Hey Vallarta… Pre-Google, it was tough. Now it’s easy To Find Out What is going on In town

What Happens In Puerto Vallarta

It started in Las Vegas. Someone said “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” yet anyone with an ounce of brains knows that’s not necessarily true. People can hardly help keeping their mouths shut when something deliciously repeatable happens. In Puerto Vallarta, this goes back a long way. When John Huston first arrived to scout for his film The Night of the Iguana, based on the racy Tennessee Williams novel, word traveled fast, both in and out of the jungle. Locals lined up for parts as extras, people offered everything from beds and food, to property for the purpose of filming. When the actors began to arrive, it wasn’t long before news got back to Hollywood about the deeds and misdeeds of lovers and losers.

When something happens in Puerto Vallarta, chances of it staying in Puerto Vallarta are slim. Feeds on Facebook get posted all over the world and back around again. Instagram might show an entire story or just teasing trailers. Twitter only allows 280 characters per post but a lot can be said for those who know how to economize words for impact.

That said, how do you find out what is happening in Puerto Vallarta? Once the only source was message boards, online and off, but we were flummoxed as to how to find times for boat cruises, weather reports, how to adopt a dog or cat, hours of restaurants, locations of fresh produce markets, and such important information. Pre-Google, it was tough. Now it’s easy. Google “Puerto Vallarta” and you’re guided to overwhelming amounts of pages, so much so it’s bewildering at times.

What are trusted English language sources? The local newspapers have websites and they keep things relatively current. www.vallartadaily.com provides local and national news, weather updates, economy  and finances and have an events calendar that we feel safe to rely upon. www.banderasnews.com also reports local and national news, has an events calendar, plus gives reliable real estate updates. Opinion editorials are amusing and informative.

Bay Vallarta, found in print and online, is a great resource for local events, entertainment, and openings of new restaurants and businesses. PV Mirror and Vallarta Tribune are found around town in just about every business and also can be sourced online. They have loyal followings and letters to the editors can be entertaining. Gay Vallarta (www.gaypv.com) has a huge amount of information both hard copy and online and isn’t completely reserved for the LGBT crowd.

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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.


Vallarta Real Estate: Mangoes and More Mangoes

Mangoes!

We were very surprised to make the discovery that mangoes are not an indigenous crop! They arrived in Mexico in the late 18th Century on ships that also bore items of luxury and refinement from China. Along the trade route, a lot of stuff was picked up and delivered to destinations on the west coast of Mexico. In the Chinese quest for Mexican silver, they traded such sought after treasures as fine silk; precious ivory (which we are happy to say has now been banned from all import/export traffic); porcelain, (which Mexicans have perfected in their own style); and the introduction of spices that would blend with native flavors and meld into the food culture.

The mango we are most familiar with here in Puerto Vallarta is the Manila, which was the result of vessels making stops in the Philippines. There are others, such as the Criollo, Haden, Francine, Kent and Keitt. They are all delicious and their uses are boundless, though none of them originated in Mexico.

We now have a chance to learn all the various applications of cooking with the mango at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival. You may be as excited as we are to attend this event on July 1 from 4 pm – 9 pm in Parque Lazaro Cardenas, the same place in Puerto Vallarta where the market is held in high season. There will be many local vendors and establishments presenting a huge variety of dishes, toppings and sauces.

You have seen fish-on-a-stick in Puerto Vallarta but have you seen the way they can peel and offer a mango-on-a-stick? With a sprinkle of chili powder, this is one of our favorite midday treats while walking the Malecón, and we are about to discover what all can be done to enhance and enjoy the essence of our much loved mango. This summertime festival is sponsored by the Jay Sadler Project, which is a group effort to make improvements in the surrounding community. Their focus is the protection, advancement of safety and health of the children of Puerto Vallarta. We hope to see you at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival to support this fabulous effort.

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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: How Safe is Mexico?

The United States has no travel advisories for News Orleans, yet millions of people travel there every year. New Orleans, a single US city, has triple the homicide rate per capita, than all of the entire country of Mexico. Orlando, Florida, the home of Disneyworld, has one of the highest murder rates in the USA. There is simply no comparison to any resort destination in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

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The plain fact that so many ex-pats choose to live in Puerto Vallarta, over other suitable destinations in Mexico, is further proof of stability. These are principally retired, affluent, and a well-informed group. They have selected their retirement home carefully and many vehemently maintain its safety.

Texans are safer in Mexico than they are in Texas, thought they may defend their right to the death to say differently. This happens to be the case for all US citizens, who are less likely to face violence in Mexico than in any populated city within their home state.

Aggression and hostility in Mexico are mainly associated with drug crime and arms trade; statistics show that most of these crimes occur in border towns, far from tourist destinations such as Puerto Vallarta. Americans murdered in Mexico, according to FBI numbers, regardless of any connection to drug or gun trafficking, is less than half the US national rate.

We have chatted with travelers whose experience has been limited to a day trip to Tijuana, the quaint Mexican city that borders San Diego, California. We highly recommend extending such adventures further, noting that Baja California Sur isn’t even on the State Department’s warning list, along with most of Mexico, a vast country that is made up of thirty-one unique and magical states.

Millions of US citizens travel to Mexico, visiting all-inclusive resorts, small villages, mountains and beaches, history-rich Mexico City with its amazing museums and architecture. The unique culture, music, food, art, friendly and relaxed atmosphere are a delightful holiday and all are welcome.

According to the US State Department:  “There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.” 

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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 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.

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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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Vallarta Real Estate: Buen Viaje!

Traveling Alone

First we want to say congratulations to anyone who plans are trekking alone, to Puerto Vallarta or anywhere on the planet. It’s a wonderful adventure and we highly recommend it. If you have a partner, as many of us do, you are provided with a built-in traveling companion. If you are single, however and there are loads of us who fit this description, there are some decisions to be made. Do you want to make a trip solo or would you like company?

We know many single men and a whole lot of women who have made the drive to Puerto Vallarta from all corners of the United States and Canada. We also have friends of all genders who have come from as far away as Europe, India, Asia, Russia and other distances, journeying solo.

Dervla Murphy has been writing books about her travels for over 40 years; she’s in her mid-eighties now and has no plans to park her bike that accompanies her on most of her quests. Murphy has gotten herself into and out of some tight spots in her decades of exploration, but she claims the worst thing that has happened to her was [tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm.] Like Murphy, many of our friends travel alone and sometimes encourage children and grandchildren to join them, putting them in the place of leader and guide.

Border crossings are the scariest, but there really are no reasons for worry; break no laws and make sure your papers are in order, passport current, and a smile on your face. We’ve found that good manners and courteous behavior eclipse any problems that might present themselves. A command of Spanish isn’t necessary. We tell everyone to avoid driving at night and no, this isn’t about banditos. Mexico is a free range country, even though many animal owners do their best to keep their livestock corralled. Hitting a

cow and driving over speed bumps in the dark, you could shorten or delay your trip extensively.

Use common sense when dining out or walking streets at night, regardless of whether you’re in Puerto Vallarta or elsewhere, for all the obvious reasons. Keep valuables hidden; don’t carry large amounts of cash, or flash it around when making purchases; wear sensible shoes so you can move quickly for any number of reasons; keep your cell phone charged; never let your fuel tank get below quarter-full; carry identification with emergency contacts; be prepared for tolls and have enough pesos (there are few ATM’s on the open highway.) If you have car trouble, pull over, put your hood up and wait; one thing we have found is when breaking down, help always arrives promptly. The emergency number in Puerto Vallarta and all of Mexico is 078 and can be called from any cell phone. Buen Viaje (Good Trip!)

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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.

Hey Vallarta…What About Dulces?

Mexico is famous for chocolate, cinnamon (canela) and vanilla; most delicacies consist of one or all three and are often an element of liqueurs and tequilas. Normally we eschew desserts, either due to feeble dietary excuses or the lack of accommodation following a large meal. Puerto Vallarta, however, with such an abundance of fine dining, has changed our point of view in this respect, as well as our beltline.

Pan Tres Leches is popular at birthday parties, as well as a common dessert menu item. It’s similar to British rum cake or Italian tiramisu in that it’s soaked with its ingredients. Made with three types of milk; evaporated, condensed and thick cream, hence the name, it’s dense, heavy and we like it because it’s not overly sweet and usually served is small portions. Served with a topping of whipped cream and fresh fruit, it’s a perfect way to end a meal.

Flan, a dessert most of us would consider very traditional Mexican, is a basic food from both Eastern and Western Europe. Egg custard, dribbled with a bit of caramel sauce, which reveals itself when turned out of the pan, has a subtle sweetness. It’s not overpowering and often, as an extra bonus, may be flavored with coconut or coffee.

Arroz con leche (Rice pudding), popular during the Christmas holidays, is generally bursting with cinnamon flavor but other things are added with a little imagination to tweak the taste buds. Raisins, usually, but also lemon or orange rind or even the leaves of the lemon tree, which of course we would put aside, after licking clean.

Churros are a kid favorite and can be found with street vendors and as a menu item at Costco! Not light on calories, they are a simple pencil shaped pastry rolled in sugar and cinnamon after being deep fried. Best served hot, we love them while strolling the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta.

Is there something oxymoronic about fried ice cream? Though not originally Mexican, it’s caught on with the denizens of Puerto Vallarta, as well as tourists, who consider it part of the local culture. The crispy outside, delivered warm and solid is a real taste treat, once bitten in to the soft, scrumptious, freezing center.

Fruta Cristalizada won’t likely be on the postre menu but it is too yummy to not mention. Made with real fruit, often in their original shape, Mexican candied fruits last for weeks, believe it or not. In Puerto Vallarta, they are a special explosion of sweetness of which we have found dangerously addicting.

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


What Are Equipales Puerto Vallarta?

Equipales

Our favorite thing about equipales is the way they smell. The odors of leather and rosewood linger for years and are usually so strong at the point of purchase; we usually allow them to air out on the patio for a day or two, especially the larger pieces. There are few styles of furniture as durable and sturdy. At our home in Puerto Vallarta, we have our equipales indoors and out and are often complimented on our formal furniture in the living room. It has beautifully stained covers and soft hand painted scenes on the chair backs.

Equipales (pronounced eh-kee-pal-eez) is defined as a type of reed or wicker chair with a leather-sheathed seat and back. The word comes from icpalli, which is Nahuatl for “a place to sit.” Historically they are known to be [ground level seats used by Aztec rulers in the manner of a throne.] Equipales is the plural of equipal. It is said that Moctezuma sat upon an equipal chair. The more superior rank of hierarchy, the higher the pedestal and therefore the creation of the high back of this famed design.  Moctezuma’s would have been quite elaborate and greater than existing chairs one might find in Puerto Vallarta. The origin of equipales is old enough that they are illustrated in the ancient Codex books of Aztec history.

Equipales are definitively Mexican and in this century made from pigskin and strips of rosewood and sweet wood. This type of furniture is very popular in restaurants and commercial settings due to the resiliency and comfort, not to mention affordability.

The manufacturing of equipales is a multi-family business in the village of Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco.  About an hour’s drive south of Guadalajara, along the Highway 417 on the way to Ciudad Guzmán, one will find a large portion of the town’s population devoted to the creation of equipales. These groups send truckloads to Puerto Vallarta several times a year where they sell sofas, loveseats, chairs, tables of all sizes, benches and stools at phenomenal prices. The driver, who is one of the craftsmen, will take special orders, no money down, and come back to a designated place and time in the following weeks. It is a lucky person who finds themselves on this list; we have purchased all of our equipales in this manner and never been disappointed. Many pieces have been custom made with buyer’s sketches and material samples involved. If you decide to make the trip yourself to Zacoalco de Torres you will find the equipales talleres (shops) in the “Barrio de Las Cebollas”, the Onion Quarter, which is across the railroad tracks. They will ship/deliver for a nominal extra cost.

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All Beaches Are Public In Puerto Vallarta

Our guests visiting in Puerto Vallarta tell us they were asked to leave a beach because it was private. That simply cannot be the case. And we mean case quite literally, since this is a legal matter. All of Mexico’s beaches are public. Since they are federal property, owned by the government, no one, regardless of how high and mighty they may consider themselves, can lay claim to any sandy area between terra firma and the ocean. Not that we plan to hire a lawyer and go ahead with any actions but we do want to make some points very clear.

Military operations adjacent to the sea are private, in the sense there are armed forces practicing and occupying these spaces. The public is, of course, not allowed to trespass on such land, in Puerto Vallarta or anywhere else in Mexico.

One cannot walk through private property, including a hotel, whether it is under surveillance of security guards or unmanned. However, one can go around the hotel from the exterior and/or approach the area from either direction on the water side. We are legally allowed to enjoy their beach, as long as we are not sitting in their chairs, borrowing their towels or accessing any other equipment belonging to the hotel. This also goes for private homes. If someone alleges they have no public access to the beach in front of their house, it is true one cannot traverse through the house, but the beach is public. If the house is on a cliff, reconsidering and finding other resources is not a bad idea. There are many, many beaches and to insist on plopping one’s self on a particular beach, simply in protest, takes away the entire significance of going to the beach. Any boat approaching a beach may disembark passengers but it’s advised to be careful to not find oneself abandoned.

That said, we highly recommend getting on a bus, going to a remote beach on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta and walking down long, winding, dusty roads to find some of the best beaches on earth. One can have some sense of seclusion; incredible views; good surf, if one is so inclined to tote a surf or boogie board; less vendors. Invest in a lightweight ice chest, a Mexican blanket, some fresh water jugs and bring friends to help cart and carry. Both north and south of Puerto Vallarta, within a relatively short bus ride, we can create our own private beach, public or not.

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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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$242,490
166 Francisco I. Madero 102, Pacifica Bucerias-Playa, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1301.96
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$240,313
166 Francisco I Madero 101, Pacifica Bucerias-Sol, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1474.12
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$269,150
166 Francisco I Madero 301, Pacifica Bucerias-Sol, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1474.12
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$214,356
166 Francisco I.Madero 502, Pacifica Bucerias-Sol, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1312.72
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$209,548
166 Francisco I Madero 104, Pacifica Bucerias-Oceano, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 946.88
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$242,490
166 Francisco I. Madero 101, Pacifica Bucerias-Playa, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1258.92
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Victoria Pratt
Agent Phone: 322-779-9283
Agent Email: victoria@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$699,000
Km8.5 Carr. Barra de Navidad F-202, Playas Gemelas, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2082.06
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Sherri Narro
Agent Phone: 322-228-0584
Agent Email: sherri@PuertoVallartaDreamHomes.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$655,000
km 7.5 Carr. a Barra de navidad PH603, Playa Esmeralda PH 603, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2851.4
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Harriet Murray
Agent Phone: 322-205-7550
Agent Email: harriet@casasandvillas.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$260,000
Km. 11 Carretera a Mismaloya 6-603, LA JOLLA DE MISMALOYA 6603, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 993.58
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Sarah Elengorn
Agent Phone: 322-116-9730
Agent Email: sarah@elengornrealtors.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019
$850,000
S/N Av. Hidalgo 303, Punta Vista, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3346.36
Area: Punta de Mita
Listing Agent: Applegate Moray
Agent Phone: 322-221-5434
Agent Email: sales@applegaterealtors.com
Last Updated: May - 23 - 2019

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Puerto Vallarta: What to buy as a last minute gift

Here’s some advice for tourists and those who living Puerto Vallarta, part-time or year round. What to buy as a last minute gift!

When we discovered Vinos Americas on Basilio Badillo, many of our problems were solved! They let you taste tequila before you buy it! Their selection for gifts or personal consumption is beyond compare and the prices are very competitive. The bonus? They have wonderful baskets and prepared ensembles that take a lot of work out of thinking about what to bring (other than a customary bottle) as a hostess gift. Duty Free Shops at the airport can’t beat these prices. The staff is friendly and helpful, which we appreciate immensely, after certain forays into the aisles of competitors, where we may as well have been Hansel and Gretel following bread crumbs, for all the assistance we’ve received.

Piñatas are not just for children! We’ve had more fun than we can relate on these pages when gifting a piñata! Deliver empty or filled with theme related goodies and you will be the talk of any social gathering. With more than one size to choose from, we recommend purchasing contents first, so you will be able to gauge if you need a large or small piñata. Along several back streets in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta you will find little shops where piñatas are created by families who’ve been in the business for decades. They’ll even craft a unique and original piñata of your own design!

María dolls are sold on the beach and by women on sidewalks of Puerto Vallarta, who craft them before your eyes and also are willing to dress a doll to your order. Knowing your colors in Spanish may help but pointing is the best solution, as most of these women speak the local indigenous dialect. María dolls are the original Mexican rag doll and are considered a blessing when given as a gift. They come in many sizes and pack well, and won’t break, making a mess in your suitcase. Considering this is a handmade item, it’s significantly inexpensive.

Who doesn’t love a colorful Mexican blanket? Beach vendors in Puerto Vallarta carry a huge selection of colors and the choice of wool or cotton blends. One can get a killer deal by buying in bulk and if asked, the merchant will bundle them together to make for easy traveling. If buying a single blanket, we propose simply carrying it onto the airplane, where complementary blankets went the way of the TSA. No sense in freezing high in the sky after your days in the sun.

Que es cómo es.


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

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!

Que es cómo es.



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.