Enticing Mexican Festivities

Mexico is a destination that never disappoints and remains a top pick for Incentive Travel programs at all levels. With a range of hotel, resort and all-inclusive choices and ample activities, this destination has a charm that appeals to every demographic.

We create an authentic, luxury experience for our participants by offering a list of little known Mexican festivities that you may want to consider when booking your next Incentive trip in Mexico.


Although you may tend to think of Rio for Carnival, Mexico has it’s own version of Carnival celebrations that take place the last week of February every year. If you want to see an authentic Mexican Carnival event head to Mazitlan where you will find thousands taking to the streets in elaborate costumes.  The weeklong fête includes parades, balls and merriment going well into the early morning hours.

Dia de la Candelaria

The Dia de la Candelaria is celebrated each February 2nd across the county.  This gorgeous celebration is festooned with thousands candles and flowers of every color.  Families bring a dressed up baby Jesus as an offering of thanks for a blessed year.  In pre-Hispanic times, villagers would bring corn through the streets on February 2nd according to the Mayan calendar in exchange for a healthy harvest.

If you are lucky enough to be in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz at this time, you will see this festival complete, parades and delicious tamales.

Fiesta de Santa Cecilia

An entire festival centered on the patron saint of music is bound to be a great time! Every November in Mexico City, Plaza Garibaldi is transformed into an open-air party with various music styles playing throughout the day.  This party culminates with more than 500 musicians from all backgrounds singing Las Mañantas to the patroness of mariachis.  While in Mexico City, we recommend staying at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. , The St. Regis Mexico City or any of the luxury resorts where you will experience the finest accommodations and service.

BPM Festival

And speaking of music, the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen kicks off each New Year with the largest dance music festival in the world.  Thousands of visitors travel to the area every year to take part in dance parties on one of the countries most beautiful Caribbean shorelines.  For a span of 10 days, festivalgoers enjoy 400 artists all while taking in the splendor of Riviera Maya.

From Cancun to Los Cabos, Mexico is a country of great heritage and an endless source of fascination for travelers.  Whether you’ve been once or several times, there is always something new to discover. JNR will incorporate authentic touches into your next Incentive program in Mexico or anywhere in the world you would like to go.

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Information based on A calendar of less-familiar festivities by Meagan Drillinger which was published in Travel Weekly in September 2016.


Written by Barbara Williamson


JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

Mexican Travel Spotlight: Top Destinations

Few locations rival the country of Mexico in the realm of incentive travel and corporate meeting planning. With an abundance of world class resorts offering thousands of square feet of meeting space and services ranging from renowned spas and championship golf courses to crystal clear waters along private beaches, Mexico is truly an enticing destination for any company to consider for its next reward trip.

Mexico is an ideal locale due to its close proximity to the United States, easing the hassle of transportation and facilitating a worry free trip for a firm with an inclination for organizing an international program. Throughout the years, JNR has enjoyed several successful incentive trips to Mexico, and with its hospitable accommodations and excellent weather, it is a destination that is continually on the radar for an increasing number of clients.

One of Mexico’s most outstanding benefits is its privileged coastline on both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, providing multiple options for 5-star lodging for both west coast and east coast companies with an eye for this beautiful country. JNR has been fortunate enough to operate programs in some of the most exceptional Mexican locations, highlighted by Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and the stunning Riviera Maya.

Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta is a coastal town on the Bay of Banderas on the Pacific side of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is a unique blend of landscapes for visitors to the city.  Hiking through a rainforest or lush jungle in the morning and relaxing on the golden sands  in the afternoon is all possible within the same day. Puerto Vallarta has become a tremendously popular vacation spot in recent years, as the number of gourmet eateries, boutique shops and remarkable accommodations has exponentially risen to accompany the colonial and historic vibe that the city is founded upon.

Cabo San Lucas: Los Cabos or Cabo San Lucas is a lively and energetic resort area on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. With over 20 miles of white sand beaches, Cabo San Lucas is a wonderful destination for beautiful resorts and water activity aficionados. The turquoise blue waters and famous sea arches are a perfect location for sport fishing, wave running or whale watching, giving any company a plethora of options for its guest’s activities.  For the land dwellers, Cabo San Lucas has a lively night scene as well as multiple old town shopping experiences from vivacious downtown Cabo to the quieter San Jose del Cabo.

Cancun: Cancun is a world famous tourist destination on the Yucatan Peninsula that does not disappoint with its glamorous beaches, first class all inclusive resorts, modern attractions, and exuberant nightlife. Cancun has been on the map as a gorgeous destination year round with its ideal weather and surplus of distinguished hotels and spas. While it is known for being a spring break oasis, Cancun has a multitude of space for higher end travel and a large airport that allows for ease of travel in and out of the United States, as well as its proximity to the luxurious Isla Mujeres and historical Chichen Itza.

Riviera Maya: The Riviera Maya is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the entire country of Mexico. Straddling Highway 307 along the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya encompasses some of the most striking locations including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xel-Ha, and Xcaret which boast arguably the best beaches in the world.  The Riviera Maya also includes the Island of Cozumel, which is celebrated for its reef where snorkeling and scuba diving adventures abound. The Riviera Maya is a first-rate location for international programs as this shoreline hosts more all inclusive resorts than any other region in the country and is close to the ruins of ancient Mayan civilization.

Mexico is a year round playground for sunshine and adventure, and in recent years it has become a mecca for corporate travel. JNR is no exception and has been going south of the border for both large corporate meetings and action packed incentives as Mexico meets multiple needs when planning any type of program. The international value for the domestic price tag cannot be beat, and Mexico continues to dazzle its guests, leaving any visitor to the country wanting to come back for more of its hospitality. For inquiries into setting up your own corporate program to any of these fantastic sites, visit JNR Inc for more information.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Andy Tallon


JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: “Puerto Vallarta” by Harvey Barrison is licensed under CC By 2.0