Akumal Vacation Tip – Comedy festival savings is no joke!

Posted March 28, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Comedy Festival in the Riviera Maya

The Akumal Comedy Festival is back for its 3rd year in the Riviera Maya! From April 30 – May 3, 2014 get ready to laugh your coconuts off because this year's comedian line up has just been released. This year's proceeds go to the Tulum and Playa del Carmen Red Cross chapters. No joke! Check out the huge discounts festival goers can get on their Riviera Maya hotel or condo. Discover Akumal.

Take Riviera Maya Sustainable Travel to a Higher Level

Posted March 5, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

riviera maya charities

Now that you are familiar with sustainable travel, are you ready to take it to the next level? Mindful travel is more than just recycling aluminum cans, taking environmentally friendly tours and buying locally made souvenirs. Contributing something to the place or community you are visiting, beyond just the money you are spending for your vacation, is a way to experience an area and get to know its people. It is an opportunity to help with problems you may not see closer to home, and for kids,...

Riviera Maya Mindful Travel Tip – Local fundraiser

Posted March 3, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Playa del Carmen charities

One aspect of being a mindful traveler is giving back to the communities you visit. Playa Animal Rescue in Playa del Carmen is holding their annual fundraiser on March 13th from 7PM to 10PM at Bad Boys Beach Bar located on the beach between 2nd and 4th. There will be live music, a raffle, a silent auction and happy hour drink prices with a purchase of an armband. Playa Animal Rescue offers hope to the four-legged locals of the Riviera Maya and is 100% funded by donations. If you are visiting...

Riviera Maya Holiday Vacation Tip – Holiday Church Service

Posted December 20, 2013 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Holiday church services in Riviera Maya

If you are spending your Christmas holidays in the Riviera Maya and are looking for a religious celebration, here is a service that would love to welcome you as their guest. Christmas Eve candlelight service in Paamul begins at 5:15PM Read about holiday traditions in Riviera Maya    

The Meaning of Christmas on a Riviera Maya Holiday

Posted December 18, 2013 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

A Riviera Maya, Mexico Christmas

The personal benefits of a vacation are well-known. Vacations reduce stress, can rekindle relationships, and physically rejuvenate your mind and body...but what if your Riviera Maya vacation could make a difference to others as well? If you are visiting the Mexican Caribbean for the holidays, consider broadening your Christmas vacation into an opportunity to touch the life of a needy child. Sustainable tourism seeks to provide travellers with an exciting holiday that is both educational and...

Hope for Haiti – Benefit for Doctors Without Borders

Posted January 24, 2010 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations


January 24, 2010 a beautiful thing happened in Akumal and Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya this past Sunday when locals and visitors alike came together to show their support for Haitian earthquake relief. As little as a week before it all started as an idea, to put together a benefit event, complete with food, drink and live music, and donate the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund which ensures that medical teams can react to the Haiti emergency, and humanitarian...

Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal – Akumal’s Free Library

Posted March 25, 2009 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations


A little history about the library Hekab Be was started over 10 years ago by Brenda Detering, an American who lived in Akumal. When she started teaching English classes she realized that a majority of her students couldn't read or write well enough in Spanish to have a sufficient basis for learning another language. Brenda saw the need to bring tools for literacy and learning to Akumal. Hekab Be, meaning "Open Road" in the Mayan language, was born. The library was created to help open new...

Animal Rescue in Quintana Roo & Yucatan Mexico

Posted June 23, 2008 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations


The first spay & neuter campaign in Xcalak & Mahahual Did you know that just one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years? The cat figures are even more alarming. There are also potentially serious consequences to public health and the environment when overpopulation is present. It is a well documented fact that sterilization is the only humane way to deal with dog and cat overpopulation. That, along with vaccinations and de-worming alleviates...

Sea Turtles – Marine turtle nesting and habits

Posted July 4, 2003 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Enviroment

green turtle nesting on the beach in Akumal

Are Sea Turtles a dinosaur in a shell? Sea turtles literally are reptiles in a shell, with a ancestry that dates back 130 million years. Little is know about their pelagic lives in the ocean depths where they hunt and live. Only the females ever come ashore to lay their eggs. The beaches of Quintana Roo are among a dwindling number of beaches on our planet where endangered sea turtles crawl ashore to lay their eggs. Watch your step on Riviera Maya beaches The beaches along the Caribbean...

Preserving the Meso-American Reef and Environment

Posted March 3, 2002 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Enviroment

preserving the akumal reef with cea

  Looking at the Big Picture with Centro Ecológico Akumal - CEA Centro Ecológico Akumal will be nine years old this summer and throughout that period its focus has been on the protection of Akumal's reefs. The organization has grown from a group of two (plus an accountant) with an annual budget under $50,000; to today’s group of eight with an annual budget in excess of $500,000. It has become increasingly clear that our local reefs cannot be preserved apart from the larger, regional...

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