Isla Mujeres beach No. 9 on list of world’s top 10 beaches

Playa Norte, No. 9 in the world.Playa Norte, No. 9 in the world.

Isla Mujeres beach No. 9 on list of world’s top 10 beaches

Playa Norte was also ranked No. 1 of all Mexican 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.

Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

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.

Source: Sipse (sp), TripAdvisor (en)

2 Storey For Sale in Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta

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•  167 sqm , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 2 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  USD399,000 .
MLS® 44523

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.

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The global luxury brand Auberge Resorts Collection has begun construction on its latest property, Susurros del Corazón (Whispers of the Heart), located in the exclusive area of Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit.

This is a luxury boutique development with only 30 beachfront residences with a view of Banderas Bay and a tentative opening date for 2020.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place last Friday on the beach at El Banco—the site of the residential complex—and was attended by investors, development executives, municipal and state authorities, and members of the region’s business community, among them, the Secretary of Tourism for the State of Nayarit, Ana Cecilia Llanos, and the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association, Marc Murphy.

“We’re very pleased with the trust the investors and developers have placed in us by creating these new tourism projects in the Riviera Nayarit,” said Marc Murphy. “Susurros del Corazón by Auberge Resorts is the type of investment the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau truly enjoy welcoming.”

“These are high-end, low-density hotels with specialized clientele: the type of tourist who likes to leave the hotel, go out to dinner, go shopping, and who generates important economic revenue. There’s no doubt this type of investment is a stimulus,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mark Cooley, partner, SV Capital Partners, developers of the resort and residences, stated it was very important for the company to preserve the natural beauty of the land and it was being conscious during the development to create a community that was in harmony with its surroundings.

“Punta de Mita is such a special place,” said Cooley. “We wanted to bring something totally unique to this area and the new Auberge resort hotel suites and stunning oceanfront villas deliver on our vison.”
The entire ethos of this property—he added—is to combine a rustic simplicity that feels very authentic with the world-class amenities expected from a quality Auberge resort.

By the same token, Craig Reid, executive director of Auberge Resorts Collection, pointed out that Susurros del Corazón will be an entirely new experience in Punta de Mita, one that embraces a laid-back beach spirit and perfectly balances luxury and approachability.

“We could not be happier to partner with SV Capital in another exceptional resort and residential project. The groundbreaking is an exciting milestone moment in the journey of bringing this vision to life,” he said.

Upon opening in late 2020, Susurros del Corazón will comprise 59 hotel guest suites, four distinct culinary concepts, a 3,000-square-foot fitness center and yoga studio, kids’ club with daily activities, and 4,600 square feet of event space, including an outdoor patio and spacious event lawn, offering an idyllic setting for picturesque gatherings. Tucked among lush gardens, an Auberge Spa will feature 11 treatment rooms and a variety of treatments inspired by the rich heritage and healing properties of the surrounding Riviera Nayarit region. The resort’s beach spans 1,850 linear feet of pristine sand, perfect for swimming and paddle boarding.

Lot / Land For Sale in Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta

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•  207 sqm lot / land FOR SALE  USD145,000 .
MLS® 15120

Great opportunity to acquire lot just one block from the center at a great price great opportunity to buy lot with only one block from downtown at super price.

Gran oportunidad de adquirir lote a solo una cuadras del centro a un super precio great opportunity to purchase lot with only one block from downtown at super price.

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Mortgages for Foreigners.

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Cross Border Investment has worked closely with our lending sources over the years to develop mortgages for non-Mexicans purchasing property in Mexico.  The loan products CBI has developed are ONLY available through CBI, and CBI is the only broker to offer mortgages through banks (as opposed to hard money).

Borrowers document their income and credit from their home country (most often US and Canada, but other countries are acceptable) and similar underwriting processes that one expects at home are utilized.  It is NOT necessary for borrowers to have ties to Mexico – borrowers do NOT need bank statements, credit or residency status for Mexico.  ALL the documentation requirements can be satisfied from the US or Canada.

As a result of CBI having developed the mortgage products directly with the lenders, we are experts on all processes, including the qualification requirements.  As such, we are able to advise borrowers whether they should be approved with great accuracy and within 2 business days of having received the income and credit documentation.

For current loan conditions, we recommend you contact CBI directly.  As of the date of this newsletter, the borrower needs to have 30% down payment + closing costs in cash; US or Canadian tax returns/ paystubs/ bank statements and credit report to qualify; and the property needs to be ready to be deeded (mortgages are not applicable for pre-construction).

CBI is different than the standard mortgage broker in both the US/ Canada and Mexico in the sense that we not only obtain loan approval, but we are the closing agent in our transactions.  We obtain loan approval, open Escrow, originate the bank trust, obtain the appraisal, perform due diligence on the property, write the deed, fund the loan, etc. CBI is your one-stop-shop for the entire legal and financial process of purchasing a property in Mexico.

CBI has been offering mortgages and closing coordination services to foreigners since 2011.  The mortgages CBI offers are ONLY available through CBI – and fortunately, they are the most attractive products in Mexico.  CBI has developed stream-lined processes to make purchasing a property in Mexico as easy as possible. Contact us now, and let us make your dreams a reality.

Kind Regards,

Cross Border Investment



Cross Border Investment ha trabajado arduamente con nuestras fuentes de financiamiento a lo largo de los años para desarrollar hipotecas para extranjeros que compran propiedades en México. Los productos crediticios que CBI ha desarrollado están SOLAMENTE disponibles a través de CBI, y CBI es el único bróker que ofrece hipotecas a través de bancos tradicionales (y no a través de grupos de inversionistas).

El solicitante documenta sus ingresos y crédito de su país de origen (en la mayoría de los casos, EEUU y Canadá, también se aplican otros países) y se utilizan procesos de análisis similares que uno espera en su país. NO es necesario que el solicitante tenga vínculos con México; el solicitante NO necesita estados de cuenta bancarios, crédito o residencia para México. TODOS los requisitos de documentación pueden cumplirse desde los EEUU o Canadá.

Como resultado de que CBI ha desarrollado los productos hipotecarios directamente con los prestamistas, somos expertos en todos los procesos, incluidos los requisitos de calificación. Como tal, podemos aconsejar a los solicitantes si deben ser aprobados con gran precisión y dentro de los 2 días hábiles de haber recibido la documentación de ingresos y crédito.

Para conocer las condiciones actuales de las hipotecas, le recomendamos contactar directamente a CBI. A la fecha de este boletín, el solicitante debe tener de contado un enganche del 30% + los costos de cierre; declaración de impuestos / recibimos de nómina / estados de cuenta y el buro de crédito desde los EEUU o Canadá para calificar; y la propiedad debe estar lista para ser escriturada (las hipotecas no son aplicables para pre-venta).

CBI es diferente al hipotecario típico tanto en EEUU y Canadá tanto como México, en el sentido de que no solo obtenemos la aprobación de la hipoteca, sino que también somos el agente de escrituración en nuestras transacciones. Obtenemos la aprobación de la hipoteca, aperturamos el fideicomiso, aperturamos Escrow, obtenemos el avalúo, realizamos la diligencia legal de la propiedad, escribimos la escritura, liquidamos la hipoteca, etc. CBI es su ventanilla única para todo el proceso legal y financiero que implica la compra de una propiedad en México.

CBI ha estado ofreciendo hipotecas y servicios de coordinación de escrituración a extranjeros desde 2011. Las hipotecas que ofrece CBI solo están disponibles a través de CBI, y afortunadamente, son los productos más atractivos de México. CBI ha desarrollado procesos simplificados para que la compra de una propiedad en México sea lo más fácil posible. Contáctanos ahora, y permítenos hacer tus sueños realidad.

Saludos Cordiales,

Hipotecaria CBI
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Looking for craft beer in Mexico City? Here are some options

Cervecería Reforma makes a gose, a porter and an Irish red ale.Cervecería Reforma makes a gose, a porter and an Irish red ale.

Looking for craft beer in Mexico City? Here are some options

These breweries have braved the traffic and chaos to bring their beer to capitalinos

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 Craft Beer Turibus tour 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.

One of Falling Piano's beers is called 'your dog is barking.'

One of Falling Piano’s beers is called ‘your dog is barking.’

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.

Cervecería Reforma

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.



Volaris announced its new Phoenix-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit (PHX-PVR) route starting on June 16th of this year, expanding the connectivity between that region and the Mexican Pacific.

The new flight, which began ticketing on Friday, February 8th, will allow clients to travel to and enjoy one of Mexico’s premier tourist destinations and relax on its beautiful beaches.

“The route between Phoenix and Puerto Vallarta allows Volaris to consolidate its presence in the international market, expanding its destination portfolio and positioning itself as the Mexican airline with the most flights from one of Mexico’s most important destinations,” said airline executives.

The flight will be permanent with two frequencies per week on Fridays and Sundays. It will leave Puerto Vallarta at 11:08 a.m. arriving in Phoenix, Arizona, at 11:56 p.m. On its return flight it will depart Phoenix at 1:16 p.m., arriving back in Puerto Vallarta at 5:56 p.m.

The airline expectations are high for the flight as this is a very important market not only of travelers of Mexican descent, but also of North Americans who reside in Phoenix and the surrounding areas and like to vacation in Mexico.

The flight to Phoenix is one of several recent new flight announcements to the US and Canada, including the Sun Country flight from Las Vegas and the Swoop flight that began two connections earlier this year from Hamilton and Abbotsford, Canada.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is very happy with this decision and wishes Volaris much success in the operation of its new route.

The Southwest region of the United States includes the states of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the western portion of Texas; southern Nevada, Utah and Colorado; western Oklahoma; and southern California and has positioned itself as an important market of origin for tourists to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region, especially among travelers of Mexican descent who live in that area of the Union.

International tourist numbers up 5.5% last year and they spent more, To Mexico

The beach umbrellas are ready for more growth in tourism.The beach umbrellas are ready for more growth in tourism.

International tourist numbers up 5.5% last year and they spent more

There were 41.4 million international tourists and they spent 6% 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) 

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

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”