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HELP! Any info on JazzFest at Mamitas on Thanksgiving Wkend and how it affects Kool, Mahekal, surrounding areas?


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#1 christinaa23

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    Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:54 AM

    We were just about to book our wedding & reception date at Kool, when I realized the annual JazzFest will be taking place at the same time next door at Mamitas. Does anyone know about this festival? does it get crazy? Has anyone been next door to Mamitas at Kool or Mahekal when JazzFest is taking place? It's a 3-day long festival in November and I'm hoping that besides the noise - it doesn't cause a problem with booking hotel rooms, lots more crowds, etc.

     

    If anyone has information on this, please share!! thanks!



    #2 Ceelou

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      Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

      Hi,

      I've been to Playa the past 4 Novembers and am getting married there this Nov as well!

      I would say the first 2 weeks of Nov. are quieter and rates cheaper and then the last 2 weeks get visibly busier with jazz fest and the kick off of the high season. Rates also shoot up for most places.

      I don't know about noise as we always seem to miss the jazz fest by one or two days but the beaches etc look much busier towards the end of our stay...

      You may want to go on tripadvisor and check past reviews for the times you're looking at at Mahekal to see if people mention anything about noise during jazz fest etc.

      Good luck!



      #3 christinaa23

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        Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

        Thanks for your help Ceelou. JazzFest seems to take place at Mamitas - which is next to both Mahekal and Kool. I'll check out TripAdvisor right away! Where are you getting married?



        #4 FireyNurse

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          Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:00 AM

          We were just in Playa Del Carmen over the Jazz fest time last November and until a waitress told us about it we had no clue! haha!  When we ventured down to the beach club to see the festival it was VERY busy and super noisy, obviously the noise due to it being an outdoor concert. We were staying at the other end of Playa Del Carmen's 5th Ave so didn't notice any big difference in amounts of people prior to the jazz fest or after it happening but when we were in the area of where it was you can tell there is a ton of traffic and lots of drunk people wandering in that area.



          #5 Akumal Bride

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            Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:46 AM

            I' m going to second the other posters. We were in PDC last November, and they had a massive stage erected on the beach. Personally, I'd avoid that time frame or choose a different location.

            #6 Ceelou

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              Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:26 PM

              Hi,

              I'm getting married at Blue Venado Beach Club... about 15 mins outside Playa. Secluded and rustic, under a giant palapa right on the beach.

              Have you seen the Beach Club at Grand Coral? My friend just got married there and it was gorgeous. Modern vibe like Kool but about 10 mins from town so much more private.

              Do you have a planner?



              #7 christinaa23

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                Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:10 AM

                Thanks Ceelou. We saw Grand Coral as well as Blue Venado. I think we're going to have to pick between those two. Yes, we do have a planner. Did you try the food at Grand Coral?



                #8 Ceelou

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                  Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

                  The food and drinks were great actually.

                  We had champagne upon arrival, then cocktails (blended mojitos, margs, cosmos, pina coladas...) with some great shrimp cocktail and ceviche appetizers/canapes while they took pics and then for the meal they chose a buffet style and it was really good.

                  Stuffed chilies, mole chicken, arrachera, rice, salads etc.

                  The staff made sure drinks were flowing and even ran out half way through the party when they realized they were going to run out of Don Julio.

                   

                  How did you like Blue Venado? Pros/cons?






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