Vallarta Real Estate: Voladores

Dance of the Flyers

We can’t recall just when we first spotted the Voladores on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta but it was at least fifteen years in the past, if not more. We caught them about halfway through their performance and we stood stock still, leaning back with stretched neck, and stared at the sky as they spun around a huge pole in their colorful costumes. We had no idea what we were witnessing.

Everyone in Puerto Vallarta loves rain. When the heat cranks up and the humidity builds to a point the cicadas are screaming, we pray for rain. However the Voladores de Papantla pray for us, when we are too busy trying to keep cool! (It doesn’t hurt to do our own, if we are so inclined. When it’s time for rain in Puerto Vallarta, we need all the help we can get.)

The Voladores de Papantla perform in Puerto Vallarta, while many voladores groups entertain throughout the country. Papantla is the town in Veracruz where dancing flyers hail from; a World Heritage Site of the Totonacs who still maintain their own language and culture. As legend has it, there was a terrible drought and the people were dying of starvation. It was concluded that the gods were withholding rain because they had been neglected by the human population. This resulted in five old men of the village choosing five chaste young men and creating a ceremony to placate the gods. A very tall tree, the tallest that could be found was cut and stripped cleaned. With gratefulness to the mountain gods, this tree was erected in the center of Papantla. There are many versions of this story, of course common with myths, but this is a compilation of a wonderful fable. One dancer balances on the top of a very high pole, singing and playing a flute, which imitates happy birds. Four others, attached to the top with secure cables jump and spin, which is a thrill to witness. They circle the pole thirteen times in accordance to the years of the Aztec calendar, totaling 52 rounds. The flyers, before they jump, stand in the four directions of the planet and their spinning is to symbolize the creation of the earth and regeneration of life. Apparently the gods were so pleased by this ritual, they granted the village rain, which saved the land and the people.

The tradition continues in many locations in Mexico and we are very fortunate that Puerto Vallarta has been blesses with these remarkable “birdmen”.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Puerto Vallarta: An Event To Remember?

Puerto Vallarta’s Famous Chili Cook-Off

Our first chili cook-off was in the late 90’s and we rather stumbled across a group that was largely gringos in the patio of a lovely little hotel with wandering gardens. We purchased tickets, tasted bowls of chili, had some ice cold beer and met a few fabulous people, some of whom we remain friends with to this day. The original Chili Cook-off mutated to what is now the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off, has moved to a much larger space and is contested between several local restaurants and bars, rather than local residents who simply wanted to show off their skills. However, anyone willing to cook up five gallons (!) is welcome to participate. Simply make sure you’re signed up by contacting Donna Wong at parosgreece@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 24th is Flag Day for Mexicans but up at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho,  there will be another kind of celebration and it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. The doors open at 1 pm and voting gets under way shortly after. We haven’t been able to figure out the difference between the popular vote and professional vote but the judging will be done in a manner there will be two awards. One will be the award granted by the pros and the other will be the winner by popular vote. Facetiously speaking, we consider ourselves professional tasters, but some may differ with our opinion. Tickets are available around town in Puerto Vallarta or at the entrance to El Rio, the day of.

This is a Puerto Vallarta charity event and the entry cost of $250 pesos gets you all the chili you can eat, some of El Rio’s riblets and one drink. Long time favorite Texas Embassy Blues Band will entertain along with a great singer Mikki Prost, who’s can probably tell us intriguing stories about chili cook-offs of the past. Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp of regional fame are set to MC. El Rio will be open for those who would rather have ribs or other menus items and extra drinks can also be purchased..

Don’t miss the raffle! We’ve won some great art and services at these events and you have to love the price for a raffle ticket: a non-perishable food item for the food bank. This is a popular pastime you won’t want to miss while supporting great groups, including but not limited to DIF – New Life Home for Boys and local daycares for disabled children, plus some awesome scholarship foundations.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Puerto Vallarta Do We Spend Less Here?

Cheaper Living in Mexico

We moved to Puerto Vallarta for many reasons and we will readily admit that fixed income was certainly a priority. The weather’s lovely, especially when we have the opportunity to travel to other destinations in and out of Mexico during the hotter summer months, but a big lure is the cost of living. There are so many ways to save living in Puerto Vallarta; it’s hard to know where to start.

Dentistry and anything medical is one huge expense we have avoided living here. We also attend as many of the free medical events in Puerto Vallarta as we can cram into our beach schedule, because there’s valuable information offered, plus we also get a chance to meet medical staff, which would be rare from the city we hail from. There are great medical insurance plans in Mexico, too. We’ve found medical services in Puerto Vallarta state-of-the-art, though offices and clinics are austere and lack pizzazz, which is just fine with us. We’re happy to know our money isn’t going into fancy art and marble countertops.

Vet bills? Pup and Kitten are in good hands here in Puerto Vallarta and the cost is eye-popping! We’ve even taken our pets in for services and walked out not one peso poorer. When they give you free care for something that would cost the same as a car payment up north, you know you made the right decision. Did we mention that both human and animal doctors will come to your house? Imagine!

We have a gardener in Puerto Vallarta! We have a housekeeper, too and life is so much nicer with people not just taking care of simple things but having knowledge about their jobs, as well. We admit; we don’t know how to wash floors properly here, to keep them skid-, insect- and bacteria-free. And plants in the tropics are far different than those we used to tend.

When something breaks, we call José, who seems to know everything plumbing, electrical, paint-wise and has even picked up furniture around Puerto Vallarta for us. He always brings a receipt and charges so little, we feel guilty. Of course we tip well.

Our carwash man comes to our house, once a week. He brings his own vacuum, which we plug in through the front door; uses our hose and has his own bucket, soap and equipment. His price went up this year; $80 pesos, and our auto looks spit-shined. That’s less than $5, by the way.

Car maintenance is unreal. We broke down on the road one morning; a mechanic came to get the car started, followed us to his shop and told us to come back in the afternoon. He thought we needed a new starter and he would need to get parts. We cringed. That was going to cost us. In the afternoon, we came back to hopefully pick up the vehicle. It was ready, interior vacuumed, windows washed in and out, and the cost for the entire job was $1000. That’s $54 USD and $68 CDN.

Some of our friends complain about the high price of eating out in Puerto Vallarta but we don’t need to eat at the very best establishments every night. There are so many amazing meals for under $100 pesos, all over town. And even the fancy places are very affordable.

Many other advantages are to be had in Puerto Vallarta with such things as party stores, clothing for adults and kids, shoes, hair salons, eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, and the list goes on and on.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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# of Bathrooms: 2
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Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Square Footage: 971.52
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Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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Vallarta Real Estate: Vehicle Choices

What Car is best for Puerto Vallarta?

There are a lot of opinions about what car to buy to get around Puerto Vallarta and from whom to purchase. We’ve done a bit of research on this and remind you this is a blog and not professional advice or promotional services.

We’ve driven many vehicles in Puerto Vallarta, originally a Chrysler Le Baron convertible; not a car we would recommend driving in any country. The Le Baron was pretty to look at, got a lot of attention but it was horrible on gas mileage, had basically no shocks and the suspension was terribly lacking. In spite of its looks, it was a real rattle-trap.

Our combi was probably our best car all around, and what we would recommend for anyone looking for a vehicle to haul everything from groceries to topsoil. A Jeep is good for this, too but we found the combi was much better on gas, among other qualities. What is a combi? We jokingly referred to it as a combination paper weight/boat anchor when we had problems but realistically speaking, it gave us every little trouble. It’s the quintessential VW Van. Once we lost our keys in a river and were able to hotwire it; when the fan belt broke on a long trip, we made a new one from polypropylene cord that got us back home again before it fell apart. With removable seats, we could turn it from a touring auto to a working facility in a matter of minutes. And it was easier to sweep out than a Jeep.

For a regular car, a vehicle we utilized for driving around town, picking up friends at the airport, grocery shopping, etc, our favorite was our Jetta. The abundance of storage room in the trunk is amazing and we could fit an enormous amount of suitcases, along with a bag of lemons, bottle of tequila and a few cold beers. It was fantastic on gas and the maintenance was very low.

Speaking of maintenance, have a good mechanic; always carry his card and store his number in your cell phone. When planning to purchase a vehicle, take him along and pay him for his time. Do some shopping ahead of time, know what you want and let him help you, once you’ve narrowed down your decision to a couple or three choices.

Mano a Mano is a good place to shop for used cars; it’s a small magazine found about town and also available online at manoamano.com. There’s an English section and bi-lingual ads. Used (semi-nuevo) and new car dealers are willing to work with you and, as anywhere, love to wheel and deal. Good luck!

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Puerto Vallarta Is Moving Along

As in the phrase “Move along, folks, nothing to see here…” we have found the events of last week somewhat inflated. Puerto Vallarta hosts the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) this year, as the city plays host to their annual conference from May 4-9, 2015. Attendees will observe a city brimming with exciting and fun things to do. Their activities will include special performances of music and dance; zip line tours; water adventures such as fishing, snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching; horseback riding, jungle hikes and ecological tours; beach clubs; golf; and Puerto Vallarta’s incredible cuisine.

May Day has been a time for protest and demonstrations since the USA and their unions first called for the introduction of an eight-hour work day by forming a general strike to press for these demands in 1886. Businesses normally are closed on this day, in Puerto Vallarta as well as cities all over the world. This year, demonstrators clashed with police in Istanbul, Turkey; Milan, Italy; Seattle, Washington, USA, resulting in scores of arrests and injuries. Istanbul’s Taksim Square had 10,000 police stationed around its perimeter.

In Puerto Vallarta six guys in two pickup trucks drove to three banks, busted the windows and tossed Molotov cocktails through the doors. Those were their weapons. As afore mentioned, the banks were closed, empty. This group also set fires at five gas stations. Storage tanks did not blow up and the perpetrators warned everyone to get out of their way to avoid harm and injury. It is rumored these incidents were carried out by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to show how quickly they can mobilize. They also were reportedly responsible for events in other areas of Jalisco and neighboring states.

Social media is not a reliable source for our news. Facebook was the only place the fires of Puerto Vallarta were difficult to extinguish. Amazingly, an automobile on the Guadalajara-Colima highway overheated and was reported, repeatedly, as cartel activity. News in the USA was highly focused on news of the day that six Baltimore police officers had been charged in the death of a citizen.

The evening of May 1 in Puerto Vallarta found people on the beaches, walking the Malecón and filling bars and restaurants. Locally the query of the day was where to watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, which turned out to be as humdrum as the 6’O’Clock news in Puerto Vallarta.

We expect the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) to report that Puerto Vallarta is, indeed, all it’s purported to be: [Truly a world class tourist destination, named “Friendliest City” by Conde Nast in 2001, “Best place in the world to retire” by AARP (North American Association of Retired Persons), “Best Vacation Destination in Mexico” by USNews.com in 2010, “Most Romantic Place in Mexico” and “Favorite Beach Destination in Mexico” by About.com in 2012, “Best place for Conventions” in a convention marketing magazine and listed in “Top 10 Destinations in Mexico” by TripAdvisor in 2015.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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465 Paseo de las Garzas 206, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 811.3
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$197,903
465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1044.8
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$114,904
465 Paseo de las Garzas 204, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$168,594
465 Paseo de las Garzas 403, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$165,893
465 Paseo de las Garzas 303, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$168,810
465 Paseo de las Garzas 402, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 895.77
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$182,705
465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$180,005
465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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Hey Puerto Vallarta You Can Learn from Mexican Soap Operas

Since moving to Puerto Vallarta, we don’t have a lot of time for television but when we do….

Telenovelas reflect a lot of what is going on in Mexican society on a daily basis. You want to know what it’s like to live in a cartel family? Be terrified of them? Work for them? Get killed by them? Watch El Señor De Los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) based on the life of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a famous drug lord. Fuentes died at the age of forty, while undergoing massive facial reconstruction to change his appearance in an effort to avoid US and Mexican authorities. He is considered one of the wealthiest criminals in history and his story is told, somewhat fictionalized, in El Señor De Los Cielos. The success of this show reveals a lot about what captivates viewers. Every season the protagonist meets new challenges and continues to fight for survival. Whether the show will end as Carrillo Fuentes’ real life did remains to be seen. We have learned much watching this show; fantasy or reality doesn’t affect our learning curve.

Dueños del paraíso (Masters of Paradise) Anastasia Cardona is a woman who has risen to power and spends every living moment plotting how to torment those who come in touch with her.

Amores con Trampa (Love Traps) centers around a family who moves from the country to the big city in search of success and a better life. A frequent guest and co-star is the very popular Joan Sebastian, a famous Mexican performer, making this show a hit with not just drama queens but music buffs, as well.

We have found that following these shows, and others, such as Quiero Odiarte Pero Te Amo (I Hate You but I Love You), which is based on another telenovela La Mentira (The Lie) and Qué te Perdone, Dios (May God Forgive You) is educational in many ways and so far, our best Spanish teacher. The cast speaks clearly and with distinct pronunciations. Turn on the subtitles in English and follow along. You will quickly learn the language in the same manner many non-English speakers learn to get along in the USA and Canada, thought they may have a skewed view of life in those countries, as you will also, of Mexico. These shows are accessible in most countries and through internet viewing.

No mi digas! Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Square Footage: 811.3
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Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1044.8
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$114,904
465 Paseo de las Garzas 204, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$168,594
465 Paseo de las Garzas 403, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$165,893
465 Paseo de las Garzas 303, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$168,810
465 Paseo de las Garzas 402, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 895.77
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$182,705
465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$180,005
465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Has It All

Drag in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has long offered drag shows with men dressing and entertaining as women. We even have an annual event in Puerto Vallarta where straight men don women’s clothing, makeup, and high heels to raise money for the local women’s shelter.

When we originally arrived in Puerto Vallarta, drag shows were relegated to the Amapas neighborhood, the southwest side of the Romantic Zone, and people flocked from afar to attend these fun and raucous shows. Today, we can see these shows in more localized venues and they are attended by everyone. Drag shows have gained respectability with entertainers who display amazing talent, much of it imported from Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles.

Legend has it that role reversal in Mexico is ancient and until the conquistadors arrived it was considered normal and acceptable. Different tribes had diverse customs but for the most part, the indigenous had no problem with men dressing as women and vice versa. Some males took on the role of lady of the house, dressing the part and doing female related chores. It wasn’t until Catholic Europeans arrived that this lifestyle was considered odd in any way.

Many places in Mexico in modern times still believe the being of two spirits embodied in one person is welcome. Known as muxe, it is not unusual for them to marry, have children and remain a part of their community with equal respect. In fact, a muxe can be a shaman in some indigenous areas and they are highly revered. Muxes are seen as a third gender, neither male or female, or both.

Tolerance for homosexuality in Mexico has often followed the actions of whatever politician is in control and at times it hasn’t been easy for gay people. In the famous incident of 41 at the turn of last century, a cross-dressing party was raided by police in Mexico City and everyone was hauled to jail for the exception of one person. This is a story worthy of exploration and relevance, since the actual number of attendees was 42, one being the nephew of then President Porfirio Díaz, who had him whisked away while the rest of the party-goers suffered public humiliation and inscription into the Mexican army.

It is a fact that Mexico has been much more tolerant of homosexuality than their northern neighbor.  Mexico was ahead of the United States in AIDS research and accommodations. Mexico legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, whereas it took until 2015 in the United States.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
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Square Footage: 1044.8
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
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Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
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Square Footage: 894.59
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Square Footage: 895.77
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The listings on this site are displayed courtesy of the IDX program of AMPI Vallarta Nayarit MLS and may not be the listings of the site owner.

Puerto Vallarta: Just To Be On The Safe Side

Wash Your Hands

We can’t be reminded enough of this simple deterrent to the flu and other illnesses, which assault Puerto Vallarta at the same rate as the remainder of the world outside paradise. The initial recommendation is to get an annual flu shot. The more people get vaccinated, the more are protected and create herd immunity. This year, winter 2017 -2018, it is suggested to not use the nasal spray application (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV), which is often used for children. Injectable shots are more effective, painless, and available in Puerto Vallarta. There are different strains for age, pregnant women and adults. Standard flu shots are the most common; high-dose for older people and those made with adjuvant, also for older people. Since there are constantly changing viruses, annual shots are highly advised. This year we are protected from three to four circulating flues on this continent, depending on whether we have received the quadrivalent or trivalent.

For those planning to travel to or from Puerto Vallarta, consider it takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to do their job, so plan accordingly. Even though October is the primary month to get vaccinated against the flu, it will be beneficial to protect yourself all through the season. It’s never too late. Flu season can last as late as May. There are never super accurate statistics on flu due to the fact that only the sickest are hospitalized or see a doctor, whereas most of us simply slog through it until we feel better. According to the CDC, flu vaccinations are not perfect but they are the best tool for protection against illness. The only complete prevention is living in a bubble and they usually don’t do so well at the beach.

Preventative measures include washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face and staying away from people who are ill.

If you get sick, stay home; don’t expose others. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, using disposable tissue. Pre and probiotics are highly recommended on a daily basis to shore up the immune system; drinking a lot of water is essential. Your body weight divided by two is the suggested minimum amount of ounces. Keeping yourself hydrated is the best advice under any circumstance and when in elevated temperatures, make sure you have a vessel with you at all times. No, gin and beer don’t count.

If you are traveling, consult with your insurance carrier to make sure you will be covered in Puerto Vallarta. It is amazing how many people we meet who are here on extended stays and haven’t thought of this. Hospitals and doctors in Puerto Vallarta are certainly very reasonable compared to their counterparts to the north but any serious illness will set you back, regardless, especially if you must be hospitalized.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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465 Paseo de las Garzas 206, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 811.3
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$197,903
465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1044.8
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$114,904
465 Paseo de las Garzas 204, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$168,594
465 Paseo de las Garzas 403, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$165,893
465 Paseo de las Garzas 303, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$168,810
465 Paseo de las Garzas 402, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 895.77
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$182,705
465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$180,005
465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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Puerto Vallarta: Paddling

Stand Up and Paddle

Our first introduction to standing on a surf board with a paddle was a wet one. It took several attempts to learn our balance points but the landing was always soft and forgiving. Stand Up Paddle, known as SUP, has become increasingly popular in Puerto Vallarta over the past few years. SUP is an all-ages sport. Competitions are regular and entertaining, up and down the coastline, with Sayulita hosting a variety of annual events.

SUP might be new in Puerto Vallarta but to surfers, it’s been around for a long while. Hawaiian surfers called it Board Surfing and when the surf wasn’t high, they could still be in the water and move about at will, waiting for a big one to come along. The idea is to place your feet parallel faced toward the head of the board. Using your large back muscles, pull a long stroke, making sure your grasp is a shoulder width apart, otherwise you’ll wear yourself out quickly with short movements. A sesh (session) is the length of time one works out on their board and the goal is to lengthen the seshes on a daily basis in an effort to improve balance, strength, and endurance. It’s an alternative to the gym and we like the outdoor aspect. In Puerto Vallarta, summer is a great time to strengthen skills and lengthen seshes; the water can be a method to cool off in the intense heat and humidity.

Some think Puerto Vallarta’s surf is a little too rough and that may be true for the beginner, though the ocean is unpredictable. We have seen the Bay of Banderas at Beach Los Muertos as smooth as a pond. We’ve found calm waters in the bay at Yelapa, north in Sayulita, and Bucerias, and to the south, off the shores of Las Animas and Quimixto. Mismaloya, with its protected cove is ideal for SUP.  It’s not necessary to schlep your board to these destinations but we do see them often toted onto buses. Boards in zippered cases are a common site in oversized baggage at the airport, as well.

Tours of Stand Up Paddle are very common and it’s nice to have a guide who can teach you the fundamentals. Ask at any beach kiosk in Puerto Vallarta or any of the above mentioned locations and you’re likely to find just what you’re looking for, along with someone knowledgeable and experienced. We recommend SUP as a great relaxing form of exercise; low impact and easy for anyone.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Bucerias & La Cruz Listings

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$155,739
465 Paseo de las Garzas 206, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (15)
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 811.3
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$197,903
465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1044.8
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$114,904
465 Paseo de las Garzas 204, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$168,594
465 Paseo de las Garzas 403, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$165,893
465 Paseo de las Garzas 303, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$168,810
465 Paseo de las Garzas 402, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 895.77
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$182,705
465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$180,005
465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$123,176
465 Paseo de las Garzas 107, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
View Photos (14)
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656.25
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The listings on this site are displayed courtesy of the IDX program of AMPI Vallarta Nayarit MLS and may not be the listings of the site owner.

Vallarta Real Estate: Top retirement destination goes to Mexico

We are all interdependent and we thought this information may prove interesting.  Article reposted from World Property Journal

According to InternationalLiving.com’s recently released 2017 Global Retirement Index, the top retirement destination in the world this year now goes to Mexico.

This annual ranking of the world’s top 24 retirement destinations is based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate, healthcare, and more and compares, contrasts, ranks, and rates good-value havens all around the world.

Mexico offers a diverse geography, with everything from white-sand beaches to high-mountain colonial cities, which means expats have a broad choice in locales. This country’s climate ranges from moist, tropical heat to dry desert and everything in between. It is rich in casual beach towns, vibrant Spanish-colonial cities, and small country villages.

And today, with the Mexican peso at historic lows against the U.S. dollar, for people shopping with greenbacks, Mexico is more affordable than it has been in years. Expats report that it feels like Mexico is on sale.

Mexico always features among the top 10 destinations in the Index, and usually among the top five. It’s already home to more North American expats than any other country in the world. Well over a million U.S. and Canadian citizens are estimated to live in communities throughout Mexico, full- or part-time.

“Mexico really does offer a modest cost of living and a high quality of life,” says Glynna Prentice, International Living’s Mexico Editor. “A couple can live very comfortably on less than $2,000 a month, and you can understand how when healthcare costs run 25% to 50% less than those in the States, a housekeeper will clean for $5 an hour, a lunch special costs $7 for a full meal, and you can rent a two-bedroom condo a block off the beach in some communities for $575 a month.

“All those things are important. But they don’t really explain Mexico’s appeal. Life here is easy and relaxed. People are friendly and welcoming, and their warmth is genuine. Music is everywhere, and colors are somehow more vivid here, smiles brighter.”

While Mexico wins the top spot, this year’s Index ranks the top 24 retirement destinations in the world in 10 categories, including: buying and renting property; benefits and discounts; visas and residence; cost of living; fitting in; entertainment and amenities; healthcare; healthy lifestyle; infrastructure; and climate.

The key aim of the Index is to help retirees find locations where their dollar goes further– where they can get the best bang for buck in terms of real estate, cost of living, and overall quality of life.

The Index also assesses the quality of a country’s healthcare and infrastructure, the proficiency in English of the local population, and the size of existing expat communities, how healthy the lifestyle is, how easy it is to gain residence, and more.

When the scores in all 10 individual categories are added up, a total score is established for each country that yields the list of the overall best countries in the world for retirement. This year, Mexico came out on top.



AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.