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May Day is celebrated in countries all over the world in festivals that draw their origins in the ancient pre-Christian fertility rites practiced by the Romans honoring the Spring Goddess, Flora. The elements of the modern May Day festival take their root in Medieval times and include music, games, parades, dancing and of course, the ubiquitous maypole. Traditionally festooned with bright Spring flowers and strung with colorful ribbons, participants each take a ribbon and in a choreographed pattern weave them around and down as they dance or skip around the pole. Read More...
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in grand fashion at Ajua Maya Restaurant in Playa del Carmen! Enjoy the exquisite culinary creations of Chef Gabriel Sanchez Gomez, a Master Chef of Traditional Mexican cuisine and help support Angel Notion. Read More...
As most of my friends are well aware, I am no fan of Halloween. This pretty much makes me a total outcast in Playa del Carmen. For two years running, I have successfully avoided the whole thing by accompanying Cole to the "Copa de Merida" tournament Read More...
Last week, Wicky's Restaurant and Beach Club played host to a beach party and BBQ feast to celebrate Labor Day. Rob and I brought the kids to the beach and met up with some of our friends to enjoy the day. The BBQ was delicious (and I know as I made Read More...
Ever wonder what the old Puerto Vallarta of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was like? Destination:PEACE is teaming-up with Puerto Vallarta’s Villa Leonarda, former gathering place of Old-Hollywood, for its Volunteer Vacations. Travelers can Read More...
Wicky's was the place to be this year to celebrate the 4th of July! While many Playa del Carmen businesses closed their doors in compliance with election day "ley seca", Wicky's came out in full force with a traditional cookout on the Read More...
This past Wednesday evening the ladies of Wednesday, Women and Wine hosted a special holiday bazaar at Coffee Cafe on 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Members and friends of this social networking group were on hand promoting their businesses, selling homemade Read More...
Mexico is a proud country. Even here in Playa del Carmen, a diverse, young city with a melange of residents, from all walks of life and from all over Mexico, on this day they are all one. At 11:00 pm a cacophony of sound and noise is magically orchestrated Read More...
Once again, Tony and Cheri at the Luna Blue Hotel hosted the "it" party for St. Patrick's Day! Packed to the palapa with locals and tourists alike, the Tiki Bar was hopping as Chris Bolister cranked out traditional Irish tunes and a long Read More...
After two failed attempts, Cole and I were finally rewarded for our efforts with a great view of the Carnaval 2009 parade! This year, the floats were staged along Constituyentes before progressing south on Avenida 20 to the Municipal Plaza. The streets Read More...
Seasons Greetings "Life's a Beach" readers! Lavonna from Angel Notion is in need of 60 translators to help at the clinic in Nic te ha on December 24th at 8am. Please take a moment to read her personal message below. I hope we can find some Read More...
One of the advantages of having our children in both of the Waldorf Schools in Playa del Carmen is that we get to participate in two different festival schedules. El Papalote held their Posada for the preschool earlier this week and, last night, Ak Lu'um Read More...
Christmas for Mexicans, in traditional homes and rural areas, is a religious holiday. For better or worse, families in Playa del Carmen, Mexican or otherwise, seem to have adopted a decidedly “Americanized” version of this holiday. This year, Read More...
Most people, knowing my disinterest in Halloween, are confused to learn that I really enjoy the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. As a matter of fact, this is my favorite holiday in my new home country and I look forward to it every year! Commonly known Read More...
I'm not big on Halloween. There. I've said it. I wish I was like all my pals in Playa who plan and prepare their costumes 364 days a year in anticipation of October 31st. I love looking at all the pictures from the parties and marvel at the creativity Read More...