Posted April 19, 2017 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Podcasts
Ael Enciso was ‘made’ in Cozumel, and delivered in her grandmother’s living room in Mexico City. For the past 17 years, she has been in Playa del Carmen, working in just about every aspect of the tourism industry. Ael says the Riviera Maya is best seen off the beaten track. When a visitor ‘acts like a local,’ and enjoys the laid-back atmosphere of the area, is when they have the best time. When Ael travels within Mexico she visits the cenotes, rides her bike through trails in...
Posted April 5, 2017 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Podcasts
My guest today puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Ken Brownlee is the Founder and primary videographer of Visualmedia Productions in Playa del Carmen. Today he shares funny stories about shooting wedding videos, tips for brides and his favorite food joints. When Ken was a teenager, his parents would drive from Canada to Florida, to get away from the harsh winters. Ken loved spending a month in the water, and didn’t want to return to the cold. He decided, after college, to...
Posted August 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
Tulum has been one of the hottest beach destinations in recent years. It has become THE place to go to for the fashionistas, celebs and wanna-be's of the world side by side with the hippies and hipsters hanging out. Known for its bohemian vibe shadowed by big Mayan temple at the Tulum ruins, any night of the week you can find live music, waiting-lines at the trendiest eateries but few places offer the luxuries discerning people seek while staying on one of the most incredible beaches in...
Posted June 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Family vacations
Akumal has been known over the years for its luxury ocean front homes, and one of the premier vacation destinations of the Riviera Maya. It is no wonder that Akumal and luxury vacation rental Esprit del Mar was chosen as the cover shot for Luxury & Lifestyle Ocean Magazine. The owners are good friends of our and have bought their own flair and style to the Riviera Maya. Esprit del Mar is only one of their vacation rentals. Two other popular homes in Akumal that they have designed...
Posted February 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings
Imagine a wedding staged amidst the elegance and romance of an era gone by. For a hacienda dream wedding in the Yucatan contact Catherwood. Download our free guide to an amazing Riviera Maya wedding.
Posted February 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Riviera Maya Photos
Mayan ceremonies are perfect for renewing your vows. You did the extravagant celebration when you got married, now you can have a quiet, simple re-dedication to one another while vacationing in the naturally beautiful Riviera Maya. Enjoy an intimate ceremony based on local Mayan customs and beliefs that the marital bonds of a couple is also recognized and honored by the natural world. Find a cozy bungalow for your "keep it simple" vow renewal vacation.
Posted February 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Food,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Honeymoon vacation time should include at least one full day of lounging in your villa. Prearrange cook service to drop off or come in and prepare meals and snacks for the day so you never have to leave the house. Check out this very cozy Akumal Villa.
Posted February 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Photographers aren't just for the wedding. Hire a professional photographer to capture the newly weds on a Caribbean sunset sail or exploring the ancient Tulum ruins or enjoying a candlelit dinner on Akumal Bay. Check out our vacation package deals for an easy breezy honeymoon.
Posted February 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services
Destination resort weddings in the Riviera Maya are beautiful no-brainers. Let the resort wedding planner handle your entire affair, you just bring the dress! Check out our package getaways for a hassle-free honeymoon!
Posted February 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Riviera Maya Photos
Weddings in the Riviera Maya can be as elegant as you want them to be. We lean toward the simple elegance, letting the natural scenery set the mood. Download our free guide to planning a Riviera Maya wedding
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"When we use LG to book a trip we get immediate help with all of our questions in a very timely way by people who know what they are talking about and are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and congenial. They really get how to do customer service.
Once we book through LG we never have to worry about any of it again. We are always amazed at how smooth and trouble free our bookings through LG have been."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
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"And their amazing website is one of the main reasons we started going regularly to the Riviera Maya and especially Akumal. No other place around the Caribbean has nearly as good a web presence as LG has given this area."
--Dan, St. Louis MO,
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"I had contacted you before I left for my first trip to Mexico and all of your recommendations were spot on. I started in Playa Del Carmen and worked my way to Tulum. I had only expected to stay 2 nights there and instead wound up staying for a week-and that still was not nearly enough time. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks! I will be checking in with you guys as I am tring to plan a trip to Holbox next. That place looks amazing!"
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"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
"Both in 2011 and this year we have booked our room through Locogringo.com. We searched and found a great rate at the resort we wanted, and then Locogringo met that price, and with their booking came their amazing customer service and the peace of mind that if we need anything while we are there we simply need to call. I always get a fast turnaround on any email I send them, and they work so hard to find us the best rates and the rooms we want. We hope to have a long relationship with them, and recommend their site to everyone we know."
--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
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"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
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--Bryan in IN,
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--Joyce & Hugh,
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"Thanks for everything you have done with Locogringo… the site is great and your staff has been nothing short of incredible when it comes to helping us plan our trips. Maybe we’ll run into you on one of your walks some day."
"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
"quick and informative replies from Bart ( thanks Bart) , easy booking procedure plus online management of your booking . I am highly impressed."
--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
"I would recommend Locogringo to everyone I know. It is such a great service that they provide from researching and booking the perfect place to stay to finding all the needs you could possibly want during your stay. Thanks Locogringo."
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
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"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"Loco Gringos is the VERY BEST booking site I have ever worked with. They respond to emails promptly, work hard to honor special requests, answer questions etc. They ALWAYS take great care of their customers and are conscientious and professional at all times. We have booked 8 trips with this company and NEVER hesitate to use them or recommend them when traveling to the Riviera Maya."
"She & her new Husband had a fantastic hassle free trip. This was their very first time to Mexico and her comment upon return was " Dad, 7 days is NOT enough time ! " Super job, LG."
--Bernie in Denver,
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"I have booked most of my Mayan Riviera trips through Loco Gringo and can only say I wouldn't even consider using anyone else to handle my bookings for stays in that area.
Their booking process is simple, fast and friendly, and they will answer your questions and queries until you are completely satisfied that every single detail has been taken care of.
Who else would know the area better than folks who live and work right there? Try to get that level of expertise and knowledge with a booking agent who lives and works several hundred, or even thousands of miles away.
Not only that, but they are genuinely nice people as well, who really care for their customers and the community and area that they call home
Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"Not sure if we will be returning next summer, but will definitely let you know if we are, as Loco Gringo is the ONLY way to go for us!"
--Lesley P., Texas
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
"What an amazing company Locogringo is. Every silly question I have.... they answer , If something comes up like a travel day change, adding more people, or whatever it might be... you get a response from a real person ... who seems to love what they do . That is hard to find these days and I really appreciate that."
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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