Posted December 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
The most convenient way to buy pesos is by using an ATM. You will often receive better exchange rates, even though you have to pay a service fee, as with any ATM outside your bank network. Be sure to use only bank ATMs and never third party ATMs. If you're going to be traveling in rural areas or remote villages, be sure to take enough cash with you, as ATMs may be hard to find. Buying pesos at your bank before your trip is not necessary if you are using American dollars as they are accepted...
Posted December 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Que Onda Restaurant in North Akumal offers a taco bar featuring tacos al pastor (delicious pork cooked over an open flame and seasoned with pineapple) and tacos de res (beef). That's a margarita in the picture, mighty fine one too! Find other great restaurants in the Riviera Maya.
Posted December 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Every once in a while we like to remind international travelers to check the expiration date on their passport. If you do find it is expired, passport issuing offices offer rush services for a speedy renewal. Don't ruin your holiday trip to Mexico by getting left at the gate with an expired passport! There is still time to book a last minute tropical holiday vacation! Check out this amazing villa available for Christmas.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
These kids are partying Navidad style! Remember when you had the Christmas spirit? When Christmas was more about fun and family and less about crowded shopping malls and shoveling snow. We invite you to the Riviera Maya, where it is warm and inviting all year 'round. Email us, because it's not too late to revive holiday magic. Check out his awesome villa recently available for Christmas.
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
This little guy is full on in the holiday spirit, sporting deer antlers and a shiny Rudolph nose! Each Christmas, the owners of Turtle Bay Bakery in Akumal host a holiday party for their employees and their families that includes food, music and even a visit from Santa! Read about other ways Riviera Maya locals celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Posted December 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Travelers getting ready for their Mayan Riviera vacation often ask us, "What's the weather gonna be like while we are there?" We try to forecast as accurate as possible, but we would like to direct you to the professionals, www.windguru.com. This is the site used by the local boat captains and dive shops in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Check out some awesome aerial views of the Riviera Maya
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
We don't have snow in the Riviera Maya, but that doesn't stop us from having Winter time fun! Here's a few of the Loco Gringo crew making snow, uh I mean, sand angels at our company Christmas party. Get out of the cold! Plan a Winter vacation in the Riviera Maya.
Posted December 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Today is the sacred Mexican holiday Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and the antorchistas (torch runners) are ending their journey at the church to worship and celebrate the country's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Learn more about this Mexican holiday.
Posted December 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
Last Sunday the Loco Gringo crew and their families enjoyed an awesome Riviera Maya style Christmas party! Sailing on the Caribbean Sea, a fresh seafood lunch on the beach, snorkeling in the bay and we even made sand angels! It's not too late for you and your family to have the same awesome holiday. Check out this fabulous villa available for Christmas week!
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Getting ready for your Christmas and/or New Year holiday in the Riviera Maya? Even though it is warm and sunny year 'round here in the tropics, be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket and one pair of long pants for evening walks on the beach or dinners at beachfront restaurants. It can get a little windy and even a bit chilly at night. For windy days on the beach, ladies, you will want a cover up when you step put of the warm Caribbean Sea into the cool breeze. Also, bring two swim suites...
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"...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!
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"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,
"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
"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
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations 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.,
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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!"
"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."
"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,
"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."
"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!!"
"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,
"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!"
"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,
""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!""
"Both in 2011 and this year we have booked our room through Locogringo.com. We searched and found a great rate at the resort we wanted, and then Locogringo met that price, and with their booking came their amazing customer service and the peace of mind that if we need anything while we are there we simply need to call. I always get a fast turnaround on any email I send them, and they work so hard to find us the best rates and the rooms we want. We hope to have a long relationship with them, and recommend their site to everyone we know."
--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
"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
"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."
"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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"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!!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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
"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."
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