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Our friends at Zumba Fitness del Caribe Mexicano are organizing yet another great event to get you moving!

"Zumba Jammer" Cinthia Valencia from Oklahoma, USA will be leading a Zumba Master Class on March 29 at Salón Raíces in Playa del Carmen. This event offers newcomers a great way to experience Zumba workouts in a fun, party-style atmosphere.

The Master Class will also feature the Raíces musical group playing latin rhythms like salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, bachata and fusion to keep the party going!

Zumba fitness class Playa del Carmen 

Time: Saturday, March 29 at 7pm

Place: Salón Raíces, Playa del Carmen (Avenida Juárez between 60 and 70)

Pricing: $110 pesos at the door, or $90 in advance (send WhatsApp message to (984)146-1549)

Zumba Fitness del Caribe Mexicano Facebook page

The 3rd annual Akumal Comedy Festival is on it's way! April 29 - May 3, 2014. AKUMAL - PLAYA DEL CARMEN - TULUM.

With a fantastic lineup of almost 20 professional stand up comedians to entertain you, including Paul Hooper, Tim Harmston, Mary Mack, and Chris Garcia, the Akumal Comedy Festival is helping to raise money for the Cruz Roja Mexicana.

This is a not-for-profit festival, and all proceeds go directly to the Red Cross chapters in Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Tickets on sale now through the website www.akumalcomedyfestival.co.

Akumal Comedy Festival 2014 

 

 

Pasión Playa A.C. proudly presents José El Soñador (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”) April 8th 9th and 10th in the Foro Abierto de Xcaret!

José El Soñador is the most performed musical of all time. The stage show has now been seen by an estimated 26 million people, and it continues to enthrall audiences around the world. Don't miss out on this incredible production that the whole family will enjoy!

With a live orchestra and over 30 cast members on stage, proudly 100% Playense.

April 8th 9th and 10th in the Foro Abierto de Xcaret at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance and the evenings of the performances. Don't miss it!!!

Jose el Sonador Xcaret 

 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Playa del Carmen at Luna Blue's Pool Party and Music Fest!

St Patricks Day Playa del Carmen 

The party at Luna Blue Hotel and Bar will kick off at noon with a great playlist of favorite Irish tunes (Van Morrison, The Pogues, The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, the Dubliners and many more). Throughout the day and evening you can hear the best in Irish music.

Also starting at noon there will be traditional corned beef sandwiches on rye bread baked by the Grumpy Bakers of Playa served poolside. Sandwiches will be available throughout the day (or as long as supply lasts! Better come early.)

The bar also opens at noon and will be serving all your favorite Luna Blue cocktails along with such Irish beverages as Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Leprechaun Shots, Black Velvets and Margaritas (Hey...they're green aren't they?)

The pool will be open for party guests throughout the day and evening...and we are continuing the Luna Blue St Patrick's Day tradition: ladies in green bikinis get a free drink.

At around 3pm (and continuing until 11 pm) there will be live music. Everyone's favorite Playa del Carmen performer Mike Grabow will be singing and inviting some of the best local musicians to join in.

And there are more fun contests, giveaways, and surprises planned at the original, biggest, best and greenest St. Patrick's Day Bash in all of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The Luna Blue Hotel & Bar...a last little piece of the old Playa del Carmen...and the old Ireland. 

Luna Blue Hotel & Bar is located on Calle 26 between 5th and 10th.

Coco's Cat Rescue will be celebrating their 5th anniversary on March 9th with a grand party and silent auction at the Blue Parrot and YOU are invited to join in the fun! Tickets are on sale now at MOMS Bar! (4th street with 30th Av.) for the pre-sale price of 200 pesos each. Tickets will also be available at the door for $250 pesos which include 3 hours of Open Bar, a delightful assortment of delicious canapés and live music from Creizy Toy! Funds raised will go to support Coco's ongoing efforts to control the cat population in Playa del Carmen.

Coco's Cat Rescue Fundraiser 

Coco's Cat Rescue is a Playa del Carmen rescue charity focusing on the spay and neuter of feral cats and the care and re-homing of kittens in need of rescue. Coco's has a no kill policy and is dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They achieve this via a TNR (trap spay/neuter and return) program for feral cats, and a rescue, treat, spay/neuter, and tame program for kittens under 3 months. The aim is to find a permanent loving home for all the rescued kittens in their care. Coco's Cat Rescue provides free or low cost spay/neuter surgeries and basic pet care to those on a low income.

While the primary focus is cats, Coco's clinic also provides spay/neuter services for dogs through grants from Sociedad Protección Animales de Peninsula (SPAP) and Veterinarios Internacionales Dedicados a Animales Sanos (VIDAS). Since Coco's began 5 years ago, they have spayed/neutered over 11,000 DOGS AND CATS!!

Coco's Cat Rescue is committed to education which encourages responsible pet ownership and challenges negative associations with feral cats and consequent cruelty. Their long term mission is to greatly increase the number of animals that they are able to assist and expand their model to embrace other local areas in need of services.

Now in its third year, the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is going even stronger than ever! While most of last year's festival events were hosted at different locations around the Riviera Maya, the 2014 edition will mostly take place in the Cancun area.

Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival 2014 

As always, the 2014 Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival will include appearances by numerous top chefs from around the globe with cook-offs and cooking demonstrations, featuring star guests Chef Boulud and Chef Guillermo Beristain. Attendees can also enjoy spectacular tasting events for wine, mezcal and champagne with some of the best international sommeliers. Angélica Olivares, Marketing VP for the festival, says, "It's easy to say things like ‘we will have the best sommelier in the world', but it has a huge impact on Mexico and the destination."

The event's founder, David Amar, states that the festival's goal is to "showcase the world's food and wine projects and the stories behind it... Even more than the names, it's the story behind WHY." The Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is part of the Riviera Maya Tourism Board's efforts to attract even more luxury tourism to this stunning beach destination, creating upscale events that have shown great appeal for Mexican, American and Canadian luxury travelers over the past few years.

It's clear that the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival not only strives to provide great food and wine-related experiences for its guests, but also to raise the bar and increase the luxury market for the destination as a whole.

Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival 

In 2014, the festival will include events like:

  • Tastings for whiskey, mezcal, champagne and wine
  • Conferences by star chefs
  • Interactive cooking challenges where celebrity chefs face off
  • Catamaran sunset dinner to Isla Mujeres
  • Celebrity dinners
  • The popular Gourmet Tasting Village at the Moon Palace Arena

The Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival website features the full details on the chefs and events you can enjoy, and the festival is coming up in just a few days! Mark your calendars for March 13 - 16, 2014.

 

Once Carnaval 2014 has ended, the Riviera Maya will welcome yet another incredible annual event. Now in its third year, the Riviera Maya Film Festival has earned fame for its free film screenings in spectacular locations along Mexico's Caribbean coast.

 Riviera Maya Film Festival beach movies 2014

For its 2014 edition, the Riviera Maya Film Festival will feature 40 film premiers and 12 full-length films, along with dozens of other movies in different venues from Cancun all the way down to Tulum. The festival's focus this year will be "4 Formas de Ver Cine" (4 ways to see movies), which include:

- At the movie theater

- On the beach

- In public plazas

- At the drive-in

 

Visitors can enjoy a long list of FREE film showings for the general public from March 9 - 15, 2014 at 6 different venues in 4 cities in the Mexican Caribbean:

- Cancun (at Parque Las Palapas and at the Autocinema drive-in)

- Puerto Morelos (on the beach at Unico Beach Club)

- Playa del Carmen (at Plaza Pelicanos and by the ocean at Parque Fundadores)

- Tulum (on the beach at the Papaya Playa Project)

 

For more information:

Riviera Maya Film Festival website

Riviera Maya Film Festival Facebook page

On February 15th, Cancun Rotary will be hosting a fun "Children's Fashion Show" on the beach in Puerto Morelos. The event will be held beginning at 2pm the Ojo de Agua Hotel. There will be discounts of food and beverages and free use of sun loungers and umbrellas. Tickets are 70 mn for adults 50 mn for children. Proceeds will go to support a joint initiative to bring $400,000 usd worth of much needed medical equipment to the new Red Cross Hospital in Playa del Carmen!

Rotary Fundraiser Red Cross Hospital 

 

Riding the waves of change, Yoga By The Sea is is moving up -- literally, to the rooftop level of the new SOHO PLAYA Hotel on 10th Ave at Calle 24 in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
 
Join Yoga by the Sea at the new Sky Loft shaded studio for your familiar favorite yoga classes or try one of our new More Than Yoga® options: Restorative Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation, Pilates, and Zumba®.

2014 More Than Yoga Class Schedule

Yoga Playa del Carmen

Yoga Class Descriptions
 
Hatha Flow
A multi-level yoga class that combines Hatha Yoga with selected flow sequences to create a balanced and complete yoga experience. Meditation included.
 
Yoga for Everybody
A gentle Hatha class appropriate for Beginnes and those who'd like a slower-paced class. Discover yoga... and yourself! Breathe deeply, warm the body, calm the mind.
 
Vinyasa Flow
A strong flowing practice to start your day. Sun Salutations, Standing Asanas, Forward Bends, Balances, and Twists.
 
More Than Yoga Class Descriptions

 
Pilates Mat
This is a contemporary approach to the Pilates repertoire  focusing on core stability, postural alignment, full-body conditioning and a deepened sense of body awareness. Working from the fundamentals of Pilates and beyond this class will increase flexibility, build strength and stamina  and create a solid foundation for your Pilates Mat practice. Prepare to be lengthened and strengthened, honed and toned.
 
Zumba®
Latin and International music fused to create an explosive, booty-shakin' party of a workout that burns 400 - 1000 calories an hour and leaves you high! Zumba is for everyone. Every age, shape & fitness level. It's great for the body, mind and soul... Zumba is for you!
 
Restorative Yoga
Therapeutic techniques to release muscle tension followed by still, supported postures that allow the entire body to stretch gently while supported by props. Sequences are designed to help balance the nervous system, deepen the relaxation response, reduce anxiety and stress, soothe the emotional body, heal depression, stimulate restful sleep, and enhance immunity.
 
Yoga Therapeutics
A gently paced yet challenging class that builds strenth, stamina and increased awareness of the mind-body-breath connection. Experience a range of therapeutic techniques woven together with asanas and pranayama.
 
More Than Meditation
Flow the body with yummy Hatha Yoga in preparation to flow the mind and soul. Stretch, open and re-connect to your body and prepare to enter a guided meditation journey. A complete yogic voyage into your whole self.


Yoga Class Pricing
 
Visitors
1 Class: $15 USD
3 Classes: $40 USD
6 Classes: $60 USD
1 Month Unlimited: $125 USD
Privates available by appointment
 
Full-Time Playa Residents
First Class Free
1 Class: $100 pesos
8 Classes: $600 pesos
*1 Month Unlimited: $750 pesos

More Than Yoga Pricing
 
Visitors
1 Class: $15 USD
3 Classes: $40 USD
8 Class Pass: $95 USD
 
Full-Time Playa Residents
1 Class: $120 pesos
8 Classes: $800 pesos (to be used within the month of purchase)
 
*Yoga By The Sea monthly pass holders (yoga classes) receive a discounted drop-in rate of $100 pesos per class
 
 

BuyPlaya Real Estate has been a proud sponsor of a local Akumal soccer team for several seasons now, and this season they really kicked butt again!

Akumal Riviera Maya soccer team 

First they made it to their league's quarter-finals in Tulum, where they had a tough game against the Bahía Príncipe team but managed to pull out a win. Next they headed to the semi-finals (also in Tulum) for the 4th season in a row! There, they defeated the Cabañeros and headed to the final game.

The championship game was a close match: it ended at 3 - 3 in regular time, and sadly they finally lost in overtime. The game truly was epic, with last-minute penalty shots, key player injuries and plenty of shouting from the stands. We're so proud of our team for their valiant efforts and great success in making it to the championship match this season!

Akumal Riviera Maya soccer league 

Akumal Tulum Riviera Maya soccer league 

This team has beaten incredible odds; they're one of the few teams in the league playing with no semi-pro players, making them the proverbial underdog story. It's a team made up of could-have-been-pro-players who are now taxi drivers, policemen, fishermen, divers, bell-boys, construction workers and artisans reliving their dream of playing soccer. For each member, being a part of this team helps them channel their energy into something positive and play just for the love of the sport.

Riviera Maya Akumal soccer league 

Congrats to the BuyPlaya Akumal soccer team, and we have high hopes of seeing you in the championship game once again next season!

Fitness and health are proving to be a big part of the lifestyle in the Mexican Caribbean! With an extensive list of places to do Zumba in Playa del Carmen, it comes as no surprise that 2014 promises a variety of upcoming Zumba events to keep "Playenses" in shape.

 Playa del Carmen Zumba class

On March 29, there will be a Zumba Master Class at Salón Raíces, given by a Zumba Jammer advanced instructor along with other international instructors. This class is open to the general public, and after the class there will be Cuban bands playing salsa, cumbia and other Latin rhythms for even more dancing! Cost for the Zumba Master Class is $110 pesos the day of the event, or $90 pesos when buying in advance.

 Playa del Carmen Zumbathon Zumba class

On February 15, dance away your Valentine's Day chocolate calories with a Zumbathon! Tickets are only $40 pesos, and all of the money raised from this charity event will benefit Club de los Abuelitos, a Playa del Carmen foundation that helps senior citizens. The place and times for the Zumbathon are yet to be confirmed, but you can go ahead and mark it on your calendar then stay tuned to the Zumba Fitness del Caribe Mexicano Facebook page for updates.

To purchase Zumba Master Class and/or Zumbathon tickets, contact Margarita García:

(984)146-1549

marazul34@hotmail.com

Zumba Fitness del Caribe Mexicano Facebook page

How awesome is this? On Dec. 31st, Luna Blue Hotel & Bar will turn New Years Eve into "Shoe" Years Eve.

Everyone bringing a pair of sneakers (US Toddler 3 - Youth/Adult 7 and MX Child 15 - 25, Adult 4 - 7) to the bar on Dec 31st will receive a free margarita or beer (your choice) and a $50 peso coupon at the bar good for anytime after Jan 1st!! In addition the Luna Blue Bar will donate 25% of the net proceeds of the night to "Kicks 4 Kids" so we can buy even more shoes. Plus LIVE music by Brent Parkin, FREE champagne toast at midnight, the swimming pool, drinks by Jorge and the midnight coconut drop.

It will be a fun party, so come on by... have some fun......and don't forget the shoes!

Kicks 4 Kids Sneaker Drive 

 

It's time to reforest Playa del Carmen!

This Saturday, the eco organization Plant for the Planet along with the Solidaridad Municipal Government will be hosting the first Carrera Verde (Green Race) in town. This event allows Playa del Carmen runners to help a good cause and get in a great workout all in one morning.  

Playa del Carmen 5k race 

What makes this race different from the rest? The only sign-up fee required is that you bring a tree (species native to the region) to the race!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7am (participants are requested to show up half an hour earlier to pick up their race kit)

Place: The race begins at Avenue Arco Vial at Centro Maya

Categories: 2K (ages 6 - 12) and 5K (ages 13+)

Includes: T-shirt, race number, bracelet and certificate

To sign up: Fill out the form below and sign up at the Instituto del Deporte (Sports Institute), the Dirección de Medio Ambiente (Board of the Environment), or on the Carrera Verde Facebook page. Then, make sure to donate a native tree on the day of the race to help reforest Playa del Carmen once the race is completed. If you cannot bring a tree, the Dirección de Medio Ambiente will be happy to provide one for you.

Playa del Carmen 5k race 

Only a few days left to train for the Carrera Verde! Sign up now.

Back home, I use to live by show business. Being a lighting technician, I had the chance to be part of great productions such as Celine Dion, ACDC, and many summer and winter festivals like the Montreal Jazz Festival. When I was offered to cover the 11th Riviera Maya Jazz festival, I couldn't say no. It was like going back to my roots, and it felt amazing.

 

The production team did a fantastic job, from start to finish. Every day, a press conference was set up for the media so we could could meet every band and get a good feeling of what they would offer to the public that same night. 

Mamita's beach welcomed us on the powdery soft white sand beach with very well organized facilities. The first night's venue was a seemingly full house, with thousands of people sitting on the beach. Some of them were well prepared and set up with makeshift tables and camping chairs; others were spread out picnic-style with blankets on the sand.  We could easily maneuver the crowd and see each show perfectly.

 

From a technical point of view, the lighting and sound were beautifully designed to fit this outside venue. Even though most of the nights were windy with a mix of light and heavy rains, we could hear every note of the spectacular jazz music clearly and see every movement on the grandiose stage that was set up in only a few days.

 

The lineup of artists were as eclectic as Playa del Carmen is, with musicians like Ed Motta, a Brazilian jazz, soul, and funk musician known worldwide. Winner of a Latin Grammy Award, he produced his first album when he was only 16 years old. He closed the second night with his robustly smooth voice, and warmed up the crowd as the rain became heavier, but he certainly ended the evening on a high note.  Jim Beard, a contemporary jazz musician from Philly was up next. His jazz sounds blended perfectly with those of the waves, only a few meters away.  First on stage that night, Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Dennis Chamber were reunited. Those three great musicians gave us a blend of jazz and rock & roll moments with guitar, drum, and bass solos, which gave an interesting edge to the night.

 

The closing night of the 11th Riviera Maya Jazz Festival was a great mix of genres and kept the crowd up and dancing most of the night. Celso Piña opened the night with great energy. The accordion player from Monterrey, Mexico shared the stage with six other musicians whom made the  crowd bounce from start to finish.  He brought smiles on every face as people were singing his songs and dancing to the rhythm of cumbia salsa.

 

Matthew Garrison went up after Piña with two other amazing musicians who were reunited for the very first time on stage. Garrison, a bass player whose father and grand father also were bass players, lead the show. Being a DJ in his own venue in Brooklyn, he also mixed some of his own songs on stage. This outstanding performance of drum and bass was a success and brought a new genre in the crowd that residents of Playa del Carmen were not accustomed to. The intensity of each piece brought the trio to a higher level of instrumental and vocal performances.

 

The last band to close the jazz festival was no other than Earth, Wind, & Fire. The crowd was waiting to dance to the rhythm of R&B , Soul and Jazz and the band gave them more than they expected. They were dressed up in shiny and disco styles of their well-known 70s era, as the beach of Mamita´s went on fire and its crowd grooved to their classics such as Boogie Wonderland and Let´s Groove, along with many other top hits. Each member had an impressive energy on stage and did not seem they have aged a bit. Even if the rain was still present at some point, the crowd never lost their sense of being taken by the music.

 

 

Every year the Riviera Maya keeps growing and impressing, and this year´s jazz festival edition brought it to a higher level. We can´t wait to see who will be part of this well-organized production next year. In the meantime, keep enjoying numerous multicultural events that are certain to attract a new kind of tourist; Music lovers.

 

 

Andrea Ruiz Perron 

Article written by Andrea Ruiz Perron, BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors.

Photo Credits by Lisa Love Juliot, BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga and Wellness Retreat Playa del Carmen

Yoga, luxury, delicious food, fresh juices and the white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya- what more could you possibly wish for!?  Put this yoga retreat on your list for SANTA!!

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