Weekend Beaches to Visit

For expats and nationals, Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit are top coastal cities to live in. It’s easy to see why, because Puerto Vallarta has some of the best beaches in the area. The Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay provides a beautiful backdrop, mesmerizing scenery and tons of great beaches for those lucky enough to live there. Are you wanting to kick back and relax on the soft sands drinking a delicious cocktail or just watching people in the water? You can do that in Puerto Vallarta as there is a beach that will meet all of your needs. To learn more about the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta, continue to read below.

Playa Los Muertos: Action and Excitement

Do you want to be surrounded by excitement and action, and you don’t mind crowds? If you do, then Playa Los Muertos is the perfect weekend beach to visit. Playa Los Muertos Beach is easy to find as it is the main beach in town located by the Puerto Vallarta Malecon Boardwalk and Pier. The Playa Los Muertos Beach is walking distance to many different shops and restaurants in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, and this beach is the most popular in Puerto Vallarta. Playa Los Muertos Beach is perfect for people who want to enjoy the warm sun and enjoy mingling with the crowds. There are also restaurants that provide tables with shade right on the beach, too. Are you an adrenaline junkie and looking for something exciting to do? You can go parasailing, jet skiing, and water skiing, then take a spin on the big yellow banana boat for a fun, yet silly ride. The Puerto Vallarta pier was specially designed to resemble a sailboat, and once dusk arrives, the lights on the pier create an illuminated, romantic atmosphere.

Conchas Chinas: Quiet and Beautiful

Are you wanting to go to a beach that isn’t crowded, but instead quiet and beautiful? If you are, then Conchas Chinas Beach is the perfect beach spot for you. Conchas Chinas Beach will get you away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The waters are spectacular as they are a clear turquoise blue, and the sands are white and soft. Since the waters are so clear, the ocean waters are perfect for swimming, but the area can have strong undercurrents from time to time so stay aware. At the southern edge of the beach, you will find several shallow tide ponds, and you can watch fish and crabs just enjoying the water there. You will want to make sure you bring a picnic when you come to the Conchas Chinas Beach as there aren’t any restaurants on the beach. At the top of the stairs above the beach, you can find a few port-a-potties if you need to use the restroom. A day at the Conchas Chinas Beach will create memories that you and your family and friends can remember for many years. Living in paradise is pretty sweet, isn’t it?

Playa Palmares: A Favorite Beach with Locals

Playa Palmares Beach is a favorite beach with the locals. The Playa Palmares Beach is located on Conchas Chinas southern edge, right below a condominium complex that has the same name. Guests to the beach can use the stairs that are located off of the main highway and the stairs lead straight to the Playa Palmares Beach. Usually, the beach isn’t crowded and the water is crystal clear, which makes it great for swimming. There are no public bathrooms at the Playa Palmares Beach, but some of the local hotels have restaurants. Plan ahead and bring a picnic with you when you are visiting this beach.

Boca de Tomates: Unusual Beach Experience

The Boca de Tomates Beach is ideal if you are wanting an unusual and authentic Vallarta beach experience. The Boca de Tomates Beach sands are black, and many visitors are just not used to this. To get to the Boca de Tomates Beach, you will have to drive a few miles on a dirt road, but it is just a few minutes from the Puerto Vallarta Airport. The Boca de Tomates Beach is home to many local wildlife such as crocs and iguanas. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best beach for swimming because of the dark sands, but visitors can enjoy the wildlife and the sea turtles. The sea turtles come to this beach every year to lay their eggs, then when the baby sea turtles have hatched, the conservationists will release the baby sea turtles to the sea. This is amazing to watch and a fun experience for the whole family. On the beach there are numerous seafood restaurants where you can dine and get something cold and delicious to drink. It has been said that the best pescado zarandeado and shrimp ceviche can be found here at one of the little restaurants on this secluded beach.

Playa Colomitos: Beauty and Adventures

Playa Colomitos Beach is the beach for you if you are in search of beauty and adventure. Visitors can go on a tour of the bay on a boat, as there are several small beaches just south of Puerto Vallarta where visitors can only reach by boat. The Playa Colomitos Beach is perfect for visitors looking for relaxation among nature and adventure. To get to the Playa Colomitos Beach, you will need to take a taxi ride to Boca de Tomatlan, and this is usually about a twenty-minute journey from Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Then in Boca de Tomatlan, you will take a water taxi which lasts approximately fifteen minutes until you arrive at Playa Colomitos Beach. The sands on this beach are white and soft, and the waters are a bluish green color. The waters are clear and ideal for swimming. Before you travel to this beach, you may want to make reservations at the Ocean Grill Restaurant, which is a lovely and elegant open air restaurant next to the beach. They provide fresh and tasty cuisine that comes with an amazing view of the ocean.

Did you enjoy the information that we have provided on the best weekend beaches to visit in Puerto Vallarta? Are you a long time Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta resident or a new expat in town? If so, you should see how many of these beaches you can visit, then let us know which one was your favorite.

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Are you hoping to jet away for a vacation down south over Christmas and New Year’s? Did you know that Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most popular times to visit Mexico due to the great weather that the country enjoys during the holidays. While many people are dealing with freezing temperatures and snow in the United States and Canada, vacationers or expats in Mexico enjoy warm weather and sunny skies that make the holiday even better. For Villa La Estancia residents who have a vacation home or second home in Mexico, the winter is a great time to travel to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy a comfortable holiday getaway with your loved ones.

Christmas in Mexico

In Puerto Vallarta, Villa La Estancia homeowners love the chance to spend time at the beach for Christmas and New Year’s. Who wouldn’t want to dip their toes in the warm sand or go swimming in the ocean while everyone else is bundled up back home? For Villa La Estancia residents that have a vacation home in Mexico, Christmas and New Year’s are peak times to visit and tourists visiting the area is at a high. As a result, many local restaurants including our award winning La Casona restaurant onsite at Villa La Estancia offer Christmas menus and special events to make the holiday season even more enjoyable. Don’t miss our special 4 course Christmas Eve Dinner menu that is available on Thursday, Dec. 24th from 6pm to 9:30pm at La Casona for $69 USD. Reservations are recommended. While the cold weather doesn’t come to visit Puerto Vallarta during the winter months, residents and visitors to Villa La Estancia will love the holiday decorations and festive spirit found around the property.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve in Mexico? Without a doubt there will be tons of opportunities to enjoy a special New Year’s dinner or party with loved ones in Banderas Bay. Whether you stick close to home in Riviera Nayarit, or decide to go to Puerto Vallarta to be in the heart of the action, New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is guaranteed to be a party you won’t soon forget. There will be lots of activity down on the Malecon as well if you want to head into Puerto Vallarta to mingle amongst the tourists and residents sharing in the holiday cheer. Don’t feel like dealing with big crowds and traffic? That’s okay as many individuals and Villa La Estancia residents find that there is nothing better than ringing in the New Year’s Eve with loved ones at their vacation home in Mexico. If you want to ring in the New Year in style, plan to celebrate at La Casona where you can feast on a special New Year’s Eve 4-course dinner from 6:00pm to 9:30pm on December 31st for $89USD. Children are eligible for a 50% discount if they are part of one of our all-inclusive plans. You can enjoy New Year’s Eve fireworks from the privacy of your terrace, or even head down to the beach to watch the fireworks on the sand. There is something truly magical about ringing in the New Year’s Eve in Mexico. From the friendly locals to the blissfully perfect weather, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to start the New Year than at your vacation home in Mexico. Anything is possible in 2020!

Heading to Mexico soon for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure to check with our friendly front desk concierge at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit to see what special events are going on during this holiday season. Order a bottle of champagne and cheers to a wonderful life and the many blessings to come in the New Year.

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Puerto Vallarta’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International Has Arrived!

Villa La Estancia residents take note! The 25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International will be held from November 19th to 24th, 2019. With exciting events in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic, this year’s program is destined to outdo past year’s events. The 25th anniversary of the festival includes more than 30 world famous chefs that are participating in the 2019 Festival Gourmet International. We don’t want our beloved Villa La Estancia residents to miss this exciting gastronomic event taking place at our front door. Make sure you read more below about the 25th anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, and don’t forget to purchase tickets right away to secure your spot!

25th Annual Festival Gourmet International

Local chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize put together the first event back in 1995 when they joined together to create the Festival Gourmet. Their hope was to promote local restaurants by inviting internationally recognized chefs to Banderas Bay. At that time, only six local hotels and six restaurants in the Puerto Vallarta area participated in the inaugural festival. However, over the course of the next 25 years, more than half a million people have attended the Festival Gourmet International. In addition, more than six hundred celebrity chefs have participated, too. In fact, many people believe that the Festival Gourmet International has really helped promote Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit as important culinary scenes. At this year’s event, there will be more than 30 hotels and restaurants participating including Villa La Estancia’s own La Casona restaurant.

Festival 2019 Program

The 2019 Festival Gourmet International will be held from Tuesday, Nov. 19th to Sunday, Nov. 24th. The first event will take place at Vidanta’s Convention Center on Nov. 19th at 8pm and will include all participating chefs and hosts of this year’s event. The following day, Chefs Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize and Roland Menetrey will come together to share their combined 150 years of experience and passion for the culinary arts at Cafe des Artistes. Together, these impressive chefs will share some of their favorite recipes with event attendees. In addition to tasting great food, guests will be able to sample some of the best wines and tequilas presented by professional Sommeliers. Additional special activities at this year’s Festival Gourmet International include a tribute to wine and cheese, live jazz music, and even an exciting Polo Tournament.

Banderas Bay Restaurants Involved

There are more than 30 top restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic that are taking part in the 25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International. Participating restaurants include Azafran, Barrio Bistro, Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, El Dorado, Emiliano, Hector’s Kitchen, Icu, Kaiser Maximilian, La Terraza Di Roma, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Loma 42, River Cafe, Stars, Trio, Tuna Blanca, Xoklo, Andrea, Azur, Bordeaux, Divum, Eugenia, Las Casitas, La Casona, La Corona, Lucca, Mozzamare, and Tukipa. As you can see, there are lots of great new restaurants participating in this year’s Festival Gourmet International. An old favorite, La Casona which is located onsite at our very own Villa La Estancia, will feature a special menu for the event that includes delicious Mediterranean cuisine prepared by local Chef Leonardo Castro. Castro has over 25 years in the culinary industry and specializes in international-level techniques that effortlessly combine French, Italian,Thai, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican influences. As our Villa La Estancia homeowners already know, La Casona is well known for having the best cuts of meat in town including Kobe and New York cuts.

Make sure you don’t miss this year’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic from Nov. 19th to Nov. 24th. Villa La Estancia residents, get ready to mingle with world class chefs and taste some of their incredible creations for yourself. To make sure you don’t miss out, you can buy tickets today at https://www.festivalgourmet.com/.

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PV Cultural Event Alert: “The Spirit of Frida”

Did you know that one of Mexico’s most iconic artists is Frida Kahlo? Kahlo was a talented and eccentric painter best known for her nature inspired art that also paid homage to Mexico’s artifacts. Villa La Estancia homeowners should head south to Puerto Vallarta on Saturday, November 1st from 9 am to 3pm to attend an interpretive exhibit celebrating Frida Kahlo at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will contain works from local and international artists. The daily entrance fee into the Vallarta Botanical Gardens is just 200 pesos, and is one of Puerto Vallarta’s top attractions for visitors and locals alike. Are you a Villa La Estancia resident looking for something fun to do? If so, continue to read below about the inspiring Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and make sure to attend the “Spirit of Frida” at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens on November 1st.

Frida Kahlo: Master Painter & Mexican Icon

Kahlo was a skilled painter that is best known for her many portraits and self-portraits that were Inspired by Mexico’s popular culture and folk art. Through her art, she was able to question identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. has Often described as a surrealist or magical realist, many of her paintings contain strong autobiographical elements. A master at mixing realism with fantastical elements, she was also involved in the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement that sought to create a Mexican identity.

The Early Life of Frida Kahlo

Born to a German father and Mexican mestiza mother, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at La Casa Azul, her family home in the neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. Today, the Frida Kahlo Museum is found in her childhood home that visitors love to explore and learn more about this incredible artist’s life. Kahlo was disabled by polio as a child, but was very intelligent and intended to go to medical school until a traffic accident at age eighteen. Her injuries were severe and contributed to serious pain and continued health issues. While she recovered from the accident, she started painting again and her passion for art was reignited.

Artistic Development and Diego Rivera

Kahlo joined the Mexican Communist Party in 1927 where she met fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The two quickly fell in love and married a year later in 1928. They spent the late 1920’s and early 1930’s travelling throughout Mexico and the United States as Kahlo continued to paint and develop her artistic style. Inspired by Mexican folk culture, the majority of her paintings were small self-portraits that blended pre-Columbian and Catholic beliefs. Kahlo’s first solo exhibition was held in 1938 in New York at the Julien Levy Gallery thanks to the support of surrealist artist André Breton who was impressed by her talent.

Kahlo Recognized by Art Historians

Kahlo’s fame as an artist didn’t occur until the late 1970’s when her work drew the attention of art historians and political activists. Later, in the early 1990’s she had become an important figure in art history and icon for Chicanos, feminists and the LGBT movement. Kahlo’s work is celebrated internationally as a unique representation of Mexican national and indigenous traditions that art lovers appreciate and admire. Many people say that Kahlo’s depiction of the female experience and form is truly genius.

Villa La Estancia residents in Riviera Nayarit should clear their schedule to head to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 1st. Come celebrate the work and life of Frida Kahlo, and spend a day enjoying the beauty of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens have numerous observation trails to explore as well, the most visited public orchid collection in Mexico, and is home to a vast diversity of Mexican plant species. Villa La Estancia homeowners should not miss the “Spirit of Frida”, an exciting cultural event at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens on November 1st.

Best Destination in 2019: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Apple Vacations has awarded Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit the prestigious award “Best Destination of 2019” at its annual Crystal Apple Awards event. Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were jointly recognized as being the best beach destination that won out over impressive competition from Turks and Caicos, Los Cabos, Bahamas, Huatulco, Curacao, Aruba, Ixtapa, Cancun, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the Riviera Maya. In the market for premiere Nuevo Vallarta real estate in award-winning Riviera Nayarit? If so, Villa La Estancia residences are the top choice for savvy homebuyers in the know. Continue to read below to learn about the Apple Destinations Award for Best Destination in 2019 that PV and Riviera Nayarit won, and why Villa La Estancia is proud to offer premiere beachfront real estate in the area.

Best Destination in 2019: PV and Riviera Nayarit

A holiday satisfaction survey was produced by the US agency, and thousands of Apple Vacations customers voted when they had returned from their vacation. The results stated that Puerto Vallarta and neighboring Riviera Nayarit is the best destination in 2019 to visit. Javier Aranda Pedero, the Puerto Vallarta General Director, was present during the ceremony and he was very honored that Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit were both recognized as the best destination in 2019. He was pleased that Puerto Vallarta was actually the preferred destination over very popular tourist spots that include Dominican, Jamaica, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, and Cancun. Pedrero said, “The Puerto Vallarta tourism trust team has numerous activities and we are currently seeking to talk to our consumers, business partners, and the press. Also, we proudly receive this honorable recognition as a reflection of our hard work.” The residents, government, and local businesses of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will work very hard to maintain our present status of being the best destination in 2019.

Apple Vacations – America’s Favorite Vacation Company

For over 45 years, Apple Vacations has been the favorite vacation company for Americans. Apple Vacations has been providing affordable travel packages for amazing vacations, and deals include flights that depart from the top cities in the USA arriving into Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Cuba, and Hawaii. Apple Vacations also provides vacation packages to North and South America at the top ski resorts. Apple Vacations has been sending more vacationers to the Dominican Republic and to Mexico than any other vacation operator in the world.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – Tourism is Increasing

In recent years, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayrit have been top tourist destinations and the tourism growth is continuing to increase. During the first six months of 2019, more than 400,000 visitors by air came to Puerto Vallarta, which was an 11% increase from 2018. There are numerous restaurants, great shopping, spectacular beaches, and unlimited outdoor activities that always bring national and international visitors to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – Congratulations! Puerto Vallarta isn’t just the best destination in 2019, but it is also the best place for a vacation home. Have you been thinking about buying Mexican real estate on the Pacific coast of Mexico? If you are, then you should consider Villa La Estancia residences, which offer exclusive beachfront living for luxury homeowners who want a second home in paradise. Situated in the exclusive Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood, Villa La Estancia residences are situated on one of the best beaches in Banderas Bay. Contact us at Villa La Estancia today and ask to tour our incredible property. Don’t wait too long, because your dream vacation home in Mexico could be gone before you know it.

 

Visit Pueblo Magico Sayulita

Are you living in Puerto Vallarta or hope to one day? There is so much to do in PV with its miles of gorgeous beaches, hip gastronomy culture and welcoming locals. It is easy to see why Puerto Vallarta is a top vacation destination and has a large expat community as well. Next time your find yourself in Puerto Vallarta on vacation, or if you live in Riviera Nayarit at Villa La Estancia, we recommend you take a day trip to Sayulita, a “Pueblo Magico” town just 45 minutes north of town. In 2015, this charming and quaint town was designated as a Pueblo Magico due to the town’s rich history and charm that enchants visitors. A day trip from PV to Sayulita will surely be a great way to enjoy the best of Mexico. Keep reading below to find out more about Sayulita, a Pueblo Magico that you have to see for yourself.

Sayulita is a Pueblo Magico

Sayulita is situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico about 45 minutes of Puerto Vallarta, and only about a half hour north of Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit. Sayulita is popular with surfers and vacationers who are mesmerized by the town’s relaxed vibe and tons of great shops, restaurants and bars. Sayulita was designated as a Pueblo Magico (which means “Magic Town” in English) back in September 2015. The Mexico Tourism Board decides which towns are worth of this special designation. In order to be declared a Pueblo Magico, they must meet three requirements. To begin with, the architecture should be very pleasing. The balconies, facades, and roofs should all be painted the same color tone chosen from a list of seven approved colors that the National Institute of Anthropology and History selected. Secondly, the town, city, or village should have their own unique cultural identity that shows the traditional history. Last, there should be a village square or one major attraction that stands out above against other towns, cities, and villages.

Popular Beaches in Sayulita

There are a couple popular beaches in Sayulita where visitors will enjoy walking along the beach. Surfers especially love surfing at the beaches in Sayulita which are known for nice swells due to its open ocean location. If you want to go surfing, you can even rent a surfboard for the day right on the beach. If you aren’t a surer, you can try paddle boarding and paddle boards are available for rent on the beach as well. The Sayulita Beach does receive a high volume of visitors, so if you love people watching, you will have a great time. If you prefer a less crowded beach, then you should walk to the Los Muertos Beach. In order to reach Los Muertos Beach, you will need to walk past the yellow Villa Amor hotel, then you will walk up the hill past the graveyard until you reach the tranquil beach. Los Muerto Beach is ideal for swimming, and plan ahead to bring snacks, drinks, and a shade umbrella since there are no stores or restaurants.

Colorful Central Plaza

When you arrive in Sayulita, head to the central plaza that has been vibrantly decorated in colorful huichol art hanging high above the plaza. There is a lovely gazebo in the middle of the plaza that is a great spot for picture taking. Love art? Sayulita has tons of fine art galleries located in and around the plaza. Why not check out locally made Huichol handcrafts or maybe you can find the perfect piece of art for your home. Getting hungry? Sayulita has tons of great restaurants that range from fine dining to casual. If you are in the mood for sushi, pizza, tacos, or a five-course gourmet meal, you will have no trouble satisfying your taste buds. If you have room, try some homemade ice cream for dessert, too.

Residents at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit should take time to day trip to Sayulita, a Pueblo Magico town that has charm to spare. A day trip to Sayulita is a great reminder why the beachfront residences at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit make a dream vacation home or second home in paradise.

Summer in Riviera Nayarit

It’s summer in Riviera Nayarit, which means the heat is on! While high season in Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit is during the winter months, summer also brings plenty of visitors into the area to enjoy the natural beauty even if it’s a little steamy. Thousands of visitors come to Riviera Nayarit all year long, but if you visit during the summer, you may need some tips on how to handle the heat and humidity that can be quite intense at times. Are you visiting Riviera Nayarit soon for your vacation, or do you already own a second home at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta? If you do, then continue to read below for our tips on how to enjoy summer in Riviera Nayarit.

Swimming in the Ocean

When the heat is on in Riviera Nayarit, one of the best ways to stay cool is to go swimming in the ocean. Riviera Nayarit is known for having some of the best beaches in Banderas Bay, and tourists and residents love to enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean. The beaches in Nuevo Vallarta have wide, sandy shores and there isn’t a ton of shells or rocks like there is in other beaches near Puerto Vallarta. You can also find many restaurants on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta or Bucerias. In the mood for lunch al fresco, or want to sip a refreshing margarita as you take in the incredible ocean views? The options are endless as there are many restaurants to choose from in Riviera Nayarit that are great places to enjoy a nice meal during the day or evening. Bucerias is a quaint town on the beach just north of PV where you can even go horseback riding on the beach for a small fee. Jump in the ocean after your horseback ride to cool off and enjoy summer in Riviera Nayarit that much more.

Enjoy a Morning Hike 

Banderas Bay has some of the best hiking, rivers, and waterfalls in all of Mexico. While the entire region becomes quite dry during the winter months, the summer’s rainy season replenishes the area’s rivers and watering holes. A great way to enjoy summer in Riviera Nayarit is to take an early morning hike before the temperatures rise too high. One of the best hikes in the area is Monkey Mountain, which is found on the way to Higuera Blanca in between Punta Mita and Sayulita. Monkey Mountain is a great hike that the whole family can enjoy. Head out as early as you can as some parts of the hike do not have shade. It will all be worth it though once you read the top of Monkey Mountain and can enjoy impressive panoramic views of Banderas Bay. If you don’t mind heading down into Puerto Vallarta, there is another lovely hike near Palo Maria, which is about 10 minutes south of downtown PV. There you will find a beautiful flowing river during the summer months, and watering holes that are ideal for a refreshing dip. Plan ahead and bring a picnic to enjoy under the huge trees that shade the area. If you don’t mind a bit more of a workout, try to hike inland and you will reach a remarkable waterfall. It is a great spot to swim, dive, and float as you cool down in the refreshing waters.

Chill Out at the VIP Cinema

Another great way to stay cool during the summer in Riviera Nayarit is to enjoy a movie at the new VIP Cinema near Fluvial. Located inside the La Isla Shopping center in the hotel zone, the VIP Cinema features a full menu, drinks, and desserts so that you can enjoy the full VIP experience while you watch the latest blockbuster. Take a seat in the comfy leather recliners, and get comfortable. Peruse the extensive menu and when you are ready to order, simply push the button located at your seat and a waiter will come to take your order. Cash and cards are accepted. After you enjoy your movie, why not take the time to check out some of the amazing shops at La Isla. There are popular brand name and local stores that tourists and residents alike love to visit to find their next favorite outfit. Make sure you check out the turtle sanctuary and koi fish pond on your way out.

During summer in Riviera Nayarit, there are plenty of ways to stay cool so you can enjoy the area all year long. Do you live in Riviera Nayarit or have a second home at Villa La Estancia? If so, swimming in one of the amazing onsite pools on the property, or simply relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned private residence are two other great ways to enjoy summer in Riviera Nayarit.

Riviera Nayarit Residents: Get to Know PV Street Art

Do you live in Riviera Nayarit and love the peace and quiet that homeowners in the area so enjoy? Riviera Nayarit has miles of beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants, and endless outdoor activities to enjoy making it a wonderful place to call home. Are you a proud Villa La Estancia homeowner in Nuevo Vallarta? Such a tranquil and peaceful setting may make it hard for you to even want to leave your beautiful home at homes. However, when you are in the mood to liven up your day, head down to Puerto Vallarta to add some excitement to your life. Coming up soon on March 2nd there is an interesting PV Street Art Stroll you don’t want to miss

  • Puerto Vallarta And Riviera Nayarit: Best of Both Worlds

Nuevo Vallarta residents who live at Villa La Estancia really do have the best of both worlds. They have an incredible high quality home with the best amenities and services around. Surrounded by lush landscaping and endless Banderas Bay views, life at Villa La Estancia is pretty ideal. One great thing about living in Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit is that you can easily head to Puerto Vallarta for the day if you are in the mood for some added excitement. Are you an art lover and always interested in seeing what is new and fresh? If you, you probably already know that Puerto Vallarta has a thriving and interesting art scene that is seeing major growth in recent years. There are lots of upscale art galleries in the downtown art district that are worth a visit. However, did you know that Puerto Vallarta also has beautiful urban graffiti street art that you should definitely check out? Street art is a modern take on what some people view as art. Have you not seen any of the cool street area around town? If not, sign up today for the PV Street Art Stroll that will happen on March 2nd. The event was organized by local art lovers in order to showcase the beautiful murals and street art in the area.

  • Hidden Street Works of Art

Puerto Vallarta is best known as a charming small town that has grown into a modern mix of old and new that is easy to fall in love with. Anyone who walks along the quaint cobblestone streets will start to feel the undeniable magic of Puerto Vallarta. While there are modern developments under construction on many street corners, Old Town is still able to maintain that friendly, small town vibe that we all know and love. With tons of great shops, bars and restaurants in the area, incredible street art is also found in PV and you may not have even known it was there. Have you seen any of the street art for yourself? If not, leave Villa La Estancia for the day and join the PV Street Art Stroll on March 2nd so you too can see the coolest, most colorful street art in the region. Remember, street art is constantly changing so that impressive mural you see today may be gone tomorrow don’t miss out!

  • Massive Murals and Colorful Graffiti

Local residents decided to organize the PV Street Art Stroll to share the incredible street art with visitors and other PV residents. They were able to identify the most efficient and best route to find great street area in the downtown and Old Town areas. On March 2nd at 10 am, attendees will meet up at the main church right off the central plaza, called the Lady of Guadalupe Church. From there, the PV Street Art Stroll will begin its path to view impressive murals around town. The walk will probably last about 2 hours, so make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring along a hat and water, too. Definitely don’t forget your camera so you can take some memorable shots of your favorite street art masterpieces. PV Street art could be here one day, and then gone the next so take it all in as you are literally capturing a moment in time. What a beautiful gift!

Are you ready to leave your oasis at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit for the day, and head PV for the PV Street Art Stroll? The group is limited to only 18 people so visit www.pvstreetart.com right away to secure your spot. Hope to see you there!

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Evening Stroll Through Bucerias Art Walk

Evening Stroll Through Bucerias Art Walk

The quaint beachside town of Bucerias just north of Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta is home to a fabulous art walk every Thursday evening during high season between the hours of 7pm to 9pm. The Bucerias Art Walk is a wonderful way to spend an evening strolling the quaint streets of Bucerias while enjoying incredible art, delightful sea breezes, and much more. Continue reading below to see why Villa La Estancia homeowners should spend their next Thursday strolling the streets during Bucerias Art Walk.

Art, Crafts, Jewellery and More

Bucerias is a wonderful small town that is especially popular with expats who have decided to make their home in the area. For Villa La Estancia homeowners, Bucerias is just a short 10 minute drive away from home. The Bucerias Art walk will include plenty of quality art, crafts, jewellery and handcrafted furniture. There are 14 art galleries that are in close proximity to one another which makes it ideal for an evening stroll with family or friends. Be ready to enjoy a wide array of Mexican arts and crafts including textiles, paintings, glassware, furniture, jewellery, portrait, mosaics and so much more. Curious which galleries you shouldn’t miss? Top art galleries to visit include Milagros, Splash of Glass, Casabor – Galeria Mexicana, Jan Marie Boutique, Sandrina’s and the Casa del Artesano. A bit off the beaten path, make sure to head south to explore the recently opened Hacienda de Arte. A beautiful open air hacienda with contemporary and abstract pieces from local artists, Hacienda de Arte also regularly hosts interesting workshops, yoga classes, kids kung fu classes, painting classes and so much more. Top tip: A local astrology expert at Hacienda del Arte that has earned rave reviews will offer personalized tarot card readings for just 180 pesos. Do you dare to see what’s in the cards for you?

Lively Ambiance and Street Music

In addition to the incredible art galleries, the evening ambiance at Bucerias Art Walk is vibrant and lively with a great mix of locals and visitors. Want to enjoy dinner as well? There are a ton of great dining options in the area if you would like to enjoy dinner or drinks as well. La Postal, Mark’s, La Negra and Sandrina’s are a few good spots to try. Or skip dinner and take more time to enjoy the beautiful art as many art galleries offer complimentary wine and appetizers. Sip a glass of wine and nibble away as you peruse the latest and greatest art for sale. Live music in the street will delight you as local musicians will be in attendance throughout the evening. Have a special request? They will perform on the spot for you for a small fee. Bucerias Art walk is the place to be on Thursday evenings in Bucerias. Tourists, locals and artists all come together to enjoy the exciting ambiance and the pleasant ocean breezes.

Do you live in Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta? You are in luck! Make sure to visit Bucerias Art Walk on Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Stroll the charming streets of this quaint beachside town as you enjoy a fun filled evening of art, culture and music.

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A Romantic Evening in Riviera Nayarit

Will you be in the Riviera Nayarit area and interested in planning a romantic evening with your sweetheart? There are lots of wonderful activities that couples will enjoy in Riviera Nayarit. Looking to make the most of your time together? Here are a few suggestions on fun activities to enjoy as a couple looking for a romantic evening in Riviera Nayarit.

The Hacienda style Villa La Estancia situated in Riviera Nayarit is home to an excellent restaurant that is perfectly suited for a romantic evening meal that will impress. Our high end and elegant decor will create a romantic ambiance that will start your evening off right. Our excellent menu features high-quality cuts of meats include Kobe and New York cuts. Couples will be overjoyed with the soothing atmosphere and great service. If you can take your eyes off your loved one, make sure to enjoy the spectacular views of the lushly landscaped exterior and the Banderas Bay. Sit back and relax and cheers with a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your love and this magical moment together in paradise.

  • Tatewari Spa – Couples Massages and Beauty Treatments

Another great way to create a romantic experience is to book some spa time with your loved one. Why not pamper your sweetheart with a couples beauty or wellness treatment together? Villa La Estancia’s Tatewari Spa is elegantly designed with a Mexican-European inspired flair that is a wonderful place to relax and reconnect. An idyllic spot for a couples beauty or wellness treatment, it will be easy to reignite the flame with the help of the incredible treatments at Tatewari Spa as well as the natural beauty that surrounds you. The sparkling Banderas Bay waters and green Sierra Madre mountains will leave you breathless. Take the time to pamper each other and refresh yourself at the Tatewari Spa at Villa La Estancia. Using therapeutic and ancient traditional techniques from indigenous people that lived in the area years ago, there is no better place to soothe and reinvigorate your body, mind and soul.

  • Banderas Bay Evening Cruise

A classic and always pleasing option for couples is to take a cruise around the Banderas Bay at sunset. If you are staying or own property with us at Villa La Estancia, the front desk concierge will be glad to help you arrange a getaway that will be perfect for couple. Many include a gourmet dinner and drinks as you cruise the bay in style with the incredible PV sunsets in the distance. If you find yourself in the area during the months of December through April, you may be lucky enough to do some whale watching as well. Humpback whales return each year to Banderas Bay to birth and raise their young, and it is likely your romantic sunset cruise will include a whale sighting or two. Enjoy the incredible views and relax as the ocean breezes caress your skin and tousle your hair during your cruise. Take a deep breath, hold your sweetie’s hand tightly, and find yourself inspired and refreshed by the amazing surroundings.

Next time you find yourself at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit, we hope you have the chance to enjoy many romantic and special evenings and experiences with your loved one.