Tequila versus Mezcal?

Tequila versus Mezcal?

Tequila is the national beverage of Mexico. The Toltex Indians discovered tequila as a drink made from the agave plant more than 200 years ago in the town now know as Tequila, Mexico. Tequila has been the drink of choice among Mexican tourists for years. But Mezcal is...
Turtle Nesting Season in the Riviera Maya

Turtle Nesting Season in the Riviera Maya

Between May and October, the excitement mounts in the Riviera Maya during the sea turtle hatching season. This is when the female turtles come to land to lay their eggs on the exact spot where they were born. Female turtles can lay up to 200 eggs at a time so you can...
MIA Spa Time

MIA Spa Time

It is girl’s spa time at MIA Spa in Play del Carmen. http://wwwmiaspa.wixsite.com/miaspa Debbie and I had a couples massage which was only US$70 for the two of us. We shared a massage room and each had our own masseuse. The full body Swedish deep tissue massage...
How the Death of an Expat is dealt with in Mexico

How the Death of an Expat is dealt with in Mexico

Dealing with death is never easy. It is even more difficult in a foreign country where you do not know the procedures, the customs or speak the language. This is compounded by the emotional state you are in when people are bombarding you with questions. Recently at...
Mexico Tax Refunds for Foreign Tourists

Mexico Tax Refunds for Foreign Tourists

Foreigners with tourist status may obtain refund of tax (value added tax) that has been transferred to them in the purchase of goods in stores established in Mexico, provided that the following requirements are met: Returned abroad by air or sea. Have tax receipts....
Using your chip-enabled credit card

Using your chip-enabled credit card

Most of the new bank cards are chip-enabled. This can be a problem when you are traveling if the chip gets locked. My Master Card is chip-enabled. I recall being at a restaurant which was having a problem with its handheld payment processor (a very common problem).  I...
The Hidden Beauty of Xcacel Beach

The Hidden Beauty of Xcacel Beach

Xcacel (pronounced es-ca-shell) Beach is one of the Riviera Maya’s hidden beaches and one which we highly recommend for a fun day trip. Far from the tourist crowd of Playa del Carmen or Cancun, at Xcacel Beach you will discover both pristine white sandy beaches and...