Soliman Bay and Tankah – Secluded Riviera Maya Communities for a Peaceful Vacation

Posted by Loco Gringo in Soliman Bay,Tankah Bay

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Soliman Bay and Tankah, located between Tulum and Akumal in the Riviera Maya, offer an alternative and unique vacation on this Mexican Caribbean Coast. We are tempted to say these two beach areas are a step back in time, but the beautiful villas are not a step back in time. What you will have in both Soliman Bay and Tankah are slightly remote beach destinations that feel like you have the Caribbean to yourself. The accommodations are far from rustic, making this a peaceful area with some...

Overview of Akumal – A beachside town that is loved by Caribbean Sea-life

Posted by Loco Gringo in Akumal

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Akumal has had a marine/sea focus since it became an international destination in the early 70s. With shipwrecks found in the Caribbean Sea off the shore of this Riviera Maya beach town, national and international marine biologists and historians have been collecting Spanish artifacts for decades. The configuration of the barrier reef made the area a graveyard for Spanish colonial ships that were unfamiliar with the waters. Today, Akumal continues to have a marine/sea focus. Turtles love the...

Overview of Tulum in the Riviera Maya – A unique Mayan town that takes sustainability seriously

Posted by Loco Gringo in Tulum

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Oh Tulum. A popular destination with the young and famous, the bohemian crowd, and the rich who are looking to get away from it all. Tulum is most famous for the Mayan ruins located on the sea, but its rising popularity is for reasons other than the Maya influences. Why Tulum is a great place to vacation in the Riviera Maya Sustainability is the first focus of this town that has a diverse ecosystem. Solar energy, locally crafted biodegradable products, alternative building practices, and a...

Overview of Playa del Carmen – Popular Destination in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Loco Gringo in Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular beach and vacation destinations in the Rivera Maya. Why you ask? Well we can share some of the highlights this Mexican city has to offer. Located on the Caribbean Sea with direct access to the beach and cool beach clubs Variety of vacation homes, boutique hotels, and hostels that fit any budget Just 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport International community with a large residential community Super friendly people 4 miles/7...

Cenote Car Wash from a Bird’s Eye View

Posted by Loco Gringo in Tulum

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One of Tulum's Most Popular Cenotes The Riviera Maya is well known for its cenotes and underwater caves.  Tulum is really the ground zero for some of the best cenotes to visit.  Cenote Actun Ha on the Coba Road used to be Cenote Carwash.  Why "Carwash" you ask?  Well back in the day on the east side of the cenote there was a dirt driveway, and people would bring their car there with a bucket, draw water from the cenote and wash their car.   That small entrance is closed now, and today...

Gonzalo Guerrero is part of Akumal’s history

Posted by Loco Gringo in Akumal,Historical Photos

Gonzalo Guerrero part of Akumal

Gonzalo Guerrero was a sailor from Palos, in Spain who shipwrecked in 1511 along the Yucatan Peninsula and was taken as a slave by the local Maya. Earning his freedom, Guerrero became a respected warrior under a Maya Lord and raised three of the first mestizo children in Mexico and presumably the first mixed children of the New World. In Akumal Gonzalo Guerrero was commemorated by a statue by by Raúl Ayala Arellano.  Back in the 1970's the Guerrero statue stood in front of the archway of...

Stone Groove

Posted by Loco Gringo in Historical Photos,Yucatan

Historical photo of the Mayan Ruin Chichen Izta, Yucatan

Chichen Itza has come a long way baby. This Akumal local wasn't hanging out at discos… she was chillin' at the ruins.  Here's a photo from 1978 which when you could climb all over the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza in Yucatan. This is a good friend of ours who owns Casa Alux in Akumal. Her house still has some of the old school Caribbean charm and one hell of a view of the sea.  Check out her house and other great vacation rentals for Akumal and the Riviera Maya.

Zamas Tulum then and now

Posted by Loco Gringo in Historical Photos,Tulum

The view from Zamas

Zamas on the beach in Tulum has been around almost for ever.    Dan and Susan still own it.  Before the glamor of the fashion world discovered Zamas it was a funky little spot to sip a cold beer.   Tostadas Susanna is what we ordered every time no lie.  If its still on the menu, I would order it today.  Zama's has great beach bungalows you can rent and enjoy relaxing vacation by the...

See the jungle? Thats where Las Casitas in Akumal stands today

Posted by Loco Gringo in Akumal,Historical Photos

Akumal Bay 1970's

Back in the "old days" sailing into Akumal was common.  A dear of friend and her daughter are standing on a rock in Akumal Bay.  The jungle behind them is where Las Casitas stands today.  Thanks to the owner of Casa Alux for sharing her family photo! For reference in the photo below the rock with the buoy on it, is the rock they were standing on.  Today Akumal is one of the cherished of family vacation spots in the Riviera Maya.  Check out our great vacation rentals in the Akumal...

Little known Mayan ruins sites of the Yucatan

Posted by Loco Gringo in Aerial Tours,Chetumal,Vacation News

Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula

Everyone has heard about the ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza and even Ek Balam.  But if you venture off the beaten path the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula has ruins hidden in the jungle that any Indiana Jones wanna-be will definitely love plundering around in the rainforest. Just West of Chetumal highway 186  is the main highway that cuts across the Southern part of the Yucatan.  The ruins of Kohunlich and Dzbanche are in reach for day trippers coming from the Costa Maya,  Laguna...

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