Local Festivals and Attractions
Mexico is renowned for its colorful fiestas and traditions. Experience the local customs of Mayakoba including the unique natural and cultural attractions found within close proximity to Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Live Mexico at its fullest.
The Mayakoba Classic made golf history in 2007 when it became the first PGA tour event to ever be contested outside of the United States or Canada. Today it remains in the Riviera Maya and is regarded as one of the finest on tour by professionals, sponsors and spectators alike. The Mayakoba Classic is building a strong tradition and a proud history. Legendary golfers and an outstanding course come together each year to create dramatic and exciting results.
Day of the Dead
Xcaret park honours this tradition that was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Each year the park holds the “Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte” on October 30th, 31st and November 1st and 2nd. During this celebration you can enjoy the traditional gastronomy of the region, typical sweets, Hanal Pixán rituals, workshops, crafts, offerings, theatre, dance and concerts. Visit Xcaret Park during this festivity and enjoy the Maya world dedicated to the deceased dearly departed.
Mexican Independence Day
Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16th. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. "Viva Mexico" or "Viva la Independencia” is shouted amidst the crowds on this day in Playa del Carmen.
Sacred Mayan Journey
This is an event that recreates the most antique traditions of Mayan Culture. Pilgrimage that year after year the canoeists perform sculling to the Island of Cozumel to worship with offerings to Ixchel (the Mayan Moon Goddess of fertility, textiles and medicine) seeking her divine message for the Mayan people.
Enjoy this great opportunity and look at how the wonderful natural setting waterways of Mayakoba creates its very own carnaval, a mix of latin cultures. Viva el Carnaval! Viva la Vida! Viva Mayakoba!
The Jazz Festival
Jazz musicians are invited to play on the beach every November. Enjoy the sand between your toes as you relax and listen to the sultry sounds of great jazz against a backdrop of the glorious Caribbean.
Riviera Maya Film Festival
A festival showcasing the best local and international films, this event is one to be savored by connoisseurs of film art and those looking to mingle with locals.