Posted January 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Looking for the most economical way to the Riviera Maya from the Cancun Airport? ADO first class buses with air conditioning and comfortable seating run shuttle from the airport to the Playa del Carmen bus station for $120 pesos (about $10 USD) per person. You can reserve online or buy your tickets at the airport. Pros: It's SUPER cheap. Cons: The buses have set departure times your incoming flight must coordinate with, which usually means a wait time. You will be taken to the bus station...
Posted January 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Staying in a Puerto Morelos or Playa del Secreto villa and don't feel like cooking or going out to for dinner? Now the area has a catering service with fresh, regional meals created by a professional chef in his kitchen and delivered to your door. Villa Catering has an extensive dinner and "happy hour" menu, and best of all, meals come with a pitcher of margaritas, pina coladas or sangria. Check out our Playa del Secreto vacation rentals.
Posted January 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
Foodies from around the world have discovered that the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are great destinations to experience food created by some really inspiring chefs. If you are crazy for cooking or just enjoy eating really great Mexican food, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a...
Posted January 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism
Tulum has several open air mercados along the main highway that runs through the pueblo. Fruit, vegetables, canned goods, dry goods, household products are all available in these small, family owned and operated grocery stores. Not too long ago, before modern super stores like WalMart came to the Riviera Maya, little places like this is where everyone did their grocery shopping. Help keep places like this, that make Tulum so unique, alive. Shopping here supports a local business owner and is...
Posted January 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Services,Vacation tips
January 2014 is all about being crazy for travel, and Loco Gringo wants to spark a desire in travelers to experience the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan! What does it mean to be crazy for travel? To us, it means having an unquenchable thirst to discover new places and even explore deeper the places we have been before. It means wanting to experience the best of what a destination has to offer, and we think the Mexican Caribbean is one of the most exciting travel destinations on...
Posted December 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
Travelers getting ready for their Mayan Riviera vacation often ask us, "What's the weather gonna be like while we are there?" We try to forecast as accurate as possible, but we would like to direct you to the professionals, www.windguru.com. This is the site used by the local boat captains and dive shops in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Check out some awesome aerial views of the Riviera Maya
Posted November 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Crossfit is the NEW way to stay in shape and the Riviera Maya has several Playa del Carmen locations where you can give it a try, or if you are already in the know, keep up your work out routine while on vacation. Day, week and monthly passes are available. Crossfit Impetus in Playa del Carmen on Highway 307 between Av. Colosio (72 N) and Av. CTM (46 N) Xfitraw in Plaza Centro Maya Evolve Fitness Gym on Calle 24 Norte and the corner of 5th Ave. The Gym on 1st Ave Norte, enter...
Posted November 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Playa Mobility is now making Riviera Maya vacations easier for travelers with special mobility needs. Playa Mobility is the first mobility scooters and wheelchair rental based in Playa del Carmen, providing delivery to every resort of the Mayan Riviera from Cancun to Tulum and Cozumel. Check out one of our handicap accessible villas.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services
Today, more and more people are opting for healthier options at home AND on vacation. If you are looking for the vacation destination that will allow you to stay healthy while relaxing and having a fun, or if you are wanting a fitness retreat that will begin you on the path to good health, consider Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Exercise and Fitness Playa del Carmen offers lots of ways to challenge your body! Just by its urban design, Playa (as the locals call it) encourages visitors and...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Another new organic grocery store has opened up in the Riviera Maya. Coco Beach Organic Market located inside the Les Aziles Condominium Complex is a wonderfully healthy option for the many residents of and visitors to Playa del Carmen. They have organic coffee, produce, herbs, baked goods, agua frescas and so much more! Check out more healthy options in Playa del Carmen. Photo by Michele Kinnon
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--Joyce & Hugh,
"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,
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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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.
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Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"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 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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"Thanks for everything you have done with Locogringo… the site is great and your staff has been nothing short of incredible when it comes to helping us plan our trips. Maybe we’ll run into you on one of your walks some day."
"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!"
"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."
"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
"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
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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
"LocoGringo.com books total trip packages and I recommend LG to all my friends and even to strangers I hear talking about going to Mexico!!"
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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!"
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"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.,
"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
"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,
"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
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