Posted August 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Worn down from work? Need a boost from long days? We suspect this is why you are going on vacation. It is so easy to over eat when away from home. Diving into local food, trying new cocktails, digging into the authentic Mexican dishes you have seen posted on Instragram. Taco comas are easily to fall into when you come to the Riviera Maya. But is that what you really need during your vacation? Most of us would say, heck ya! It is hard to get authentic Mexican food anywhere else in the...
Posted August 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips
Some days we need a break, a way to push all the responsibilities and stress aside and just sit and watch the waves roll in. Funny thing, if you do this, for a day, a few days or even a week, you will find that you are far more productive and focused than if you just kept at it till the list is done. Like all of our natural resources, our own energy is finite. The New York Times wrote about this concept in 2015. We have worked hard to building renewal systems for all of our external energy...
Posted August 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Arielle Thomas Newman moved to Playa del Carmen from Kansas City, Missouri, in 2001. She and her husband knew they wanted to live in a beautiful beach environment, but didn’t want to be more than 2 hours from the US. The Riviera Maya in Mexico was the perfect location. Arielle is a yoga teacher, a writer and a choreographer. A perfect sequence of events gave her the opportunity to cover yoga classes at a local gym, write healthy living articles for the local paper and then choreograph the...
Posted August 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
What we love about the Riviera Maya is the host of different cities and villages where you can do just this. Eat, beach, Sleep, Repeat. No matter which beach you choose, (and there are many to choose from) no matter where you eat, and no matter which type of accommodations you choose to sleep in (hotel, condo or villa) you are sure to be rested after this beautiful and necessary vacation ritual. Eat, Beach, Sleep in Puerto Morelos If you have not experienced this small seaside village,...
Posted July 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
We all know (and love) the margarita, a good old cerveza, or love Kahlua for an after dinner cocktail. But what are true Mexican cocktails? In the era of mixology, which cocktails are authentic and part of Mexico's roots. There are a few iconic Mexican cocktails that you will find in any bar in the Riviera Maya. These are national drinks, drinks that are at the heart of the country. Some may surprise you, some may not. Some just may have you running to the Riviera Maya to give one (or all)...
Posted July 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Have you been to Puerto Morelos in the Riviera Maya? Have you experienced this small village located 15 minutes south of the Cancun Airport and just 20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen? If not, let us give you four good reasons to check this little village out on either a day trip or an entire week stay. Just be careful you may not want to leave. Reason #1 - Why You should Go to Puerto Morelos Now The Caribbean Sea within the city limits of Puerto Morelos are a protected marine park. You...
Posted July 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Today, it is my pleasure to speak with Kendall Inman. Originally from California, she currently lives in Playa del Carmen and in Dallas, Texas. While living in California, she frequently took trips to Mexico with her Grandmother to get lobster tacos along the water. She discovered the Riviera Maya when a friend told her about Akumal, in 1998. She says it was so magical she knew she wanted to build a house and a life there. And even though she was nursing a new baby, if there was a problem...
Posted July 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Looking for something new for your upcoming vacation? Hoping to try out a new location in the Riviera Maya or Yucatan this Christmas. Well we may just have the answer to your prayers. We have been looking at new hotels and vacation rentals in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that could either match your budget or your vacation lifestyle. Check them out and let us know which one sparks a vacation idea. New Vacation Rentals in the Riviera Maya We have been loving smaller cities outside of the...
Posted July 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
You have heard this again and again. Or perhaps you have not. This is a true statement: Tequila is like wine, there are different nuances, flavors, and aging processes that produce complex flavors. It is best to sip your tequila not shoot it. So if you are to treat tequila like a fine wine, why not food pair your tequila with the right foods. And yes that is the emerging trend. Food pairing with tequila is becoming more and more popular. There are foods that pair better with a Blanco, a...
Posted July 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
I love the sea, but the mysteries of the jungle continue to intrigue me. As a seasoned cave diver and cave explorer, I found myself in the jungle more than on the beach. It was during these early years that I fell in love with the Mayan rainforest. Check out these Eco Parks That Take You In Jungle We don't expect anyone to trek into the dense local jungles on their own. Even 16th century explorers did not try to get through the jungle on foot. We know that the best way, and most eco friendly...
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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,
"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
"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."
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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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!
Maggie in Colorado"
"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."
"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,
""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!""
"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!"
"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!"
"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
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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!"
"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!!"
"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
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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.,
"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
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
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--Joyce & Hugh,
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