Riviera Maya photo of the day – sweet onion salsa recipe

Posted May 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

favorite foods and salsas in mexico and the Riviera maya

Love tacos but love salsas more! Pico de Gallo, the fresh tomato salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and chiles is a popular choice. But wait till you try this sweet onion salsa that is a staple salsa in true Mexican taquerias. This fresh red onion salsa is easy to make and can sit in the fridge for a week. If you want a true Mexican flavor this is it! Sweet Onion Salsa Ingredients One red onion Juice of a bitter orange (or substitute 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp grapefruit, 2 tbsp...

Puerto Aventuras vacation tip – buy cheap fish in the marina

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

buy your fish directly from the fisherman in the riviera maya

Captain Rick's in Puerto Aventuras has fishing trips each morning and each afternoon. Their trips are great and if you love to deep-sea fish this is a great outfit to hook up with. Our vacation tip is not about fishing though, our vacation tip is about buying fresh fish at great prices. Waiting for the fishing boats at noon or at 4 pm in the marina at Puerto Aventuras is a sure-fire way to get dinner and not have to work for it. For many people who fish, fishing is a sport. At the end of the...

Yucatan photo of the day – A great off the beaten track road

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

road in the Yucatan mexico

One of our favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya or the Yucatan is to take a road less traveled and find out where it leads. This game is not for everyone but we have found some pretty interesting things when we take a left, because. Cool thing is, you can benefit from our 'take a left here' adventures. We write about most of these adventures or share our discoveries with readers. Sure it takes a bit of the adventure out of the 'turn left here' ritual, but it saves a bit of time. This...

Tulum Photo of the day – reading a book and chilling

Posted May 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Reading a book on the tulum beach in the riviera Maya

Is there anything more blissful than having a one book day.  Is there anything more blissful than a one book day, on the beach, under a palapa, sipping a margarita? This photo was taken in Tulum. It WAS a one book day, and it was a blissful day. As a paper book reader still (digital books are not as luxurious) there is nothing better than a quiet day on the Tulum beach reading a great book. A walk can be taken in between chapters, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Few people...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Grocery store specials every Wednesday

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera Maya food specials in local grocery stores

Listen up and save a few dollars, or pesos. The local grocery stores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum have a weekly deal day where locals can save on their grocery purchases. Wednesday is the day, and each grocery story chain offers great deals throughout the store. Produce is the main savings, with fruit and veggie deals being the best deal in the town. Depending on the season, we have seen tomatoes as low as 1 peso a kilo, bananas at 2 pesos a kilo, grapefruit, limes,...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – the original vacation specialists

Posted May 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

oringinal image Locogringo is the original vacation center in the Riviera maya

We were reminiscing the other day about the history of LocoGringo. The conversation inspired this image as LocoGringo is the original vacation booking and tourism portal for the Riviera Maya. The idea seemed big, onerous and a bit out of reach. The internet was based on code (wordpress was not invented yet), and we lived in an area that had sporadic internet at best! It feels pretty good to be the first and it feels pretty good to still be delivering services Riviera Maya visitors 20 years...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Hot vanilla from Ah Cacao

Posted May 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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This is our new favorite drink when we are in Playa del Carmen! Ah Cacao has a hot vanilla drink, which is hot milk mixed with natural vanilla and a touch of sweetness. Oh la la! The nights are warm, but the fresh hot vanilla drink seems to go down oh so well. We have talked about the brownies and lattes at this local coffee-house, but this seems to take the cake! This is a caffeine-free drink, with frothy milk and lots of flavor! Love it and would say at this point, addicted! If you find a...

Playa del Carmen vacation tip – Local book exchanges

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

book exchanges in Playa del Carmen for paper books in multiple languages

Some of us have not quite made the shift to digital books. (I am raising my hand) There is something about holding a book, flipping the pages and dog earing your place in the story that is still very ritualistic, endearing and necessary. Locally in Playa del Carmen, book exchanges still exist and there is a second-hand book store for your browsing and buying. If you are a paper book reader like us, search out these cool places that let you exchange books, take a book or buy a second-hand...

Insiders guide to the Riviera Maya – local secrets and tips

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

local tips and secrets about the Riviera Maya

We had a duh moment this past month. Why have we not done this before? An insiders guide to the Riviera Maya, written by locals, tested by locals, shared with others. The month of May at LocoGringo is the month of sharing all the local secrets we can think of.Call it the Insiders Guide to the Riviera Maya, local tips or local secrets. Anyway you look at it, we are sharing what we know.  If you are coming to the Riviera Maya on vacation, these little local secrets that will provide you with...

Puerto Morelos photo of the day – Picture perfect Riviera Maya day

Posted April 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos


Puerto Morelos is located just south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This picture perfect day in the small fishing village was captured in this photo. Days like this are seen almost every day in Puerto Morelos making it a great vacation destination, a chill place to hang, a wonderful quiet location for your Mexican vacation and a unique experience for travelers. The residents are business work hard to maintain the beauty found in Puerto Morelos and it shows! Fishing is the number one...

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