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broJoe Jonas was spotted in Sayulita and Punta Mita attending the wedding of Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo during the first weekend in April.

Joe Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame caused a stir in Sayulita and Punta Mita the first weekend in April when he attended the wedding of his friends Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo.

The world famous pop star published images on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on the 5th and 6th of April, where he showed off the beaches of Sayulita and himself on a burro.

He also posted a photo of his friends Nick Lachey y Vanessa Minnillo, who were married in Punta Mita. A traditional “wish balloon” or globo de cantoya was also released to wish the best of luck to the newlyweds.

The young star took the time to have his picture taken with a few very fortunate fans who didn’t waste any time posting their pictures with the singer.
Nick himself was a pop star during the 90s when he was part of the group 98 Degrees; he’s also known for his liaison with Jessica Simpson. His actual partner, Vanessa, is an actor and show hostess. She was also Miss Teen USA and is well known for hosting the show, Total Request Live on MTV.

Events like these are a strong indicator of the Riviera Nayarit’s privileged position as a top luxury beach destination, much sought-after by international celebrities.

It’s also important to note the constant promotion of the destination as a romance, wedding and honeymoon venue, as there have been several celebrity weddings taking place here lately and there appear to be more on the horizon.

Joe has over 7 million followers on Twitter and another 800 thousand on Instagram, which is excellent exposure for the Riviera Nayarit—and that’s not even counting the many followers Nick and Vanessa have on their own, whose wedding was followed using the hashtag #nickandnessa2014.

Here are the links to their posts on social media: http://instagram.com/p/mZVMaij8Nk/, http://instagram.com/p/mY8Mrnj8L3/, http://instagram.com/p/mZMnr9D8D7/.

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Bucerías, the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, presented its new icon on Father’s Day at the Plaza del Viento. Its final placement will be taking place shortly.

Father’s Day at Bucerías, the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, was celebrated with the unveiling of the so-called “Diver’s Statue.” This monument was created to honor local divers and it’s set to become an icon for the community.

Sculptor Octavio González Gutiérrez, a native of Jalisco, created this artwork out of stainless steel with bronze finishes in collaboration with local sculptor Luis Armando Solorio. It’s seven meters tall and cost approximately $200 thousand Mexican pesos.

The artists donated a large part of the cost of the statue as a charitable gesture in order to benefit the community. The Riviera Nayarit Association of Restaurant Owners collaborated with other groups in the area to create a committee to raise the funds to cover the rest.

The Plaza del Viento will be the statue’s new home, which will be placed permanently within the next few days, pending a permit from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT by its acronym in Spanish).

This, according to Manuel Venegas, president of the Plaza del Viento Public Works Committee, who explained they must wait for the “green light” in order to excavate a hole in the new boardwalk to deposit the statue.

The sculpture is the figure of a man diving to dislodge an oyster with a bar. The face of the statue was fashioned after that of Ramón Barraza, in order to pay homage to this famous local diver who collected for oysters for 40 years.

The mural Nuestra Bahía y su Origen (Our Bay and its Origin), by local painter Ramón Carrillo, was also unveiled during this event; the artist was inspired by the history of Banderas Bay in the creation of his piece.

The mural is located across from the Plaza del Viento along the fence of the Oliverio Vargas school; it’s nearly 20 meters long and will surely become another attraction for this coastal town.


Bucerías intends to keep our local history alive, which is the reason behind this multilateral endeavor that also seeks to mark the beginning of a new and prosperous era.

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reIn order that the older women get social recognition through example, the value appreciation and enthusiasm for participating in forums of expression, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) Jalisco convenes groups the largest adults  integrated municipal DIF, as well as institutions of the state of Jalisco to participate in choosing the "Queen of the Elderly, Jalisco 2014 ".

This is to help improve their physical, civic and social health through positive use of their leisure time highlighting the skills and values ​​of older women.

Director of Integral Development for the Elderly, Ricardo Magdaleno Sanchez, said the family is very important for the proper development of the participants and to enhance their confidence and self esteem.

"They are motivated because they break the fear of being on stage and open forums, yes it has been more involved, since the diffusion're giving municipalities and citizens is that their mothers and grandmothers themselves participate in these calls "said Magdaleno Sanchez.

To reach the final, each group will choose its representative will happen to the municipal or institutional stage to continue the regional or inter-stage and finally  of the state

The requirements to participate in the contest are:

  • Women 65 or older
  • Participate actively in the older groups of its municipal DIF
  • That has not been winning a similar event earlier in
  • The participants will be chosen in each of their groups

Each queen voluntarily, will be responsible for strengthening cultural transmission, to be an example of dignity and participatory existence of their family and community.

Queen of the Elderly


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In the waters off the Yucatán Peninsula, travelers can get up close to the largest sharks in the world

SEEMED LIKE we'd been searching for the sharks for hours. Our group had actually only been motoring through the Gulf of Mexico for 40 minutes, scanning the Mylar-smooth water for telltale fins. But anticipation had made time sluggish.

For most of us, this trip off Isla Holbox, an apostrophe at the tip of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, was the culmination of a longtime dream. Once we saw them—if we saw them—we'd get the chance to swim alongside the largest fish in all the world's oceans, what our Spanish-speaking guides called tiburones ballenas, or whale sharks.

In theory, they should have been easy to spot. Measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing as much as 11 tons, the sharks—which are harmless to humans—have spotted skins that prompted locals to nickname them "dominoes." The creatures typically feed at the surface on calm sunny days, suctioning great volumes of phytoplankton into their mouths. So, where were they? We all scanned the unruffled sea.

Suddenly, our boat captain shouted above the noise of the outboard engine: "A la izquierda!" As he spun the steering wheel to the left, we saw them: twin rudders cleaving the ocean surface, one about a dozen feet behind the other. The rounded dorsal fin was splotched with white; following it was a notched dagger point, the caudal fin—the tip of the shark's tail.

"Get ready!" a guide called, as we slowly pulled abreast of the shark. The passengers who were to jump in first, a couple named J.R. and Karen, were already pulling on fins and snorkels. The rest of us leaned over the gunwale to marvel at the shark: its dappled, roughly 30-foot length; its broad, flat head; the lazy, sinuous switches of its great tail.

"Jump!" the guide instructed, pulling on his mask and sliding over the side. J.R. and Karen followed; we watched, half entranced and half envious. Our turns would come.

I first learned about whale sharks almost 20 years ago, from friends who'd encountered them on the other side of the world. Back then, Ningaloo Reef, off the northwestern coast of Australia, was believed to be one of the only places to see the sharks, about which very little was known. They were thought to travel vast distances—thousands of miles—but marine biologists had no specifics about their migratory patterns. Mating and reproductive habits were also obscure.

Scientists still don't have much data on whale-shark behavior. Fishermen and divers who spot the animals routinely supply much of what's known: whale sharks are solitary swimmers, have skin patterns as individual as fingerprints and consume masses of plankton, krill and tiny fish. This single-minded pursuit of food appears to make the sharks nearly oblivious (and benign) to humans.

In the past decade, the waters off Isla Holbox—a 27-mile long curl of sand and mangrove thickets, where the Gulf of Mexico converges with the Caribbean Sea—have been identified as hosting the world's highest concentration of whale sharks. According to Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, as many as 600 come to feed here between May and October—and particularly during the month of July, when currents sweep stores of plankton from more southerly ocean depths into the shallow waters around the Yucatán.

“ From the boat, the whale shark had appeared to be floating listlessly, but in the water it took every ounce of my strength to keep up. ”
In 2009, Mexico's government established a protected marine area for the sharks, encompassing roughly 510 square miles north of Isla Holbox. Though other feeding areas have since been discovered in the region, in this one, tour operators and guides must adhere to strict regulations for approaching the creatures. Around 60 different tour operators now troll the preserve from Holbox, offering outings to an increasing number of tourists.

For my own trip, I chose Natural Habitat Adventures, a U.S.-based outfit I'd traveled with previously. I liked the fact that the company's trips focus on wildlife conservation (it has a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and a portion of trip fees go to WWF programs). I also appreciated that it works with local guides, keeps groups small and attracts outdoorsy, adventurous travelers.

The seven of us who converged for a five-day trip this July, in the mainland town of Puerto Morelos, were a fairly amphibious bunch. Along with our guides, Astrid Frisch and Karel Beets —married naturalists who have been leading tours in their native Mexico for decades—were Libby, who'd tried cage-diving with great whites off South Africa, and Julia, who'd snorkeled among sea lions in the Galápagos. But there was also Molly Kate, who had a lifelong fear of deep water.

On our first day, we discovered that Holbox is a near-picture-perfect island village. Hand-painted pangas (open fishing boats) are docked at the shore; there's a tiny square where kids play on a fenced soccer pitch. Seafood restaurants and cheerful shops line the sandy main street. There are no cars—just golf carts, including a fleet of bright-yellow "taxis" that transported us to a beachfront hotel on the other side of town.

Over the next few days, we explored some of the island's natural landscapes—including Cabo Catoche, a cape whose dense mangroves and shallow estuarine waters function as a nursery for fish and crustaceans, and Punta Mosquito, where hundreds of flamingos and frigate birds make their home. We spotted some of the area's other impressive marine creatures—including sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins and giant manta rays.

But the night before our first whale-shark excursion, the excitement at our dinner table was palpable. It was abundantly clear what we had all really come for.

"You'll go in the water two at a time, with a guide," Mr. Beets told us during our pre-meal prep talk. We were to stay at least 6 feet away from the animals, he said.

"What about the mouth?" someone called out, to my relief. The photos I'd seen of the sharks' wide, slotlike maws—which they use along with their gills to vacuum up and filter nutrient-filled seawater—had made me slightly nervous.

"You won't get sucked in," Mr. Beets reassured us. "But when you swim with them, stay to one side. If you get in front, sometimes they spook and dive."

The next morning, 20 miles from shore in our panga, I was trying not to freak out as I pulled on my fins. When my turn came to jump in with the shark, I was hyperventilating before I even hit the water.


As soon as I was in, I found myself kicking with all my might. From the boat, the shark had appeared to be floating listlessly, but in the water it took every ounce of my strength to keep up. At first, it was almost too big to see properly; peering through my mask, I could only discern the shark's vast, spotted flank, gills fanned out like spinnakers. I was able to stay alongside for only a minute or so before my legs and lungs maxed out, and I had to climb back aboard.

That afternoon, though, I got many more chances for close encounters; we saw almost a dozen sharks that day, as well as a 12-foot manta ray. By my fourth time in the water, I'd begun taking in beautiful details of the sharks' appearance: the way their tiny eyes were placed, almost like afterthoughts, next to the corners of their gaping mouths; the colonies of remoras, or suckerfish, that fluttered like pennants along their pectoral fins; the swirling dotted patterns on their skins, which reminded me of aboriginal Australian paintings.

On my last swim, when I was too tired to kick anymore, I watched as a shark curved slowly past me and disappeared from view. I surfaced just in time to see Molly Kate—my water-phobic co-traveler—leap off the panga, flanked by guides. I pulled off my snorkel and whooped—for her, and for me, and for the great, hulking mystery we had shared


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buenfinThe Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canaco Servytur) Puerto Vallarta invites companies to register to participate in the second annual sale program called "The Good End", which aims to increase sales of the companies involved.

The program seeks to revive the economy with the help of the business chambers. Therefore, the Canaco urges business sector to join, since its objective is to increase sales of the companies involved, the second edition of this project will be held from 16 to 19 November of 2012.

All businesses can participate, such as food and beverages, clothing, footwear, health care, household goods, computers, electronics, among others. Those interested should contact the offices of the Canaco to 22-445-45, 22-407-08 and 22-427-08.

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Vallarta Botanical Gardens opened its gates on November 15th, 2005. Since then it has grown to become one of Puerto Vallarta's most fabulous "must see" tourist attractions. The gardens are located in the mountains at an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level where you will find a rejuvenating and much cooler micro-climate that is always a delightful surprise to Garden visitors. The Gardens are a living museum showcasing some exceptional examples of the abundant natural diversity found in the Puerto Vallarta area.
As you enter the Gardens, look for a sign that directs you to the swinging bridge. Follow the iron handrail and lead yourself through a pristine swath of original tropical forest in its full exuberant spendor. Along this trail one will encounter the Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla garden where living examples of each of these plants can be viewed growing in the shadows of giant forest trees. After climbing up through the forest, one begins to descend into the Tree Fern Grotto. The Tree Fern Grotto is an important nesting area of the endemic Mexican Hermit Hummingbird. Ask at the information desk in the hacienda if you wish to observe a hummingbird nest in action!

After your visit to the Tree Fern Grotto, head off to the Holstien Conservatory of Mexican Orchids. In this remarkable conservatory, one can see many examples of native Mexican orchids in bloom, plus collections of carnivorous plants, rare ferns, and other native curiosities. The Orchid Conservatory was a charitable gift to Vallarta Botanical Gardens which opened to the public in early 2008.

Just outside the conservatory you will find the restroom area that doubles as a small natural history museum with butterfly, insect and seashell collections. From the vantage point of the restroom steps, one can take into perspective the stunning mountain vistas that envelope the grounds of this lovely natural oasis. To the right of the restrooms are nursery-grown blooming orchids and other exotic plants that can be purchased and taken home.

The mountains are a birdwatcher's delight with many species of native birds easily seen from the pathways. In the morning and again in the evening, squawking groups of Lilac-Crowned Amazon parrots are active, wheeling through the skies above. Kingfishers ply the waters for tadpoles and minnows in the sparkling Los Horcones River that creates the Gardens' western boundary. At night the eerie hooting of the Mottled Owl adds a spooky note to the cacophony of forest sounds.

The centerpiece of the Botanical Gardens is the hacienda that serves as the visitors' center and is also the location of the Gardens' celebrated restaurant known as The Plantation House. Created in the style of a tropical 18th century plantation manor, the Plantation House sits on a jungle ridge overlooking the river and surrounded by the majesty of the soaring Sierra Madres in all directions. The Plantation House serves Ranch Style Mexican food and makes homemade gourmet pizzas in a wood burning brick oven. Don't leave without trying the homemade vanilla ice cream made with real Mexican beans splashed with Kahlua.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens receives no funding from the government and is maintained by its members and donors and by visitor purchases in the restaurant and gift shop. Yearly memberships can be purchased at the visitors' center and entitle members to unlimited admission to the gardens plus discounts and other privileges. Volunteers are always welcomed as greeters and garden docents. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are a registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose main goals are creating environmental awareness and appreciation of plants, especially Mexican plants. These gardens are also the backdrop to some of the areas most lavish weddings and events. If you'd like to see a different side of Puerto Vallarta and one of the genuine treasures of the city, then head out to the gardens, located on coastal route 200, just 30 minutes south of town.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens now offer guided off-road birding and botanical tours on brand new fully automatic ATVs or on horseback at the equestrian center, Rancho Botanico. To reserve a tour, or get more information on these magical Gardens, call 223- 6182 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Benjamin Price
Executive Director
Vallarta Botanical Gardens A.C.

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Puerto Vallarta, Jal. - With the start of April, the office of Integral Family Development (DIF) of the State of Jalisco, together with “Trompo Magico” Museum, has scheduled 105 specific activities for children and teen agers, from across the State, to get to know and to practice exercising their rights, in a fun and interactive way.

The Assistant Director of “Trompo Magico” Museum, Ana Estela Garcia Cortez, presented the individuals and the activities that will be representing each one of the rights, such as the right to good health and education, to preserve their identity, to express their opinion and their rights to entertainment and recreational activities. All those rights will be duly identified in different areas. There will also be several other activities that will reinforce the theme.

"We will have two musical groups whose work is to create music about children’s rights. ‘Patita de Perro’ is coming from Puebla, and from our town, Luis Delgadillo will be performing”, she said.

The photo exhibit "Vertical and horizontal" is currently opened outside the Museum. Children and teen agers are there to respond to different questions. Special activities surrounding the celebration began Thursday, April 2 and will continue until Sunday, may 3. Closing Monday, may 4 with a great celebration in the Guadalajara Zoo.

The Museum Deputy Director explained that the last week will be a very intensive week of activities. From Tuesday, April 28 to Sunday, May 3 there will be some highlight new features as an open forum of expression for young people with the freedom of identity, the topic being: What do you like most about you?; a geek party, the opening of a gastronomic laboratory, 13 shows, nine interactive workshops, there will be a Conference: Would to children play in....? Plus two exhibits: Archaeology of a Sonic monument: the national anthem, and trunks with wings and roots.

The trunks with wings exhibits were judged by children from all over Mexico. Children chose the topic they wanted to decorate their trunks with, or for local or regional artists to do that trunk. They also chose the items going inside the trunks; items representing their State" said Garcia Cortez.

The invitation is open to children and teen agers throughout the State. Families wishing to attend may approach the municipal DIF office, which will provide logistics and scheduling activities. Just as a reminder: general admission is 40 pesos. It is free for senior citizens and people with disabilities; same as for children two years old younger. It is free for everyone, on Thursdays.

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Jennifer Lopez's former home in Miami Beach is on sale again. The star lived in the home for seven years before she sold it in 2005 for $13.9 million. The home was renovated and is on sale again for a whopping $40 million.
The home spans 12,000 square feet and has 7 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. (Zillow.com)

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FESTIVALThe Music Festival is a 3 day event held annually in San Pancho for the last 13 years. The Festival has always been free to the public, and amazingly it still is.

The 13th annual San Pancho Music Festival for 2013 will be held Friday through Sunday, 02/22 through 02/24/2013 in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico.  As in the past years,

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foto8Entries are open until August 1 to participate in the contest "Miss Puerto Vallarta 2014", a competition where the beauty has a purpose, meet distinguished woman representing our city's virtues: joy, affection, personality and intelligence.

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by Rocio Bucio

Well, both are related, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the pagans as he was a Christian missionary known as the apostle of Ireland.
St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. This day has become associated with everything Irish, anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. It is celebrated on the 17th of March, Probably because it was the day that St. Patrick died.

The biggest observance is in Ireland, they attend to mass, before they get the celebration started.

In American cities, they celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids.

And as an example of how we celebrate I want to share with you this information.

2011 represents the 5th annual St Patrick's festival, at the Shamrock Irish Pub on Av. México in Bucerias.

There will be live music throughout the day and night. Joby Fox, a singer songwriter direct from Ireland. Wain Mcfarlane, an American Idol finalist. Two of the most popular local bands, Chillin Villians & Tikkilyches will be playing and in between the live acts a specialist Irish DJ to spin out all those popular St Patrick's Irish tunes.

As for food, corned beef and cabbage, delicious Irish stew, pies and great Burgers.

This is a family event - Activities for kids, will take place, such as trampolines, face painters, etc.