Posted January 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities
February 15, 2014, the Merida English Library is hosting the Artists' Studio Tour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This is a rare chance to step inside the homes and studios of over 20 local artists and see where the magic happens. Be your own guide and meet the artists who interest you most. Admission is $200 pesos. Find a hotel in historical Merida.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Totally unplug in Costa Maya, Mexico. Meet Mahahual
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities
Last month, the Loco Gringo crew booked a sailing trip out of Akumal for the annual company Christmas party. We had all done this catamaran tour before with visiting friends and family but had forgotten how much fun the Robinson Crusoe Sailing Adventure really is. With jobs, growing families and daily responsibilities, even those of us living in paradise can forget to take time out to enjoy life. We were certainly reminded that, without a doubt, this was one of the coolest excursions in the...
Posted January 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos
It's time for Cozumel's spectacular annual Carnival celebration! This year's main week of activities will run from Wednesday, February 26 to Fat Tuesday, March 4. Book an all inclusive package to Cozumel and be there for the party of the year!
Posted January 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
DAC grocery on 30th Avenue in Playa del Carmen always has a lovely selection of fresh tropical flowers. Discover Playa del Carmen.
Posted by Kay Walten in Food,Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities
Cantinas have always been a part of Mexican culture. The phrase "Mexican cantina" brings to mind smokey saloons filled with gun slingers. However, the cantinas of today are very different, serving botanas (free appetizers while you drink) and some even cater to families. Do your own cantina crawl with some of our favorite Merida cantinas: La Negrita located on the corner of Calle 62 and 49 El Lucero del Alba on Calla 56 and 47 El Gallito 0n Calle 45 between 60 and 62 Pico de...
Posted January 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
With over 1.5 million acres of protected land, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere is a treasure trove of raw, natural beauty just waiting for you to explore! If you are looking for an authentic Riviera Maya vacation experience, an eco-adventure in the Sian Ka'an is it. After taking a reserve tour, you will never think of the Mayan people or the Yucatan Peninsula the same way. Book a Sian Ka'an nature tour on your next Mayan Riviera vacation, you’ll love every minute of it! 3 Unique Ways to Enjoy...
Posted January 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The 2014 Valladolid Expo Fair will be held from January 24 to February 9. This very cultural event will include family fun such as “Forever Circus”, children's shows, regional dance exhibitions, regional food, and local as well as national singers. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya during this time, schedule a day trip to Valladolid and enjoy an authentic Mayan celebration. Discover Mexico's "Pueblo Magico" Valladolid.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports
Akumal local, Angel Varguez, has been the captain of the Akumal Dive Shop's catamaran, the Kantaris, for 14 years. Loco Gringo has been sailing with with "Captain Nebo" (his nickname) for all those years and he is tops when it comes to sailing the local waters and hosting you on his boat. The beers are always cold and the lines are always in the water! What's the weather like in Akumal right now? Check out our beach cam!
Posted January 16, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Hola Amigos! Choosing to go international for your vacation means you want to experience a new culture. There are so many ways to learn about a new culture. Everything from organized tours, to trying new foods, to just sitting at a street cafe and people watching. The Riviera Maya is filled with fun and exciting ways to explore the local culture. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to get immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of Yucatan. Cultural Excursions in and Around the...
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--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
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"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
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"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,
"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
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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
"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!!"
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"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!"
"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."
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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
"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,
"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 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!""
"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!"
"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."
"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
"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,
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
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