Playa Viva
Sustainable Resort & Residence Community
1 (800) 397-6093 US
+1 (650) 585 6770 US
+52 1 (742) 112 3000 MEX
Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco
Playa Icacos
40834 Juluchuca, GRO

US Business Office:
20 Melrose Court
San Mateo, CA 94402

"We could not have imagined a better vacation for ourselves and two 16 year olds girls. My daughter came home from her first day back at school yesterday, looked around and said "everything seems so pointless if you can't go to the beach." I think she was responding to the deep sense of purpose and commitment that is so present at playa viva. We were fortunate enough to be part of the release of 67 just hatched baby turtles to the sea. (LIterally be part of, hold them in our hands!) It was a connection to the greater scale of life that is ever present in the world, but that we generally perceive only superficially. Yes, it's an incredibly beautiful, peaceful, quiet place with the most welcoming staff and community one can imagine. Yes it has delicious food served in a lovely outdoor setting with pride and graciousness. Yes, its right on the ocean, with cool breezes and an open feeling that is immediately restorative. But in addition, it is a place that is actively involved in doing something important and something good for the guests, the community and the land. We weren't even to the airport when we each were wondering how we could come back."
Keith and Linda Copenhagen
Visited May. 2010

Soiree in the Sand
Tying the knot beats selling seashells by the seashore

Crashing waves, ocean spray and a seemingly endless sun-draped horizon … the setting of an oceanside wedding ignites imagination and romance. Be it barefoot in the powder-fine white sands of a tropical island or a few miles from home in SoCal atop a cliff's edge overlooking the Pacific, taking your vows by the sea is a surefire way to inspire an unforgettable evening under the stars among friends and family.

Jenny McGrath, 33, and Greg Merino, 33, of San Diego love to surf. So when they got married last February, there was no question that it would be on the ocean. "We're like fish," she said, describing how they came to choose the charming eco-luxe Casa Viva in Troncones, Mexico, just a few hours south of Los Angeles by plane. "A close friend had been to Zihuatanejo," said McGrath, "and came back telling us of this little fishing-village-turned-surf-town that made her think of us." McGrath and Merino flew down and fell in love with the spot immediately. Their beach nuptials among 50 of their closest friends and family included a mariachi band, fireworks and tequila toasts with their toes touching the emerald waters of the warm Pacific.

According to Casa Viva owner David Leventhal, "many couples seeking beach weddings are coming to Mexico." He added that Zihuatanejo has sunshine about 300 days a year. He suggested that couples getting married by the sea take advantage of the location with activities like surfing, snorkeling and fishing, not to mention local shopping excursions.

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