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Tropical Musings from South of the Border – October 2018 Edition

In the Galvan office October is always a frenetic month for us.  We are busy trying to finish current projects and prepare for opening day of the Tianguis and High Season all at the same time.

This October we are seeing a surprisingly early number of Snowbird arrivals as well as homeowners returning and settling in for the Season.

Before we know it High Season 2018- 2019 will be upon us and no matter how much we plan and how well organized we think we are… the first few weeks of November serve as a humble reminder of what we didn’t accomplish and what we still need to do!

This December marks Galvan Real Estate and Services 5th Anniversary!

We would not be here without you!

We are thankful to all of you for your acceptance, support, friendship and your business along the way.

Galvan is hosting a blowout Celebration on December 12th, 2018 in celebration of our 5 year Anniversary, that will be a Fair for everyone in to enjoy.  A mechanical Bull, Carnival Games, Corndogs, Churros, Popcorn and Live Music are just a few of the things that you can expect.

During the evening, we will also publically announce our Giving Tree Program, review its goals and introduce you to the Inaugural class of English Students.

Save the date and watch our November Newsletter for full details on this exciting evening under the stars.

Vacation Rentals

**Located in Lo de Marcos, is a small complex of 6 bungalows set around a central pool.  Each of the Bungalows have a classic Hacienda Old World Style décor and while it different from the others offers the same amenities.  A great price makes this an excellent option for your stay in town.

Welcome to Bungalows Aremar

**Located In Lo de Marcos, is a charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath Casita with a shared pool.  This property currently offers the best rates in town at just $700.00 USD for one week, $1400.00 per week for the Holidays.


Take a look at Casa de Fruta —

Something New in Lo de Marcos

Hold onto your hats everyone!  On December 1st, there will be a new hot spot opening in our lovely Pueblo!

El Vinatero, a Wine Bar and Tasting Room will be opening on Luis Echeverria 37 just across the street from El Paraiso.  Imagine finding the best of many worlds right across the street from one another!

El Vinateros initial schedule will be from Noon until 9.00 pm 7 days a week.

Promising fine wines from here in Mexico, a few crafts beers and even meat and cheese plates, El Vinatero should be on everyone’s bucket list this season when visiting Lo de Marcos.        `

You can learn more about El Vinatero here –

Real Estate for Sale

It’s no secret that Real Estate prices in Lo de Marcos and in fact all of Riviera Nayarit are on the rise.  However with that said, compared to most other resort communities, owning your home in Paradise is still an affordable option.

We would like to present you with a few excellent investment options.

**Casa Cardenales – 10 Bedrooms in Rincon de Guayabitos

Located on Calle Cardinales in Rincon de Guayabitos you will find this large property that is loaded with the potential to become an impressive Bungalow with multiple units.

Casa Cardenales is a great opportunity for someone looking for an investment.

The large 300 M2 residential house adjoining the bungalows, can provide gracious living space for an onsite owner or Manager.   Or you keep it setup the way it currently is, which is separated into individual rooms which creates a smaller owners living space.

Additionally, this large property boasts Four 1-bedroom/1-bath units and Two 1 bedroom/1bath units with Kitchens.

For more information on this exceptional investment, click here –


**Casa Romero in Lo de Marcos – 2 bedroom and 1 bath for $61,000.00 USD

This cute 2 bedroom, one bath Casita is located on Calle Vicente Guerrero.   The overall lot size is 383 square meters, which includes a backyard space that can be turned into a tropical garden.


For pictures and more information, click here —

**Lote Ezequiel – Prime Corner Lot for Sale in Lo de Marcos

This prime corner lot is situated at the corners of Ave. del Bosque and Antonio Acardi consists of 411.41 square meters of prime building space.

Located just 3 blocks to the beach and 4 blocks to the center of town this lot is well situated and it has 3 mango trees.

For more details, click here –

Last Minute Holiday Availability

Residence Arena Blanca

If you are looking for an exquisite Holiday Vacation in style, we would like to introduce you to Arena Blanca located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Of all the coveted waterfront condos in the area, this striking property not only provides one of the best views of the Banderas Bay, it also occupies a lovely soft sandy beach that is highlighted by three oversized swimming pools. Its exclusive design also ensures that the surrounding hills offer you a place quiet and unspoiled. And yet, the nearby resorts, luxury hotels, international restaurants and boutiques are all within easy driving distance. If your dream includes golf in some of the finest courses ever, or scuba diving, fishing, surfing or kayaking, Arena Blanca fulfills your dream of Luxury living at its best.

This Residence in the Sky offers 3 bedrooms, a studio with a large Flat Screen TV, 4.5 baths and in total offers over 5000 square feet of living space.

The large Master Suite overlooking the Bay offers a plush King Sized Bed, the other two bedrooms each have an ensuite bath and 2 plush Queen Sized Beds.

Discover more here –

Casa Bugambilia

With its prize location in Lo de Marcos this 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes an impressive Rooftop Palapa with its own full Kitchen and Bath.

A wonderful Casa to spend the Holidays.  Enjoy the week for just $195.00 USD per night. 

For more details, click here

 Tianguis Returns to Lo de Marcos

The Tianguis is the 3rd Certified Farmers Market in Riviera Nayarit and this season, the market is going to be even better than ever!

Each Saturday from November 3rd to April 13th from 9.00 until 2.00, the Tianguis is the place to be.

Featuring over 50 quality Artisans, a Food Court and Live Music…. this outdoor market has taken Riviera Nayarit by storm in just 5 years.

A must visit in Riviera Nayarit.

For more details, click here —


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


San Francisco Patron Saint Festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 4
Lorena Sonrisas

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Mexican culture, head north of Puerto Vallarta to San Francisco, Nayarit, where from Sept 26-Oct 4 this small town, better known as ‘San Pancho,’ will celebrate a 9-day festival honoring its namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi.

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.)


Spend a 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.

Los Charros de Jalisco Bring Baseball Excitement to PV
Diego Sancho

The Mexican Pacific League (LMP), will bring the excitement of professional baseball to Puerto Vallarta on October 2 and 3, 2018, when Los Charros de Jalisco will play two preseason exhibition games at the Agustín Flores Contreras Municipal Sports Stadium.

Last Chance to Vote from Abroad in the U.S. Midterms
Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad

Attention U.S. citizens in Mexico! Time is running out for you to cast your vote in the November 6 midterm elections. If you are in the Banderas Bay area and need help, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is offering local VoteFromAbroad assistance, through Oct 3.

Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta is organizing a variety of pink activities and events to promote awareness, honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight. Everyone is invited to participate.

American School of Puerto Vallarta 2018 College Fair
Amanda González Moreno

The American School of Puerto Vallarta invites high school students and their parents to participate in their 2018 College Fair. Set to be held Oct. 8 from 1-4 pm at the International Convention Center, 70+ universities from the US, Canada, Mexico & Europe will be present.

10th Vallarta Nayarit Gourmet Weekend, October 14-18
Norma Hernández

Set to take place from October 14-18, Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2018 will boast a wide variety of culinary events, including conferences and workshops hosted by renowned chefs and sommeliers, cooking shows, gourmet tastings, wine pairing dinners and many other appetizing activities.

Vallarta’s 6th Doctor’s Day Great Race, October 21
Ricardo Acerco

La Gran Carrera del Día del Médico (Great Doctor’s Day Race) will be held on Sunday, October 21, for the 6th year running. This year’s race has 3 categories: 3k, 5k and 10k on a panoramic circuit that begins and ends in Marina Vallarta – and more than $80,000 pesos in prizes up for grabs.

Act II Entertainment Announces 2018-2019 Season Shows
Daniel R. Mininni

Act II is delighted to announce the lineup for its 2018-2019 season of entertainment. This year promises to be the BEST EVER, with nine productions on The Main Stage, and the return of many of Vallarta’s favorite performers, as well as some exciting new faces, in The Red Room.

How Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Día de Los Muertos
RoseAnna Schick

Every year, Puerto Vallarta pays special homage to Día de Muertos with exhibitions, parades, and all kinds of parties. Locals and tourists alike get into the spirit by donning colourful costumes and painting their faces with fascinating designs that signify both life and death.

Hook the Cure Returns to Puerto Vallarta November 8
Gary Green

Fishing and golfing enthusiasts are already making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta from November 8-11, 2018 for a long weekend of friendship, fun and entertainment at the 13th edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s premiere fishing, golf and spa outing, ‘Hook the Cure Powered by IOTEC.’

The Walls of Puerto Vallarta Bring People Together
Timothy Real Estate Group

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 in the Fall workshops.

Puerto Vallarta South Side Shuffle Returns November 16
Banderas News Team

Starting Friday, November 16, 2018, and every other Friday evening through April 5, 2019, the 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.

TREG’s 4th House Hunters International Charity Event
Taniel Chemsian

On November 20, Puerto Vallarta’s #1 Real Estate brokerage firm, Timothy Real Estate Group, will host The Disco Ball, their fourth ‘House Hunters International’ charity event benefiting two local charitable organizations – the Asilo San Juan Diego Senior Center and the SETAC Community Center.

2018 SPCA de Puerto Vallarta ‘Evening Under the Stars’
Janice Gonzalez

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 ‘Evening Under the Stars,’ the annual fund raiser for the SPCA de Puerto Vallarta. This extraordinary event will be held in The Iguana, the gorgeous restaurant located within the stunning Casa Kimberly boutique hotel, on Saturday, November 24.

8th Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, Nov 29-Dec 2

The Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic returns to Riviera Nayarit November 29-December 2. Now in its 8th year, this prestigious event offers everything a lover of luxury could wish for: a long weekend filled with food, wine, and golf in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Oct-Dec Full of Culture & Tradition in Puerto Vallarta
Marie Callan

Engaging in national holidays and traditions is a great way to get to know the culture and heritage of the Mexican people. The Fall and Winter seasons are full of them, making this a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta, where locals warmly welcome tourists to join in the festivities.

PV Chamber Orchestra Announces 2018-2019 Concerts
Andrea Jupina

Attention, classical music lovers! The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra has released information about their upcoming season of concerts. With more performances scheduled, some featuring world-class guest soloists, the 2018-2019 season promises to be very exciting!


Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia, A Waking Dream of Mexico’ on Tour

While Banderas Bay area residents and visitors eagerly await the opening of the Cirque du Soleil theme park that’s currently under construction in Nuevo Vallarta, the show that the park will be centered around, ‘Luzia, A Waking Dream of Mexico,’ is touring around Mexico through November 8.

Hotel Hacienda Escondida Offers Summer Splash Day Pass
Laura Gelezunas

At Hacienda Escondida, Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors can enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful pool, jacuzzi, and surrounding leisure areas at this boutique hotel on the city’s south side – without booking a room! – thanks to their new Summer Splash Day Pass.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Marie Callan

Created in 1981, the Puerto Vallarta sea turtle conservation program now draws thousands of tourists to the shores of Banderas Bay every summer for the annual turtle nesting season, which runs from late June to September, and offers travelers an educational vacation experience.

Starboard Yachts: The Ultimate Way to Tour Banderas Bay
Marie Callan

For those looking for a one-of-a-kind Puerto Vallarta experience, Starboard Yachts offers the ultimate in luxury yacht tours. With Starboard Yachts, you’ll enjoy a truly luxurious day on the water aboard the most elegant, yet affordable, yacht charter available in Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta Zoo: A Truly Unforgettable Experience
Sylvia McNamee

Located 35 minutes south of downtown Puerto Vallarta in beautiful Mismaloya, ‘Zoologico de Vallarta’ is built into the side of the Sierra Madre mountains, taking full advantage of the natural setting to create a lush, tropical experience for both zoo residents and visitors.

Ladies Outdoor Club Adventures (L.O.C.A.)
For Women Travellers in Puerto Vallarta

Ladies Outdoor Club Adventures P.V. (L.O.C.A.) is not only a great place to network and make new friends, but also a place to challenge your fears and push your limits while having the time of your life with like-minded women who have a passion for the outdoors.

Discover Puerto Vallarta’s Own Garden of Eden
C.D. Selph

Hidden in the jungle about a half-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta is an oasis of beauty reminiscent of Babylon’s Hanging Gardens with a nod to Adam and Eve. Bring your hiking boots, your camera, your appetite, and your soul to explore Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

It’s Always a Great Time to Visit Estero El Salado
Marie Callan

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a natural sanctuary, where rivers, jungles, mountain and sea come together to provide a wide variety of eco-tourism options and an endless array of outdoor adventures. One example is Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the city’s Hotel Zone.

New Historic Vallarta Tour for Wheelchair Travelers

Puerto Vallarta’s accessible Malecón is now the site for historic walking tours for wheelchair travelers. This tour, offered by Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours, follows the flat Malecón along the shore of Banderas Bay, and is ideal for those with mobility limitations.

Las Caletas: Family Fun in Puerto Vallarta

If you’ve never been to Mexico’s beloved Puerto Vallarta before, you’ll most likely have a hard time narrowing your must visit list down to a few attractions to fit your time there. Yet some attractions in Vallarta are better than others, especially for family travelers with kids in tow.


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 – (327) 275-0233 or TOLL FREE 1-800-616-3841

Have a great October everyone!



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