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Christmas market in Puerto Morelos

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

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Begin your celebration in Puerto Morelos. Come along to see over 30 artists from all over Riviera Maya who will be showcasing their wares next Saturday 11am-4pm Av Rojo Gomez 776, Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Morelos.  Find great gifts and local artwork. The local food trucks will be there with great eats.  Get involved by donating local school, so bring some school supplies, or stop by and help out with a cash donation to the Red Cross. Click to share on Twitter: Tweet:...

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Traveling with Three Generations is Easier Than You Think

Posted December 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

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Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and then the kids. How the heck do you plan a large family vacation without losing your mind? Or your family? Cool thing is the Rivera Maya caters to families. Vacation rentals can be big enough to take anywhere from 8 to 20 family members. We are here to then support you through the vacation process. Seriously, we really do support you through the planning process to make sure you all have a great time and share great memories. No one will be left holding the...

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Cueva Vodka – Locally Distilled Artisanal Vodka with a Surprising Ingredient

Posted December 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food

Cueva Vodka, Akumal, Riviera Maya

Bartley and Jen Smith were a bit frustrated with the quality of their happy hour. Internationally distilled vodka was just not cutting it anymore, and locally made vodka did not exist. They support local tequila, mezcal and independent breweries in their Akumal restaurant Turtle Bay Cafe, but vodka was an issue. Bart and Jen are not new to creating great products and new flavors. Turtle Bay Bakery has been creating great ice cream flavors, incredible baked goods and wonderful meals inspired...

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Break Out of the Tourist Bubble

Posted December 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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There is a great travel rule that I love. 'Turn right or left when you see an interesting road. Disregard the map and see what you find.' This rule has been one of the best we have ever followed. The wonderful adventures, surprises, people and pueblos that we have stumbled upon has made our travels in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan richer than we could have ever imagined. The Riviera Maya has done a great job in providing easy access to tourist areas and destinations. But there are great...

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Let’s all go to Valladolid

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Valladolid Yucatan Mexico

If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....

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Opening Night at the #RMJazz in Playa del Carmen – Free Concert

Posted November 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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After a beautiful mid -afternoon Thanksgiving feast (thanks Turtle Bakery) our group of thankful friends hopped into the car and headed to Playa del Carmen. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival was opening tonight and none of us wanted to miss it. Who can turn down a jazz festival that starts at sunset on the beach. Not us! Parking was best on 38th street just below 5th Avenue. A coffee at Ah Cacao (5th Avenue between 38th and 40th street) was in order before we slung our beach chairs on our back,...

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Happy US Thanksgiving from the Riviera Maya!

Posted November 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

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While we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Loco Gringo, we are feeling more than thankful this Thanksgiving. Wow, for 20 years we have been exploring, trekking and discovering everything about the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan. We have also been laughing, crying, giggling and just having a great time meeting people from all over the world, people who pick us to plan their vacation. We have shared more happy hours than we would like to admit over the past 20 years with so many great friends...

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To Travel with Toddlers or Not? What Do You Think

Posted November 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

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You may be wondering and we may have some answers. Our answers are based on the experiences of our staff who have toddlers and our guests who travel with toddlers. Many people say, do it! Travel with your toddler for the mere sake that they fly free under two. The second reason to start traveling with your toddler early is to make travel a part of their life. When travel starts early parents and kids have great memories to share, a location to return to and if anything, mom and dad have a...

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Be a Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins

Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Pilgrims, the travelers of the world, be it for religious or new cultural experiences. Pilgrim is the name given to the early settlers in Canada and the US from Europe, and pilgrim is the term used for any travelers who decide to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are many cultural travels that visitors and locals can experience. If you are looking for some great trips to enhance and expand your understanding of the Maya, the Caste War, the Spanish...

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5 Smart Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance for your Vacation

Posted November 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance. The budget question for today's traveler. Do you buy or do you not buy? Under what conditions should you buy, and what is a good price? With global weather as unpredictable as ever, travel insurance is a great and very smart idea, no matter where you are traveling. Travelers can be held up on their end or they can be held up in their vacation destination. It is the ongoing unpredictability of climate and economies that makes travel insurance smart. Trip and Medical...

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