Posted October 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations
Yucatan Haciendas have a similar history to the Plantations in the southern United States. Land owners accumulated large pieces of land in rural communities to grow one crop. In the US it was cotton, in the Yucatan it was Sisal, or Henequen. The Hacienda story is bittersweet. The production of henequen, agave plant fibre, was used to make industrial strength rope. This one crop creating agriculture and manufacturing opportunities in rural Yucatan. The rope was exported and created an...
Posted September 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is the newest in destinations for Loco Gringo to represent! For yoginis, you will find Rio Lagartos to be a mellow place to breathe and be. Join up with Jo Cope in "Rio" October 24 - 26, the weekend includes yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, a fire ceremony and more. The retreat is hosted by Ashtanga instructor Jo Cope and meditation by Donna Carey. For more information visit Joga Yoga Retreats Facebook page.
Posted September 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexico Destinations,Vacation tips
This is no fish tale! There's a lot more going on in Xcalak than just fly-fishing and scuba diving. Our great friends Dave and Ilana Randall owners of Costa de Cocos Resort have been concocting some strange brew that is now being sold in select Riviera Maya bars & restaurants. We caught up with Ilana and Dave recently and asked them a bit about how they got into the micro-brew beer biz: Q: How did you guys get into making your own micro-brew beer? A: We were on vacation in...
Posted August 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Special Get Acquainted Offer at the Akumal Beach Resort One of the most popular resorts in Akumal, the Akumal Beach Resort is undergoing a big makeover this Fall, including a name change. We want to offer you an opportunity to be one of the first guests! Loco Gringo has an exclusive special for our customers... But you have to book before October 31! The new Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort formerly the Akumal Beach Resort will offer 234 beautifully decorated ocean front suites. The...
Posted August 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
One of our favorite hotels in Tulum We are happy to have "The Beach" Hotel next to Cabanas Tulum as one of our newest listings on LocoGringo. This little boutique hotel is the place where even we go to getaway because we can walk right out from the room to the beach. This boutique hotel has the advantage of being next to Ziggy's beach club which has fabulous eats, tasty libations and wonderful service. The idlyic Tulum beach goes as far as the eye can see to the north and the south,...
Posted August 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Destinations,Vacation tips
Weathermen predict another polar vortex this winter So you have a choice you can spend your holiday vacation at home, digging out from under the snow up north or you can enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya. What do you choose? In Tulum El Paraiso Beach Hotel has availability for both holiday weeks! New Years is almost sold out in regards vacation rentals and small hotels, so call us today 1-800-478-0081. We have some great vacation rental house still open for Christmas...
Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot. Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid. We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors! Why, because here...
Posted July 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
"The Bachelor in Paradise" hits the Tulum beach! ABC's reality TV show, The Bachelor in Paradise season takes place as the Papaya Playa Project in Casa Madera overlooking the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya town of Tulum. Heartbreak and drama will fill the shores of Tulum with this cast as they go seeking true love. You can watch the beach just north of their piece of paradise. Get a glimpse of what is in store for the bachelor and bachlorettes on Mayan Riviera. This ABC-TV...
Posted June 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism
Get off the beaten path! Almaplena Eco Resort is located about 20 minutes or so south of Mahahual where the the busyness of the world fade away. This quaint 8 room resort is one of Loco Gringo's newest listings. Almeplena won the Certificate of Excellence 2013 from TripAdvisor. One guest commented: "Perfect place to unwind and disconnect. Beautiful rooms and place." Another guest said: "The beautiful, serene beach and open air lobby are your's for the day. There are an abundance of...
Posted April 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Woo Hoo! We just found a great list of family vacation rentals in the Rivera Maya that is diverse enough for any family. Each family has very specific needs and we think this short list will make your family vacation easy to plan and even easier to secure. If we did not hit the nail on the head, know that there are more vacation rentals where these came from. Choose from beach vacation rentals in Playa del Carmen, SOliman Bay, Akumal and more! Love this list and hope you love it as well! How do...
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"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!"
"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
"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,
"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!"
"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!"
"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!!"
"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!!"
"...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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"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!"
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