North Banderas Bay Semana Santa FUN!

Everyone on the North Banderas Bay / Riviera Nayarit area is shifting into the “end of the season” energy as we head into the last week of Semana Santa. Semana Santa does take its toll in the pueblos and beaches and folks are in clean-up gear already! Lend a helping hand if you can. The government knows how many people come to the playa. WHY they don’t provide more trash cans is beyond me! One thing I have noticed is that there are not any firecrackers / M80’s going off this year, which is a huge change as usually they go off for all occasions. The La Cruz Playa La Manzanilla is in full swing! (gracias John Pounder) This is the last weekend and it’s all over!

The end of the season is more realized for me with the “EMPTY THE FRIDGES PARTY” which is the last night of business for the season at Luna Lounge. Their party will be on Monday, April 4th, as they serve up what I think is the BEST BBQ around, beginning at 6:30 until all of their food has run out.  All you can eat Arrachera Steak, Garlic and Cilantro Chicken, BBQ Ribs and Spanish Chorizo, and the delicious homemade salads that Simon makes, all for only 195 pesos; along with drink specials and live music. And, as usual…you KNOW they will have some special surprise guests! No reservations necessary…just come on down to the Luna Lounge, AV. Mexico #27, Kitty-corner from Esquina 22 Bar and Lounge who is also moving to a lighter schedule, but will be remaining open for the summer season. YEAAA! They have AC! Beginning March 27th until October 1st they will be closed on Sundays. Right now live music abounds on Wednesday and Thursdays, and also on every week day they have a bar special from 3-11pm for only 30 pesos. I am fortunate to be friends with Alain and Arturo, and it was their 17th Anniversary together last week! Alain surprised Arturo with a full on Mariachi Band, much to Aruturo’s delight! What a fun celebration of love!  I also stopped by Esquina 22 the other night after a day hike with friends at the Alta Vista Petroglyphs; one of my favorite jungle hikes. The “keepers” of the trails have been doing an excellent job of keeping it very clean of trash and foliage. The traffic was very backed up on the way home due to an accident in La Penita, as the 200 road is still only a 2 lane hwy. So, we took the back roads towards the hot pots..what an adventure! Ready for refreshments, stopping in at Esquina was perfect afterwards for their 2×1 happy hour…The margaritas are EXCELLENT!..Along with that Cheese Burger! yumm
MORE New News around the North Banderas Bay….
I read that a paramedic of Proteccion Civil Nayarit used the only Epipen they have (donated several months ago) at the Bucerias beach for a fellow who had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. The paramedics would appreciate any donations of medical supplies, like Epipens, as they have no funds to buy them. Please email for assistance to get the supplies to them.
Breakers Beach Club in Bucerias still has live music going on as well.  Enlace Trio is performing on the beach every Monday from 4-7, and Wednesday nights are Adrianna and the “Whats Up” band performing from 6-9. They also have “3 to Rock” on Sundays from 3-6. FUN ON THE BUCERIAS PLAYA!! Their cook “Christian” this season is also rockin’ it in the kitchen! Check out the whole Red Snapper…delicious!
Music abounds …and on my journey I met my friend Jess for dinner at Falconi’s Pizza in La Cruz, where R&R (Randy and Russell) Hardly Strictly Blues band happened to be playing! The place was packed except for one table as if it was just waiting for us! R&RHSB band features Randy Wilson on vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, Russell Cresto on vocals and harmonica and guest Dave Kimes on lead guitar. I must say I thought not having a drummer was great for a small venue; the music sounded great and you could still have a conversation. Falconi’s Pizza has some of the BEST Alfredo pasta around, which is what I ordered, along with a fresh green salad; Very nice! My friend ordered the Calzone..which was muy grande!..all so delicious. I really LOVE their pizza sauce and dough; all with good pricing.  It’s fun to share and so we did. They also offer a full bar.  The R&R Hardly Strictly Blues band will be playing again (with Dave) this Saturday, April 2nd, beginning at 6:30, and probably for a couple more Saturdays after that, so get in there and enjoy! Randy Wilson is an amazing musician and will also be playing solo acoustic guitar on Philo’s on March 30th and April 13th.  What FUN music and delicious food in La Cruz with my good friend Jess! Falconi’s Pizza is located on Sierra Ave between Delfin and Pez Vela in La Cruz.
Amanditas Bay Curry in Bucerias had such a successful event when Raoul and Jimmy Shiva came to play Kirtan music that Amanda has invited them back for more! Enjoy a delicious Indian fest and the inspirational music of Raoul and Jimmy Shiva. 100 pesos cover, music starts at 7pm. Call 322 889 6030 for more information or to make a reservation. They are located on the east lateral just south of the Sandander Bank; Heroe de Nacorzari 120.
I LOVE HER CURRY!!! And have definitely caught the “Curry Craze!”

Black Forest Restaurant in La Cruz will be ending their lunches for the summers and will be open again from Sunday through Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm.  Saturdays is their time to relax! Opening for lunch was a new thing for them this season and they thank everyone for coming in. The Blond Gypsies with Latcho and Andrea will be playing April 1st and reservations are definitely recommended!
Join in on the campaign to reduce waste! This is sooo awesome!
For years the folks at the Black Forest Restaurant have used the polystyrene food containers for their guests who like to take out their food or part of it. Unfortunately, all plastics have polystyrene which is non-biodegradable. This means that “the remnants of your takeout will be chilling on planet Earth for up to 500 years from now and its chemical components will still clog the eco-system. Polystyrene’s bulky eternity accounts for one-quarter of our landfill waste.” This plastic also ends up in our oceans polluting the environment there. Andrea continues to state, “As business owners, parents and citizens of our beautiful Bahía de Banderas we would like to be socially and environmentally responsible and therefore we would like to ask you to join us in our campaign.” So take note everyone! Our choices are very powerful and every choice counts. Say no to unnecessary packaging where ever you shop! The Black Forest folks would ask that you “Bring your own reusable’s (BYOR). You can bring your own containers or your own bag. We can provide you with reusable, microwaveable containers for an additional fee of 10 Pesos. Enjoy your food, save your money, improve your health and help our planet!” Why not do this everywhere you go? Bring your own “to go” containers. REUSE, RENEW, RECYCLE, REDUCE and RESPECT OUR PLANET! Together we can RAISE AWARENESS and create big changes in the waste we create on a daily basis. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Follow the Route of the Mezcal
Another fun event coming our way! Several restaurants around the Banderas Bay are excited and proud to introduce you to the traditional Mexican beverage by celebrating with the “Semana del Mezcal” from April 15th to April 27th. Each day a different restaurant will offer a 3 course menu which will include a paring of Mezcal for each course. During your enjoyment the “Master Mexcalier, Esteban Serrano” will explain the different types of Mezcal, the distillation process and answer any questions you may have. You may enjoy the “Semana del Mezcal” at the Black Forest Restaurant in La Cruz on Thursday, April 21st, beginning at 6:30pm. The price per person is 399 pesos. Get your tickets while they last!

Thanks for tuning in ..and always if you have any questions please email me at or . Check out the calendars on and and our Riviera Nayarit Fun FB page for the latest changes and fun events and fundraisers.  As a final note..remember your thought creates! Just like a baking a the ingredients that go into your creating! MORE on that LATER! What ever you end up doing, please HAVE FUN on the North Banderas Bay on the Riviera Nayarit! AHO!

Fun abounds on the North Banderas Bay on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico!  


Community Service on the Riviera Nayarit

Many wonderful people help out with community service on the Riviera Nayarit, and  if there is one thing I love to write about is people that help people by doing community service; paying it forward. Paying it forward is the best way to allow your grace to shine out from within.  This is exactly how these two folks live their lives.
This week I would like to honor Bucerias Mexico residents Harold and Sue Sokolove  for their Riviera Nayarit community service endeavors.
Harold and Sue moved to Bucerias about 10 years ago. Harold and Sue lived in Waco Texas (a small town of 12,000 people) where they resided for 22 years before relocating to Bucerias.  Harold was a USPS mail carrier and Sue worked as an industrial engineer for the M&M Mars Candy Company. Harold was also a volunteer for the Waco Fire Department as well as in Iowa for 17 years.
Sue and Harold had spent many years vacationing in Puerto Vallarta and fell in love with the PV  and Riviera Nayarit area like so many of us have. Harold states, “Retirement meant that we could go anywhere we wanted. We met lots of people who vacationed here at the same time, and who were also planning to move or already had moved here.” Sue says she loves to live here “Because something unexpected always happens.” And isn’t that the truth!
Harold told me that Sue speaks Spanish quite well, however, also commenting that he is too lazy to practice, but can minimally converse because he took a couple of courses from Sean at the former BBCC. (Bucerias Bilingual Community Center in Bucerias.) They were also volunteers in the Waco Texas city government and also volunteered with a major Waco charity bike ride in Texas. The energy of volunteering and paying it forward followed them to Bucerias Mexico.

Harold was the former president of the Amigos de Bucerias, (2006-2008), and the original person for the PEACE adoption table at Mega (the former BBCC). They currently work with the Bucerias Children’s Library, Manos de Amor (Bucerias orphanage), Paraiso Felino Cat Shelter, and help with street repairs and clean-ups in Col. Las Palmas and Dorada, the reforestation project and the monthly Bucerias beach clean-ups. Sue also is a member of the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority.Since their relocation Harold has been a volunteer firefighter/bombero for the Proteccion Civil Bahia de Banderas and the State of Nayarit, as well has Sue from time to time over the years.

Bringing in Medical Supplies
Approximately 5 years ago they met Dianne Deboer who is a Critical Care nurse in a Calgary Canada hospital who had purchased a condo at the Aqua in the Flamingos development Nuevo Vallarta. Harold knew from working with the Proteccion Civil that there was always a need for first aid, medical supplies and equipment for their ambulances. Dianne had explained that she was always throwing away good medical supplies at her hospital. (Which I am sure is standard Canadian protocol.) From that point on Dianne began to bring medical supplies every time she came down and Harold and Sue were able to distribute them to the paramedics of Proteccion Civil, the local hospitals and Centro Salud (health centers), which were very well received. Harold tells me, “On one occasion, I arranged the donation to be covered by a Mexican newspaper reporter. I sent Dianne a copy of the newspaper story and she posted it on the hospital wall. Soon, other nurses were salvaging what would otherwise be thrown away under normal hospital policy.” Over the years, this is how Harold and Sue met the directors of the Proteccion Civil Nayarit.
How do you find a Free Fire Truck?
The current director, Maritn Tapia Miranda contacted them about 3 months ago, explaining that he had a friend in San Hose California who was a retired firefighter who bought and sold used fire trucks. He explained that his friend offered the PCE (Proteccion Civil Estadal) a used fire truck for free and only charging for the equipment that it carries which were the hoses, nozzles, ladders, power generator and other miscellaneous tools. Martin contacted them about “supporting” the campaign to get the fire truck for the newly opened PC base in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, who at the time only had one ambulance and one water tanker. Harold said, “The amount of money he needed was not out-of-line for what he told me came with the fire truck (a 1972 pumper), so after a little discussion we said OK.” Some of the moneys they collected were from people who donate money to them, so in turn can be distributed in lump sums to local community service groups and charities that have projects that need funding. They also received permission from the local Fire Chief to offer fire truck rides as a means to raise more funds for the fire department that were needed to purchase supplies and also for maintenance. It has all come together and the fire truck is now stationed in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and is also available to respond anywhere in the municipality. WOW! This is how you get a fire truck donated! ­­­
Harold and Sue keep busy so “We can really enjoy the times when we’re not busy. We have a good time; it keeps us from being bored and we hope it makes the community service organizations more successful.” When they do have time to relax they enjoy going to their newer home of 3 years in Guadalajara. They have some new projects coming up this high season and it will be interesting to see what develops!
Kudos to you, Harold and Sue Sokolove for holding the energy to help others and showing all of us through their example how Riviera Nayarit community service (or no matter where you are) can make a difference in the community. Thank you so much for all you both do for our communities here in Mexico. You are an amazing example of Grace in action.
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The Best of Banderas Bay Entertainment – Bryan Savage

Banderas Bay entertainment is amazing during the high season! From rock to jazz to banda and everything in-between! If you have not had the opportunity to see a Bryan Savage concert you have been missing something very special indeed. Bryan has been playing the saxophone and flute professionally for about 40 years playing with big time musicians and vocalists like Al Stewart (Year of the Cat), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bonnit Rait and many, many others. Bryan was also awarded a gold record for his sax solo on Steve Martin’s number-one-selling hit single “King Tut”.  He is currently doing shows under his own name as well as  with The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit every winter in Mexico.
Throughout college he played in bands and felt that playing music was where his biggest interest was. After receiving his BA degree in finance Bryan decided to continue to play and his first CD was self-titled “Bryan Savage” and was released in 1992, which did very well on U.S. radio airplay. In 1996 Bryan was signed by one of the Virgin Records companies with six more CD’s to follow under his name. All of the CD’s have received tons of airplay in the U.S. as well as internationally, with “Catfood” and “Soul Temptation” doing the best, charting in the top 5 or better. Bryan has created many CD’s with other big names in the music industry and has gone on tour in many countries such as Japan, Germany, England, Scotland, Netherlands and Canada, and of course Mexico!

Bryan and his wife Michelle are from my neck of the woods in Colorado; Glenwood Springs, which is located in the Aspen / Roaring Fork Valley.  He and Michelle have been coming to Mexico since 1988, first to Cozumel for vacations, and then starting in 2005 to the Puerto Vallarta area. They purchased their second place on the playa in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in 2010. Their first place was for only a month or so for “get-aways” during the Colorado winters. Now they are both quite happy to escape the cold winters of the Rocky Mountains and stay for 6 months.

Life changing events happen to all of us
, and for Bryan it was in 2010 that he began not to feel well. They had been spending winters in Naples Florida at that time. Bryan decided to make an appointment with a doctor and cardiologist, who did an electrocardiogram and came out saying, “I’m going to call an ambulance to take you to the hospital”.  Bryan told me he did not think he ever had an actual heart attack, but later found out that he was very close to having a fatal one as they found nearly 100% blockage of the heart artery, that the doctors actually call a “widow maker”, as well as a couple of other arteries that were also blocked. Bryan immediately went in for a triple heart bypass open heart surgery. Bryan had always exercised a lot and eaten healthy, which doctors credited for his surviving. They blamed heredity factors on the heart disease.

The Banderas Bay Entertainment Scene

Luckily for all of us folks, and the Banderas Bay entertainment scene and along the Riviera Nayarit, Bryan’s life changing experience led Bryan and his wife Michelle with the decision that it would be more fun to spend winters in Mexico. Bryan stated, “I was planning on being off most of the winters while down here and continue to play the busy playing schedule back in Colorado for the summers, between playing with The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars, as well as doing my shows that are under my name.”

Music is in Bryan’s blood, or could quite possibly BE his blood as he continues to create new original music each year. When he plays solo, Bryan puts on a terrific show with computerized accompaniments he has created which creates a rich full sound, complete with a light show.

For Banderas Bay entertainment at it’s best, jazz music from The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars are amazing and are not called the “Allstars’ for nothing!
They put on an amazing performance with Chas Eller on keyboards, Steve York on bass and Lazaro Poey on drums / percussion and Bryan playing alto sax and flute. Bryan also enjoys playing private parties and events as well and packs the dance floors.

You can catch Bryan Savage solo concerts at Breakers Beach Bar for a special Valentine’s Day Sunset Concert in Bucerias, Sonora a la Parrilla on Feb 24th in Bucerias and at Oso’s Oyster Bar every Thursday in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle at the marina, and also plays at Los Arroyos Verdes throughout the season for the fun Sunday Pool Party they have.

The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars are playing in Sayulita and Zen Garden (a wonderful venue) Friday, January 30th, (their second show there this season!), and Puerto Vallarta at the Red Room on Feb 7th, 20th, March 6th, 20th. They are also playing the 15th Annual San Pancho Music Festival, which is February 27, 28 and March 1st. They are not yet sure which day they are playing yet as schedules continue to unfold. To find out more or contact Bryan Savage you can check his page out here. Thanks for all of the amazing Banderas Bay entertainment and the sweet music Bryan Savage creates for us!

For the very best of Banderas Bay entertainment check out Bryan Savage in Mexico!


Bucerias Mexico Home Furnishings

& Katrina Collection

North of the river and the kissing bridge in Bucerias Mexico is where many of the  Bucerias Art Galleries are located. One of the first large and new buildings to be created back in 2008 on Lazaro Cardenas is the Jan Marie Boutique building.  Jan states, “It was an exciting time in 2008 when we designed the building to house the new Jan Marie Boutique Gallery. As it was on the busy corner across from Mark’s Bar & Grill we wanted to create an attractive building that would shine on Lazaro Cardenas and give Bucerias an elegant touch.”

Presently, in 2014, Jan Marie Boutique in Bucerias Mexico has grown into a beautiful Bucerias Home Furnishings and Antiques collector’s dream. Everything from beautiful larger pieces of home furnishings to all of the fun home accessories to create beauty and grace  in your home or Bucerias rental unit with style and an elegance.

This season in Bucerias Mexico, Jan Marie Boutique has a very nice collection of Katrina dolls and Dia di Los Muertos tableware just in time for the holiday. These will make a terrific splash on your dining room table, or a Katrina doll as a collectible gift for yourself or a friend.  They really are fun all year around!

Dia de Los Muertos and Catrina’s History

La Calavera Catrina (Dapper Skeleton, or Elegant Skull) is a 1910-1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican print maker, cartoon illustrator and Lithographer, Jose Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. While the original work by Posada introduced the character the popularity of the La Catrina as well as her name is derived from the work by Mexican artist Diego Rivera in his famous 1948 work sueno de una tarde dominical en la Alameda (dream of a Sunday afternoon along Central Alameda).

La Catrina has become the referential image of Death in Mexico, it is common to see her embodied as part of the celebrations of Day of the Dead throughout the country; she has become a motive for the creation of handcrafts made from clay or other materials, her representations may vary, as well as the hat.  In Bucerias Mexico, Jan Marie Boutique has a lovely selection of Katrina’s this season.  

Jan travels throughout Mexico  every year to shop for unique and one of a kind art pieces. The entire art selection at Jan Marie Boutique comes from Mexico artists. The Bucerias home accessories, such as beautiful colored lighting ascents, smaller sculptures (and full sized sculptures as well) hand blown glass ware and a variety of table ware, and so many other things of beauty that will make a statement in your home.

Click HERE to view more of the Jan Marie Boutique Gallery.

Discover Bucerias Mexico Home Furnishings at
Jan Marie Boutique Bucerias Art Gallery on the Banderas Bay in Mexico.



The Best of Banderas Bay Entertainment

During the high season you can find about any type of music that is known to mankind on the Banderas Bay Entertainment / Puerto Vallarta scene in Mexico Every pueblo on the Riviera Nayarit has a different flavor, with music festivals, the town festivals, and all at different months during the season. Bars and restaurants love to have live entertainment to persuade you to come and eat at their restaurants..and why not?! Some have a cover, some do not. Some are beachfront and outside, some are not.  Its a great way to explore some good food and fun entertainment.
One  fun addition this season for great Bucerias entertainment is at the Luna Lounge. They have created a One Time Only Friday Cabaret show and have  well known celebrities and impersonators come from all over for a one time show, instead of the regular weekly gig.
Their next show is to celebrate Elvis …ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE! On January 10th. You can check the Bucerias community calendar for all the Luna Lounge events (like the Tuesday’s Crazy Bitches Drag Show) and the special one time Friday’s show as well as other Bucerias fun and events, or click here to make a reservation or get more information.

Well Known Musicians for Banderas Bay Entertainment

There are several well known musicians that reside here during the winter season. One of my favorites is Bryan Savage.  Bryan has played his saxophone and flute to audiences in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Canada with Al Stewart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces and John Denver. He has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Mick Fleetwood, Santana, Glen Frey, Eddie Money, Journey, Gary Burton, Rick Braun, Chuck Mangione, just to name a few! He also has a new CD out. You can catch him playing with another well known musician Chas Eller (keyboard extraordinaire) and the AllStar Jazz Band at the Paradise Theater, (200 pesos not including dinner I believe) or out by the pool at Los Arroyos Verdes on January 19, 2014 cost 200 pesos includes the pool pass, lunch and a couple of drinks…
(a smoking deal!). Also catch him every Tuesday in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (just past Bucerias towards Punta de Mita) at Oso’s Oyster Bar and Fish Market on the La Cruz Marina, no cover charge! If you don’t feel like driving, stay at the fabulous
Villa Amor del Mar Boutique Hotel
, located on the playa overlooking the La Cruz Marina. Chris and Cindy are amazing hosts, and have all sorts of fun package deals as well!

Who is Luna Rumba Anyways??

I keep getting asked this question, WHO IS LUNA RUMBA?? which amazes me! How could one not have heard about Luna Rumba??? They are fantastic!!
A hot Latin based band on the Banderas Bay entertainment scene this season is Luna Rumba performing Latin, flamenco, Middle Eastern, Celtic riffs and Cuban rhythms.  They have a very interesting story, and most folks that have heard of them know them from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, where the music for their first CD was created, and Luna Rumba was born.
They recently played at Breakers to a packed house Dec. 28th, for a Sunset concert .hahaha..with the rainy weather there was a tiny sun way out there, however no one cared; (their last no admission concert) and will also be performing at the Paradise Stage Community Center this season starting in January with their first show on January 16th, tickets;  200 pesos. You can also catch them at the Taste of La Cruz on January 10th,  at the La Cruz Marina Malecon for 100 pesos per person, and enjoy delicious foods from Banderas Bay restaurants. Cheko can be found at Los Arroyos Verdes playing his guitar and singing for fun Sundays by the Pool as well on January 12th and January 26th, 2014. Click here for Concert Dates. 

It all started with a Canadian musician Geo Urich who sailed into the small port of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. A new friend introduced him to Cheko Ruiz, a talented singer and song writer from Mexico City.  It is said, that after a jam session one afternoon at Rick’s Bar, they continued to play together creating original music which started an enthusiastic following.  After playing together for only two weeks, they were asked to play for the International Guitar Festival musician’s welcome dinner. They went their separate ways after that, promising to play together in the future. Who knew!!!

Bringing you up to date three years later, in 2012, Cheko (right) Ruiz and Geo Uhrich (left) got together in La Cruz, where Geo was docked  and started writing and rehearsing / recording songs for what was to become Luna Rumba.  During this time they met up with Chas Eller who plays keyboards on the album and drummer / percussion whiz Carlos Mancilla, and a few other great musicians to round out the sounds. The end result was a world-class CD with 11 original songs.

Already Winning Awards….
In March 2013 they were notified that the song “Vamoa  Rumbear” that Cheko wrote, which Geo had submitted to the John Leno Songwriting Contest, won finalist in the World Music Category out of thousands of entrants. Another song on the CD entitled “Espirtu Amor” (my favorite) written by Geo placed second in the world in the instrumental category for the USA International Songwriting Contest. They are on their way to win a  Latin Grammy!

Luna Rumba prides themselves playing every concert live. (Not everyone does!) Their real acoustic rhythms,  (meaning not pre-recorded), violin and guitar leads; with Cheko on guitar with his amazing vocals will absolutely melt your soul.
Geo is on violin, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, along with other amazing musicians like Carlos on percussion excite everyone and bring them to their feet to dance!

With Luna Rumba, real acoustic instruments meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depths of sound that will amaze you. Check out the Banderas Bay entertainment with live music on the Riviera Nayarit, and look for Luna Rumba Band!

Banderas Bay entertainment has a lot to offer on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.


 Bucerias Music Festival in Bucerias Mexico

VIVA Bucerias Mexico! Bucerias Mexico is hosting the first of many Viva Bucerias! Bucerias International Music Festival and its all happening on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit.

This Sunday, December 8th, the Viva Bucerias International Music Festival 2013 will be taking place in the Bucerias Centro Main Plaza, starting at 3pm, and going into the evening. The musical festival is free event so bring the entire family. The musicians are donating their time as well, with prominent and well known musicians performing at the festival.
This event is organized by Cheko Ruiz, a musician on his own, and who also performs with the Luna Rumba Band, a Latin music group who has recently won two awards; the USA International Song Writing Contest (second place) and the John Lennon Award for World Music (third place).  The AllStars will also be performing with musicians Chas Eller on keyboards and Bryan Savage on flute and sax. This is the first festival of its kind, and will continue to be an annual event.
The Mayor of Bahia De Banderas will be assisting coordinating the event, and has given the green light to provide the stage and sound as well as the Lighting for this event.  Miguel Angel will be feeding the musicians and event staff.
Lupe Dipp, owner of Los Arroyos Verdes will be the Master of Ceremonies, and I have not a doubt in m mind that she will be keeping us informed and entertained between band setups!

Check Ruiz has located many top musicians from different bands and different type of genres to play at the Viva Bucerias International Music Festival. What a terrific line up for a Bucerias Mexico Music Festival!
The bands that will be performing, along with the country they are representing are:  Luna Rumba Trio for world music – Canada, Mexico represents.  Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars-USA and Canada, Cuba playing Jazz,  Italy Rumba, Flamenco World Music, Tatewari-Mexico, Flamenco Los Monda-Mexico,  Funk and Rock Trem De Minas-Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.  Playing Jazz and Funk Son De Afuera-Denmark, Son Jarocho Trenzas Negras-Mexico, Andina Music Quilombo-Mexico Salsa, as well as Samba and African Dancers to liven up the show.

WOW! What a great lineup! A show not to be missed!!! Come one, come all, to the free musical event of the season the Viva Bucerias International Music Festival 2013 in Bucerias Mexico!

Discover the live Music and entertainment in Bucerias Mexico
for fun
on the Riviera Nayarit!



Bucerias Mexico Rentals on the Riviera Nayarit


Looking for a terrific Bucerias Mexico rental? There is a wide variety for the Bucerias Mexico rentals for the individual looking to vacation or relocate to the wonderful community of Bucerias Mexico.  Located on the amazing Riviera Nayarit, this great pueblo  is located only 45 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, makes the town of Bucerias Mexico easy to access, yet still have the authentic Mexican pueblo flavor and the wonderful beaches we all enjoy on a Mexico vacation.

There are many Bucerias Mexico rentals, including beachfront rentals, ocean view rentals, one and two bedroom rental opportunities, and even green ECO rentals. Bucerias Mexico long-term rentals are for the individual interested in relocation, or in a retirement situation and getting away for at least 6 months. Click on the links for more information, and also click on the photos for more photo galleries.
Here is a sampling of some of the great temporary and long-term opportunities that Bucerias Mexico has to offer:

Bucerias Green ECO Rentals
These are Bucerias Mexico rentals for the environmentally conscious tourist. Those looking to reduce their carbon foot-print can especially consider the Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat, with amazing RV Bus Rentals, one bedroom and two bedroom bungalows, as well as one bedroom and two bedroom villas.  Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat is located only 5 minutes from Bucerias Centro and the playa. This Green Eco Retreat has everything you could dream of; the Bamboo Restaurant, Huge solar heated pool, day spa, workout center, tienda (store) and a large laundry facility. Los Arroyos Verdes has over 30 Bucerias Mexico Rentals, which creates the beautiful and amazing space for the perfect wedding venue, or any life celebration for you, your family and friends.
Click on the links to view the villas, casitas and the RV rentals. You may also click on the photos, as they link to the photo galleries.
Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat. Luxury and Eco Green…”We wait for you” ….

Bucerias Bungalow Rentals..Mexican Style!
Located at the main town square in Bucerias Mexico is Miguel Angel Bungalows. A gated Bucerias Mexico rental  that has a nice grass yard that is completely fenced in is perfect for you small pet! Yes, Miguel Angel Bungalows are very a Bucerias pet friendly rental!  Enjoy a one or two bedroom bungalow only 2 minutes to the playa. Away from the loud bars, close to shops, and you will surely enjoy the Mexican Fiestas that take place in the town square. Dancing and traditional folklore come to the stage, yet end early enough so you can sleep at night! Enjoy a 10% discount at Miguel Angels Restaurant and Bar located right next door to these Bucerias Bungalows.

Bucerias Beachfront Rentals / Oceanfront Rentals
These types of  Bucerias Mexico rentals offer the tourist unparalleled views of Banderas Bay, often from a balcony. The wide assortment of properties usually can sleep multiple amounts of people. Most are able to host five individuals and is usually rented for between $150 to $295 a night. These Bucerias beachfront rentals usually include air conditioning, fans and screens, and most have either dipping pools, or in a large casa or condo setting larger pools.
Many of these beachfront rentals require a minimum stay.

Bucerias One Bedroom Rentals
There is also many Bucerias Mexico one bedroom rentals for the vacationer to consider, ranging from units with scenic beach and ocean views to units that are near many city attractions, the Bucerias restaurants and markets, and only minutes from the Bucerias playa. These Bucerias Mexcio rentals range from $120 to $175 a night, depending on how long your stay is.

Bucerias Two Bedroom Rentals
For those who require a little more space, Bucerias Mexico rentals also have many two bedroom rentals available, from $185 to $250 a night. Enjoy a Bucerias Beachfront Two Bedroom Rental, or one a couple of blocks away from the playa. Our Bucerias rentals are close to all amenities, making your stay easy and fun!

Bucerias Long-Term Rentals
For those wishing to relocate to this tropical paradise permanently there are Bucerias Mexico  long-term rentals available. Usually starting at between $500-$1800 and up, these long-term rentals usually require a six month to a year commitment, and come in Bucerias Beachfront Rentals and Bucerias Mexico rentals of all sizes.

Remember that in Bucerias Mexico, summer rates differ greatly from the peak season, which is from October/ November to April/ May. This lush paradise, where the mountains meet the sea have  Bucerias Mexico rentals options to consider and is well worth the money. These Bucerias Mexico rentals provide you with a place to stay and the experience of a lifetime!

Discover Bucerias Mexico Rentals for a Riviera Nayarit fun vacation on the Mexican Riviera.


Bucerias Community – The BBCC is for Everyone!


I love living in the Bucerias community on the Riviera Nayarit. The color of Mexico life makes all of my senses come to life. Bright colors abound together, ones I would not have considered wearing together in Colorado, but do now with much delight. The heart centered energy of the Mexican culture opens my heart also, their faith and love of family and life renews my spirit.
Click on the photos that take you to the photo galleries, and the links for more information.

Living on the Riviera Nayarit and owning websites allows me to help non-profit organizations get their word out and about. They must be truly non-profit to get my attention. There are so many ways to help the Riviera Nayarit communities.

During the winter season, many expats come down for the 5 or 6 months to enjoy the warm weather. These people help out immensely with all kinds of non-profit events in many ways. However, its summertime now, and non-profit organizations like the BBCC need our help.  The BBCC summer program for the children has just begun. Its really fun for the kids, and all of the teachers and volunteers are absolutely NOT paid in any way. I will be teaching the kids how to swim! and help out with the birdwatching classes .with Luis Morales from the San Pancho Birding Observatory, another wonderful non-profit organization.

The Bucerias Community has a community center, called the BBCC, or Bucerias (Bilingual) Community Center.  The BBCC was founded in 2007, and offers a central hub for all residents and visitors to the area who wish to make new friends, learn different cultures and know more about their neighbors and their way of life. This Bucerias Community Center is an activity center dedicated to cultural appreciation for peoples of all ages and nationalities. The BBCC offers a summer program for disadvantaged kids so they can come and learn new hobbies and skills. The Children have fun learning and experiencing bird watching with Luis Morales who heads up the San Pancho Birding Observatory, clay sculpture, guitar lessons, swimming lessons, art and yoga and dance, as well as learning English. There will be story telling and fun and games. The children’s summer program fun started this week, so it’s not too late to get your children involved for the Bucerias community classes.  Call the BBCC at 322-102-0382, or stop by to Calle 16 De Septembre #40 Col La Unidad. You may also email them at:

In general, the Bucerias Community Center serves some 60% Expats and 40% locals.  Seasonally this changes but during October to April when the Bucerias Community Center classes and workshops and main fundraising events take place, we are supported by Canadians, North Americans, Mexicans and some European or other South American culture-seekers! Contact the BBCC today for class information, or find out the many different ways you can help to support the Bucerias Community. Thank YOU!

Find out more about the Bucerias Community on the Riviera Nayarit in amazing Mexico.



Bucerias Two Bedroom Rentals on Riviera Nayarit

Los Arroyos Verdes offers gorgeous and state of the art Bucerias two bedroom rentals on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.  The grounds are beautifully designed as a wonder botanical gardens and Eco Systems throughout the entire property. The Bucerias two bedroom rentals at Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat  has options of an upstairs or downstairs condo / villa style units or their studios, which are a bit smaller. All of these Bucerias two bedroom rentals units have large flat screen TV’s, WiFi, patios and air conditioning.
Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat translated means The Green River, and this Bucerias retreat is an Eco green minded retreat using recycled materials with  a solar heated pool,; created with love and living close to the earth. Click on the photos and links for more photos and information.

Single Level Bucerias Two Bedroom Rentals
The Bucerias two bedroom Bungalows rentals  for a one level include two bathrooms, a private terrace, parking for 2 cars and can accommodate 4 people.  The lot size is 140 square meters. The inside is beautifully furnished with a nice living area, an elegant dining area, a state of the art kitchen with appliances and a walk out patio with a beautiful green garden setting.

Two Level Bucerias Two Bedroom Rentals
The Bucerias two bedroom rentals with two levels in Los Arroyos Verdes include two and a half bathrooms, a private terrace, parking for 2 cars and can accommodate up to 6 people. The lot size for this house is 200 square meters giving everyone plenty of room! The interior is artfully decorated with a kitchen, living area, dining area,  and has a beautiful patio garden, and plenty of parking in the front.

These Bucerias two bedroom rentals have all the comforts of home.  It’s important to feel well taken care of in a foreign land and Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat has accomplished this perfectly.

Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat Amenities
With a large warm pool to relax or swim with a center bar area that has a 360 degree access from the pool that you will surely enjoy. Every Sunday there is live music playing on the island at the pool for your pleasure. Other amenities include the Bamboo Restaurante, spa, workout gym, large laundry facility and a tienda for shopping for collectables, swim wear, and other interesting art and sculptures.

Los Arroyos Verdes  Retreat grows their own herbs in their garden and then uses these herbs in the food offering a fresh organic taste at their onsite restaurant.  The people who are attracted to this accommodation are the friendliest people you will ever meet. Los Arroyos Verdes Bucerias retreat can accommodate many kinds of groups and ceremonies from team building, spiritual, corporate, gay friendly and friends getting together.  As the evidence clearly shows this is a great place to look for Bucerias two bedroom rentals.

Offer other rentals as well  from one bedroom bungalows rentals, RV Rentals or one bedroom rentals in one of the Villas. Drive your own RV and stay in the RV Park area.
Los Arroyos Verdes has 24 Bucerias two bedroom rentals to offer allowing you the freedom of  a Bucerias retreat setting, with only 5 minutes from Bucerias Centro and the Bucerias beach.

Book your next Bucerias vacation rentals with one of the Bucerias two bedroom rentals in Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat, located in Bucerias on the amazing Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Whether your stay is for two weeks, or  a long term rental, Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat can accommodate all of your needs in this  green living Eco garden wonderland.

Discover Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat and their Bucerias two bedroom rentals on the Riviera Nayarit, or stay long term and enjoy life in amazing Mexico!


Bucerias Rentals Green Living at Los Arroyos Verdes

The Riviera Nayarit is the perfect place for a Mexico vacation, and Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat has green living at its best for your Bucerias Rentals needs. The Riviera Nayarit is a magical place where the jungle meets the beach. This area of Mexico is known for its safety,  and Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat is your green haven while here in Mexico. Whether it be for a one or two week  Bucerias vacation, or something long term, Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat and their Bucerias Bungalows rentals can accommodate with luxury at affordable pricing.

Los Arroyos Verdes green living retreat is about 5 minutes form Bucerias Centro and the Bucerias beaches. This makes it perfect for discovering the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta and Old Town Vallarta, while being able to retreat back to your beautiful Bucerias rentals in the glorious setting that Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat offers to refresh for the next outing. Los Arroyos Verdes retreat has the Bucerias rentals you looking for!

The Los Arroyos Verdes Bungalows and Suites

Los Arroyos Verdes Bungalows and Suites are stylish and comfortable. Comfort is a way of living at Los Arroyos Verdes, and you will be extremely satisfied with their one bedroom and two bedroom Bucerias bungalow rentals furnishings. The Bungalows and Suites are surrounded by a green garden delight. Everywhere you look your eyes will find beauty, whether it be the flowering plants, organic herb and vegetable gardens, or the sculptures and paintings that bring a life confirming energy into your being.  All of the art and plants are for purchase as well. So, if you happen to fall in love with a special piece, you may take it home with you.

The Bucerias Rentals One Bedroom Bungalow and Suites

These Bucerias rentals and Bungalows, or One Bedroom studios have all been created with your comfort in mind.  King sized beds with large flat screen T.V’s in the bedroom. The kitchens are fully stocked, and a nice sized refrigerator and kitchen appliances are at your fingertips. Your own personal patio surrounded in green with comfortable loungers await. A private dressing room is also a nice touch.
Owner Guadalupe Dipp is one amazing architect with an unmeasured creativity and style. She has created the Eco green living in this beautiful paradise, and the Bucerias rentals here compliment this green lifestyle of simple, yet upgraded luxury.  She would be honored to meet you! Spacious and decorated with art and love, these one bedroom Bucerias rentals are here waiting for you.

Bucerias Rentals
Two Bedroom Bungalow and Suites

The Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat Two Bedroom Bungalow and Suite rentals are perfect for a family of 4. Needing a little extra room for guests, or more room for yourself? The spacious upgraded style of living you will surely appreciate. Like their one bedroom Bucerias  rentals, these bungalows have fully stocked kitchens. If there is something you desire, you only need to ask. A king size bed in the master bedroom and two twins in the second bedroom, along with plenty of closet space. There is also a separate dressing room, and a safe for your passport and other valuables. Not that you would need one at Los Arroyos Verdes, as their is 24 hour security, and this green community is fully gated as well, with someone at the gate at all times.
Discover the beauty of these Bucerias rentals, one or two bedrooms!

Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat Amenities

Surround yourself with the beauty you deserve, and all of the perks too! Los Arroyos Verdes has everything your heart could want. Their pool is quite large that wraps around a covered area with all different kinds of chairs and loungers, some made for two!
Its a nice place to enjoy friends, be romantic, or to relax and read a book.  Around the outside of the pool are lots of umbrellas and sun loungers. Every Sunday, there is live music at the pool. This is a favorite of the Bucerias locals and long term Los Arroyos Verdes renters, and is a wonderful time to enjoy meeting new people and making lifetime friends.
The Los Arroyos Bamboo restaurant faces the pool, and their service is impeccable.  Lunch and drinks by the pool is delightful, and their menu will have what your looking for, be it vegan, vegetarian or a meat and fish lover.Dinner is wonderful…try their fresh catch of the day.  All of the ingredients are fresh, and many from their own gardens.  After dining, enjoy the comfortable living area just off of the restaurant. Sit and relax with a cup of coffee or after dinner drink.

Ahhhh..It’s Spa Day!

Just down the walkway from the pool is the Los Arroyos Verdes Day Spa. Receive a wonderful massage and get a manicure and pedicure. You should always treat yourself throughout  your life on a regular basis. However, sometimes we get too busy and forget! When your on vacation, help your mind and body relax and forget about the daily tasks we normally have to go through. Get those toes and nails painted a pretty color. Breathe deeply during your massage to release toxins. Ahhh…the spa! Specializing in Deep Tissue and Swedish, your choice.
Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat also has a Sweat Lodge. Guided by professionals, you can release toxic emotions and thoughts, while cleansing your body of toxins as well. If you have never tried a sweat lodge, this may be your chance.

La Tienda

Los Arroyos Verdes has a store with unique collectables, clothes, suits for the pool, scarfs, original paintings and art.  Everything is for sale at Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat. Plants, the art in your Bucerias rental….fall in love and take it home! This is also where their office is located. The Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat staff is professional and attentive to your needs. Come and visit this wonderland, and you will never want to leave!


Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat has a complete gym for your workout convenience. This gym also has a large floor for yoga classes and other types of floor workouts. Don’t have your yoga mat? No worries…Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat has plenty available for you.
With up to date equipment, working out was never easier!

Laundry Facilities

When its time to do your laundry, you will be surprised how nice their laundry facility is! There are plenty of washers and dryers, and while you wait there are comfortable chairs and couches. There is also a large desk for working on your computer, or other things.  A large conference style table is also available. Comfort and style…that is Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat…..yes, this photo to the right is actually part of the laundry room!

Discover the difference at Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat Bucerias rentals, for a one bedroom bungalow rental, or a two bedroom bungalow rental. They also have RV rentals! As well as amazing Wedding planning and special events. Short term for a fantastic Bucerias vacation, or you may want to stay long term and relocate to the Riviera Nayarit permanently!


Breathe in the beauty at Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat when staying in your Bucerias rentals one or two bedroom bungalow rental, all on the amazing Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.




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