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The Best Of The Barefoot Nomad for 2013

Like the experienced procrastinators we are, Charles and I have just gotten around to looking back on 2013. This site has grown a lot in the past year, and we have to thank you so much for reading and sticking with us. You're what makes this site so much fun. Since we've seen so many new readers this year, we thought it would be a great idea to highlight some of our favorite articles to give you a chance to catch up on posts you might have missed.
Motorola MH230TPR rechargeable Two Way Radio

The Barefoot Nomad’s Best Travel Things of 2013

In the past year, we've logged well over 17,632 miles as the crow flies, visited five continents, and tasted some of the best ice cream (gelato and dondurma included) around. In that time, we've had the time and trials to figure out what gear works for us on the road. From apps to sandals to cameras and pillows, here are some of our very favorite travel things.
Violet New Zealand Field and Mountains

Our Travel Bloggers Best Dozen Posts

Lash of Lash World Tour is a woman after my own heart. She used to be a baker (me too!) and has started the Travel Bloggers Best Dozen series in honor of her pastry flinging days. The idea is to let travel bloggers highlight some of their best posts for their readers. Without further ado, here are what we think are our best posts for 2012. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to ....
Playa del Carmen Mexico Quinta Aveneda Feliz Navidad

Why I Love Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of spending a few months hanging out on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We were surprised at how much we loved the area. With so much to do and being surrounded by some of our favorite foods, we instantly felt at home here. For that trip we decided to make Playa Del Carmen our base of operations and it turned out to be perfect for our needs.

Between the miles and miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, the many local attractions, the cheap transportation and easy access to shopping centers, Playa del Carmen had everything we....

El Fogon Playa del Carmen Restaurant

Best of Playa Del Carmen Restaurants

Eating out in Playa del Carmen can be expensive. Many of Playa's restaurants, especially those on Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) cater to the tourist crowd. While some are fantastic, they cater almost exclusively to tourists, and the prices reflect it.

Since we were in town for a couple of months, we spent some time finding out where the locals go for a taste of the real and affordable Playa del Carmen. This is in no way a complete list of Playa's restaurants, but they are some of our favorites. Feel free to check any of them the next time you're down there.

Best Breakfast: La Cueva Del Chango

With it's unique garden style patio, and turtle and poi pond under a concrete canopy fitted with glass bottles to let in the sun, La Cueva Del Chango was by far our favorite breakfast place. The decor definitely makes the place stand out, however the food was delicious and a decent price as well. The kids loved walking around and watching the turtles. Their french toast was Charles' favorite, but Micki and kids loved their granola concoction.

Calle 38 North between 5th and 10th

Best Pizza: Pizza Bella Vita

When we first arrived and asked people for suggestions on restaurants this place came up more than once. Seems that it was on everyone's favorite list. After trying it for ourselves it quickly became a regular staple. Only a block from Mamitas Beach, we either stopped here before heading to the beach or on our way back. The pizza melted in your mouth and the calzones were incredibly light and crunchy. The place is run by a young Italian owner and is fairly new. They have some odd topping selections, but after trying most of them out you can't go...