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Beautifully furnished 3 bedroom + maids room on the 21st floor with unobstructed views of the bay and town. Grand Venetian has wonderful amenities which include pool.

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How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta

December 26, 2017

Puerto Vallarta is an exciting place to be for New Year’s Eve with endless opportunities to fit anyone’s lifestyle and level of adventure. There is certainly too much to wrap up with 3 paragraphs and 4 restaurant recommendations.

Of course New Year’s Eve dinner is a huge event and just as important to the evening as to where you will be at the stroke of midnight when you give that New Year’s Eve kiss to someone special, or not.

Some people choose a small gathering of friends and family and a home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine as their last dinner of the year, while others plan elaborate dinners at local restaurants in the tourist zone at an average cost of $130 USD per person. Then there is the almighty traditional taco or tamal for only $1 dollar while kicking it into high-gear Mexican style with a street party on the Malecón.

For those looking for an all-inclusive night of food and drinks and staying in one place for the evening, your options will include just about every “high profile” restaurant in Old Town offering packages between $100 – $200 USD per person, and some even more. Included in your all-inclusive night is a meal that ranges between three and five courses, a Champagne toast, and typically live music. These are certainly great options for people who just don’t feel comfortable in large crowded sidewalks and streets.

For those who want to experience everything that Puerto Vallarta offers for the New Year, you probably won’t be interested in choosing a package that confines you to only one experience. If you are a tourist in our area you won’t want to miss a traditional street party Mexican style, you can sit in a restaurant for New Year’s Day or anywhere in your home town. You can only experience a real Mexican New Year’s Eve street party in Mexico and on the street.

Certainly start your evening around 9 PM on Olas Altas no matter where you choose to dine beforehand. Start with a cocktail or two in the Romantic Zone’s Olas Altas neighborhood-street, while it’s a tourist area on most nights, on New Year’s Eve the street closes and does well at giving visitors the traditional street party experience that can only be done in Mexican style.

Not to worry, you don’t need to be at a restaurant for an all-inclusive night to receive your musical entertainment; it’s free all along the streets during a Mexican street party. Dropping some money into someone’s hat is a nice gestor.

After you have had dinner you might want to consider beginning your night at a local hotspot bar. Try Garbo Piano Bar in the evening. Always a festive atmosphere and mixed crowd and popular with the locals and tourists alike. Or any lively bar in the Romantic Zone.

Continue up Olas Altas heading north but don’t push yourself or clock watch, stop for a dance in middle of the street whenever you feel that urge, it’s a Mexican street party and that’s what we do. You will be able to catch the fireworks from anywhere so don’t try to run to a spot on the map at midnight; you will miss out on the enjoyment of a street party.

Continue north over the river’s bridge, take the time for a photo op with your New Year’s date. The small pier along the bridge is a great place to grab a romantic kiss, preferably with your date, but that’s your choice.

Coming off the bridge heading toward the Malecón the crowd of people will begin to increase and lines of food carts from tacos, tamales, frutas, elote, crepes, hotdogs, and more will be found, along with street vendors selling you all the New Year’s Eve paraphernalia you will need. Things that glow, things that make noise, and oversized glasses with 2018, and fun hats will be your street wears. Stock up here.

Now just on the other side of the river from Old Town you have a choice to make. This area will be crowded, but not nearly as crowded as the Malecón and Los Arcos areas. Here is a great place to see the fireworks and be in the middle of the street party energy. If you are feeling the crowd energy and want to really be in the midst of everything, continue your walk north towards the Malecón. There is always something happening in the Los Arcos Theater and in the town square at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

You can continue even more north on the Malecón and ring in the New Year watching the fireworks from a high-energy night club.

The street party atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta stretches from the most southern point of Old Town and northward to the Hotel Zone. Puerto Vallarta will be hosting the Second Fireworks Festival. The festival will include free music from all genres.

Anywhere along these zones will offer the most spectacular view of the fireworks at midnight over the Bay of Banderas. If you are anywhere along the bay on the Malecón, or anywhere else where the bay is visible, you will be able to enjoy the fireworks from Puerto Vallarta and experience the fireworks from other municipalities around the bay in the backdrop. But certainly you will be able to catch the Puerto Vallarta fireworks from any location around the city.

Are kids part of your New Year’s Eve crew? Not a problem. Cut out the bar stops and start on the street party and work your way up to the Malecón all the same. These streets will be full of kid’s activities, including previous years of bouncy castles. Puerto Vallarta is a very family-friendly place for New Year’s.

Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone, no matter what you choose you are sure to have a fun and safe time in our city while ringing in the New Year.

Puerto Vallarta lights up this year’s Christmas Tree

Puerto Vallarta lights up this year’s Christmas Tree

December 21, 2017

Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña lit Puerto Vallarta’s Christmas tree this Wednesday and during the month of December, will illuminate the boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta as a symbol of the union and hope that characterizes these holidays.

At the touch of one of its spheres, the lights of the enormous 12-meter-high pine tree and a diameter of 20 meters were lit, for which a total of 3,800 meters of frost were used, a great series of Christmas lights and cheerful ornaments such as candy canes, rehiletes and the traditional spheres.

The mayor of Vallarta pointed out that this tree symbolizes the good wishes that we have towards the families of this port and those who visit us, hoping that on these dates they will enjoy a merry Christmas. “Have a family, may health always come, love; to wish all the Vallartenses, all the tourists that visit us this season, to enjoy these Christmas holidays, enjoying the friends and of course also wish them a prosperous year 2018.”

The mayor that today Puerto Vallarta is living an excellent time, because 2017 has been the best year for tourism and statistics show that it has been a historic year, so we will continue working so that this destination and its people do well, and to advance in all those topics that the city requires.

The placement of this Christmas tree is the result of the union of committed entrepreneurs in Vallarta, and the City of Puerto Vallarta, through the Municipal Tourism Directorate and the areas of Maintenance of Public Buildings and Lighting, which were responsible for its installation.

The big tree has an estimated investment of $200,000 pesos thanks to the support of the sponsors. In the ignition, the municipal president was accompanied by his daughter Yaritza, the director of Municipal Tourism, Ramón González Lomelí; the holder of the Vallarta Institute of Culture, Fernando Sánchez Aceves and the head of Public Lighting, Aurelio Ávila.

New Year’s Eve at Incanto with dinner & a show starring Dwight Blake

New Year’s Eve at Incanto with dinner & a show starring Dwight Blake

December 20, 2017

New Year’s Eve is going to be an spectacular event at Incanto Vallarta, with headliner, Dwight Blake singing disco and rock n’ roll hits. For the past few years, Dwight has performed as Headliner on cruise ships and in entertainment venues around the world. Dwight’s shows are incredibly popular with standing-room-only at many of his performances. Dwight has a wide range vocally and is known for his versatility.

This New Year’s Eve event also includes 2 dinner seatings along with pre-show entertainment by The Red Suitcases and a post-show party toast at midnight! This amazing package is offered at a very attractive price.

If you haven’t been to Incanto, one of Vallarta’s newest venues, you are missing out on a very special experience. This remarkable venue was created about a year ago by Vallarta’s own Tracy Parks, who knows entertainment inside and out. Incanto is located by the River Cuale, with outdoor dining on a patio beside the river. The venue also features a main stage and a beautiful piano bar as well.

Join Tracy Parks and his delightful team for a New Year’s Eve to remember. You’ll love dancing to your favorite music brought to life by master musician, Dwight Blake. Incanto is offering the perfect way to ring in the New Year at Vallarta’s most stunning, new venue. The food, the music, the dancing and the incredible location all add up to a New Year’s Eve to remember!

For information and tickets for New Year’s Eve at Incanto and other exciting events, go to Incanto is located at the Rio Cuale, Insurgentes 109, right before the bridge.

Luna Lounge Bucerias Launches New Shows And Brings Back Some Popular Favorites

Luna Lounge Bucerias Launches New Shows And Brings Back Some Popular Favorites

Luna Lounge’s new season of entertainment is off to an exciting start. The Crazy Bitches are back each Tuesday night and they are already selling out shows.,  Join the fun on Tuesday nights at 7pm for a delicious meal of barbecue chicken, steak and ribs along with salads and side dishes.  After dinner,  The Crazy Bitches Drag Show, starring Miss Diva Divine and the gals, will entertain you with hilarious and outrageous musical parodies.  The gorgeous costumes, racy lyrics and catchy tunes all add up to a wonderful evening to remember. Starting in January, The Crazy Bitches will also be featured on Wednesday nights.

This season’s lineup of musical tribute shows is impressive, with many favorite artists returning along with new, top notch musical acts.  Luna Lounge has perfected the dinner/show experience, bringing you an incredible four course dinner and a tribute show featuring the songs of our lives made famous by major artists.

On Sunday, November 26 , Luna Lounge welcomed  Matt Cage who brilliantly performed his high energy, musical tribute show, “Elvis-The Early Years.” We absolutely loved  Matt’s performance and all those memorable Elvis tunes he brought to life!  From his dynamic entrance singing, “Don’t Be Cruel” to the crowd pleasing, “Viva Las Vegas,” Matt thrilled the audience with every song.  This show was as professional and entertaining as anything you’d see in a large arena!

On Thursday, November 30  Luna Lounge features “California Sun:  The Hits of the Beach Boys and Friends.”   Tribute musicians, Guy Schyer and Jamie Shear sing all the memorable “Surf Music” of the 60’s.

“The Rod Stewart Show, Forever Young,” starring Doug Varty, thrills the audience on Sunday, December 3.   Doug is an exceptionally talented musician and entertainer and always delivers a superbly, entertaining show!

“Believe,  The Cher Show” returns this season to Luna Lounge on Thursday, December 7.   Kara Chandler expertly sings hits like “Dark Lady,” “Believe” and “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.”  With her uncanny resemblance to the famous star you’ll love this show!

On Sunday, December 10, Jeff Scott channels “The Spirit of Buddy Holly.” This show is pure rock n’ roll, straight from the 50’s with the oldies expertly performed!

“Piano Man” starring the music of Billy Joel debuts at Luna Lounge on Thursday, Dec 14.  Jeff Brewer has portrayed Billy Joel for over 20 years and truly personifies the man and the music!

On Sunday, Dec 17, Joe Passion presents “The Crooners:  Barry Manilow and Tony Bennet.”  You’ll love listening to songs like, “Mandy,” “Copacabana” and the Bennet favorite, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”  Joe returns the next evening on Monday, December 18th, with “The Rockers: John Lennon and Dion.”

Join the fun on Thursday, December 21 for a “50’s Rock’ N’ Roll Party” featuring Billy C, King  of rock’ n’ roll guitar.  The dance floor will be hopping with the hits of Chuck Berry, Little Richard and more!!

By Debbie White

Fun On The Riviera Nayarit, December 2017

Fun On The Riviera Nayarit

Hey Everybody! The weather change has been wonderful and high season is rocking and rolling! As a reminder, the Bucerias Art Walk is every Thursday from 7-9pm with the art galleries offering beverages / wine and appies. Meet some of the amazing artists in Bucerias located along Lazaro Cardenas. The south side of Bucerias by Mark’s Bar and Grill has become the ‘Bucerias Art District’, with places like Jan Marie Boutique Gallery (located across from Mark’s) offering lovely gifts and trimmings for your Christmas holidays. Check out the Jazz Music with Armi at Encore for a fun evening out; for something other than the rock and roll, Armi has a beautiful voice and the band is wonderful. The Forever Spring Market is every Wednesdayand located on the north side of Bucerias across from Esquina 22, who also has new daily specialsthis year and a huge selection of beers!

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser: The Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta is this Saturday, December 9, with our favorite restaurants and non-commercial friends making the best chili around! The fun begins at 4pm. All of the proceeds go to benefit Cleft Palate Program and the Navy League Toys for Tots program. Both of these make a huge difference in children’s lives. This is really a WIN-WIN… eat some great chili and be in service helping those in need. Come chili tasting and select your favorite! Two separate winners; one commercial, and one non-commercial will be announced based on the total number of tickets received for chili. Tickets are only 30 pesos each. You can also use your tickets for bottled water or wine, beers, or margaritas. To help visitors get to the event, two water taxis will also be provided from the Vallarta Yacht Club parking lot to the event at Marina Nuevo. If you want to get your chili on, you may also want get in on the action and compete! For more information please contact Rodolfo Trejo (Rudy) at the Vallarta Yacht Club at 322 134 5294 or Daniel Espinoza 322 779 3664 or email . See you there!

Attorney Sergio Santana: As I opened my email from Karen (Admin on the Yahoo Bucerias Group) on Sunday morning my heart was filled with a deep sadness as I read about our friend, Attorney Sergio Santana, who died in an accident on Saturday evening, December 2. Sergio was a friend and mentor for so many, offering his legal advice as well as compassion and advice on how to handle situations here in Mexico. He has helped me on several occasions; always answering me back, even for the silliest questions. He was a strong pillar in our community and shall be deeply, deeply missed. His funeral was held at 4pm on Monday at La Senora de la Paz church (Our Lady of Peace) in the main plaza in Bucerias Centro. The church was completely filled with people standing in the doorway and flowing outside. The service was beautiful. As Sergio transitions and continues on his journey, he leaves his family and his 10 children behind. My heart goes out to them. Sergio was the only financial provider for his family, and they need our deepest support now with our love, friendship, as well as financial aid. The community is gathering financial support over the coming weeks. If you can make a donation please contact Karen Knapp at Thank you kindly.

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Thank you for tuning in this week. Remember to VOTE FOR YOR FAVORITES online at! When you vote this give you an opportunity to win gift certificates and prizes for lots of great local restaurants, tours, businesses and more… SWEET! The top five winners of each category will be listed gratis in the Best of the Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit Guide coming out this season in February. I have also been researching and talking with brokers for the new developments that are being built, as well as the new buildings that have been completed. If you’re in the market to purchase, please send me an email to and I would happily help by sending you in the right direction for your budget and other needs. Wishing everyone much Ease, Grace and FUN for the week. AHO!

Medical Matters, December 2017

Medical Matters

I often write about the public sector and the private sector (when it comes to health care services). There is a vast difference between the two. The public sector (particularly the local state hospital called Regional Hospital) does the best that they can with extremely limited resources.

They are always understaffed and underfunded and for that reason I am forever asking for various donations of soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes and other hygiene supplies as well as items for newborns such as receiving blankets, onsies. People are so very generous with their donations providing the most adorable items – hats, blankets and other much appreciated donations. Via a couple of very good friends who are nurses (and I might add, absolutely star nurses!) who work at Regional Hospital, they contact me when they are short on specific items. It was not long ago they had no newborn diapers! I put out the plea and within a couple of days my office was stacked to the ceiling with diapers.

At this moment, the Regional Hospital is facing a massively critical shortage of items. Items that can make the difference between life and death. “How can this happen?” one asks. Several factors are involved that I cannot do anything about nor am I even going to go down that road. I am just searching for a solution to this dilemma and as soon as possible.

Yesterday morning I posted a plea on my Facebook page. By this morning there have been 154 shares from my page and posts in nearly all of the local Facebook pages. The response, I believe, is going to be astonishing and we begin with the collection of the donations first thing tomorrow morning.

What are the main items that are needed?

  • Ambu bags: Neonatal, pediatric and adult.

  • Syringes: All sizes.

  • Accuchecks and test strips.

  • Urine collection bags

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Gloves

  • Bandages, gauze

Of course, any and all medical supplies are always needed and welcomed with open arms. Right now, these things are needed immediately.

We are lucky to live (or stay) in Puerto Vallarta and (IMHO) we are all responsible for giving back and doing what we can for those less fortunate. We share Vallarta and her surrounding areas and now people need our assistance. I am always so proud of how the English speaking community rallies and assists when called up and I have no doubt, this time it will be no different.

Most of these supplies can be purchased at a pharmacy. Some only at a medical supply store.

If you are able to assist, even the smallest item is appreciated! Donations can be left at my office at Hospital San Javier Marina (even if I am not there, our security guards will accept and place in my office). I do ask that you place a note with your name and email with your donations.

I am thrilled to announce that on Saturday, December 9, 2017 I, along with nursing friends from Regional, will be at a table the Old Town Farmer’s Market in Lazaro Cardenas Park where you can drop off your donations! A huge thank you to the market folks for inviting us!

Thank you for reading my appeal!

Here’s to a very giving week!

Busing The Bay Destination: Puerto Vallarta To Sayulita

Busing The Bay Destination: Puerto Vallarta To Sayulita

Destination: Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita

Attractions: – A designated “Pueblo Magico” town

  • An incredible vibrant, bustling town, but quaint

– Beach – restaurants, vendors, rentals, bikinis

– Surfing – shops, rentals, lessons, waves

A town of funky shops, galleries, eateries and an OXXO

– A former Hippie town, the culture still visible with groovy vibes

Walking Distances: Bus terminal to “bridge over calm waters” = 5 minutes

Travel Time: PV to Sayulita: 60 – 90 Mexican minutes

Other destinations: Depends where you get on.

Bucerias to Sayulita: 30 – 40 minutes

Buses Require: One each way. Last bus back to PV by 10 pm from bus terminal

You require a bus with “Sayulita” on the front window; they are usually “Compestela” buses

DO NOT BOARD a bus with “Punta de Mita or “Mita” on it!

PV Departure: Board at the Walmart across from the cruise ship terminal or along the lateral across from the Coppel store; Read the windows and flag the bus down.

Other Departures: Along the lateral as you pass thru towns or any safe place along the highway. Read the windows and flag the bus down.

Travel Expenses: 84 pesos for one return to Walmart

47 pesos for one return to Bucerias

The Experience:

Sayulita is a designated Mexican “Pueblo Magico” town and it seems that everyone has heard tales; surfing, hippies, artists, camping on the beach, trailer parks and energetic, colorful buildings.

Well I would like to verify that most of it is most definitely probably true.

Parking is at a premium in Sayulita, take the bus!

Departing from PV, board at the Walmart across from the ferry terminal or along the lateral across from the Coppel store; Read the windows and flag the bus down.

You require a bus that says “Sayulita” on the front window; they are usually “Compestela” buses.

DO NOT BOARD a bus with “Punta de Mita” or “Mita” on it!

When boarding the bus you should receive a ticket with the amount you paid on it. Hang on to it. This is your proof and insurance in case anything happens.

As always, when heading out of PV, enjoy the scenery; from the bustling life in the city to the transition of life in smaller towns. Cruising along the lateral in Bucerias you bounce thru the dry riverbed and up the hill past the Bucerias Centro sign where you can glimpse the ocean and get a flavor for the local merchants.

Heading out of Bucerias you are briefly on a divided highway when suddenly the road narrows and you are on a winding, constricted road going thru the jungle. Observe the “soft shoulder” on the highway, there is none! In addition to the jungle scenery, you encounter small villages protected by speed bumps and fruit stands, including a place selling cooper pots and pans that look interesting. (As you zoom past).

Highway 200 is exceptionally narrow so traffic issues, road repairs or accidents can cause a delay. Enjoy the scenery, buy from the vendor, tip the musicians! Be happy, you’re not driving!

Arriving in Sayulita and the driver backs into the terminal, holding up traffic as they maneuver into the parking lot. Disembarking, turn left and wander into town.

You are on your own at this point, so much to see and do; Shops, galleries, restaurants, a radical beach, surfing (rentals / lessons) or rent a golf cart and drive around town. Browse, barter, buy, imbibe, and be glad you don’t have to drive in town.

Heading home is easy. There always seems to be people heading to the bus terminal, follow the crowd or ask. A bus leaves for Vallarta every 15 Mexican minutes, and there is a sheltered area with benches you can sit and wait. If however, you get thirsty while waiting and wander down the street to secure a cold beverage and miss your bus; it is only 15 minutes for the next one. And you can finish your beverage on the bus!

Another excellent day trip and no need to drive!

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How To Obtain A Mexican Residency Visa Or ‘Green Card’

How To Obtain A Mexican Residency Visa Or ‘Green Card’

There is a lot of confusion regarding the process to obtain a Visa so that you can apply for your ‘Green Card’, and rightfully so!   While not a difficult process, each embassy or consulate has its own interpretations of the requirements.

First, it is not possible to obtain a Visa in Mexico, unless you are applying through a family member or spouse who is a Mexican citizen or holds a current residency visa.  Second, and again depending upon the embassy or consulate, it is not necessary to apply for a Visa in the country that your passport was issued.   Technically, any Mexican embassy or consulate can issue a Visa.   However, not all US embassies will process a Canadian passport, and vice versa.

Contact the embassy or consulate that is most convenient and ask what financial paperwork they require. Some will ask for twelve months worth of financial statements, some six. Their main goal is to vet your financial history and be sure that you will not negatively impact their economy.

What are the requirements to obtain a Visa? 

If you have a job offer from a licensed Mexican business that has a employer ID registration number within the Mexican Immigration Service, are marrying a Mexican national, approved humanitarian reasons, or you are a retiree or pensioner that meets the minimum financial requirements.

Financial requirements:

For a Permanent ‘Green Card’– Retirees or pensioners that meet or exceed $2,100 US per month, or have bank account minimum balance averaging, or assets averaging  $85,000 (some embassies require six months of statements as proof, others 12). Permanent residency is also granted to anyone owning property in Mexico valued at $3.2 million pesos or more.   The procedures listed above still must be followed.

Temporary ‘Green Card’ applicants are required to have a net monthly income of $1,200 monthly or assets averaging $25,000 for the same time period as above.

How long does the process take?  In many cases, the entire application can be completed in one day. However, it may take up to 10 days.

Once the Visa has been obtained, you have 180 days to return to Mexico to initiate the process for your residency visa. The application must begin within 30 days of your arrival. The website for the Mexican Visa application is

By Amy Triplett

Savia, a New World Created by Vallarta Adventures

Savia, a New World Created by Vallarta Adventures