We were honored to get the chance to sit down and chat with Kay Walten, the founder of the well-known website locogringo.com which is geared towards providing private vacation rentals and knowledge for travelers. Kay Walten, originally from Buffalo, New York, has been living in Akumal and in the Riviera Maya for 21 years now which makes her a very reputable source for expat related information, and true advisor for travelers coming to the Riviera Maya.
Kay moved to the Riviera Maya in 1992 to explore the underground cenotes and caves. Kay and her now husband, Gary Walten, ran dive tours and eventually opened up a dive shop until starting Locogringo in 1996.
Locogringo.com provides vacation rentals by private owners wishing to rent out their home. Through many years of service, Kay and her husband have become one of the most credible sources for vacation rentals and area advice.
Why is she so good at it? Because she loves living in Akumal, and holds a dear passion for the Riviera Maya; which she has watched grow and expand over the last 21 years. What was once an area with not so many people has become a world renowned vacation destination, retirement paradise and an investor’s dream.
Over the years the Riviera Maya has grown to satisfy many American style conveniences. These days culture shock is not so deep in the Riviera Maya. Many people speak English; you can find familiar products or brands and even shop at the same stores you are used to shopping at!
Kays thoughts about safety in the Riviera Maya!
Kay would like to send the message that the Riviera Maya is safe! After 20 years of living in Akumal Mexico, she has only experienced great things and friendly people. Kay Quotes “It’s really a joyful area to live in”.
How does Kay feel about buying property in the Riviera Maya?
As a home owner in Akumal, Kay feels that the real estate buying process in Mexico is getting easier and easier. There are many people coming to retire and buy property! The advice that she gives, is to work with a reputable realtor in Mexico, pay close attention to all the paperwork, and of course, to be smart and use common sense!
In this Top Mexico Real Estate video Kay tells us about life in the Riviera Maya and some of the wonderful experiences she has had living in Akumal all these years! Watch the video for a full interview!