been put into place to protect this turtle haven. CEA and Sedatur have been working together over the past year to unveil new snorkeling protocols.
Protecting the turtles in Akumal Bay is…

Adios Ileana! We are sad to see Il Pescadore go

We are sad for us but happy for Ileana, the restaurant owner of ‘Il Pescadore De Ileana’ who recently retired and moved back to Italy to take care of her mom. Ileana and her homemade Italian food have been a staple in Playa del Carmen for over 16 years. Located on the corner of 10th Ave and 24th street in Playa del Carmen, Ileana’s restaurant served thousands of visitors to the Riviera Maya. Her…

Everchanging face of the Riviera Maya

We have lived in the Riviera Maya for a long time, over 20 years to be exact. Wehave seen businesses open and close, owners change and business locations change. It is part of the culture and a result of the climate. For amny years we have maintained and provided a tourism business directory for visitors as a vacation convenience. The challenage was keeping up with all the new businesses that…

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