5 Lessons I Learned From Living on the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a glorious stretch of perfect Caribbean coastline extending the length of the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Framed by the vibrant, turquoise-green waters of the Caribbean Sea, this 80-mile expanse of sugary sand and swaying coconut palms has made this area the number one vacation destination in the Caribbean.

Profit and Fun Bringing Jerky to Mexico’s Riviera Maya

"When I was 11, my mom brought me to a small fishing village in a tiny cove, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico," says Sara Moen. "We stayed for six weeks and at the end, I informed my mom that I was Mexican. She laughed and said, ‘No baby girl you're from California.' I responded defiantly that I was Mexican...but she just didn't know it yet."

Relaxed Day-to-Day Living on the Riviera Maya

Unless I’m catching an early flight, I never need an alarm clock. The sun rising over the Caribbean is perfectly framed in my oversized bedroom window and delivers its warm, penetrating rays directly onto my face. I merely have to open my eyes for a spectacular view of the languid, aquamarine waters grooming the powder-white sands only yards away. As I finish my first cup of coffee, I peer around gently swaying coconut palms to watch large, pouch-billed Pelicans fold their wings and splash into the gentle surf capturing their bright, wriggling breakfasts.