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The Riviera Maya’s big foodie fest is back!

March 12 – 15, 2015, the now famous Cancun - Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival will once again grace the region with its presence. You’ll have the chance to sample cuisine from some of the world’s top chefs, all within the gorgeous tropical setting that the Cancun and Riviera Maya area has to offer.

Riviera Maya food festival 

Over the past few years, the culinary scene here in the Riviera Maya area has transformed into something truly spectacular. We’re still able to feast on the occasional cheap taco from our favorite street cart, or we can spend an evening at local restaurants created by famous chefs. The Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is yet another step toward becoming a world-renowned foodie destination.

Riviera Maya food festival 

Riviera Maya food festival 

The entire 4-day event is filled with activities to get your taste buds tingling, including celebrity conferences, numerous wine and spirit tastings, star chef dinners, beach parties, and several cooking classes for only 20 – 24 people. Of course this festival is never complete without an amazing tour, and this year they’re offering a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres with legendary chefs and celebrity wine makers. The “Divas of Mexican Cuisine” gala is sure to be an unforgettable event, where 10 of Mexico’s best female chefs will prepare a 5-course dinner.

Riviera Maya food festival 

As always, the 2015 Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will also feature its popular Gourmet Tasting Village at the Moon Palace Arena on March 14 and 15, where you can mingle with top chefs, sample delicious wines and try dishes from the region’s best restaurants.

Events for the Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will be held at several different venues, including the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, Live Aqua Cancun, Moon Palace Arena and more. To find out all the details on pricing, tickets, locations and times for all of these incredible culinary events, stop by the festival’s website or the CRM Festival Facebook page.

Here in Mexico, Valentine’s Day is also known as “El Dia del Amor y la Amistad” (The Day of Love and Friendship). It’s a date to celebrate with that special someone as well as your closest friends, and in the Riviera Maya you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate February 14 no matter who you’re with. Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day events coming up in Playa del Carmen, Akumal and beyond this year:



Erotic Menu at Hotel Cacao

Location: Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue and Calle 32

Treat yourself to a fun and unique date night! This hot new property on Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue will be featuring a sensual menu created by acclaimed chefs Martha Ortiz and Alejandro Cuatepotzo. The Erotic Menu at Nibs restaurant is part of the hotel’s chic and edgy style combined with the romance of Playa del Carmen. The cost is $1800 pesos per person (about $123 USD) and includes wine pairing. For information and reservations, call (984)206-4199 or e-mail Info@HotelCacao.com



Concert and Fundraiser at Lol-Ha Restaurant, Akumal

Location: Right on Akumal Bay

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

This famous beachfront restaurant is hosting a beautiful event combining dinner and a concert by Eleanor Dubinsky from New York. There will be a raffle to raise money for a bathroom upgrade at the Akumal Primary School; raffle tickets cost $300 pesos ($23 USD), with prizes like a hotel stay, goodies and more. Make your reservation at LolHa@HotelAkumalCaribe.com



Giant Heart on the Beach

Location: Playa del Carmen, by the Portal Maya statue (on the beach by the ferry dock)

Time: 12pm

Soy Playense is organizing a beautiful gathering on the beach by Parque Fundadores and the ferry dock right at noon on Valentine's Day. Everyone will then be organized to form a giant heart shape on the beach.  A drone will fly overhead to take pictures and video, and you'll later be able to download your photo for free. Follow the event details with the hashtag #CorazónPlayense


Art and Music at Le Lotus Rouge

Location: Playa del Carmen, 35th Avenue and Calle 2 Norte

Do something a little different this Valentine's Day! The charming bohemian venue Le Lotus Rouge is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a night of events:

8pm: Art show opening with paintings by 6-year-old child prodigy Erick

9pm: Live singing by Paula Liebe

10pm: Live rock band

11pm: Acrobatic show and dancing



Cirque Saturday at Blue Parrot

Location: Playa del Carmen, Calle 12 between 1st Avenue and the beach

For all the night owls! This nightclub on the beach will have a special Valentine's Day event with cash and bottle prizes by Salt Tequila. Enjoy live entertainment like fire shows and acrobats right on the beach!



Romantic Dinner at Imprevist

Location: Playa del Carmen, 1st Avenue between Calle 14 Norte and Calle 16

This restaurant is the perfect setting for a quiet and romantic dinner. On February 14, they're offering a special multi-course menu to tantalize your tastebuds. To reserve your table, send an e-mail to Reservations@Imprevist.mx



4-Course Dinner for Two at Salt Rock Grille

Location: Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue between Calle 34 and Calle 38

This intimate and charming restaurant is offering a 4-course Valentine's Day dinner special for only $695 pesos PER COUPLE!  Advance reservation is required, along with a 50% deposit, so book your table now by calling (984)147-7925


Free Dessert at La Casa del Agua

Location: Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue and Calle 2

Celebrate this romantic day with dinner for two at La Casa del Agua, one of Playa del Carmen's most beautiful and elegant restaurants. Dessert is on the house on February 14, and locals get a 20% discount.



Valentine's Brunch at Plank Gourmet Grill

Location: 16th Street between 1st and 5th Avenue

Begin a beautiful Valentine's Day with some great food thanks to the popular brunch at Plank Gourmet Grill and Patio Bar in the heart of Playa del Carmen. For the 14th, they'll be offering extended brunch hours from 9am to 3pm.

Dinner and a Mayan Ceremony at Zenzi Beach Club

Location: Playa del Carmen, Calle 10 and the beach

Begin the evening at 7:30pm with a spiritual Mayan ceremony on the beach. Then, enjoy a special romantic dinner ($1600 pesos per couple), the perfect way to "wow" that special someone. Make your reservations at (984)803-5738




Superbowl XLIX is coming up this Sunday, February 1!


You might be thinking, “But I’ll be in Playa del Carmen, so I probably won’t get to see it.” Well have no fear! Even here in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, we still know the value of Superbowl Sunday. Whether you’re cheering for the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots this year, you’re more than welcome to watch the 2015 Superbowl at any of the Playa del Carmen locations listed below.

IMPORTANT NOTE!! Remember that the entire state of Quintana Roo (that’s us!) has to set our clocks forward 1 hour the night before the big game to make the big switch to our new time schedule. Kickoff is at 6:30 pm.


Wah Wah Beach Bar

Location: Calle 2 and the beach

One of our favorite Playa bars will have its usual 8 meter x 8 meter HD projection screen showing the big game, and they recommend you show up early to get a table. Wah Wah will have a big buffet with classic football snacks for $200 pesos. For all the info, join their Superbowl at Wah Wah event page on Facebook.



Zenzi Beach Club

Location: Calle 10 and the beach

In true Playa del Carmen style, Zenzi is setting up a projection screen so you can watch Superbowl XLIX right on the beach!



Indigo Beach Club

Location: Calle 14 and the beach

To celebrate the Superbowl like only Mexico can, Indigo is offering 2 for the price of 1 drink deals as well as some Superbowl specials, and showing the game on their big screen.



Sr. Dan's Margarita and Sports Bar

Location: By the ferry dock to Cozumel

Pick your favorite bar swing and watch the Superbowl on any of the 4 HDTVs at Sr. Dan's. This Playa del Carmen sports bar is a small venue and a great place to avoid big crowds so you won't be waiting too long for your beers. They're also selling Sr. Dan's Superbowl t-shirts for $200 pesos.



Señor Frog's

Location: By the ferry dock to Cozumel

This beachfront bar has 4 big screen TVs for watching the 2015 Superbowl, along with open bar deals. Enjoy the views and the fun vibe during the big game!



John Gray’s Kitchen

Location: Puerto Morelos, Av Niños Heroes SM2 M6 L14

For all our friends watching the game in Puerto Morelos. Pick your team and get a shot of tequila or a beer for every touchdown they score! And wear anything from your favorite football team (even if they’re not playing in the Superbowl) and you’ll get a tequila shot when you walk in the door. John Gray’s Superbowl party will also have halftime drawings and a special menu.



La Sirena Restaurant and Lounge

Location: On the main square in Puerto Morelos

As one of the most popular hangouts in Puerto Morelos, La Sirena of course will be celebrating Superbowl Sunday. They'll have 3 areas for watching the game, including a giant projection. And best of all, 10% of everything they sell during the Superbowl will go toward keeping local beaches clean.


Have you experienced the golf courses of the Riviera Maya lately?

Mexico golf course 

On Saturday January 24, 2015, the Grand Coral Golf Course is hosting a Nighttime Golf Tournament for all you golf-lovers out there. There will only be one category: Foursome a go go, with teams of 4 players with a maximum combined handicap of 76.


The sign-up cost is $2000 pesos per person, which includes the following:

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and trophies for each player
  • Welcome kit
  • Participation in the tournament
  • Drinks and snacks on the course
  • Awards dinner (with food and drinks)
  • Participation in the raffle
  • Complimentary Green Fee at Grand Coral to be used on any day (valid for up to 1 year)

Inscriptions are open! Ask for your team’s sign-up form at: sales.golf@grandcoralproperty.com.mx

Playa del Carmen golf course 

Grand Coral is a beautiful 18-hole Riviera Maya golf course located in the northern area of Playa del Carmen. Designed by Nick Price, it has charming lakes and jungle surroundings so golfers can experience a memorable round of golf during their time in the Riviera Maya.

This spring is your chance to learn the art of teaching yoga in the stunning beach destination of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Arielle Thomas Newman is offering a 200-hour course running April 13 - May 9, 2015. You'll learn to teach both Vinyasa-Flow and Hatha Yoga classes, and the course is also aimed to provide you with the following skills and experiences:

- Learn how to design safe and enjoyable classes for all level

- Increase the clarity of your own yoga practice

- Experience different methods of meditation to develop inner calm

- Understand the anatomical foundation of essential yoga postures

- Receive helpful guidance throughout your practice yoga teaching

- Meet people from all over the world and enjoy Mexican culture


Visit the Yoga by the Sea website for more detailed information on Playa del Carmen accommodations and the course material.

Arielle has taught yoga for over 20 years, and she has trained many teachers who currently enjoy successful yoga teaching careers across the globe, in countries like the USA, Japan, China, Australia and Canada. Arielle is also a choreographer, former professional dancer and journalist.

The yoga teacher training course will be hosted by Yoga by the Sea, at a spacious yoga studio with amazing views of Playa del Carmen on the shaded rooftop terrace of Soho Playa Hotel. You can hold your space with a $500 deposit. The early-bird rate is only $1975 USD, and the price goes up to $2250 USD after March 1, 2015.

The city of Playa del Carmen provides a laid-back ambiance surrounded by the natural beauty of the Caribbean, creating the perfect vibe for practicing outdoor yoga. During your time in this captivating city, you'll want to get out and explore all of the beaches and ancient Mayan ruins this destination has to offer.


Solidaridad's Director of Culture office has announced that renowned guitarist and composer Lelo de Larrea will be offering a Master Class in Playa del Carmen this Friday, January 9. The class will be held at Playa del Carmen's Centro Cultural, and funds will go toward purchasing hearing aids for local children.


This music workshop will last 4 and a half hours, and is designed for all musicians, whether you're a professional, an amateur or a fan. It's open to anyone interested in speaking with and learning from a musician who has recorded with artists such as Eugenio Toussaint, Enrique Nery, Agustin Bernal, Rey David Alejandre, Diego Maroto, Iraida Noriega, Big Band Jazz de Mexico, John Benitez, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Thana Alexa, Chris Cheek, Steve Cardenas,  Jorge Roeder, Shai Maestro, Jarry Singla, Oscar Stagnaro, Americo Bellotto, Alex Kautz, Tyler Mitchell, Ricky Rodriguez, E.J Strickland,  Jorge Brauet, and many others.

Francisco Lelo de Larrea has also played on tours with famous singers and entertainers, including Alejandra Guzman (1996-98), Lila Downs (1999), Denisse de Kalafe (2000), Cristian Castro (2000), Ely Guerra (2000-05), "Hot & Sour, Sweet y Spicy" recording sesión (2004), USA Tour 2003 with Cafe Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad and Control Machete, Yuri (2001-04), Ricardo Montaner (2003), Alejandro Fernandez (2005-10) CD-DVD  "Mexico-Madrid, en directo y sin escalas" (2005), USA Tour "Juntos en concierto" 2005 and 2007  with Marc Anthony and Chayanne, Jalisco en vivo! (2009)  with Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Alex Syntek, Raul Diblassio, Eugenia Leon (2010) and more.


This musical master class with Francisco Lelo de Larrea has an affordable cost of $100 pesos per person, all of which will be donated to DIF Solidaridad to buy hearing aids that will help local boys and girls with hearing problems. The class runs from 12pm - 4:30pm this Friday January 9, 2015, so go ahead and reserve your spot at the Centro Cultural Playa del Carmen or by calling 873-2134 for more information.

Fer Ruvel, Lari Ruiz Velasco, and Marco Castro will be touring in the Riviera Maya this holiday season as the Larifer Power Trio band.

Riviera Maya live music 

Internationally acclaimed bass player, singer and songwriter Fer Ruvel is known for his stylistic diversity that blends jazz-funk with rhythm and blues, taking old and new cover songs to a new and exciting level. Adding even more flavor to the experience, Fer improvises with the melody and arpeggio throughout his performances.

Joining Fer onstage is his brother, guitarist Lari Ruz Velasco. Together, their two names create the band name "Larifer".

Live music Riviera Maya 

Lari has worked in the recording studio and shared the stage with renowned artists like Billy Branch (legendary harmonica player from Chicago), Olan Christopher (producer of John Lee Hooker), and Manhattan Transfer; today he forms part of the band for Alfonso Andre (Caifanes) and Alejandra Guzman.

The brothers are joined by drummer Marco Castro, creating the perfect Power Trio. Marco adds a stimulating force to the group as he pushes musical limits by fusing jazz, funk and rhythm and blues. Marco studied jazz at the Escuela Superior de Musica del INBA. He has played with Mexican jazz musicians like Eduardo Piastro, Emmanuel Mora (Xaman project), Remi Alvarez, Francisco Lelo de Larrea, Mark Aanderud, Sergio Galvan, Gabriel Gonzalez, Pangea en Platicando with Carlos Alazraki, Agustin Bernal, Rey David Alessandre, Joe d'Etienne, Alejandro Campos on the Matias Ravier Project, Tlaxcaltecatl Latin Jazz Band, Alberto Garcia and La Debla Flamenco.

Their careers continue to thrive as they perform at an extensive list of shows and music festivals across the globe.

Riviera Maya music 

Take advantage of this winter season to experience a performance by the Larifer Power Trio during their Riviera Maya Holiday Tour.

Riviera Maya show dates:  

  • December 31, 2014 - Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar, Playa del Carmen
  • January 2, 2015 - La Sirena, Puerto Morelos
  • January 3, 2015 - Muleiro's Lounge, Cancun
  • January 10, 2015 - Zamas, Tulum

For more information on additional show dates, follow the Larifer Power Trio's Facebook page.

Christmastime in Mexico's spectacular Riviera Maya means sunshine, endless events and hours spent on the beach. While the Riviera Maya region is mostly known for its breathtaking vacation destinations like Playa del Carmen and Akumal, it's also home to a large population of locals who often struggle to get by. This year, you can turn your Christmas beach vacation into a socially conscious travel experience by giving back to the community. Find out how you can help create a memorable Christmas for the kids of the Riviera Maya thanks to the area's amazing and dedicated local charities.




The city of Playa del Carmen offers gorgeous white sand beaches and beautiful boutique hotels, but even this eye-catching travel destination has kids in need of basic clothing items. Many of the local children only own flip flops and can't afford proper shoes, which can lead to all kinds of injuries including insect bites, snake bites and stubbed toes. If you're traveling to Playa del Carmen this Christmas season, you can easily donate shoes to the kids of the Riviera Maya with the Kicks4Kids program. All you have to do is bring new children's shoes in US sizes Child 3 - Adult 7 to any of the drop points for the Amigos Network:

  • Glamour Salon (located downstairs at the Mega supermarket on Avenida 30)
  • Wah Wah Beach Bar (on the beach at Calle 2)
  • Don Chendo Italian Restaurant (Avenida 30 between Calle 24 and 26)



Hekab Be Library

Travelers who frequent the sleepy beach town of Akumal may already be familiar with the lovely Hekab Be Library. This organization hosts unique and productive activities for the kids of the Akumal community, including games, crafts and even swim classes in Akumal Bay!

Every year they host a special holiday event for the kids, and the 2014 Hekab Be Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 20. Anyone is invited to attend for a fun day of piñatas, kids activities, presents and a visit from Santa, so feel free to stop by if you're in the area.

Hekab Be has already reached its goal of $6000 USD raised for the Christmas season, but you can still donate to this colorful and fun-loving organization through their website.


Keeping Kids in School (KKiS)

KKiS is an entirely volunteer organization dedicated to teaching English and providing school supplies to kids in Playa del Carmen. You can help with this wonderful project this Christmas (or any time of year!) in the following ways:

1. Make a donation through the organization's website.

2. Donate a backpack filled with school supplies. (Find a list of specific items here.)


Drop off your backpack and supplies for KKiS at any of these easy-to-reach Playa del Carmen locations:

  • The Snorkel Shop (on Calle 28 between 1st Avenue and the beach, in the Aldea Thai building)
  • BRIC Hotel (on Calle 28 between 5th and 10th Avenue)
  • Wah Wah Beach Bar (on the beach at Calle 2)
  • Glamour Salon (downstairs at the Mega supermarket on Avenida 30)


This holiday season, make your Christmas vacation count by helping the Riviera Maya community. They create memorable vacations for us, so let's give back!

Get ready for an evening of boating, flyboarding and fireworks right on Cancun's gorgeous Nichupte Lagoon!


For the third year in a row, Sunset World is hosting what has now become a Christmas tradition in Cancun: The Sunset Boat Parade! You'll be able to enjoy a display of decorated watercrafts along with plenty of other surprises. The general public is invited to view the parade from the iconic Jardin del Arte on December 21st, 2014 at 5pm, located at km 4.5 in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Best of all? The viewing event is FREE!


The itinerary includes flyboarding demonstrations by The Flygirls, not to mention a beautiful fireworks display over the lagoon. Also present will be stands offering a variety of products and deals, so make sure to take advantage!



Get into the tropical Christmas spirit and join Sunset World in 2014 for their annual Sunset Boat Parade, a wonderful way to celebrate the city's beautiful natural scenery.

To keep up with the latest updates and info on this Cancun event, visit the Sunset Boat Parade website or join their Facebook event.

Ever since its opening in 2013, Plank Gourmet Grill and Patio Bar has earned fame as one of the very best restaurants in the beach destination of Playa del Carmen. Plank serves up enticing gourmet cuisine using the "wood plank grilling" technique with modern smokers and grills in order to infuse every dish with smoky wood flavors like cedar, alder, maple, hickory and oak taken from old wine and tequila barrels.



This week, the beautiful and contemporary restaurant will be celebrating its 1-year anniversary with a very special menu. On Saturday December 6, Plank will offer an amazing COMPLIMENTARY brunch from 10am to 2pm, where you'll be able to enjoy food tastings of their new gourmet brunch menu along with some of the restaurant's specialty cocktails.


Join Plank Gourmet Grill and Patio Bar for a fun morning of amazing food and drinks! Located on Calle 16 between 1st and 5th Avenue. 

For more details, follow Plank Gourmet Grill and Patio Bar on Facebook.


This December, join the Riviera Maya community for a healing musical event in some of the region's most beautiful locations. The Musica del Corazon Healing Music Festival will take place December 5, 6 and 7, 2014. Enjoy three days of spiritual music and sounds performed by 70 artists.


Friday, December 5 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm at Pueblo Sacbe

Saturday, December 6 - 3:00pm to midnight at The Reef Coco Beach

Sunday, December 7 - 3:00pm to midnight at The Reef Coco Beach



The spiritual music at the Musica del Corazon Healing Music Festival is designed to connect you with the source of everything to create healing effects and restore you to a harmonious natural state. The source of everything is energy, energy is vibration, vibration is sound, and harmonious sounds are music. This is the main principal behind music therapy. By aligning yourself with the source of everything through music, you can achieve spiritual joy.

The Musica del Corazon Healing Music Festival is also supporting an amazing local cause in the Riviera Maya: the Centro de Atencion Integral Playa del Carmen. This center offers different kinds of healing therapies at a low cost for disabled kids and adults in the Riviera Maya area, including music therapy, water therapy and even equine therapy (horseback riding). Donations and sales from Musica del Corazon will go towards covering the center's needs for growth, like developing physical and language therapy programs, and construction of an attention center. For more information on this amazing cause, visit the Centro de Atencion Integral Playa del Carmen's website and Facebook page.

To learn more about this amazing Riviera Maya concert event, visit the Musica del Corazon website and Facebook page.

Tickets for the Musica del Corazon Healing Music Festival can be purchased online via Paypal, or at the ticket sale locations listed on the festival's website

Just because you're outside the United States, doesn't mean you have to miss out on Turkey Day! The beach destination of Playa del Carmen in Mexico's Riviera Maya is filled with expats and travelers from all over the world, meaning that this little city always has something going on for major foreign holidays. For Thanksgiving, plenty of Playa del Carmen restaurants, bars and beach clubs plan something special for their "north of the border" customers, and Thanksgiving 2014 is going to be no exception.

Here is our list of Playa del Carmen Thanksgiving 2014 events so far, including events from nearby towns in other parts of the Riviera Maya:


Our friends at Wah Wah Beach Bar are offering an impressive and traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner for only $150 pesos! This huge palapa-style venue is located on the beach at Calle 2, offering spectacular ocean views to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner. They are once again collaborating with the Yoliguani Shelter Sanctuary for Pregnant Girls, so Wah Wah also asks that you bring small donations like personal hygiene items and baby items for this amazing cause. For more info on the event and specific donation requests, visit the Wah Wah Thanksgiving event page on Facebook.



Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar as well as Imprevist Resto & Wine are offering special Thanksgiving-style dishes this year! They encourage you to go ahead and make your reservations via e-mail, and the menus are listed above. Plank is located on Calle 16 between 1st and 5th Avenues, while Imprevist is located nearby on 1st Avenue between Calle 14 and Calle 16.


For all of our friends in Akumal! The charming Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery is offering an impressive Thanksgiving feast this year starting at 7:30pm. The dinner options look yummy, but this place is best known for its desserts.


This iconic upscale restaurant at the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 2 is adding its usual fine cuisine touch to its Thanksgiving menu this year, including the holiday's most popular dishes. Visit them on the La Casa del Agua Facebook page for more details.

Thanksgiving at Lol Ha 

Live music and a buffet-style Thanksgiving right on the beach! Lol-Ha Restaurant and Bar is Akumal's most well-known restaurant thanks to its excellent food and jaw-dropping location right on Akumal Bay. Enjoy dinner with music and a view this Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving at Zenzi 

Thanksgiving at a beach club... this is a holiday in paradise! Zenzi Beach Club is offering a Thanksgiving dinner "with all the trimmings" starting at 4pm. 

Salt Rock Grille Playa del Carmen 

Salt Rock Grille (5th Ave. between 34 and 38) will be serving Thanksgiving dinner Thursday 4pm-10pm - BUTTERBALL TURKEY, with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Stuffing, Orange Cranberry sauce and House Salad - $250 pesos. If you would like a Turkey Leg, please reserve it in advance. Catherine will also be making  a decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake and French Tarte Tatin ($85 pesos ea.) For reservations, email info@saltrockgrille.com.


As more businesses start planning their celebrations, we will add them to the list... so make sure to check back! Our Riviera Maya Events Facebook page also has a special Thanksgiving events album that you can use for planning this special holiday.



Solidaridad's Secretary of Culture is inviting the general public to participate in a photography contest called "The Magic of Quintana Roo". Amateur and pro photographers are especially encouraged to participate by submitting their favorite images of the landscapes, people, natural surroundings and scenery that highlights the natural beauty, tourism, ecology and overall magic of our amazing state of Quintana Roo.

The contest us being held as part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the creation of Quintana Roo as a free and sovereign state. Participants must be at least 16 years old with proof of residence in the municipality of Solidaridad. They may submit one photo per contestant with a minimum resolution of 2,500 by 1,667 pixels in digital format to the Playa del Carmen Cultural Center facilities, located at Avenida CTM and Avenida 115, across from Plaza Las Americas, or e-mail their submissions to difusionculturasol@gmail.com along with an attached copy of their ID and proof of residence (water bill, electric bill, etc), in addition to their contact info. The final day for turning in contest submissions is Friday, November 14, 2014.

Playa del Carmen photography 

The names of the winners will be announced on November 20, 2014 through the social media channels of the Dirección de Cultura de Solidaridad (Solidaridad Secretary of Culture) and through personal notification. Prizes are as follows:

First Place: Award and a weekend stay for 2 people at the Riu hotel

Second Place: Award, a stay at Hotel Fusion and 2-person admission to Xcaret eco park

Third Place: Award and 2-person admission to Xcaret eco park

Whether your photo is named a winner or not, there will be a selection of photos that will later be displayed to the general public so the people of Solidaridad can view the beautiful artistic talent and perspective of the participants, as well as the beauty and magic of our state.


Let's give our boobies the "support" they need! The Gym in Playa del Carmen has been striving to spread breast cancer awareness during the month of October through their #ILoveBoobies2015 campaign (great name!). Not only are they supporting breast cancer survivors, but they're also giving tips on how to catch breast cancer in its early stages through self-exploration techniques.


This Saturday, November 8, The Gym is hosting a donation event at the UlaGula restaurant and bar starting at 12pm. The money raised at this afternoon gathering will go to the Sumando Bidas Foundation in Mexico City and Playa del Carmen, which offers support for cancer sufferers and survivors. If you're planning to attend, make sure to buy your I Love Boobies t-shirt from The Gym, or wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.


The donation event will include breast cancer survivor testimonies, awareness games and more surprises, with sponsors that include The Gym, Sumando Bidas, MUUU.mx, Zoe Water, Imprevist, Alerta 32, Laboratorios Laclicsa and UlaGula restaurant.

Last year, the event raised $5,300 pesos for Sumando Bidas, but this year the goal is to reach at least $12,000 pesos. Sumando Bidas will use this money to invest in survival and education programs for the prevention of cancer and other terminal illnesses.



UlaGula is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 10 in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Join The Gym at this beautiful and iconic Playa restaurant to support breast cancer awareness. For more up-to-the-minute info on this event and the #ILoveBoobies2015 campaign, visit The Gym's Facebook page.

It's our favorite time of year here in Playa del Carmen! Halloween and Day of the Dead are creeping up on us, and the entire Riviera Maya is gearing up with endless costume parties and cultural events. Whether you're in Playa del Carmen, Akumal or beyond, you're sure to find colorful nighttime events for all ages to celebrate these two eerie and fascinating holidays. From traditional Mayan Day of the Dead celebrations to crazy bar crawls, it's going to be a pretty amazing weekend.


The year's biggest event will be the Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret park. This 4-night Day of the Dead celebration runs every evening from October 30 - November 2, offering endless cultural activities, tons of stuff for kids, a Mexican cemetary and beautiful shows. A must-see if you're living in the Riviera Maya! You can find the full itinerary on the Festival of Life and Death website. Quintana Roo state residents get a great price: $199 pesos for adults and $99 pesos for kids.


Our friends at Luna Blue hotel are hosting  a Halloween pool party, complete with a costume contest! The "aquatic frolicking pleasures" mentioned in their flyer sure sound tempting, and make sure to try their famous margaritas. More info on their Facebook event page.


Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort is hosting a 2-day Day of the Dead event November 1 - 2 for guests staying at Sandos Caracol and Sandos Playacar. Guests can enjoy beautiful altars, a Catrina parade, plenty of kids' activities and lots of Mexican cuisine. Click here for the full itinerary.


On Friday, October 31, experience Day of the Dead with a local Mayan community. Alltournative is hosting a night of culture, altars and cuisine, not to mention a chaman ceremony inside a cenote cave.


This new Playa del Carmen event looks like tons of fun! The bar crawl starts Saturday, November 1 at 7:45 pm and ends at the Coco Maya Beach Club. Make sure to dress up as a zombie or Catrina skeleton. For more info, check out the Zombie Bar Crawl event page on Facebook.


The Palm at Playa is hosting a Sunday night pool party to end Day of the Dead weekend with a bang! Enjoy views, cocktails and live DJs in this hot location. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.


Experience Halloween on the beach at one of Playa's most famous nightclubs! Coco Maya's Halloween party will feature live music, a costume contest and shows throughout the night.


Before its adults party mentioned above, Coco Maya beach club will also have an earlier Halloween event FOR KIDS on Thursday, October 30. Kids will love the costume contest, show and prizes at this late afternoon event.


The iconic Playa del Carmen bar, La Ranita, will feature live music on Halloween night by group Se Rentan Baños, and don't forget to compete in the annual costume contest!


Yes, even the little town of Puerto Morelos is celebrating Halloween 2014! Bara Bara will have a costume contest on Saturday, November 1.


Everyone's favorite Akumal beach bar is once again hosting its annual Halloween party! Come prepared for a costume contest and plenty of fun on the sand.


This laid-back Playa del Carmen bar will have a night of live theatrical performances for Day of the Dead.


In addition to its usual live shows on the beach, Fusion will also have a Day of the Dead / Halloween party on October 31 with fun events and specialty cocktails.


 Put on your sexiest and/or funkiest Halloween costume for Diablito Cha Cha Cha's costume contest on the 31st!

Day of the Dead Party at Wah Wah

Join JJ and Kim and the whole Wah Wah on Saturday, November 1st for our 3rd Annual Day Of The Dead Party. Dress up in your best version of Catrina and Sposo for a chance to win $1000 pesos! First elimination round will take place at 7:45 pm, please be here before then to enter! The Nasty Bastards Band will be here to get the party going at 7 pm.
2 X 1 Apps and Dips and 25 peso Draft Beer ! Wah more you want?

On October 31, Sr. Dan's Margarita and Sports Bar will be offering all-you-can-drink beers, lime margaritas and special Halloween shots for 250 pesos from 8-10pm for everyone in costume! Afterwards, join in on the bar crawl with group discounts.

Halloween at Hostel 3B 


Halloween at Zenzi 

Events in the Plaza Municipal

Day of the Dead Caracol Marino


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