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Isla Mujeres beach No. 9 on list of world’s top 10 beaches
A beach on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, has been ranked among the top 10 beaches in the world by the travel website TripAdvisor, and not for the first time.
Published yesterday, the website’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019 ranked Playa Norte No. 9 on a list of of 25, describing the Caribbean destination as having “calm turquoise waters, pure white powdery sand. Water so blue, it makes the sky look pale.”
The list is based on user-generated content at TripAdvisor, and each beach’s ranking depends on the quantity and quality of the comments and reviews left by users of the online platform.
The beach was ranked No. 10 last year and No. 7 in 2017.
The website advises that any time of year is a good time to go to Playa Norte, which was also ranked the best among the top 10 Mexican beaches.
Balandra Beach, in La Paz, Baja California Sur, took second place, followed by Playa Delfines in Cancún.
Also on the list of the best Mexican beaches were Maya Chan, Quintana Roo; Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit; Playa El Cielo, Quintana Roo; Playa Bacocho, Oaxaca; Chileno, Baja California Sur; Playa Paraíso; Quintana Roo; and Playa La Ropa, Guerrero.
• 167 sqm , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 2 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE USD399,000 .
in Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta
Surrounded by $million dollar properties, Just 1 block to beautiful beaches & coves of Lower Conchas Chinas. Spacious 2 level unit with ocean view terraces from both levels with over 1,800 sqft, 1st level is the living & dining area, kitchen, 1/2 bath, & ocean view terrace, 2nd level has 2 bedrooms both facing the ocean – both have high vaulted ceilings.
The master bedroom and master bathroom have been totally updated while keeping the traditional Mexican style.
Lots of light throughout this beautiful property- a total of 4 terraces.Common heated pool which has been totally redone with new pump, heater, and tiling
Maintenance fees include daily maid service & all exterior maintenance.
Walk to Los Muertos Beach and the Romantic Zone or its a short taxi ride. This a good rental investment property – this neighborhood is a favorite among tourists.
Rodeado de propiedades de un millón de dólares, a solo 1 cuadra de hermosas playas de Conchas Chinas. Amplia unidad de 2 niveles con terrazas con vista al mar desde ambos niveles con más de 1,800 pies cuadrados, el primer nivel es el área de sala y comedor, cocina, 1/2 baño y terraza con vista al mar, el segundo nivel tiene 2 dormitorios, ambos con vista al océano – ambos tienen alta techos abovedados.
El dormitorio principal y el baño principal se han actualizado totalmente manteniendo el estilo tradicional mexicano.
Mucha luz a lo largo de esta hermosa propiedad, un total de 4 terrazas. Piscina climatizada común que ha sido totalmente renovada con bomba, calentador y azulejos nuevos.
Las tarifas de mantenimiento incluyen el servicio de limpieza diario y todo el mantenimiento exterior.
Camine hasta la playa de Los Muertos y la zona romántica o tome un corto viaje en taxi. Esta es una buena propiedad de inversión de alquiler. Este barrio es uno de los favoritos entre los turistas.
• 207 sqm lot / land – FOR SALE USD145,000 .
in Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
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Looking for craft beer in Mexico City? Here are some options
Mexican craft beer may still only have 3% of the national market, but it is crushing it in Mexico City.
Folks are clamoring for local beer, and while there has always been an abundance of breweries in cities like Guadalajara and Tijuana, until recently not many breweries were actually located in the heart of CDMX.
These breweries have braved the traffic and chaos to bring capitalinos beer right down the street and around the corner and here is where you can find them.
Cerveza Cru Cru
Callejón de Romita #8, Colonia Roma
Making beer was just the hobby of a few of the Cru Cru partners until they banded together to open their microbrewery in the Colonia Roma. They now have a production area and a small taproom in a 19-century mansion in La Romita (with lots of intrigue sprinkled throughout the house’s pre-brewery history).
Cru Cru always has four of their standard beers on tap as well a few innovations or collaborations behind the bar if you ask nicely (the gose made with worm salt is fantastic). Their most popular beer is the pale ale (it makes up a whopping 70% of their production), but founder Luis de la Reguera says his current favorite is the Cru Cru porter.
While they don’t have a full-service taproom and bar just yet, which is what they are working towards, for the time being if you want to visit you can join my craft beer and taco tour (), or join the twice weekly on Fridays and Saturdays, or come by the brewery on Thursday at 7:00pm for salsa class (no, you don’t have to dance in order to try the beer, it’s just when the brewery is guaranteed to be open).
Falling Piano Brewing
Coahuila 99, Colonia Roma
Started as a crowd-funding project, Falling Piano Brewery in the heart of Colonia Roma has 45 investors and two founding partners. In March of this year their set-up will be complete and downstairs will be the production area where you can get a tour and some beer-making 101.
For now, upstairs is a warehouse-style taproom with space for about 100 people. The kitchen is a rotating pop-up — each month a new chef or restaurant is invited to create the menu. They have 15 beers on tap, all the Falling Piano brand, with classic Mexico City names like tu perro está ladrando (your dog is barking), an IPA, or the tusci pop, a fruit beer inspired by a traditional Mexican candy.
These are some of the same folks that brought you HOP: The Beer Experience (see below), dedicated to bringing delicious beer to the masses of Mexico City. As founder Diego Lara likes to say, beer makes good moments better and bad moments bearable.
Calle Laura Mendez de Cuenca 21 A, Colonia Obrera
Officially opened in 2015 and selling beer since 2016 the Cervecería Reforma is a high-tech set-up where you can get a hyper-detailed tour of the processing room and learn how they make their three styles: a gose, a porter and an Irish red ale.
They are currently working on a fourth style so stay tuned. The name Reforma obviously refers to the city’s grand avenue but also, according to the brewery’s founders, the union of Mexico’s two strongest cultural influences – Europe, represented by Chapultepec castle at one end, and its indigenous roots, represented by the Templo Mayor at the other.
These two sides of the Mexican psyche are represented in their beer as well. This cervecería doesn’t have its doors thrown open wide to the public (that is their next step), but is part of the city’s Craft Beer Turibus tour on Fridays and Saturdays and offers its space for group tastings and tours with advance notice.
HOP: The Beer Experience
Avenida Cuauhtémoc 870, Colonia Narvarte Poniente
Ok so HOP is not a brewery, but the three city locations are great places to get craft beer. HOP 2 in Colonia Narvarte has 52 beers on tap, more than anywhere else in the country! They started out as a craft beer store and then slowly evolved into craft beer bars and beer gardens that import hard-to-find-in-Mexico craft beer from around the world.
HOP 1 in Juárez is a cozy little beer cave, HOP 2 in Narvarte is a massive rollicking beer garden and the new HOP in Polanco is somewhere in the middle and a little more fancy, as you would imagine.
One more round
A couple more spots for tasting craft beer: the relatively new Principiabrewing from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, in Colonia Del Valle (Magdalena 311) currently has 12 beers on their menu, with a little over half the bar’s own brand.
The Tasting Room (Chiapas 73) has also become a cult classic, their brand is Morenos and in addition to that they have a lot of United States craft beers on their menu.
The tiny Beer Bros in Narvarte (corner of Luz Saviñon and Juan Sánchez Azcona) also has a wide range of craft beer from Mexico and around the world.
Lydia Carey is a freelance writer based in Mexico City.
International tourist numbers up 5.5% last year and they spent more
The Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur) said in a statement that 41,447,000 foreign tourists visited Mexico in 2018 compared to 39.3 million the year before.
The tourists spent just over US $20.3 billion while here, 6% more than in 2017. Each international tourist spent on average US $490 in the country.
The top 10 source countries for tourists who arrived by air were the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Germany, France and Peru.
Once daytrippers from the three countries with which Mexico shares a border are added, a total of just under 96.8 million foreign visitors entered the country last year.
That figure represents a 2.6% decline on total visitor numbers in 2017, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).
The 55.3 million daytrippers spent just under US $2.2 billion or an average of $39 each, taking total tourism expenditure to just over $22.5 billion, 5.5% more than 2017.
For this year, Sectur predicts that international numbers could hit 43.6 million, which would represent a 5.2% increase on last year’s figures. Total tourism expenditure is forecast to reach jut under US $23.7 billion, which would also be 5.2% higher than in 2018.
Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco Marqués described the outlook in both areas as positive.
Earlier this month, Torruco said that the government is aiming to increase expenditure by tourists in Mexico by focusing more on attracting big spenders.
Among the nationalities that spend the most while visiting Mexico, the Japanese were in first place, spending an average of $2,008, not including airfare.
However, in terms of visitor numbers, Japan was only in 17th place with 140,363 visitors.
Source: Notimex (sp)
This Friday, February 8, 6-10 check out the show in her gallery (Calle Constitucion 325) featuring seventeen of Kathleen Carrillo’s new works soon to be mounted at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita.
Her latest collection “Speakeasy/Cabaret” shares works about nightlife, Jazz, dancing and a bit of the dark side. These can be seen at her gallery in Puerto Vallarta.
Kathleen has just opened her second Gallery in Carlsbad, California, in North San Diego County. She will be spending most of the summer months in this new gallery while continuing to be dedicated to her patrons in the winter months in the Puerto Vallarta gallery.
Watch her latest episode of Colour In Your Life, a PBS affiliated series about artist and their lives, which aired in Australia and Europe last week. Find it on YouTube: Colour In Your Life, Kathleen Carrillo.
You can call Kathleen at the gallery 322 222 9879, or her US phone 858 261-8129. Gallery located at Calle Constitucion 325 in Old Town! See you there.
Painting Credit: “Mixed Signals At The Cabaret”