Velas Resorts Announces Grand Day of the Dead Celebrations for 2023

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 2, 2023) – This Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Velas Resorts in Mexico is set to host genuine celebrations. From catrina parades and evening tours of Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon to culinary events and art showcases, the festivities honor the memories of the departed. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, this cherished Mexican holiday is marked by colorful food, drinks, and ofrendas (detailed altars), where the living decorate gravesites, hoping for a reunion.

On November 2nd, a parade at Velas Vallarta will feature the renowned Mexican Catrinas. This guided tour will display eight sculptures, each symbolizing different aspects of Puerto Vallarta’s rich history. Guests can interact with expert guides, learning about the traditions’ roots.

From November 2-3, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit introduces the inaugural Mexology Fest. This event blends Día de los Muertos traditions with modern mixology. Included in the nightly rate, participants will enjoy workshops, tastings, and lively nights with top mixologists from Mexico and the U.S. Notable activities include tequila sessions with a Master Distiller, Painting & Pairing events with plant-based inks and Raicilla, and an evening hosted by Mexico City’s renowned Licoreria Limantour, recognized as North America’s Best Bar.

In Baja California Sur, Grand Velas Los Cabos presents a Day of the Dead-themed floating tray at the adults-only Serenity Pool, decorated with bright marigolds. Guests can also expect a special turn-down service, a poolside Catrina parade with musicians and dancers, and an option for “Catrina Makeup” for an authentic Mexican dinner.

Mar del Cabo’s highlight is a three-course dinner showcasing classic Mexican dishes. The lobby welcomes guests with a “Mezcalina” drink, live music, canapes, and signature Jarritos shots.

Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta offers a 3-hour evening tour of the lively Malecon promenade, featuring shrine displays, art showcases, and more. A standout is a 75 ft tall giant catrina by artist Alondra Muca. Guests will also find a sugar skull amenity in their suites, accompanied by its story.

At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, kids aged 4-12 stay free, while teens aged 13-15 get a 50% discount. Families can learn about traditional Mexican crafts, like Alebrijes. These figurines, often made of cardboard, wood, or clay, have inspired global creativity. They’re even portrayed as “spirit animals” in Disney’s Coco. Kids can create their Alebrije in the Kids’ Club.

All resorts will offer pan de muerto and other traditional foods, along with altars that highlight the holiday’s cultural importance.

Rates begin at $295 USD at Velas Vallarta, $347 USD at Casa Velas, $488 USD at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, $617 USD at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, and $640 USD at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Rates are per adult, per night, based on double occupancy. They cover luxury suite stays, gourmet meals, premium drinks, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center access, taxes, gratuity, and more. Mar del Cabo starts at $256 USD per night. Activities may vary based on availability and resort. For bookings or details, contact 1-888-407-4869, email, or visit

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