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The Walk In Closet - Today’s Must Have Luxury Home Feature

The Walk In Closet – Today’s Must Have Luxury Home Feature

The walk-in closet is a modern concept that provides an upgraded storage space for where we keep our clothes, shoes and bags. In the past, closets were much smaller and usually only contained enough room to hang clothes and possibly a few shelves for added storage. Over time, well heeled homeowners decided that they wanted and needed lots more space to not only store their clothes, but to also have enough space to access and enjoy them with ease. Luxury homeowners, especially women, really started to crave ample space in their closet they can easily view their clothes in order to pick out and create outfits that impress. Read below to learn more about the evolution of the walk-in closet, and why walk-in closets come standard at Garza Blanca’s luxury and high end beachfront residences. Elegance and Style There is just something about a walk-in closet that is so satisfying to today’s luxury homeowner. Gone are the days of rummaging through your clothes, not even able to locate a particular jacket or shirt that you …

Archaeological Ruins in Banderas Bay

Archaeological Ruins in Banderas Bay

While the famed Riviera Maya region near Cancun are well known for Mayan ruins, did you know that Riviera Nayarit is also home to some significant archaeological sites as well? Many people are probably not familiar with the fact that Banderas Bay has several important archaeological sites that are estimated to have prospered during the years 200 to 900 AC. Read below to learn more about these lesser known ruins that are scattered around the Banderas Bay area. Pre-Hispanic Cultures and Ancient Civilization Many years ago in Punta Mita which is located in the state of Riviera Nayarit, an archaeological feature known as a “tumbo de tiro” was discovered. Known as shooting tombs in English, the site included human remains, ceramics and utensils of the Classic period that were discovered at the site. These discoveries helped to identify the time frame of inhabitation between the years from 200 to 900 AC.  As a result, it is believed that around 100 thousand people lived in the Banderas Bay region that developed a great ancient civilization well …

Concierge in Paradise - Puerto Vallarta Lifestyle

Concierge in Paradise – Puerto Vallarta Lifestyle

Did you know that the concept of a modern day concierge likely originated in the 19th century in Paris? A post typically filled by Swiss people, concierges at that time were known as a “Suisse” and usually lived in a small apartment on the ground floor of an apartment building. That way, the concierge was able to efficiently monitor access of anyone who wanted to enter the building.  Other reports indicate that as far back as the 18th century, concierges were a high official appointed by the king to maintain order, and oversee the police and prisoner records. Today’s concierges are an important element in modern day residences and resorts that help maintain high levels of customer service and efficiency for their clients. Read below to learn more about concierges, and why Garza Blanca Resort & Spa has the best concierge service in Mexico.    Evolution of Concierges Over the Years While concierges originated to help monitor the comings and goings of apartment buildings in Paris, today’s modern concierge operates more like a secretary or …

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Mexico

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Mexico!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner on March 17th. Did you know that in Mexico, the Irish are honored as martyrs of liberty and freedom? In fact, Mexico pays tribute to the “San Patricios” on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th and again on September 13th, which was the anniversary date that the United States captured Mexico City in 1847.   St. Patrick’s Day History Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, Saint Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. His death was recorded on March 17, 461, and by that time he had made a lasting contribution to Ireland by establishing monasteries, churches, and schools throughout the country. During the Mexican-American War during 1846 to 1848, a unit of 175 Irish immigrants and other expatriates of European descent, joined together under John Riley to help Mexico fight against the United States. Known as the Saint Patrick’s Battalion, these men switched sides to fight alongside …

Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico

Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico

Have you recently moved to Mexico and are getting adjusted? While many expats in Mexico rely on public transportation to get around, sometimes it is a good idea to rent a car if you want to take a road trip or do some exploring. Renting a car in Mexico allows you to get around easily even if you don’t speak Spanish well. While taxis and ubers are a good option, public transportation is even more affordable. For other occasions where you really want to have your own vehicle without investing in a buying a car, consider renting a car in Mexico. Enjoy a comfortable way to travel and have more freedom to explore your new home. Read the guide below for tips on renting a car in Mexico. How to Pick a Rental Car in Mexico Want to know how you should select a rental car in Mexico? It is easy. There are lots of international rental companies that operate in Mexico, so if you already have a preferred brand, you will likely find it …

Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival - Botanical Gardens Special Event

Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival – Botanical Gardens Special Event

Are you a nature lover and appreciate all the amazing wildlife we are so fortunate to have in Puerto Vallarta? Coming up soon from March 8th-10th, you should mark your calendar as the Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival is being held during these 3 days at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens as well as at various locations around Banderas Bay. Read below to learn more about the Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival that is destined to be an interesting and educational experience you shouldn’t miss.   Community Support of the Botanical Gardens The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a nonprofit group that heavily relies on donations and contributions to maintain and operate the naturally beautiful sanctuary just south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, and just a short drive from Garza Blanca beachfront residences and resort. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens regularly hosts a wide variety of interesting workshops and events to attend including this month’s Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival. With community support and donations from members and visitors, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens continues to run various …

Top 5 Cafes In Puerto Vallarta

Top 5 Cafes In Puerto Vallarta

Are you a coffee or tea lover and want to know where to get your caffeine fix in Puerto Vallarta? Puerto Vallarta is home to tons of great cafes and coffee houses where you can start your morning off right. Here are our top 5 cafes in PV that you should check out next time you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta. Top 5 Cafes In Puerto Vallarta: #1 – A Page In The Sun Our first choice is a longtime Puerto Vallarta favorite that has been serving up delicious coffees and pastries for years. Situated right off Old Town’s central Lazaro Cardenas park, A Page In The Sun is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee and partake in a little people watching as well.  Homemade baked goods will hit the spot, and make sure to try their delicious cakes and pies as well. Guests will enjoy the cozy atmosphere and there is also a large selection of books in both English and Spanish. You can even bring in an old book to donate …

Amazing Colors and Downtime

PV Street Art Stroll on March 2nd

One of the best parts about Puerto Vallarta is its thriving art scene. From upscale art galleries to urban graffiti street art, Puerto Vallarta has a colorful and eclectic mix of art that delights locals and visitors. Have you noticed the incredible murals and street art around Puerto Vallarta, especially in Old Town? Take time to slow down a bit and make sure you don’t miss the incredible street art that local talent has gifted this incredible city. On March 2nd, join along in the PV Street Art Stroll. It’s a free event that is focused on the beautiful murals and street art that is part of Puerto Vallarta’s charm and intrigue. Old Town Charm and Mystique Part of the charm and allure of Puerto Vallarta that wins over the hearts of visitors, is the walkable and quaint cobblestone streets, especially in Old Town. Although there is lots of new construction with modern buildings, you can still find that small town authentic vibe as you walk the streets. When it comes to street art, there …

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 …