2 Story For Sale in Ixtapa, Jalisco

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$ 2.000,000.00 Pesos

•  224 Metro cuadrado, 3 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story$122,000 USD.
MLS® #41063  

– Excelente oportunidad de adquirir una propiedad que parte está en obra negra , con gran potencial de crecimiento , casa de dos plantas , el primer nivel cuenta con 2 dormitorios , baño , sala de estar , cocina ,patio y estacionamiento terraza , el segundo piso tiene 2 dormitorios, baño , sala de estar , cocina con accesos independientes lo cual te permite que sean 2 departamentos independientes. La Casa se vende sin muebles

Excellent opportunity to acquire a fixer upper property with great potential for growth , two-story house , the first level has 2 bedrooms, bathroom, living room , kitchen , patio and parking area, the second floor has 2 bedrooms, bathroom , living room, kitchen with separate entrances allowing you to be to 2 separate departments. Without furnitures

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8th Annual Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica is already cooking.

Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica

8th Annual Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica is already cooking

The 8th Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica is already cooking! This culinary event welcomes to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta some of the culinary world’s top chefs, sommeliers, speakers and exhibitors, both domestic and international.

The festival takes place from October 23-26, 2016; the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, will host the show cooking events, conferences, premium tastings and gourmet workshops.

Organized by Grupo E-Consulting, the event has become one of the most important and well-established culinary festivals in Mexico and Latin America, thanks among other things to the presence of four chefs who together have received six Michelin stars: Chef Jordi Roca has three Michelin stars; Chefs Monste Estruch, Kisko García and Roberto Ruiz each have one Michelin star.

There is also a list of approximately 40 national and international chefs, among them the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Betty Vázquez, who is a judge on the reality show, Master Chef México.

Spain will be the guest country this year, with seven renowned chefs from the Iberian Peninsula present at the event. Guanajuato will be the guest state for the third year in a row and will showcase its traditional gastronomy.

For a look at the list of participating chefs and all the places in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta that will host the different events listed on the program for this year’s festival please visit http://vallartanayaritgastronomica.com/.

Piñatas up fun factor at a family fiesta.

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Bashing the figures until the treats fall out is an important part of many celebrations

“Batter up!” Oh wait; wrong culture. “Dale! Dale! Dale! Come on! Hit it. Hit it.”

Taking a careful and considered aim with the brightly decorated stick, the youngster swung hard at the piñata. Thud! It sailed into the air, dented, but intact. A family friend manipulated a rope and pulley system tethering the piñata, his experienced hands jiggling it, pulling it higher, dropping it back down, taunting and teasing.

With giggles and shrieks of laughter a couple of dozen small but very enthusiastic hitters took turns bashing at not just one, but two piñatas. Bashing until the candy showered onto the ground, then diving into the pile to scoop up a share of the booty. It was a hilarious sight.

Most of the parents of the various youngsters were also at the party. When we were elementary school age, we don’t remember our parents attending any festivities involving shrieking, over-sugared children.

They were wisely at work, or busy with chores, or doing something really important. Any excuse would do. Here in Mexico parties are a festive family affair.

Colorful piñatas in fanciful shapes are the centerpieces of birthdays and other celebrations in Mexico and most of Latin America. The idea is thought to have originated in China, but many countries such as India, the Philippines, Japan and even Denmark have similar customs.

In the 13th century the famous explorer-traveler Marco Polo recorded the Chinese custom of covering pottery figures of cows or buffaloes with pretty papers and decorations. During the New Year’s festivities the figures were struck with sticks, and good luck seeds spilled on the ground.

Over the centuries the shapes of the containers and the rules for hitting the piñata have changed dramatically.

Europeans eventually linked the piñata with Lenten celebrations. The first Sunday of Lent became Piñata Sunday, derived from the Italian word pignatta, meaning fragile pot. Traditional piñatas were originally made from a clay pot called la olla and stuffed with treats, or fruits. The Lenten celebration slowly transformed into a fiesta, the Dance of the Piñata.

At the beginning of the 16th century the Spanish missionaries brought their piñata traditions with them to the new world. However, the Aztec priests already had a similar custom to honor the god of war, Huitzilopochtli.

They placed a clay pot adorned with colorful feathers and filled with tiny treasures on a pole in the temple. When broken with a stick or club, the treasures fell to the feet of the god’s image as an offering. Much later, the playful Mayans changed the piñata ceremony to a game where blindfolded players hit a clay pot suspended by string.

At the local parties that we have attended no one was blindfolded, and the piñata was manipulated with a rope and pulley, making it more difficult for the older children and easier for the really little ones. As each person took a turn, the party guests sang a short song. When the song was finished so was the hitter’s turn until everyone had a chance to bash the piñata.

The turns were repeated until someone broke open the cavity containing the treats, spilling them on the ground.

The laughter and giggles of the players made the day. Piñatas are a great way to up the fun factor at a family gathering.

Here’s one version of the piñata song:

Dale, dale, dale,
no pierdas el tino;
Porque si lo pierdes
pierdes el camino.
Ya le diste una,
ya le diste dos;
Ya le diste tres,
y tu tiempo se acabó.

Hit it, hit it, hit it (or “go, go, go”) 
don’t lose your aim
because if you lose it
you will lose the path.
You’ve already hit it once
you’ve already hit it twice
you’ve already hit it three times
and your time is over.

The writers are Canadians who have been full-time residents of Isla Mujeres for nearly 10 years. You can read their blog here.

– See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/pinatas-up-fun-factor-at-a-family-fiesta/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=b60a5a053a-August+27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-b60a5a053a-349041361#sthash.CPCxaXfo.dpuf

Mundo Golf Tour 2016 coming to Nuevo Vallarta.

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Mundo Golf Tour 2016 coming to Nuevo Vallarta

The gorgeous Jack Nicklaus-designed Vidanta Golf Nuevo Vallarta will host the third stop of the Mundo Golf Tour 2016 on September 3rd; the tournament is returning to the Riviera Nayarit for the second consecutive year.

There are many high end prizes for those who achieve a hole in one: Hole 8 receives an Audi A3 Sedan (whoever wins must pay a 15% deductible; not valid for professionals or caddies), Hole 12 takes home a golf cart and Hole 17 a Stella Pro executive chair.

The O’Yes prizes are for Holes 4, 8, 12 and 17; the first to make them will receive a 40” LED TV and the four subsequent players will receive other electronics, accessories and gift certificates.

There’s only one category and participants can be men or women with handicaps from 0 to 28 (HCP). They will play 18 holes A-Go-Go with four-person teams with HCP’s from 0 to 28 per player; the handicaps from each player are then added together and the resulting number is added to 10% of the HCP.

There are medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places; the winner and second place teams will be able to continue on to play the finals during the May 2017 Mundo Golf Tour at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. The winners will receive registration in the tournament as well as three days and two nights in a Master Suite at the Grand Mayan for four people, not including food and beverage.

The tournament committee reserves the right to make any modifications or changes necessary to improve the development of the tournament. In case of a tie it will be broken using scores beginning in the 18th original hole on the course and counting backwards. This is for teams in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

The recovery fee is MX$1,800 (plus VAT if a receipt is required). For registration information, questions and details please contact Hiram Castillo via phone at 3312175891 or 3331463424 or by email at mundo.golf.hiram@gmail.com.

Beach of Love reopens after restoration work.

Beach of Love reopens after restoration work

After three-month closure, popular beach will reopen but with restrictions

A popular beach that was closed to the public in May due to environmental damage will reopen next week but with some new restrictions.

La Playa del Amor, also known as Hidden Beach or the Beach of Love, located in the Marieta Islands off the coast of Nayarit, had surged in popularity in recent years but huge visitor numbers took their toll on the coral reefs.

A study by the University of Guadalajara found that the coral was dying and warned the beach could only support 625 visitors a day, well under the 2,500 who arrived during vacation periods.beach-400x271

The National Protected Areas Commission (Conanp) has decided that even 625 tourists is too many: it has placed a restriction of 116 per day.

That’s one of a number of new rules. The number of visitors in a group will not be allowed to exceed 15, gear such as fins, face masks and snorkels will be prohibited, no diving will be allowed and visits will be limited to 30 minutes in duration.

The beach, part of the Marieta Islands National Park, will close for two days a week for maintenance, management activities and monitoring.

The reopening follows another study by the University of Guadalajara, which concuded that restoration of the coral was progressing satisfactorily. Conanp said in a statement that 550 coral fragments had been translocated over the past three months, and half of them had successfully reattached to the substrate.

The Beach of Love, accessible only at low tide, was created when a bomb exploded many years ago during a military exercise. It received 27,500 visitors in 2012, a number that soared to 127,000 last year.

It will reopen on Wednesday.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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2 Story For Sale in Club Residencial, Flamingos

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Modern & Brand New Construction!!

•  433 Metro cuadrado, 4 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story$320,000 USD.
MLS® #41017  

– BRAND NEW! ARQUITECHTURAL DESIGN LOCATED IN A QUIET DEVELOPMENT, FLAMINGOS RESIDENCIAL.THE HOUSE WELL DESIGN FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND WONDERFULL VIEWS.TWO LEVELS, LIVING ROOM, DINNING AREA, 4 BEDROOMS AND 3.5 BATHROOMS.
3 CAR GARAGE, TERRACE. SECURITY IN 24 HRS 488.17 mTS LAND,433 MTS CONST.
SECOND LEVEL FEATURES AND AN IMPONET SWIMMING POOL, SECOND KITCHEN, GREAT HALL/DEN, TO ENJOY FAMILY TIME, GREAT BARBECUE PARTIES, OR RELAX EJOYING THE QUIETNESS AND BREZZE.

ESPLENDIDA CASA RECIEN TERMINADA, LOCALIZADA EN EL MEJOR DESARROLLO, ACABADOS DE LUJO, ALBERCA, HERMOSA VISTA. EN DOS NIVELES, CUENTA CON 4 RECAMARAS Y 3.5 BAÑOS, ESPACIOSA COCINA, AMPLIA SALA COMEDOR, GARAGE PARA TRES AUTOS, TERRAZA CUBIERTA, HERMOSOS JARDINES Y SEGURIDAD LAS 24 HRS. 488.17 MTS Terreno, 433 mts const.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico News Brief & Upcoming Events.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico News Brief & Upcoming Events


August 26, 2016
From live music and theater to cultural festivals, sporting events, charitable efforts and special interest group meetings, there’s always something fun happening in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – There’s always so much going on in Puerto Vallarta and around the Republic, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here’s a look at some of this week’s Mexico headlines, plus Puerto Vallarta news, community announcements and a couple of upcoming events you won’t want to miss.

Puerto Vallarta Mayor Launches Back to School Support Program
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On Wednesday, Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Davalos Peña launched the city’s Back to School Support Program, which will provide 52,000 kindergarten, primary and secondary school students with backpacks filled with school supplies, and 32,000 kids with school uniforms and shoes. With Mayor Arturo Davalos Peña, DIF President Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos, and Jalisco Tourism Secretary Enrique Ramos Flores leading the teams, the first installment of backpacks, supplies, uniforms, shoes and school insurance, were simultaneously delivered to the students enrolled in the program at 34 of the city’s public schools. The Tourism Secretary personally delivered supplies to two of the schools: José Vasconcelos in Colonia La Aurora, and Ignacio L. Vallarta in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, where he expressed his satisfaction with the social program, saying it was one of the most important because of the great impact it has on the community. “We are working together with the State and we are all singing the same tune. The municipal government’s conviction is very clear: [our job is] to help others, those who have less and who need it most,” the mayor stressed. The Social Development Department estimates that it will take about a week to deliver all of the remaining Back to School supplies to Puerto Vallarta’s school children.Volaris Likes Where it’s Going as DFW-Mexico Routes Take Off
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For the last 10 years, Mexican airline Volaris has been trying to get travelers off of buses and onto its planes. The budget carrier launched in 2006 with a focus on intra-Mexico travel – where buses still reign supreme – but over the last several years it has also been expanding its presence in the United States to cater to Mexican-Americans who want to visit friends and family south of the border. The strategy seems to be paying off, with Volaris now serving 22 destinations in the United States, including four in Texas. Last month, the company inaugurated a new route from DFW International Airport to Monterrey, adding on to its existing service from North Texas to Guadalajara. Now, with a revised air travel agreement taking effect this week that will lift restrictions on the flights between U.S. and Mexican cities, there’s even more room for Volaris to grow. But they’re sure to encounter stiff competition, as U.S. carriers like Southwest Airlines and other low-cost Mexican airlines look to grow their share of cross-border traffic. Click HERE to read the Dallas Morning News’ interview with Volaris’s chief commercial officer Holger Blankenstein.Purr Project is Looking for an Airline Angel
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Four 4-month-old kittens have furr-ever homes waiting for them in Milwaukee – all they need is a cabin companion to accompany them (two to a carrier) on the flight. If you are flying to either Milwaukee or Chicago in the next month and would like some furry company on your flight, please contact Marilyn Khan at exkhan(at)usfamily.net or Suzanna Persa at suzannapersa(at)hotmail.com. All expenses will be paid and the kittens’ new parents will meet your flight at the destination airport.Canadian Tourism Up 34% in Mexico City
Mexico News Daily

Greater numbers of Canadians are traveling to Mexico City, according to data compiled by that city’s Tourism Secretariat. During the first six months of the year, the number of Canadian visitors soared 34% over the same period last year, for a total of 71,000. And the figures for all of 2015 were up 17%, to 111,000, over the previous year. Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco Marqués said Canada is the sixth most important source of tourists for the city after the U.S., Colombia, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. They stay for an average of five nights and spend US $895 each. The surge in Canadian visitors was attributed to Aeroméxico’s new flights to Toronto and Vancouver. Torruco Marqués reported on the number of visits while on a tour of Canada and the United States to promote Mexico City’s Mis Raíces (My Roots) program, designed to encourage Mexicans who live in the U.S. and Canada to visit the country of their birth. It is targeting an estimated 35.4 million Mexicans in the U.S. and 96,000 in Canada. Source: El Sol de México

2 Story For Rent/Lease in Marina, Marina Vallarta

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•  284 Metro cuadrado, 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story$4,500.00 USD. Monthly

– Bay View Grand es un Condominio de plena propiedad asentado en 20 acres en las orillas de Bahía de Banderas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Está situado en la zona residencial de Marina Vallarta y a sólo 5 minutos del recién ampliado Aeropuerto Internacional.
Cuenta con 4 espectaculares piscinas, dos canchas de tenis, un gimnasio y una gran playa. Bay View Grand consta de 14 torres con 479 departamentos de una, dos y tres recamaras con vista al mar. Además en la parte superior de las torres, hay 4 pent-houses presidenciales. El Condominio se rige por una Asociación de Residentes, un Gerente General y un staff de aproximadamente 90 empleados contando con seguridad las 24 horas.

Bay View Grand is a full ownership condominium settled on a 20 acre site on the shores of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Marina Vallarta and within 5 minutes of the newly-expanded international airport.
Along with 4 spectacular pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center and a large sandy beach, Bay View Grand comprises 14 towers, containing 479 one, two and three bedroom units, all looking to the sea. In addition, four presidential penthouses are perched on the top floor. The condominium is governed by an Owners’ Association. A General Manager and a staff of approximately 90 provide service and 24 hour security.

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Single Story For Rent/Lease in Marina, Marina Vallarta

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2,300 usd

•  75 Metro cuadrado, 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story$2,300.00 USD. Monthly

– Cuenta con 4 espectaculares piscinas, dos canchas de tenis, un gimnasio y una gran playa. Bay View Grand consta de 14 torres con 479 departamentos de una, dos y tres recamaras con vista al mar. Además en la parte superior de las torres, hay 4 pent-houses presidenciales. El Condominio se rige por una Asociación de Residentes, un Gerente General y un staff de aproximadamente 90 empleados contando con seguridad las 24 horas.

Along with 4 spectacular pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center and a large sandy beach, Bay View Grand comprises 14 towers, containing 479 one, two and three bedroom units, all looking to the sea. In addition, four presidential penthouses are perched on the top floor. The condominium is governed by an Owners’ Association. A General Manager and a staff of approximately 90 provide service and 24 hour security

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Puerto Vallarta airport has 38th month of continuous growth.

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Puerto Vallarta airport has 38th month of continuous growth

Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta reached its 38th month of continuous growth. Domestic traffic grew 21.8% in July as a result of 14 thousand additional new seats by VivaAerobus. On the other hand, the international market benefited from over 9 thousand additional available seats from Alaska Airlines, a 30% increase compared to July 2015.

Puerto Vallarta has seen recent growth and expansion due to higher demand. In recent years multiple airlines have expanded at the airport along with new airlines, and aircraft upgrades. Air Transat, one of the largest airlines at the airport, has had aircraft upgrades in recent years. Seasonally, Air Transat services their Airbus A310 from Vancouver. From Montréal and Toronto, Air Transat upgraded to their largest aircraft, the Airbus A330s. October 2014, Air Canada’s subsidiary airline Air Canada Rouge connects Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta, with their Airbus A319 and Boeing 767-300 twice daily year round. The newest airline serving the airport is Southwest Airlines, which began service to Puerto Vallarta in June 2015 to Orange County.

During July 2016, total terminal passengers increased 16.1% in Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico’s 13 airports, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic presented a 21.4% increase, while international passenger traffic increased 8.5%.