Posted December 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes
Nothing brings people together for the holidays like the promise of good food, and here in Mexico, the Christmas holidays are more about family and food than anything else. We hope you are spending your holidays with us here on the coast, but if not, maybe you would like to bring a little bit of Mexico into your home this season with recipes from our Loco Gringo family. If you decide to try your hand at any of these recipes, let us know how they turn out. Enjoy! Ponche 4 liters of...
Posted December 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Will restaurants be open Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? We get this question a lot from our holiday guests, and the good news is YES! Most Riviera Maya restaurants are open Christmas Day as it is the custom in Mexico to celebrate the holiday on Christmas Eve. If a restaurant closes at all, it will usually close on the Eve. If you have a special restaurant in mind for your holiday dinner, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. It is not too late to book a Christmas vacation in the...
Posted December 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos
These little bite-sized beauties are called Mexican wedding cookies, but they are on every Mexican holiday table too. Pistachios, butter, powdered sugar, more butter...they just melt in your mouth. Try your hand at some Mexican holiday recipes.
Posted December 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.
Posted November 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
When we think of Thanksgiving, the images that come to mind are sweaters, Fall leaves and football...but try to imagine doing something new for Thanksgiving. Next year, spend the holiday on Akumal Bay, Mexico in a bathing suit, eating Mexican cuisine and swimming in the Caribbean Sea. And no worries, at Lol Ha restaurant, you can still watch the big game and enjoy a classic turkey dinner, just with a different view of course. Book your Akumal vacation villa for Thanksgiving 2014.
Posted November 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Akumal has a new Mexican kitchen on the north end of the Akumal road. Las 3 Acapulqueñas is a good, inexpensive (around $50 pesos per person) breakfast or lunch. Like mama's kitchen, the menu changes daily. Classic Mexican comfort food like chicken fajitas, empanadas, and panuchos are regular items. Stop in on the way to Yalku Lagoon or bring your own "to go" plates or Tupperware and take it back to your villa or condo. Check out this other fantastic Akumal lunch spot.
Posted November 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
A NEW addition to Akumal's beloved Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery is a sports bar. Free Wi-Fi, Sky sports channels, amazing flatbread pizzas and a full bar! What else do sports fans need? See the quaint, seaside town of Akumal
Posted November 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services
Today, more and more people are opting for healthier options at home AND on vacation. If you are looking for the vacation destination that will allow you to stay healthy while relaxing and having a fun, or if you are wanting a fitness retreat that will begin you on the path to good health, consider Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Exercise and Fitness Playa del Carmen offers lots of ways to challenge your body! Just by its urban design, Playa (as the locals call it) encourages visitors and...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Another new organic grocery store has opened up in the Riviera Maya. Coco Beach Organic Market located inside the Les Aziles Condominium Complex is a wonderfully healthy option for the many residents of and visitors to Playa del Carmen. They have organic coffee, produce, herbs, baked goods, agua frescas and so much more! Check out more healthy options in Playa del Carmen. Photo by Michele Kinnon
Posted November 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Zamas is a Riviera Maya institution. For 20 years, this beachfront hotel, bar, restaurant and live music venue has been a favorite of locals and tourists. Zamas is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a week long party! December 17 beginning at 6PM is the kickoff with live music and 20% off all time menu favorites including Muy Fuerte Margaritas, DannyBurgers, Gambas Pil Pil, Wood-Fired Pizzas and more! December 18, 19, 20, 21 from 6-10 pm, special guest Chef Adam Brick will prepare...
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"It is like having a friend make your reservations for you .... we always feel comfortable knowing LG will be in charge of our arrangements because they know the area first hand, they live there ..... you ask a question and they answer it with good humor and great knowledge of what they speak. I will always recommend Loco Gringo in a heart beat!"
"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."
"I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! The trip we booked through Loco Gringo was perfect! The price was exceptionally good and the service was second to none! If you’ve never booked with Loco Gringo before, we *highly* recommend them!"
"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!"
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"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.,
"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
"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
Maggie in Colorado"
"We usually need reservations for 2 to 4 people but for 2 years we needed reservations for 7 to 9 people, adults and kids and they have always done a flawless job in getting the resort we wanted and at the best price too!!"
"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."
"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."
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"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
"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."
"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,
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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
"Now is a great time to tell you how wonderful you and your staff are at making it so easy to find and book the best vacations, THANK YOU !"
--Joyce & Hugh,
"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!!"
"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."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"LocoGringo.com books total trip packages and I recommend LG to all my friends and even to strangers I hear talking about going to Mexico!!"
"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
""I was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
"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
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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,
"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."
"Loco Gringo has an AWESOME website with great info, it is lots of fun to visit, be sure to join their forums. The forums hold more information and trip reports than you can 'shake a stick at'!"
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
I have been searching Loco Gringo for all these years and one thing I have not yet found ........... someone who is not fabulous to work with. Great people, great owners and a great way to run a business."
--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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