-- A little piece of where we go becomes a big part of everything we do --

The very best vacations are individual journeys and each is uniquely suited to the person who chooses it. That’s why our team invests so much time and energy in researching and reporting the real Riviera Maya and Yucatan.

It’s personal.

What you see on Loco Gringo are vacation accommodations we have personally checked out. The adventures you’ll read,  we’ve lived. The restaurants? Our favorites.

We share what we know. And we share what we love.


Meet Loco Gringo

Kay Walten

People said I was crazy when I moved to the Yucatan in ’92 to explore underwater caves. Then in 1996 I started Loco Gringo and we were doing online vacations before online vacations was even “a thing”. Crazy as it may seem I have dedicated over 20 years to exploring the area to share with you everything I love, in hopes that you discover a love for my part of the world. Yep, in the words of Paul Simon, “still crazy after all these years.”

Katie Datica

When I was 18, I moved from California to Mexico to work at a kids’ club at a small hotel. I had a storybook beach wedding here, and now, many years later, I am a mom with a three-year-old who is always on the move. I have spent years working in vacation rentals and property management. With my experience and knowledge, I can help you find the best vacation rental, every time. Bringing your family? I am happy to give you my tips and itineraries.

Paulina Rivera

I think I have the best job in the world. As your concierge, I check out many of these activities and services first. I can tell you about swimming with the whale sharks, visiting cenotes or learning scuba diving (I was scared, but I loved it!). I’ve even been called “Vacation Siri” but my intelligence is far from artificial, I am always checking out new places and things to do to give you first-hand info, so you love your vacation. Oh, I just helped a guy with surprise engagement; so if you need a cupid to help you out, let me know. 😉

Milka Tun

Hola! I think of myself as an ambassador of goodwill for my country and welcome you to the area. I’m from the southern part of the Yucatan. I love working for Loco Gringo. It has given me a great chance to learn English and meet all sorts of great people over the years. I am the head of bookkeeping but also our resident salsa dancer. So if you are looking for the best places to dance, just ask.

Steve Moen

You know, I left dreary Seattle and Microsoft 12 years ago for life on the beach and never looked back. As a geek on the beach in Playa del Carmen, I ran a local English newspaper, operated an internet forum about Playa and built lots of websites. As a crazy web developer, I fit right in, as part of the team here at LG. I like running marathons, playing guitar and bass, making beer and sampling local microbrews in the area.

Kerra Bolton

I moved to the Yucatan Peninsula because I wanted something heroic to happen. It did. Through experiencing the wonder, challenge and opportunity of living here, I discovered the hero for whom I was waiting was me. I am a writer, foodie, and traveler. I delight in sharing stories about the Riviera Maya because there’s something about this place that brings out the heroic in all of us. I found it for me and it’s my wish for you.

Tonya Kain

Well, I am the only Loco Gringo who is not in the Riviera Maya full time. My aunt lived in Mexico and worked for Loco Gringo for years until she retired. I picked up where she left off… I support the rest of the Loco Gringo team in data entry. I have only begun to scratch the surface of all there is to do in Mexico. I have loved everything I have experienced so far, and I know you will love it too, it’s awesome.


Mario Canul Jimenez

I am a native Yucatecan, and I love food. I met the owners of Loco Gringo 12 years ago when I was the sous chef with Chef David Sterling at the Los Dos Cooking School here in Merida. Cooking is my obsession. Today I am the head chef and instructor at our school. I will share with you my love not just some of the best cuisines in Mexico but the passion for my home city of Merida, Yucatan.

Laura Winfree

I came to Cancun to attend university when I was just 19 years old. After 12 years of studying, sunbathing, working, and maybe a few tequila shots too many. Today I have my own little family here. My passion is going out and exploring the Cancun – Riviera Maya area on weekends, which has made me an expert on the best local day trips.

Marianne Volkmer

I like to tell people I am a child of the world LOL! I was born and raised in Mexico, but I have lived in France and Italy, so I speak several languages. I came back to Mexico because my heart is here. I love helping people find the perfect place to stay and discover cool things to do. Living by the sea is amazing, and I can tell you the best places to paddleboard and my favorite beach clubs.
Community is very important to us, and we are an active part of our community.

Giving Gringos

-- Care more than others think wise.
Dream more than others think practical.
Expect more than others think possible. --

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