3 Story For Sale in Centro, Puerto Vallarta

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•  354 sqm , 8 bath , 11 bdrm 3 story FOR SALE  349000 USD .
MLS® 11543

Gran oportunidad para comercial y residencial, Hostel o B & B uso, en una calle muy transitada. Hay 5 apartamentos modestos que totalizan 11 habitaciones + 8.5 baños + 2 espacios comerciales. La propiedad puede ser el sitio ideal de un desarrollador para condominios de oficina o comerciales + residenciales.
Indicaciones: En Columbia entre San Salvador y Guatemala
Privado Observaciones: Construcción extremadamente modesta y antigua.

Great opportunity for commercial and residential, Hostel or B & B use, on a well-traveled street. There are 5 modest apartments totaling 11 bedrooms + 8.5 bathrooms + 2 commercial spaces. Property can be a developer’s dream site for office condos or commercial + residential.
Directions: On Columbia between San Salvador & Guatemala
Private Remarks: Construction extremely modest and old.

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Tips And Observations About Driving Through Mexico, And The Release Of Your “Inner Mexican”

Tips And Observations About Driving Through Mexico, And The Release Of Your “Inner Mexican”


Driving… in … Mexico.

These three words are enough to strike fear into any news watching / Internet reading American. We are led to believe that we would either be kidnapped or just plain murdered within minutes of crossing the border. Even Mexicans who lived in the US advised us against driving in Mexico.

So, in order to add some firsthand experiences into the mix, and at the risk of contradicting common wisdom, I can at least report what we found.

Driving In General

One of the advantages of actually going to a place as opposed to hearing about it is that you find out that many of the stereotypes you had about it are not true.  As one fun example, you may remember the song “Low Rider” by War and made very popular in a movie by Cheech and Chong.  If you don’t, here are the relevant lyrics:

Low rider don’t use no gas now.

Low rider don’t drive too fast.

I definitely saw low riders in LA, where I grew up, but I didn’t see any in Baja; not one. In fact, when driving, as opposed to seeing Tommy Chong, it seemed like everyone was Mario Andretti.  On the highways, Mexicans drive very, very fast.

Driving Tips

Quite often, you will find yourself on a non-divided highway (no median; just some paint on asphalt separating you and oncoming traffic); one lane in your direction, one lane in the other, and close to zero shoulder.

Driving in front of you will be a truck or some other vehicle going slower than you would like to go with it’s left turn signal on, yet, you don’t see any place where he or she is going to turn left; there may not even be an intersecting road for 20 miles.  What does it mean?  It means that the driver is signaling you that it is safe for you to pass on his or her left.  Is it?  Your call.  How do you know if, instead of signaling you that it’s safe to pass, a left turn signal means that the driver is planning to actually turn left, which would result in an ugly crash if you were in the process of passing at the same time?  There’s no real answer to this, except for context.  Good luck, and have fun.

When you come to a 4-way stop, it doesn’t really mean, “stop”; it means, “slow down just enough to take a look at crossing traffic, and if no one is there, just go right through”.  The only time anyone ever honked their horn at me in Baja was when I stopped… at a 4-way stop.  I almost got rear-ended.  By the way, this explains how, when I didn’t see the 4-way stop in Mexicali when we first crossed the border and blew right through it, no one even reacted.  To them, I was just driving normally.

The only exception to the rolling 4-way stop is when there is a car actually coming from the right or left.  Then, you slow down a little more and, if they got there first, you let them pass.  Coming to a full stop in any situation seems to be optional, but may actually be dangerous because if someone is following too close to you and doesn’t expect your full stop, you could get rear-ended.  It’s generally best to keep some forward momentum.

There are lots of one-way streets.  How will you identify them?  Sometimes, there’s a tiny, obscure sign.  Many times, there’s not.  Just look for other little clues, like all the cars being parked in one direction (although many times, this is not definitive), or, more definitively, two cars side by side coming directly towards you at 40 miles per hour with no place for you to go but backwards.  This happened to me several times, more than once in front of a police officer.  Everyone just shrugs it off and moves on.  Just find a place to back up or turn around.

If you see a car coming towards you on the other side of the highway with its emergency lights blinking, they’re most likely trying to tell you that there are cows or other livestock in the road up ahead.  Slow way down and look for farm animals.  Then, after you see them, put on your emergency lights for a while as well, to warn drivers coming from the other direction.  This happens all the time.  Here’s a portion of a conversation between my wife and me as we drove to Cabo San Lucas:

Me: “It’s a really deserted road.”

Jet: “Yes; it’s just us and some cows…”

Me: “… that may make a cameo appearance every one in a while, just like in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.”

Jet: “Yes, and just to scare you.”

Funny as the horror movie analogy may seem, if you hit a cow at 50 miles per hour, you won’t be laughing and it won’t just scare you.  It could total your car or worse.  Be mindful of crossing livestock!

In some very odd places, the left turn lane is off to… the right.  You pull in; wait for the light, and then cross traffic, hoping that everyone understands.  They do, but you won’t.

Were we never stopped by banditos, held at gunpoint, carjacked, kidnapped or had our throats cut.  Not once.

If you are like me, after being in Mexico for a while, you will see a change in how you drive.  For me, it has released my “Inner Mexican.” I love not really stopping at stop signs and pulling into traffic without too much decorum other than a friendly wave…  after the fact.  Driving like this may horrify you, but personally, I like it.

Expats in Vallarta announce August, 2017 social events

Expats in Vallarta announce August social events

During the month of August, ExPats in Vallarta will be having two Happy Hours. On Tuesday, August 8th at Club de Golf in Marina Vallarta and on Tuesday, August 22nd at El Andariego Restaurant.. They will be from 5 to 7 pm. Both restaurants will be offering special discounted menus for food and drinks for ExPats.

ExPats Dinners are scheduled on Thursday August 3rd at El Andariego Restaurant, on Thursday, August 17th at Las Adelitas Restaurant and on Thursday, August 31st at Rincon de Buenos Aires Steak House in Marina Vallarta. Advance reservations and advance payment for the dinners are necessary. To make reservations for the dinners, go to the ExPats website  http://www.expatsinvallarta.com/

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.

322 3.14 LIVING Paseo Las Palmas 3, Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta Bucerías Nayarit is Rented/Leased!

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The bi-level at 322 3.14 LIVING Paseo Las Palmas 3, Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit has been rented/leased.

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Ceviche and Aguachile Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta.

Ceviche and Aguachile Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

   July 21, 2017
ceviche festival

Do you crave ceviche? This summer Puerto Vallarta has prepared the fourth edition of the Ceviche and Aguachile Festival on Saturday, July 29. The prices are set, so you will find Ceviche tostadas from $15 to $40 pesos and a great variety of ingredients: fish, marlin, shrimp, tuna, octopus and mantarraya, depending on the specialty of the participating restaurant.

The festival will be held in Lázaro Cárdenas Park, in the area of Olas Altas, along the malecon between noon – 7:00 PM.

In addition to having the presence of the restaurants that participate every year, this time they add to the list: El Rey de Aguachile, Donkey Hous, La Agencia de Chefs Ricardo Santana y Swell Beach Bar.

The Magic Town of San Sebastián del Oeste will be the Honorary Guest city of the event, which will have a stand offering dishes and drinks typical of the region, such as raicilla.

There will also be cocktails and local craft beers. Find more information about the festival at its facebook page .

San Miguel de Allende named world’s top city.

San Miguel, world's best.San Miguel, world’s best. VISIT MEXICO

San Miguel de Allende named world’s top city

Oaxaca was named sixth in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual rankings

San Miguel de Allende has been named the world’s best city with Oaxaca close behind in sixth place in annual rankings by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

“There’s a lot to love about San Miguel,” the magazine said in announcing the winners, which readers select based on sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping and value.

The colonial city in the state of Guanajuato offers temperate weather year-round, Travel + Leisure wrote, meaning there is no bad time to visit.

A reader of the magazine described San Miguel as “one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited. Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.”

San Miguel also boasts Mexico’s top hotels: the Rosewood and the Hotel Matilda were recognized as the best hotels in Mexico.

Two other Mexican destinations have been accorded international recognition this year. The New York Times put Tijuana in Baja California and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, on its list of the top places to visit in 2017.


Vallarta Rain

Vallarta Rain

My husband and I have quite a few things in common, such as a love of Italian food and heavy metal music from the seventies, eighties and nineties. The other thing we share is a love of Puerto Vallarta rain. I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched that man stand in the heaviest downpour, hands raised to the sky, head bowed, long hair free and plastered down his back (He is convinced that rain is extremely beneficial to his hair. I married a vain man. But then again, it’s a safe bet that you did too).

Rain in Vallarta isn’t a quaint smattering of drops around your umbrella, making a pretty little pitter patter sound and nourishing your gardenias with its goodness.

Rain in Vallarta is a pounding, shattering torrent of water, complete with mind-shattering thunder followed quickly by blinding flashes of lightning, enough to send your dog climbing into your hair roots with terror. It’s cathartic and frightening all at the same time. It’s glorious.

I can’t say that this kind of rain isn’t ever inconvenient. It’s caused a great deal of trouble in our lives, quite frankly. For example:

  • It only shows up when I’ve hung up the biggest load of laundry in the entire week.
  • It has ruined date night by making it impossible for the babysitter to catch a cab to our house.
  • It has flooded every room that has an outside door in it.
  • It has gotten into our wall and broken off huge chunks of plaster and forced my husband to use his “handy” skills.
  • It likes to dump buckets when I am trying to cross the bridge over the Rio Ameca, convincing me that it’s finally going to kill me.

So sometimes it doesn’t deserve our adoration. And yet we still love it so, as do our children. Which is very fortunate, because one of our kids bears the name Rain as a middle name, and if they hated rain, that would be a source of family discord.

But they do love rain, and when a good rain starts outside, it’s quite lovely to see. When we hear the gentle pattering that starts a traditional storm, we look up from our respective tasks and head to the door. The first one there is usually Gilberto, and he calls us all down from our work (maiming aliens on the Xbox seems to qualify as work to The Boy). The kids run down, gladly, yelling about the ball and begging to wash the car (yes, they beg to do a job I dislike intensely.  Another reason I’m fond of rain).

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In a few minutes, I head out to stand on our porch and watch the scene of Gil and the kids playing volleyball over the hedge, drenched and laughing, while the dogs bark from inside the house, begging the humans to come inside and save themselves). The rain is pummeling the roof, the skylight and everything in sight, so I can’t hear what anyone is saying, but it doesn’t seem to inhibit the fun they are obviously having.

Neighbors drive by from time to time and all I can see through their dripping windows are furrowed brows and double takes, probably wondering aloud (again) who actually ARE these people who live on our quiet street and why are the weirdest every single day?

I shake my head, grinning to myself, because we really ARE the weirdest, and isn’t it great? Then I go inside because soon the rain will subside and two kids and their dad will be clamoring for towels and clothes and hot chocolate, happy and all talking at once.

Healthcare Resources July and August, 2017 Newsletter

Healthcare Resources July and August Newsletter

We are combining our July and August Newsletter – in September we rest a bit! Of course we are always available for your healthcare needs but in September we take a little break from our clinics to prepare for the fall and winter. Please take your time, read through the entire newsletter at your leisure!

Speakers Programs/Activities

I will be adding a few of these over the next couple of months and I will post on Facebook – mostly last minute. If you would like to be notified, please send me an email and I will add you to a list as they are not going to be put into this newsletter. https://www.facebook.com/HealthCare-Resources-Puerto-Vallarta- 126992703991813/?ref=bookmarks


For those preparing to return for the winter months, it is time to start looking for a traveler’s insurance. We do not sell insurance but we do work with a few reps. If you would like some assistance/information please send an email. The same goes for full time insurance. We have a lot of information!


I am enjoying writing weekly articles for the PV Tribune. You can see these online every week! Have a look: http://www.vallartatribune.com/category/columns/medical-matters/ Updated each week!

First Responder CPR Course

In August we will be offering a First Responder CPR Course and CPR Adult and Infant CPR Course. If you would like details and to sign up – please send an email.

PLUS Membership

What is the PLUS membership? You can see the details here: www.healthcareresourcespv.com Click on the PLUS page.
It is so very important to know that one does NOT need to be a PLUS member to receive our services. Sure, there are a few perks as a member as you can see but absolutely not a requirement! Email if you have questions!

We are excited about our NEW Urinary Incontinence Clinic! This is a very common condition affecting between 30 to 50% of women over the course of their lifetime! Pelvic organ prolapse is common in which a woman’s pelvic organs are displaced from their normal position resulting in a vaginal bulge or a feeling of pelvic heaviness of fullness. The objective of our new clinic is to screen and assess the degree, identifying those patients that require further diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Performed by bi-lingual urologist.

Our New Breast Imaging Center is opening within the next couple of weeks! This is with a state-of-the-art Digital Mammogram Machine with Tomosynthesis. Digital breast tomosynthesis differs from traditional mammography in the same way that a chest computed tomography differs from a traditional chest x-ray. Think about the difference between a ball and a circle. The ball is three- dimensional and the circle is flat. We are thrilled to have this available in the area. And we are as always, thrilled to have this headed up by Dra. Claudia de Moral, our breast specialist. Watch for grand opening tours!


All of our clinics are screening clinics. If you would like to participate in any of our clinics, just send an email stating which clinic(s) you would like to participate in and the date. We do our best to accommodate time requests so if you have a specific time, please include that.
Note: Our Clinic prices have remained the same since we started many years ago. We will be raising them slightly in November!

Ear Clinic

July 12, 2017
August 16, 2017
375 pesos – PLUS members pay 325 pesos
These clinics are performed by an ENT who will check inside your ears and clean if necessary. Note: This is NOT a hearing test!
We do have a wonderful audiologist if you need a hearing test!

Cardiac Clinic

July 14, 2017
August 23, 2017
Price: 650 pesos – PLUS members pay 600 pesos
Includes consult/interview with a cardiologist, EKG, Blood Pressure check. We recommend that prior to your appointment, you have a cholesterol profile and we are offering this at a discounted price. (This is an amazing savings – outside of our clinic, the price for this is 1,200 pesos).

Thyroid Clinic

July 11, 2017
August 25, 2017
450 pesos – PLUS members pay 400 pesos
Includes consult/interview with our endocrinologist. We highly recommend a thyroid profile (lab study) prior to the appointment. We offer this at a discounted price.

Skin Clinic

July 20, 2017
August 24, 2017
300 pesos – PLUS members pay 250 pesos
This is a skin cancer screening check by an oncologist (not by a dermatologist). He checks from your scalp all the way to the bottoms of your feet.

Foot Clinic

July 20, 2017
(No Foot Clinic in August)
300 pesos – PLUS members pay 250 pesos
Have a complete evaluation of your feet and toes by our foot specialist. Check for fungus, corns, and bunions – the works! Our feet take a beating on the cobblestones here. ***BONUS*** All participants in the Foot Clinic have the opportunity to have a wonderful Medical Pedicure the day of the clinic at the cost of 100 pesos! (Regular price: 300 pesos)

Urinary Incontinence Clinic

July 20, 2017
August 17, 2017
Price: 800 pesos – PLUS members pay 725 pesos
Includes physical exam to measure urethral angle, pelvic floor muscles, pelvic ultrasound and full urological consultation. Recommend urinalysis prior to clinic (at discounted price). (Regular price for this would be 1,200 pesos)

Vascular Clinic

July 21, 2017
August 18, 2017
400 pesos – PLUS members pay 350 pesos
Our Vascular specialist will evaluate your blood flow, varicose veins, and your risk factors for vascular disease.

Men’s Urology Clinic

July 21, 2017
August 18, 2017
700 pesos – PLUS members pay 650 pesos
Includes consult/interview with our urologist, ultrasound of kidneys, bladder and prostate, measurement of residual urine. We recommend prior to your appointment a PSA and Urinalysis and we offer these at a discounted price.

Eye Clinic

July 24, 2017
August 14, 2017
425 pesos – PLUS members pay 400 pesos
Vision exam, pressure test for glaucoma, exam and evaluation by an ophthalmologist.

Mammogram Clinic

July 28, 2017
August 22, 2017
1,750 pesos – PLUS members pay 1,650 pesos
Includes a digital mammogram using low-radiation technique, breast ultrasound (if deemed necessary), manual exam and a complete review and explanation of your films. These are performed by a breast specialist and an oncologist.

Women’s Clinic

July 31, 2017
August 25, 2017
Option #1:
775 pesos – PLUS members pay 690 pesos
Includes consult, Pap smear, pelvic exam by a female GYN.

Option #2:
1,000 pesos – PLUS members pay 900 pesos
Includes consult, Pap smear, pelvic exam and trans-vaginal ultrasound by a female GYN.


Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, MRI, Men’s and Women’s Check Up’s, Lab and Diagnostic Studies – you name it and we can do it!

Wish List

We have our Wish List of items that are needed for those less fortunate. If you would like to receive that, just send an email. Every single item is very much appreciated!

In closing – we hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying the summer months. Please feel free to send an email with any questions or comments that you might have!

Pamela Thompson