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Musings from Paradise December, 2019

Posted by AdminGalvan on December 3, 2019
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I cannot believe that it is December already!  This year has gone by in a flash.

December is here, a hard reality to fathom. The year has gone by very quickly indeed! It’s been a busy one for us at Galvan Real Estate and Services and we would like to thank you for making this a reality and we look forward to seeing you soon in our Coastal Paradise.

As many of you know, I am returning for the 2nd year as the President of Amigos de Lo de Marcos, AC.

Amigos de Lo de Marcos is a Civil Association made up of volunteers working together in harmony to address the continuing needs of our community and to contribute to the quality of life in the community of Lo de Marcos through cultural, educational, environmental and charitable assistance programs. You can get involved or even make a Donation to Amigos here —

This year, one of my goals is to increase the overall participation within Amigos with additional outreach to full-time town residents.

Our General Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Oscars Tacos just off the square.  Social Time begins at 5.30 and the meeting begins at 6.00 PM.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.



Mandarina, a new slice of heaven in Riviera Nayarit

For years Riviera Nayarit lived in the shadow of nearby, booming Puerto Vallarta. Sharing one airport, Riviera Nayarit was considered an add-on destination, or a day trip from the more developed, cruise-ready, coastal city.

But this year, the 12th anniversary of Riviera Nayarit’s designation as its own tourist zone, it seems the destination is doing just fine.

Designated a Virtuoso Preferred Destination, it has luxury spas, PGA golf courses, whale watching, turtle releases, zip-lining, surfing, international cuisine, and local art, and accommodations ranging from top-of-the-line luxury resorts to eco-focused boutique hotels and B&Bs. And there is much more on the way, as Riviera Nayarit expands rapidly in preparation for the next 10 years.

Today, Riviera Nayarit welcomes Mandarina, the ultra-luxury resort and residences in the Mexican jungle currently under construction. It offers upside investment potential to high net worth buyers. Mandarina is located in Riviera Nayarit, along a nearly 200-mile coastline, less than an hour drive north of Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz).

The One&Only Mandarina Private Homes will debut alongside the One&Only Mandarina beach resort, luxury Rosewood Residences, and Rosewood Mandarina.

The villas of One&Only Mandarina Private Homes, designed by the internationally noted Rick Joy Architects, are selling quickly. Prices range from $4.5 million to $12 million. Since launching sales early this year, a range of North American buyers has purchased seven villas in Phase One.

There are 55 One&Only branded villas, all with ocean views. The striking contemporary architecture fits with the surrounding landscape. Homes range in size from approximately 8,000 to 18,000 square feet of interior/exterior living. The indoor/outdoor lifestyle is showcased throughout, taking advantage of the mild climate. Infinity-edged pools overlook the jungle, coastline, and ocean, all homes are positioned for privacy and of course the views.

To read the full article written by Ellen Paris, that was published by Forbes can be read here —

Contact me to arrange your VIP Tour of these Luxury Residences –


Introducing Ursulo Galvan

While located just across the highway from Lo de Marcos, Úrsulo Galván is located in the municipality of Compostela.

Ursulo Galvan is comprised of pristine farms, ranch land, and estuaries.  As of July 2016, the population of this charming pueblo was just 538 residents, with 289 of them being male and 249 of them female.

The population of the Pueblo consists of 232 minors and 306 adults, with 43 of the resident being 60 years and older.

The Rancho of Ursulo Galvan includes flat pasture land, hillsides with Ocean Views, and large ranchitos.  Simply put Uruslo Galvan is a stunning location, lush, green and vibrant.

Many of the towns founding families also have holdings in Ursulo Galvan.

We are pleased to have over 200 Hectares of land for sale in this newly discovered paradise!

The lots are primed are ready to be converted to a Bank Trust.

For more details on this once in a lifetime opportunity click here —


Vacation Rental Spotlight – Puerto Vallarta Bound!

In Puerto Vallarta, there is an area named Conchas Chinas and Conchas Chinas is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta.

These luxurious Villas are the ideal rental for families or groups that want to be in the heart of the action in Puerto Vallarta while at the same time escaping the Hotel Scene

Our private Villa rentals all include a daily maid and a cook who will prepare two meals a day.

Take a look at these two Luxurious Villas for rent to see for yourself.


**Casa Dos Cisnes is a luxury five-bedroom, five and two 1/2 bath Mexican colonial-style home located high in the hills of the Sierra Madre mountain chain in the exclusive Conchas Chinas neighborhood, a five-minute drive away from the Romantic Zone in the Old Town of Puerto Vallarta. Built on four levels around a central courtyard, the house has approximately 10,000 square feet of living area with spectacular views overlooking the Bay of Banderas. The infinity pool, dramatic winding staircase, hacienda-style iron chandeliers, multiple fountains and weeping walls, brick bovedas, high-beamed ceilings, fully-equipped exercise gym, large media/entertainment room, and full-time staff will satisfy the expectations of the most discriminating of travelers.

To view this stunning Villa, click here —


**Luxury Villa Montecito

Welcome to the complete Luxury experience – Villa Montecito in total is a 12 bedroom property where you can rent as few as just 6 bedrooms. The Villa boasts a prime beachfront location in lower Conchas Chinas just a short drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta.

The spacious 4 Level Villa features a main level open concept living /dining space that flows to outdoor living /dining.

The villa is designed with simple contemporary lines, with splashes of colorful art, the better to appreciate the view of the rugged south coast & sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Here you can enjoy the complete beachfront luxury experience with an oversize heated infinity pool shimmering above the sparkling Pacific Ocean, just steps from the sandy beach.

The villa includes full attentive staff, WIFI & premium bedding & a private concierge to take care of all of the details from airport transfers, spa services at the villa or a cruise on a private yacht.

The cook is available for delicious two meals a day.

Villa Montecito is perfect for groups of friends, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and any special occasion.

This Villa epitomizes Luxury here in Puerto Vallarta!

For more details, click here —


Getting Together for an Unforgettable Destination Party

Okay now, this sounds like a ton of fun!

For that next special birthday that ends in an 0 or a 5, why not take that opportunity to get away and connect with your closest friends in the tropical warmth of Mexico.

Imagine a five-day beach party with a different theme every night, daily tours, in house massage and then finishing off the week with a fireworks display and Live Mariachis!

While destination weddings have been the hot trend for a decade, baby boomers are jumping on the idea and celebrating milestone birthdays in exotic locations.

Read the FULL Story here for your motivation —


El Vinatero in Lo de Marcos

A new concept in town is this charming Bar with a focus on Wine and Beers produced here in Mexico.

Add that to a full events calendar, and you have stumbled into the newest hot spot in Lo de Marcos.

Located on Luis Echeverria #37, a fun place to visit.

Follow El Vinatero on Facebook here –


Event Calendar for Banderas Bay & Beyond

…from Puerto Vallarta’s Liveliest Website!

From live music to cultural festivals, charity events and special interest group meetings, there’s always something fun to do in Puerto Vallarta. Events in the Banderas Bay area encompass a broad range of interests and enthusiasm covering everything from Mariachi, Cultural, International Film, Fine Arts, and Gourmet Festivals to Fishing, Tennis and Golf Tournaments.

Are you planning an event in Puerto Vallarta or the greater Banderas Bay area? Send a brief description, including information on whom we should contact to learn more, to events(at)

Opening Nights at Act2PV are ‘Wowing’ PV Audiences
Marsha Ross                 

Act2PV is delighted to welcome two of its favorite long-time performers back to The Red Room stage this week… Delighted Tobehere and Steve Grand. Both of these performers are well-known and loved by audiences here in Puerto Vallarta and their shows are sure to sell out!

Lady Zen Brings ‘Ladies of Legend’ to The Palm Cabaret            

The Palm Cabaret is thrilled to welcome Lady Zen, an award-winning lyric fusion poet and vocalist/jazz singer, to their entertainment lineup. Catch her engaging and unique ‘Ladies of Legend’ on Nov. 27, 29 & 30 at 5:30 pm; on December 15 at 7:30 pm, and on Dec. 18 & 19 at 9:30 pm.

Puerto Vallarta South Side Shuffle Returns November 29
Banderas News Team

On Friday, November 29, 2019, and every other Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through April 3, 2020, La Zona Romantica will come to life as locals and tourists alike head over to Basilio Badillo to do the South Side Shuffle, the only ongoing party of its kind in all of Puerto Vallarta.

Season’s First South Side Shuffle Expo at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

An art exhibition by Guadalajara artist Luis Castellanos Valui opens at Galleria Dante November 29 as part of the first South Side Shuffle of the season. Stop by Vallarta’s largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Two Art Exhibitions Open October 26 at OPC Vallarta
Pilar Perez

Two contemporary art exhibitions linked by sound, seismic landscapes and images – ‘Michael Nyman: In Movement’ and ‘Señales y Sonidos de la Tierra’ – will open October 26, 2019 at Puerto Vallarta’s Office of Cultural Projects, where they will remain on display through January 18, 2020.

XXV Vallarta Int’l Festival Gourmet at Kaiser Maximilian
Laura Gelezunas

Kaiser Maximilian has been a Festival Gourmet participant every year and, in this 25th edition, they’re serving a special Austrian Haute Cuisine menu, featuring a fantastic repertoire of recipes from Guest Chef Patrick Gfrerer, through Saturday, December 14.

Savor the Flavors of the World at Daiquiri Dick’s
Banderas News Team

Take your taste buds on a world tour… and you don’t even have to leave Puerto Vallarta to do it! Daiquiri Dick’s is known for its international cuisine, and their latest bi-weekly dinner specials menu offers a wide selection of tastes through November 30, 2019.

Hedda Lettuce Tosses Caution to the Wind at Act2PV
Debbie White

Six-time Drag Queen of the Year Award-winner and legendary ‘green goddess’ of drag, Hedda Lettuce has returned to Puerto Vallarta for her fifth season at Act2PV, where she’s performing her one-woman cabaret show, ‘Tossed Salad,’ every Thursday and Friday at 9:30 pm.

Ready to Shop? Tianguis Lo de Marcos Every Saturday
Armando Contreras

The Tianguis Lo de Marcos will reopen its doors for its sixth season on November 2, 2019. Held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, this weekly event expects to continue its growth and history of drawing shoppers from around Banderas Bay to this small town on the Riviera Nayarit.

‘Movember’ is All About Men’s Health in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta is celebrating Men’s Health Month by turning the DiagnostiK parking lot into a ‘Movember’ carnival – complete with free games, beer, tacos & live music! Join us on November 30, from 3-8 pm, as we promote prostate and testicular cancer awareness.

Mariachis, Margaritas & More – a Real Mexican Fiesta
Amapas Neighborhood Association

On Saturday, November 30, the fourth edition of ‘Mariachis, Margaritas, and More’ will once again bring the amazing sights, exhilarating sounds, and authentic flavors of Mexico to the Puerto Vallarta Municipal Presidency courtyard – for a good cause!

‘Evening Under the Stars’ Gala Benefit for SPCA de PV
Andrea Peters

Tickets are now on sale for an extraordinary “Evening Under the Stars,” the annual fund raiser for the SPCA de Puerto Vallarta. You won’t want to miss this spectacular event, scheduled to be held at the beautiful Oscar’s Restaurant on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Enjoy a Spectacular Sunday Brunch at The River Café
María Francesca

There is no better way to spend your Sunday than with a leisurely brunch at The River Café. Enjoy your favorite breakfast and lunch items, including an omelet station, coffee, juice and much more in a beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere, every Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.

‘Beers, Boys & Burgers’ Every Sunday at Hotel Mercurio
Banderas News Team

The poolside bar at Hotel Mercurio has long been a favorite hangout for locals, expats and tourists. On Sundays, the party amps up a few notches with the ‘Beers, Boys & Burgers’ Party, featuring the hunky Mercurio boys grilling up tasty hamburger sliders and all the beers you can drink for $150 pesos!

Act2PV’s Tribute to Michael Jackson Thrills Vallarta
Gary R. Beck

An innovative new show unlike any seen in Puerto Vallarta before has been designed for the beginning of Season Seven at Act2PV: ‘MJ Live.’ This 90-minute spectacular pays homage to the songs and dances that made Michael Jackson one of the most revered artists of our time.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour and Culinary Adventure
Neil Gerlowski

There’s no place quite like the Vallarta Botanical Garden, and the Botanical Delights Tour and Culinary Adventure is the best way to get the most from your experience there. This guided tour immerses guests in the natural beauty of Mexico and the richness of Mexican cuisine.

Spend the DAY at the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Sanctuary
Janice Gonzalez

Ordinary people come to Vallarta to vacation. Extraordinary people come to Vallarta and volunteer! Spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling with the animals at Puerto Vallarta’s SPCA. Our dogs and cats are awaiting ‘forever homes,’ and need your help to jump start their socialization.

Free Malecón Sculpture Tours on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Banderas News Team

The free Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Puerto Vallarta Malecon Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, return for the 14th season this month. Morning tours will be held every Tuesday at 9:30 am and evening tours on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

Local Artists Offering Art Workshops at Galleria Dante
Michaela Flores

Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, recently announced the return of their popular art workshops on the beautiful Di Vino Dante rooftop. This season’s classes will be presented by local artists Nino Magaña, Efren Gonzalez and Donna Dickson.

IFC Vallarta Home Tours Resume December 3, 2019
Banderas News Team

The International Friendship Club provides one of the most popular tourist activities in all of Puerto Vallarta, their always special Home Tours. So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled day of discovery, while helping the less fortunate.

2019-2020 Centro Historico ArtWalk Begins October 30
Lorena Sonrisas

Over the years, Puerto Vallarta has established itself as a vibrant center of art creation, exhibition and promotion. An important contribution to the city’s art scene is the Centro Historico ArtWalk which will be celebrating its 24th season every Wednesday from October 30, 2019 through May 27, 2020.

Thursday Shopping at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market
Lorena Sonrisas

Shoppers will find art & jewelery, organic foods & homemade breads, clothes & handicrafts, and many other wonderful things, every Thursday from 6-10 pm at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market. Live music and dance performances add to the festive atmosphere.

Mixtli Christmas FUNdraiser for Vallarta Orphanages
Gabrielle Tenney Ibarra

Mark your calendar for December 6, so you won’t miss Mixtli’s 2nd annual Christmas Party for Charity. You’ll enjoy live music, food, drink and a silent auction with lots of great products and prizes. All proceeds will be used to spread Christmas cheer in Puerto Vallarta orphanages.

Navy League Announces 2019 Toys for Tots Fundraisers

It may be a warm and steamy August, but the Puerto Vallarta Navy League Council is already hard at work preparing for the 22nd consecutive year of raising funds to distribute toys to needy kids this holiday season. This year’s Golf Tournament is set for Dec. 7th, followed by the Charity Ball on the 8th.

‘Frida & Diego V’ Animal FUNdraiser at Casa Yvonneka
Marie Callan

Tickets are on sale now for one of the holiday season’s most popular events – Casa Yvonneka’s annual Frida FUNdraiser for Puerto Vallarta Animals. The fifth edition of this fabulous costume party with a cause will be held on Dec. 7 at Casa Yvonneka, a luxurious villa overlooking Banderas Bay.

Bahía World Music Festival Comes to Vallarta, Dec. 7-8
Paco Ojeda

The Bahía World Music Festival is coming to Puerto Vallarta December 7 & 8. Oscar’s Restaurant on La Isla Rio Cuale will host the two-day event that will feature bands of international renown, along with a talent competition focusing on local underage musicians.

Biweekly Vallarta Charity Bingo Games at Nacho Daddy

A new season of Charity Bingo returns to Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar on October 30, 2019. Games will be played every other Wednesday at 4:00 pm to raise money for two very special Puerto Vallarta non-profit organizations: Pasitos de Luz and Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club News & Upcoming Events
David Muck

The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is also making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Here’s the latest news from the PVGC.

Kim Kuzma Brings British Invasion to The Palm Cabaret
Debbie White

Kim Kuzma, one of Puerto Vallarta’s funniest and most loved Divas of Song, is bringing an exciting new show to The Palm Cabaret this season. In ‘British Invasion,’ Kim and her band will perform favorites from ‘across the pond,’ every Tuesday and Saturday from Dec. 14 through early April.

A New Season of El Parque de los Azulejos Workshops

Local artist Natasha Moraga has been magically transforming Puerto Vallarta with her colorful mosaics since 2012. Her latest project, turning Lazaro Cardenas Park into El Parque de los Azulejos / Tile Park PV, is all about community, and everyone is invited to participate.

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Margarita Bonita

Turtle-loving travelers heading to Puerto Vallarta this summer are invited to join one of the Banderas Bay region’s many sea turtle protection programs which, every year, help thousands of baby Olive Ridley turtles survive long enough to reach the sea.

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