29 May Hockey Party in Paradise: Hockey Hot Spots
If there’s a downside to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s that they occur during the year’s first sunny days. For many of us northerners the months of May and June mark the first chance to do some fishing, get out for a bike ride, or even do some yard work.
If you want to be hardcore (like some hockey fans I know), you can move the TV out to the deck so you can soak up the sun’s first real rays while still catching the afternoon game.
However, there is a better way to take your playoff hockey party outdoors….
Plan a getaway to an official PHB HOCKEY HOT SPOT!!!
Thanks to our readers, we’ve identified two tropical hockey fan destinations.
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The old Mexican fishing village of Bucerias is probably the last place you would expect to find a great hockey bar. Bucerias is located just north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Canadian Glenn Newell and his wife Tanya opened YoYo Mo’s in 2007. It remains the only Canadian/American sports bar in the area.
Hockey is a key feature at YoYo Mo’s. The decor in the bar/restaurant is overwhelming with sticks, jerseys, hockey pictures and helmets.
YoYo Mo’s carries all the NHL action, on multiple TVs. They also show the World Championships, World Junior tournament, and…well any type of hockey broadcast they can pick up!
YoYo Mo’s ownership and staff even take their love of hockey to the streets, sponsoring (and playing in) ball hockey games every Tuesday and Thursday year round. Tourists are invited to join in!
If you’re traveling from Western Canada Glenn recommends looking into West Jet for direct flights to Puerto Vallarta. Royal Decameron runs several small hotels and vacation rentals in the town of Bucerias.
However you choose to get there, YoYo Mo’s is a prime destination for hockey playoff viewing in paradise. We applaud Glenn and Tanya for their dedication to vacationing hockey fans and deem YoYo Mo’s a certified Hockey Hot Spot.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
If you’re a Habs fan, Los Tabernacos is a bucket list destination. While relaxing in beautiful Playa Del Carmen, owner Daniel Gingras discovered two major problems; There was nowhere to watch his beloved Canadiens and there was nowhere to get a decent plate of poutine.
Daniel took it upon himself to solve both these problems when he opened Los Tabernacos in 2011.
When asked how they celebrate hockey at Los Tabernacos Daniel replied:
“We’re giving out a lot of free shots. Especially, if my team wins, we give a free shot of tequila for everybody.”
Although every hockey night at Los Tabernacos is a party, Habs games are such celebrated events that they require reservations.
Los Tabernacos also does between period giveaways and free shots of tequila with your meal.
You had me at burritos and poutine, but let’s review the whole offering.
Beautiful beach town…Check…Great French Canadian food…Check…Crazy tequila hockey parties…Check!!!
Playa Del Carmen is located just 45 minutes south of Cancun. Daniel recommends ADO buses over taxis for the drive south.
Los Tabernacos is absolutely a certified PHB Hockey Hot Spot!
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