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The Winter Solstice, also known by some as Yule or Saturnalia, generally falls on December 21 or 22. It celebrates the birth of the new solar year and marks the beginning of winter. Taking place on the longest, darkest night of the year, this is a time when we must reflect inward to find our own inner light. This is also a festival of inner renewal and spiritual rebirth. Many of the customs, lore, symbols, and rituals now associated with the modern "Christmas" actually are linked to Winter Solstice celebrations of ancient Pagan cultures. Both Christian mythology and older Pagan customs are evident in modern day holiday observances. Read More...
There are only a few days left before the 2nd annual Eco Reto 2011, a unique eco challenge where families are invited to build the greenest and most original toy or game. Ak Lu'um International School is preparing its jungle campus to receive environmentalists, government representatives and families from the Riviera Maya who will present their original creations to a select panel of judges. The contest and Eco-Fair will be held on December 11 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Ak Lu'um International School in Playa del Carmen. Read More...
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States and if you are an American expat living on the Riviera Maya or perhaps just here for a visit, you will be looking for a place to strap on the feedbag and enjoy some good traditional Thanksgiving fare! Here are a few options you may enjoy! Read More...
Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the press conference for Diamonds International® Taste of Playa 2011. Not my first time at a TOP press conference, having headed up the Marketing Committee for the first two seasons, but my first time attending purely in the role of Sponsor. There was a good turnout for the press conference, a nice mix of corporate sponsors like myself, press agents and media reps and members of The Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen who will once again be managing the distribution of the donation from this year's event. Read More...
Plans are being made and performers booked for the 9th Annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival to be held November 24 - 26 2011 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival combines the best international jazz musicians with the world renowned beaches and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Playa del Carmen. Three nights of great Jazz under the moonlit sky, on the beach, and the best of all, admission is FREE! More performers and bands are yet to be confirmed but this is the preliminary line-up as it stands right now. Read More...
Explore Tourism™ Social Media Boot Camp 2011, Cancun-Riviera Maya, is a new marketing seminar that focuses on social media and social media marketing for the tourism industry in Mexico. This two-day seminar will discuss tourism marketing and how social media can be used effectively by travel & tourism businesses. This seminar is an invaluable information resource that includes lessons and strategies to further social media marketing efforts of individual businesses while increasing the strategic use of travel and tourism marketing for the area. Read More...
Monday morning, my kids jumped feet first into their summer vacation, arriving bright and early at the barn for the first day of Pony Camp. Trainer and club owner Paco Magellon has been running this camp during the school vacations and it is something all the young riders in Playa del Carmen look forward to. Paco is so terrific with the kids and he has passed this special gift along to his son Diego who will be assisting him during this summer session. Monday is a day off for the horses so this morning the group learned how to groom a horse from nose to tail. "Brisa" was a patient subject, standing quietly while each of the children took a turn currying, brushing and picking hooves. The kids started to learn a bit about the anatomy of the horse and how to care for these majestic beasts. Later on in the day, as the temperature soared, they all cooled off in the cenote! Read More...
Looking for a place to celebrate the 4th of July with your family and friends in Playa del Carmen? Don't miss the annual 4th of July Celebration and BBQ at Wicky's Restaurant and Beach Club! The festivities begin at noon with live music starting at 1:30pm and FIREWORKS at dusk! Wicky's famous Beach BBQ Buffet will be open from 2pm - 7pm. This is an event that is not to be missed if you are visitor or an expat from the US you will be sure to have a great time! Read More...
Sometime in the Fall, Papalote parents were asked if their children would like to participate in a performance that was to take place sometime near the end of the 2010-2011 school year. There were to be required in-school rehearsals and books to buy and Read More...
Playa del Carmen's first ever Beach Bocce Ball Event is coming to Canibal Royal! Hosted by Canibal Royal, Latido de Mexico, and Playa Maya News, this one-of-kind event is one not to be missed! The tournament will be held on May 29th 2011 from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Read More...
The John Gray Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the introduction of a new menu concept in both of its Riviera Maya restaurant locations. Beginning in May, John Gray’s Kitchen in Puerto Morelos and John Gray’s Place in Playa del Carmen will introduce a fixed price menu. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of Chef Gray’s popular signature dishes as well as new culinary creations. The menus will change weekly and will feature seasonal produce, locally caught seafood and of, course, the creativity of Chef Gray and his enthusiastic staff. Read More...
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...
On April 10, 2011, Playa del Carmen residents and visitors gathered together to participate in one the region's best loved events, the annual Three-Legged Bar Crawl to support the Bomberos of Quintana Roo. This year, marks the 6th running of this event. A record 16 teams strapped themselves together for this fun-filled race through the busy streets of this seaside city encouraged by the cheers of onlookers and event sponsors. Read More...
A funny thing happened to Rob and me seven years ago during one of our scouting trips to Mexico in the year before we made the move to Playa del Carmen. In April of 2004, we came to Playa, just the two of us, to shop for and hopefully purchase the land Read More...
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