Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Infographic

Posted May 29, 2015 by Steve Moen in Watersports

Riviera Maya Vacation guide to Scuba Diving, cenote diving and Ocean Diving

Have you always wondered what differentiates snorkeling from diving. Have you dreamed of switching your snorkeling for your open water certification. Have you wondered what it would be like to try scuba diving when in the Riviera Maya. Well, this infographic designed by Jennifer Forbes is a great way to figure out which Caribbean water activity is best for you! Snorkeling vs Diving in the Riviera Maya Big shout out to by Jennifer Forbes for creating this amazing infographic Check...

Real People, Real Experiences in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 27, 2015 by Steve Moen in Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Loco Gringo Staff

Someone asked us the other day why we thought Loco Gringo has weathered the storm of online vacation booking. With large corporate vacation rental websites taking over the travel industry, this Akumal visitor was curious how a midsized agency like Loco Gringo could continue to compete with the Big Guys (those were their exact words). Real People Plan Your Vacation In the world of automatic responses and fast results, it seems odd that a real person on the other end of the phone can make a...

Authentic Guacamole Recipe – A Local Mexican Food Staple

Posted May 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Authentic Guacamole Recipe

Did you know that the indigenous name for guacamole is "ahuaca-mulli." Translated it means 'avocado-mixture or avocado-sauce.' This is just the beginning of guacamoles long history in Mexico that makes this yummy snack historical, cultural and nutritious. Guacamole Is Just Avocados, Right? Wrong. A true guacamole combines avocados, chilies, tomatoes, onions and cilantro in one dish. Lime was added later on as part of a guacamole recipe solely to preserve the color of the avocado. Historically...

Local Profile – Laura Raikes Coco’s Cat Rescue

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Interview with a Local

Laura Raikes - Cocos Cat Rescue

This Local Profile is a little bit different from our others. Laura Raikes has been living in Playa del Carmen for almost a decade with a very clear mission - to support local animal welfare through free spay and neuter services of feral cats and adoptions. She has worked for years supporting the ongoing care and adoption of both cats and dogs in a selfless act that is awe-inspiring. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The amazing culture, music and...

Should I Visit Yucatan Colonial Cities or Beaches in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Riviera Maya . Yucatan Peninsula map

We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...

Local Interview with the owner of Carboncito’s Restaurant – Steve Krisztin

Posted May 18, 2015 by Steve Moen in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Caroncitos Restaurant, Plays del Carmen, Mexico

Steve is a long time Playa del Carmen local. Originally from New York, Steve is the owner of Carboncito's Restaurant located on 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th as well as the small hotel El Cielo. With a background in construction, it is no surprise that Carboncito's Restaurant is a beautiful place to hang out. Interesting architectural accents make your meal, or happy hour, that much better. Alejandra his wife manages the restaurant and does a bang up job all day long. Carboncito's...

How To Make The Best Tacos Ever!

Posted May 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever

Well I have been trying to perfect my taco recipe and just stumbled upon a secret that put my tacos over the top. I have tested out the recipe and consensus is...this is the best taco recipe ever. What I love about this creation is that it is simple, flexible and takes little time or effort Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever Let me just state first, I don't think I have ever had a bad taco. No matter where I travel in Mexico, the tacos are exceptional. I have eaten tacos on the...

New ebooks for your Mexico Vacation

Posted May 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Free ebooks from Loco Gringo

We have been putting together new travel information that will be useful, if not downright amazing, for your Riviera Maya vacation. Loco Gringo has created seven ebooks, ebooks that have current travel information, travel secrets, and some pretty spectacular travel suggestions. One of the ebooks is a Mexican recipe book built specifically for the region. This culinary tool will surely assist your food exploration while on vacation, but also help you create authentic recipes once you return...

Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe – Local Mayan Culinary Staple

Posted May 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe Sikil P'ak , Mayan Culinary Staple

On a recent trip to Mahahual in the Costa Maya, I had a lovely conversation with one of the waiters about Pumpkin Seed Salsa. I had ordered the Mayan Breakfast and had a great history lesson as a side. The Mayan Breakfast at Forty Cannons consisted of the following; Chaya and pineapple juice, Scrambled eggs with pumpkin salsa, homemade tortillas, and refried beans. I have to say it was one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long time. What caught my eye was the pumpkin salsa, on the...

New Services at Loco Gringo – Bringing You Better Mexico Vacations

Posted May 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

New Services at Loco Gringo

We don't know if you remember when we launched the new website and design in October 2013. That was a big push for us, and we are so happy we made the update! Photos, search, and information is more robust on the site with this update, and Loco Gringo Friends are getting into the groove of the change. The new website design was just Part One of new things offered at Loco Gringo. In the past few months we have been busy building, planning and launching some new LG services that will make your...

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