Posted January 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities
Cantinas have always been a part of Mexican culture. The phrase "Mexican cantina" brings to mind smokey saloons filled with gun slingers. However, the cantinas of today are very different, serving botanas (free appetizers while you drink) and some even cater to families. Do your own cantina crawl with some of our favorite Merida cantinas: La Negrita located on the corner of Calle 62 and 49 El Lucero del Alba on Calla 56 and 47 El Gallito 0n Calle 45 between 60 and 62 Pico de...
Posted January 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Yucatan Activities
One of our favorite restaurants in the little colonial gem of Valladolid is this place located on Friar's Street right next to the convent. Mayan specialty dishes served in a pleasant atmosphere. If you are planning a day trip to Valladolid while vacationing in the Riviera Maya, which we encourage you to do, have lunch at Taberna de los Frailes. Include in your Valladolid day trip, a visit to the nearby Ek Balam Ruins.
Posted January 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
This Caribbean town's colors are brilliant everywhere you look! And everywhere you look so are there street vendors. Fruits, snacks, newspapers, ice creams, you name it, it is probably being carted on a tricycle down the streets of Tulum. We LOVE the Mexican tradition of street vendors, and the convenience too! Discover Tulum Pueblo.
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Staying in a Puerto Morelos or Playa del Secreto villa and don't feel like cooking or going out to for dinner? Now the area has a catering service with fresh, regional meals created by a professional chef in his kitchen and delivered to your door. Villa Catering has an extensive dinner and "happy hour" menu, and best of all, meals come with a pitcher of margaritas, pina coladas or sangria. Check out our Playa del Secreto vacation rentals.
Posted January 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
Foodies from around the world have discovered that the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are great destinations to experience food created by some really inspiring chefs. If you are crazy for cooking or just enjoy eating really great Mexican food, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a...
Posted January 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Today is Dia de Tres Reyes, Three Kings Day. It is the day Mexicans celebrate the visit of the three wise men who arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. This is the day to eat rosca de reyes, a great holiday sweet bread shaped in a wreath, with a small Jesus figurine baked inside. While eating the bread, the person who gets the slice with the figurine has to provide the tamales for Candlemas, the next party on the holiday schedule. So go to the nearest bakery and get a delicious rosca de...
Posted January 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
January 4, at 7PM the Lol Ha Beach Club on Akumal Bay is having a beach blanket evening with folk pop guitarist Jeremy Moore. Blankets, lounge chairs and smores available while supplies last! No reservations and no cover. Just come hang for a chill evening on Akumal Beach. Start planning your 2014 Akumal vacation!
Posted December 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Akumal locals and regular visitors know Que Onda, located next to Yalku Lagoon, is filled with fresh pasta and romance. This quaint, jungle restaurant has served delicious Italian food to many vacationing couples for over 15 years. Que Onda is one of our favorite Riviera Maya eateries. Find more great Riviera Maya restaurants.
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
If you are lucky enough to be in Riviera Maya for the New Year's Eve celebrations, don't miss the festivities at the famous La Buena Vida Beach Bar and Restaurant in Akumal, where parties become legend. DJ, dancing, fireworks and a full bar. Party starts at 8PM! Start planning your 2014 Riviera Maya vacation today! Begin by choosing your destination.
Posted December 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Playa del Carmen is one of the biggest New Year's Eve party destinations in the world. Accommodations book almost a year in advance. This photo was taken at an underground soirée at Alux, the stunning cave bar and restaurant in Playa del Carmen during last year's festivities. It is not too soon to book for New Year's Eve next year. Check out some of our sexy Playa del Carmen hotels.
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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!"
--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
"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.
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--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
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--Bernie in Denver,
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--Joyce & Hugh,
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"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.
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