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More good news on Mexico

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From San Pancho – More news of the Vallarta area.
Jason Varney

With its profoundly rich Indian and Spanish culture, its spectacular beaches and charming colonial hill towns, its real estate bargains and its proximity to the United States, Mexico is the undisputed number one destination for American retirees. It boasts thriving expat communities in Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara; San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato; Baja California; and Cancún, in the Yucatan. They all have their attractions, including a low-cost, laid-back lifestyle, but our choice in Mexico is the Puerto Vallarta region, located on the Pacific Coast in the state of Nayarit. Its combination of first-class urban amenities and charming palm-fringed villages have made it an appealing retiree draw as well as a popular tourist destination, without the serious crime that blights some other parts of the country.

(A quick word about crime and safety in Mexico: Yes, it’s extremely dangerous in the cities bordering the United States and a few places elsewhere. Mexico, however, is also nearly three times the size of Texas, and most of the country is reasonably safe and secure, especially resort areas and tourist destinations.)

Puerto Vallarta’s handsome beachfront promenade can be overcrowded with tourists, but venture a few blocks back from the bars and curio shops, and the town’s Mexican charms are on display—whitewashed houses bedecked with flowers, and plazas where locals and expats alike greet, eat, and seat themselves on benches to watch the passing parade. In Nuevo Vallarta, the newer luxury area, you’ll find U.S.-style condo complexes and even a mall. You’d think you’re back in the States, but at a steep discount.

Forty minutes north of  PV, the seaside village of  Sayulita is a lively place, with a colorful mix of tourists, retirees, and surfer dudes that keeps things hopping. Rollie Dick, 70, and his wife, Jeanne, 65, both former teachers from California, own and operate the town’s most popular restaurant—Rollie’s—known for its delicious quesadillas and a chef who dances his guests around the tables. “We love the plaza life,” Dick says. “It reminds me of the States in the ’50s.”

The one thing expats most appreciate about life here: the traditional Mexican friendliness. Peter Glass, 65, a former Procter & Gamble executive, lives with his wife, Charlotte, in a charming small house in Sayulita. An African American from Washington, D.C., he says that “Mexico is the only country I’ve experienced where I haven’t felt that I was being judged one way or the other by the color of my skin. It is a breath of the proverbial fresh air.”

What to Expect in Puerto Vallarta


Winters—sunny, pleasantly warm; summers—rainy, humid, hot.

Expat Community

Estimated at 50,000, including a good number of Canadians.

Cost of Living

According to one recent survey, almost half of U.S. expats on the Pacific Coast report living “comfortably” on less than $1,000 a month. (In PV region, $2,000 a month is more like it.) Dinner out: $30 for two.

Housing Costs

Mid-price range for condos and houses: $200,000, but bargains can be found for as little as $90,000. Three-bedroom beachfront villas: $300,000 and up. Rentals: year-round rents start at $800 monthly.

Health Care

PV has good hospitals (you’ll find good-to-excellent hospitals in or near large cities throughout Mexico), and the hospitals in Guadalajara, three hours away, are highly regarded. Basic-care clinics abound.

Culture and Leisure

Fiestas, surfing, jungle tours. There’s also an impressive arts scene in Puerto Vallarta.

Access to the U.S.

Excellent, with nonstops from Puerto Vallarta to the U.S. East and West coasts.

(Deutsch) Alles Käse?

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Hacienda Alemana Earns Fodor’s Choice 2010 Distinction

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Fodor's Choice 2010 Travel Reviews

Puerto Vallarta, Jal. – Hacienda Alemana has been recognized by Fodor’s Travel, the foremost name in travel publishing, as a 2010 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction represents a remarkable achievement and recognizes Hacienda Alemana as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2010 year.

Since 1988, Fodor’s Travel has been awarding the Fodor’s Choice distinction to only the very best hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world. Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate  thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only fifteen percent of those selections are awarded the very highest, Fodor’s Choice designation by Fodor’s editors.

“From hidden-away restaurants to can’t-miss museums, Fodor’s Choice selections recognize the top sights, properties, and experiences our editors and updaters have found in their travels,” says Fodor’s publisher Tim Jarrell. “These places are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.”

As a 2010 Fodor’s Choice recipient Hacienda Alemana receives special recognition in the current Fodor’s guidebook to Puerto Vallarta and on

Daniel’s Reviews – Hacienda Alemana

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In reminiscing about our honeymoon, Corinne and I wanted to share a restaurant we found. We were in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and we had taken a taxi from our cruise ship way out of the normal tourist areas to the back roads of Puerto Vallarta in order to take a dune buggy tour through the jungle. While we were waiting for the tour to start we took a walk. Just a block down the road we came across a restaurant called Hacienda Alemana. I did a double take – a German restaurant in Mexico? Of course we went right in and had a beer.


Romantic but Foreign Dining

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Hacienda Alemana

by Andariega on May 4,2008

In Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, The Hacienda Alemana is on Restaurant Row but a block or two further inland than most establishments. Not many visitors just wander by but it is well worth the extra two minute walk. All you see from the outside is bugambilia peeking out from behind a large wall and double doors. When you walk through those doors you feel you are on an hacienda (minus the livestock). There is a huge patio complete with a vine covered well and a tinkling fountain. There is a massive pink bugambilia, some beautiful purple flowering plant climbing all over the place, a shade giving mango tree, orchids and so much more. Of course, this being a restaurant, there are also plenty of tables and umbrellas.


Hacienda Alemana in the Festival Cultural de Mayo

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Saturday 17

Degustación de Cerveza Alemana

Lugar: Patio de Los Naranjos del Instituto Cultural Cabañas
Hora: 18:00 Hrs. a 20:00 Hrs.

Saturday 24

Menu: “La Campiña Alemana”

Master Chef: Michael Pohl

Comida con la colaboración de TLACUALLI/Asociación Gastronómica Mexicana y el Ayuntamiento de Tequila

Tlacualli: Anuar Omar Mena Castillo/ Lorenzo García/ Elías Sapién Montoya/ Héctor Enrique Zavala/ Graciela Ontiveros Gallo/ Ma. Teresa Leal de Sapién/ Abel Hernández / Margarita Dumois

Lugar: Museo Nacional del Tequila
Hora: 14:30 hrs.



$415 pesos por persona

Wednesday 28

Cena: “ Cenando con Gonn Mosny”

Master Chef: Michael Pohl

Con la colaboración de TLACUALLI/Asociación Gastronómica Mexicana y el Ayuntamiento de Zapopan

Tlacualli: Anuar Omar Mena Castillo/ Lorenzo García/ Elías Sapién Montoya/ Héctor Enrique Zavala/ Graciela Ontiveros Gallo/ Ma. Teresa Leal de Sapién/ Abel Hernández / Margarita Dumois

Lugar: Museo de Arte de Zapopan
Hora: 20:30 hrs.

Menú en cuatro tiempos:


$450 pesos por persona

(Español) Cultura y gastronomía alemanas

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How Safe is Mexico?

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by Anne Johnson

Drug-related violence in cities south of the United States-Mexico border has caused the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning for Mexico — but did you know most of Mexico is as safe as ever? Our government is actually advising against visiting very specific places where drug cartels are warring over the billions of dollars made yearly trading illegal substances into the United States, and the efforts by the Mexican government to put an end to the drug traffic. Unfortunately, after hearing “warning” and “Mexico,” many Americans perceive the advisory for the country as a whole, which it definitely is not.

There are, of course, caveats about travel in Mexico, just as there are for visits to any foreign city or resort area, but many of these fall under the realm of common sense: Don’t stray from the well-known tourist areas, stay alert and don’t drink too much, avoid walking alone at night, only take public transportation or drive on the highways during daylight, don’t deck yourself out in expensive jewelry and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. Before traveling to Mexico, make sure your cell phone works on GSM or 3G international networks, and memorize the Mexican version of our 911, which is 066. (more…)

The New Global Economic Reality

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This insightful article was written by Charles Simpson and is reprinted here with his permission. He can be reached at

First: A reality check on Mexico

Mexico is in a unique position to reap many of the benefits of the decline of the US economy. In order to not violate NAFTA and other agreements the U.S.A. cannot use direct protectionism, so it is content to allow the media to play this protectionist role.   The U.S. media – over the last year – has portrayed Mexico as being on the brink of economic collapse and civil war. The Mexican people are either beheaded, kidnapped, poor, corrupt, or narco-traffickers.  The American news media was particularly aggressive in the weeks leading up to spring break. The main reason for this is money. During that two-week period, over 120,000 young American citizens poured into Mexico and left behind hundreds of millions of dollars.


(Deutsch) Golfen rund um Puerto Vallarta

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