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Feeding the Senses – Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Mexico is an artist's community. For centuries all forms have art have shaped the country and its culture. Folk art, muralists, painters, singers, poets and actors are what attracted many visitors to the Mexico originally. Now beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, sustainable tourism and food attracts so many more visitors. Many art forms are still the back bone to understanding and appreciating Mexico. In Yucatan cities, the arts is an established institution. In the Riviera Maya, the...

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Christmas market in Puerto Morelos

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

palapa at christmas

Begin your celebration in Puerto Morelos. Come along to see over 30 artists from all over Riviera Maya who will be showcasing their wares next Saturday 11am-4pm Av Rojo Gomez 776, Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Morelos.  Find great gifts and local artwork. The local food trucks will be there with great eats.  Get involved by donating local school, so bring some school supplies, or stop by and help out with a cash donation to the Red Cross.

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Opening Night at the #RMJazz in Playa del Carmen – Free Concert

Posted November 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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After a beautiful mid -afternoon Thanksgiving feast (thanks Turtle Bakery) our group of thankful friends hopped into the car and headed to Playa del Carmen. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival was opening tonight and none of us wanted to miss it. Who can turn down a jazz festival that starts at sunset on the beach. Not us! Parking was best on 38th street just below 5th Avenue. A coffee at Ah Cacao (5th Avenue between 38th and 40th street) was in order before we slung our beach chairs on our back,...

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Happy US Thanksgiving from the Riviera Maya!

Posted November 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

loco-gringo-thanksgiving-2015

While we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Loco Gringo, we are feeling more than thankful this Thanksgiving. Wow, for 20 years we have been exploring, trekking and discovering everything about the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan. We have also been laughing, crying, giggling and just having a great time meeting people from all over the world, people who pick us to plan their vacation. We have shared more happy hours than we would like to admit over the past 20 years with so many great friends...

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Cultural Centers in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

Casa de Cultura Playa del Carmen

Cultural Centers in Mexico are similar to community centers in the US and Canada but with a cultural/arts focus. Community Centers as we understand them are a mix of sports and recreation, classes, and learning centers. In Mexico cultural centers are classes, learning centers and a large influence on the community. As Riviera Maya cities grow, and visitors become more curious about daily life, local culture, and unique local experiences, cultural centers are broadening their scope beyond...

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Libros Libre! New Book Exchange in Playa del Carmen

Posted September 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Looking for some new books? Want to donate some books that you have read? The Libros Libre book program at Parque La Cieba in Playa del Carmen is a new concept for free books and book exchange, with multiple languages. This community project is open to everyone, not just Spanish speaking readers. Libros Libres literally means Free Books. The community program is modeled after a project that started in Cancun, The New Club of Forgotten Books, that was very successful. The concept is pretty...

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Are you singing the seaweed blues?

Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment

sargassum clean up in the Caribbean

Beach Clean up in the Riviera Maya is underway The Mexican government announced a temporary employment program to remove seaweed from beaches of Quintana Roo, including Cancun and the Riviera Maya. “This is a phenomenon we have not experienced before, neither on Mexico’s beaches nor those around the Caribbean,” he said. “It is a phenomenon that, unfortunately, affects all countries in the Caribbean.”  Preliminary research has found that in some areas, sargassum beds extend as...

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Free Event in Mexico – Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2015

Posted July 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2015

Riviera Maya is known for some pretty spectacular free events. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is one of those free events marking its 12th year in 2015. Mark your calendars for November 26 - 28 and start planning your jazz vacation in the Riviera Maya. Concerts are held on the beach, the line up of musicians is always impressive (Earth Wind and Fire headlined last year) and yes, I will say it again, all concerts are free - zero dinero, nada, nothing! We are waiting for the list of 2015...

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First Reggae Fest in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

reggae festival in playa del carmen

July 24, 25 and 26 mark the first reggae festival in Playa del Carmen.  Luciano Jah Messenger a popular Jamaican reggae artist from the 1990's will be there along with Pantheon Rococo of Mexico.  The weekend will be full of music across Playa, the schedule is still being finalized.  Tickets are $200 pesos.

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Local Profile – Laura Raikes Coco’s Cat Rescue

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Interview with a Local

Laura Raikes - Cocos Cat Rescue

This Local Profile is a little bit different from our others. Laura Raikes has been living in Playa del Carmen for almost a decade with a very clear mission - to support local animal welfare through free spay and neuter services of feral cats and adoptions. She has worked for years supporting the ongoing care and adoption of both cats and dogs in a selfless act that is awe-inspiring. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The amazing culture, music and...

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