2 Story For Sale in Nuevo Vallarta, Bahia de Banderas

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Your Own Resort.

•  244 sq. m., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story$300,000 USD. Priced to sale!
MLS® #40304  

– “VILLA AURORA”, your Riviera Nayarit future home. A beautiful Villa for those who like the best things in life. Nestled in the very exclusive COTO AURORA next to the Nuevo Vallarta Land Reserve, at only a block and half from the beach and a block from Plaza 3.14 where all kinds of restaurants await for you. This beauty comes with three master bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, double entry door, Living room, formal dinning room, kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, indoor laundry room, marble floors, a beautiful staircase, arched windows with it custom made screens throughout, private covered terrace in back, AC, cathedral ceilings, two side carports, a cupula, Spanish clay tile roof, ceiling fans, community pool, kiddie pool, club house with bbq grills, luscious gardens, gated and most importantly, in one of the best areas in the Banderas Bay.

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“VILLA AURORA”, Su futuro hogar en la Riviera Nayarit. Una hermosa villa para aquellos a quienes les gustan la mejores cosas de la vida. Anidada en el muy exclusivo COTO AURORA, al lado de la Reserva de Nuevo Vallarta, a solo una cuadra de la playa y una cuadra de la Plaza 3.14 donde hay toda clase de restaurants. Esta belleza viene con 3 Suites, 3 baños y medio, puerta de entrada doble, sala, comedor formal, cocina con mostradores de granito, electrodomesticos de acero inoxidable, cuarto de lavanderia privado, pisos de marmol, impresionante escalera con barandales de madera, ventanas arqueadas con sus propios protectores mosquiteros, terraza cubierta privada en parte trasera, aire acondicionado, techos altos, estacionamiento cubierto a cada lado de la propiedad, cupula, techos de teja roja, ventiladores en cada cuarto, alberca communitaria (compartida con otras dos villas); chapoteadero, casa club, parrillas asaderas, jardines tropicales, propiedad privada con cancel de seguridad, y lo mas importante es que esta localizada en una de las mejores areas de Bahia de Banderas.

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Single Story For Sale in Punta el Burro, Punta de Mita

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Hidden luxury oasis

•  3,609 sq. m., 10 bath, 7 bdrm single story$5,500,000 USD.
MLS® #36804  

– Designed as a high end destination, this beach front Villa hosts five suites, rooftop apartment, very spacious master suite, each with private bathroom, patio and three with outdoor showers. Guests of the lavish vacation sanctuary quickly find themselves enveloped by the peaceful, private setting – a secret piece of paradise where they focus on “being” instead of “doing.”

The physical space is a luxurious balance of finishes with polished concrete floors, counters and sinks and dark local woodwork. There is a seamless flow from inside to outside created by indoor garden and pond crossed by wooden bridge, outdoor fountains, palm studded patios and lush tropical gardens.

Villa Ananda is located north of Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is less than a three-hour plane ride from Los Angeles and 40 minute drive north from the airport.
In a hidden oasis surrounded by nature is a small private community called Punta Burros; a one-kilometer stretch of white sandy beach, views of Puerto Vallarta, Bay of Banderas and Marieta Islands and spectacular sunsets. Here, Villa Ananda is blessed with a double wide beach front lot in the lovely community.

Villa Ananda was purchased eight years ago, an amazing and successful journey it has been. May the space and energy of Villa Ananda continue to bring light and love into the world with its new owners.

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2 Story For Sale in Fraccionamiento Nautico, Nuevo Vallarta

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Your very own Villa in Riviera Nayarit.

•  277 sq. m., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story$329,900 USD. Priced Right!
MLS® #40325  

– “VILLA ANNETTE”, your Riviera Nayarit future home. A beautiful Villa for those who like the best things in life. Nestled in the very exclusive COTO AURORA next to the Nuevo Vallarta land reserve, at only a block and half from the beach and a block from Plaza 3.14 where all kinds of restaurants await for you. This beauty comes with three master bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, double entry door, Living room, formal dinning room, kitchen with granite counters, indoor laundry room, beautiful floors, a very modern staircase, windows galore with it custom made coverings throughout, private covered terrace in back, AC, high ceilings, two side carports, a cupula, Spanish clay tile roof, ceiling fans, community pool, kiddie pool, club house with bbq grills, luscious gardens, gated and most importantly, in one of the best areas in the Banderas Bay.

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4th Annual La Cruz Fishing Tournament, This Weekend

La Cruz de Huancaxtle, in Riviera Nayarit, will be ground zero for the 4th Annual De La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament from September 28 through October 1. There are over three million MXN in prizes this year, including a pickup truck, seven cars and fishing gear, as well as high daily jackpots and cars for those who break the current Marlin and Sail Fish records.

The event features four categories: Sail Fish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. This year they expect to surpass the 52-boat record, as there are already over 40 boats registered. The registration cost per boat is $2,000 USD. Participants include anglers from 12 Mexican states, as well as the United States, Canada, and even one from Korea.

“This event has been organized with the best of intentions by Riviera Nayarit; by the Conventions and Visitors Bureau, represented by Marc Murphy; the National Fishing Institute (Inapesca); Marina Riviera Nayarit and all of the sponsors who are working with us,” stated Miguel Sierra Quintana, President of the Board of Directors for the Tepic Sport Fishing Club.

The first place winner in the Sail Fish category will take home an NP 300 truck. Second place will take home a March; third place will drive off in a new Tsuru, and fourth place takes home a new set of fishing gear. The winners of the Marlin, Dorado and Tuna categories will each take home a March for first places and fishing gear for second and third places. The cars are all 2017 models. Winners will also take home a commemorative trophy.

Special prizes this year are two Tsuru cars for those who break the 52.5kg record for Sail Fish and the 325kg record for Marlin. The jackpots this time around are very interesting, running from $100 to $200 USD per boat per day, which will generate plenty of economic stimuli.

There will also be a free Junior Tournament held on October 1 starting at 7 am for children ages 6 to 11, divided into three categories. There is a limit of 250 participants for this event.

The National Fishing Institute will be in charge of recording the measurements and weights of the catches in order to call out the winners. They will also use these and other parameters to generate research indicators and help maintain the natural balance of the species.

For all the details please visit clubdepescadeportivatepic.com.

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Roger Waters to offer free zocalo concert.

Roger Waters to offer free zócalo concert

waters-400x267Pink Floyd co-founder will visit Mexico City next week

The co-founder of the British rock band Pink Floyd will give a free concert October 1 in Mexico City’s zócalo.

Roger Waters, who is already scheduled to give concerts in the city on September 28 and 29 at Foro Sol, announced the free event on his Twitter account today.

The concert is being sponsored by the Mexico City government and AT&T, among others.

During his visit to Mexico the 73-year-old British musician will also present a documentary entitled The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.

Narrated by Waters, the film examines American media coverage of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The screening will take place September 30 at the Cineteca Nacional.

Waters was one of the founders of Pink Floyd in 1965, a band that earned international success with the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. As of 2013 the band had sold more than 250 million albums.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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Time, or the Zen of the Mexican Queue

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Mexican culture thrives in the moment while mañana is somewhere beyond today

Is time a resolutely inalterable element as perceived by the average person, or is it more malleable, as suggested by Einstein, something that ebbs and flows like the seductive currents of a cosmic river?

Like it or not, time is one of the major intangible influences that govern our lives and lifestyles. Even though it is allotted equally on a daily basis, some never have enough while others seem to squander it freely.

I once knew a man who went to Walmart and bought over 50 clocks only to discover he still did not have enough time. Conversely, I have observed people who live their lives without the self-imposed constraint of scheduling or planning, as if time were a minor factor in their interface with the world.

Needless to say, each culture deals with time in a way that best suites the overall character of the population.

These questions are on my mind these days as my life incrementally drifts by. Over the years I have noticed the population of expats who live in Mexico still assign a greater value to time than do the nationals. For many gringos, time is and always will be the elusive dictator of their reality.

Having rubbed elbows with many nationals over the years, I am convinced the Mexican culture thrives in the moment. And any stray thoughts of the future are relegated to mañana, that whimsical epoch that exists somewhere beyond today.

In an ideal world to gringos, everyone would show up on time and all scheduled events would commence at exactly their appointed time. But how boring would that be? It would remove both the elements of anticipation and surprise from our daily lives in this kicked-back culture.

Plus, if everyone and everything in Mexico adhered to its predetermined time frame, some gringos would have absolutely nothing to blather on about. (Well, that’s not true; there are many subjects dear to the complaining hearts of some, but my thoughts on those are for another time.)

There are those nationals within the business community who have taken steps to adhere to the contemporary concept of punctuality. But many Mexicans view time as that pesky indicator that many Anglos seem to be obsessed with.

The typical north-of-the-border mind set is: if you make an emergency call to a plumber and he says he will be right there, you would naturally expect to see him post haste. But those of you who have spent more than 15 minutes in Mexico have learned that is not always the case.

Now what you have to realize, and here is where it becomes tricky, is that often the plumber is telling you the truth when he commits to coming right over; at least it was the truth at the time. But between setting the phone down and actually arriving at your doorstep any number of time or mind-consuming events could have taken place in his world, all of which are viewed as vastly more important than your overflowing toilet because they exist in his immediate present.

These people live so much in the moment that I feel they are blameless in their lack of reliability. Lack of reliability as to time compliance commitments have no real relevance – so what is there to attract blame?

So when that plumber finally shows up three days after your emergency call and your backed-up toilet has taken over the first floor of your house, you need to realize it’s not really his fault, it’s his cultural concept of time that has impaired his judgment and delayed his response.

Similarly, you will no doubt have noticed that while you are waiting in line at the bank or any government facility, time only exists in agonizingly drawn-out moments that seem to stretch into days.

There are people in this country who obviously enter a time warp when they take a job behind a desk. Their personal clock goes glacial. And if it is a government bureaucracy, once the queue has been concluded any dealings are like swimming through molasses.

However, the most remarkable thing for me, during such visits, is to watch the nationals patiently waiting for the unhurried bureaucrat to dispense his services while he talks with other workers, or to a friend in the line, or takes a long personal phone call or he serves someone who jumped the queue.

If this lackadaisical attitude was displayed by a public servant in LA or New York the ensuing blood bath would lead the national news. The resultant litigation would take on a life of its own.

But in a society where time does not govern lifestyle, serenity trumps annoyance when folks are made to linger longer than would be normally tolerable to the average gringo. The Zen of the Mexican queue is a seamless and practiced Mexican art form. So awe-inspiring is it that I am attempting to integrate it into my daily life.

The other obvious Mexican distortion of time occurs when some people get behind the wheel of a car. All of a sudden they don’t have enough time and will execute exceedingly reckless maneuvers in congested city traffic only to gain a couple of minutes that you know they will fritter away elsewhere.

What’s the rush? Everyone’s always late to get to wherever they are going anyway, it’s the national custom.

Obviously the true consideration becomes what one does with the time one presumes to have. Do you spend your time wisely? Do you spend your time freely? Do you enjoy your moments as they come, or spend your present in anticipation of some predetermined future?

Remember the adage: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and all the time you will ever have is right now and right now is truly the time of your life.

Bodie Kellogg describes himself as a very middle-aged man who lives full-time on the west coast of Mexico with a captured tourist woman and the ghost of a half wild dog. If you wish to give him cold beer, large sacks of money or a piece of your mind, he can be reached at buscardero@yahoo.com.

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5 Reasons Why North Americans are Flocking to Mexico.

5 Reasons Why North Americans are Flocking to Mexico


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August 29, 2016
What makes Mexico the world’s biggest draw for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking outside their own countries for a quality retirement lifestyle? We can think of five reasons off the top of our heads.

Current estimates put the number of U.S. and Canadian citizens living in various places in Mexico at well over one million. Not all are retired, but hundreds of thousands of them are.

This easily makes Mexico the world’s most popular overseas retirement destination for U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Remember, this is the country that one U.S. presidential candidate thinks is so bad that it should be walled off from the rest of North America.

What makes so many North Americans disagree? What makes Mexico the world’s biggest draw for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking outside their own countries for a quality retirement? We can think of five reasons off the top of our heads.

The Weather – The only place you’ll find snow in Mexico is on the tops of mountains. Otherwise, the weather in the entire country is temperate to hot. Mexico’s Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf Coast beaches are justifiably famous for their warmth and beauty, and in Mexico’s interior highlands, you’ll find dozens of communities where North America retirees enjoy warm days and cool nights all year around. No snow to shovel, ever.Proximity to U.S. and Canada – Mexico is the nearest neighbor to the U.S. and one country away from Canada. This makes getting back home for any reason quick, simple, and affordable. There are hundreds of direct flights from major airports in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Merida, Cancun, and other Mexican hubs to major U.S. cities every day. (And more are coming. The U.S. and Mexico just signed a treaty to allow even more direct flights between even more cities in the two countries.) And much of Mexico is close enough that many U.S. and Canadian retirees drive to their Mexican winter quarters or second homes.

Great Medical Care – In Mexico’s major metropolitan areas, medical facilities are world class, and medical care costs significantly less than in the U.S. And entrepreneurs in Mexico are fully aware of the draw that good medical care has for U.S. and Canadian retirees… New facilities are being built and older facilities upgraded throughout Mexico to cater to foreign retirees.

Lower Cost of Living – It can cost much less to live in Mexico than it does in the U.S. or Canada. Weather has a lot to do with this… If you live somewhere with mild, year-around weather, utility costs naturally go down. But other costs are lower as well, including health insurance and medical care, rents, and the cost of real estate. (Annual property taxes in Mexico are rarely more than $200 USD.) There are certainly some areas of Mexico very popular with U.S. and Canadian tourists and retirees where prices are on par with those up north, but it doesn’t take much looking once on the ground to find extremely reasonable rents and real estate prices outside the tourist and “gringo” zones. (By the way, the Mexican peso has been trading at close to 18 pesos to the U.S. dollar for some time now, making this the most affordable time in recent memory to be spending dollars in Mexico.)

Wonderful Cultures – Mexico has its own brand identity, and even people who have never been anywhere in the country think they know what Mexico is like. But it’s a big country, and the difference between the culture in Merida and the culture in Puerto Vallarta is as vast as the difference between Virginia Beach and Portland or Montreal and Vancouver. The music, the food, the clothing, the attitudes … there is so much cultural variety that thinking of Mexico as nothing but mariachis and tacos is like thinking of the U.S. as nothing but hip hop and burgers or of Canada as nothing but Celine Dion and poutine. Mexicans are proud of their national heritage, but they are just as likely as other North Americans to think of themselves in terms of their city, region, or state as anything else.So it’s no surprise to us that North American retirees have made Mexico their #1 destination. We’ve lived in three different communities in Mexico and have visited nearly every Mexican state, so the charms of Mexico are obvious to us.

And let us hasten to add that we have rarely felt unsafe or in danger anywhere we’ve lived or traveled in Mexico.

A number of factors have combined to cause terrible violence in some parts of the country, mostly due to conflicts over control of various aspects of the illegal drug trade. Having the largest and most profitable market on the planet for illegal drugs just across its northern border has not helped Mexico overcome its problems with drug-related crime.

But we are not involved in the production, sale, and distribution of drugs, and neither are the vast majority of expats living and working in Mexico. Statistically, many areas of Mexico are safer than areas of comparable populations in the United States and Canada. Those are the areas we’ve lived in, and those are the areas most U.S. and Canadian retirees live in. Safely.

So we guess there are actually six reasons that Mexico is the top destination for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking for a more affordable, high-quality retirement than they can get back home. And remember, Mexico is part of North America … No wall will stop us from doing business with, retiring to, or enjoying the cultural richness and opportunities of our southern partner.

This article was first published on huffingtonpost.com, courtesy of InternationalLiving.com,the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.

Tourism service providers clean up Islas Marietas National Park.

Islas Marietas

Tourism service providers clean up Islas Marietas National Park

The management of the Islas Marietas National Park, which is part of the National Commission of Protected National Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish), together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local tourism service providers all took part in a cleanup of the Islas Marietas on Monday, August 29, 2016.

“We’d like to thank the tourism service providers and the local bay area businesses,” stated the federal agency in its social media accounts. “Thanks to all those who worked closely with the staff of the Conanp that one day and helped us to clean out so much trash from the Islas Marieta. It was a job well done.”

A total of 64 participants in 10 boats gathered up 45 black bags filled with trash—about 80% of it was plastic bottles.

It should be noted that the waste reaches the islands via natural phenomena, the wind and the currents from the Nayarit and Jalisco rivers. The cleanup effort needed to take place now, when the rainy season has accumulated a lot of trash and the Playa del Amor is set to reopen.

Conanp trained tourism providers

With regards to the new management plan for tourism to the Islas Marietas, the Conanp began holding workshops back in July in order to help train the tourism services providers. To date over 300 service providers have been trained and by the time the workshops end in September they expect to have trained another 200.