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Tropical Musings from Paradise November, 2020 Edition

One thing that I have learned from this Pandemic is that we are All in This Together.  No matter your station in life, your finances, your medical health, or the size of your family this virus has had a profound impact on the way that each of us leads our daily lives and thinks about the future.

I do know that by standing together, we can achieve more and hold on stronger than if we stand alone.

I have a great sense of pride to be living in Lo de Marcos, born and raised in Colima and most importantly Mexican.  Mexicans are a resilient people and as a country, we need to unite and repair ourselves.  My friends in other countries, I ask for you to do the same.  Perhaps working together on a local level, a national level, and on an international level, we can bloom again.

Just two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go away from the office for a few days.  My criteria were safety and social distancing.  I found a wonderful oasis of a community named Punta el Custodio.

A small private enclave of 14 stately properties which are located 75 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Punta el Custodio has never been more relevant than it is today. You can leave your troubles behind as you escape the crowds … the city … the real world… and discover a charming and architecturally unique community that is located within a secluded gated safe haven.

To read more about this paradise click here —


Cooking with Armando

Over the past few months, I have taken more of an active interest in cooking and experimenting with new recipes.  Here is one that I have enjoyed twice and really enjoy.

If you like juicy BBQ Ribs with the meat literally falling off the bone and you own a slow cooker, you might want to try this out.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs are easy and absolutely DELICIOUS! Fall-off-the-bone tender ribs finished off in the oven to create the best, barbecue sticky glaze and caramelized edges! The 4-ingredient marinade is hands down the best marinade smothered on ribs.

I add an additional teaspoon of the Cayenne pepper and skip the last step in the oven and I have not been disappointed, nor have my guests.

Here is the complete recipe —

Let me know what you think after you have made them!

Real Estate Spotlight

**Lot Larios in Lo de Marcos

This prime titled lot For Sale is 830 square meters and located on the corner of Calle las Minitas and Privada Morelos. A choice Corner lot with an Ocean View!

Located literally steps to the beach, this large lot would make for a tremendous Estate Property close to the beach in charming Lo de Marcos.

For more details and pictures, click here —

Rental Spotlight –

**Casa Pajaritos in Lo de Marcos.

This cozy and stylish home is situated on a small hill affording it sweeping views of the pueblo of Lo de Marcos, the Pajarito Mountains and glimpses of the beach.

The main living area of the home is a spacious open design concept living-dining room with a large deck that overlooks the town.  A large bedroom with Air Conditioning has an adjoining bathroom and is accessible off the main living area.

You will enter the house thru a gated courtyard filled with tropical plans and follow the cobblestone path to the front door. The moment you enter the front door you will feel the tension go away.

For more details and pictures, click here —

**Casa McFuego in Puerto Vallarta.

Located oceanfront along the breathtaking South Shore of Puerto Vallarta, just 3 miles from the charm of downtown Puerto Vallarta and the Romantic Zone. The villa overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean and has Beach access. The spacious villa is designed in the traditional Mexican style with terra cotta tile floors, hand-hewn wooden beams, hand-painted tiles & decorated with an organic combination of antiques, Handwoven textiles & an extensive collection of the owners art from Mexico and abroad.

For more details and pictures, click here —

El Vinatero Bar and Artist Collective

Given the mandate to reduce occupancy of the bar to 30% we had no choice but to remove tables and chairs away to storage.

We replaced those missing tables with an Artist Cooperative.  Come on in and see pottery from Tonala, tie-die creations, wonderful paintings, Talavera, Lo de Marcos Souvenir items, and more.

You can still find the best in Mexican Wines and Beers along with a Full Bar currently open from Noon to 8.00 PM.  These hours may change based on customer requests.

You can follow El Vinatero on Facebook here –



Event Calendar for Banderas Bay & Beyond
from Puerto Vallarta’s Liveliest Website!


Tired of Staying Home? Visit Vallarta Botanical Garden
Banderas News Team        

The Vallarta Botanical Garden is now open! Visiting the Garden is a great way for families to do something healthy and fun together. With 74 acres to explore you can keep your distance from others while enjoying the wonders of nature and breathing in some fresh air.

Farmers Markets are Opening in the Riviera Nayarit
Norma Hernández

Shopping will be an exciting experience from November through April, thanks to the reopening of traditional outdoor markets in coastal towns along the Riviera Nayarit, where local vendors are offering organic & artisanal products with all safety measures in place.

Spend a Day at the SPCA Sanctuary in Puerto Vallarta

Spend a rewarding afternoon at the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Sanctuary. The dogs and cats sheltered there are awaiting ‘forever homes’ and need your help to jump start their socialization. The goal is to get these animals adjusted and ready to interact in the real world.

PV Restaurants Open for Dine-in, Takeout & Delivery
Lorena Sonrisas

Though Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez has activated the ’emergency button,’ which means that restaurants in most of the state can offer take-out service only, here in Puerto Vallarta, restaurants can operate until 8:30 pm, and offer carryout and delivery after dining rooms close.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour & Culinary Adventure
Banderas News Team

With social distancing being the ‘new normal,’ Vallarta Botanical Garden is now offering private Botanical Delights & Culinary Adventure Tours. This exclusive experience immerses guests in the natural beauty of Mexican plants and the richness of authentic Mexican cuisine.

2020 Puerto Vallarta Hook the Cure Event Goes Virtual
Gary Green

In 2020, fundraising events look a little bit different from the way they used to. Hook the Cure powered by IOTEC is no exception. This year’s 15th annual outing, usually held at Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, will be held virtually this November.

Vallarta to Host 2020 Pacific Games November 13-15th

If you are into Crossfit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the place to be from November 13-15th as the city hosts the seventh edition of the Pacific Games, one of the largest national sporting events focused on lovers of crossfit and 21st century physical training.

2020 Puerto Vallarta – San Sebastián Cycling Challenge
Luis Antonio

If you are looking for a unique outdoor activity that’s sure to cure the quarantine blues, look no further than the Puerto Vallarta-San Sebastian Challenge, a 70 kilometer bike ride from the coast to a mountain village perched 1,500 meters above sea level.

A Thanksgiving Feast at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Marie Callan

Visiting the Vallarta Botanical Garden is a great way for families to spend quality time together, something that’s especially important on holidays. On Thursday, November 26, the Garden will be serving a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, complemented by live music, from 12:00 until 5:00 pm.

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.

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