Posted February 20, 2016 by [email protected] in Community Organizations
So I received a nice email a few weeks back and wanted to share. The Director of KKIS (Keep Kids in School) a Playa del Carmen Not-for-Profit organization emailed us a few weeks ago with some 'Feel Good' news. This is a Giving Gringo Story. This past September we sent out a news letter to all of our LG friends. It highlighted Back to School and talked about the KKIS organization. The information resonated with a reader from the Great Lakes Seep company and motivated them into action. The...
Posted February 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
We are not going to tell you where to get street food, or even attempt to tell you which food cart is better than another. In our experience of Riviera Maya street food, we have never had a bad experience, evah! Every single cart, every single stand has their own twist on a taco, an empanada, elote, or cochinita pibil. What we will do is let you know what to look for!! There are some incredible delicacies that you may not have heard of or even knew that it was iconic Mexican street food. So...
Posted February 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Our sense of adventure was a learned but intentional strategy created by our parents. They took us to off the beaten path destinations, brought us to unique parks and made sure we visited unusual animal sanctuaries. They built our sense of adventure and wanderlust by - having adventures. The Riviera Maya has kid-friendly and kid focused activities to accomplish this very specific goal - to create a wanderlust in kids they will remember for a lifetime. Eco parks, natural wonders and the...
Posted February 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Your honeymoon could be your first trip together as a couple. It will be your first trip as a married couple. With months of wedding planning to deal with, bachelor and bachelorette parties, entertaining visiting relatives on top of the actual wedding day, your honeymoon planning should be made easy. How to Plan Your Honeymoon with Your Partner Plan your honeymoon together. Both of you are busy, and both of you will have very distinct ideas what your honeymoon should be. Planning it together...
Posted February 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
We write a lot about family vacations but we also write a lot about couples vacations. Whether you are an empty nester, a new couple testing out your first vacation together, or parents who got a 'Get Out of Jail Free Card' we have a growing list of things to do on your romantic getaway. Check out these articles that highlight sexy, romantic, cool things to do on your 'Couples Only' vacation. Passion Travel Discover Romantic Adventure 5 Romantic Things to Do in the Riviera...
Posted February 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture
Mexican tacos are some of the best snacks around. Unlike the US TexMex taco created by Glenn Bell in California in the 40s, what we know today as Taco Bell, Mexican tacos are a snack to be savored not an evening meal or large lunch like many North Americans have experienced The history of the tortilla (the flat corn 'bread' that makes up the taco) and taco is not well documented. Professors of culinary history have pieced taco references together, but no one knows the actually origin of this...
Posted February 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
Oh the dream of champagne toasts, dinners overlooking the sea, romantic walks on the beach and private moonlit moments. Yes, you can do this in the Riviera Maya. But why not spice things up a bit and create a bit of sizzle on your next vacation. Things are never the same when you try to duplicate what you have seen in the movies, or read in books. Create your own romance in the Riviera Maya, just the two of you. Top Romantic Things to Do and Sexy Surprises for your Partner Book a penthouse...
Posted February 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Playa del Carmen, or Playa as locals call it, was previously known as the fastest growing city in the world. From 2005 to 2010 Playa del Carmen experienced a building and investment boom like nothing we had ever seen. In 2016 this boom has chilled a little and this sophisticated city has found its balance. Old Playa visitors, visitors who knew Playa pre-2005, find the changes a bit overwhelming. We are growing into the changes and actually like the new enhancements Playa offers. Playa is...
Posted February 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Don't freak out if you forgot to pack your phone charging cable. All of us have done at one time or another, we forget our cellphone cable to charge our phones. I recently forgot my cable while in a remote part of the Yucatan and there was no Apple store. Well, look no further than the OXXO convenient store. OXXO is kinda like a 7-Eleven, and you can find a variety of charging cables. For iPhones they have cables for the the 5 and 6 along with cables for Android phones. For...
Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
Mexico is an artist's community. For centuries all forms have art have shaped the country and its culture. Folk art, muralists, painters, singers, poets and actors are what attracted many visitors to the Mexico originally. Now beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, sustainable tourism and food attracts so many more visitors. Many art forms are still the back bone to understanding and appreciating Mexico. In Yucatan cities, the arts is an established institution. In the Riviera Maya, the...
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--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
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--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
"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,
"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."
"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!!"
"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'!"
"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!"
""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!""
"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
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"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."
"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."
"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!!"
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"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,
"...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"
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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,
"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."
"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!"
"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.,
"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!!"
"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."
"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!"
"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
"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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