100% Occupancy on NY Eve in Vallarta

2017 comes to a close as fast as accommodations are filling up in Puerto Vallarta to welcome 2018.   The Jalisco Department of Tourism expects we will close out the year with 100% hotel occupancy.  We can attest that some of our friends have called us to find rooms and the Zona Romantica is SOLD OUT.  The Department of Tourism also reports that as of Tuesday, December 26, the highest influx of the 2017 season was recorded.

“The destination is going to be saturated, it will be 100%. Not only hotels, but also all those alternatives such as Air BnB and timeshares, Puerto Vallarta as of today is filled,” stressed Enrique Ramos Flores, head of the Department of Tourism of the State of Jalisco.


Click here to see more occupancy stats from our friends at Vallarta Daily News, including information on road closures for New Year’s Eve.

8 Reasons Why Puerto Vallarta is Unique

Why do visitors choose to vacation multiple times a year in Puerto Vallarta? Some people ask “Why would you want to vacation in the same place all the time?”

We hear consistent responses to this question.  The Official Puerto Vallarta portal has done a great job in summing up why Vallarta is a unique spot according to visitors’ comments on social media.

For us, we have to go with #2: the people’s warmth.  We have a friend of The JG Group who came to Vallarta for the first time in March 2016 and has been back 4 times since then.  In his own words in May 2017: “This is my 4th visit in 14 months. Just to clear up any confusion:  I love this place.  Fun.  Loving.  No judgment zone.”

We have to agree, and there are 7 more reasons on the list of why Puerto Vallarta is such a unique place.

The #1 reason on the list is…..Read more


Thomas Simon: Keeping Vallarta Beautiful

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Thomas has the heart of a traveler.  He embodies the quote: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” In addition to exotic locales around the world like Machu Picchu, Athens, London, Rome, Thomas discovered Mexico.

In his travels throughout Mexico, Thomas kept coming back to Puerto Vallarta. The allure and pull of Vallarta which so many visitors feel, often makes some people take that exciting step.  He moved here.

Having first joined a popular salon in Puerto Vallarta in 2011, Thomas built a fiercely loyal clientele.  With his book filling up to the point he could no longer take new clients (and do all that traveling he loves), Thomas now enjoys a thriving salon of his own, adding new services and stylists to meet the increasing demand for color, style and highlights.

In partnership with Marty Rogo, of the famed Marty’s Martini Bar in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, these two young entrepreneurs premiered  the Thomas Simon Salon in the new Zenith Condominium on V. Carranza in the Col. Emiliano Zapata in January 2017.


“This was a lifestyle choice for me,” explains Thomas.  “I just bought my condo overlooking the ocean, I love my friends and my constant companions, Sol & Luna, and I just love my life in Puerto Vallarta.”

So the next time you’re looking for a rockstar look, look no further than Thomas Simon Salon.  You might just get bitten with the entrepreneur spirit yourself.


La Zona’s Clean Sweep

The negative impacts of tourism development can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which it depends.

On the other hand, tourism has the potential to create beneficial effects on the environment by contributing to environmental protection and conservation. It is a way to raise awareness of environmental values and it can serve as a tool to finance protection of natural areas and increase their economic importance.

As Puerto Vallarta grows and tourists turn into residents, concerned and active neighbors are joining forces to contribute to maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of our colonias.

Our own Dean McConkey organizes a weekly Clean Sweep on Sunday mornings with children from the colonia.  Concentrating on the streets starting from Los Muertos Beach and going east on Basillo Badillo, Venustiano Carranza, Lazaro Cardenas, Francisco Madero and Aquiles Serdan, you will find pairs of young Vallartenses cleaning the streets.  Aside from preventing the garbage from flowing into the Pacific Ocean with the first hard rain, these young citizens are spreading the good habits we hope will become a mainstay in our colonia.

Other citizen brigades (pictured above) clean up the Rio Cuale, Los Muertos Beach, and Gringo Gulch.  Please join us.  Contact us today to get on one of these clean-up crews and feel good about doing good in your colonia.


The best place to retire in 2017?

And the winner is…….MEXICO!
We could have told you that!  According to the experts at International Living (IL), there’s a new best country in the world for retirement.  
 In its Annual Global Retirement Index, Mexico – one of the most popular countries among U.S. expats – has edged out last year’s No. 1, Panama.
To compile its 2017 ranking, International Living’s editors, correspondents, contributors and contacts around the world crunched data and personal insights for 10 categories – from ‘Cost of Living’ to ‘Visas & Residence’ to ‘Fitting In’ to ‘Climate.’
Cost of living remains a top retirement concern for Americans, according to a recent Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies survey of U.S. workers. Respondents told Transamerica that an affordable cost of living was their most important criteria for where to live in retirement.

See What’s New! Real Estate Walking Tour

Dario keeping up on the See What’s New! Real Estate Walking Tour in La Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta

We extended our See What’s New! Real Estate Walking Tour due to popular demand.  Dario keeps up pretty well.  What are you doing next Saturday? If you want to learn about the newest real estate projects in La Zona Romantica, this 2-hour spirited walk gives you the insider view of what is happening right now.

We present these tours by appointment only during the summer, so reserve your space here.

By the end of the See What’s New! Real Estate Walking Tour, Dario gets a ride.

Multiplex For Sale in Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta

One of a Kind in the Zona Romantica

•  1,506 Pie cuadrado, 2 bath, 3 bdrm multiplex$229,000. A steal at this price
MLS® #10299  

– Walk through this door into Vallarta. Fall in love with this artist’s enclave with a view that will inspire and rejuvenate.

Casa Sol, Luna y Estrella boasts a rare 3BR/2BA in the heart of the Col. Emiliano Zapata (Old Town, South Side) in a quiet cul-de-sac on top of the street Manuel M. Dieguez. This totally renovated unit has brand new appliances in a pet-friendly building with a roof-top heated dipping pool, BBQ area and stunning ocean, mountain and city views.

Casa Sol, Luna y Estrella was born from the desire of a creative person who wanted to live in a cozy home located in the middle of the action of the Zona Romantica and simultaneously walk into a personal space that clears the mind above the fray.

For those who crave a real connection to their personal space as an outlet for their creativity, you need to experience Casa Sol, Luna y Estrella.

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