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3 Fantastic Vegan Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

We understand the conviction and benefits of the vegan lifestyle. Being Mexico a place where you can find fresh produce everywhere, it is easier to maintain a healthy diet and find organic products. These 3 vegan restaurants in Playa del Carmen will give you a break from the kitchen.

Bio-Organicos

Famous vegan restaurant that brings a lot of the regional flavors to the table, such as papadzules, sikilpak, and more. You can also find lots of organic products on their shelves and support local producers at the same time.

Find it: Calle 26 nte. 128 Local 2 y 3 between 5th and 10th Avenue.
La Senda
A great restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. You can even have sushi! Who says vegan is boring?

Find it: Calle 10 nte. between 10th and 12th Avenue.

 

 

Comet 984

 This is a cute one. Comet 984 has a 50’s diner concept that will bring rock n’ roll to your veins. Enjoy delicious burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, milkshakes and ice cream. Prices go under $150 pesos. They’re also big supporters or animal shelters.

Find it: Calle 8, entre avenida 20 y 25.

The Astonishing Mysticism of the Ancient Tulum

The Ancient Tulum is one of the most beautiful among the Mayan cities placed all across the Yucatan Peninsula.
Its location is priviledged since it has direct views to the Mexican Caribbean, from a high spot.
Who doesn’t love a beachfront property? LOL!

Ancient Tulum

History and Legend

Tulum was an important center for trade from both sea and land, from Honduras to the region now known as Quintana Roo, Mexico. It was also a ceremonial place, that made reverence to the Sun and the planet Venus. The main building, known as “The Castle” served as a lighthouse to the mayan sailors.

Its name used to be Zamá (dawn) but it was changed to Tulum (wall) apparently after found in ruins.

The trees: Chechen (left) and Chaka (right)

One of the most beautiful legends about this ancient city, tells that it was the place where the first men lived, guarded by a vast, thick jungle. The fiercest defender of this Eden was the Chechen, a tree so powerful that anyone that dares to destroy him will get burnt. The only way to heal this wound is by using the bark from another tree that grows beside the Chechen: the Chaka.
That way, the forces were balanced and men were able to live in this paradise, peacefully.

The Chaka cure against the injuries caused by the Chechen is used until today by the local people.

Nowadays, the Ancient Tulum is part of a protected area that receives millions of visitors per year.

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5 Ways of Taking Care Of Our Mexican Paradise

If you’re lucky enough to live in this amazing Mexican Paradise we call Riviera Maya, then you have a commitment to it and everything in it. There are many ways you can help taking care of this beautiful place we call home.

5 ways to protect mexican paradise

1.- Fight Nature With Nature

cenote If you’re visited a cenote or a theme park such as Xcaret, you’ve heard this before. Chemical sunscreen and bug repellent contaminate water, poisoning fish and plants. If you just can’t get rid of mosquitoes, try to use plants around the house that repells them, such as the already famous citronella (lemon grass), lavender and basil, among others.

Cinammon and coffee grounds will keep the ants away from your precious flowers. Cinammon also works as rooting hormone.

2.- Avoid Plastic Disposable Objects

Yes, you’re in a hurry and you have to buy whatever you need in that moment. But stop a minute and think of all the garbage you’re leaving behind. Unfortunately, most to-go food packaging in Mexico is made of polystyrene foam (styrofoam), which represents half of the marine garbage on the planet.

Consider taking a “tupper” if you think you’re getting leftovers from your restaurant meals, and take them home on a fabric reusable bag. Same with the supermarket goods. And most of all remember: no straws!

3.- Don’t Take Pictures or Pay for Animal Shows

We’re thankful enough that animals in circus are forbidden. But endemic species such as jaguar cubs, parrots, monkeys or iguanas are trapped to serve as “picture buddies” in hotels or even the streets.  The profit encourages hunters to trap even more animals that ends up in endangered species.

 

4.- Respect The Bans

Sometimes, you’ll see people trying to sell you certain kinds of food in a very suspicious way. Don’t buy them! Octopus, grouper, and other seafood species have a seasonal ban, but deer, pink conch and turtle (and their eggs) trade is forbidden, under de risk of jail. Be careful. Let the population of these species grow and recover.

 

5.- Don’t waste anything!

It’s easy to leave the water running while brushing your teeth, take long showers or throw away that piece of burger. Please, think twice before making any waste. There are lots of recycling programs. Some of them even give you native plants in exchange for your garbage.

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Single Story For Sale in Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo

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Very Spacious One BR

•  900 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story$139,000. priced to Sell ASAP!!!!!!
MLS® #LP S-1  

– Las Palmas S-1 is a lovely and spacious one bedroom condo filled with light. (00 square feet is practically the size of many new two bedroom two baths in Puerto and Playa del Carmen.

Thus the kitchen, dining room and living room q and unusually large and beautifully furnished. The terrace overlooks the gold course and is very private. You catchthe tail end of the pool.

There is a half bath with built in (cabinets) laundry which is very handy.

Then a large master with king bed, good closets and cabinetry and leads to a spacious again, ensuite bath with huge walk in shower.

You are minutes from the beach and 15 minutes to PDC, and Akumal, 30 to Tulum

This attractive condo is a not so small package at a small price.!!!! Don’t miss it!!!!!!

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Easter Celebration in Mexico: Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Faithful to its Catholic tradition, the Mexican people celebrate each year Semana Santa, a reminder of the time when Jesus Christ died on the cross. what is semana santa

Semana Santa includes both Holy Week and Easter. The Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Starting with Easter Sunday and ending the following Saturday). This year, it starts on April 9th and ends on the 22nd.

It is a period of fasting and reflexion for the believers. You can see ceremonies, rituals and representations of the Passion  or Viacrucis. (the walk of Jesus with the cross on his shoulders) in every city.

Many people decide to not eat meat during the Holy Week, so seafood shops can get crowded. At the same time, they increase their stock with a variety of very fresh items.

Tourism

This holiday is so important in Mexico that many places stop any activity Holy week’s Thursday and Friday, such as banks, government offices and institutions. Schools are also closed during the two-week period. It increases the national tourism in every part of the country, specially on the beach areas.

You’ll see buses traveling all over the highways. Big Mexican families rent them to move together from one place to another. This is a relief for commerce and services industry, which find in this period a good way to earn some profit before low season.

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The Spring Equinox in Chichen Itza, Ancient Mayan Astronomy

You’ve already heard about the magnificent city of Chichen Itza in the Mayan world, and you probably know about how it is part of one of the most wonderful astronomical phenomenons ever existed. The descend of Kukulkan, the feathered snake, during the spring equinox.

Every year, the first day of spring, the stairs of the main pyramid in Chichen Itza, create a shadow with the help of the sunlight, which finishes on the ground, attached to the snake heads at the base of the construction. This shadow gives the impression of the snake’s body, that comes down from the sky

Hundreds of people from all over the world gather together at the base of the pyramid to receive the blessing of Kukulkan or to simply enjoy the amazing phenomenon.

 

Chichen Itza is located in the state of Yucatan, just a couple of hours away from the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Colors

It’s spring and the Riviera Maya shows its colors! It doesn’t get better than this!

The Mayan Riviera has usually a full green landscape, being the endemic floral species mostly in different shades of yellow or strong violet.

The introduction of new species in gardens and parks have made the beauty of the area pop with beautiful colors when the warmer seasons arrive. Here are some examples of the beauty spring is bringing to us:

Jacaranda tree

Jacaranda

Tulipan (Hibiscus)

Tulipan (Hibiscus)

Bugambilia

Bugambilia

(Xail)

Xail

Balche flower

Balche flower

Flor de Mayo

Flor de Mayo

Lluvia de oro Riviera Maya Colors

Lluvia de oro

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Walk Ins Welcome!

Walk ins welcome to our office! If you’re already enjoying a wonderful vacation in Puerto Aventuras and you’re planning to stay forever, come visit us! We have the best listings in town and we’ll find you a property that suits your budget and expectations.

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Wake Up and Breathe the Salty Air

This could be your every day. Open your windows and breathe the salty air. Life is better on the beach! And, of course, Riviera Maya has the best one of all!

Image may contain: ocean, sky, beach, water, tree, outdoor and nature. Breathe the salty air

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Single Story For Sale in Puerto Aventuras Beachfront, Puerto Aventuras

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MARINA VIEW , TWO POOLS AND BEACH

•  1,600 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story$280,000. PRICED TO SELL!!!!!
MLS® #H 102  

– H 102 is your wonderful new home away from home. Located in the well known Chac Hal Al condominium just steps from the marina, beach, OMNI Hotel an Centro Comercial Marina with it´s myriad shops and restaurants, H 102 has a spacious, 1600 square foot, lay out area featuring two bedrooms and two and one half baths and an open plan kitchen with very large living and dining areas.

The master bedroom opens onto the ground floor terrace, and what a large terrace it is. Have your morning coffee there, a tranquil lunch or afternoon cards and cocktails before venturing forth to dine at one of the many restaurants ringing the marina. Stop on the way back for dessert and live music at Cafe Ole!

Days can be spent on the private beach or lounging at one of Chac´s two pools, or for the more energized, sports fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving….or visits to the many cenotes and or ruins in the area.

Returning to that wonderful terrace for a cold beer followed by a nap there or in a cool bedroom! H 102 is the place to be!!!!!!

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