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The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival kicked off with incredible pre-concerts, including a full house on Sunday, November 22. The new Teatro de la Ciudad (City Theater) hosted 4 days of free concerts leading up to the famous festival, featuring well-known local and Mexican jazz-style bands to get the city excited for the huge upcoming event that will take place November 26 – 28 at Mamitas Beach. The festival is celebrating its 13th edition just over a decade after it was created, and it is now listed among the top 5 of its kind in the world.


These additional music events allowed the public to be officially introduced to the Playa del Carmen Big Band Jazz, a group made up of 20 musicians who opened on Sunday night. The groups TLS, Julio Espinoza Quartet and the National Jazz Orchestra followed. Famed saxophonist Diego Maroto, one of Mexico’s most renowned musicians, also made an appearance as a special guest.

On Monday, the Teatro de la Ciudad featured a concert with artists Mayita Campos, Footprints Jazz Quartet, The Two, and Rio Funk. On Tuesday, Tigres del Surf, The Mexican Broadcast, Gabriel Palatchi Trio, and Gabo Gonzalez y el Groove Capital made appearances. The pre-concerts came to a close on Wednesday with Cool Reten, Julio Baro Quartet, BBMamut and Francisco Lelo de Larrea.



Of course, now Playa del Carmen is gearing up for the big event! The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival officially begins on Thursday, November 26 with three nights of live jazz music on Mamitas Beach. The festival will feature artists like Phil Perry, Dirty Loops, Zappa Plays Zappa, Resorte, Torus, Allan Holdsworth, Gino Vanelli and more. Admission is free and the events start at 7pm.


For more information, follow the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival on Facebook or visit www.rivieramayajazzfestival.com

See you there!

This inviting spa started with one simple desire: to create a place for friends to relax, get pampered and enjoy spa services in a pleasant environment. Kristin Roehmer, decided to add an inviting day spa to their existing hotel boutique, Bric Hotel.  She noted a lack of full service spas with a pool, restaurant and amenities that was easily accessible to Playa del Carmen locals  and her vacation rental clients for a Day Spa to enjoy without entering a large All Inclusive Resort.

She wanted to create a place for clients to enjoy a first class spa treatment, sit by the pool, order a Cesar salad and just relax; at a reasonable cost. 


Kristin and Marcus Roehmer moved to Playa del Carmen, from the United States, in 2005 for just one year to "get away from it all". 10 years later, they now have a Real Estate company as well as a Vacation Rental company (and property management) and a hotel.

Bric Hotel is a small 15 room boutique hotel in the heart of Playa del Carmen, with the "old Playa" feel. Bric has a total of 40 people working for all 3 companies and some of them have been there since the very beginning and just celebrated their 10 year anniversaries with Bric.

This very well trained staff will now welcome you to their new organic concept Spa, where you will be able to choose the perfect treatments to pamper yourself.



From aromatherapy, to relaxing massage, meditation or pedicure, the array of services that the Bric Spa offers you will make you feel rejuvenated. 




All of the products are plant based and mostly organic.


As a final surprise for all Bric friends, clients and future clients, Kristin and Marcus prepared an intimate cocktail event to launch their new Spa.


Kristin Roehmer, owner of Bric


Many residents of Playa del Carmen were present to celebrate the opening. BuyPlaya was honored to be invited to the inauguration of the newest addition to the Bric family. The Spa at Bric is a perfect getaway for residents and tourists. As residents, we sometimes get caught up in the "craziness" of our fast growing beach town, and this new option is a wonderful way to achieve the balance the we are all looking for.


Whether you are on vacation in the Riviera Maya or you are now lucky enough to be a full time resident; the fact is that no what matter your situation you will always need to take a moment for yourself. A moment where you become the most important person in your world...  you need to take care of and pamper that person.  Bric Spa also makes that easier with special pricing for locals, repeat clients and monthly memberships!


Visit www.brichotel.com for more information on pricing and spa services, you can also contact Kristin by email at kristin@bricrental.com.








Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/




Anyone living in the Riviera Maya knows that you can never really see everything that Xcaret park has to offer… it’s huge! What’s a local to do?


Right now, Xcaret is offering special passes for locals so we can visit as many times as we like at an amazing price: only $1499 pesos for a full year of unlimited visits.

The Soy Xcaret (“I Am Xcaret”) card is available exclusively for residents of the state of Quintana Roo. That means anyone living in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Chetumal or anywhere else in the state can enjoy unlimited access to the park for an entire year. With this locals card, it’s now easier to join visiting friends and family at the park without spending over and over again. You could even visit the park just to hang out at the beach whenever you want without feeling like you have to visit every single attraction.

The price is $1499 pesos for adults (12 years and up) and $750 pesos for kids (5 – 11 years). Kids ages 4 years and under are free. To put that into perspective for you, the regular one-time admission price for locals is $792 pesos, so the card pays for itself with just 2 visits a year!


To qualify as a local to get the Soy Xcaret card, you need to have one of the following:

  • IFE card for Mexican nationals
  • Temporary or Permanent Residency card for foreigners

The card is valid for 1 year, starting on the date of your first visit. If you renew your card before the year is up, you get 25% off the next year!

The Soy Xcaret card includes:

  • Free admission to Xcaret park all year, with no seasonal restrictions
  • 20% discount on restaurants within the park
  • 15% discount on the nighttime show dinner
  • 25% discount at the park’s photo module
  • 15% discount at Xcaret stores
  • 50% discount on dolphin swims at Xcaret
  • 2-for-the-price-of-1 on the park’s “Optional Activities”
  • 10% discount on  park admission for up to 5 non-Quintana Roo friends
  • Pre-sale discounts and advance tickets for special Xcaret events
  • Free admission to the Festival of Life and Death and the Travesia Sagrada Maya
  • 10% discount at Oakley, Invicta and Watch My Watch stores

For Riviera Maya locals, the great price of the Soy Xcaret card offers us a whole year of affordable fun. Use it for unlimited beach/snorkeling days, taking visiting friends and family to see the park, family weekends, taking your kids to see the new aviary, Day of the Dead festivities… so many options!





You can buy your Soy Xcaret card at the following locations:

  • Online at SoyXcaret.com
  • Ticket counters at Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xoximilco
  • Watch My Watch, Invicta and Oakley stores in Cancun and Playa del Carmen

For all the details on the Soy Xcaret card, visit SoyXcaret.com (page is in Spanish)

If you’re not a local but you’d like to be, BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors can help you purchase your home here in the Riviera Maya! When you live in this incredible region of Mexico, you have access to some pretty impressive discounts like Soy Xcaret. Visit BuyPlaya.com to see the wide range of condos, apartments and houses we have for sale.

Coco’s has become a household name among those living in Playa del Carmen. Years of dedication to the four-legged residents of our little beach city has made this animal care group one of the most well-renowned organizations in town. They have helped many thousands of Playa del Carmen animals live happier and healthier lives, and now it’s the community’s turn to give back to Coco’s. This animal organization is growing fast, and they are in desperate need of a larger facility.



Coco’s Animal Welfare was founded by Laura Raikes. Originally from Wales, this animal-lover came to Playa del Carmen on vacation and fell in love with Mexico. (This story is sure to sound familiar to many of you expats who made the move to Playa del Carmen!) She was an animal rescuer ever since her childhood farming in Wales, then continued her passion here after her cat Coco was run over by a car. Ever since, she has dedicated her time to alleviating the stray cat and dog problem in Playa. Click here to read her full story.

Today, Coco’s Animal Welfare has nine staff members: two full-time veterinarians, a medical director, a vet tech, two cleaners, a chauffeur / animal behavior expert, an assistant manager and founder Laura Raikes. However, many of the organization’s campaigns wouldn’t be possible without the help of their many volunteers; they have five to ten volunteers helping at the clinic each week, and many more helping at Coco’s events. If you’ve been in Playa del Carmen long, you’ve probably heard about some of their many programs: cat cafés at local resorts, community outreach, dog and cat rescues, and large-scale spay and neuter clinics for the community.



Currently most of Coco’s everyday funds come from grants, fundraising events, sponsors and donors, and they were recently gifted a sizeable piece of land in the Pedregal area from an anonymous supporter so they can construct their bigger and better facility; the land is now in Coco Animal Welfare’s name. Laura Raikes says, “The new clinic has been designed to go beyond today’s demands with a view to the future, allowing us to help and provide ongoing support to more animals and animal organizations while educating more families and children about animal welfare. With our new clinic services we will help over 8000 animals each year.”

The new clinic will include:

·         Prep, surgery and recovery areas

·         A lab and kitten quarantine room

·         2 isolation rooms

·         Overnight hospital facilities for dogs and cats

·         A large multipurpose room for training and educational courses

·         A large garden for adoption events

Coco’s Animal Welfare needs a total of $255,000 US dollars to fully build and equip their new clinic. So far, their fundraising efforts have been very successful, with the following generous donations:

$100,000 USD from IFAW

$80,000 USD from Dogs Trust

$16,000 USD from LocoGringo’s fundraising campaign

$11,000 USD from private donors


Coco’s still needs another $48,000 USD to complete the clinic.




How can you donate or contribute to the Coco’s Animal Welfare?

1. Coco’s website has a donation page already set up, complete with a video and plenty of information on how your money will be put to good use. Click here to visit the website and donate online.

2. You can also donate via PayPal to:

Scotiabank account: 237001433167
IBAN: 044694237001433167

3. For Playa del Carmen locals, it’s very easy to donate! You can deposit at any local OXXO store to Coco’s Scotiabank account: 5579209077101670



If you love animals and Playa del Carmen, Coco’s Animal Welfare is a wonderful organization that lets you support both. You can click here to follow them on Facebook. Thank you, Coco’s!



It's no secret that our growing city of Playa del Carmen has created a wonderful artistic community over the years thanks to the creative people who live in this Mexico beach town. Now, we have art displays on 5th Avenue, exciting dance performances and even a new theater offering plenty of free events.

But if you're looking for something a little more unique, this Saturday night you should head to Kiin Ha Sports Academy. Students at this school will be featured in an evening of performances with aerobatics (aerial acrobatics) and artistic rollerskating! This cool artistic combination is sure to be a treat for the eyes.


The artists are all students of Cris Franco (aerobatics) and Eli Aranda (artistic rollerskating) at the Kiin Ha school, with performances by kids, teens and adults. Teacher Eli Aranda has been perfecting the one-of-a-kind craft of rollerskating for 20 years and teaching for 10 years, while teacher Cris Franco has been learning aerobatics since she was 10 years old, going on to perform in an Argentine circus and studying in Buenos Aires. This weekend, it's their students' turn to show off what they've learned from these two artists.

Kiin Ha Academia Deportiva is located on 34th Street between 85th and 90th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. The show is this Saturday, November 14 starting at 6:30 pm, and just like so many other local artistic events, it's open to the public and free of charge!

Whether you're living in Playa del Carmen or just visiting for the week, come out and support some of Playa del Carmen's up-and-coming performance artists: the students of Kiin Ha.

COCO.RM (Colectivo de Chefs de la Riviera Maya, or Riviera Maya Chefs Collective) is an initiative that unites seven chefs, each from different restaurants in the Riviera Maya, in order to offer affordable gourmet cuisine to the Playa del Carmen community.


Every two weeks, COCO.RM hosts an event where four of the chefs create a dinner, rotating chefs and restaurant locations each time. Participating restaurants include Aroma Cilantro, Axiote, Plank, Imprevist, La Marea (at the Hotel Viceroy Riviera Maya), Nibs and La Fisheria.

Participating chefs in COCO.RM include Xavier Perez Stone, Alejandro Cuatepotzo, Juan Diego Solombrino, Karla Enciso, Roberto Solombrino, Jorge Ildefonso and Edgar Demecio. These chefs and their Playa del Carmen restaurants stand out among the rest because they have taken the time to transform their cuisine using by locally sourced products and supporting the region’s small local suppliers.

For the fall / winter 2015 season, COCO.RM has already created five private dinner events where paying guests had the chance to indulge in gorgeous and flavorful cuisine created by these talented local chefs






For the rest of 2015, you only have two more opportunities to participate in this project and taste the dishes offered by the COCO.RM chefs. The next dinner will be on Wednesday, November 18 at Aroma Cilantro restaurant in Playa del Carmen (located at The Palm at Playa hotel, 8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue), with the presence of chefs Karla Enciso, Roberto Solombrino, Xavier Perez Stone and Jorge Ildefonso.

On Wednesday, December 2 at La Fisheria restaurant in Playa del Carmen, you can attend the final dinner of the season with participating chefs Edgar Demecio, Alex Cuatepotzo, Roberto Solombrino and Xavier Perez Stone.

The price of both dinners is $550 pesos, and includes service and wine pairing. For the latest updates, follow COCO.RM on Facebook.

This article is a rough translation of an article from Sal Revista magazine. Click here to see the original article in Spanish.

Life, death, the universe and everything about our existence is a matter of perspective when it comes to our beliefs. Our perspectives are shaped by who and how we have been raised, blended with the culture and landscape that colors our formative years. Travel changes and expands this perspective.  We discover new answers to questions we thought were already answered, we question unwritten rules that we assumed to already be socially established.

As a new blogger for the BuyPlaya family, this year I was invited by Alltournative to experience for the first time, Hanal Pixan, a Mayan celebration of the Day of the Dead with its own cultural perspective.


On October 31st, I boarded the Alltournative bus along with hundreds of curious tourists, ready to be part of a unique and spiritual experience in Tres Reyes: A Mayan community located approximately 140 km South of Playa del Carmen. The experienced tour guides welcomed us to the Mayan Village of Tres Reyes, where the local families had set up altars.  We were invited to participate in the decoration of the altars and in exploring the symbolism of this wonderful and magical Mayan and Mexican tradition.




Flowers, candles and plants used to dress the altars


Carla Toledo and daughter from Soy Playense, helping a family set up their altar.


Altar made by Banyan Tree Mayakoba






Hanal Pixan is the name given to the Day of the Dead celebrations of the Mayan community in the Yucatan Peninsula. The term literally translates as "food for the souls". Many traditions and practices of Hanal Pixan are similar to the Day of the Dead celebrations that vary slightly over all of Mexico. This Mayan holiday is a two day long celebration, starting on October 31st, when the souls of the deceased children are remembered and prayed for...







...and ending on November 1st; the day when the souls of the deceased adults are also remembered and prayed for. Food, for both deceased children and adults, are displayed on alters, as well as toys for the children and/or specific items to which the deceased were attached, such as: beer, cigarettes, candy, favorite foods etc... A photo of the deceased is often placed on the altar alongside candles, a glass of water and marigold flowers; all items meant to attract the soul of the ancestors.  The idea is to bring the souls of loved ones that have crossed over, closer to visit with their families on those specific days. These are days of celebration, remembering, laughing and dancing: days to honor the dead and commune with relatives that have passed.

After spending time with the families, the Alltournative guides brought us to the Tres Reyes cemetery.  The cemetery is filled with vibrant colors each representing man, woman, or child as a tribute to each of the dearly departed. It was a very pensive and solemn moment for me; I was honored to be invited to enter in such a sacred place.


The Maya do not believe specifically in heaven or hell, rather, their belief system in based on the idea of a journey of the soul and of their gods to the human realm.  The traditional belief system is based on an entire cosmology that encompasses seven deities that govern the celestial sphere and thirteen deities that govern the realm of the underworld.  This cosmology is represented by the Ceiba tree.  It is believed that these deities travel freely amongst the branches, through the thick trunk of the tree located on our human plane of existence, and through the deep roots that burrow into the underworld. 

The next part of our exploration of Hanal Pixal led us to the impressive Cenote de la Vida where hundreds of candles were lit and handed to each person arriving at the ceremony. While carefully treading the rocky path down towards the cenote I felt a peaceful and spiritual vibe enter me.  The thick smell of Copal incense hung in the air adding an air of mystery and touching something familiar yet forgotten within my heart.  Especially to commemorate this Hanal Pixan, Alltournative had gathered the local Shaman to preside over the ceremony to celebrate, welcome and bless the deceased on their visit to our plane of existence. Prayers were made by the Shamans' in the traditional Maya language; the language of their gods.







This extraordinary experience of Hanal Pixan, allows us to enter the mysterious (and unknown to most of us) world of the dead through an authentic Mayan community.   The professional guides of Alltournative perfectly introduced, explained and translated for us this tradition particular to the Mayan population of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tour ended with a delicious four course meal of traditional Mayan cuisine near the cenote.  The dinner was the perfect moment to recap our experience, reflect and break bread with the deceased that crossed the veil between life and death to share a meal with us on this solemn and celebrated eve.


Alltournative is a reputable tour company in the Riviera Maya, visit their website to find out more about their many outstanding year-round cultural and adventure activities .









Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/andreita_ruiz/

A Day of the Dead festival for the whole city!


The Solidaridad municipal government and their Direction of Culture, along with the DIF (government’s system for Integral Family Development) will be hosting their first Day of the Dead festival this year. Held this October 31 and November 1, the event is called “Hanal Pixan 2015”, the name of the region’s Mayan Day of the Dead holiday, and it will be in Plaza 28 de Julio right by the City Hall.


The event will combine dance, theater, music, Day of the Dead altar contests, “calaverita” poems and many other family-oriented cultural activities to highlight the traditions of this incredible holiday. Over 50 artists and 12 performance groups will join the festival, as well as face-painting stations, photos with traditional Day of the Dead characters, and altars from all over the country. Playa del Carmen residents and visitors will have the opportunity to witness a wide variety of Day of the Dead activities from here in the Yucatan Peninsula as well as other parts of Mexico.



Hanal Pixan 2015 has already released a detailed itinerary, making it easy for visitors to decide when they’d most like to stop by:


Saturday, October 31

6:00 pm Inauguration of simple altars

6:30 pm Participation of students from the School of Artistic Initiation

6:30 pm Participation of students from the Playa del Carmen Cultural Center Theater

7:00 pm Participation of the Ideas Dance Academy

8:00 pm Screening of the movie “Macario”

9:00 pm Pre-Hispanic dance with Tlacaxipehualiztli Cultural Circle


Sunday, November 1

10:00 am Setup begins for the altar contest

12:00 pm Setup of the Altar of Lost Love (for photos)

5:00 pm Inauguration of the altar contest with visits from the judges

6:00 – 6:40 pm Musical group Son del Caribe

6:45 – 7:20 pm Comedy theater with the company Xal 14

7:30 – 8:10 pm “Love and Death” with Operativo Silla Movil dance and theater company

8:00 pm Screening of the movie “Pedro Paramo”

8:15 – 8:35 pm Awards ceremony for the winners of the altar contest, “calaverita” poems and catrina-making

8:40 – 9:00 pm Music by the Playa del Carmen Cultural Center Choir

9:15 – 9:50 pm “Family Portrait” play by 20 Varos Producciones

10:00 – 10:40 pm Traditional music by Las Parranderas trio

With plenty of excitement and enthusiasm, the island of Holbox is once again getting ready to host their annual Muestra Gastronómica: Comer, Amar y Contemplar ("Culinary Show: Eat, Love and Contemplate"), under the direction of Denise de Kalafe. From October 22 through 24, 2015, this heavenly piece of paradise will be decked out to host the now-iconic culinary festival for its fourth consecutive year. For the 2015 edition, the guest of honor is the state of Chihuahua, making it a great opportunity to get to know about northern Mexico through its flavors.

Holbox food festival 

One of the biggest parts of this year's celebration will be a giant ceviche, which is planned to become a Guinness World Record for its number of portions (2,500!). This activity will include the participation of all of the fishermen on the island through the Chendorito Fishing Tournament.

And to accompany all of the festivities, there's nothing better than the rhythm and flavor of musical artists like La Sonora Santanera, La Sonora Matancera, Margarita la Diosa de la Cumbia, and the romantic Dulce, among many others.

The name "Eat, Love and Contemplate" perfectly defines this culinary event as a way to indulge all of the senses in a way that only the charm of Holbox can offer. Take advantage of this wonderful event to savor traditional local dishes like the island's famous lobster pizza, along with an extensive list of local restaurants and visiting restaurants like La Destileria (Mexico City), El Fogon de Jobel (San Cristobal, Chiapas) and Julia Mia (Cancun).

The island of Holbox is located just off the northern coast of the state of Quintana Roo. To get there, drive 3 to 4 hours to the town of Chiquila, then take the ferry to the island. It's a great little getaway, so make sure to stay several days to fully enjoy Holbox.

This article is a translation. Click here to see the original article in Spanish on BestDay.com.

Learn Spanish in 3 days in Playa del Carmen! We know so many English-speaking expats who moved to Playa expecting to pick up all the Spanish they needed just by living here, but it’s not always as easy as it looks. Many locals here speak excellent English, making it hard to find ways to practice our Spanish, even though most of us are dying to learn the language and connect with other people living in Playa del Carmen on a deeper cultural level.


The next Super Thinking Spanish Class will take place on November 27, 28 and 29, 2015 right here in Playa del Carmen. This class uses a special method of teaching that allows you to learn Spanish at an accelerated rate… and you’ll be speaking Spanish in just 3 days!

The class will take place from 9am to 5pm in the Playacar Phase I neighborhood of Playa del Carmen on each of the 3 days, with a 2-hour lunch break. Requirements:

  • You must have a complete grasp of the English language
  • Bring a pen, a memory stick and a sweater to class
  • No computers or cell phones in class


This Spanish language class even coincides with the dates for the famous Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (which runs November 26 – 28, 2015)! You can take advantage of your trip to Playa del Carmen to learn Spanish by day, and see live jazz music on the beach by night.

The course has a cost of $299 USD per person, or $499 USD per couple. The price includes:
  • Native Spanish-speaking pronunciation coach in every class
  • The complete class lesson book to take home
  • Lesson recordings and relaxation exercises to take home (bring your memory stick)
  • Coffee, tea and water at break times

The class is taught by Shawn and Suzanne Bandick, a Canadian couple who now lives right here in Playa del Carmen. Their story:

"In 2001 on a quest for adventure and a change of culture we packed up our two kids, and moved from British Columbia, Canada to Mexico.  We spent ten years in Mexico struggling to learn Spanish feeling overwhelmed and inadequate in the memorization of the hundreds of verbs and the many conjugations of them that all our tutors told us we needed to do. This course changed everything for us. We are thrilled to now be in a space that speaking in Spanish flows for us! We became teachers because of a desire to empower others and hopefully help them avoid the struggle we went through. This method of teaching definitely empowers people! Imagine learning to speak a new language with ease and joy.”

For more information on this course and its methods, visit the Bandick’s Learn Spanish in 3 Days website, or send an e-mail to Suzanne at sswinbiz@hotmail.com

We’ve seen a lot of cool things on 5th Avenue during our years living in Playa del Carmen, but this past Friday offered a whole new experience. If you happened to be walking along 5th Avenue by 28th Street around 6pm last Friday, you saw a small crowd of people sitting on both sides of the street… reading books!


Of course, the BuyPlaya Real Estate team had to take some pictures and find out more. It turns out this wasn’t just happening here on 5th Avenue – it was also taking place in countries throughout the world, all on the same day, August 14. These book readers were participating in the Primera Jornada Mundial de ‘Aire Libro’ (the First World Book Mob Day – like the famous flash mobs where groups perform a surprise choreographed dance in public, but with books). During this Book Mob, participants choose their own text to read, then read it aloud with the other participants simultaneously.

Here in Playa del Carmen, the Book Mob began with the blowing of a conch shell. Sitting against signs, posts and trees, the readers sat down on the street and pulled out their novels, quietly enjoying the books and sharing with others for a span of 20 minutes. Passersby looked on curiously, and some even stopped to ask more.









The conch shell sounded again at the end of 20 minutes, and the readers raised their books over their heads and shouted, “Leer libera!” (which means “reading frees you”). Participants then stood in a circle in the middle of 5th Avenue, and spent some time reading their books aloud, simultaneously. What a beautiful sound!




The idea for the Book Mob began in Colombia, and was brought to Playa del Carmen as part of Libros Libres (Free Books), a local initiative that organizes book exchanges as a way to encourage reading among the local community here in Playa. It was Rossy Vivanco and Paola Adriana Caliz Lopez of Libros Libres who organized this 5th Avenue event. Rossy Vivanco states, “A child, a young person who reads is a happy person. In these times with the way things are in Mexico, reading can be a way to escape, or art in general. Our proposal is that people don’t have to spend money; we can give them the opportunity to read.”


For this first Book Mob event, Playa del Carmen joined other participating countries like Italy, Peru, France, the United States, Colombia, Canada, other cities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and more. In total, over 25 countries across the globe joined in! The Book Mob provided a unique, memorable and public way to spread awareness about the joy and benefits of reading.

To learn more about book exchanges in Playa del Carmen, click here to follow Libros Libres on Facebook.

Playa del Carmen locals have been loving the city’s new theater! Seats nearly sold out throughout the venue’s opening week, with an average of 95% occupancy. Named Teatro de la Ciudad, this beautiful new performance space will be offering all kinds of shows: dance, concerts, plays and more. Riviera Maya Events even had the opportunity to see the Quintana Roo Symphonic Orchestra performance on the theater’s second night. As locals, it’s clear that we have many memorable evenings to look forward to thanks to the theater.


This weekend, Teatro de la Ciudad is going a step further with an exciting and fun-filled show: a tribute to “The King” Elvis Presley. The show features performing artist Dany Lova, an Elvis impersonator who lives right here in Playa del Carmen! What a perfect way to honor the King of Rock and Roll with true Playa del Carmen style.


The show is scheduled for this Sunday, August 16, a date chosen in honor of the 38th anniversary of Elvis’ death. Now, we’re hearing that tickets for the show sold so quickly this week that Teatro de la Ciudad has decided to add a second show time in order to accommodate everyone. Shows will be Sunday night at 6pm and 8pm. Best of all: the show is FREE! You can pick up your tickets directly at the theater’s ticket counter on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 from 10am to 6pm, or until they sell out. We recommend picking up your tickets soon, to make sure you can get a seat.

Teatro de la Ciudad will also have two shows this Saturday, August 15: a kids show called “Pipi” at 5pm and 7pm, and a comedic play for teens and adults called “Lentas pero seguras” at 8:30pm. Tickets for both of these shows will be available at the theater’s ticket counter Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. (And yes, both shows are free!)



Teatro de la Ciudad is located on Circuito Chinchorro and Avenida 115, right by Walmart La Cruz. To stay in-the-loop on their upcoming shows, follow Teatro de la Ciudad on Facebook.

For many years, Playa del Carmen has been known for its colorful art scene characterized by street art galleries, live music played in locally-owned restaurants, and dances performed at city festivals. This year, the city’s cultural scope has widened with the opening of the new Teatro de la Ciudad (Theater of the City).

Playa del Carmen theater 

Playa del Carmen theater 

The beautiful and modern theater was inaugurated on July 29, followed by a week of captivating performances that included a concert by the Quintana Roo Symphonic Orchestra (accompanied by dancers from the Solidaridad Contemporary Dance Company), performances of The Vagina Monologues, a ballet gala with the State Dance Company, and lively performances by Marionetas Shuto (Shuto Puppets).

Playa del Carmen theater 

Source: Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page

Playa del Carmen theater 

Source: Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page 

Playa del Carmen theater 

Source: Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page 

We had the chance to see the Quintana Roo Symphonic Orchestra on July 30 for their second performance at the Teatro de la Ciudad. The theater’s modern design stands out beautifully when it’s lit up in the evening. Even though we arrived 45 minutes early, there was already a line forming for last-minute tickets outside the main entrance. Once inside, the stunning lobby area was lined with paintings, photography and other art pieces created by local and international artists.

Playa del Carmen theater 

Playa del Carmen theater 

The entire theater filled up by the time the concert began. Although the stage setup was simple with just the orchestra and color-changing backdrop, the performance was so powerful that it held the entire audience captive throughout the night. Dances by individuals, couples and trios from the Solidaridad Contemporary Dance Company provided a beautiful complement to the classical music.

Playa del Carmen theater 

Source: Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page 

Playa del Carmen theater 

Source: Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page 

Since its opening night, the Teatro de la Ciudad has hosted 9 performances with over 6,000 spectators. Each night has been filled at 95% capacity; the theater has 736 seats, averaging 700 people per night! Clearly the Playa del Carmen community has been dying for an artistic venue of this caliber.

Playa del Carmen theater 

The theater’s next (free!) show will be held on August 16 in honor of the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death; the performance will be a musical by local artist and Elvis impersonator Dan Lova.

Teatro de la Ciudad is located near Walmart La Cruz, on Circuito Chinchorro between Avenida 115 and 120 (behind the Playa del Carmen Cultural Center). To find out more about upcoming performances and tickets, follow the Teatro de la Ciudad Facebook page.

Whether you’re buying a home in Playa del Carmen or already living in this piece of paradise, make an effort to experience the city’s growing art scene. You’ll be surprised by what this little beach town can do!

El Cine Club is often hosting public movie showings in Playa del Carmen, most notably their seasonal Documentary Wednesdays and Film Fridays at Parque La Ceiba, along with other film screenings throughout the year in different Playa del Carmen locations.


Now, El Cine Club is teaming up with the famous Blue Parrot beach club for “Noches de Cine Frente al Mar” (Movie Nights by the Ocean). This Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm, they’ll be presenting the documentary “Marley” at the Blue Parrot.


Directed by Kevin MacDonald, the film depicts unseen aspects of reggae musician Bob Marley’s life, featuring never-before-seen live performances, unedited music, and interviews with Marley’s family, friends and connections. You’ll have the chance to learn more about his early life as well as his international rise to fame. And what better place to enjoy some reggae culture than at the beach? The Blue Parrot is a beautiful venue by day or by night, set at the end of Calle 12 in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy ocean breezes, moonlit waters and eye-catching style at this beach club and nightclub on the sand.


Admission to Noches de Cine Frente al Mar is completely free. Attendees will also have a chance to win free tickets to the Macka B reggae concert on Sunday, May 17 (also at the Blue Parrot).

For more information on this film screening and upcoming movie showings in Playa del Carmen, visit El Cine Club’s Facebook page and ElCineClub.info

The Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Quintana Roo is returning to Playa del Carmen. This Sunday, May 3 at 7pm, they will perform at the Poliforum with a special concert dedicated to local boys and girls. The concert will include musical themes by renowned children’s singer-songwriter Francisco Gabilondo Soler “Cri Cri” and from the Disney film Fantasia. Everyone is invited to enjoy the concert completely free!

Playa del Carmen cultural event 

Maestro Ricardo Corona, conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra, extended the invitation to all local families on Mexico’s Children’s Day holiday (April 30). Boys and girls are especially invited to celebrate by attending the special concert this Sunday at Poliforum Playa del Carmen. Corona stated, “We are lovingly organizing a program for kids of all ages, from 1 to 100 years old, with a beautiful and dynamic repertoire to share with the entire family.”

Playa del Carmen cultural event 

The Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Quintana Roo is made up of 60 professional musicians and singers from all across the world: Europe, the United States, Cuba, Latin America and Mexico, including locals from Quintana Roo state like soprano Laura Chuc. The group has successfully played across the entire state, including Playa del Carmen. A warm reception from their Playa del Carmen audiences has driven conductor Ricardo Corona to aim for more shows in this destination with a variety of different themes, so future audiences can expect plenty of surprises.

Playa del Carmen cultural event 

“We believe that music can be a very important tool in social cohesion, entertainment and leisure, and we’re working toward that,” added Corona, who also repeated his personal wish for the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Quintana Roo to have their headquarters right here in Playa del Carmen. He mentioned that this city is “growing dizzyingly, and with the cultural boom achieved by the current administration, it would be more than excellent that the orchestra grew along with this destination.”

So bring the kids along for a free orchestra concert designed especially for them! This Sunday, May 3 at 7pm at the Poliforum Playa del Carmen. It’s free of charge!

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