MEXICO

How to Have Side Street Adventures

To have side street adventures, First, you need to embrace your curiosity and wanderlust. Then you need to shed your fears of the unknown. Lastly, you have to get off your butt and go explore. There are a many ways to have great side street adventures. They can be short off the beaten path trips that take very little effort, just …

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Useful tips for Newbie Travelers to Mexico

All Inclusive Resorts Everyone loves to be pampered and relax in luxurious All Inclusive Resorts when traveling to Mexico, including me. These fantastic resorts are designed to keep you on their property and entertained by them. It’s great cash flow for the resorts! All Resorts offer their own “Approved Guided Tours”, the problem being that these companies are not always …

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So I’m gonna be an Expat, now where should I live?

Over my 40 some years on this planet, I have acquired a huge bucket list of locations to visit. Many places have already been checked off my list as well as some great adventures, like sledding down a glacier and touching a wild Grizzly bear. Yes, both those experiences were rather juvenile, dangerous, and quite horrifying at the time, especially …

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Serendipity

Serendipity is a nifty little restaurant off the tourist trail in Playa Del Carmen. It has a relaxed cafe vibe to it with indoor and shaded outdoor dinning areas. Its a great place to visit alone or with friends and family. Located at Avenida 28 de Julio, La Toscana, 77718 Playa del Carmen, Q.R. Its about a $2 cab ride …

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3D Museum of Wonders

On my last birthday I was very pleasantly surprised with a trip to the 3D Museum of Wonders in Playa Del Carmen by my better half, Courtney. What a wonderful time it was! The exhibit is set up by local artists who are onsite and lead you through a maze of rooms that have been treated with large format vinyl …

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Evass Restaurant

As a side street adventurer I do my best to avoid chains and support the local community where ever I’m traveling. I seek out places that the typical traveler might not have time to find on their own, usually these places are off the beaten tourist path or away from the “tourist Zones”. Sometimes I find them by word of …

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Montezuma’s Revenge

Montezuma’s revenge is real and really, really, blows goats on all levels. I can attest to this from a truly unpleasant 4 days spent in a resort bathroom in Mazatlan. It can last 1 -7 days! Mild cases can often be remedied with over the counter products like Imodium or Pepto Bismol. More extreme cases may require antibiotics and a …

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5 common courtesy tips for Mexico

Surprise surprise, When abroad other cultures have different ideas of courtesy and manners. In Mexico, here are 5 common courtesy tips for Mexico that will go a loooooong way. It is important to know that you are in a country with a different cultural background, set of values, manners, and laws. You should never expect a foreign country to accept …

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Just how Grand is Gran Cenote in Tulum

Today’s Side Street adventure was at Gran Cenote, and just how Grand is Gran Cenote in Tulum. Located just outside of Tulum main city area on the highway heading to Coba. It’s a decent value for your buck, with the entrance priced at only $150 pesos per person (or about $10 CDN). The areas grounds are nice and well kept. At …

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Motos, how not to rent a piece of crap!

Before you sign anything and lay your credit card down, check out the moto you wish to rent. Rentals are notorious for being ridden hard and put away wet. This means damaged in use and not repaired properly. The last thing you want is a breakdown or accident while using the borrowed equipment. This can be very evident if you know what …

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Ethical Snorkeling Practices

Snorkeling has to be one of the most memorable and low cost activities to do while on vacation. You can easily find guided tours and rental equipment in every beach town. My adventures starts in Mexico and I have to say the Caribbean side has the always impressive Mesoamerican Reef just offshore in the Riviera Maya. Coral and sea life …

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Los Aguachiles – Foodie Review

Los Aguachiles is a true local hidden gem in downtown, and I say that because since its popularity has risen the company has branched out and open multiple locations in Playa del Carmen and even one in Tulum. However if you really want the authentic experience you must visit the location on Calle 34 & 25 Avenue in Playa del …

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Grand Palladium – Resort Review

So I’m a little picky where I spend my cash when it comes to resorts and hotels. I have learned over time that the term “All Inclusive” has a rather vague meaning Each resorts interpretation of the term means a different level of inclusion put simply. Where one resorts may offer all inclusive food and drinks, the way the manage …

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Smart Cancun Oasis – Hotel Review

If you are looking for a great affordable hotel with all the amenities take a look at the Smart Cancun by Oasis. This Cancun City hotel is actually two hotels in one, which you will see when you look at it online. It has a large pool and sundeck hidden on the backside of the complex, something you would never …

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Tourist vs Traveler. Which one are you?

Tourist vs traveler? Which are you? Myself I am a proud traveler. I travel to experience life and cultures in different places, to be at one with the locals and fit in wherever my adventures take me. As an ambassador of my country, I am always polite and understanding when abroad. I am respectful and thoughtful so I will not …

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Mexico, Essential Items to Pack List

The obvious stuff first; An Unlocked smartphone or your own with international calling and data. A definite must have in any country you visit. Don’t forget all your chargers and cables needed while abroad. Camera and gear, extra batteries and extra SD cards, cables, chargers. 3-Remember to pack your Passport, travel documents, a pen, insurance, all your ID and credit …

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The Accommodation Conundrum

The Accommodation Conundrum If all inclusive vacations are your thing then there is definitely no shortage of wonderful resorts in a wide array of price ranges for you to choose from. As a side street traveler on a budget, I tend to stay in Condohotels, Haciendas, and other such small rental units. There’s no shortage of websites to find these …

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