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Moments in Vallarta

It is simply amazing how hot and sticky weather can go so swiftly to cool and refreshing. In less than a short two weeks we have done just that. Wonderful cool dry air has been moving in to Vallarta slowly and lovingly after such a treacherously wet, oppressively hot summer. No more rain deluges and storms raging. Change is blowing in on cool breezes, folks!

Just in time too. We are seeing the sudden awakening of the city. Shops are getting open and slapping on a fresh coat of paint. Everyone is spring cleaning this fall in anticipation of the arrival of High Season here in Puerto Vallarta. Every one is bustling about getting into high gear. We are in the midst of this season’s start of a grand season. The first fundraisers are on, parties planned, villas reserved and the city is poised to enjoy great success.

NewsFlash! Terror Strikes at the Heart of Cancun

"Tourists Flee Cancun, Hurricane Ruins Famed Beaches"
…Rueters News Reports

"Alaska Airlines Suspends Cancun Flights"
…Yahoo Headlines Reports

"Wilma Deals $800 Million Blow to Mexican Travel Industry"
…CNN Reports

Cancún After WilmaIt is all over the news and Puerto Vallarta is already feeling the effects. Hundreds of tourism workers have begun to flow in from Cancun. We are seeing thousands of travelers planning on going to Cancun are changing their plans to Puerto Vallarta.

PVRPV has also received a deluge of calls, emails and associate agents all seeking accommodations. This season is poised to become the busiest season ever in Vallarta. Tourism is Mexico's fourth-largest industry and pumped about $10.8 billion into the country's economy last year, according to the Mexican Tourism Secretariat. That's almost 10 percent of Mexico's Gross Domestic Product.

And We Are Off!

This 2005-2006 season will truly prove to be the highlight of this decade. Our Homeowners have been working hard to prepare their prime income property to be "at the ready" for our upcoming Guests. We too, have been busy building one of the best vacation rental systems that builds our Homeowners economic goals and our Guests complete satisfaction. We are excited to participate with you in developing a marketing program while building on excellence. After all, it's all about Puerto Vallarta, and that means the best!

This is what PVRPV offers to ALL our Valued Guests

Phase I

PVR Guest Pre-Care Services: Given to All PVR Guest

Before the Guest Even Arrives

After the Guest has chosen the best home for their time in Vallarta which includes preparing the home to the specific needs of each Guests individual requirement. We will stock the kitchen and refrigerator with an advance list of grocery and sundry items. We can stock the bar and wine inventory and provide complete floral care and arrangement. PVR can also provide professional and creative culinary services as well. Full catering services are available as well.

Phase II

PVR On-Site Guest Care: Given to All PVR Guests

PVRPV Concierge! To the Rescue!

PVR has also begun including additional concierge services for our Guests, including shopping, tours and information. It is important to us that we become a full service vacation rental agency. PVR will meet each Guest at your home by our professionally trained five star concierge service provider; welcoming them with a beautifully designed gift basket of traditional Mexican delicacies. Our concierge will personally introduce the features of Your Home, answer any questions and to be available throughout the Guests stay for any incidental needs and service reservations. In addition to meeting each guest at their vacation condo and showing them all the features of your home, we want to go the extra mile for our guests, even if that means a trip to the pharmacy at 10pm on a Friday night. It is at this level of committed service that we see our guests returning to us and recommend their friends and associates to our service as well.

Phase III

PVR After-Care Services: Given to All PVR Guests

We will also provide each of our Guests with complete PVR After-Care Services. At the conclusion of the time at your home, our PVR concierge will meet the departing Guest to ensure a satisfactory visit, an invitation to return and to hear any constructive feedback on the home and its features. This information will be forwarded to the homeowner. Finally, the PVR Guest will be given an opportunity to provide a comment or two on their visit in the manor of a testimonial and to refer an invitation to any of their associates or friends to stay at your vacation home.

Christmas in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican SantaThe first thing to know about celebrating Christmas in Mexico is that most everybody takes off the last two weeks in December - to party, spend more time with the family, visit with old friends, even make new friends. One of the biggest fiestas of the year - in small towns, big cities, the beach resorts, everywhere - Christmas in Mexico is celebrated in a variety of ways.

Several weeks before Christmas, elaborately decorated market stalls or puestos are set up in the plazas of every town and city. Some people travel for days from remote areas to get to these markets. The puestos offer crafts of every conceivable kind, foods such as cheese, bananas, nuts, and cookies, and flowers such as orchids and poinsettias.

PoinsettiasThe poinsettia plant is native to Mexico and is believed to have first been used in connection with Christmas in the 17th century when Mexican Franciscans included the flowers in their Christmas celebration. There is a legend connected with the flower. A little boy named Pablo was walking to the church in his village to visit the Nativity scene, when he realized he had nothing to offer the Christ Child. He saw some green branches growing along the roadside and gathered them up. Other children scoffed, but when he laid them by the manger, a brilliant red star-shaped flower appeared on each branch.

PosadasThe main Christmas celebration in Mexico is called Las Posadas, which refers to processions reenacting Joseph and Mary's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The processions begin nine days before Christmas because the original journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem took nine days. Friends and family members divide themselves into two groups - pilgrims and innkeepers. The pilgrims travel from house to house asking for a shelter and are refused at each until they finally reach the house where an alter and Nativity scene have been set up. Here the pilgrims are admitted with great rejoicing, a traditional prayer is spoken, and the party begins. Food and drink are served and then children take turns trying to break open the piñata.

New Properties Listed in November

Homeowners are now flocking to PVRPV

PVRPV has had unprecedented numbers of Vacation Homeowners coming directly to us to be on our website. These homeowners are indicating our exceptional service, superb reservation system and website information. They like the idea we offer our Guests Pre-Care Service, On-Site Concierge Services and our After-Care service for each guest. We have also heard that our homeowners are impressed with the various services we are offering them as well.

Here are just a few!

Click on these hyperlinks to review these new PVRPV Vacation Rentals

Casa de Carmen

Casa de Carmen This fun newly remodeled condo is designed and named for the infamous Latin sensation Carmen Miranda. The vacation home is located near the Los Muertos Beach and close to shopping, galleries and restaurants. This Puerto Vallarta condominium has .. more information

Bendita Casita

Bendita Casita This conveniently located two bedrooms two bath home is centered with in the Old Town areas close to all shops, galleries and great restaurants. This home features all the amenities of home at a modest rate. From the balcony, you will see a .. more information

Volunteer Christmas Opportunities at PVRPV and the Olas Altas Neighborhood

Volunteer Christmas Opportunities at PVRPVPVRPV, several seasonal snowbird travelers for the season and several Olas Altas area businesses will be sponsoring a family or maybe two this Christmas. We want to ensure that as many as possible enjoy a full joyous, sumptuous Christmas season. Every child should have a present or two beneath the tree this year. Every family should enjoy the warm fellowship of kin and the delight of a wonderful meal to share it with. If you would be so inclined, feel free to call any PVRPV Staff member for additional information.

PVRPV has a longstanding commitment to giving back into this wonderful community we call home. Several of our employees have participated in several non-profit opportunities for many years and as a company we have chosen to assist those on our midst who need support. We are doing several things that you may want to join us with.

We have identified a large community of mostly women and children who actually live in and support themselves off of the Puerto Vallarta land fill or dump. They actually feed and cloth themselves from the dump. There are organizations that support them with food and clothing. However, we believe that to actually break the cycle of poverty education is a real priority.

So we are doing your bit by working with other local expatriate business and restaurants in PV to bring school supplies to them as well as sponsor several promising students to stay in school. As these folks are desperately poor, they cannot afford the supplies and costs of their education. This is we where you and PVRPV come into action.

On your next visit to Puerto Vallarta please bring an extra suitcase of basic every day school supplies. Talk to your friends, community groups or your faith based organization about the possibility of gathering these for your next trip to Vallarta. This is changing lives and families for generations; your assistance is sincerely appreciated. Each Monday afternoon we head out to the area with some great food from area restaurants and our school supplies and spend just a few hours encouraging and working with many of the older children about school and its importance for the future.

For the low cost of $250 sponsorship per year you can keep a child in school. Most quit by the time they are 12-13 years old and go to work. This has been a rewarding and successful venture and we look forward to your kind assistance. Please call Mike at PVRPV at 206.388.3703 or mike@pvrpv.com for additional information.

New Staff Brought Aboard PVRPV

Another Great Addition to the Staff PVRPV, our Homeowners and Guests proudly welcome a new addition to our staff. Jamie Chartrand, along with her husband Don, comes to us from White Rock, British Columbia in Canada. We are thrilled as Jamie has excellent experience as a Canadian Licensed Property Manager and Rental Coordinator for the last seven years. With the growth that PVRPV has seen this year, Jamie will be our administrative manager and Tim's executive assistant. Believe us when we say "This is a Very Good Thing!" This young couple have relocated here to warm up in Mexico and to build a life together in paradise. Jamie is already becoming an integral asset to our successful PVRPV team. Her professionalism and bright personality will be an awesome addition. Please feel free to drop a note of welcome to Jamie at jamie@pvrpv.com. Welcome Aboard!

2005 DirectPV

Vallarta's Directory to Residents and Services

2005 DirectPVPVRPV is proud to endorse this great resource for you in Vallarta. DirectPV is an English user friendly directory for all of Vallarta. It is a valuable tool when spending anytime in Puerto Vallarta. We will be placing these directories in each of our vacation rental homes. If you would like to purchase a copy, just stop by or contact PVRVP and speak with any staff member. Unfortunately, we cannot ship or mail to Canada or the US. The cost is well worth the $20 USD.

Featured Properties

Casa Coco

Casa Coco is located in the Alta Vista area of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has a spacious, open air atmosphere. Accommodations include; four bedrooms - two spacious master suites and two standard bedrooms.
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Mmmmmmm Getting hungry yet??

"Hey Abuelita, What's cooking?"
Recipe of the Month

Chipotle Vallarta Crab Cakes
Shrimp Cajun Skillet

This is one of my favorite shrimp dishes from a restaurant in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood called Cha Cha Cha. It is by far their most popular dish. Cajun food is very similar in complexity to Mexican food so the trip across the Gulf fits our palate nicely. All one needs is a nice loaf of bread for dipping in this scrumptious sauce and a salad for a complete dinner. Buen Provecho!

Ingredients:

SKILLET CAJUN SHRIMP

1/2 cup Cajun Spice Mix (recipe to follow)
1 1/2 cups (12 0z) dark beer (I use Negro Modelo here)
2 cups Heavy Cream
1 Pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a large heavy saucepan combine the Cajun spice mix and beer. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk to make a thick paste. Do not allow the mixture to burn.

Gradually stir in the cream to make a smooth sauce. Cook over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, for 8 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly and turns a rich rust color.

Add the shrimp and the red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and cook the shrimp over low heat for 2 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

CAJUN SPICE MIX

1/2 cup sweet paprika
2 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon salt

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Store in an air tight container in a cool dry place.


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