: 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.
Marco Antonio Lepe
: Originally from Puerto Vallarta, chef Lepe started building his culinary career from the ground up when he joined The Blue Shrimp 11 years ago. Since then, he has endeavored to maintain the restaurant’s commitment to quality.
: Soft-spoken and unassuming, restaurateur Eva Sánchez enjoys sitting at a round table near the bar at her popular restaurant, The River Cafe, which she founded in the '80s.
: Daughter of renowned artisans Epifanio Fuentes and Laurencia Santiago, Julia Fuentes began painting at her parent’s workshop in 1989 when she was only 13 years old and she fell in love with the arts.