Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon is hosting two St. Patrick’s Day warm-up events for charity.

Murphy’s Irish Pub in Puerto Vallarta hosts St. Patrick’s Day warm-up charity events

 Feb 27, 2017

Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon is hosting two St. Patrick’s Day warm-up events for charity.

Vallarta Celtfest – Saturday, March 11
It’s a live music celebration on the Malecon, across from Murphy’s and next to El Faro, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Here’s the musical line-up:
3 p.m. – Daniel Oliveros Trio (traditional Celtic instruments)
4 p.m. – Dave Whitty (traditional Irish and Newfoundland Pub Songs
5 p.m.  – La Trez Cuartoz (Celtic rock band)
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.  – Celebration continues in Murphy’s Pub

Celtic food specialties are available: Corned beef & Cabbage, Guinness Stew, Fish & Chips and more.

Pre-St. Patrick’s Party – Wednesday, March 15
Murphy’s is again the place for traditional music and food, 12 to 4 p.m. Cost is 250 pesos, which is good for a full menu of authentic Irish dishes, including: beer stew, mashed potatoes, corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, salad and  dessert.

Live music will be going throughout the afternoon. There will also be a Donation Raffle and a 50-50 Drawing from 2 to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from these events will benefit the Playground in Vista Hermosa through the American Legion, the Navy League, the Jay Sadler Project and DIF Vallarta.

Intercam Banco Puerto Vallarta is a sponsor of Navy League playgrounds, this is the 2nd with the first in El Tuito, Jal population 3500 and there first playground.

Expats In Vallarta, March Schedule.

During the month of March, ExPats in Vallarta will be having a Happy Hours on Tuesday, March 14th and 28th at Langostinos from 5 to 7pm.  Langostinos is located on Los Muertos Beach just north of the new pier.

ExPats Coffees will be held on Tuesday, March 7th and 21st h at Starbucks in the Marina from 10 to 12 am. Reservations are not necessary.

Special Event Dinners are scheduled on Thursday, March 2nd at Pancho Villa, Thursday, March 16th at El Andariego and Thursday, March 30th at Las Adelitas. Advance reservations for the dinners are necessary.

To make reservations for the Happy Hours and the dinners, email

The local group of Expats In Vallarta is open to all residents, visitors and investors from other countries.  The purpose of the group is informal fellowship and assistance for ExPats around Vallarta or those considering or living in the area.  There is no membership fee or requirement; everyone pays for only what they use or consume.

Summer enriched by a dog and baby turtles.

Summer enriched by a dog and baby turtles

First encounter with turtles entailed helping them get from nest to water



My first turtle encounter happened two days before Hurricane Lane made land on the west coast of Mexico in September of 2006. I was living in a mostly deserted RV park along the beach north of Mazatlan.

I was walking with Snickers the Wonderdog (half heeler and half coyote) and her newly acquired friend named Shadow along a mostly empty beach when I spotted a bit of movement.

About 50 meters in front of me I noticed a small squiggly thing at the water’s edge, and went to investigate. I found a baby sea turtle which had made its terrestrial journey across the sand to the edge of the sea.

I watched as a wave washed ashore and spread its long, foamy tongue, engulfing the tiny creature and transporting it into an uncertain future.

While I watched this little guy disappear into the froth, I realized if there is one turtle, there should be more. I backtracked the turtle’s trail into the dry sandy part of the beach and found nine more turtles floundering at the bottom of deep horse tracks.

The tracks had well defined escarpments that had captured the small turtles like a Burmese tiger trap. After ferrying these turtles to the edge of the surf, I went back to look for more.

When I found the nest it looked like a large sand funnel, with three turtles scrambling to reach the top. I took these turtles to the crawl-and-swim part of the beach and went back to the nest.

I started to carefully remove the surface sand from around the nest to create a larger area to safely excavate the occupants. The remaining turtles were milling around below a compacted layer of sand. When I reached the main nest area, I saw 59 little turtles seeking freedom.

While Snickers and her friend lay in the sand and watched, I carted the turtles, three and four at a time, to their launching area, placing them on the sand. I did not want to put them directly into the ocean because I was thinking that they needed to crawl some before hitting the waves.

About 10 minutes into the turtle mission a pack of three wild and hungry dogs spotted what looked like easy food at the edge of the water. I didn’t see the dogs until Snickers stood up, bristled and growled. By this time the lead dog was about 30 meters from a turtle dinner and closing fast.

I immediately shouted, “Snickers, go get ‘em.” Snickers, being very quick, and well trained to that particular command, bolted for the pack. The minute Snickers charged Shadow exploded out of the sand, passed Snickers and center punched the lead dog with blinding speed and force.

I have clocked Snickers at about 38 miles an hour on a flat-out run; Shadow was so incredibly fast it was hard for me to believe what I had just seen.

Shadow had showed up in the RV park about a month before, wild, starved and full of fear. I started putting out a paper plate with dog food and a water bowl about 50 meters from my travel trailer. Soon he and Snickers were spending the afternoons playing like puppies, bouncing, pouncing and general chasing. I later realized that most probably Shadow never had any true puppy time. At that point, I thought, what could it hurt, Snickers is far from home in a foreign land and could use a friend.

After three weeks of feeding, Shadow would come within 20 meters or so and run if I tried to approach him. Two days before the turtle encounter I put out the plate of food and stood three meters away and waited. It took 30 minutes for the dog to approach the plate.

When I got a good look, Shadow appeared to be an older greyhound. And when I saw his speed, I was convinced he was a rejected race dog that had been abandoned to the streets.

After the dinner plate standoff he would follow Snickers and me on our walks and bike rides; hence the name Shadow. So, it was this old abused greyhound that plowed into the dog pack which wanted turtle for dinner.

After Shadow rolled the lead dog into the surf, he turned and went for number two, which had just planted all fours and was attempting a high-speed turn. Snickers, always a creature of opportunity, went after the last and smallest member of the pack, which was in full retreat. After 10 seconds it was over.

It was then that Shadow came up close to me for the first time, checked me out with a quick sniff, looked at the turtle nest, went back to his spot in the sand and lay down.

By this time, dogs and turtles had generated an audience of four people on horses and a tourist family on a couple of four-wheelers. I quickly enlisted the help of the two girls on the four-wheelers, aged about eight and 10, to carry the hatchlings to the water’s edge.

The parents got a lot of pictures of kids with turtles to show their friends back in Ohio. Twenty minutes later all the turtles had survived the journey from nest to ocean, with a little help from their friends.

The night the hurricane struck, Shadow took up residence under my RV and thought himself to be home.

As Shadow lost his fear of me, I was able to slowly approach him, pet and scratch behind his ears. At first he would flinch and duck whenever I would reach out to him, but soon realized he was no longer in danger of abuse. In time, I realized he had a very sweet personality and he became very protective of both me and Snickers.

Since another dog was out of the question in the RV, I gave him to a Mexican family that I had become close with over the summer. He bonded quickly with his new family and spent his remaining years with people who loved and cared for him in a manner he truly deserved.

Shadow, you and the turtles enriched my first summer living in Mexico and for that I thank you.

Bodie Kellogg describes himself as a very middle-aged man who lives full-time in Mazatlán 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

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Sayulita Memories.

Sayulita Memories

Is there a particular place that is special to your family and sends you into a state of permanent nostalgia until you leave it? It doesn’t have to be an exotic location, or famous, or even that remarkable at all.

I’m just talking about a place where you may have made some memories. They may not have even been remarkable memories, but suddenly, when you step foot in just that one place, you’d give anything for a whirl in a Dr. Who-style time machine for a second or two.

For us, that place is a little town just north of Puerto Vallarta named Sayulita. If you don’t know Sayulita, you really should. It’s a small town with a surf break and a vibe that has drawn a distinct, counter-culture kinda crowd. The locals are friendly, the food is delicious, and there’s a laid-back atmosphere that you probably wouldn’t appreciate if you were waiting for your turn at the bank, but which lends itself quite nicely to vacation mode.

We started spending time in Sayulita when our children were very young. We were lying around our house during a particularly sweaty Vallarta summer and realized that if we didn’t go somewhere else, we would probably not survive.

The challenge was that our children were toddlers, and in a stage where they were quite sure that their car seats were trying to kill them. So we didn’t want to go far, because after about an hour of listening to panicked young children wrestling vigorously with their seatbelts, we would reach the conclusion that a restful vacation was not within our grasp at this time in our lives.

Sayulita is close to Vallarta, but it is not Vallarta, and that was good enough for us. So I did some research on and booked five days at Casa Higuera, a beachfront suite hotel with full kitchens, A/C, a terrace, and A/C. Also, A/C. The owner, an American with a long family history of loving Sayulita in particular and Mexico in general, was one of the loveliest people we’ve ever met through email.

I will tell you that if you are in Sayulita in the off-season, renting a beautiful place is very economical and very much worth a bit of legwork online.

We did the following things on this trip:

  • Ate a lot of ice cream
  • Helped our daughter learn to walk
  • Realized that our son could throw a spectacular temper tantrum if motivated
  • Played dinosaurs on the beach
  • Kept a strict, full-family siesta regimen
  • Picked flowers
  • Allowed the children to run on the beach without the encumbrance of clothing
  • Drank a glass or two of wine on the terrace when the babies fell asleep, wiped out from the running and the dinosaurs

After that trip we went back, year after year, usually to a new place, sometimes with grandparents, where we did some other things with our kids like:

  • Taught them to swim
  • Learned to boogie board
  • Found a place that makes the best cinnamon rolls
  • Bought jewelry from our favorite artists
  • Swam in the ocean
  • Saved the lives of several butterflies
  • Adopted a dog
  • Ate pasta, tacos, falafel, quesadillas, pizza, etc.
  • Slept like Robinson Crusoe
  • Made friends with people’s dogs
  • Watched the sunset
  • Watched the stars
  • Watched our babies sleep

Gilberto and I just celebrated our ninth anniversary. We decided to spend two nights in Sayulita, at a brand new little hotel called Villa Los Corales, on the hill overlooking the town. It was a marvelous place, with (once again) genuinely lovely people for hosts. We sat out every night star-gazing and spent time on the rooftop in the refreshing pool during the day.

But everywhere we went, we’d remember something else, like the time I shared a dripping chocolate cone with our boy, and how a certain miniature tyrant demanded to be carried everywhere we went (and how her daddy secretly enjoyed every second). We reminisced about trying to keep two babies from eating their weight in sand, and how we stuck to the nap schedule so strictly even on vacation (and what a supremely brilliant move that was).

Simple memories, for sure, in a simple town along a stretch of jungly coast. But they are the ones that have nestled deep within the fabric of our family, and ones that have become the most precious of all.

Collaboration rescues a mangrove ecosystem.

After estuary’s tidal flows were interrupted an energy company came to the rescue


The collaboration of academic and private interests has enabled the recovery of a mangrove ecosystem in Tamaulipas that just 15 years ago was thought to be completely lost.

The Arroyo Garrapatas mangrove estuary, a 40-hectare coastal wetland located in the industrial port of Altamira, was severely damaged in the 1970s when state oil company Pemex built a pipeline in the area and effectively interrupted the natural flow of the tides.

A precise mix of fresh and salt water is needed for a mangrove ecosystem to flourish. After the pipeline was installed, the Arroyo Garrapatas mangroves started to die off and disappear.

In 2003, researchers from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and the Altamira port authority had been studying options to recover what was left of the mangroves when the answer literally fell into their laps.

Iberdrola, a Spanish electric utility company, was planning to build a thermoelectric power generation plant in the port of Altamira. The facility was to use seawater for cooling, before returning the water to the inner harbor.

The university researchers proposed that the firm discharge the water into the mangrove estuary instead in an effort to restore its salinity and aid the recovery of the ecosystem.

Iberdrola agreed and modified its project to include the necessary tubing that would channel the seawater to the affected area.

The company also assumed the costs of reforesting the mangroves and the follow-up analysis that would monitor the project’s progress.

Since the project was implemented some 73 avian species have been sighted in the Arroyo Garrapatas area and crocodiles have returned and nested there, said Iberdrola environmental biologist Jorge Reynoso.

Endangered plant species, such as the Rhizophora mangle, known as the red mangrove, and Laguncularia racemosa, or white mangrove, have begun to flourish.

Reynoso estimated that between 65 and 70% of the mangrove ecosystem in Altamira has recovered. “We still need to recover fish species, but there exists the possibility of even more mammals and birds arriving.”

“The ecological rehabilitation of this mangrove is unprecedented ,” declared the federal Environment Secretariat in its assessment, adding that the project was an example of joint inter-institutional efforts in favor of environmental preservation.

“Mangroves are a filter and a natural lung, as they absorb gases like carbon dioxide and are able to filter water loaded with pollutants, even heavy metals,” said the environment chief at Iberdrola, Juan Pablo Olvera.

The specialists will continue their surveillance of the Arroyo Garrapatas mangroves, and they are hopeful that in the next decade they’ll be able to report its 100% recovery.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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Men’s jeans worth over US $8 billion.


Uncertainty over NAFTA creates worries in the garment industry

Half the jeans sold in the United States are made in Mexico, making it one of the industries at risk with the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mexican firms are the second biggest suppliers of denim to the U.S. but industry specialists warn that opening NAFTA for negotiation could mean trouble for the garment industry, says a report by BBC Mundo.

More than 2,000 manufacturers spread throughout Mexico are dedicated to denim and jeans production, notably in the states of México, Durango, Puebla and Guanajuato.

Data kept by the Social Security Institute (IMSS) indicates that more than 125,000 people depend on the industry for their livelihood.

But jobs on the other side of the border could also be affected.

According to the AAFA, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, over 64,000 U.S. workers depend on the Mexico-U.S. denim trade, particularly in the states of North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Consumers would also end up paying should the U.S. impose the tariffs it has threatened to put on products imported from Mexico.

The binational trade of denim products consists mostly in U.S. firms sending the prepared fabric to Mexican textile assembly plants, where the garments are sewn and given finishing touches. Once finished, the final product is shipped back north.

Other firms purchase garments made 100% in Mexico and sell them in the U.S.

In both cases, NAFTA is an essential part of the process as the back and forth movement of products across the border is tariff-free.

The annual trade in one single denim garment — men’s jeans — is worth more than US $8 billion, says the National Chamber of the Apparel Industry (Canaive).

The president of the Tehuacán, Puebla, chapter of the chamber told BBC Mundo that there is a widespread sense of uncertainty — a widely-held sentiment in Mexico, these days — among jeans producers and manufacturers in the country.

“We are waiting for whatever might happen,” said Rufino López Pérez.

On the other hand, there are some who believe it would be complicated to make drastic changes in trade policies, especially because imposing tariffs on a product so popular among U.S. consumers would cause several problems.

Despite the upcoming trade negotiations between Mexico and the United States, expected to start in June, trade carries on.

“More partners from the United States have approached us,” said an industry leader from Puebla.

“Response times in Mexico are faster than in China. That keeps many firms going while NAFTA is negotiated,” added Gustavo Bojalil.

Source: BBC Mundo (sp)

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Que Paso at UdG CUC

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As many of you know every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm the UdG shows films in our main, air-conditioned auditorium. The movies on Wednesday all have a music theme, and the ones on Friday are movies from around the world.

On February 10 we will be showing Hail, Caesar directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and staring Josh Brolin and George Clooney. On Wednesday the 15th a music concert of Diego el Cigala, filmed in Argentina in 2012. On the 17th, For Hell or High Water, by director David Mackenzie, staring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. For full listings go to the UdG CUC website 

Community Service Brigade

Dear Community of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit: The University Center of the Coast has the honour to invite you to the inaugural formal ceremony of “Brigades University CUCosta” ceremony attended by municipal and university authorities.

The ceremony is Saturday, February 11 at 9:00 am in the Main Plaza in Tomatlan, Jalisco. Brigades University is a university program that will be held once a month in a different community in the Puerto Vallarta area. The University will offer health care, legal advice, self-construction of public housing, psychological health, nutritional, financial and accounting services, and physical fitness.

The Brigades will help disadvantaged communities in the region; University teachers, social service providers and students of UdG CUCosta will be there to help. The program’s goal is a commitment to social equity and improving the living conditions of the socially disadvantaged, by offering basic services to those in need.

The program seeks to create a greater social awareness among students of the University Center of the Coast of the University of Guadalajara. For more information, please contact: Mtra. Maria Guadalupe Gomez Basulto (322) 226-2263 Ext 66263

REMEMBER: “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

10 ways to create your own love story in Vallarta-Nayarit.

 Feb 20, 2017

This past Valentine’s Day has left us in a haze of love, thanks to all the couples who walked along the beach hand in hand, camped under the stars, enjoyed an adventure tour together or simply gazed at one of our unforgettable sunsets.

There’s no getting around the fact, though, that love has plenty of legends here in Vallarta-Nayarit, like the sad story of the Loca at the San Blas pier, or the famous love story of Elizabeth Taylor in Puerto Vallarta. Here are some ideas on creating your own love story around the Bay of Banderas.

10.- The Playa del Beso in Los Ayala
Its actual name is Friederas, but many know it as the Playa del Beso, or the Kissing Beach. It’s a hidden beach, gorgeous and very private. You arrive by skiff or walking with your loved one down a mountain path parallel to the shoreline. Actually, right where the waves break there’s a cave you can access (with care) and find another secret romantic niche.

9.- Bucerías’ Kissing Lane
This narrow lane in the heart of Bucerías has painted murals and an arch with that reads Paseo del Beso—but it wasn’t like that 20 years ago, when it was a simple walkway between the downtown area and the residential zone, perfect for stolen kisses. That’s how it got its name and now it’s a must-see for couples in love.

8.- Sunset cruises around the Bay
The sunsets in Vallarta-Nayarit are among the most beautiful in the world, which is why one of the most romantic activities is taking a cruise around the bay, with a glass of wine in one hand and a chocolate-covered strawberry in the other, watching the sky awash with color as the sun goes down.

7.- Luxury beach weddings
A beach wedding is the dream of just about every couple, and nearly every hotel in the the area offers their own version of the ideal ceremony. There’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect place to say “I do” in style.

6.- Photo sessions at La Escollera in Nuevo Vallarta
One of the most gorgeous backgrounds for a romantic photo session, whether it’s for a wedding, just to celebrate your coupledom or for your honeymoon, La Escollera at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta is it. It has been a favorite of couples seeking to capture their love on camera for years.

5.- Unforgettable honeymoons
As with weddings, the options for an unforgettable honeymoon in one of the area hotels are plentiful. The best part is the hotels themselves put together amazing “honeymoon packages” such as the Harmony offer by the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Inspired by Colin Cowie, this one includes world-class amenities fit for rock royalty.

4.- Relaxing couples’ massages
Another topic with multiple options is the couples’ massage, as there are dozens of high-end spas in the area, each one with its own unique service.

3.- Playa del Amor tours at the Islas Marietas Tour
There are many stories swirling around the Islas Marietas, one of them about a forbidden love, but today it doesn’t matter much whether your love is forbidden or approved: any couple can tour the Playa del Amor, swimming together through the cave to access it. You can also paddleboard to the outer islands or dive underwater to see the colorful fish and coral reefs.

2.- Romantic moonlight dinners
There are dozens of spots along the coast that are perfect for a private couples’ dinner, so it’s a little hard to pick just one place. However, La Roca at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is a knockout. This natural attraction is made even better when they set up a private dinner by the water’s edge, with a view of the sunset while the stars wait their turn to shine.

1.- Proposals by the sea
In closing and, again, somewhat difficult to choose, we have the endless options for a beachfront marriage proposal. In this case, we let ourselves be influenced by a celebrity, Christina Aguilera, who received her engagement ring at Imanta’s Observatory, the only place in the destination where you can request complete and utter privacy for this special moment. By the way, it also has a small Jacuzzi available as well as other amenities, should they be required.

Originally published by Riviera Nayarit Tourism Board Edited by PVDN.