2018 Ukulele Party and Holiday Week

This page includes more details about the The Ukulele Party Week – Nov 2018.

For general information about Learning Vacations, the hotel and the town, see the welcome page.

If you are a resident of the Costa Alegre area and want information about taking class only, see Offer to Local Residents – Ukulele

Come Play and Playplay and play

The Ukulele Party part.


  • 4-  2 hour morning workshops, leaving ample time for enjoying the beach, walking in town, hiking, biking, paddle boating, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in a hammock
  • Evening jams and open mics  encourage preparation of new material with old and new musical partners
  • Open Mic Performances at local bars/restaurants and a closing advertised performance of group and solo/small group pieces
  • Players of all levels are welcome – from beginner to advanced.

November 12th – 19th – “A Mexican Ukulele Holiday” with Ben Hassenger

And a little about our teacher:

Ben Hassenger- Lansing, Michegan

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Ben Hassenger’s musical career began in the early 1970s when he was arrested for playingSmoke on the Water on accordion and singing in animal sounds in the cafeteria at Lansing Community College. It was the start of something special, for sure.

Ben now works as a music facilitator with Special Education children, teaches ukulele to students and teachers in Michigan school systems, seniors at Prime Time in East Lansing, as well as group and individual ukulele lessons at Elderly Instruments, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Michigan State University’s Community Music School.

He plays guitar and ukulele in the bands Blue Jello and The Ukulele Kings and is the co-founder of the Lansing (MI) Area Ukulele Group and the organizer of the Mighty Uke Day festival, Interlochen’s Uketoberfest, the Upper Peninsula’s Yooper Uke Week, and the Midwest Uke Camp in Olivet. He has traveled across North America and various Asian countries, teaching ukulele and English as a Second Language at various festivals and schools.

He is also a prolific songwriter, with two of his songs about the Detroit Tigers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Ben’s a fun and involving performer with a variety of original songs about dogs, food, love, Michigan, and the other important things in life.

Daily Schedule

(We know you are on vacation, you can opt in or out of what you’d like)

Day 1 arrival, dinner and  evening program
Day 2 – morning activity, breakfast, class, lunch, free time, evening jam
Day 3 – morning activity, breakfast, class, lunch, free time, evening jam
Day 4 – bike trip and breakfast in Jaluco (option to uber or taxi to breakfast), free time, lunch, free time, evening open mic.
Day 5 – morning activity, breakfast, class, boat trip and lunch, Barra sunset, free evening
Day 6 -morning activity,breakfast, class, lunch, free time, Public performance
Day 7- morning activity, breakfast, free day, bagged lunches available, evening event tbd
Day 8- morning activity, breakfast,  Go home… (or stay for another great week)

Learn more about activities and excursion options by clicking here.

Cost: $1100 (CAN) for the week includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation – private room, private bathroom, air-conditioned
  • welcome dinner, 7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • Ukelele Program (above)
  • bike excursion (optional)
  • excursion by bus and boat to 2 nearby communities, lunch and sunset  (optional)
  • orientation and translation
  • Airport transfers from and to the Manzanillo airport to your hotel in West Melaque*
  • Note: this price does not include flights, dinners, and gratuities.

*prices are based on private rooms. For those who wish to share a room (1 Bed) a further $50 discount applies per person.

*air transfers are included for those arriving to Manzanillo airport late Monday afternoon. We  recommended participants to fly to Mexico City first. From Mexico City the recommended flight is number 2568 with Aeromexico, which leaves Mexico City at 6;05pm (note that the time of this flight changed, it was at 4:30pm before).

If you are flying from Toronto please click here for details on the recommended flights to fly with the group.

If you prefer a different route, please speak with Dawn before booking your flight. There are not many direct flights to Manzanillo this time of year. Another option is to fly to Puerto Vallarta and take a 4 hour bus to Melaque.

*those who want to come for fewer days can negotiate a pro-rated price. Those who want to stay for 2 weeks can negotiate a slightly reduced rate for the 2nd week.

*$500 deposit required for booking with balance due by October 1st, 2018.  Refunds available (less $50 admin fee) until October 1st. No refunds after October 1st.

*for answers to frequently asked  questions see our FAQ page

For more information and registration: please contact Dawn at learningvacationsmexico@gmail.com