Taste of Playa – first International Culinary Celebration

Posted August 25, 2013 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya events


Join us September 5th! A new food festival planned for early September will certainly spice things up for vacationers this slow season. A committee of dedicated volunteers will launch the first large scale International Culinary Celebration ever proposed in the Riviera Maya. The Taste of Playa story goes back several months to an idea, a vision of Steering Committee Co-chair Nicola Inwood. "Playa Del Carmen is a first class tourist destination that deserves a first class international event...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Dug Herself a Hole – Turtle Season

Posted August 21, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos


Turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya is still going on through the month of August. This big girl found a nice sandy spot on the shore of Isla Mujeres. Did you know sea turtles can lay up to 200 eggs at a time? Learn more about sea turtles.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Baby Turtle Release – Be there!

Posted August 12, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism


The Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm is a hatchery for endangered sea turtles.  The sea turtles come to Isla Mujeres beaches in the summer to lay their eggs and the volunteers at the Turtle Farm collect their eggs for their 60 day incubation period.  If you’re lucky enough to be on Isla August through October, you can take part in turtle releases held all over the island where they release hundreds of baby turtles at a time. Just ask your concierge to keep you informed or watch the local paper for...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Turtle Love

Posted July 11, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos


Seems vacations in the Riviera Maya make us all a little more amorous. Even these two marine turtles caught in a lovers' embrace. It is turtle season here on the coast and this is how it all begins...with 2 strangers passing in the sea. Learn more about these amazing sea turtles.

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Whale shark season

Posted June 5, 2013 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all.

Well June marks the official opening of whale shark season in the Riviera Maya. For as long as we can remember we have been making the trip up the Gulf of Mexico to see the whale sharks. Why? Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. Their size ranges from a few meters long up to 7 meters in length. That is bigger than many boats that conduct the tours! Whale sharks migrate from the south each spring and head up to the Gulf of Mexico just north of Cancun to feed and breed. We get to go...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Open Wide. It’s Whale Shark Season!

Posted May 24, 2013 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

It's Whale Shark Season in the Riviera Maya

Open wide and say ahhhhh! Whale sharks are the largest fish on Earth. They can get up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 20 tons. Imagine swimming next to one of these gentle giants. Now you can until September, while the largest migration of whale sharks passes by the Yucatan Peninsula. "Swim with Whale Shark" tours run out of Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres. Put this at the top of your "bucket list"! Check out some of our Isla Holbox vacation rentals!

Favorite Activities in the Riviera Maya – Insiders Guide

Posted May 8, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya events


We have some favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that we would love to share! Some of these favorites are new, some of these favorites are old. No matter where you live in the world, neighbourhoods and cities have events and areas that become a local favorite and the Riviera Maya is no exception. What we do have to say is this. There is so much to do we find it hard to choose what to do. Sounds a bit crazy but there is so much to do in the Riviera Maya, we need a week's...

Akumal travel tip – Akumal Comedy Festival and beach bar music

Posted April 8, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya events

Natalie and the foxes at the Akumal comedy festival 2013

If you are in the Riviera Maya April 10 to 13, 2013, check out the Akumal Comedy Festival! This annual festival has great comics during the four days but there is also some local music to check out as well. Our LG forum users are anxiously awaiting the return of Natalie and the Foxes who will be playing at La Buena Vida Saturday night! Check out the Locogringo Forum for more updates! Schedule for the Akumal Comedy Festival Wednesday - April 10, 2013 PRE-FESTIVAL KICK OFF...

Hope for Haiti – Benefit for Doctors Without Borders

Posted January 24, 2010 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations


January 24, 2010 a beautiful thing happened in Akumal and Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya this past Sunday when locals and visitors alike came together to show their support for Haitian earthquake relief. As little as a week before it all started as an idea, to put together a benefit event, complete with food, drink and live music, and donate the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund which ensures that medical teams can react to the Haiti emergency, and humanitarian...

Taste of Playa – Playa del Carmen’s Culinary Celebration

Posted October 25, 2009 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya events


On Saturday, September 5, 2009, over 25 of Playa del Carmen's most creative and talented chefs, restaurateurs, beverage purveyors and specialty food merchants gathered in the city center, the seaside Parque Fundadores, to present their signature dishes and culinary creations to visitors and the residents of the Riviera Maya. It seemed to be one of the hottest days of the year and still nearly three thousand people came through the festival over the course of the day. Some were just curious,...

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