Hilton Puerto Vallarta hotel plans a $25 million expansion.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta hotel plans a $25 million expansion

With this expansion, the Hilton Puerto Vallarta hotel would increase the number of rooms and luxury suites from 259 to 451, under the all-inclusive Grand Tourism category.

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Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: HOTEL) announced today the acquisition of real estate properties consisting of 54 units for hotel-only purposes, as well as an undeveloped land lot of 1,043 square meters, which currently comprise 162 hotel suites, located in usable area of approximately 15,100 square meters, and is adjacent to the Hilton Puerto Vallarta hotel.

The transaction represented an investment of US$ 12.0 million (Ps. 224 million). The Company expects an additional investment of Ps. 296.0 million for this project for a total amount of Ps. 520 million. Given that the acquisition would consist of the expansion of an existing hotel, the Company expects to achieve operating efficiencies as well as economies of scale that will result in profit and margin increases. The anticipated opening date of the expansion project is the fourth quarter of 2017.

The target properties of the acquisition were previously owned by Promotora Turística Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., which is the current owner of Krystal Puerto Vallarta hotel, and is considered a related entity to the Company. Due to the aforementioned, the transaction was reviewed and recommended by the Corporate Practices Committee, the Audit Committee and, subsequently, the Company’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to approve the transaction during the October 20, 2016 meeting. Notably, three valuations were undertaken by separate subject matter expert firms, and these were reviewed by the aforesaid corporate bodies.

The Company expects to renovate the existing 162 suites and develop 30 additional suites for a total of 192 luxury suites, in addition to banquet rooms, restaurants, bars and complementary services, under the Hilton brand. With this expansion, the Hilton Puerto Vallarta hotel would increase the number of rooms and luxury suites from 259 to 451, under the all-inclusive Grand Tourism category.

According to a recent market study for the Company by Grupo World Real Estate, from January to July 2016 traveler demand to Puerto Vallarta increased 17% and 12% in the domestic and international markets, respectively, compared to the same period in 2015. The study highlights that the hotel offering will remain stable in this destination.

The investment is in line with the Company’s expansion strategy, which considers growth via hotels in strategic locations. With this acquisition, HOTEL would reach 709 rooms in Puerto Vallarta, which is one of the main tourist destination areas in Mexico, with a total portfolio of 5,052 rooms. This fact considers that the 162 suites will be excluded from the current room stock of the Krystal Puerto Vallarta hotel, which is currently operated by the Company.

Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe is one of the leading companies in the Mexican hotel industry, with Mexican DNA, and is focused on acquiring, converting, developing and operating its own hotels and third party-owned hotels.

The Company has over 2600 employees in Mexico, is part of the ranking Super Empresas Expansión 2015 and its shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV: HOTEL). Furthermore, it has been awarded as a Socially Responsible Company (“ESR” or “Empresa Socialmente Responsible”).

November is filled with top-notch events in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.


November is filled with top-notch events in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, starting with the Day of the Dead celebrated in different locations within the Destination not to mention culinary events of the best kind and lots and lots of sports.

Day of the Dead Festival in Puerto Vallarta (Oct. 28 – Nov. 2)
In Puerto Vallarta, Day of the Dead is celebrated with a parade that starts on the Malecon towards Cuale River’s Market, and concludes with a folk festival with charros, catrinas contest and fireworks.

5th Day of the Dead Festival in Sayulita (Oct. 31 – Nov. 3)
Day of the Dead is one of the most iconic Mexican traditions because of the whole ritual around this date. There are different events in Puerto Vallarta, showing locals and visitors the mysticism behind this celebration.

Sayulita Pueblo Mágico comes alive with colorful Mexican traditions including pilgrimages to the cemetery, live music, an altar contest and plenty of festivities to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

11TH Edition of “HOOK THE CURE” spa, fish, and golf getaway (Nov. 3 – Nov. 6)
Your “Hook the Cure” get-a-way will be full of excitement, fun, relaxation, tranquility, good food, friendly people, world-class golf and fishing and special celebrity guests.

XXII International Festival Gourmet (Nov. 12-20)

The Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit-Tepic International Gourmet Festival is one of the most important culinary events in the country. This year it celebrates its 22nd anniversary in the presence of some of the best chefs on a global level. There will be cooking demos, workshops, chats, theme nights and plenty more activities to please the palate. Want to know more? Visit http://www.festivalgourmet.com/.

2nd Triatlón Extreme Guayabitos 2016 (Nov. 13)

The 2nd 2016 Guayabitos Extreme Triathlon is set to take off on November 13 in Rincón de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit. The invitation is open for all triathletes, clubs, leagues, public and private associations, schools and the general public both domestic and national.

8th Riviera Nayarit Touristic Half Marathon and 10K (Nov. 19)

The Half Marathon and 10K is of the key events in the Destination as it promotes sports, tourism and a focus on family. Nuevo Vallarta will host the event and it’s expected to be even bigger this year, as has been the case every year since it began. Do you want to go for a run in Mexico’s hottest beach destination? Visit http://www.mediomaratonrivieranayarit.com/.

V Motomanía San Blas (Nov. 24-27)

Over one thousand motorcycles will converge on the Historic Port of San Blas to celebrate this very special event where, among other things, there will be lots of dancing, exhibits, races and fun! For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/Motomania-SAN-BLAS-1465744890334658/timeline/.

2nd International Tattoo Expo (Nov 25 – Nov 27)
Expo will be held this November 26th and 27th at Hotel Krystal’s Jalisco Hall, we hope to have your support to carry out this event where more than 100 tattooists will attend internationally, announcing Tattoo Art, about 3000 people are expected to attend.

Fun and frolic season: snowbirds are coming.

Fun and frolic season: snowbirds are coming

Migrating snowbirds come in various assorted types


As the summer’s heat becomes but a memory and the humidity has taken a nosedive, the beach towns of Mexico fill with older Anglos complaining about the heat and humidity; these people are known as the snowbirds.

Many of them are traveling from a strange and distant land where it is reputed that the weather is so cold that it can actually cause water to freeze. After hearing about this fearsome phenomenon, I get chills up my spine just dropping cold cubes in my cocktails.

The migrating snowbirds signal the beginning of the season of fun and frolic in Mexico and are quite common around the country. They come in all shapes and sizes and provide an agreeable form of entertainment for the locals. With a few pointers and a little time you can be on your way into the wonderful world of snowbird watching.

The first step is to identify the assorted types of snowbirds. Remember these are basic guidelines; each group can contain variants and subgroups.

Freshly landed snowbirds are fairly easy to spot because of their extreme whiteness along with an abundant amount of sweat. Within a month the freshly landed snowbird has darkened considerably and excessive body moisture has diminished.

There are a number of pinks and reds in the population during this transition period. This climatological acclimation allows the snowbird to blend into the environment and not be mistaken for a tourist. Most snowbirds were tourists before they became snowbirds and view the transformation as transcendental, almost spiritual.

Some snowbirds can display strange behavior and become quite agitated when mistaken for a tourist, so approach with caution. Note: freshly landed can transition into either newly nested or seasoned snowbird.

The newly nested snowbird has just evolved from tourist to snowbird and now spends several months at a time lolling in the balmy climate of Mexico. These snowbirds are deeply entranced by the realization that they are in paradise for the winter and not the frozen wastelands of the north.

The conversation of the newly nested snowbird is one that centers on their exuberant love for Mexico and is almost palpable and certainly infectious. A new chapter of their life is about open and lead them into a great cultural adventure.

The seasoned snowbird has spent many winters out of their native environment and has adapted well to the flow of local culture. The seasoned snowbird can be found through out the Mexico environs, beaches, cultural events, charity fundraisers and at many bars and restaurants.

These snowbirds have varying degrees of language proficiency; they are not timid and do not cringe or scatter when confronted by a street person or the dreaded transito. This is the core of the snowbird community and it is their job to lead the newly nested through the maze of modern Mexico.

There are a few things you should know when engaging a snowbird in conversation. When a snowbird complains about the heat and humidity in November, it is best to agree and sympathize; it would be too difficult to accurately describe September. Upon your first engagement with a snowbird you will invariably be asked where you are from. This normally occurs within the first 30 seconds of the encounter, so be prepared.

Many communities around the country hold an annual snowbird catch-and release-tournament. To participate in this fun event you need to contact your local chapter of Snowbirds Unlimited and obtain a permit. This organization only issues a limited number of permits, so sign up early. Also, be aware that poaching snowbirds out of season or without a permit is strictly forbidden.

Tournament rules are as follows:

It is unlawful to chase, herd, or harvest snowbirds from a moving vehicle.

The taking of snowbirds in bars or restaurants is prohibited; it lacks the element of sport.

The use of tequila or cold beer as bait is also prohibited, again that’s too easy.

It is also against the rules for hunters to disguise themselves as timeshare salespeople, trinket vendors, taxi drivers, prostitutes or transitos for the purpose of catching a snowbird.

These rules are vigorously enforced to insure a healthy and sustainable population of snowbirds for generations to come.

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.



 21 OCT 2016   POSTED BY Vallarta Tribune


From October 29th to November 5th there are dozens of events planned around the Centro and Old Town colonias of Puerto Vallarta. In addition to the city sponsored and promoted events there are Halloween parties, costume parties, restaurants with special menus and even a skull decorating charity event.
Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos is one of Mexico’s most cherished holidays and around the country the multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Originally celebrated in the beginning of summer it gradually became associated with the Western Christian celebrations of All Saints Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day and since 2008 has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other culture’s observances of a time to honor the dead.
The Spanish tradition included festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.
Private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
All around the Bay of Banderas you will find examples of the various traditions during these days of festivity. Here is a list of some of highlights being produced by the tourism office of Puerto Vallarta.
A complete schedule of events can be found online at VallartaTribune.com
Saturday, October 29th
6:00pm Pata Salada Fiesta in Parque Hidalgo in Centro, Puerto Vallarta.
This event runs each evening from October 29- November 2nd and features traditional folkloric dancers from the states of Oaxaca and Tabasco. There will be food and crafts for sale.
Saturday, October 29th
9:00pm Charro Parade leaves from Rosita Hotel at the start of the Malecon and ends at the Los Arcos Amphitheater. Dancing horses, beautiful costumes and live music make this a cultural treat. The Charro Parade repeats on Monday October 31st at 9:00pm.
Sunday, October 30
All Day Interactive Altar at the Main Plaza in Centro – Open every day of the festivities this interactive altar is open to the public to add their own offerings to it.
Last years altar was a huge success, filled with truly beautiful works of art. Highly recommend!
Sunday, October 30
7:00pm Loteria – Mexican Bingo Join the locals in this rousing game similar to bingo in the main plaza. It’s a great way to practice your Spanish vocabulary and maybe win a few pesos.
Sunday, October 30
8:00pm Mazcoatle Ballet Group with special musical guests will be performing at the Los Arcos Amphitheatre along the malecon.
Monday, October 31
All day Painting Exhibition along Basilio Badillo. Running the length of the festivies each day the exhibition will be throughout the Romantic Zone. Stroll up Basilio Badillo to Mundo de Cristal to view their Blown Glass Calavera (skull) Exhibition.
Monday October 31
6:00pm Fiesta de Los Muertos – this outdoor party will be filled with fabulous costumes and features live music by Piel Canela and Elvis Martinez. It rolls into the Beer and Music festival starting at 7:00pm Corner of Pulpito and Olas Altas, Old Town
Monday, October 31
7:30pm Film Festival: The Book of Life – Watch this excellent film under the stars in Parque Lazaro Cardenas in Old Town.
Tuesday, November 1
10:00am Saint’s Day Mass – Held in the cemetery in Colonia Cinco de Deciembre.
This is a beautiful example of Mexican culture and should not be missed. Please remain respectful.
Tuesday, November 1
11:00am Catrin and Catrina Exhibit and Altar Contest. Escape the heat and humidity with a tour of the catrinas and altars on display in Plaza Galerias in the Hotel Zone.
Tuesday, November 1
6:00pm Pan de Muerto Tasting – Head to Parque Lazaro Carenas in Old Town to experience the breaking of this traditional bread.
Wednesday, November 2
9:00am Free Guided Tour of the Cemetery – Tour the cemetery and learn more about the traditions of Dia de Muertos.
Wednesday, November 2
10:00 – 10:00pm Day of the Dead Festivities – Live music, dancing, food, festivities and fireworks. All day and into the night culminating in fireworks at 10:30pm Join in the largest party in Vallarta at the Municipal Market along Rio Cuale.

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Puerto Vallarta Observes Veterans & Remembrance Day.

Puerto Vallarta Observes Veterans & Remembrance Day

October 19, 2016
American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League invite all American, Canadian and Mexican citizens to celebrate these commemorative holidays with events on November 11th and 12th, 2016.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Veterans Day is the day that we honor our veterans as an expression of appreciation for their service and sacrifices. The American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League invite all American, Canadian, and Mexican citizens to join them in remembering and giving thanks to our veterans on November 11 and 12, 2016.

Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor U.S. military veterans. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is observed in Commonwealth countries to commemorate the end of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

On Friday, November 11th, we will meet at Steve’s Sports Bar on Basilio Badillo, (Post 14 Head Quarters) at 10:00 am for free coffee and pastries. (Breakfast will be available for purchase.) At 10:40 am, we will walk down to Lazaro Cardenas Park for the 11:00 am service. Poppies will be available. 

Flamingos Golf Tournament

An 18-hole scramble on November 11 at 9:30 am at Flamingos Golf is open to military veterans of any country and their guests. The $1,300 peso entry fee includes green fees, cart, food and beverages. A veteran must play in each foursome.

Coco Tropical Autumn Fest

This special Swiss-German Buffet is offered one night only – November 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. A generous selection of delicious specialties, including salads, main dishes and desserts are on the menu. Plus live entertainment. $500 peso donation. This is a Navy League fundraiser to help finance their numerous community relations projects.

American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League welcome any and all armed services veterans to take part in these events, and if they wish, learn more about the benefits of American Legion and Navy League membership. For further information contact Dennis Rike, Post 14 Commander at dennis2rike(at)hotmail.com, or 322-138-8891.

The American Legion is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization devoted to the needs of military veterans, their families, and their communities. Legion Post 14 participates in numerous community projects in the Puerto Vallarta area, with emphasis on women’s and children’s causes. Charities include the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter, DIF New Life Home for young boys, and Torpedos American Football for boys, with financial support from the Jay Sadler Project.In addition, the Legion is currently involved with numerous service projects in the community, including the CADI Nursery/Day Care Center, Col. Las Palmas Community Center, Col. Volcanes Community Center, Coapinole La Laguna Playground, Col. Magisterio Playground, and the playgrounds at San Vicente del Mar and El Guamuchil.

Post 14 American Legion meetings are held on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. For more information and meeting locations, visit AmericanLegion14.org, or email dennis2rike(at)hotmail.com, or snafrancis(at)hotmail.com.

The Puerto Vallarta Navy League meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Marriott. Coffee and pastry are provided. Visitors are welcome.

Update: Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Nuevo Vallarta.

Update: Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Nuevo Vallarta

October 17, 2016
Grupo Vidanta has started to release more details about the highly-awaited Cirque du Soleil experience park under construction in Nuevo Vallarta. This artist’s concept depicts the “Garden Of The Nature Spirit.”

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – Two years after Cirque du Soleil and luxury Mexican resort developer Grupo Vidanta announced their ambitious partnership to build an immersive theme park experience in Nuevo Vallarta, some new concept art detailing the design has been unvieled, and it looks like it’s going to be fabulous!

Theme Park University, which revealed some preliminary artwork this past July, unveiled some new images last week, which you can see HERE.

Nuevo Vallarta’s Cirque du Soleil theme park will be centered around their new show, Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico, which is based on the richness of the Mexican culture. The design will include sections featuring monuments of the Sun and Moon, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Aztec calendar – similar to different “lands” at other theme parks.

According to the entertainment destination designers at The Goddard Group – which has been working with Cirque du Soleil on plans for “The Park” for quite some time now – construction of the water park, which will open with the first phase of the theme park in 2018, has already begun.

What is most unique about this water park is that it will be performance based. Cirque du Soleil will be having shows in and around you as you splash around this part of the park. Nothing like this has ever been done before in a water park setting, so it will be the most unique water park experience on the planet.

The new Nuevo Vallarta project aims to reimagine the theme park experience in the same way that JOYÀ, which opened in 2014 near the Cancun resort area, redefined theatrical and culinary entertainment in the Riviera Maya.

As opposed to other amusement parks where you just go on rides and maybe watch shows, the concept here is that you’re part of the show. You’re literally surrounded by Cirque artists and attractions that put you right in the action. And everything around you is designed with the same fanciful creativity that packs a ridiculous number of houses around the world at their theater shows.

If all goes to plan, the Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Nuevo Vallarta will welcome a million visitors between when it first opens its doors in 2018 and three or four years later, when the second stage of development is complete.

This would not be possible, of course, without Grupo Vidanta. The Cirque du Soleil theme park will be surrounded by several hotels/timeshares, which Vidanta has several of scattered around Mexican hot spots. The hotels are also Cirque themed and are inspired/look equally as impressive.

Puerto Vallarta Living: What Can We Do with the Kids?

Puerto Vallarta Living: What Can We Do with the Kids?

Each community has a strong support system, and neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta are like those that existed north of the border decades ago, with corner stores, pick-up ball games and friendly neighbors.

People who move to Puerto Vallarta sometimes worry about what they will do with their kids. It seems there are a lot of adult activities, but what do kids do?

Of course, they go to school during the season and Puerto Vallarta is an excellent place for kids to get an education. We have known several young students who have headed north of the border to finish out high school, usually for a laundry list of reasons, and they typically score high above grade level on entrance exams; also characteristic also for applicants to university. Strict homework routines and standard dress uniforms certainly contribute to this success.

Some parents worry about the weather. Will summer be too hot? Kids actually adjust to the heat better than adults. Invest in hats and long sleeve protection against overexposure and take advantage of the ocean and many pools for cooling off during peak hours. We lived for years with ceiling fans only. Air conditioning during the hottest times can bring relief and just about any place we go is air conditioned in these modern times.Movie theaters, of which there are several large Cineplexes, are a good place to go for entertainment any time of year, with cooling A/C in the summertime.

If your family members are into water sports, there’s no limit to the choices. Surfing and paddle-boarding; SCUBA, snorkeling and swimming are available up and down the coastline, with excellent schools and courses for true enthusiasts.

There are water slide parks, horse riding arenas, gymnastics, cycling and mountain biking, hikes and guided tours, golf, soccer, and school sponsored sports such as basketball, volleyball, archery. Music classes involving piano, violin, guitar are widely available. Pre-teens and teens can volunteer at animal shelters and ecological sites. No excuse for boredom.

There’s no limit as to where to live; each community has a strong support system, and neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta are like those that existed north of the border decades ago, with corner stores, pick-up ball games in the streets and friendly neighbors.

Safety is a factor for some; we have never felt as safe as we do in Puerto Vallarta. No city is without some crime but in our experience and that of our friends, there is more reason to feel insecure in the places we came from… Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Seattle; all cities where petty and major crimes statistically outdo Puerto Vallarta on a daily basis.

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Puerto Vallarta Celebrates The Day of the Dead Oct 29-Nov 2

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates The Day of the Dead Oct 29-Nov 2

October 11, 2016
Set to take place Oct 29-Nov 2, this year’s Dia de Los Muertos Festival in Puerto Vallarta promise to be frightfully fun with many ‘spooktacular’ events being held throughout the city. (Photo: Josef Kandoll)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – In Puerto Vallarta, the dead will soon walk the Earth – so let the parties begin! Starting October 29th and continuing through November 2nd, Puerto Vallarta will celebrate one of Mexico’s most beloved traditions, El Día de Los Muertos, which honors and remembers loved ones who have died.

Throughout Mexico, Día de Los Muertos festivities begin on the night of October 31 and continue through November 2. But if you happen to be in Puerto Vallarta this year, you will enjoy a five day Spooktacular that includes art, theater, music, food, parades and more!

As the holiday coincides with the XII International Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World, the Municipal Tourism Promotion Department started planning Vallarta’s 2016 Día de Los Muertos Festival in late July.

With the goal of offering our visitors a unique way to experience the country’s culture, history and people, this year’s celebrations will run from October 29 through November 2 and will combine traditional Día de Los Muertos customs and beliefs with new artistic angles and interpretations.

Some of the highlights are: the colorful Day of the Dead altars and Catrina displays in various public places; parades, music, dance and theater performances; street parties, costume contests, and having your photo taken in an interactive Catrín y Catrina picture frame. Click HERE to download the full Day of the Dead Festival schedule of events.

Unlike Halloween, when death is something to be feared, on El Día de Los Muertos death – or at least the memories of those who have died – is something to be celebrated. Come join in the fun!

For all the latest information about Vallarta’s five-day Día de Los Muertos cultural festival, follow the event page on Facebook.

Living in a Resort Town.

Living in a Resort Town

Living in a Resort Town

Rich expatriates and celebrities have been choosing this resort town for their home for many decades now; although of late there has also been a significant influx of baby boomers to Vallarta, as well as a contingency of younger expats moving here to set up homes and businesses.

Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are easily accessible — by air, by road and by sea — and this accessibility, especially the advents of new road construction and direct flights from key cities in the U.S.A, has played an important part in the growth story of this area over the course of the last ten years.

Transport connections may get people here, but it’s the town itself that keeps them coming back — or, as is more often the case, coming back for good. The region’s sea-side climate, with winter temperatures (Dec-Mar) averaging in the mid 60’s F, spring temperatures (Apr-Jun) rising to averages in the late 70’s F, and summer temperatures (July-Sep) reaching as high as the mid 90’s F, Puerto Vallarta offers an attractive year-long climate for living and retirement. The months of July, August and September bring the hottest temperatures and highest levels of humidity; those who love this climate stay all summer; those who don’t leave for the hottest months (July, August) and return in late September when the temperatures and humidity ease.

With its unique blend of colonial charms, attractive climate, ocean living and Mexican authenticity, Vallarta, as it is familiarly known, epitomizes what so many foreigners come looking for in Mexico. Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, like other Mexican towns and cities — even those on the coast — are affordable to buy into and affordable to live in. The stellar population growth in the region has also been attracting some major commercial investors to the region; and so modern, avant-garde amenities, like super-centers selling imported U.S. goods, modern shopping centers, cinemas, great restaurants and modern healthcare centers and clinics are just some of the modern amenities being enjoyed by residents in the Vallarta area. For people who want a real taste of Mexico and also want some U.S.-style commercial comforts to support their lifestyle, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta is an option.

It’s estimated that the tourism industry employs over fifty per cent of people in the destination. Notwithstanding this, thre region has other sources of prosperity which are flourishing more and more each year. The fertile lands are ideal for certain types of agriculture, especially citrus, banana, mango and avocado. Fishing operations from the Bay of Banderas provide a livelihood to many. Specialized ‘light manufacturing’ cottage industries are springing up around here (for example, boat building) and the state of Jalisco (and especially Vallarta) are emerging as key ‘e-commerce’ centers in Mexico as people developing the ‘dot com’ and other knowledge industries move here and set up their businesses servicing local and international markets. Construction and home sales have been significant sources of income over the last decade.

Puerto Vallarta and Environs The ‘old town’ of Puerto Vallarta still exudes “old world” feel and characteristics with its narrow streets, cobbled stone lanes, red-tiled pitched roofs and authentic local neighborhoods. Further out of town — north and south, larger houses as well as luxury condominiums dot the landscape.

Nuevo Vallarta (New Vallarta), an area some ten minutes drive north of the city’s international airport is one the places that has attracted enormous interest from foreign buyers with its marina, relative proximity to the city center of Vallarta, proximity to modern shopping and services, and still right on the sea front.

Further north is the town of Punta de Mita — an exclusive area in the region. Luxury living — secluded and exclusive — but close to Vallarta, is on offer in Punta de Mita.

By: Miguel Camacho F.