Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – 5th Avenue in Lights

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Playa del Carmen. The famous 5th Avenue promenade is all lit up from end to end. Check out some Playa del Carmen condos. It's not too late for a Riviera Maya Christmas!

Akumal Holiday Vacation Tip – Christmas Pageant

Christmas pageant in Riviera Maya

The annual Akumal Christmas pageant will be held December 22 beginning at 5PM in the Plaza Ukana in the center of town. If you are visiting Akumal, Mexico during this time we would love for you to join us for carols, storytelling and of course Santa will make an appearance for all the kids (big and small) to tell him what they'd like for Christmas. Read about Mexico's most important holiday tradition.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Noche Buena Beer

Holiday beer in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.

Carrying a Torch for Guadalupe in the Riviera Maya

Dia de Senora de Guadalupe in Riviera Maya

One of the Mexican culture's most celebrated historical figures is without a doubt the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Mexico seen everywhere, statues, paintings, sculptures and posters adorn churches, houses, convenience stores and restaurants. Decals of the religious icon ride in the back windows of taxis and on the front of T-shirts for sale in the local mercados.  This sacred lady is also referred to as Señora Guadalupe, a woman for whom many carry a torch for every holiday...

Mexico Photo of the Day – Hand crafted ornaments

Christmas ornaments made in Puebla, Mexico

These women in a small village outside of Puebla, Mexico are hand crafting blown glass Christmas ornaments, most of which will be exported to the U.S. Read about Christmas holiday traditions in Mexico

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Noche Buena

Christmas in the Riviera Maya

Did you know that poinsettias are native to Mexico? The plant is known in Mexico as "Noche Buena", meaning Christmas Eve. Get our holiday recipe for Mexican sangria.

Celebrating a Traditional Christmas in Riviera Maya

Christmas in Riviera Maya

If you have decided to spend your Winter holidays in the Riviera Maya it means you are not only looking to escape the harsh cold weather for warm, sandy beaches, but you and your family are ready to experience Christmas in a new way. Christmas in Mexico is more a religious event and less a commercial opportunity. Christmas in Mexico is a time for family get togethers and seasonal recipes, not so much about big ticket items under the tree. A Christmas vacation in Mexico is getting back to the...

Culture Yucateco – Strong Maya Roots Shaped by Worldy Influence

yucatan-culture in cludes, architecture, food and music

There is no where else in Mexico, or the world, like Yucatan. The Yucatán Peninsula is home to the North American Continent's largest indigenous population, the Maya. Yucatán has the highest percentage of indigenous language speakers in Mexico. You can hear Maya spoken everywhere on the peninsula. With its roots sprouting firmly from its ancient Mayan ancestors, the Yucatecan culture has also been shaped by worldly influences. Because of its geography, the Yucatan Peninsula was more or less...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Tropical Pine Trees

tropical pine tress in the mexican caribbean

The mention of pine trees usually conjures images of Christmas, snow and cold weather, but pine trees are also part of the tropical landscape too here in the Riviera Maya. There are a number of pine tree species that flourish happily in this hot, humid environment. Learn more about tropical flora on a nature vacation in the Riviera Maya. Photo by Scott Brown

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