Harmonizing Paradise: Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival 2023

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Step into the soul-embracing rhythms of the renowned Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2023. As Playa del Carmen celebrates two decades of Jazz magic, join us on a journey through the notes and beats that made this year’s festival an unforgettable symphony of culture, music, and community.


Located on the beach in front of the Parque Fundadores (next to the Ferry dock to Cozumel) on November 24th and 25th. This beloved coastal city became a stage for soul-stirring melodies – which is a free, open-access and inclusive event! The extraordinary lineup featured world-class artists, including Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Antonio Sánchez, Snarky Puppy, and Chris Botti.


The 2022 Jazz Festival edition faced cancellation, but visitors and locals alike were ecstatic that director Javier Aranda confirmed the festival’s revival for 2023, sparking excitement among jazz enthusiasts. The eagerly awaited official lineup and dates, coupled with hints of two major groups, contribute to the anticipation of a resurgence in the festival’s epic legacy.

History: Evolving from Modest Origins to Global Acclaim

Established by Fernando Tousaint in 2003, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has experienced remarkable growth. From its humble beginnings, it has evolved into a global attraction for jazz aficionados. The festival has hosted renowned artists like Norah Jones, Kurt Elling, and Dannah Garay. Its commitment to accessibility is underscored by a free admission policy, emphasizing inclusivity regardless of economic backgrounds.


Picture this: the sandy shores become the holding ground for over 50,000 attendees, creating a sea of heads under full moon this year! The festival immediately captured everyone’s attention, especially on closing night, as stunning performances from powerhouse musicians and enchanting vocalists left the audience breathless. It’s truly a spectacle not to be missed!

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As you can tell, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is not one to miss! We’d love for you to experience the incredible culture this coastal city has to offer! And whist you’re here, why not give us a call to help you find your dream in paradise?

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