Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Tips/ Pillows

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Pillow Talk
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Like mom used to say, making your bed makes the room, but it also sets your day off on the right foot. And the final touch on any well-made bed is an arrangement of pillows pulling the whole look together (much as accessories complete an outfit). How you display them is totally up to you—you can stack, lean, mix and match, work in decorative shapes and different patterns, or pile with abandon—so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite arrangements below.
The Minimalist
If you like things sleek and simple, this back-to-basics arrangement will appeal to your streamlined ways. Simply stack up your sleeping pillows, and lean pillows in shams against the stacks. You could also swap out the shams for smaller decorative square or round pillows.
The Traditionalist
Rather than stacking them, this slightly more formal display involves resting your pillows against the headboard (one sleeping pillow in a case in the back, one decorative pillow in a sham in the front), then finishing the look with a prettily patterned boudoir pillow or two. You could also work in a cylindrical bolster pillow if the mood strike
The Romantic
In this plush arrangement, we enter the glam world of European squares, a particularly good choice for fancying up beds without headboards. If you have a queen bed, prop a pair against the wall (use three across in a king bed), rest your shams against those slightly offsetting them so the corners of the squares peek through, and then complete the thought with a pair of decorative pillows in the front.
The Maximalist
This, the most major of our pillow formations, is primed for a king bed. Start with three European squares lined up in a row against the back, place your shams in front of those (three across if they’re standard size; two if they’re kings), and then bring in a pop of pattern with your decorative pillows.
Down: The most luxe of all fill types, down is warm, light, and a top-notch insulator.
Down-Alternative: Created with synthetic or natural fibers to mimic the feel of down, these pillows are hypoallergenic and tend to be more economical than down.
Memory Foam: A thick, sponge-like material that molds itself around the contours of your head and neck.
Standard: 20″ x 26.” A twin bed fits one standard, a full or queen fits two across, and a king fits three.
Queen: 20″ x 30.” Though these pillows also use a standard pillowcase, they’re a tad longer and also fit two across on a full or queen bed.
King Pillow: 20″ x 36.” These extra-long pillows fit inside king pillowcases, and work best in pairs across king beds.
European Square: 26″ x 26.” Great for leaning against when you’re reading in bed, these sizable square pillows use euro shams.

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Tips/Get Aways

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San Sebastián del Oeste

The heat in Puerto Vallarta can be stifling in the summer months and we often venture out of town for an escape. It’s a great time to travel with less tourists and roads that are not quite so crowded. A favored destination is San Sebastián del Oeste, San Sebastian of the West.

This lovely colonial town in the mountains, a mere 90 minute trip from Puerto Vallarta, is rich in history and culture for those seeking more than a getaway from the high temperatures and humidity. Though San Sebastian wasn’t formally granted township until 1812, it was settled long before, in the very early 17th Century and at one time had a population of more than 30,000.

San Sebastian was a very prosperous settlement and in the early days, wagonloads of families vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, bearing fine crystal, china and linens to camp on the beach. Agriculture has always been a mainstay in this mountain vicinity, but mining, over the centuries, is what sustained the populace. Many families were made wealthy with their diligence in the pursuit of gold, silver and lead, with more than twenty-five mines and many more foundries developed before the 19th Century. Currently, the main crops are heavenly coffee and the ubiquitous agave that is grown so well in this region.

San Sebastian shares a major holiday with Puerto Vallarta, the December celebrations in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. They have similar colorful fiestas and main events taking place in the adjacent municipality of Los Reyes.

The colonial Baroque Church of Saint Sebastian is not to be missed for its architecture, Corinthian columns and gorgeous frescoes. Built in 1608, this structure has been well cared for and is the pride of San Sebastian.

The general population has dwindled down to less than a thousand people at this time but remains a desired tourist destination, with enough hotels and inns to accommodate the overnight traveler. A day trip from Puerto Vallarta is also an easy choice, starting early in the day and returning before sundown.

Tours from Puerto Vallarta are available through local agencies, transportation ranging from buses to quick airplane flights. Using one’s own car or renting is also highly recommended and the roads that have been rebuilt make the drive pleasurable with incredible countryside scenery.

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Plaza Marina 35

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This is such as great condo! Completely upgraded with granite kitchen counter tops and granite bathrooms. Three floors with living/dining, terrace, kitchen and 1/2 bath on the first floor. Two bedrooms (Kings) en suite and a terrace on the second floor. Then, a gate can lock off the third floor for the owners suite or it can be left open to rent as a 3 bedroom/3.5 bath condo. The third floor has lots of closets and storage, a king bedroom and a giant bathroom and another terrace. Plaza Marina 35 is located in the Marina district of Puerto Vallarta with easy access to the airport.

On the first floor of the complex is a retail mall with a grocery store, MacDonald’s, dry cleaners, banks, doctors offices, shops and restaurants. There is parking too. The condo is across the street from the American School, what some believe to be the best private school in Vallarta. The Marina area is flat so it’s easy to ride your bike. It’s kid and family friendly too. There’s a rooftop pool and deck area. The beach is a 12-15 minute stroll from the condo. Check it out!

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Puerto Vallarta Real Estate/Retire in Mexico

In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor followed Richard Burton to a sleepy little port on Mexico’swest coast where he was starring, along with Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner, in a John Huston-directed film called Night of the Iguana.


For his movie set, John Huston chose Mismaloya, a small village just south of Puerto Vallarta in the Mexican state of Jalisco, for its resemblance to a crumbling coastal village of the 1940s. Elizabeth Taylor took up residence in nearby Puerto Vallarta, which in the 1960s already had a small community of both Mexican and expat artists and writers, drawn by the weather, natural beauty, and relative isolation.

As the spotlight of celebrity shone on the stars and their love affair, the Mexican government soon realized the tourist gem it had on its hands. Fast forward through the construction of an international airport and land reforms that encouraged private ownership and development, and Puerto Vallarta has today grown into one of the most vibrant and modern vacation and residential destinations in Mexico.

Development stretches north and south all around the crescent-shaped Bay of Banderas, the largest bay in Mexico and the eighth-largest in the world. The Sierra Madre mountains provide a stunning backdrop as they drop right to the water’s edge in some spot, resplendent in all their green-jungle glory.


If you’re thinking of retiring overseas or buying a vacation home or just getting away from the winter doldrums back home—and you’re looking for a culturally rich seaside city, with absolutely gorgeous beaches, there’s no better place than Puerto Vallarta. In fact, there are few cities in the world where you’ll find this combination.

(It’s a bonus that there are more than three dozen direct … and relatively short … flights and charters from Puerto Vallarta to destinations in the U.S. and Canada.)

For these reasons … the stunning beauty, excellent flight connections, an extraordinary culinary scene, modern shopping, and great infrastructure … you’ll find a good number of English-speaking expats here. They say they don’t lack for anything, especially fun activities.

“You can bird watch, you can be involved in the garden club or the botanical gardens,” one expat tells us. “You can be involved in ecology things. You can do as much charity work as you want … you can sit on the beach and drink beer. You can go for long walks on the malecon. It’s almost overwhelming. When you live here you really have to kind of pick and choose or you can overdo it.”

And it’s not just expats moving into the Vallarta area. Mexican nationals are coming here, too, for work and/or to buy vacation and retirement homes. (It’s a big draw for locals from Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and just a few hours away by car.)

Let’s take a tour of the city’s most popular neighborhoods…

Just south of the Ameca River and the border with the state of Nayarit is the international airport, serving nearly three million domestic and international passengers a year. Go south from there to the Hotel Zone and the many name-brand hotels (and affordable efficiency apartments for rent), clustered around the Maritime Terminal where large cruise ships dock. Puerto Vallarta is the third most-active cruise ship destination in Mexico. Many of the fishing, sightseeing, diving, and snorkeling boats that ply the bay are based here, too.

Continue south to Puerto Vallarta’s Centro or Old Town district, with the iconic church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, dedicated to Mexico’s patron saint. The city’s famous malecon with its interesting modern sculptures runs along the shore, lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and more.

When you get to the Rio Cuale, pop down the steps to Isla Cuale, a large island in the river that’s been repurposed as an entertainment district. Here’s where you’ll find a bronze statue of John Huston who not only directed Night of the Iguana, but also built two vacation homes on the bay. His family, including daughter Angelica Huston, launched the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival in his honor.

Across the Rio Cuale to the south is the Zona Romantica and one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos—not called “Beach of the Dead” because it’s dangerous, but because of a legendary pirate battle that left it littered with bodies. Today, though, the only bodies littering the beach are sunbathers and patrons of the rows of oceanfront restaurants and bars.

The Zona Romantica, home to one of Mexico’s most popular gay, lesbian, and transgender scenes, contributes to Puerto Vallarta’s status as one of the top gay tourist destinations in Latin America.

It’s also one of the most popular areas for expat residents. As one says, “It’s totally a walking neighborhood. We have a central vegetable market with a meat market, too. Some stores bring in bulk items from Costco (yes, there is a Costco in Vallarta!) and break them down for those of us too lazy to go to Costco. Sometimes we joke that we haven’t been across the river in a month because we don’t have to … everything we need is within about three blocks of where we live.”

Keep heading south to even more idyllic beaches and associated neighborhoods, including Conchas Chinas, Venados, Punta Negra, Gamelas, Mismaloya, and the famous Los Arcos, the most recognizable geological feature of the Bay of Banderas.

Other neighborhoods popular with expats include Fluvial, between the airport and the Hotel Zone and not on the beach but close … where you’ll find a mix of condos and standalone homes. Marina Vallarta, developed in the 1980s, is just west of the airport. From a home or condo here, you can walk to shopping, restaurants, or the local golf course, and gaze upon beautiful yachts from your balcony.

Nuevo Vallarta, about 15 minutes north of the airport, is one of many planned residential resort communities. Increasingly popular for its modern amenities (and less big-city traffic than downtown Puerto Vallarta) the population of Nuevo Vallarta has exploded since development began there in earnest in the 1990s.

There are fairway homes and condos, beachfront homes and condos, and canal-side opportunities. You’ll find many of the newest resorts, spas, and golf courses here, too. If golf or access to the ocean is important to you, Nuevo Vallarta is a good option.

Go farther north along this stretch of the Bay of Banderas coast to the towns of Bucerias and Cruz de Huanacaxtle, also very popular with expats.

What’s daily life like? You won’t give up a thing when you live in Vallarta or along the Riviera Nayarit. We’ve already mentioned the shopping — along with Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart, you’ll find all the Mexican-brand big-box stores, too.

And you’ll find excellent healthcare facilities, including several top-notch hospitals, laboratories, rehabilitation centers, and clinics. AmeriMed, San Javier, and Medasist are some of the most popular.

Expat Pamela Thompson-Webb, who helps foreigners navigate local health care options through HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, says, “We have brand new hospitals and fabulous physicians. They place stents, they do microsurgery, you name it … Obviously someone has to pay for the equipment, but it’s much less than prices in the U.S. Outpatient services are unbelievably less expensive. Many people travel here for dental work or to have a colonoscopy or such because the prices are low but really state-of-the-art.”


Real estate options and prices: Naturally, a long-standing tourist and expat draw such as this will also have an active real estate sales and rental market.

It’s easy enough to find reasonably priced rentals. In the popular Zona Romantica, for instance, you can expect to pay $1,000 to $1,500 a month and up for a long-term furnished apartment just a few blocks from the beach. You’ll pay about that same amount to rent a vacation property for one week in the high season. If you choose to buy, you’ll find considerable options in all price ranges, but with beachfront prices at a premium. Look farther inland for the bargains.

What about the cost of living?
Like elsewhere in the world, your cost of living will totally depend on your lifestyle. If you frequent upscale restaurants and nightclubs and have expensive hobbies like golf (which you can enjoy to your heart’s content in this part of Mexico) you’ll spend more, of course. But expats say that for all this city has to offer, it’s remarkably affordable.

“I think you could live on $2,000 a month,” says Pam Thompson-Webb. “It depends on how much your rent is and if you live here year round and are going to run your air conditioner all the time and you want to go out to eat a lot … There are a lot of things you can do here that don’t cost a lot of money. To walk the maleconor just enjoy the beach … those kinds of things are free.”

Are there some challenges?
Yes, of course. The city is served by a modern waste treatment plant, but requirements for homes and businesses to actually connect to the municipal system are hard to enforce. And there is little control over inland runoff that affects the several rivers that drain into the bay. So pollution count in some places occasionally reaches high levels, especially during rainy season.

And there have been some growing pains. Over the years, building booms have brought workers from far and wide to work in construction and associated services. While agriculture and manufacturing are important industries, nearly 50 percent of the workforce is in the tourism sector. During economic downturns and annual tourism low seasons, the economy can be seriously impacted.

Another drawback for some can be the tropical climate. While most would say that winter months — during the tourism high season from roughly December through March — are a great time to enjoy average daily temperatures of 86 F in the daytime, and 70 F at nighttime (with an average humidity of 68 percent), summer months can be tougher to deal with as daytime temperature often hover in the 90s and with higher humidity.

The rainy season extends from mid June through mid October, with most of the rain in August and September, usually concentrated in large, intense downpours. Hurricanes can occur but are uncommon, as the headlands on the south side of the bay generally protect the city from the worst of most Pacific storms.

Most who live here, however, will tell you that the climate is one the biggest draws, and that a few months of heat is a small price to pay for perfect beach and swimsuit weather during the winter.

Definitely this is one of Mexico’s most beautiful regions … and for expats it comes with all the comforts of home and it’s close to home. And right now (in June of 2016 with the dollar buying you an extraordinarily high 18.5 pesos) it delivers over and over when it comes to bang for your buck.

If you’re looking for affordable Pacific Coast living with all the amenities of a world-class city, there’s no better place…

This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Tips: Getaways

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate: Tips & Getaways
We wanted a little, short drive, get away from Puerto Vallarta. We love going to Sierra Lago, but decided to go south. We’d heard about Mayto and the huge deserted beaches ab=nd fresh seafood down that way…so we headed out. The road is mostly paved…I think a SUV is the best option for getting there. It took us a little over 2 hours and we passed through the town ofd El Tuito to get there. It’s beautiful! And DESERTED! We accidentally found Cabanas El Cielito. WOW! Gorgeous. This eco resort sits on a bluff facing the Pacific Ocean. There must be 20 miles of deserted beach…bring a BOOK! Wi-Fi is sketchy. They have a restaurant at the hotel and breakfast is included in the price of your room. Up the road is the fishing village of Tehualmixtle…a great spot for lunch with 3 FRESH seafood restaurants.
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The pool at El Cielito

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In the heart of the romantic zone

•  603 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm single story$142,800.

– Location! Location! Location! A very unique project that offers a prime location with a great architectural design that combines different elements to create a nice environment with ample entertainment areas, with all the necessary amenities for a higher comfort of residents.

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