Where and when is it being held?

Freedom Fruit Fest is happening very soon! It is being held in the beach town of Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico over 9 days from Saturday May 8th until Sunday May 16th, 2021.

Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination given the current travel restrictions elsewhere, beautiful long stretches of sandy beaches, stunning nature and tourist attractions, the abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables, as well as cheap fresh 100% coconut water, orange juice and many other fresh juices.

You should plan to arrive on Friday May 7th or earlier and depart on Monday May 17th or later. Mexico gives most tourists a 6 month stay on arrival.

How do I find out more?

Email me if you plan to come to Freedom Fruit Fest and I will add you to the email list of people who want more information. Let me know if you have any questions that aren’t covered in this webpage.

Why am I coordinating this?

Having cancelled my 2021 Fruitarian Adventure Retreats in Thailand due to continued covid craziness, I wanted to give people an alternative way to connect with the fruit-based raw vegan community in a supportive environment.

How will it work?

  • I am coordinating it for free.
  • While everyone is welcome, we all need to respect that this is a fruit-based raw vegan gathering with the purpose of providing a supportive environment for people who want to pursue the fruit-based raw vegan lifestyle. Consequently, cooked food, alcohol, smoking, or any form of drugs or abusive/aggressive behavior is not permitted and will not be tolerated at our gatherings. If you can’t live without cooked food for the duration of the fruit fest, we understand, but in that case, this event won’t work for you.
  • I will organize daily outings which will likely include the following:
    • swimming at several beautiful local cenotes
    • fruitlucks on a grassy area by Aztec ruins
    • visit a local bird sanctuary
    • swim at nice local beaches
    • visit a mountain bike park with challenging trails through the jungle by a nice beach
    • group street/beach running
    • group beach swimming/walking
    • snorkeling
    • daily lifestyle focused group discussion / Q&A session
  • You book and pay for your own expenses. This includes:
    • Flights (I recommend SkyScanner for the cheapest flights)
    • Fruit, vegetables and fresh juice
      Coconut water is $2 USD per liter. OJ is $1.75 USD per liter.
      Fresh, ripe, raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are easy to find and relatively inexpensive.
    • Local transport
    • Accommodation (try agoda.com, booking.com or airbnb)
      There are plenty of hostels for the cheapest options, and lots of nice quite affordable hotels. My hotel for example is next door to an excellent produce store and has 2 big beds in each room for $30 or less per night for the room.
    • Cost of daily scheduled outings
      As a rough guide, daily outings will likely cost around 1000 Mexican pesos ($50 USD) and be up to around 2000 pesos ($100 USD).
      Outings are optional, so if you prefer, you can just join the fruitlucks, group discussions and free activities such as the beach.
      Outing costs must be paid in cash to Grant in advance, preferably at least several days prior to the activity.

Covid info/restrictions

  • I have been in Playa del Carmen since mid-December and the number of covid cases and hospitalizations have dropped dramatically in that time.
  • Covid restrictions are enforced by each state of Mexico based on a 4 color traffic light system. Green is lowest risk. Yellow is low/moderate risk. Orange is higher risk. Red is the highest risk. We will be in the state of Quintana Roo which is currently yellow status.
  • On arrival into Mexico there is currently no requirement for negative covid tests or quarantine.
  • Masks are still currently mandatory but are not really enforced. Many people don’t wear them while walking around the streets. However, masks are required for flights, public transport and for entering many stores. Large stores require taking your wrist temperature on entry as well as squirting sanitizer into your hand.

Travel info

  • To get to Playa del Carmen, you fly into Cancun airport. On the way out of the airport you buy a bus ticket from the ADO bus company for a one-way ticket to Playa del Carmen. There is only one stop made in Playa del Carmen and the bus terminates there, so you don’t need to worry about when to get off the bus. The bus trip takes about 45 minutes.
  • People speak Spanish here. English is commonly spoken, but many people here do not speak any English.
  • The weather is comfortably warm, so there is no need to bring cold weather clothing. The sea isn’t cold to swim in either.
  • On returning to Cancun to fly home, you need to make sure you get off the ADO bus at the correct airport terminal (number 1, 2, 3 or 4).
  • Buses run very regularly all day in both direction between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, even into the night. Timetables have been known to have been altered due to the pandemic silliness.
  • You can exchange USD for Mexican pesos pretty easily. ATMs at banks tend to charge very high fees per transaction, so it is best to either bring cash or minimize the number of times you use an ATM. Paying for your accommodation with a credit or debit card would also save on ATM fees.