Vallarta Beach Crawl

I don’t do the Vallarta Beach Crawl often; however, it’s fun to expose first time Puerto Vallarta visitors to a small variety of easily accessed Banderas Bay beaches that they may not get to otherwise and they do always seem to request a repeat expedition in following visits. Over the years, I have fine tuned a route. 

Karen's Place, BuceriasTo be honest, this crawl is really about eating and drinking so, depending on hunger levels, we sometimes start at Karen’s Place in Bucerias for a late breakfast.A long time favorite of both visitors and locals, Karen’s Place is on the beach in front of Costa Dorada Suites.Karen has lived here for many years and she knows how to operate a restaurant.

The ambiance is thoroughly pleasant, the food is great and there is a choice of Continue reading

Mexico’s Health Care Ranked 5th Worldwide On Global Retirement Index

Healthcare in MexicoMexico’s outstanding combination of great weather, magnificent beaches, world famous cuisine, fascinating culture and world-class real estate have made of it one of the best places to retire in the world. But you already knew all that, what you might haven’t heard before is that it also has one of the best health care systems in the planet.

Amazing, right? Well, according to the Global Retirement Index 2014 published by, Mexico’s affordable and top-notch health care is Continue reading


935642_10200200778477823_1468660947_nCucumbers are cooler than you think – Wow!  Who would have thought?

  • Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on yo…ur body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.
  • Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day, or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.

5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.

6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.

7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.

8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.

10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.

12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.

13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet.”


Pain Relief therapy in Puerto Vallarta


            Electronic Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound, TENS

Proven therapy and pain relief from Acute & Chronic pain, resulting in increased mobility and decreased dependence on medication and other invasive treatments

  • Sports Injuries/Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs/Achilles Tendon
  • Diabetic Ulcers and Neuropathy/Pressure Ulcers
  • Arthritis/Bursitis/Osteoarthritis
  • Passive Exercise of Injured Muscles
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sciatica / Back Pain/Hip Dysplasia
  • Post-Surgical Pain Management
  • Degenerative Disc ad Joint Disease
  • Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
  • Sinusitis/TMJ pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Biceps/Thigh/Muscle
  • Knee/Joint Pain
  • Post-Operative Soft Tissue Lesions
  • Gout


Helene at Cell: 322 131 5125 / Home: 223 113 0445

E-mail :            ** Also available for House Calls

Tourist office


    This is a highly significant move by the mayor and the police regarding tourist safety in Puerto Vallarta.

    Puerto Vallarta Opens Special Office for Foreign Visitors

    In an effort to further assist the foreign tourists who favor our destination season after season, the Puerto Vallarta municipality has opened the Oficina Municipal de Atención y Asistencia al Turista y Residente Extranjero (OAATRE), or Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Foreign Tourists and Residents. The office is conveniently located at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, in colonia Emiliano Zapata, and is staffed by specially trained, French- and English-speaking staff.
    Puerto Vallarta Mayor Ramón Guerrero was present at the opening ceremony, along with US and Canadian Consular Agents Kelly Trainor and Lyne Benoit, respectively. “What matters the most,” Guerrero commented, “is that we want foreign visitors to know that, when they visit Puerto Vallarta, they will have access to a support system that includes professional staff, ready and eager to ensure that their time spent here is truly spectacular.”
    The office is open 24-7. Should you need to reach the OAATRE by telephone, you can dial (322) 222-2224.