Try Paddle Boarding in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Paddleboarding Riviera Maya

Paddle boarding is big!  Its great fun and a great workout.  The Hotel Lido Beach Club in Playa happy to give you an introduction to paddle boarding while you are in Playa on your Riviera Maya vacation.  You can rent a paddle board for $ 20 usd or get the leasson for $30 usd. They are located at the beach between Calle 10 and 12 in Playa. In Tulum, Heather from Extreme Control offers private paddle boarding lessons and rentals. Heather has been in the Riviera Maya for over 10 years and...

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mexican Folk Art Tradition

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

sugar skulls mexican folk art for day of the dead

One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...

Great music on the beach in Playa del Carmen

Posted October 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

enrique pat by fernando aceves

Fusion is one of the best places for live music Don't miss the boho jazz of Aquamala on Thursday October 30 at Fusion on the beach in Playa del Carmen. Music starts at sunset! Fusion is located at Calle 6 and the beach. Aquamala we've seen live many times and the jazz is always incredible.  Aquamala is also performing at this year's Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. Learn more about Playa del Carmen and find the best places to stay for your vacation.  See you at...

3 Cheap Day Trips in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Paamul Beach, near Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya Mexico

Fun day-trips that don't break the budget Vacations are meant to be fun but that does not mean you have to max out your credit cards to have a good time.  We have three places you may not be aware of where kids and those who are young at heart can have a playful day in the sunshine of the Riviera Maya. 1.  Cenote Eden:  The freshwater pools known as "cenotes" are a unique feature to the environment of the Riviera Maya.   A great low-impact adventure which you and your family can have a...

History of Yucatan Haciendas -A Bittersweet Story

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...

Mystical, magical Yucatan

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities


Take 5 minutes to virtually travel through the Yucatan with all its beauty and culture....

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day: Traveling the Maya Canals

Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Adventures in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna.   Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Get your OM on in Rio Lagartos

Posted September 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Yoga on the beach in Mexico

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.

Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports


Forgotten shipwreck remnants in Akumal After 22 years of living in the Riviera Maya, Loco Gringo co-founder Gary Walten was surprised to discover forgotten shipwreck remnants in his own backyard. Gary recently found ship relics from an epic time in the history of the Caribbean, the 16-18th centuries. It just goes to show that the path less traveled still holds secrets for those who take it, no matter how much time has passed in the Mexican Caribbean. It just takes a pair of observant eyes to...

Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Cozumel

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Scuba diving in the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Akumal

Scuba diving is not just for the vacations in the Riviera Maya or Cozumel. It's an easy activity where you learn some basic underwater skills so you can fulfill your Jacques Cousteau fantasies.   Many of your local YMCA's and area dive shops will be offering Open Water Certification programs. The minimum age to begin is 10 years of age for The Junior scuba class, so you and your kids can learn together. Jump in no matter where you are! The wonderful thing about learning to scuba dive near...

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