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Taco Time! Finding the Perfect Taco

Taco Time! Finding the Perfect Taco

Tacos are a favorite food world wide thanks to their incredible flavor, simple ingredients and ease of eating. Thanks to the trusty tortilla, you don’t even need a plate to eat this delicious food. In Mexico, street taco vendors are where you can find some of the most delicious and inexpensive food that locals and visitors alike enjoy. With everything from al pastor, carne asada and fish tacos, there is taco that will be perfect for everyone. What makes your perfect taco? Read below to learn more about the most popular tacos in Mexico, and a recipe to make your own perfect taco at home. Carne Asada Tacos Carne asada tacos are beef tacos that have been grilled or seasoned with spices, usually basic salt, pepper and cumin do the trick. Try some hot, mild or medium spicy salsas on top, or keep it simple and enjoy it plain. Want to really indulge? Ask for melted cheese on your taco for an extra mouth watering combination that is not exactly authentically Mexican, but who doesn’t …

Puerto Vallarta Dream Home: Garza Blanca

Puerto Vallarta Dream Home: Garza Blanca

In 2019, more Americans, Canadians and other foreigners are deciding to become expats and retire living the good life in Mexico. Due to its fabulous year round climate, affordable healthcare, and lower cost of living, Mexico is quickly becoming a top choice for expats who want a second home or vacation home in paradise. Are you interested in moving to Mexico and want to purchase real estate that will stand the test of time? Continue reading below to learn why Garza Blanca Signature Residences are an ideal real estate investment that could be the Puerto Vallarta dream home you’ve been searching for. Garza Blanca Signature Residences Are you interested in luxury real estate that is also low maintenance and comfortable? Look no further than Garza Blanca Signature Residences where you can have it all. With an ideally situated location in the quiet neighborhood of Conchas Chinas just south of Puerto Vallarta, there are new developments currently under construction in both Cabo San Lucas and Riviera Maya.  Garza Blanca Signature Residences is an award winning property …

Arena Vallarta 2019 - 8th International Charro Championship

Arena Vallarta 2019 – 8th International Charro Championship

The 8th International Charro Championship is being held in Puerto Vallarta at Arena Vallarta from January 30th to February 3rd, 2019.  With the participation of the Best Charro teams in Mexico and United States, guests will enjoy an exciting cultural event with loads of interesting activities and competitions. In addition to the men’s competition, there will be the ladies charro tournament as well which is known as Escaramuzas.  Head out of town to experience a day in the life of a real cowboy at this year’s 8th International Charro Championship at Arena Vallarta. It’s just another interesting cultural event that residents and visitors can enjoy in Puerto Vallarta. 8th International Charro Championship This exciting event kicks off on Wednesday, January 30th at 8:30pm with Verbena Mexican Traditions, Mariachi group “International Real de America”, ballet performance by Xiutla and Rope floreo. On Thursday, January 31st, there will be a mass at 10 am in the Hacienda Serena chapel following by the opening ceremony at 11:00 am. The first charreada includes competitors from various states across Mexico …

Spotlight on Oceanfront Penthouse

Spotlight on Oceanfront Penthouse

Looking to invest in quality Mexican real estate that will stand the test of time? Garza Blanca’s luxurious beachfront residences in beautiful Puerto Vallarta that offer an incredible blend of high quality and fine finishes that will impress even the most meticulous homeowners. New construction is currently underway in Cabo San Lucas as well to extend the Garza Blanca real estate portfolio to the Baja California region as well. With solid amapas hardwood finishes, modern decor and an incredible location, Garza Blanca’s residences deliver on beauty and value. Read below to learn more about the spectacular Oceanfront Penthouse that we are highlighting this week. Oceanfront Penthouse Views The moment you step into the oceanfront penthouse at Garza Blanca, your eyes will immediately be drawn to the incredible ocean and jungle views you can enjoy from your private balconies and terraces. The wraparound terrace with oversized hammock offers an ideal spot to relax for a soothing afternoon siesta or to read a book on a balmy Puerto Vallarta evening. You will never tire of the blue-green …

Raicilla, Mezcal y Cerveza Artesanal Festival

Raicilla, Mezcal y Cerveza Artesanal Festival

The 1st Raicilla, Mezcal and Artisanal Beer Festival will be held the weekend of Feb. 15th, 16th & 17th in the marina in Nuevo Vallarta from 3pm to 10pm. Come enjoy a weekend full of flavors, traditional drinks, great music and activities for the whole family. There will be more than 40 well known drinks for sampling and some of the best food from the region. Continue reading below to learn more about these Mexican standouts, and why you should attend this inaugural festival that is sure to be a huge success. Tequila Vs. Mezcal   Have you heard about mezcal, but curious about how to tell the difference between tequila and mezcal?  While many people believe that tequila is very similar to mezcal, there are three key reasons why mezcal is different from tequila. To begin with, tequila and mezcal are produced in different states of Mexico though there are a few states that produce both. By law, tequila can only be produced using the blue agave plant and Jalisco is the center of …

Spotlight on Sales Director Angelo Koutsoudes

Spotlight on Sales Director Angelo Koutsoudes

This week, we are highlighting a new addition to the esteemed Garza Blanca Real Estate team, new Sales Director Angelo Koutsoudes. Koutsoudes was born in New York to immigrant parents from Cyprus, and lived there up until his 10th birthday. At that time, he moved to Cyprus where he completed high school and spent 2 years doing National Guard Military Service. He later moved to the UK where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics. After finishing university, Koutsoudes spent a year in Spain before moving back to Cyprus for work where he completed a MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Continue reading below to learn more about the latest addition to the Garza Blanca team, Sales Director standout Angelo Koutsoudes. Comprehensive Experience After initially working in Marketing for an international B2B Event Organizer, Koutsoudes moved his focus into the Real Estate sector where he initially worked for a local developer and later opened his own brokerage firm in Cyprus. After spending a few more years managing several prominent real estate branches back in …

Amazing Colors and Downtime

Carnival Time in Puerto Vallarta

Beautiful and cool weather has arrived in Banderas Bay, and with that comes plenty of great events to delight visitors and locals alike. Throughout Mexico, an annual Carnival event takes place during the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In addition to tourist hot spots like here in Puerto Vallarta, other popular cities that host fabulous Carnival celebrations include Tepoztlán, Huejotzingo, Chamula, Veracruz, Cozumel, and Mazatlán. In the towns of Veracruz, Mazatlán, and Cozumel, the celebration is extra eccentric and exciting to the point that it even resembles the famous New Orleans’ Mardi Gras party. Read below to see why you can’t miss the Carnival in Puerto Vallarta starting this February 27th. The History of Carnival Each spring throughout Mexico, the Carnival is celebrated in many different cities and towns. Known as “Carnaval” in Spanish,  Carnival is always held the week before Ash Wednesday which is called “miercoles de cenizas” in Spanish. This period signals the beginning of Lent and also is the beginning of a period of sobriety before …

Chocolate and Vanilla Festival - Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Chocolate and Vanilla Festival – Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Are you in the mood to try some homemade chocolate and vanilla? Two of Mexico’s biggest exports, chocolate and vanilla have deep roots in Mexican culture and history. At the Vallarta Botanical Gardens located 20 minutes south of Old Town Vallarta, you can get back to nature and enjoy a fun filled day of tastings, educational talks and so much more. Read below to learn more about the Chocolate and Vanilla Festival at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens coming up soon on January 11th, 2019. Vallarta Botanical Gardens History The Vallarta Botanical Gardens was established in 2004 and opened its doors to the public in 2005 with a focus on propagation, study, discovery, conservation, and display of Mexican native plants. Puerto Vallarta’s residents and visitors get to enjoy learning and seeing Mexican orchids and other native plants only found in the area. Admission costs just $200 pesos which is around $10 USD with the current exchange rate, and kids under 4 years old have free admission.   As a small non-profit that relies heavily on memberships and …

Baby Sea Turtle Release in Puerto Vallarta

Baby Sea Turtle Release in Puerto Vallarta

Did you know it is sea turtle hatching time in Puerto Vallarta,Mexico? Each year, thousands of sea turtles return to their birthplace in Puerto Vallarta to lay their own turtle eggs in the sandy beaches along Mexico’s Pacific coast. There are seven different species of sea turtles, and six of these species lay their eggs in various locations along Mexico’s coastline each year. Sea turtles spend most of their life out at sea, but the females return each year back to their origins on Mexico’s beaches to lay their eggs. The resulting generation of baby sea turtles are hatching now and visitors can be involved with conservation group efforts to protect and release the baby sea turtles to sea. Would you like to experience this for yourself? If so, read below to learn where you can be involved in a baby sea turtle release and see these amazing creatures up close and in person. Sea Turtle Nesting Facts Did you know that the sea turtles return to the exact location they were born to lay …

Dream Vacation Home

Dream Vacation Home

Do you have visions of the perfect vacation home at the beach? A place where you can truly relax and create memories with your family that you will cherish for years to come?  For many people, a vacation home is a special place where families can come together and really make the most of the little moments in life. What are you looking for when it comes to your vacation home? For most people, there are some common qualities that make a vacation home a dream come true. Read below to see what to look for in your dream vacation home. Quality Construction And Ease of Use The last thing anyone wants to do while on vacation is to to spend time stressing over repairs, maintenance and general upkeep. Even worse is when the property is poor construction and you are bombarded with constant problems and situations that require your attention. To avoid this, it is always wise to select real estate that is thoroughly constructed by a reputable developer or builder. It will save …