Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Sand angels

making sand angels in Akumal, mexico

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.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – LG Christmas Party

Christmas in the Riviera Maya

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!

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Packing for a Winter holiday

Riviera Maya, Mexico packing 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...

Cocina Navidad – Holiday Recipes from Riviera Maya

Holiday recipes from Cancun

Nothing brings people together for the holidays like the promise of good food, and here in Mexico, the Christmas holidays are more about family and food than anything else. We hope you are spending your holidays with us here on the coast, but if not, maybe you would like to bring a little bit of Mexico into your home this season with recipes from our Loco Gringo family. If you decide to try your hand at any of these recipes, let us know how they turn out. Enjoy! Ponche 4 liters of...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Holiday Dining

Riviera Maya restaurant

Will restaurants be open Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? We get this question a lot from our holiday guests, and the good news is YES! Most Riviera Maya restaurants are open Christmas Day as it is the custom in Mexico to celebrate the holiday on Christmas Eve. If a restaurant closes at all, it will usually close on the Eve. If you have a special restaurant in mind for your holiday dinner, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. It is not too late to book a Christmas vacation in the...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – 5th Avenue in Lights

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Playa del Carmen. The famous 5th Avenue promenade is all lit up from end to end. Check out some Playa del Carmen condos. It's not too late for a Riviera Maya Christmas!

Akumal Holiday Vacation Tip – Christmas Pageant

Christmas pageant in Riviera Maya

The annual Akumal Christmas pageant will be held December 22 beginning at 5PM in the Plaza Ukana in the center of town. If you are visiting Akumal, Mexico during this time we would love for you to join us for carols, storytelling and of course Santa will make an appearance for all the kids (big and small) to tell him what they'd like for Christmas. Read about Mexico's most important holiday tradition.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Noche Buena Beer

Holiday beer in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.

Carrying a Torch for Guadalupe in the Riviera Maya

Dia de Senora de Guadalupe in Riviera Maya

One of the Mexican culture's most celebrated historical figures is without a doubt the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Mexico seen everywhere, statues, paintings, sculptures and posters adorn churches, houses, convenience stores and restaurants. Decals of the religious icon ride in the back windows of taxis and on the front of T-shirts for sale in the local mercados.  This sacred lady is also referred to as Señora Guadalupe, a woman for whom many carry a torch for every holiday...

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