Cirque du Soleil theme park coming to The Riviera Nayarit

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Roberto’s Bungalows which is about 25 minutes away
is proud to announce that
Cirque Du Soleil Theme Park To Open In Mexico
Cirque du Soleil has announced it’s opening a theme park in Mexico that will feature entertainment provided by the circus’ artists.

The park will be located in Nuevo Vallarta, a resort town near the larger Puerto Vallarta. It will be eveloped with theme park operator Grupo Vidanta and construction is expected to finish in 2018.

“Each experience within the entertainment park will be animated by Cirque du Soleil artists and follow a common storyline,” Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta said in a statement. The theme park “may” include a water park and nature park.

The park will have the capacity to allow 3,000 to 5,000 spectators for nightly performances. Details are still emerging, but rumor has it the plans also involve a water park and nature park. It will be set in Nuevo Vallarta, a planned community 15 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport and about 25 minutes from Roberto’s Bungalows in San Pancho.

Until then, Cirque fanatics can check out Joya, a performance and food show developed by Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta that debuts on Nov. 21 at the new 600-seat Vidanta Theater near the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya resort.

But the conceptual designs are sweet — the sort of eye-catching and whimsical aesthetics we’ve come to expect from Cirque du Soleil.
Gilles Ste-Croix is a Canadian entrepreneur and the vice president and co-creator of Cirque du Soleil is here with me in the blurry photo taken in San Pancho. What a great man he is, as he has shown us here in San Pancho. He has a heart for the children and this year he will put together 3 cirque de niños shows right here in San Pancho.
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Roberto’s Bungalows welcomes you to the new season!

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Well it’s the start of another season here at Roberto’s Bungalows and we are really excited.
I hope we have seen the last of the rain till next August. Although down here in the jungle you can never be sure. Last year right as soon as the holidays were upon us, so were the rain clouds and for 9 days all the folks who traveled here to get out of the cold got warm rain. They really didn’t seem to mind until it was time that they were going home without a tan. We all know everyone likes to sport a tan after a trip to the tropics, as it makes you feel so alive and healthy.
My son Ben and I have a saying and it’s “even fat looks good when it’s dark brown”. We have always fought the battle of the bulge, but we are the first to bake all day at the sight of the first sun of the season.
Well down here in San Pancho all the States people the Canadians and all the Ex Pats are flowing down the streets like fresh water. It’s so good to see all the folks who live here six months of every year come back ready for the tropical life.
After a few years down here it seems that everyone becomes family and around the first of November it feels like a family reunion that you really want to be at!
The vacationers all bring a tentative smile and little bit of a rough edge from their stressful lives. It’s so good to see them begin to relax and get comfortable with the adventure of being in another country. After three or four days they begin to feel like locals and are roaming around the village loudly saying Hola to all the people they pass by!
This year is going to be a great one with lots of music, golf, weddings, beach parties, fishing, surf contests, horseback riding, Sayulita, Festive Markets, and let’s not forget Polo. I hear the first matches of the San Pancho International Polo (La Patrona) Club will be in February.
Get ready for vacation and if you need a place to stay book now for March, April, May, June and July. We will turn you into local family! Photo credit for sky photos goes out to David Fisher photographer and music man extraordinaire. IMG_1470.JPG

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Cock-A-Doo-El-Do——–Cock-A-Doo-El-Do

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Roooooster

Roooooster

To loud!

To loud!

When will it stop?

When will it stop?

Ok it’s time I tell my story about living here in Mexico. There is something I really miss about the United States and that would be Peace and quiet! Yes peace and quiet. 

Living in the United States I can’t recall having roosters wake me up in the last 60 years.
Here in Mexico in our little village it just isn’t the same. Two seasons ago my next door neighbor bought a rooster and it was one without a sense of what time of day or night it was. The rooster would Cock-A-Dude-El-Do day and night as LOUD as loud can go. Starting at midnight and 3 in the morning 5 in the morning, 7 in the morning as he wanted to beat all the other roosters in the village to be the first to crow. 

 I went to my neighbor and asked if he would get rid of the rooster, because I owned a hotel next door and he just looked at me and smiled. He could speak no English and With how little Spanish I know it was a dead end talking to this guy! I went back and this time he was a little more understanding, as he nodded much more this time with a bigger smile. 

 Well this went on for months and it got more irritating as the season went on. I had had it at one point and I decided to go over and up the amount of money I would pay or cut the head off that bird. On my way over I stopped and told one of my guests what I was doing and she was smiling and I told her I was going to offer them $150.00 and she said make it $1500.00 and I will pay and maybe I can get some sleep. I told her if I was to offer $1500.00 everyone in the village would buy one hoping the neighbor was getting annoyed. 

 Well I left for my vacation in August and September and to my surprise when we got home the rooster was gone. I thought about asking, but I left well enough alone. 

 Something I did notice was my neighbors across the street had bought a few roosters while we were gone. I didn’t think much of it until the noise level along with their dogs, chickens and dam roosters were making noise now 24 hours a day. Kind of like living in the middle of a Rooster zoo. Well I noticed many chickens running around and even started catching them in my courtyard. Before I could complain to the owners about the roosters I noticed the rooster noise had gotten to a fever pitch.
Well it was time to go have a talk with my neighbors who I really enjoy. 

I sat with the son and asked why they needed 8 roosters and he seemed to act like it was no big deal, as he was telling me about the roosters he said that his daughter had a real hard time sleeping, because of them. Then he said that his grandma who is almost 90 likes to hear them sing in the morning, so she keeps buying more. 

SING? I didn’t know they were singing. I really never thought of it as singing. I just thought it was just a bunch of noise all night and day. every day I see the grandma out front sweeping her leaves and listening to her roosters sing. Well I am not someone to take away another persons joy, so I am just going to let it go and know that I am a visitor in another country. Oh Oh Mexico.
What can I say except…….Cock a doodle do!

San Pancho , Mexico – number one – Next hot spot in the world!

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This story just in about the beautiful Nayarit Coast. We have been here now for almost 10 years on and off. Roberto’s Bungalows was built in 2005 and we have seen such awesome changes in this village. It is such a wonderful paradise with the future looking very bright! We suggest you travel down soon and experience what we know to be one of the best places to live and vacation. Go online to www.robertosbungalows.com and come stay with us and see for yourself. Go to tripadvisor and look us up and see what others have experienced!
This is a story I read today in the Huffington post by
Nicholas Kontis 02/13/14 07:20 PM ET

Riviera Nayarit Named Top Destination
in “Where to Travel in 2014”
by Arthur Frommer

I first met Arthur Frommer when he invited me to New York to be a guest on his television show. As a young travel entrepreneur, Mr. Frommer immediately made a lasting impression on me. Arthur Frommer treated me as an equal, as a colleague, asking me my opinions and even asked me what destinations I liked and why. It was that one day of filming at Grand Central Station in New York City that changed my life forever as a travel aficionado and propelled me into my life long profession as a travel entrepreneur.

Recently at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the L.A. Convention Center, travel enthusiasts had the opportunity to meet various authorities in the field of travel. The key note speaker was none other than travel extraordinaire, father of travel writing and creator of the first modern travel guide books, the incomparable, Arthur Frommer.

As anybody with a pulse on travel knows, “when Frommer speaks, travelers, industry insiders and the world listens.”

At the end of each year, travel experts, the likes of Lonely Planet, Travel & Leisure, and Arthur Frommer make their picks for hot travel destinations for the upcoming year. Mr. Frommer shared his picks for 2014 in a jam packed hall at the L.A. Times Travel Show, at Los Angeles Convention Center.

While Frommer mentioned the Indonesian island of Bali as a travel hot spot, going on the mention that one can live on $10.00 a day in Bali. Also mentioning India, but reminded travelers to watch out for their safety, and Japan made the list due to a plummeting yen, stretching the U.S. dollar, and providing good value. Frommer was clear on his number one, next hot spot in world.

The stretch of land north of Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican state of Riviera Nayarit, with miles of endless beaches, over 300 sun drenched days a year, in a safe part of the world. Not too surprising that the Mexican government is on a mission to build up this 200 mile stretch of land into the next tourist gateway for foreigners traveling to Mexico.

We would love to see you soon!
Some shots from in the Village of San Pancho

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It’s just another Tequila sunrise

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Tequila drinking on the rise
!JUST ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE!

Tequila (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈkila]) or as the Americans say…Ta kill ya!

Tequila is the distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, in the highlands (Los Altos) of the north western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Tequila is the smoooooooooth drink that is now taking the world in a whole new direction. From the pueblo of San Pancho where you can find Roberto’s Bungalows it’s a two and a half hour beautiful drive up highway 200 through the jungle of the Nayarit coast into the farmlands into Tequila.

I drove through Tequila a few years ago and it was a beautiful site, as it reminded me so much of the Napa Valley. The rows of the Blue Agave plants are everywhere the flat lands and up and down the mountains just as the rows of the grapes are in the Napa Valley. The city itself was beautiful and spotless. I have friends who have restaurants in the United States who come down and pick their special barrels of Tequila for their customer’s enjoyment. Tequila is becoming the new sipping drink of the elite and tasking it in a whole new direction. The tequila drinker of the past was the one who did the salt, shoot and bite the lime drink over and over until they passed out is looking like a thing of the past. The tee shirt that comes to mind when talking about Gringo drinking tequila in Mexico is “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… FLOOR”.

The new smooth tequila is fast becoming the NEW drink of the stars. Justin Timberlake has partnered with Sauza tequila to launch Sauza 901 a super-premium tequila, which bears the numbers of Timberlake’s hometown area code in Memphis, Tennessee. The brand will have a presence at Justin Timberlake’s world tour, The 20/20 Experience, with a Sauza 901 bar at every show.

Justin Say’s “My love for tequila began a few years ago after I visited the tequila heartland of Jalisco, Mexico, and saw the passion and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle,” “That trip inspired me to create 901”.

Sean (Diddy) Combs is another Star on the run to make Tequila the next expensive sipping drink.
Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits have formed a 50-50 joint venture to acquire DeLeón – which can sell for more than $1,000 a bottle – for an undisclosed sum.
Diageo said DeLeón will boost its share of the “ultra premium” tequila market, which includes brands that sell for more than $40 a bottle. Diageo also has another upmarket tequila, Don Julio. Both DeLeón and Don Julio sit at the higher end of the price scale compared to Jose Cuervo, which Diageo stopped distributing in the US in July.
DeLeón has five variants, varying in price from $120 to more than $1,000, and is popular among US musicians and in Hollywood, the drinks company said.

So my suggestion is if you are paying $1,000 dollars for a bottle of Tequila you better sip it. I’m not sure if this is the tequila you should be making frozen Margarita’s out of. So as I see it the days of slamming Tequila are reserved to the crazy American who hasn’t quite got the message yet. Which living down here I can say it probably won’t change much for the tequila drinking vacationing youngsters enjoying throwing up and hanging out with the toilet bowl as your date for the evening for Spring Break each year, or the parents who find that an all inclusive stay gives you a free pass to all the tequila you can drink and we are not talking Justin’s or Diddy’s top of the line tequila.

I think it’s time to book a vacation to Roberto’s Bungalows while you can still get a sip of tequila for free with a trip to Tequila with Earl and Jane and we can be your designated drivers and you can sip your way through a beautiful day in the beautiful City of TequilA and buy a couple of bottles while you can still afford it!

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Postcards from San Pancho, Paradise

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This is our Downtown!

This is our Downtown!

I have been taking pictures for many years, but never have I had such a great opportunity to hang on the beach and wait for the sun to set each day. Living in San Pancho has opend my eyes to not only the beauty that the ocean and the sky has to offer, but the peace and tranquility that come with it each day. I feel like the art in the sky each day needs to be shared with those who can’t be here. There are many places on the planet that have breath taking sunsets, but I believe I have landed in the Sunset Capitol of the world. I have thousands of photos of the sunsets and would like to share some of them with you. If you are ever in San Pancho, Mexico only about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta stop by Roberto’s Bungalows and say hi or come and book your Bungalow.

They are geting Younger and younger!

They are geting Younger and younger!

Getting to be a part of this has been worth the journey!

Getting to be a part of this has been worth the journey!

I wait months for nights like this!

I wait months for nights like this!

Lagoon shots always bring a new look to the sky!

Lagoon shots always bring a new look to the sky!

 

 

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Thinking of going to Mexico? 5 reasons you should stay home!

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Thinking of going to Mexico?
5 good reasons you should stay home!

I moved to Mexico 3 years ago against the advise of many people from the area where I lived in the United States. I have had 3 wonderful years down here and will spend the rest of my life here. I am part owner of a hotel (Roberto’s Bungalows) in a little village called San Pancho about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
We get visitors from all over the world come and stay with us and I can’t believe the stuff I hear sometimes from a small percentage of them when they are booking their time to come stay. Usually 99 percent of them are from the United States and are asking about how safe it is.
I came from a town in the Bay area in California and I loved it and it was a safe and wonderful community. The next town and the cities within about 20 miles were not so safe. Now living in the Bay area if you never read the news or watched TV you would think you lived in the safest place on the planet. Well here is where the difference is. If you did read the paper or watched TV you would realize that within a few miles people are being killed and the cities are going to hell in a hand basket. They are trying everything that is possible, but they just don’t have the man power or the funding to keep the cities under control.
Now for the good news I have lived here for three years and traveled here by car from California and all around the area and never had a problem. The Cartel has yet to make me a drug runner or chopped off my head. When people start up with how dangerous it is down here I just ask for them to Google the crime rate in the town in which they live and the surrounding 30 miles or so. It is just folks who really just watch the TV and read the news about the stories about the border problems.
Remember that the reason for the crime and deaths at the border towns in Mexico is the fact that America has a drug problem. If everyone in the United States didn’t need drugs we wouldn’t have a problem with crime at the border. Drugs that pass through Mexico make up a large percentage of a multi-billion dollar industry meeting the demands of American drug abusers. The thing that will blow your mind is that 99.5 % of that is marijuana!
If you heard of a crime in Los Angeles and lived in San Francisco would you never go to LA again?
Well take the border towns out of your vacation plans and come on down to the Riviera Nayarit coast and enjoy the weather and mostly the grace of the wonderful people of this country. They are pleasant and warm and wanting to help you in every way. Stop the crazy thoughts and get down here and see for yourself. This is paradise and we don’t have the crime that exists in the United States.
Oh I know some of you will read this and be saying oh yeah well I just heard that someone got killed in Mexico. For those of you who are always looking for the bad in everything please do us a favor down here.
STAY HOME!

1. If you don’t know the facts about the crime in Mexico Shut Up and stay home!
2. If you believe everything you read or see on TV stay home.

3. If you are not a loving adventure seeking person with a love of people and beauty stay home.
4. If you don’t want to explore and get to know the awesome people of different cultures of the world stay home.
5. If you don’t want to feel the love and make lifetime friendships and surround yourself with beauty and can’t step out of your comfort zone. PLEASE STAY HOME!

I really don’t want to sound like I think everyone from the United States shouldn’t come to Mexico. We welcome you all!
The area in which I live was just chosen as the 6th best place in the world to retire! This is just for the few of you that make all of Mexico sound like a dangerous place.
I want you all to come and see the world with different eyes and an open heart. The people of Mexico are the most gracious people I have ever encountered. They want you to come and feel the love and share the beauty of their beautiful country. Come and relax on the beaches travel the country and see some of the most beautiful sites in the world.
They welcome you with open arms.
I welcome you with an open heart and open arms.