: This native of Quebec, Canada, planned to learn Spanish to complement her French and English before beginning post-graduate studies. Laitre is currently the director of the extremely successful Mexico Boutique Hotels
. Over the past seven years, she has increased this collection of premium properties from 28 to the current 47.
: Natives of Mexico City, Carlos and Mariel Fregoso moved to Puerto Vallarta in 1992, charmed by the warmth of its people and the beauty of that small town of long ago.
: Evelyne Boren arrived in Vallarta in 1972 for a painting holiday. Within 24 hours she met her husband-to-be and simply never left.
: Sculptor and visual artist, Aida Valencia, was born in Tijuana, Baja California.
: "I am a Fashion Designer for the spirit, I simply dress the soul," is what Yvan Genest believes about the images he represents throughout his artwork.
José Victor Crowley
: Autodidact painter Jose Victor Crowley, was born in Mexico City with a clear artistic inclination to paint, which was cultivated by his grandfather who taught Crowley basic painting skills since the time he was a child.
Sayulita Featured in The Olympian
: We’ve always known that the sleepy town of Sayulita located just north of Puerto Vallarta in the stunning Riviera Nayarit is an amazing surfing destination, but recently this jewel of the Pacific was unveiled in The Olympian, a news publication in Olympia, Washington.
Our Lady of Peace Festival in Bucerias
: Mark your calendar for the upcoming Our Lady of Peace Festival that honors Our Lady of Peace, the patron saint of Bucerias.
: Architect, designer, restaurateur and shop owner, Peter Bowman, is well known and respected for his many ventures in and around the Puerto Vallarta area, but currently his name and achievements are being put in the forefront of the architectural world around the globe, by having his work featured in the December 2009 issue of the prestigious magazine, Architectural Digest.
EntreAmigos Continue Their Great Work to Support the Community of San Pancho
: EntreAmigos is one of the most active altruistic organizations in the Banderas Bay area. Read on to learn about their recent accomplishments and upcoming projects.
San Pancho, Riviera Nayarit Video
: Take a closer look at the peaceful town of San Pancho, in Riviera Nayarit, by enjoying this 5 minute video presentation. (Quicktime video)
: Artist Israel Zzepda, a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, has been painting for more than 20 years and has recently expanded his artistic energy to include sculpture, experimental photography and drawing. Zzepda was involved in art workshops during his childhood and after high school he joined a school of visual arts in Guadalajara where he developed a personal style that he defines into the symbolism.
: Step into just about any restaurant in Puerto Vallarta or any oceanfront destination in Mexico, for that matter, and chances are you will find this delicious citrus-marinated seafood salad on the menu. Commonly served as an appetizer, ceviche is prepared by combining chunks of raw fish, sliced or chopped onion, chopped tomatoes and cilantro with limejuice.
Sidney & Enrique
: Sidney Lecther and Enrique Cremaschi were born in different countries and had diverse professional backgrounds, but fate and the shared passion for excellent pizza brought them together in a Buenos Aires pizzeria in 1995.
: Sometimes adversity brings out the best in people. Take Tracie Willis, for example. Some 18 years ago, she found herself at a crossroads with only $1,000 USD in her pocket, wondering whether to leave nearby Sayulita and return to her homeland, or purchase a freezer.
: Every day, singer Jorge Acosta goes table to table, flashing his marvelous smile as he offers his services: singing from the heart and showing his pride in Mexican music.
Neighborhood Profile: Emiliano Zapata
: Let’s face it: The phrase Emiliano Zapata just doesn’t have the same allure as Olas Altas, Romantic Zone, South Side or even Basilio Badillo. These are, in fact, names of well-known streets and areas in one of Puerto Vallarta’s most happening colonias, or neighborhoods: Emiliano Zapata.
San Pancho: A Little Slice of Paradise
: Deserted powdery white beaches and a traditional small-town feel await you at San Francisco, affectionately known as San Pancho. Located in the state of Nayarit, about an hour north of Vallarta along Highway 200 — away from the high-energy experience of nearby Puerto Vallarta — this beautiful town invites rest and relaxation.
: We're fortunate - and it's compliment to Puerto Vallarta - that this self-effacing Brit, who held an impressive job as Latin America's marketing director for Proctor & Gamble overseeing operations in 15 countries, chose to retire here.
: A cuddly lamb named Chu becomes an overnight success, after being discovered in 2006 at a furniture show in Guadalajara! Formerly a member of an eclectic family of stuffies, Chu was first spotted by Make-A-Wish Mexico’s President Bob Mandel, who instantly fell in love with the yellow lamb, after seeing the positive effect that he had on everyone who laid eyes on him at the furniture show.