Posted July 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
A Riviera Maya community cleans up Wow seems to be the word that escapes the lips of people who have seen the big mats of sargassum float in these last few days. Even the old-timers have never seen anything like it. Hats off to all the people who are working hard in Akumal, Soliman Bay, Playa del Carmen and the other areas of the Riviera Maya cleaning up the seaweed.
Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment
Beach Clean up in the Riviera Maya is underway The Mexican government announced a temporary employment program to remove seaweed from beaches of Quintana Roo, including Cancun and the Riviera Maya. “This is a phenomenon we have not experienced before, neither on Mexico’s beaches nor those around the Caribbean,” he said. “It is a phenomenon that, unfortunately, affects all countries in the Caribbean.” Preliminary research has found that in some areas, sargassum beds extend as...
Posted by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities
We love this time of year. Summer to us means return of the Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The return of the Whale Sharks means a great day trip! For the past 15 years we have been heading up to the Gulf of Mexico to swim with our favorite fish, the Whale Shark, and hang out with some other great sea friends; manta rays and dolphins. In the early days, we would head up to Holbox and spend at least two days on the island. Our guide was the same person every year, and we would leave...
Posted July 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local
What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The water...both the sea and the cenotes. No other body of water in the world has the same color blue as the Caribbean. It is breathtaking. Plus, the cenotes of the Yucatan are completely unique...a fresh water pool in the middle of the jungle? Amazing! How did you end up working for Loco Gringo and living in the Riviera Maya? I first came to Akumal working for a travel agency that focused on Divers vacationing...
Posted July 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
Cozumel is sometimes a forgotten destination on your Riviera Maya holiday, but we will say, it is worth a day trip to this island off the mainland. Getting to Cozumel may seem like a chore, but it is far easier than you think. It is a quick ferry ride across the channel between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island. How to get to Cozumel from the Riviera Maya There are two ways to get to Cozumel Island; local ferries from Playa del Carmen and flights from the Playa del Carmen airport. (yes...
Posted July 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Oh the joys of digging into the past and traveling off the grid. Mayan ruins in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Yucatan and Campeche can keep you busy for a long, long, time. Deciding which ruins to go to can be a challenge when you have limited vacation time. Read on as we have a solution for you! Mayan Ruin Overviews in One Place - Easy Trip Planning Loco Gringo has one of the most comprehensive lists of travel information about the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Our love for the Mayan...
Posted July 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
First, it is so hard to decide what to do in the Riviera Maya. There are so many things to see and do, making a decision can seem like an impossible task. Once you make your vacation activity decisions, the second challenge is to arrange your activities. There are so many different tour agencies, local guides and adventure parks, how does one choose. We know vacation planning is hard, especially if it is your first trip to the Riviera Maya so we have put together a Seven Day Vacation Planner...
Posted July 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
I think this is the number one vacation question we receive on email. What is the best city in the Riviera Maya? And my answer is the same to everyone. It really depends on the type of vacation you want to have. Each city in the Riviera Maya has a different vibe, and each city offers some great benefits. No two cities are alike, which is what makes the Riviera Maya so special. No matter which city you choose, you will be close to all local attractions, cultural sites, and have quick access to...
Posted July 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
We have been booking vacations in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan for almost 20 years. We have learned a lot in the last two decades and have witnessed a change in booking trends, vacation insight that we want to share with our Loco Gringo Friends. Our words of advice are these - book in advance. The Caribbean Sea, beautiful beaches, cultural activities and the unique natural environment makes the Riviera Maya a great place to vacation for so many people. What this means is...
Posted July 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Riviera Maya is known for some pretty spectacular free events. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is one of those free events marking its 12th year in 2015. Mark your calendars for November 26 - 28 and start planning your jazz vacation in the Riviera Maya. Concerts are held on the beach, the line up of musicians is always impressive (Earth Wind and Fire headlined last year) and yes, I will say it again, all concerts are free - zero dinero, nada, nothing! We are waiting for the list of 2015...
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--Lesley P., Texas
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"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."
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