Giving Back

HeartYogaPlayaVivaZBetween Thanksgiving and Christmas our mailboxes, both real and virtual, are filled with holiday cards that remind us how much younger we are not getting, catalogs that remind us to be good consumers and solicitations that remind us to donate to deserving causes.  Playa Viva did its part when we recently sent an email requesting support for the local community of Juluchuca and the turtle sanctuary “La Tortuga Viva” – “Buy a Baby Turtle” for the holidays.

Related to the holidays, I just got a list from our accountants of all the donations we made of free stays at Playa Viva in support of deserving causes. Primarily we support groups that promote environmental conservation/restoration and social impact. In social impact, we focus our support education, health and economic development especially for the Hispanic community.  If you have a group that promotes these goals, let us know how we can help.

Here is a short list of some of the groups that received donations of free stays at Playa Viva (auctioned off to raise money for their cause): KCRW – Public Radio in Los Angeles, the Oceanic Society, A Home Away From Homelessness, Liberty Hill FoundationRenaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Pacific Community VenturesTibetan Aid ProjectBaywood Elementary SchoolHillsborough Schools FoundationSidewell Friends SchoolWestside Waldorf SchoolServices Immigrant Rights & Education Network, La Casa Del Las Madres and many more. Several of these donations were done in conjunction with our flight partner Aeromexico.

We encourage you to give the gift of charity this year to help those in need and to protect that which needs our stewardship and care. Thank you.



Save the Turtles Campaign

Organization Supporting "La Tortuga Feliz" at Playa Viva
Organization Supporting "La Tortuga Feliz" at Playa Viva

The last few months have been the height of the turtle season in Playa Viva. The all volunteer team has released 27,000 plus turtles last month. But the bad news is that overall, they have released 30% fewer turtles than last year and the reason for these lower results is that the volunteers just don’t have the same support as last year and are in vital need of key resources. As a result, for this holiday season, we have started a small charitable giving campaign to raise $10,000 for a new 4×4 vehicle and gas to keep the volunteers reaching and rescuing as many baby turtles as possible.

How are we doing this? We have partnered with several organizations. First, the Oceans Foundation has agreed to serve as a clearing house for charitable giving. This way, you can make a donation and it will be tax deductible. We are asking you to give $100 (for adults) and $10 (for children).  Go to the following link or go to and click on the “Donate Now” link. On the Donate page, you will see this:

Gift Information:
I’d like to make this donation
on behalf of in memory of Please send acknowledgement of this gift to:


(email address or postal address)

Make sure to click “on behalf” and write in the blank either: “La Tortuga Feliz” or “Playa Viva Turtle Sanctuary”. This will guarantee that your donation will directed to this campaign. You can also send an email acknowledgment to If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to “Oceans Foundation” and on the memo or for line please write “La Tortuga Feliz at Playa Viva”. Mail checks to our address: Playa Viva LLC, 20 Melrose Court, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Also, the good folks at GreaterGood Network/, LLC have partnered with us on click-to-save program that will direct matching funds.  We recommend highly that you visit their website and participate in their click-to-save programs.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you have any ideas on how to help these volunteers continue their great work in saving more turtles.

Thank you for your donation and support.