Posted December 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Vacation tips
Akumal has its own ambulance 24/7! As a result of local efforts in conjunction with the Red Cross in Tulum, a new ambulance will be established in Akumal to serve the Akumal and surrounding areas. The emergency number to call for the Red Cross ambulance is 984 802 5521. This is a Mexican cell phone number. Big congratulations to everyone who worked to make this happen!
Posted December 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Services,Vacation tips
Allow Us to Introduce You To Dr. Bernardo Diaz of Playa del Carmen! When we need a doctor, Dr. Bernardo is the guy we call. Why? One he speaks English, two, he makes house calls! Something unheard of in the modern age. Not only does he make house calls, if he needs blood drawn the phlebotomist (the guy who draws blood) can come too. No need to go to the office. But Dr. B has an office near the Royal Resort in Playa del Carmen. Bedside manners: he's funny as hell, yet still...
Posted December 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins! Starting December 3 running teams from all over the Yucatan take the roads and highways as they begin their run in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The runners take turns running, it is not uncommon to see runners carrying torches and decorated trucks loaded up with the team awaiting their turn. Please use extra caution as you drive the roads and highways where the runners are, or if traffic is slow, it could be a sign of runners...
Posted November 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Vacation tips
Our amigos at the Wah Wah Beachbar welcomes you to participate in their Annual ThanksGiving Dinner Buffet. The Buffet will be served at 4 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, November 27th. Last year Wah Wah started a strong alliance with the YOLIGUANI SHELTER SANCTUARY FOR PREGNANT GIRLS . They were able to collect many useful items for the shelter and this year they want to do the same, and they invite you to help! Join them for their Thanksgiving Feast, and please bring one of the following items...
Posted November 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
On November 22, come enjoy an evening with Jayne Halle and view her incredible photographs of her travels throughout Mexico: “The Faces of Mexico Caught in the Camera’s Lens.” WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. WHERE: Gallery at the Puerto Aventuras Information Center (on the main entrance road) Admission is free but , wine tasting will be available for a nominal charge.
Posted November 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya events
Attention all Foodies! The Fourth Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Fest is March 12- 15, 2015. This upcoming food and wine event features cooking classes with some of the finest chefs like Patricia Quintana, Martha Ortiz, and Mikel Alonso. Take advantage of wine and spirit tastings throughout the festival. And one event not to miss is the Gourmet Tasting Village, where you can sample delicacies from some of the best restaurants and chefs of the Riviera Maya and Cancun. For...
Posted November 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Oh its a party. The BPM music festival starts January 9 to the 18th. If you cannot be in Playa del Carmen, you can catch the podcasts. Please visit their site for more information. Here is this year's line up! #BPM2015
Posted November 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
November 30 is this years Ironman Cozumel, one of the most popular Ironman events of the year. The course is 2.4 mile swim at Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach, 112 mile bike thats three times around the island and then a 26.2 mile run. If you are not an Ironman, or are an Ironman wanna-be get in on the excitement and cheer on the athletes. Be where the action is at this year's Ironman in Cozumel At Chankanaab Park The Elite start at 6:40AM The Amateur start at...
Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism
Don't miss a fantastic event: "No Mas Plastik" November 15 at El Pez at Turtle Cove in Tulum. The participants at this unique art show will be creating projects with a message "Creative Solutions to the World's Plastic Problem" They have been given the task to create an art piece from recycled and found plastic to turn harmful trash in the environment into a work of art. There will be a silent auction for the pieces to help support the artists for their work. Come and bid on your...
Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
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...
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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!"
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--Joyce & Hugh,
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"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
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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
"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
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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"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!"
"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,
"Loco Gringo has an AWESOME website with great info, it is lots of fun to visit, be sure to join their forums. The forums hold more information and trip reports than you can 'shake a stick at'!"
"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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"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!!"
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"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
"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."
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
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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,
"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 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
Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"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
"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
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