Posted May 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Oh the places we go! You'll be on y our way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. And that is how we feel this week, thanks to Dr. Seuss! So where should you go right now in the Riviera Maya? Let's get you off to great places cause Today is your day. Let's get you off and away. Rio Lagartos for Flamingos, Salt Flats and Ceviche! This is such a fun trip and an excellent adventure in the Spring. You can take two days and stay...
Posted May 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s episode, I chat with Sara Moen, who is originally from Northern California, moved to Seattle in 1990 for school and met her soon to be husband. Steve and Sara were married in 1993. He worked for Microsoft for ten years and in 2001, they took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, as the story goes “Once you arrive there it’s hard to leave.” Steve and Sara ultimately met their business partner during that getaway; within six months, they sold their home and packed up their pets and...
Posted May 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
If you are not a resort person, but love to be pampered, where can you get a resort-like spa experience in the Riviera Maya? Well we know where you can have a great spa treatment in the Riviera Maya. We like to think it is our specialty. Who doesn't like being pampered? We love it and love the non-resort options available in the Riviera Maya. Xpa Maya - A Natural Spa in Puerto Aventuras, Xcaret and Xel Ha Just to the south of Playa del Carmen and to the north of Akumal and Tulum is a...
Posted May 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
There are a slew of local weekly markets in the Riviera Maya that offer not only great produce and homemade baked goods, but a unique look into the local culture. Markets are frequented by locals and visitors, making this an activity, not just a shopping experience. Local markets are a great way to meet others, check out local businesses, and dig into the unique products that entrepreneurs have created. Weekly Market Schedule in the Riviera Maya If you want to see new markets or be in the...
Posted May 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements
Surprises come in many forms, and today we had a big surprise. Unbeknownst to our team, we have received acknowledgement from The Mexico Report for our contribution to Mexico. Their annual 'Real Heroes of Mexico' features everyday Heroes in Mexico that work hard to increase the positive Image of the country. We are one of those everyday heroes in 2015. "The Real Heroes of Mexico is a one-of-a-kind initiative (launched in 2012 by The Mexico Report) was created specifically to showcase these...
Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities
With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...
Posted May 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s episode, I chat with Sherwood Anders, who was born and lived in Pittsburgh until she was 32 years old. Sherwood lived in San Francisco before she and her husband Bob moved to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with their three rescue dogs “Beachmutts”. She spends a great chunk of her time volunteering with different organizations in Mexico, helping at spay/neutering clinics, animal welfare and helps find new homes for dogs and cats. Bob and Sherwood retired and sold their home in San...
Posted May 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
Okay everyone start dancing...oops sorry wrong salsa. The month of May celebrates salsas you eat, not salsas you dance. With Cinco de Mayo just days away, you can start preparing your Mexican salsas for your parties! What is a Salsa Anyway? Salsa is a sauce that can play double duty, both as a dipping sauce and a condiment. Typically a Mexican salsa is a bit spicy, if not a lot spicy, but there are toned down versions that take out the spice which can be enjoyed by the light at...
Posted April 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
Convenience stores, coffee shops and juice bars are a Canadian's and American's go-to-place for something to drink. Here in the Riviera Maya the best and cheapest place to get a nice cold drink is the local Agua Fresca store. Direct translation of Agua Fresca is 'Fresh Water' or 'Cold Water' but what these fresh waters really are will blow your mind taste buds. Aguas Frescas are made by combining fresh fruits, grains, seeds, and even flowers, with sugar and water. They are made fresh every...
Posted April 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
These are some cool photos that show the real life in the Riviera Maya, the life we have and love. All of these photos are taken on the back streets of local cities, showing daily life in these iconic beach towns. If you are curious have a look. If you want to be inspired, check it out. If you miss your favorite destination, check it out! Enjoy your mini slide show. Sit back, scroll down and dream.
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--Bryan in IN,
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--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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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
"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."
"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!!"
"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,
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"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."
"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
"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.,
"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."
"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 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,
"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!"
"...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"
"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
"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
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