Halcyon Days with Master Mixologist Don Johnny

Guest Blog by guest Jim Neeley with photographs by Tom Seawell   We are just back from spending five wonderful days celebrating a 25th anniversary at Playa Viva.   A group of 14 friends and family joined us for the celebration.   Lazy days were filled with morning yoga, quiet conversation, napping in hammocks, sharing…

A Little Bit Helps Make a HUGE Difference in Small Communities

This blog post submitted by Debbie Greenberg – Volunteer at Playa Viva A day at the kindergarten (March 13, 2014). The parents at the local kindergarten in Juluchuca, Mexico have been working to renew the facilities, seeking funds from different sources to re-build the gate and the fence, paint the classroom and fix the leaking…

Season 4 Photo Contest – Winner Announced

Season 4 Photo Contest is finally complete. The book has gone to the press. The judges all got their votes in and while we had way too many great images all three judges only had 4 images that they all three agreed upon. When the book went to press, this image by Anna Hennings won…

Que dia!

Contributed by Martin Goebel – As a fisherman you are usually prepared for anything, mostly disappointment.  Not on this day in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  Organized by “Johnny,” one of the guides at Playa Viva, a wonderful, close-to-nature eco-resort, I went deep-sea fishing over Thanksgiving week.  It was magical.  The dolphins and turtles graced the deep blue…

Güelcome to ‘Julu York’

You definitely won’t spot the Statue of Liberty and you’re more likely to hear a cacophony of farm animals than the honking of horns and rumbles of the subway. Dusty dirt roads and towering palm trees fill in for Manhattan’s asphalt jungle and iconic skyscrapers. There are no world famous delis here, but the tacos…

Vegan Omelette Recipe

This is my favorite new recipe from the Playa Viva kitchen, a vegan omelette. It looks so much like a real omelette that guests who aren’t vegan were putting it on their plate and enjoying it as if it were an egg omelette. Recipe by summer intern Hunter Conrad from Chef “Chuckie” with photos by…

A Great Day at Playa Viva – Helping the Local Community

You have your good days at Playa Viva and sometimes you have a great day.  A good day might include a morning run, a yoga class, releasing baby turtles back to the ocean, sighting a whale breach off shore, reading a good book,  a great conversation with a new friend, taking a nap in the…

Perfect Timing

The day after I arrived at Playa Viva I hopped on a 4-wheeler and rode a few minutes over to the Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary. The rows and rows of markers looked a little like miniature headstones, but instead they served the opposite purpose. As the mother turtles had come onshore the night before to…

Lights, Camera, Action!

The landscape changes constantly at Playa Viva. We move from week to week, each day different, each group varies, each visitor unique.  Last week we had mostly couples enjoying each others’ company, this week is a circus, literally. We start with Caroline Harrison, filmmaker – Hive Studios, who is capturing the sense of place that is…