EXPLORING THE SOUTH

exploring-homeJanuary 2015 ● There is a reason why birds go south in the winter – Depending on where you are, you may be feeling the chill of winter. It is a good time to pack the shorts and bikini and head south. Plan a vacation, or spend the season, and discover the beauty of Mexico. Read More by John Van Dyke

exploring-homeOctober 2014 ● The New Face of Tourism – Mexicans are discovering their own Country and all that it has to offer. Any place you visit today you will see Mexican tourists, especially along the costal tourist destinations. A testament to the prosperity of the new and growing middle class in Mexico. The face of tourism is changing and no longer dominated by Americans. Read More by John Van Dyke

exploring-homeSeptember 2014 ● Gone fishing… I’ll be back in October. Going Fishing in Costa Alegre September is the month everyone seems to be gone fishing in Puerto Vallarta. Or that is what the sign says in the window or on the door. And, it is an excellent time for fishing, depending on your sport. Surf fishing is at its best along the coast of Jalisco. South of Vallarta around the Mayto area has seen world-class surf fishing with record catches the past few years. Read More by John Van Dyke

exploring-homeAugust 2014 ● Discover the Fishing Village of Tehuamixtle – Just two hours south of Puerto Vallarta by car is the sleepy little fishing village of Tehuamixtle. Tehua, as it is known by locals, sits in a little cove surrounded by cliffs. The waters of Tehua Bay are clear and calm, with a gentle sand beach that is perfect for swimming. Read More by John Van Dyke

exploring-homeJuly 2014 ● Seasons of Change in the Mayto Beach Area – Mayto beach and the surrounding areas are making the transition from spring to summer.  The seasonal tourists have headed back to their summer homes and the last signs of seasonal visitors are disappearing.  It is quiet and a good time to visit.  It has been a very dry season, so the first rains have been welcomed. Read More

exp-homeJune 2014 ● Opening up The South Coast of Cabo Corrientes – Driving south of Puerto Vallarta on highway 200, you quickly leave the water at Boca de Tomatlan. Boca is always busy, as it is the home to water taxis that serve as the only means of access to many destinations around the cape. Access is always a double-edged sword. For those who want to escape – literally, remote is good. For others it can be a hassle. Read More

exploring-homeMay 2014 ● Footprints in the Sand – When was the last time you made fresh footprints on a beach? The only footprints! It is a special and restorative experience. It is almost impossible to find a beach that seems like it is your own private beach. At least, one that is accessible. There is such a beach, not so far from Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Read More

 

costalegre-homeApril 2014 ● The undiscovered Costalegre of Jalisco MexicoThe Costalegre of Jalisco is an area worth discovering, if you like pristine virgin beaches, hidden coves, azure waters, and fishing villages without the usual tourist trappings, this could be for you. The Costalegre, also known as the happy coast, runs along most of the state of Jalisco. Read more

exploring-homeMarch 2014 ● A designer’s house in paradiseTransforming a piece of paradise into a place that feels like home is a delicate balance between nature and lifestyle. After a lot of planning and thought, ultimately the land tells you what to do. And, you design something that is as special as the place. Read more

 

exploring-homeFebruary 2014 ● At the end of a dirt roadYou never know what you might discover at the end of a dirt road. There is something special about the draw of the unknown, especially if it is a paradise to be discovered. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I first discovered the Mayto beach area. That was a few years ago when the road was a lot more challenging than it is today. Read more

explo-homeJanuary 2014 ● Realizing a DreamSome have said I am living the dream. Building an amazing house in a place that many would call paradise. It has been a journey of almost seven years since first discovering what I think is one of Mexico’s secret places. The journey began with a chance conversation with an old friend in Puerto Vallarta, who told me about the area known as Mayto. Read more

exploring-homeDecember 2013 ● The Amazing Journey of the Sea TurtleThe sea turtle is an amazing creature. They can live for over a hundred years. A female must reach ten years of age before she can lay eggs, and then she returns to the beach where she was born. It is normal for her to lay as many as a hundred eggs. Out of that a few survive. Read more

exploring-homeNovember 2013 ● Mexico rediscoveredAfter some bumpy tourist seasons, Mexico seems to be finding a new place in the sun with the North American crowd, and a lot of others as well. I just returned to Puerto Vallarta from the West Coast of the U.S. on a flight that was oversold. Have not experienced that for some time. I also observed a lot of first time Mexico visitors… a trend that will be continuing. It just makes sense. Read more

exploring_homeOctober 2013 ● The Allure of the CostalegreThe Pacific Coast of Mexico along the state of Jalisco, is a richly diverse coastline with large and small bays – beaches, and a variety of sparsely populated communities between the larger towns and cities. Cabo Corrientes just south of Puerto Vallarta is where the Costalegre actually begins. Costalegre means “happy coast”, and it is indeed that. It will put a smile on your face when you see some of the remote and pristine beaches it has to offer. There are isolated little coves of sand and grand expanses of beach that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Read more

exploring_homeSeptember 2013 ● Gone Fishing… a September ritual – September is the month everyone seems to be gone fishing in Puerto Vallarta. Or that is what the sign says in the window or on the door. And, it is an excellent time for fishing, depending on your sport. Surf fishing is at its best along the coast of Jalisco. Read more

exploring-homeAugust 2013 ● Discovering El Tuito, Mayto, and Tehuamixtle – Many locals and most tourists have never heard of these great places, just a short drive south of Puerto Vallarta. El Tuito, the most well known of the three, is only forty-five minutes on highway 200 from Vallarta. You drive through some very scenic country and a changing landscape along what is known as the palms to pines highway. Tuito is in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and at an elevation of around 3,000 ftRead more

south_homeJuly 2013 ● Summertime in the Mayto areaMayto and the surrounding areas are making the transition to summer.  The seasonal tourists from Puerto Vallarta have headed back to their summer homes and the last signs of seasonal visitors are disappearing.  It is quiet and a good time to visit.  It has been a very dry season, so the first rains will be welcomed. Read more

exploring_homeJune 2013 ● Re-discovering the Pacific Coast of MexicoMexico has many miles of amazing coastline on both sides of the country. Recently the east has been in favor as newer places have drawn the hip and trendy crowds. New and fresh, and catering to a crowd that is in tune with today’s lifestyle. This gets the attention of the travel media. Historically, the Pacific Coast was Mexico’s playground for the hip, savvy and fashionable traveler. Read more

explore_homeMay 2013 ● A Love of BeachesFinding a virgin pristine unspoiled beach that is accessible might seem only a dream in today’s world. I set out in search of one, and found it. To me the magic of a beach is measured by a huge wow factor, and the solitude and purity of the experience. A walk on the beach should be an escape from crowds of people and the daily grind. Read more

exploring_aprilhomeApril 2013 ● South of Vallarta will be the future of Jalisco TourismWhen talking about the coastal areas south of Puerto Vallarta, one must also talk about the future – a very bright and promising future, for the state of Jalisco. For those who are regular visitors and those who own in and around Puerto Vallarta, change has been evident and will continue at a pace perhaps not seen before. For the Mexican state of Jalisco, the south coast is the future. Read more


exploring_homeMarch 2013 ● The adventurous and savvy are rediscovering MexicoThings are happening in Mexico. In many ways Mexico may be experiencing a very quiet and sustained revolution of sorts. It is no secret that the Mexican economy is rapidly growing and a new younger group of world-class professionals, entrepreneurs and travelers are emerging on the scene – many from Mexico. Read more

chachalaka_homeFebruary 2013 ● Buying land and building along the Costalegre of MexicoAlmost seven years ago I made the then difficult drive to the Mayto area south of Puerto Vallarta. It was love at first sight and the beginning of an amazing project. I found a very special parcel of land fronting the Pacific Ocean, with multiple building sites and breathtaking views of the ocean and beach. I call the place Chachalaka after a native bird. Read Article

exploring_homeJanuary 2013 ● A good year ahead for MexicoAs a new year begins, it is a good time to look back, and look ahead, to the future of our region and Mexico as a whole. What drives the economy, projects, and development of the Puerto Vallarta areas and the state of Jalisco, are connected to larger economy of Mexico itself. Mexico in this past year has been getting a lot of attention from the global financial community – all very positive. Read Article

tuito_homeDecember 2012 ● Discover El Tuito, a special town just a short drive south of VallartaI am always surprised by how many people in Puerto Vallarta do not know about El Tuito. I also, always enjoy seeing the reaction of first timers to Tuito. This is real Mexico. A charming town with a lot of history – going back over two hundred years. El Tuito is the municipality for Cabo Corrientes, and administrative offices are located here. Read Article

Exploring The SouthNovember 2012 ● The Savvy Traveler will be Heading SouthI am not sure why, but it seems we always favor the direction north over south in most things. Is it a psychological thing….  go north… as in going forward, or getting ahead, or perhaps it is just comforting. Anyway, in the case of the Mexican state of Jalisco, south was just inconvenient. Read Article

Exploring The SouthOctober 2012 ● Look south of Vallarta for a changeWhen you feel like the usual places are getting a little too familiar or a bit crowded, you might think about heading to the south. You will notice something different as soon as you get past the Pemex station leaving old town Puerto Vallarta on highway 200. Read Article

Exploring The SouthSeptember 2012 ● Fishing the South Coast of JaliscoFor those who live to fish, this is the time of year for surf fishing the south coast of Jalisco. August, September and October usually are the best months, and the prize fish for many is a roosterfish that may weight as much as 70 lbs. It is not unusual to hook a 40-pound or larger fish when they are running near the shore. Read Article

Exploring The SouthAugust 2012 ● Discovering Paradise in Mayto Area, South of VallartaIs this paradise found, south of Puerto Vallarta?  I see many people making the drive south to the Mayto and Tehuamixtle areasYou can tell the first timers, and many are scouting out the area.  The word is getting out about this place with the miles of endless beaches, clear waters, very few people, fresh seafood and oysters and a laid back peaceful lifestyle. Read Article

Exploring The South ColumnJuly 2012 ● One of the Pacific Coast of Mexico’s secret placesA few years ago I discovered – a place with pristine virgin beaches, a fishing village where the locals actually fish for a living, a handful of villages that have not been affected by tourism, three hotels that are on the beach, an abundance of fresh seafood and oysters, no vendors trying to sell you anything, a beautiful little bay that is always perfect for swimming and snorkeling and sandy beaches that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Read Article

exploringjunioJune 2012 ● A year of transition for Cabo CorrientesThis year will be significant for Cabo Corrientes and the beach communities of Mayto, Tehuamixtle and the surrounding areas. Change is coming and it will seem sudden when the road-surfacing project is completed this year. The road project was just a rumor five years ago and popular conversation with the land speculators during that time. Read Article


exploringmayoMay 2012 ● The allure of the CostalegreThe Pacific Coast of Mexico along the state of Jalisco, is a richly diverse coastline with large and small bays – beaches, and a variety of sparsely populated communities between the larger towns and cities. Cabo Corrientes just south of Puerto Vallarta is where the Costalegre actually begins. Read Article

exploringabrilApril 2012 ● Voted BEST of Mayto beach area 2012Every year or season as I like to call the year, the Mayto area continues to develop as more people are discovering this amazing place south of Puerto Vallarta. A place of pristine beaches, very few people, a fishing village in a beautiful bay, and friendly people that welcome you to their paradise – hard to find places like this. Read Article

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