Musings from the Tropics
March, 2018 Edition
Spanish and French Below
The month of March brings a swift change to our client base and visitors. Our visitors from Canada and the United States for the most part are leaving before Semana Santa or Easter Week begins on March 25th.
Semana Santa is a big Holiday in Mexico with Students and many workers having time off and of course they leave the inland cities and head for the Beach!
Each Semana Santa and the week afterwords, which is called Semana Pasqua our beach towns are full to 100% occupancy and there is a party or gathering everywhere you look.
So let the party begin!
The advantages of early booking
As coastal Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta continue to gain in popularity each year, visitors are finding the best properties and best rates by booking early. Pre-bookings for the 2019 season are up 60% over this time last year and show little signs of slowing.
A few choice options that are available for the full season next year are.
Casitas Amparro, A two bedroom, 2 bath Bungalow in a small complex of 5 with a shared pool and gathering área — https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2018/01/18/casitas-amparo-for-rent-lo-de-marcos/ For a one month stay, the rate is $1500.00 USD per month.
3 bedroom, 1 bath just one block to the Town Plaza — Just $750.00 USD per month. https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2017/10/10/casa-jeronimo-for-rent-lo-de-marcos/
Bungalow Don Jose –
A very popular one bedroom, one bath unit for $775.00 USD per month https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2015/06/13/bungalow-for-rent-lo-de-marcos/
Casa Amore – 2 bedrooms, one bath, private outdoor patio — https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2017/03/16/casa-amore-for-rent-lo-de-marcos/ Priced at just $850.00 per month, this property is a winner!
Real Estate Spotlight
This month we have taken on two new listings that are both priced well and sure to sell quickly.
Casa David –
A delightful Fixer with potential, priced at less than $72,000.00 USD – https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2018/01/08/for-sale-casa-david-lo-de-marcos/
Bungalow Maria –
The location alone is worth the price. Located on Avenida del Bosque here in Lo de Marcos, the property is in a great part of town. The lote is 254 square meters on which sits a small bungalow. A total fixer with a great price! Click here for more details — https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2018/03/04/bungalow-maria-for-sale-lo-de-marcos/
Fundraising results for 2018
This season we organized and executed two Fundraising Events to benefit Lo De Marcos.
The 5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos generated $9310.00 pesos that was shared equally between two recipients. The Citizens Action Committee and Amigos De Lo de Marcos.
Our second fundraiser of the season which was the First Annual Chili Cookoff generated $5000.00 pesos which was donated to the San Marcos Evangelista Church, in Lo de Marcos.
To read more about how each of these events turned out, here are the links to follow.
Taste of Lo de Marcos – https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2018/02/24/what-a-blast-5th-annual-taste-of-lo-de-marcos/
Chili Cookoff — https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/2018/02/27/chili-cookoff-what-an-afternoon/
All of us at Galvan Real Estate and Services believe whole heartedly in our Social Responsibility Program, acting thru which, we able to make these Fundraising Events a reality!
You can see the entire statement here — Please take a look at our Full Statement here — https://www.galvanrealestateandservices.com/about/social-responsibility/
Events in the Banderas Bay
From the Bay Areas liveliest website – BanderasNews.com
Condos, Casas & Cocktails: FREE Real Estate Seminars
Thinking of buying Vallarta real estate? Join Tropicasa Realty & Garbo Bar for ‘Condos, Casas & Cocktails’ – a casual, yet informative, conversation about purchasing real estate in Mexico – every other Thursday at one of Puerto Vallarta’s most exciting residential developments, Pier 57.
3 Rooms, 3 Stages, The Best Entertainment in Vallarta
Banderas News Team
Act II continues to ‘Rock’ Puerto Vallarta with the best season of entertainment that this town has ever seen. Between all-new shows and the return of audience favorites, fans of live entertainment can choose from twenty-nine performances every week in 3 venues at Act II Stages.
Film Series: 2018 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees
Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas
From February 23 through March 3, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad will present ‘Academy Award Week,’ featuring nine of 2018’s best films – all of which have been nominated for Oscars – at The Jazz Foundation on the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Malecón Sculpture Tours Return to Puerto Vallarta
For more than a decade, Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson has been offering free guided Malecón Sculpture Tours every Tuesday morning. This year, he’s added a Sunset Tour on Thursdays in an effort to increase donations collected for Los Mangos Library.
Thursday Evening Fun at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The Marina Vallarta Art & Market resumes Oct. 19 and will run every Thursday from 6-10 pm through May 31, 2018. Market shoppers will find art & jewelery, organic foods & homemade breads, clothes & handicrafts, among many other wonderful things while enjoying live music and lots of fun.
‘Where in the World is Miss Conception’ at The Palm
Gary R. Beck
Miss Conception has returned to The Palm Cabaret for her annual run of shows in Puerto Vallarta. Very few impersonators match her expertise and creativity. Miss C. does not raise the bar. She IS the bar. Catch her every Monday at 7:00 & 9:30 pm and Thursday at 9:30 pm thru March 29.
‘The End of the Great Tale’ Exhibition at Vallarta’s OPC
An opening reception for ‘The End of the Great Tale,’ a contemporary art exhibition which investigates how Cuba is defined in 2018, will be held January 27 from 7-9 pm at the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales in El Centro. The expo, which includes a documentary film, continues through May 4.
This Week’s Line Up at Nacho Daddy/Boutique Theatre
Known as THE place to go for affordable nightlife in Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica, Nacho Daddy Mexico is where locals, ex-pats and tourists from around the world gather to eat, drink, dance, listen to great music, or catch a great show upstairs at The Boutique Dinner Theatre.
Daiquiri Dick’s Special Menu Features World Flavors
World cuisines offer a great variety in terms of flavors, tastes and combinations. The chefs at Daiquiri Dick’s in Puerto Vallarta have selected the top international cuisines that are worth traveling long and far for, and they are featured on the restaurant’s bi-weekly special dinner menu.
Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble 2018 Concert Schedule
Banderas News Team
The Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble has announced its 2018 concert series, ‘In Perfect Harmony: From Baroque to Broadway,’ with 6 performances scheduled in February and March. This series promises an intriguing mix of musical genres, with afternoon and evening performances scheduled.
VYC Announces Banderas Bay Regatta Season Schedule
Vallarta Yacht Club
The 2018 sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay. It all starts on January 6 with the Vallarta Cup Series, with races every Saturday throughout the month, the ‘Tenacita Cruise Out’ in February and the WesMex International Small Boat Regatta in March.
Feathers, Maracas and Pizzas, Oh My! – at The Palm
The Palm Cabaret continues their long tradition of providing Puerto Vallarta with spectacular entertainment. This season’s line-up includes some of PV’s favorite acts, along with an eclectic mix of professional shows presented by entertainers from around the world.
Tianguis Lo De Marcos’ Offers Great Shopping Every Saturday
Galvan Real Estate
Returning for its Fourth Season, Tianguis Lo De Marcos reopened its doors November 4 and features the works of over 50 talented Artisans including growers of organic produce and fresh flowers, and makers of fresh baked goods, handmade clothing, jewelry and more.
PV Real Estate Walking Tours Back by Popular Demand
The JG Group
Join The JG Group’s Vallarta Real Estate Advisors Julie Guerrero and Dean McConkey on Saturdays for the only real estate walking tour in La Zona Romantica. These free tours visit nine of the new real estate projects in one of PV’s fastest growing areas. (Advance reservations required.)
Riverfest 7 Vallarta Music Festival, March 2-4, 2018
El Rio and Pasitos de Luz have announced the 7th Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held on March 3, 2018. Come enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay’s best musicians, along with the best BBQ, Paella & Pasta in PV – all for a good cause!
Fast Eddie’s Karaoke Party, Saturdays at Nacho Daddy
Karaoke: Sober enough to sing. Drunk enough to do it. Its a fine line… Join hosts Fast Eddie and Catherine Beeghly every Saturday night from 8:30 pm until 12:00 am for a fun-filled night of Karaoke at Nacho Daddy Mex Tex Restaurant and Bar on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.
‘Beers, Boys & Burgers’ Every Sunday at Hotel Mercurio
Banderas News Team
The poolside bar at Hotel Mercurio has long been a favorite hangout, but on Sundays, the party amps up a few notches with the ‘Beers, Boys & Burgers’ Party. From 4:00 to 7:00 pm, the hunky Mercurio boys serve up tasty hamburger sliders and all the beers you can drink for just $150 pesos!
‘Donny Most, Mostly Sings’ Opens March 5 at Act II
Donny Most, best known as ‘Ralph Malph’ from the hit television show ‘Happy Days,’ has returned to his first love… singing! He’s created a new show, ‘Donny Most, Mostly Sings’ which he’ll be presenting on March 5, 6, 8 and 10 at Act II STAGES on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.
IFC Home Tours ‘A Wonderfully Different Thing To Do’
One of the most popular tourist activities in all of Puerto Vallarta is the IFC’s Home Tours. So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled day of discovery, while giving a helping hand to the less fortunate in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas.
‘Year of the Dog’ Champagne Brunch to Benefit SPCA de PV
Since, according to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is The Year of the Dog, which emphasizes dependability, loyalty and reunions with family and friends, a lovely champagne brunch will be held at Casa Kimberly on Wednesday, March 7 at 11:00 am to benefit the SPCA de PV.
2017-2018 Centro Historico ArtWalk Every Wednesday Night
Thirteen art galleries in downtown Puerto Vallarta are busy getting ready for the 2017-2018 season’s first Centro Historico ArtWalk and cocktail reception, which will be held on October 25th. This year’s art walk will run every Wednesday evening from 6-10 pm through May 30, 2018.
2018 Vallarta Bird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden is home to over 200 different species of birds, and will be the site for the 2018 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 9-11. Three action packed days of birding and nature walks in unique habitats with expert guides will satisfy even the most advanced birders.
Int’l Sailing Competition Returns to Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Puerto Vallarta will host the 42nd edition of the Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, MEXORC, March 9-14 as part of the city’s 100th anniversary festivities. The destination is expecting to receive about 30 ocean-type sailboats ranging from 37-70 feet, each with an average of 12 crew members.
‘Artists for Orphans’ Benefit for Corazón de Niña
More than 35 artists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta’s Corazón de Niña children’s home in an ‘Artists for Orphans Garden Party’ fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Hacienda de Carlota Restaurant.
Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra Spring Concerts
The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra will be offering two concerts on March 11 and 12, featuring Grammy award winning cellist Donald Moline. On March 19, ensembles drawn from the PVCO will give a repeat performance of the sold-out concert offered on Isla Cuale in January.
‘Arabian Night’ to Benefit Purr Project at Daiquiri Dick’s
On March 13, Daiquiri Dick’s Restaurant will be hosting an ‘Arabian Night’ to benefit Purr Project. You’ll enjoy cocktails, yummy appetizers, an exciting performance by belly-dancers, a front-row seat for one of Puerto Vallarta’s fabulous sunsets, and more – all for a good cause!
ExPats in Vallarta March 2018 Happy Hours & Events
ExPats in Vallarta, a fun and friendly group of Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors from other countries, have a variety of entertaining social events scheduled for March, from Happy Hours, Wine & Appetizer Evenings and Special Dinners to free Zumba classes.
Charity Bingo at Nacho Daddy Every Other Wednesday
Are you ready for some BINGO? A new season of Charity Bingo returns to Nacho Daddy on November 8, 2017, and will be played every other Wednesday at 4:00 pm to raise money for two Puerto Vallarta non-profit organizations: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic.
Mexico SUP & Paddleboard Team Selection in Vallarta
From March 14 to 18 Puerto Vallarta will host the National Stand Up Paddle and Paddle Board Championship and Festival, which will result in the picks for the Mexican national team that will represent the country in international jousts such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Third Democrats Abroad Forum, March 19 in The Red Room
Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas
In Puerto Vallarta, we live in a multinational bubble, not realizing we are a microcosm for an interwoven set of relationships in North American. Democrats Abroad are holding their 3rd forum, ‘North America: The Interdependent Continent,’ March 19 in ACT II’s Red Room.
2018 Performance of Circo de los Niños de San Pancho
The Circo de los Niños de San Pancho, a social and artistic program founded by the co-creator of Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Gilles St. Croix, will present their new show ‘Voila!’ in collaboration with the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School, March 21-24 at the Circo Bodega in San Francisco, Nayarit.
Mariachis, Margaritas & More – a Real Mexican Fiesta
The beautiful stone-colonnaded interior courtyard of the Presidencia – Puerto Vallarta’s historic Town Hall, on the zocalo in the heart of Old Town – will be the site of a fabulous Mexican Fiesta sponsored by the Viejo Vallarta and Amapas Neighborhood Associations on Friday, March 23.
ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Registration is Open for Vallarta Restaurant Week 2018
Banderas News Team
Registration is now open for Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit restaurants interested in participating in Restaurant Week 2018, which will implement a few changes this year. First and most important, the festival will run from May 15-June 10, giving foodies 10 extra days to enjoy!
Vallarta Whale Watching Season Opens December 8
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers many ecological tours, but nothing compares to the thrill of whale watching on Banderas Bay. The 2017-2018 whale watching season officially opens December 8, giving everyone a chance to observe Humpback whales in their natural habitat.
All of us at Galvan Real Estate and Services are here to help with all of your Real Estate, Rental and Property Management questions so, please feel free to contact us anytime.
Office in Lo de Marcos–52 (327) 275-0233
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Reflexiones del trópico
Bungalow Don Jose –
Bungalow Maria –
Nuestra segunda recaudación de fondos de la temporada, que fue la Primera Chili Cookoff anual, generó $5000.00 pesos que fueron donados a la Iglesia San Marcos Evangelista, en Lo de Marcos.
Eventos en la Bahía de Banderas