Perfect Mexico Vacation La Cruz Beachfront Boutique Inn

If your looking for a very special Riviera Nayarit vacation, take a look at our La Cruz beachfront Boutique Inn.  As we slide into the shoulder season… no longer the high season not yet the lazy daze of summer, Villa Amor del Mar, our La Cruz beachfront Boutique Inn, is the perfect place to be. Although I can credit every month of the year with some special happening, in my opinion, from now until July (and then again in October and November) there is a special vibe about La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Mexico, and our La Cruz Beachfront Boutique hotel. Poolside and beachfront is the place to be as many of the snowbirds have returned North, so the beaches are ready for tourists, travelers or Mexican wannabees, as you will practically have the beach to yourself! This is what one usually envisions for their Mexico vacation..peace, tranquility and beautiful beaches. (Click on the photos that link directly to our photo gallery!)

Around now, prices reflect fewer people. There are more 2 for 1 and Happy Hour specials. You can get even better deals from the vendors. Everyone has time to share their experiences, teach a little of the language, dance moves or songs or generally lend a helping hand.
Our first 2 trips to the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico were the last week of June and the first week of July. The weather is perfect with nice breezes for poolside lounging and sipping a cold one. One of our guests who visited last year during the first week of July said she loved how, with fewer folks in our music mecca of a town, she felt like she was getting a private concert everywhere she went.

This is a great time to book at our La Cruz Beachfront Boutique Inn, (which can also be considered a La Cruz Beachfront Hotel) offering the La Cruz wedding of your dreams, La Cruz retreat, reunion or other gathering as rates are a little lower and there is much more availability.
Villa Amor del Mar
has been inundated with requests for group events yet we’re getting lots of folks from closer destinations booking 3 – 5 day get-a-ways, as well as our special 7 day packages.  Sure, there are a lot of La Cruz rentals out there…however if your looking for something very special, contact us. Our La Cruz Beachfront Boutique Inn is perfect for a romantic vacation, so if reacquainting with the one you love is on the list, ask me how I can make it special!  Click on the above links for more information about our La Cruz beachfront Boutique Inn, and our phone and contact information, or you may email us directly at

Our La Cruz Beachfront Boutique Inn is the La Cruz rentals location on the Riviera Nayarit
for a very special Mexico Vacation!


Alta Vista Petroglyphs on the Riviera Nayarit

I led a group on this hike recently to the Alta Vista Petroglyphs on the Riviera Nayarit  in Mexico, and it struck me again how differently each visit to this ancient and special place effects me.  The seasons change the feeling of this sacred place:  winter’s riot of color and gurgling stream give way to early summer’s semi-arid browns and greens and drying pools.  Every hike in is different because of temperature changes and cyclical rain patterns.  Each visit is different because the ancients knew what they were doing – this is a special place!  There is a serene power at work here, as you enter the area you begin to feel its pull, the deeper in you hike the stronger it becomes, until you stand in the amphitheater surrounded by dozens and dozens of petroglyphs.  Until you stand humbly next to an ancient peoples holy site, a simple ring of stones, a primitive altar still used today by the Huichol Indians, and bow your head, and give thanks to your Maker.

Located on protected land, the Alta Vista petroglyphs are clustered along a stretch of the Las Piletas creek,  south of Chacala.  Covering an area of 80 hectares (200 acres); archeologists have discovered over 2000 petroglyphs there, making the Alta Vista Petroglyphs one of the largest known concentrations of stone carvings anywhere.  The trail meanders along Las Piletas creek leading visitors to various groups of petroglyphs, signs in Spanish and English explain various historical facts about the region, what the different Alta Vista Petroglyphs are believed to have meant, and some of the religious and cultural beliefs of the Indians that originally  carved the Alta Vista Petroglyphs.
But the glory of the Alta Vista Petroglyphs is the amphitheater.  Located in a bend of La Piletas creek, the rock creek bed descends in a series of steps, seemingly hand cared and lovingly placed to shape this one sacred venue.  An elevated finger of land juts out into the creek bed above the turn, and there under a tree, is the small altar – surrounded by dozens and dozens of different petroglyphs – most of them symbolizing requests for fertility, and an ample harvest.  You feel at one with the Tecoxquines Indians who carved these Alta Vista Petroglyphs in order to communicate with their god, as you sit quietly and communicate with yours. For more information on Alta Vista Petroglyphs tours, please contact Cat Morgan at

Discover the amazing Alta Vista Petroglyphs on your Riviera Nayarit vacation in Mexico!



Sup’ing, Massaging, n’Partying on the Riviera Nayarit

Hey gang, just had a pretty cool week out and about down here on the Riviera Nayarit  in Mexico with my brother-in-law, and I can’t wait to tell you about it! Our week of fun started on Thursday…and what a  fun week it was!
Living life on the Riviera Nayarit is simply beautiful, as it is no surprise why more and more folks come here for a vacation or to relocate, like I did.

We started out our days  hanging out in the villa, chillin’ out while taking in the view of Banderas Bay, cupp-a-joe in our hands, and giving thanks and that we can be and live in such an amazing place called the Riviera Nayarit.
Sunrises are truly amazing looking out over the Banderas Bay.
What a terrific way to start the day!

An Equinox Blessing at Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat

It all started on Thursday with a lovely blessing for the lunar equinox at Los Arroyos Verdes Eco Retreat.
At Los Arroyos Verdes Retreat, every item is ecologically relevant – every reused, recycled, reinvented, recreated marvelous piece of art that even an old fire hydrant can become. Everything is also for sale at this Eco green retreat.  Fall in love and take it home with you!
But Los Arroyos Verdes is special on so many levels, not just the pragmatic idea of recycling, but the spiritual, the physical body, and the intellect – all your senses are engaged when you walk the grounds at Los Arroyos Verdes, slumber in a chair in a quiet corner, or enjoy the pool and veranda area.  There is a corner, a spiritual haven for nearly everyone at Los Arroyos Verdes Eco Retreat, my friends and I found ours just off the pool area, in a quiet spot not far from the peacock walk, where beautiful peacocks fan out their amazing tails!

We were there to join together in a celebration of a lunar equinox – asking a blessing and thanking mother earth and all the powers and elements for their healing presence in our lives, and releasing all of the old ideas and energies that can prevent one from moving  forward in life.  Marielana Capdevila, who was born in Mexico City, led us in a spiritual walk, an acceptance with gratitude for all that we are given, and the weaknesses we all have – a walk that culminated in shedding our chrysalis of old, un-useful thoughts and habits – a spiritual and intellectual spring cleaning.
We ate at the restaurant enjoying delicious limonada con agua mineral – a delight – while Julio, our waiter at Los Arroyos Verdes, prepared chicken nachos and shrimp salads.  Oh, my goodness!  Another bite never to be forgotten in this life time!  Julio is amazing, Los Arroyos Verdes is amazing – go, dine, live in peace at Los Arroyos Verdes, Bucerias, on the Riviera Nayarit this summer for a romantic weekend get-away, a relaxing day by the gorgeous pool, or an event, as many plays, live music and other events happen there all year long!

Sayulita SUPing
Friday, I took my visiting brother over to the SUP Club on the north end of the beach in Sayulita for his first SUPing adventure.
Here is a note from my brother-in-law about his experiences of our journey!
“A great bunch of guys led by Antonio, who is a SUP instructor extraordinaire!  In just a few minutes of really excellent instruction, Antonio had explained the SUPing fundamentals, and we were wading out for my first ever, really, no kidding, I am NOT putting you on, SUP effort.  How I’ve missed out on the SUP phenomena is beyond me – I’ve spent the last 35 years sailing on and living along the coasts of the world.  But here I am living large on the Riviera Nayarit, and Antonio of the SUP Club Sayulita has – no kidding, in about 2 minutes of on water instruction – got me up and SUPing….and I MEAN SUPing!  None of this paddling around on a mill pond crap, I am up really SUPing, I am bending my knees and digging in.  Very cool sensation by the way, and a very neat way to get about on mother ocean.  If you love her like I do, you will love SUPing ans SUPing in Sayulita, Nayarit, with the SUP Club Sayulita is absolutely the way to go.  Very impressive!   You want to Sayulita SUP, see Antonio at SUP Club Sayulita.  Now, don’t put to the test, I was no means keeping up with the aces that zip around in the surf zone in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit sporting their thongs and fancy moves – but I paddled out to the anchored sailboat in a reasonable amount of time — and I only fell off about 20 times — but you know what I had a blast – and for a guy like me that icing on the cake!”
SUPing is really for everyone, and Sayulita is the perfect place to learn!

Sayulita Mercado
That Friday was also the  last day for the Sayulita Mercado,  we went over there to get in some last of the season purchases.  It’s refreshing to see organic products, crafts, produce, local wares and prepared food, much of it hand made by locals, of all races and nationalities coming together in such a wonderful community event.  Live music was fun while we shopped and ate. Adios until next season mi compadres!
For everyone who is staying for the spring and summer, about ten of the vendors from the Sayulita  Mercado are moving their gig to “Tacos on the Street” (owned by Sandrita) every Saturday morning – at least until they get a feel for affordability. They are located on Revolution on the right corner just before the bridge as you come into town.

Sayulita Massage on the Playa
I wanted to treat my brother-in-law to experience a massage with David Chavas, the Clay Magic Man, who does the Benzonite clay massage on the playa. I can say from my own experience that David and his clay work magic…especially on my wrinkles and detoxing my skin. …almost better than a facial!
Here is what he said about his massage experience.
“Well, at 56 you just can’t jump up and “git’er’dun” like you used to, at least I can’t!  How does the old song go…”I’m as good as I once was, once…” so off I went to get a massage.  SONRISA GRANDE!!  I was very fortunate that my sister turned me on to David Chavez of Therapeutic Massage with Benzonite Clay (or “Con arcilla o barro” if you prefer).  MARVELOUS!!  Absolutely marvelous.  Oh, the aches and pains that I no longer have are legion.  He worked on me, smearing us both liberally with the arcilla o barro for 90 minutes – he found aches I didn’t even know I had, YET!  Cripes…he has the strongest fingers I’ve encountered on 7 continents!  An ex-boxer, David Chaves understands muscles, recovery, stimulus, nerve endings….and after years and years of study, both formal and informal he possesses encyclopedic knowledge of anatomy and various forms of massage – Thai, Swedish, Deep Tissue, the list is long, and exhaustive.  Extraordinary strength, knowledge, talent and a passion for healing is a rare, beautiful thing – visit a David Chavez of Therapeutic Massage in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit – do something for yourself today! …and you have an masseuse of rare skill and ability…a rare mixture indeed.
A brisk swim in the beautifully warm water off Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit and a shower back at David’s washed off the clay, and I was a new man. (The photo is my sister getting a massage.)  Now I was off to another real experience:

When your Hungry Try Km 5 Surf Bar!
Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant, located along the back way out of Sayulita, en-route to Punta de Mita Road.  A late lunch, and a head start.  A head start to get a meal and a good seat, because on Friday nights Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant has live music and there is no place else to get a groove on like the intimate dance floor at Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant.  The band I was delighted to see perform played a pleasing mix of some original riffs, cooler than cool oldies, and some current themes – carrying them pretty ably – with some really cool vibes coming off the bass.  Buon hecho compadres!
Food is really center stage! The food is all freshly made on site by Chef Rodo using all fresh produce, fish and meat and organic lettuce and produce.  I was honored to meet Chef Rodo during my visit to Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant – we chatted while he made, from scratch, his special pizza dough.  Chef Rodo, and his trained staff, create every plate and pizza from scratch that comes out of the kitchen at Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant and he gets it!  He proudly puts his name behind everything that comes out of the Km5 Surf Bar kitchen.
Try the Portobello and asparagus burger with cheese – I nearly died – what a delicious sandwich!  The asparagus was simply perfect….grills marks, a tang – not a singe, if you know what I mean…the Portobello was another technical triumph, just on the dry side of wet, the juices were still there but not dominant…Ha!Listen to me, can you tell I enjoyed that sandwich.
Km5 Surf Bar and Restaurant is a special place, totally original painting – the galley is made to be the inside of an old VW combi van – the ground floor is six inches deep in sand – the action is upstairs where the breeze blows, and the sun glows.   It is the only authentic Surf Bar on the Riviera Nayarit that I know of with the “surf shack” building and the sand floors downstairs.
Check them out, you’ll be glad you did.

The Perfect Ending for a Lovely Weekend!
We ended the our Sunday the way all days were meant to be spent – with family and friends.   We made a little camp down on Destiladeras Beach, and had fun swimming and chillin before heading up to dinner at the house.   It was a day filled with blessings of the amazing Riviera Nayarit! Spending time with my brother-in-law has been so much fun!
Our bones loosened up in the warm sun as we walked and swam, then we ate and drank. The Riviera Nayarit beaches are why most folks are here.. ..where the jungle meets the Pacific ocean.
We left there and came home to our villa overlooking Banderas Bay -  Having taken in the view with appropriate vigor, given a nod for another perfect sunset – all accompanied by an adequate, but so far, not overwhelming, amount of eating and drinking, we repaired to the living room/swimming pool area and began to eat and drink in earnest.
Apparently, eating and drinking is a very, very important pastime here on the Riviera Nayarit – because we spent an awful lot of time eating and drinking!
And so this wonderful weekend ended as it began, looking out over Banderas Bay and enjoying the sunset this time, surrounded by my friends and family of drifters, misfits, and retired bums – all of us adrift on the never ending adventure that is life here on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico!

Discover the pleasures of the Riviera Nayarit in amazing Mexico!



La Cruz Hosts 3rd Augas Abiertas Riviera Nayarit

Located on the Riviera Nayarit La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico expects 500 swimmers in all categories to participate in the third Aguas Abierta Riviera Nayarit, which is scheduled to take place on April 27, 2013 at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.  La Cruz is located between Bucerias and Punta de Mita, west of the 200 Road.

Young swimmers of all ages will be testing their endurance in this competition, with levels starting at:  7 to 10 year old children swimming 500 meters,  kids 11 and 12 swimming 1.250 km.; swimmers ages 13 and 14 competing in the 2.5 km swim, and amateurs 15 years and older swimming the 3.75 km in the required time of under 2 hours.  If the first two Aguas Abiertas are any guide – it’s going to be great fun for everyone!

The main competition will be a 5km race for professional swimmers with a time limit of 1 hour, 20 min.  Last year Alan Rojas Sagrero won in a time of 1:01:33 and Lizeth Rueda Santos in Aguas Abiertas Riviera Nayarit 2011 time of 103:26, both swimmers bettering the 2011 times!  This year should be an exciting competition. (photos courtesy of Riviera Nayarit)


Registration will be open until Wednesday, April 24th, so get signed up!  Until April 21 registration is $550 pesos, increasing to $600 pesos after that date.  For more information, contact: or

The public is invited to attend the competition.  Come and watch from the beach next to the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. The La Cruz Marina has hosted this event for the last 2 years. This competition draws the best swimmers the Riviera Nayarit region, and the rest of Mexico. This is an event not to be missed and fun for the entire family.  Come on over to La Cruz on April 27th and enjoy the Third Annual Augas Abiertas swimming competition.

Discover the Riviera Nayarit for an amazing Mexico vacation filled with beauty, amazing and beautiful beachfront and Eco Retreat rentals, along with fun Riviera Nayarit activities that will create beautiful memories lasting a lifetime for the entire family!


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.





The Beauty of the Riviera Nayarit

If you are looking for a new travel destination, a vacation that will truly be remembered, a tropical paradise filled with nature’s beauty and attractions that are truly breathtaking, then take time to discover the beauty of Riviera Nayarit. Riviera Nayarit is located north Puerto Vallarta in the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is also nestled along Sierra Madre Mountains. It boasts a 200 mile stretch of deep blue sandy beaches with first class resorts, beachfront rentals and one of a kind attractions. It is the beautiful place in Mexico where the jungle meets the Pacific ocean. The typical temperature is about 80 degrees, which is like summer everyday, and lows in the mid 60″s! The Riviera Nayarit is also listed as a very safe place to travel in Mexico.

Also, the perfect time to go is between December and April, which is known as the “high season” due to the perfect weather. One fact that most folks are not aware of is that the Riviera Nayarit is also the perfect Mexico vacation destination in the spring and early summer months. The snowbirds have left back to Canada or the U.S leaving the beaches almost to yourself, and the pricing is quite reduced for airfare, rentals and tours. They heat along with the rains have not yet arrived, making it a perfect Riviera Nayarit Spring vacation, with so many of the flowers in bloom. Riviera Nayarit is perfect for all ages, whether you are with your friends or family for sure everyone will enjoy their vacation.

Riviera Nayarit also offers lots of activities and attractions that will definitely make your stay worthwhile. If you are planning to just relax and unwind then you can check out some spas and wellness programs that are widely available in the pueblos lining the Riviera Nayarit. If you are the adventurous type, you will be glad to know that you can try canopy zip lining, ATV rides, deep sea fishing, sailing, diving or hiking in the jungles.  There is also  the very new popular sport SUP (Stand up and Paddle) and, of course world renown surfing.

You can also practice your swings because many top of the line golf courses are also available in Riviera Nayarit. What makes this beautiful paradise unique from other travel destinations is that it offers close nature encounters like swimming with dolphins, sea lion encounters and the most popular one, whale watching.

I am also quite sure that you will enjoy the night life and food along the coast and at the same time there are many stores and markets (also known as tianguis)  for shopping so you won’t have any problem looking for souvenirs, unique art and collectables.

So what are you waiting for? For your next vacation, definitely consider Rivera Nayarit, not only its beauty is truly a treasure, it also has lots of activities and attractions that are complete for your pleasure.

Discover the Riviera Nayarit for an amazing Mexico vacation, or relocate to Mexico for life!


Mexican Folk Dancing at Bucerias Restaurant
Sonora a la Parrilla

Bucerias, located on the north end of the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico has a wonderful Bucerias Restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla. There are plenty of  Bucerias restaurants, however this Bucerias restaurant is the only one specializing in Sonoran beef.
On Saturday, Jan 20th, they are having a FREE Folkloric Mexican Dance Show! There is no cover for the show, so its a great opportunity to come and enjoy tender Sonoran beef and a taste of authentic Mexico.
This Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla is a new Bucerias restaurant with a large lovely garden patio setting. They have their own butcher shop right at the restaurant and cut your choice of Marinated Arrachera, New York, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye, Beef or pork ribs, Prime Rib, T Bone, Porter House and  Vacio (Imported Angus). They also have chicken and shrimp cuisine, all cooked to perfection!  You can choose any of these cuts of beef and recieve an 8.8 oz. portion for only 99 pesos….now, that’s only $8 dollars U.S.! The meals are served with hand made tortillas, charro beans and three salsas.

You can’t find a better price for delicious tender Sonoran beef anywhere else on the Riviera Nayarit!
Of course this Bucerias restaurant also has a full bar to accompany your meal.

A Mexican Folklore Dancing Fiesta History

Mexican Folklore Dancing is an authentic Mexican dance expression that displays the colorful heritage of the beautiful country of Mexico. It is influenced by the complex history of Mexico, from the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican War if Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution.  It also has a unique mix of the Mexican Indian indigenous cultures in Mexico.
When you put it all together, it is now developed into an amazing beautiful dance with beautiful colorful costumes. The dancing itself portrays stories of the struggles and joys of Mexican life, their religious and cultural beliefs and the other festivals that they hold every year.The orgin of the Mexican Folklore dancing came from the Mesoamerican days, when the dancing was performed to appease the gods of the Mayas and the Aztecs. When the Spanish came to Mexico in the 16th Century, they brought the European style of dance like ballet, polka, waltzing and schottische, which heavily influenced the indigenous dancing.
Other conquests allowed the German, French, Italian and Spanish dances to mingle with the original Mexican folk dancing and out of that came three forms of Mexican folk dance.The first one is ‘Danza’, which is an indigenous ritual dance usually performed in religious and community settings.
The second is ‘Mestizo’, where the western influence came into play in the steps and the theme.
Then the ‘Bales Regionales’ or the regional dances are a dance form by each community. This dance is usually done in community and theatrical performances. Each state and region in Mexico  presents the Mexican dance form in a style that reflects its own unique customs and traditions.
Every Mexican community loves to celebrate life with dancing and parties. They love life, and expressing life with dance.
Come on down to the Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla on your Bucerias vacation on the Riviera Nayarit  for a delicious steak cut just the way you choose,  a traditional Mexican Folklore Dance on January 20, and enjoy the show while you dine. After all, you are in Mexico!
Sonora a la Parrilla also has live music every week, so check out the Bucerias calender for more details.

Enjoy the Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla for great Sonoran beef,
relocate to the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico for life!




A New Hospital in La Penita Mexico

This has been long over-due for the La Penita  residents and part time winter residents, and we welcome the new Real Nayar Hospital to the Riviera Nayarit! Since opening to the public the first week of July, 2012, La Peñita’s Real Nayar Hospital has ran smoothly and efficiently. Built and directed by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., this cutting-edge facility on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is currently offering emergency medical care, basic health care, and surgical services; including a supporting laboratory, pharmacy, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and personnel to support 15 patient rooms, nursery, and admitting


Hospital Services

At any given time up to five specialists and four nurses are on staff. Emergency services are available with three ambulances, two modern emergency rooms, and a separate admission’s room. Labor and delivery services include one delivery room and supportive care for complications and treatment of infants; a total of nine infants have been delivered as of August 1, 2012. Besides basic medical diagnostic equipment, Real Nayar Hospital is equipped with Computed Tomography (CT scans), X-ray, and sonography machines, as well as medical monitors, life support equipment, and medical laboratory equipment. In addition to services provided, a blood bank is planned to open in the very near future. Currently, the nearest blood bank in the Riviera Nayarit is in San Francisco, otherwise known as San Pancho, located about half-way between La Penita de Jaltemba and Nuevo Vallarta.

On average, the new La Penita hospital is visited by 15 to 20 patients per day, with 2 to 3 admitted overnight. The main clientele so far have been people of the local community, yet this hospital has been designed to accommodate non-nationals as well. According to Paramedic Arturo Gomez Ortiz, no patient will ever be turned away and the hospital will accept international insurance. Most of Real Nayar’s doctors have come from outside the La Penita de Jaltemba, though local doctors can attend their patients.

Hospital Rooms

During a tour of the entire hospital, given by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., I was impressed with the cleanliness of every room. There was even toilet paper in the bathrooms! Several of the private in-patient rooms, all located on the second floor, included a private patio with table and chairs, sink and shower, television, and a couch-like bed for the patient’s visitors. An elevator is available for patients and persons with disabilities. These amenities are something I have not seen in Mexico, though I am sure they exist. In addition to the amazing building and services offered, I was surprised by the warmth and friendliness of the entire staff.

As a full time resident of La Penita de Jaltemba, I have had my share of medical issues. With two stays at different hospitals, and assisting friends in the hospital, my experience with the medical care in Mexico has been mostly negative. So, its good to know that the new Hospital Real Nayar in La Penita is here for all of us!

I was reassured that family members would not have to provide 24 hour basic nursing care to the patient, provide basic essentials such as toilet paper and soap, nor run to the pharmacy looking for needed medications that are essential to a patient’s survival. I feel extremely confidant that medical care provided by Real Nayar, located in La Penita de Jaltemba on the Riviera Nayarit, is comparable to the same, if not better than, medical services I have received in the United Sates of America.

Directions to Real Nayar Hospital

Feel free to visit the hospital and say hello to the staff and Doctor Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., specializing in ER, and Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., (right) who is also Chief of Staff. Real Nayar is located 1 block south of the main avenida and 1 block east of the town plaza on the corner of calles Alfredo V. Bonifil and Bahia de Banderas. The Emergency Room entrance is located on Bahia de Banderas.

Real Nayar Hospital
Alfredo V. Bonfil #18 (corner of Bahia de Banderas)
La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit. Mexico 63720
(327) 274-3794

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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Summer Newsletter

This newsletter is written by Pamela Thompson….Thanks Pam for keeping us so informed on the Riviera Nayarit!
Here you will discover the clinics and the  pricing for the different clinics offered this summer.

We are combining our July and August newsletter for several reasons – the main one being that I am behind! We will do the same for September and October as well. And then, hopefully, the November newsletter will be jam-packed with loads of new “fall-winter season” items.

July-August Clinics
These screening-only clinics are offered at a discounted price available only through HealthCare Resources. They are held in various locations and can be booked by sending an email with the name(s) of the clinics, your name and phone number, and any questions you may have to Pamela(at)

Summer Clinics

Cardiac Clinic
July 27, 2012
$550 pesos – PLUS members $500 pesos
Includes: EKG, Blood Pressure Check, Consult/Interview with a bi-lingual cardiologist and their recommendations. (We recommend prior to the appointment, you have a Cholesterol Profile. We are offering a very discounted price for this at $322 pesos.)

Ear Clinic
July 31, 2012
$375 pesos – PLUS members $325 pesos
Includes: Complete evaluation by an ENT of your ears and a cleaning (if needed) – you’d be amazed at the “gunk” that builds up in our ears here due to the humidity. Note: This is not a hearing test! **We do have an audiologist that comes frequently to the area. If you would like an appointment with her, please let me know. She will be here again sometime in August.

Vascular Clinic
August 2, 2012
$400 pesos – PLUS members $350 pesos
Includes: Evaluation by a vascular specialist, checking your legs/pulses/carotids – see how your blood is flowing! You will receive a complete report with recommendations.

Foot Clinic
August 3, 2012
$300 pesos – PLUS members pay $250 pesos
Includes: Review of your feet/toes, pulses, balance and recommendations by a podiatrist. Our feet take a beating here! Take care of your tootsies! And if you haven’t yet had a “medical pedicure” – you should! It’s fabulous!

Women’s Clinic
August 7, 2012
$775 pesos – PLUS members pay $690 pesos
Includes: Consult/Interview, pap smear, pelvic exam, colposcopy. Wonderful female GYN. Note: If you are concerned about a hormone imbalance, we recommend having the lab-work prior to the appointment. We have a special price for this.

Eye Clinic
August 8, 2012
$400 pesos – PLUS members pay $350 pesos
Vision Exam, Eye Pressure Exam (Glaucoma check), consult.

Mammogram Clinic
August 9, 2012
$920 pesos – PLUS members pay $820 pesos
Includes: Digital mammogram, ultrasound (if necessary), manual exam, review of mammogram. Please ladies, this is important!

Men’s Urology Clinic
August 10, 2012
$700 pesos – PLUS members pay $650 pesos
Includes: Consult/Interview, ultrasound of kidneys, bladder and prostate, measurement of residual urine. (We recommend prior to your appointment a PSA and Urinalysis. We are offering a very discounted price of $470 pesos for these.)

Skin Clinic
August 15, 2012
$275 pesos – PLUS members pay $225 pesos
Includes: Review of your skin, from scalp to toes by an oncologist. Get those funny spots checked!

Ongoing Clinics

Colonoscopies, Endoscopies, Men’s and Women’s Check Ups

Our PLUS membership program has become quite popular the past couple of years. For further information, please visit (Prices are in pesos!)


Folks Returning in the Fall and Insurance Coverage

If you are preparing for your return in the fall/winter, we urge you to make sure that you have the proper insurance coverage. Please email me with any questions that you might have regarding this. And if you are in the area now, I am more than happy to sit down and have a chat about all of your healthcare needs. I have a new (and air conditioned!) office at Hospital Amerimed. I hope you will come by for a visit! As well, I am happy to give you a tour of this new, state-of-the-art facility.

Are you attempting to lose a few pounds? Or perhaps lower your cholesterol? Are you borderline diabetic and would like to get things under control? Please know that we work with a very knowledgeable, multilingual (and great!) registered dietician. Consider a few sessions with her and be prepared for success!

A New Source for Mail

Mailbox Etc in El Centro has a great new service for the Riviera Nayarit communities of Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz and San Pancho! Beginning July 16, 2012 anyone who signs up for a mailbox to receive their US/Canadian mail will receive mail delivery to their area! This is a simple, secure way for you to receive your mail, magazines and online purchases. They will also be collecting out-going mail. They can set up your service prior to your arrival if you are coming in the fall-winter. Please email Jessica Corley for further information. This is a wonderful service they will be providing!

We certainly hope that you are having a stupendous summer, wherever you are! Stay cool! Remember that we are here for all of your health care needs. For all of the latest news, look for HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta on Facebook.

WARM regards,
Pamela Thompson
HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta
Cell: 044-322-107-7007

Pamela Thompson has lived and worked in Puerto Vallarta for over 17 years, 10 of them in health care. Pamela now leads HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a local healthcare resource network. Her years of experience and expertise are available to you by emailing your questions to pamela(at) or by visiting

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Riviera Nayarit Community Fun

Its the middle of January already and the Riviera Nayarit in beautiful Mexico is in full swing for the winter season. There have been many community functions and business attractions, and we want to share some of them with you! There is always a lot happening on the Riviera Nayarit, and you can check out the happenings on,,,, and

The Third Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Fundraiser

The third annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary fundraiser was held this last Saturday on the 21st of January, 2012 at Tonita III in La Penita. The festivities included the beautiful Mexican Tepozcalli dancers from Las Varas and live music for some dancing with Manuel and Son. A lovely chicken dinner was served that included any beverage of your choice.
There was also three different auction fundraisers, the Chinese Auction, the Silent Auction and a Live Auction, which made for a really fun time! Every year the Rotary Club members give out awards to the outstanding citizens in Jaltemba Bay.
This year there were four volunteer groups that were recognized and honored for their services to the community.
If you are interested in becoming a Rotary Member, the Rotary meetings are held every Wednesday at Pina Coladas at 8:00am in Guayabitos. I am very proud to be a Rotary member here in Mexico and help bring in changes that help the peoples and the community without changing their wonderful culture.

Whats up on the Guayabitos Strip Mall

The Guayabitos Strip Mall is located behind the Oxxo in Rincon de Guayabitos, and has a lot to offer!
Starting out with Beauty by Aurora. She has a full staff and offers hair shampoo, cut and style, hair coloring, highlights and hair attachments. Manicure the hands and pedicure the feet, change your polish or add gel nails. Waxing for legs, bikini lines, lips, eyebrows, underarms and back. Aurora offers a complete line of hair and skin care services. Come and visit Aurora….you deserve it!

Next in line is the Espresso Internet Cafe, where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or a tasty latte’ while you check your e-mail.

And, what is a day without a great workout? Come and work off ail of those extra holiday pounds at the Fitness Pad.  The Fitness Pad has 20 fitness machines including treadmill, stationary bikes, a full kickboxing bag, adjustable 6-setting ab/crunch bench and a pull-up tower! There is also a entire free weight system with a professional trainer on staff.  Dell also has some fun workout clothes as well as other fun things to wear out and about. She has some great specials as well.

Then its time to eat! One of the best places in Guayabitos to eat at is TeriYaki Time Restaurant. Yakisoba, chicken, beef or shrimp teriyaki, fried rice and a variety of pasta dishes are served daily made fresh to order. Try a large fresh salads for lunch or check out their daily breakfast specials. They also make a great Thai Iced Tea, and have a good selection of wine and beer.

Annual Amigos de Lo de Marcos Fundraiser

It s that time of year again, and the Amigos de Lo de Marcos is having their amazing annual fundraising event on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit in Lo de Marcos Mexico. It all starts on Friday, February 3rd, at 8:30am, with a town “Walkabout” with a guided tour of Lo de Marcos. The tour will visit sites where the Amigos of Lo de Marcos works with the town, and will also cover the water issues of Lo de Marcos. There is also the new town compost project which is a great success!

When the tour of Lo de Marcos is finished there will be breakfast served at the Lo de Marcos town square.
The following day on Saturday, Feb 4th the Silent Auction begins at 4:00pm, along with the huge  rummage sale that you will not want to miss as well as freshly baked goodies for purchase. And what would a celebration and fundraiser be without ice cold beer and tasty margaritas? They will be served later in the evening form 7:00 to 10:00 pm. along with dancing to the Latin reggae sounds of two local bands, Mal Bichos, as well as some fun Salsa music with Rhythm Eleison.    Come and support the town and peoples of Lo de Marcos!

The 2012 Pro Surfing Tournament

On January 12,13 and 14 the 2012 Pro Surfing Tournament in Arroyo Seco was amazing.  Felipe Hernandez (left), age 21 from Sayulita, Nayarit took the first place for the Men’s Pro Category, as well Adan Hernandez, age 24 from Sayulita, taking 5th.
Edgar Rodrigues, age 14 from San Pancho took 4th place in the Sub 18 Category and Adan Hernandez (right) from Sayulita was presented a trophy by Artemio Rosas for “Arroyo Seco Pro 2012 Surfer of the Year”, recognizing his involvement in a large number of important international tournaments and his support for the surfing industry. It was really an amazing time and I loved covering the event, as all of the people I met were really cool and well as the fact tht surfing is a big thing in Mexico and all over the planet! The entertainment with DJ PIN, Christian Reggae by Majhave, and Christian Rap by 12 Clan was awesome and they all rocked the house.
I posted about 450 pics on the RivieraNayaritFun Picture Gallery as well! Enjoy!
You can read more about it on our town sites and
Here is a list of all of the winners below:

Sub 18 Catagory:                                                                                                             

1st  Place     Mario Farias, age 17 from Play Azul, Michoacan
2nd Place    Marcos Hootman, age 16 from Tecoman, Colima
3rd Place     Victor Alarcon, age 11 from Manzanillo, Colima
4th Place     Edgar Rodrizues, age 14 from San Pancho, Nayarit
5th Place     Edgar Juan Camarena, age 15 from Manzanillo, Colima                              

Mens Pro Catagory:

1st  Place    Felipe Hernandez, age 21 from Sayulita, Nayarit
2nd Place   Martin Olea, age 23 from Barra de Navidad
3rd Place    Adrian Rodriquez, age 25 from Sayulita, Nayarit
4th Place    Raul Medina, age 30 from Playa Azul, Michoacan
5th Place    Adan Hernandez, age 24 from Sayulia, Nayarit

It was a terrific time, and I can’t wait for the next tournament. Congratulations to all of the contestants and winners.
There are so many different things to do here on the Riviera Nayarit. I really love living here all year long! Come enjoy the amazing flavors of the Riviera Nayarit in beautiful Mexico!

Come to the Riviera Nayarit for your Mexico Vacation and enjoy all of the diversity this region has to offer! 

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