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Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Watersports

Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

The Mexican Caribbean that lines the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya is a diving hot spot! From Cancun to Xcalak you will find unique diving experiences no matter which city you choose to put your tanks in the water. The second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef, runs from Cancun to Xcalak and has so many wonderful places for divers to explore. The hot, hot spots or maybe I should say highlights are listed by city below. Whether you dive in one city for your vacation or...

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Steve Gerrard – Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Posted June 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Steve Gerrard - Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Today we welcome a longtime friend and fellow cave diver, Steve Gerrard. Steve was the first ever full-time cave diving instructor. He has been cave diving for over 30 years, has been the President of the National Association of Cave Diving (NACD) since 1979, has been featured in magazine articles and television programs, and is the author of five books.     The New Frontier Steve started out cave diving in the deep caverns of Florida and eventually moved to the...

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Underwater Summer Camp

Posted June 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services,Watersports

Underwater Summer Camp

This is how summer camp should be. Parents get a vacation and kids have an adventures. Well, this is the reality here in the Riviera Maya and Underwater Summer Camp can be done any day of the week! I remember my memorable days of summer camp. Crafts, canoeing, camping, camp fires, and just being a kid or a teenager. But not all of us can afford 4 weeks at camp, and most parents are still stuck working grind while they ship off their kids summer camp. That is not a break for...

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Jump In – Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities

Jump In - Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory  so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...

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Personal Cenote Check List for the Riviera Maya

Posted September 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Cenote Azul, Riviera Maya Mexico

As some of you may know, we have a bit of a passion for cenotes, okay a huge passion for cenotes. These natural sink holes are a true wonder both above and below the surface. Our love for the Riviera Maya started at these very pools and grew to regions near and far as we explored the Yucatan Peninsula. We thought it might be fun, and useful, to build a cenote check list. This list will keep you pretty busy, and could have you racing back for more on another vacation. This is exactly what...

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Infographic

Posted May 29, 2015 by Steve Moen in Watersports

Riviera Maya Vacation guide to Scuba Diving, cenote diving and Ocean Diving

Have you always wondered what differentiates snorkeling from diving. Have you dreamed of switching your snorkeling for your open water certification. Have you wondered what it would be like to try scuba diving when in the Riviera Maya. Well, this infographic designed by Jennifer Forbes is a great way to figure out which Caribbean water activity is best for you! Snorkeling vs Diving in the Riviera Maya Big shout out to by Jennifer Forbes for creating this amazing infographic Check...

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Off the Beaten Track Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Xcacel Cenote

The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with fresh water sinkholes, called cenotes, that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Cenotes are a wonderful alternative to the sea, are wonderful adventures, and are a great place to cool off on a hot day. Popular cenotes are Dos Ojos, Cenote Manatee, and Gran Cenote. If you are seeking more private place for your midday swim, we have a list of off the beaten path cenotes. Four Off the Beaten Path Cenotes in the Rivera Maya We have highlighted this list...

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3 Cheap Day Trips in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 17, 2014 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...

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Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

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

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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...

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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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