Stand Up! Records presents:

Posted May 22, 2011 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Activities

comedy muertos

We all know that Akumal is a home to and vacation destination for all manner of people from around the world, but did you know it’s also the playground for some of the fastest rising stars of American stand up comedy? For the last three years, comedian, actor, and producer Gus Lynch has hosted a comic's retreat at Villa de Valhalla in Akumal. Every year in late Spring a group of stand up comedians gather in Akumal for a week of fun and frolic, daydreaming about mounting a show on the...

PEACE Cook Books

Posted by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

Support PEACE Isla Mujeres

The second edition of Cocina Isle compiled by PEACE Isla Mujeres has arrived and is available for purchase. This fantastic bilingual (Spanish-English) cookbook offers roughly 200 recipes from local and international residents and establishments of Isla Mujeres, with a few of the best that were resurrected from the first edition (published in 2001). The collection was created with the flavor and available ingredients of Isla Mujeres in mind. It also comes complete with stories to go with many...

Something is always cookin’ with John Gray

Posted May 20, 2011 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink

Riviera Maya Chef Launches New Menu Concept John Gray Restaurant Group Moves to Fixed Price Menu

John Gray is a good amigo of ours, we have known him for years, and he always has somethin' cookin'.... The John Gray Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the introduction of a new menu concept in both of its Riviera Maya restaurant locations. Beginning in May, John Gray’s Kitchen in Puerto Morelos and John Gray’s Place in Playa del Carmen will introduce a fixed price menu. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of Chef Gray’s popular signature dishes as well as new culinary...

My Paradise

Posted May 17, 2011 by LocoGringo in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Destinations

T. Delano age 21 first time to Cancun

My first vacation to Mexico was in 1991. I was 21 years old and traveling with my roommate. She was a seasoned traveler to Mexico and regaled me with tales of a place called “Akumal”. Unfortunately, we never made it to this magical destination during our brief stay in Cancun. In my mind and from everything she told me, I imagined paradise. A couple of years later, I traveled again to Mexico but this time with my husband. We planned an all inclusive stay at an Oasis Akumal resort. The...

Saying Goodbye to an Akumal Institution

Posted May 13, 2011 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations

Que Onda Restaurant

Upon hearing the news, my head spun with disbelief - the first stage of grieving. "WHAT?! QUE ONDA IS CLOSING PERMANENTLY?! WHY?!" At first, I thought is was just some vicious rumor directed at my plans for a Summer vacation in Akumal filled with fresh pasta and pomodoro sauce just like my grandmother used to make, but alas, it was true. My little Italian trattoria in the Mexican jungle was shutting its palm fronds to the general public and becoming a private retreat for artists...

Learn how to scuba dive

Posted May 11, 2011 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Watersports

learn to scuba dive PADI

I took some close friends for their first dive last week. It's eye opening to introduce someone you have known for over twenty years to experience something for the first time that you do every day. One of my friends said that their first dive felt like being in the womb and flying over alien cities all at once. I guess that is one of the better descriptions I have heard. After several years of teaching people to dive here in Akumal, I have generally given up trying to describe diving. Instead...

Kiss the cook

Posted May 6, 2011 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Cooking classes at Altamar Tulum

For information on how you can join a cooking class contact Altamar Tulum [email protected] telephone 52 -998-282-8299. Located on Av Tulum, the main road going through the pueblo and the corner of Calle Beta Sur. Altamar Tulum

Meet Akumal local Enrique Alcaraz

Posted May 1, 2011 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations


Enrique Alcaraz Meet Akumal local, Enrique Alcaraz.  He is an accomplished painter and architect who was born in Mexico City but has called Akumal his home since the early 80s.  His fanciful paintings have been described as "a poem within a riddle embedded inside a myth" while some of his water themed works, upon first glance, have been mistaken for photographs. Enrique has also designed some of Akumal's luxury, vacation villas. Casa de Colores LG: Was there someone who...

“YUCATAN: A Culinary Expedition.”

Posted April 27, 2011 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Chef David Sterling at work (c) Eduardo Cervantes

Last month, Loco Gringo received word that the Yucatan's very own Chef David Sterling, owner and head chef of Los Dos Cooking School in Merida, Mexico, is under contract with the University of Texas Press to publish a cookbook.  Publication date is scheduled for September 2013. If I had to give the "elevator pitch" for the book, it would be "Epic Travelogue with Recipes," says David of his cookbook with the working title "YUCATÁN: A Culinary Expedition."  Part of his goal for the book is...

10 tips for green travel on the Riviera Maya

Posted April 25, 2011 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations


In 2010, best estimates from the Mexico Tourism Board tell us that over 10 million people passed through the Cancun International Airport. This number considersforeign and domestic passengers including tourists, business travelers and general transit to Quintana Roo. A great many of these visitors are drawn to this area and the Riviera Maya in particular for the astounding array of flora and fauna that can be found in this relatively small geographic region. Let’s all do our part to protect...

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