International Food and Wine Festival in Riviera Nayarit

Residents and hotel guests at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit will be in for a treat this spring as top chefs from around the world join the hotel for an exclusive International Food and Wine Festival – Cuisine of the Sun from April 13th – 17th, 2016. Coordinated by Penny David who is the Food Network’s celebrity chef and USFOODS culinary specialist, the gastro event of the year at Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit is set to get the taste buds tingling with cooking classes, special dinners, wine tasting and the finest culinary experiences for all those who join in.

“April is going to be quite a month” shares Olivier Pierre, General Manager of Villa la Estancia, “We’ll have cooking demos, brunch, wine tasting and great mixology demos put on by some of the best professionals in the industry.”

The International Food and Wine Festival will also feature various beach activities, from fine dining to barbecues by the sea, all while sipping the best concoctions made from the finest tequila and liquor from Mexico and around the world. A number of renowned chefs will be joining the culinary festival to showcase a range of different styles and flavors. “That is what cuisine is all about,” says Olivier Pierre, “expanding your knowledge, experiencing new flavors and trends and, of course, enjoying a tasty meal in the company of those you hold in the highest esteem.”

Besides celebrity chefs such as Michele Ragussis, Adam Gertler, Pat Neely and Manouschka Guerrier, the Food and Wine Festival at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit will be welcoming stars of the screen and musicians. The first celebrity to have confirmed is TV and movie actor, Dennis Haysbert, who has appeared in films such as Kung Fu Panda, Ted 2, Sin City and Mr. Peabody.

Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit will be hosting this mouthwatering event from April 13th until April 17th, 2016 and invites all guests and residents to make reservations for the specific events or their choice or purchase a special all inclusive festival package. To see the schedule and prices of each event, click here .

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The Best Luxury Real Estate on Banderas Bay

Mexico’s ever flourishing real estate industry counts the areas of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as today’s top destinations for luxury properties. Found along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta together form the world renowned Banderas Bay.

Best Luxury Real Estate on Banderas Bay

Despite the downward trend brought by the recession of 2009 that brought changes in Mexico’s development and real estate industry, prices of luxury realty remain stable yet affordable. 2016 and 2017 paint a much better future for developers and realty investors according to real estate forecasts as prices are expected to surge in the near future. Luxury real estate buyers should snap up this opportunity to purchase property on Banderas Bay, before these lower prices begin to rise.

Banderas Bay No.1 For Luxury Homes

Mexico’s real estate market provides investors and homeseekers with luxury that is affordable. Luxury real estate on Banderas Bay is available at reasonable prices, which means that the house of your dreams is within your reach. You are sure to find a lucury second home that perfectly suits your budget and needs on Banderas Bay.

The choices for luxury real estate on Banderas Bay are diverse, especially in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. You can choose from stunning mansions on the beach to luxury condo units with swimming pools and resort facilities like restaurants, room service, world class spas fitness centers. The prices you can expect to pay for luxury real estate on Banderas Bay are highly influenced by the kind of neighborhood where your property is located and the future of the area.

Why you should invest in luxury real estate on Banderas Bay

A list of benefits awaits you if you decide to invest or make Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit your second home for luxury real estate:

  • many hours of sunshine and comfortable, warm temperatures year round.
  • affordability; both in terms of cost of luxury real estate as well as cost of living
  • large expat community with several social clubs (poetry, yoga, fishing clubs, painting, reading groups etc).
  • accessibility, including cheap flights to USA and Canada and international airport.
  • quality selection of fine dining restaurants
  • day spas
  • bars and live music venues
  • boutique theatres
  • sunsets over the ocean every evening
  • walks along the Malecon boardwalk
  • art galleries

Living on Banderas Bay does not only mean staying in your own elegant home or standing on a portion of luxury realty, but it’s having the simple pleasures of life that are worth sharing with your family and special ones.

For more information about the best luxury real estate on Banderas Bay, check out the full and fractional options at Villa La Estancia Residences.

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Spanish for Riviera Nayarit Residents

In Banderas Bay, the number of snowbirds and residents living here full time has escalated over the years, and many want to learn a little more Spanish than “hola” and “una cerveza/margarita por favor”. Of course, learning basic Spanish will make your Riviera Nayarit home away from home far more enjoyable than you could ever imagine. While speaking Spanish is not essential, it will sure make your life in paradise all the more fulfilling.

At Villa La Estancia Residences, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to practice your Spanish: speak to the bellboys in Spanish everyday, get to know your maid or make a point each day to join in the activities at the hotel and try to speak to the activities team in Spanish. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for learning Spanish for Riviera Nayarit residents.

Helpful Tips for Learning Spanish in Riviera Nayarit

There are easy ways to learn how to speak Spanish. It just depends on what level of Spanish you would like to speak.

Get Involved

One of the easiest ways to learn to speak Spanish is to get involved in Riviera Nayarit’s local culture. When you are in Mexico, don’t surround yourself with only those friends who speak English, because this is your comfort zone and the only language spoken is English. Instead, why don’t you volunteer with several organizations and charities such as assisting at the Los Mangos library, going to a nursing home to work with the elderly, going to art galleries and art events, or taking a zumba class with the locals rather than hiding out in your bilingual gym. If you do this, then it will force you to speak in Spanish and your Spanish speaking skills will increase.

Don’t Worry About Speaking It Right

The way to learn a foreign language like Spanish is not to worry about speaking it right, but letting yourself get it wrong. As you are starting to speak a second language like Spanish, then don’t worry about feeling silly or stupid when you mix up the tenses. You can try to imitate Speedy Gonzalez to get the accent down. Just let it go of speaking it right and try to use the Spanish words that you actually know over and over. Communicating in Spanish is not always about the grammar, but the way you express yourself, then listen to the person that you are talking to see what they are saying.

Take a Spanish Class

Taking a Spanish class of some sort in the Riviera Nayarit will boost your confidence. You can get a Spanish tutor, join a Spanish class, or buy Spanish learning CD’s. In the Riviera Nayarit, there are several small groups that offer beginner Spanish learning skills, and a smaller group or class is the best place to start, because you will get more attention from the instructor and you can work with other students. If you prefer a private Spanish tutor, then this is the best option, but you have to remember the cost will be more than taking a small group class.

Spanish Tutors in Riviera Nayarit

In Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, there are numerous private tutors available. You can post on your Facebook that you are looking for a private tutor or even other forums too. This is a great way to find a private tutor. You can also go to a Spanish school too and ask them to recommend a private tutor. You should beware though, just because someone lives in Mexico and is a native doesn’t mean they are the best person to teach you Spanish. You should always ask for recommendations and references. Another great way to learn is by going for a cup of coffee and just holding a conversation with a Mexican friend.

Speaking spanish and fully embracing the local culture in Riviera Nayarit is just one of the joys of moving to Mexico.


Healthcare and Hospitals in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

It is a big step, but an exciting step when you choose to make Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit your home, whether you live here full-time or for a couple months out of the year. One of the biggest concerns that people voice when looking to make Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit their home is the healthcare and hospitals in Mexico.

Private healthcare and hospitals you can trust

If you are considering relocating to Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit, then don’t let healthcare worry you, because Puerto Vallarta is home to some of the best hospitals and healthcare in Mexico. Private healthcare insurance is also quite affordable, and much cheaper than in the United States, Canada or Europe.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s Private Hospitals

Puerto Vallarta has some of the best private hospitals. Take a look below:

San Javier Hospital Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta

The San Javier Hospital is one of the best private hospitals in Mexico, with a hospital located in both Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, which means that you can get to the San Javier Hospital from the north and south end of the bay. The hospital has a trauma unit and the trauma unit is number one in the state. The ICU unit is fully staffed twenty four hours each day and all staff is bilingual. The San Javier Hospital uses the latest technology, and if you are expecting a baby or you need care for a long period of time, this hospital is a popular choice.

Hospiten Puerto Vallarta

After the San Javier Hospital in Riviera Nayarit, the Amerimed Hospital is one of the closest hospitals to Nuevo Vallarta. This private hospital provides United States board certified doctors.

The hospital is open 24/7 and there is an urgent care and emergency room. US certified paramedics are in the ambulances and in the trauma center, so anyone who doesn’t speak Spanish will still be able to communicate with ease. The Amerimed Hospital also provides emergency air services to the USA and Guadalajara.

Hospital Cornerstone

The Hospital Cornerstone is a great hospital that uses the latest technology and equipment located in the old town of Puerto Vallarta. This hospital has CAT scans, MRI’s, heart and cardiac equipment, and dialysis services is provided. The Hospital Cornerstone is a Level IV trauma hospital with the best doctors that are bilingual and all United States and Canada insurances are accepted.

No Zika in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

No Zika in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

According to the State of Jalisco’s Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Disease Division, as well as Jalisco’s State Secretary of Health, there have been no reported cases of zika in Puerto Vallarta. State authorities, however, maintain preventative measures in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico against zika and other mosquito borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.

What is Zika?

The zika virus is mosquito borne and is spread, in particular, by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which also the dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses. This infection is a new, emergent disease in Mexico and a very minimal number of cases have been found in the country. The city of Puerto Vallarta has already been working on preventative measures to protect the city’s population and tourists. This includes a state coordinated tourism and health program that awards companies and establishments which meet cleanliness and hygiene standards with a special certification known as Distintivos H.

No Zika in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Preventative measures for dengue, chikungunya and zika in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera


Preventative measures aimed at minimising Aedes Aegypti mosquito populations are part of the ongoing health programs put forth by the city of Puerto Vallarta and state of Jalisco. These initiatives include the fumigation of city streets, beaches and river beds as well as larval control and an aggressive awareness campaign which goes hand in hand with a community outreach program right along the coastline.

What’s more, Jalisco’s Secretary of Health has put in place a robust system of epidemiological surveillance which is designed to enable the early detection of cases in order to minimize the spread of any identified cases. The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the Hotel & Motel Association and the CVB consider the health of citizen and guests to the city to be of paramount importance and will continue their efforts, alongside the city, state and federal authorities (as well as the tourism industry) to keep them safe. Preventative measures look set to be in place indefinitely.

How to prevent Zika virus? See the CDC|Zika Report