Christmas Traditions in the Riviera Maya: Posadas, La Rama and More…

Once that you choose the Riviera Maya as your new home, you will find there are Christmas traditions that are unique to this part of the world.

Retiring to Mexico is a dream for many; beautiful weather, cheap cost of living and with direct flights to most of the main North American cities. Over a million foreigners have chosen Mexico as their home. You’ll surely find many traditional ingredients to make your christmas dinner!

However, moving to Mexico means to adjust to a whole different set of christmas traditions, such as:

“La Rama”

La Rama is a tradition with origins in Veracruz. Nonetheless, it has spreaded all over the southeast of the country including the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. This tradition is literally a branch of a tree, which is decorated as a Christmas tree and taken around the neighborhood.

In the Riviera Maya it is common to see groups of children going around with a branch of a tree or a decorated palm leaf, they do some caroling and then ask for a donation in cash.

Mexican Christmas Traditions


Las posadas is a tradition with christian roots. They were celebrated with friends and family to commemorate Joseph and Mary and their journey to Bethlehem. The celebration was leaded by traditional caroling asking the owners of the house for lodging,  after the door was opened there was more singing and praying.

Posadas nowadays might be traditional or just regular Christmas parties with friends, neighbours, coworkers and family members. It is not rare to have invitations to these parties almost every weekend. Also, there is an abundance of food, drink, candies and pinatas.

Mexican Christmas Traditions


The pinata is maybe one of the most recognizable Mexican traditions. Pinatas have many shapes, colors and materials. However, the original pinata had the shape of a star. Also, it was part of the Christmas celebrations as a symbol of the seven deadly sins and the people using a stick representing virtue to overcome temptation. The blindfold represented the faith and finally the candy or fruit inside the pinata was a prize for those able to destroy it.

Pinatas are almost always present in Christmas parties in Mexico. Moreover, it is a great fun for children and adults.

Mexican Christmas Traditions

Are you familiar with any of these traditions? Have you witnessed them? We would love to hear your experience with Christmas Mexican celebrations.  The team in Let’s Retire in Mexico wishes you a Feliz Navidad!!

4th of July in Playa del Carmen

America’s most awaited day is here! Today we all gather to celebrate America’s Independence Day. If you’re away from home but you still want to celebrate this remarkable date, don’t worry, Playa del Carmen has many places that host amazing 4th of July parties.

Don’t miss out this incredible experience and live the 4th of July in Playa del Carmen!

Las Hijas de la Tostada ($$): If you want to celebrate 4th of July with a Mexican touch, then this place is the right one. Join Las Hijas de la Tostada and celebrate with some tequila, tostadas and tacos.

Where? 5th Avenue with 38th – 984 803 0823

Blue Pointe Grill ($$): BBQ ribs, Hotdogs and hamburgers is how Blue Pointe Grill will celebrate the 4th of July! Enjoy the happy hour from 3pm-6pm and eat Tacos at 2×1. Don’t miss out this delicious grill.

Where? Calle 34 with 25th Avenue – 984 148 0747

Wah Wah ($$): Right in front of the Caribbean Sea is where this beach Bar is located… and this is where the fun happens! Today’s party at Wah Wah will be totally amazing. If you bring your American ID, you will get one free shot! Plus, there’s live music and the drinks are on the house.

Where? Calle 2 and the sea – 984 143 6009

Zenzi ($$): Enjoy an all you can eat BBQ for only $190 pesos! Visit Zenzi from 4 pm- 8pm and enjoy live rock music while eating a delicious BBQ and drinking some beer. Celebrate the 4th of July in front of the beautiful Caribbean Sean.

Where? Calle 10 and the sea – 984 803 5738

Keel Restaurant and Beach Club ($$$): Want to experience a beach party? Then this is where you want to celebrate this date! Keel Restaurant has an amazing 4th of July offer: drinks 2×1. Enjoy a BBQ grill for $350.00 pesos/person. Enjoy the Independence Day listening to rock live music and drinking tequila.

Where? Calle 8 and the sea – 984 236 6717

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen ($$$$): This fancy resort will be hosting an incredible party. Find a special 4th of July menu, 2×1 drinks, live music, cocktails and mixology with flair, and of course, an Uncle Sam magician! Your kids can also enjoy a full day program of activities! How amazing is this? Come here to celebrate an all American 4th of July party.

Where? 1st Avenue with Calle 26 –  984 875 1234

Andaz Mayakoba Resort ($$$$): Join them for a special 4th of July pool party. Enjoy a classic BBQ with beer, cocktails and live music! This is a kid friendly party. Come here with your family and celebrate from noon to 6 pm.

Where? Carretera Federal Chetumal- Puerto Juárez Km 298 – 984 149 1234

Have a wonderful 4th on July and from all the Top Mexico Real Estate: Happy Independence Day!