OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 7 to 13
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and several former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.
Fiesta de la Purísima Concepción, Izamal, December 1-12
The faithful gather to honor the patron saint of Izamal, the Virgin de la Concepción and the town celebrates with processions of the gremios or guilds and neighborhoods, masses, fireworks, flowers and the traditional vaquería or villa fiesta featuring live music, dances and cuisine.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, December 1,2 & 3
Playa Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen is the venue for this popular music event. The line up for the 2016 Festival features the following artists:
Steve Gadd Band
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Volcan Trio
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Fiusha Funk Band
Antonio Sanchez and Migration
Cozumel Scuba Fest, Cozumel, November 30 – December 4
Divers who love exploring the underwater world of Cozumel are getting ready for the island’s Scuba Fest in December, an event featuring scuba routes, a photography exhibition, documentaries and lectures.
Advanced divers with Advanced Open water certification will be able to follow a route comprising nine dives that will take them to reefs to the north of Cozumel, the wreck of the Xicotencatl, a ship sunk in 1999, and challenging southern reefs such as Palancar Caves, the Devil’s Throat and Maracaibo.
The JM Cousteau Route takes in some of the reefs made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1960s and particular favorites of his son Jean-Michel Cousteau.
On the Yucatan Peninsula Diving Route advanced divers will venture into Xibalba, the mysterious underworld of the Maya and explore sacred caves, cenotes and a labyrinth of hidden waterways hollowed out of the limestone over millions of years. The route will take them to the Riviera Maya, site of the world’s longest underground rivers discovered to date, Valladolid to explore the cenotes of the eastern Yucatan and to Merida.
Cancun Marathon, Cancun, December 10
Now in its 32nd year, the Cancun Night Marathon on December 10 attracts amateur and professional athletes from Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, other parts of Mexico and overseas. The starting point for the Marathon, Half Marathon and a 5-kilometer Fun Run is at Malecon Tajamar on the shores of the lagoon in Downtown Cancun.
The course for the Marathon takes runners along Bonampak Avenue and through the Hotel Zone to El Mirador at Playa Delfines and back again to Malecon Tajamar. A mariachi band will serenade runners at the start and finish line.
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, throughout Mexico, December 12
The patron saint of Mexico is honored nationwide with serenades of “Las Mañanitas,” the traditional birthday song the evening of December 11, offerings of fragrant flowers, pilgrimages and masses.
Anniversary of the Founding of Merida, January 6
On January 6, inhabitants of Merida, state capital of Yucatan observe the anniversary of the founding of the city in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. Observed with a procession and mass, it marks the start of the month-long City Festival, a gala event featuring concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and more.
Visit the Royal Resorts blog at www.royalresorts.com for listings of more events during the year.