Julio César Castillón
: Chef Julio César Castillón Pérez' most important influence came from his own parents, who made a living selling take-out food and, in 1989, founded Restaurante Gaby’s. As he has developed his own culinary skills, his primary goal has become the preservation of authentic Mexican cuisine.
Victor M. Castañeda
: Kitchen creativity has been part of Victor Manuel Castaneda Romero's life since he was a kid growing up in Tequila, Jalisco. Food was a big part of his upbringing and now he shares his love of cuisine with everyone at Si Señor Beach Restaurant on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta.
: Beginning at age 18 with the successful operation of his own restaurant for four and a half years, Canadian chef/owner Michael Boufford is no stranger to the culinary scene.
: Originally from Taxco, Guerrero, chef Verdi joined the staff at Archie’s Wok in 1992. Initially looking for a server position, he found there were none available, so he chose the kitchen instead.
: Originally from Oklahoma, internationally acclaimed Kathleen Carrillo resides in the jungle just outside of Puerto Vallarta, where she runs an art retreat center and studio with her husband, writer Andrew Marcus.
: Local artist Ada Colorina is widely renowned for her simple, yet sophisticated, depictions of everyday life in traditional Mexican towns. Using Puerto Vallarta as her main source of inspiration, she covers her canvases with intense colors, creating vibrant images.
: A tireless promoter of nautical tourism in the region, Vilma Habelloecker began her professional path shortly after receiving a degree in tourism from Nayarit University, in her home state.
: Camelia Balan’s love affair with Banderas Bay is classic love-at-first- sight material. It was 2000 when she packed her bags back home in Bucharest, Romania, to visit her sister, who had been living here for some time.
Adam and Veronica
: Should the topic of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in Banderas Bay come up in conversations among boaters, it shouldn’t surprise you if the surname “Finer” is mentioned repeatedly.
Valerie and Ron
: Originally from the Newport Beach area, Valerie and Ron Hoskins’s reputation in marine carpentry has travelled through the world by way of boaters who repeatedly seek out their services while anchoring in Banderas Bay.
Janet and Jess
: It’s difficult to imagine that when seasoned boaters and full-time local residents Janet and Jess Coburn first visited Banderas Bay some four years ago they didn’t have an inkling of the huge amount of nautical and boating-related activity that takes place locally year round.
: A true pata salada, Karla Moreno has always considered the ocean her second home. “I remember our mother constantly struggling to get us out of the water after long hours of weekend enjoyment snorkeling or collecting seashells,” she muses.
: Little did Rodolfo Trejo know how much his life would change when he accepted a managing position at the Vallarta Yacht Club some three years ago. Beyond the administrative tasks usually associated with many management jobs, Rudy thrives on making things happen for the active membership of the club.