Posted November 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
November 1….whew…..and we are introducing a month of everything NEW! Yup, everything new and worth looking into in the Riviera Maya, Yucatan and Costa Maya. Get ready for a great trip planning month! The cities along the coast of the Caribbean and the cities in the interior have an interesting way of maintaining historical things to do and see but also find new things to do and see all the time. This change is what we love about where we live. Returning to the areas and restaurants that have become a favorite makes the area feel like home. Finding new things whether it be a newly discovered cenote, a new restaurant, or a new activity put a new kick in our step when we want to shake things up a bit. This is what makes the Yucatan Peninsula a fun place and an great place to be.
If you are reading this post then you have discovered that LocoGringo has followed the pattern of everything new and launched a new website. Yup, it was time for a makeover and this was not a quick to the makeover specialist. Our new look was an international effort by a team of people dedicated to making your online experience with LocoGringo better than it ever was. Take a look around, see what’s new and know that LocoGringo is more than just a vacation rental site. This unique combination is what has continued to set LocoGringo apart from other websites and we think we just stepped things up a notch.
Once you have booked your vacation with us you will have access to some pretty cool vacation resources that make vacation planning a breeze. Check out our travel intineraries, ‘Ways to Play’, the new blog ‘Local Scoop‘, the forums, the beach cam and the destination overviews. When you book a vacation rental with us you will have access to exclusive e-books, travel tips and recommendations and vacation reminders. Booking a vacation rental with LocoGringo is just the start of your vacation. We don’t stop at the booking process, we make this the beginning of a great journey!
As we launched the new LocoGringo website we also launched a new tourism directory for everyone! Visitors and local businesses will benefit from this locally driven geo-location and review driven business directory. The difference in this local directory from other review sites online is that it is managed by local people who really know what is going on. The directory is new so be patient. It will take a bit of time for locals to get online and add their business, but people are keen to participate, so check it out. As we say in Mexico, poco a poco, little by little.
When we started this process of looking at what was new, we thought it was going to be a task. What we have discovered is that each village, each city, each community is constantly updating, reviewing, enhancing and creating new things and processes so they can be better at what they do. Additionally, new chefs, new businesses, new shops are popping up throughout the area and generating a wonderful force within our communities. What we love to see is the enthusiasm for new….the enthusiasm for change, in both the private and public sectors. Local municipals governments have new mayors in charge who are keen to do more for their communities. Local citizens are also looking at where they can participate in their cities or villages and generate change in neighborhoods and communities. Local schools, local social services and local events are receiving some new energy from people who really want to participate in the place they call home.
We love to try new things and hope that our enthusiasm for ‘new’ catches on this month and throughout the season. If you know of something new that is happening, add it in our comments section. If you are looking for something new to do, just ask. Doing something new pulls you into the moment and shakes things up a bit….making life or a vacation exciting, rewarding and in some cases, just brings a huge smile to our face!
Check out our new website and let us know what you think!
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"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
"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 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!"
"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'!"
"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!!"
"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
"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!"
"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
"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."
"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!!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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,
"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
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
""I was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
"Now is a great time to tell you how wonderful you and your staff are at making it so easy to find and book the best vacations, THANK YOU !"
--Joyce & Hugh,
"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
Maggie in Colorado"
"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
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"Loco Gringos is the VERY BEST booking site I have ever worked with. They respond to emails promptly, work hard to honor special requests, answer questions etc. They ALWAYS take great care of their customers and are conscientious and professional at all times. We have booked 8 trips with this company and NEVER hesitate to use them or recommend them when traveling to the Riviera Maya."
"Go to the home page or check the forum."
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"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
"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,
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
I have been searching Loco Gringo for all these years and one thing I have not yet found ........... someone who is not fabulous to work with. Great people, great owners and a great way to run a business."
--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
"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."
"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!"
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