Travelers are increasingly using Instagram and other social media platforms to plan their vacations.

Instagram is a great place to be inspired to travel but planning your best vacation yet requires other tools. That’s why we have developed Destination Guides for Akumal, Tankah Bay, and Soliman Bay. Created by Kay Walten, co-founder of Loco Gringo, the guides are written and verified by locals.

Best viewed on a phone or tablet, the guidebooks distill useful information for more than 100 properties and provide helpful tips on local essentials such as parking, neighborhoods, hotels, activities, attractions, cenotes, and places to eat – just to name a few.

A map on each page shows you where properties, restaurants, shops, bars, and other local amenities are in context to where you are staying.

Below is just a sample of the types of information our guidebooks provide to help you plan your best vacation yet.


The neighborhoods section of the guidebooks give a brief history of the area and explain what makes each neighborhood special.

Akumal, for example, was one of the first Riviera Mayan communities and dates back to the 1960s. We love this small, beach community because it’s away from the touristy, Cancun, resort corridor. Akumal’s beaches are tranquil for everything from romantic getaways to family adventures.

Vacation Rentals and Hotels

The Villa Houses, Condo Rentals and Hotels sections of the guide provide a description of each property, details about how many guests it can comfortably accommodate, photos, location, and other tidbits you may consider while planning your vacation.

Each property description also lists a full description of the property, indoor, outdoor, service features and amenities. You also get “Bedding Details” so that you’ll know how many beds there are, what size, and where they’re located. Such information can help if you are traveling with small children or with elderly relatives who may have mobility issues.

Places to Eat and Bars

Online restaurant reviews are great for revealing the flavor and experience of a place. But one person’s five-star review is another person’s bellyache.

Our “Places to Eat” and “Bars” sections lists restaurants and bars, including their website and hours of operation. A description of each place includes what makes it unique and tips that most locals know such as the best beach bar for sunset Happy Hour and which venues host live music.


With powdery-soft sand and turquoise blue waters, the Riviera Maya is famous for its beaches.

But not all beaches are the same. Some beaches like Xpu Ha are favored by locals and reminiscent of “Old School Mexico” while others like Tankah Bay are great places to relax, sunbathe, and explore exotic underwater life.

Our guidebook includes the location and description of the beach, as well as its interesting features. We also include helpful hints about each beach such as whether you’ll need foot protection, recommendations for snorkeling and swimming, and to look out for turtle nesting mounds.


Accidents happen, even on vacation. You won’t have to fumble or Google in a panic during an emergency. Our guidebook includes a list of emergency numbers for the Red Cross, ambulance and police.

Activities and Attractions

While most people come to the Riviera Maya for the beaches, there are lots of things to see and do.

Our Activities Guide features local, off-the-beaten-path adventures. We include everything from Mexican cooking classes to Spider monkey tours.

You can also access our free “Locals Guide” to exploring places like Chichen Itza, the Tulum Ruins, Rio Secreto, and the Frida Kahlo Museum in Playa del Carmen.

Here’s where the map comes in super handy because you can see where the activities are located and plan your day trip accordingly. Paulina, our concierge, can also help you plan activities during your stay.

We could go on. But it’s best if you check out the mobile guidebooks for yourself. Be inspired, plan with information and confidence, and get ready for your best vacation yet.

Inspired to book your next vacation escape? Contact our reservations team who can answer questions and help you plan your vacation getaway.

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