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A small bookstore in a rustic pueblo in Quintana Roo, Mexico, was apparently the right place for author and journalist Jeanine Kitchel to nurture her craving to learn more about the Maya culture. Read More...
Greetings "Life's a Beach" readers! What follows is a message from Tamara Magnusson (tamarainprogreso[at]gmail.com) who is once again seeking information from the US and Canadian ex-pats and snowbirds in Mexico and Central America. Plans to initiate a ferry service from Tampa to Progresso are back on the table at United Caribbean Lines and they are looking for our input to help them move forward with this ambitious investment. To help United Caribbean Lines make an informed plan to bring this ferry service to the Yucatan, please copy and paste the questionnaire below into an e-mail and send to BNIERENBERG@AOL.COM. Don't forget to share this blog post with your expat friends so that they too can weigh in on this exciting development. Read More...
Many visitors to the Riviera Maya contact us to ask what they might bring down from the United States or Canada to help the efforts of local animal rescue groups. Tierra de Animales, an organization we featured in our 2011 12 Days/12 Ways campaign, has published a wishlist of needed items that can be purchased up north at a fraction of the cost charged in Mexico. Read More...
It's turtle nesting season again on the Riviera Maya! Every year, adult female Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles make their way to the beaches of the Riviera Maya, build nests and lay up to 150 soft-shelled eggs twice each season. Read More...
After our amazing evening enjoying the Chef's Table Dining Experience at this elegant beachfront resort, we just had to pass along this offer to all our loyal "LIfe's a Beach" readers! Spend four heavenly days vacationing at the Viceroy Riviera Maya and the resort will pick up your airfare! Read More...
Just a very quick update from our friends at KKiS - Keep Kids in School. School supplies are needed for the young students assisted by KKiS. If you are coming to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya and have a bit of extra room in a suitcase, please consider bringing some of these items down with you. Read More...
Original Resorts, a Mexican hospitality brand, continued its strategic plan to expand with the opening of its new clothing-optional resort, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa on March 30. Original Resorts opened the first clothing-optional hotel of the group, Desire Resort & Spa, in the Riviera Maya. This new five-star hotel complex, located on a beautiful beach in Puerto Morelos, just a few minutes outside of Cancun, is an exclusive couples only-hotel, marking the brand's fifth resort in Mexico. Read More...
On March 20th, 2012, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the finalists for their 2012 Awards of Excellence. Our own Catriona Brown, owner/proprietor of The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos, was notified Read More...
With less than one week remaining before the third annual BuyPlaya 5K Spring Race, organizers, parents and local business owners are kicking into high gear for this exciting fundraising event for Ak Lu'um International School. On March 25 at 7:45am, participants will run, walk or stroll the 5 kilometer course leaving from the Parque Leona Vicario, making a loop through the picturesque Playacar resort community and finishing in the historical Parque Fundadores on the shores of the Mexican Caribbean. Read More...
Quintana Roo's best amateur equestrians certainly brought their "A Circuit" game last weekend at the 20th Annual Merida International Invitational held at the beautiful facilities of the Club Hipico del Sureste (CHDS). March 2 - 4, 2012, jumpers from each of the state's finest equestrian clubs left nothing on the table in this exciting three-day meet that drew 110 riders from Mexico, the United States and Canada. Read More...
Coco's Cat Rescue is holding a Silent Auction with lots of fabulous items at our Cocktail Party on Sunday, March 18th. They have decided to open up some of these items to the online community. Here's a great opportunity to get items such as Playa del Carmen restaurant tabs, hotel stays and more while helping a great cause! This auction begins on Monday, March 12th at 12pm and ends on Saturday, March 17th at 5pm. Read More...
Oh dear Lord, is it that time of year already? I'm guessing by now, most of you have recovered from last year's Three-legged Bar Crawl/Race so grab a partner, wring out your liver, get your drinking shoes on and get ready to do it again! This year, the event falls on St. Patrick's Day but you'll need more than the luck of the Irish to win this race! Read More...
Our friend Sherwood Freeman Anders (who some of you may know as Beachmutt) has extended a generous offer to animal lovers across the globe. Whoever is willing to come to Playa del Carmen and adopt Sarah may stay in her beautiful waterfront condo in Akumal for one week absolutely FREE! Read More...
I don't think there is a one of us, Playa resident and tourist alike, who has not noticed (or been approached by) the street vendors hocking photo opportunities with the animals, birds and reptiles native to the Riviera Maya. Recently, the offerings have expanded beyond parrots, iguanas and monkeys to include lion and tiger cubs, apparently sedated for the safety of the customers. While certain vendors have been detained for lack of credentials, still more come in their place with better and better documentation. Read More...
The second annual Puerto Aventuras Charitable Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The money raised will benefit the High School in the Poblado. This school building is about 90% complete, and is in its first year of operation with 40 children attending. The teachers expect next year’s enrollment to be about double. Last year’s golf tournament generated $8500 usd and allowed the addition of doors and windows to the building. This year, the money raised will again be dedicated to continued improvements in the facility. Read More...