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Celebrating Tequila: Uniquely Mexican

Tara A. Spears

Hooray, hooray, its international tequila day on Monday 24 July. Let’s all have a glass and say “Salud” to Mexico for giving the world this wonderful beverage. To show just how special this brew is, each bottle must be labeled with an appellation of origin that legally defines where it was produced. All tequila is grown and distilled in one of only five regions in Mexico!

To keep it simple, think of tequila in two classes and three types. The two classes are “mixto” and “100 percent agave.” They reflect the two sides to this spirit: the cheap headache side and the refined sipping side. The distillers would love to just concentrate on producing the high quality tequila, but the distillers make far too much easy money from the mixto, especially in export sales to other countries.

Mixto roughly translates to, “No self-respecting Mexican, no matter how broke he is, drinks this stuff.” The alcohol is from 51 percent agave and 49 percent whatever else can be converted into sugars. That Cuervo Gold or Sauza stuff you see your average U.S. bartender serving? That’s a brand-name mixto. If you woke up with a screaming headache from drinking tequila, it’s probably because you had too much of this stuff. White? Gold? Brown? It doesn’t matter: Approach the worm or low price tequila with caution.

If you want to enjoy your tequila, you want something that has “100 percent agave” on the label. It’s the real deal, with nothing added. Imagine the taste of your favorite concoction at Starbucks compared to what comes out of the pot at your local gas station. That’s the difference between 100 percent agave and mixo. Tequila distillers say that high altitude affects the tequila, giving it a more floral and fruity taste.

A quick definition of the five types of tequila will help you select the right one for your taste. Blanco is un-aged tequila in its young and exuberant state–straight out of distillation. I find it too strong. Next, there is joven o oro (young or gold) which is aged a few months.

Next level is Repasado, meaning “rested” in Spanish. This is a good choice for shots or margaritas as it has a smoother taste due to being aged for at least nine months to a year. The fourth type of tequila is the Anejo. This

aged tequila tastes so good it’s difficult to just have one! Lastly, the superior quality ExtaAñejo (long term aged) is the type of liquor you enjoy by inhaling the aromas and savoring the complexity. This is an excellent example of you get what you pay for; bottles can run $100 US or more.

Growing agave intended for tequila is not a quick turn- around crop. The blue agave plant takes a minimum of eight years to reach maturity and to be ready for harvest.

There’s a huge bulbous fruit in the middle of the spikes. After it’s chopped,

roasted, fermented, distilled, and aged in oak barrels, the result is a nice batch of tequila. The only problem is, at least 10 years have passed between when the agave started growing and when you’re squeezing a lime into your margaritas. Lucky for us, the Mexican people are patient.

“We cannot really call our industry organic, because about every eight or ten years, there might be a need to fight an insect infestation” says Cirilo Oropeza, master distiller at Corazon Tequila Company. “Otherwise, the whole process is very natural: no chemical fertilizer, no additives-just fermented blue agave and spring water.”

On a couple of tequila tours, I asked the guide what’s the typical salary that a field worker (jimador) makes. “Normal is about 150 pesos a day,” he said. “In an eight-hour day, one experienced jimador can harvest over 100 piñas. Each worker gets paid on how many they harvest, so someone who is really good can make 300 pesos a day in harvest season.” So the kick-ass workers who really hustle get 300 pesos for a hard, hot, messy day, that’s not nearly enough to buy a bottle of retail Patrón.

What’s interesting is that four family agri-businesses (Cuervo, Sauza, Herradura, Cazadores ) dominate the tequila industry by producing 65% of all tequila in the last decade. Just the top 20 companies consumed 86% of all the harvested agave. Due to specific needs that

dictate where agave plants can grow, the leading producers are all neighbors. Jose Cuervo started producing the town of Tequila at the end of the 1700s and the family Sauza started up soon after. They are still by far the two biggest producers in Mexico, yet they’re only a block away from each other in this little pueblo.

It is well worth a trip to the mountain town of Tequila, Jalisco to tour an actual tequila distillery. The tours run the gamut from structured

to informal; technical to entertaining. No matter what the tour format, all tours include drinking samples of the company product as well as an opportunity to shop. What better souvenir of your Mexican vacation than a couple of bottles of authentic, top quality tequila?

No matter where you are, July is a perfect time for having a margarita or a shot of tequila. Next Week Part 2 Tells the History and Economic Importance of Tequila in the 21st century

Rain-induced landslides close brand-new Jala-Compostela highway in Nayarit

New  Jala highway closed at least two weeks

Brand-new sections of road on the highway between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, closed due to landslides last weekend, could reopen in 15 to 20 days, says the Nayarit office of the federal Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT).

Heavy rains have been blamed for the slides on the Jala-Compostela and Ramal-Compostela highways, which were initially expected to remain closed for a month.

The Jala-Compostela highway has only been operational since April.

An SCT official said the slides were a result of the instability of the mountainsides above the highways, and predicted it would take several years for the ground to stabilize.

Crews will remove some 50,000 cubic meters of material from hillsides above the highway as a temporary measure to get traffic moving again before further work is done to stabilize the ground. At least one 20-meter-high berm will be constructed as a retaining wall.

Source: El Informador (sp), Reforma (sp), Publimetro (sp)

Summer Courses at Entreamigos in San Pancho, Nayarit

Entreamigos’ Talleres de Verano offer children performing art, sports, ecology and other workshops limited only by the imagination of the volunteer teachers, as shown in this video of the 2015 Summer Workshops.

San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico – Entreamigos, an active community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho, Nayarit, recently announced that their 2017 Summer Workshops for children ages 3-16 will run from July 24 through August 11.


For eleven years running, Director Nicole Swedlow has been organizing these camps, which bring hundreds of local children together with volunteers from all around the world for a three week learning extravaganza that includes an endless number of entertaining and educational activities including, but not limited to: visual and performing arts, science and ecology and swimming and sports, among others.

Simultaneously, it provides its many international volunteers an opportunity to share their skills, knowledge, talents, and interests with a vital and responsive community.

The workshops offered are only limited by the imagination of the volunteer teachers, and creative minds and hands are always needed, so if you would like to lead a workshop, you can submit your proposal in person at the Entreamigos Community Center, located at Avenida Tercer Mundo #13 in San Pancho, or by filling out the online form at entreamigos.org.mx.

The workshops are open for kids from three to 16 years of age and will be held at different times each day over the three-week period. Registration for these Summer Workshops will be held at Entreamigos on July 20 & 21 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and parents who volunteer to lead a workshop can register their child free of charge.

The Summer Workshops end August 11th with a presentation to showcase everything the kids have learned; parents are welcome to come see how their children spent the summer.

For more information visit entreamigos.org.mx, call 01 (311) 258-4377, or email biblioteca(at)entreamigos.org.mx.

Entreamigos primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho in Nayarit Mexico. To achieve these goals Entreamigos runs an art collective non-profit store, a library, a computer center and a collection of educational and community based workshops and initiatives. Entreamigos is entirely funded by donations and almost completely run by volunteers. To learn more about Entreamigos, click HERE. To learn more about their programs and activities, please visit entreamigos.org.mx, or the Entreamigos Facebook page.


Plea for Financial Help for Cancer de Mama Clinic Lymphedema Initiative

Tara A. Spears

Over the years the La Penita Cancer de Mama Clinic has evolved to provide more and more assistance to the hundreds of women that journey to the annual clinic. This year the clinic added help for the women affected by secondary lymphedema. This is where the wonderful team led by Caroline Maze stepped up to help.

Approximately 30% of the Mexican ladies seen this year were suffering from lymphedema, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. (In Canada, the prevalence of lymphedema in post- mastectomy patients is about 8% – 15%). According to the Journal of Lymphology, 2008, lower incidences of breast cancer lymphedema were found in women who exercised regularly, received lymphedema education before her treatment, and who performed preventive self-care activities. Unfortunately, the majority of Mexican women that come to the La Penita Cancer de Mama Clinic did not receive guidance or instruction for addressing this conditionWhat it is: Lymphedema related to breast cancer patients and post mastectomy women is a condition in which fluid and protein accumulate in the extravascular tissues. Lymphedema is associated with feelings of discomfort and heaviness, functional limitation, disfigurement, psychological distress, and the woman has an elevated risk of recurrent infection. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, having lymphedema has a negative effect on a woman’s quality of life. Lymphedema is probably the most feared complication of breast cancer treatment. Unfortunately, Lymphedema complications can be long-lasting and are often severe.

Caroline Maze and her trained team of volunteers are educating the Mexican women at the clinic by implementing a four prong initiative. Firstly, Team Lymph-Buster begins by assessing each woman through taking circumferential measurements and having the women complete Lymphedema and Breast Cancer Questionnaire.

Next, Caroline is teaching the patients how to self-care by performing manual lymphatic drainage; how to correctly use compression therapy; sending the patients home with a diagram of remedial arm and shoulder exercises; and lastly, showing the women how to do deep-breathing exercises to promote venous and lymphatic flow.

The clinic is in desperate need for a steady supply of lymphedema sleeves and bandages in order to help these breast cancer survivors cope with what is generally a very painful and debilitating condition. In Mexican weather, a lymphedema sleeve can be expected to only last about one year. This means we need to continually replenish the clinic supply as we will be seeing ladies with lymphedema annually. We continue to search for donations of these products, but are also seeking direct financial assistance which allows us to buy the necessary supplies directly from distributors.

Please contact Caroline if you wish to donate for this initiative. Her email: cmaze@sasktel.net or facebook: Caroline Maze.

Interested parties can also go to the clinic webpage to leave a message: www.


There is such a need for the local breast cancer survivors suffering from secondary lymphedema! The constant high humidity exacerbates the condition which means that the gift of a sleeve or medical wrap is the difference between being able to function and misery.

5th Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival, July 22-23

Set to take place July 22-23, the 5th Playa Platanitos Turtle festival is bigger than ever. In addition to the usual environmental activities there will be a volleyball tournament, bicycle and swimming competitions.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – It’s turtle nesting and liberation season, and Playa Platanitos, a coastal town in the Riviera Nayarit, is preparing for its 5th Sea Turtle Festival, to be held on July 22 and 23, 2017.

The event is focused on promoting the care of the environment and the conservation of the sea turtle, as well as driving tourism to a community of less than 100 inhabitants, most of whom are dedicated to commerce, fishing and sustainable tourism.

Five years after its inception, this effort by the community and the Playa Platanitos Eco Committee, presided by Eduardo Chávez, has resulted in a festival growing in scope and popularity. Part of its success lies in the fact that it takes place right at the start of summer vacation, which means visitors are free to enjoy its varied offer of sports, cultural and artistic activities.

This year, the 5th Sea Turtle Festival is bigger than ever, as in addition to the usual activities – including an Environmental Tourism Fair – there will also be a volleyball tournament, a bicycle circuit and a swimming competition. And, following tradition, there will be a beauty pageant to select the new Beauty Ambassador.

However, what makes this festival such a standout are its practices in favor of Mother Nature, such as last year’s creation of the Hummingbird Garden and, of course, the liberation of sea turtle hatchlings, which continues to be one of the main attractions of this family event that spurs environmental awareness, especially in children.

According to Lulú Santana, founder of the festival and part of the event’s organizing committee, Playa Platanitos wants to be more than just a “sun and sand” destination and is working towards also being a sustainable destination, a place where respect for nature is front and center.

“People have come to believe in us over the years,” she added. “Combining tourism with conservation and the environment is a given, because we want Playa Platanitos to grow and develop, but we want it to happen in an orderly and regulated fashion.”

She also stated the purpose of the festival is to attract more tourists to Playa Platanitos while sharing the message that it’s better to protect the sea turtle and enjoy sustainable tourism than it is to commercialize its products in return for an economic benefit.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is extending an open invitation to the general public to visit Playa Platanitos and enjoy the festival. The opening ceremonies take place on Saturday July 22 at 5:30 pm on the dot and it ends at 7:00 pm on Sunday. All of the events are free of charge.

For more information about the V Sea Turtle Festival visit their Facebook page, call (311) 230-9134, or email playa_platanitos_ecologico(at)hotmail.com.

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Summer 2017 Healthcare Resources PV News & Clinics

For all of your Puerto Vallarta medical needs contact Pamela Thompson at 044-322-107-7007, via Facebook, or pamela(at)healthcareresourcespv.com

 We are combining our July and August Newsletter – in September we rest a bit! Of course we are always available for your healthcare needs but in September we take a little break from our clinics to prepare for the fall and winter. Please take your time, read through the entire newsletter at your leisure.

Speakers Programs/Activities
I will be adding a few of these over the next couple of months and I will post on Facebook – mostly last minute. If you would like to be notified, please send me an email and I will add you to a list, as they are not going to be put into this newsletter.

For those preparing to return for the winter months, it is time to start looking for a traveler’s insurance. We do not sell insurance but we do work with a few reps. If you would like some assistance/information please send an email. The same goes for full time insurance. We have a lot of information!

I am enjoying writing weekly articles for the PV Tribune.You can see these online every week! Have a look.Updated each week!

First Responder CPR Course
In August we will be offering a First Responder CPR Course and CPR Adult and Infant CPR Course. If you would like details and to sign up – please send an email.

PLUS Membership
What is the PLUS program? It is a few “extra perks” for people BUT it is important to remember – one does NOT need to be a PLUS member to receive our services! Click HERE to see the chart.

What’s New

We are excited about our NEW Urinary Incontinence Clinic! This is a very common condition affecting between 30 to 50% of women over the course of their lifetime! Pelvic organ prolapse is common in which a woman’s pelvic organs are displaced from their normal position resulting in a vaginal bulge or a feeling of pelvic heaviness of fullness. The objective of our new clinic is to screen and assess the degree, identifying those patients that require further diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Performed by bi-lingual urologist.

Our New Breast Imaging Center is opening within the next couple of weeks! This is with a state-of-the-art Digital Mammogram Machine with Tomosynthesis. Digital breast tomosynthesis differs from traditional mammography in the same way that a chest computed tomography differs from a traditional chest x-ray. Think about the difference between a ball and a circle. The ball is threedimensional and the circle is flat. We are thrilled to have this available in the area. And we are as always, thrilled to have this headed up by Dra. Claudia de Moral, our breast specialist. Watch for grand opening tours!

Summer Clinics
All of our clinics are screening clinics. If you would like to participate in any of our clinics, just send an email stating which clinic(s) you would like to participate in and the date. We do our best to accommodate time requests so if you have a specific time, please include that. Note: Our Clinic prices have remained the same since we started many years ago. We will be raising them slightly in November!

Ear Clinic
July 12, 2017
August 16, 2017
375 pesos – PLUS members pay 325 pesos
These clinics are performed by an ENT who will check inside your ears and clean if necessary. Note: This is NOT a hearing test! We do have a wonderful audiologist if you need a hearing test!

Cardiac Clinic
July 14, 2017
August 23, 2017
Price: 650 pesos – PLUS members pay 600 pesos
Includes consult/interview with a cardiologist, EKG, Blood Pressure check. We recommend that prior to your appointment, you have a cholesterol profile and we are offering this at a discounted price. (This is an amazing savings – outside of our clinic, the price for this is 1,200 pesos.)

Thyroid Clinic
July 11, 2017
August 25, 2017
450 pesos – PLUS members pay 400 pesos
Includes consult/interview with our endocrinologist. We highly recommend a thyroid profile (lab study) prior to the appointment. We offer this at a discounted price.

Skin Clinic
July 20, 2017
August 24, 2017
300 pesos – PLUS members pay 250 pesos
This is a skin cancer screening check by an oncologist (not by a dermatologist). He checks from your scalp all the way to the bottoms of your feet.

Foot Clinic
July 20, 2017
(No Foot Clinic in August)
300 pesos – PLUS members pay 250 pesos
Have a complete evaluation of your feet and toes by our foot specialist. Check for fungus, corns, and bunions – the works! Our feet take a beating on the cobblestones here. ***BONUS*** All participants in the Foot Clinic have the opportunity to have a wonderful Medical Pedicure the day of the clinic at the cost of 100 pesos! (Regular price: 300 pesos)

Urinary Incontinence Clinic
July 20, 2017
August 17, 2017
Price: 800 pesos – PLUS members pay 725 pesos
Includes physical exam to measure urethral angle, pelvic floor muscles, pelvic ultrasound and full urological consultation. Recommend urinalysis prior to clinic (at discounted price). (Regular price for this would be 1,200 pesos)

Vascular Clinic
July 21, 2017
August 18, 2017
400 pesos – PLUS members pay 350 pesos
Our Vascular specialist will evaluate your blood flow, varicose veins, and your risk factors for vascular disease.

Men’s Urology Clinic
July 21, 2017
August 18, 2017
700 pesos – PLUS members pay 650 pesos
Includes consult/interview with our urologist, ultrasound of kidneys, bladder and prostate, measurement of residual urine. We recommend prior to your appointment a PSA and Urinalysis and we offer these at a discounted price.

Eye Clinic
July 24, 2017
August 14, 2017
425 pesos – PLUS members pay 400 pesos
Vision exam, pressure test for glaucoma, exam and evaluation by an ophthalmologist.

Mammogram Clinic
July 28, 2017
August 22, 2017
1,750 pesos – PLUS members pay 1,650 pesos
Includes a digital mammogram using low-radiation technique, breast ultrasound (if deemed necessary), manual exam and a complete review and explanation of your films. These are performed by a breast specialist and an oncologist.

Women’s Clinic
July 31, 2017
August 25, 2017
Option #1:
775 pesos – PLUS members pay 690 pesos
Includes consult, Pap smear, pelvic exam by a female GYN.
Option #2:
1,000 pesos – PLUS members pay 900 pesos
Includes consult, Pap smear, pelvic exam and trans-vaginal ultrasound by a female GYN.

Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, MRI, Men’s and Women’s Check Up’s, Lab and Diagnostic Studies – you name it and we can do it!

Wish List
We have our Wish List of items that are needed for those less fortunate. If you would like to receive that, just send an email. Every single item is very much appreciated!

In closing – we hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying the summer months. Please feel free to send an email with any questions or comments that you might have!

Pamela Thompson

Pamela Thompson has lived and worked in Puerto Vallarta for over 19 years, 10 of them in health care. Pamela now leads HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a local healthcare resource network. Her years of experience and expertise are available to you by emailing your questions to pamela(at)healthcareresourcespv.com or by visiting HealthCareResourcesPV.com.

Click HERE to learn more about the health and well-being services offered by HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta.

Barbara Conrad: Sharing the Good Life thru Music

Tara A. Spears

If ever there was a perfect example that illustrates what a 21st century retiree is all about, it’s Barbara Conrad. Barbara is a true Renaissance woman because she is using her retirement from work to pursue many activities: playing the mandolin, sailing, volunteering, learning new languages and traveling.

Although Barb was intrigued by the mandolin in the 1970s she didn’t pursue mastery of the instrument or performing until retirement. “I got a mandolin for Christmas of 1979, found a teacher and took lessons. For a lot of years it was mainly a solitary pastime, but in 2003 I joined the group I play with now, and that opened the door to the wider world of the mandolin community.” She is currently a member of a small local mandolin orchestra that entertains at nursing homes, hospital and community events around Greater Vancouver.

Before meeting Barb and hearing her play, all I knew about the mandolin was from the Nicolas Cage film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I wanted some background on the instrument and feel others are probably as clueless as I was. I’m sharing a short history of the stringed instrument paraphrased from several musical sources:

“The mandolin evolved in the 1700s in Italy and Germany. Because the mandolin is a member of the lute family, the instrument’s strings are parallel to its belly, or soundboard, and run along a distinct neck. By the 1800s the mandolin was popular among the European aristocracy which led to several significant composers- Beethoven, Hummel, Mozart, and Vivaldi- to write original works for the mandolin. Mandolin playing and making continued expanding throughout Europe and the Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By the 20th century the mandolin was built in a range of sizes from soprano to contrabass.”      

However, as musical tastes shifted on the North American continent in the 1900s, mandolins became known largely as a folk and bluegrass instrument. According to the CMSA website, “In 1986 the Classical Mandolin Society of America was formed by Norman Levine to help preserve and revive the classical mandolin tradition. Since the formation of the CMSA, many mandolin orchestras and ensembles have started throughout the U.S. The CMSA has helped mandolinists interested in the classical tradition connect with each other and share music, ideas, and support.” Barbara is a contributing writer to the society newsletter.

In 2003, after learning how to play the mandolin for many years, Barb joined the Classical Mandolin Society. “I went with some of my fellow players to the society’s annual convention, and have not missed one since. That has taken me all over North America, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people,” said Barbara. “It was a proud moment for me when I was asked to be the MC for our final concert in front of the massed orchestra at the October 2016 Classical Mandolin Society convention, in Philadelphia, USA.”

Barb and her husband of 47 years, James, reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, when not traveling. “The first time I came to Jaltemba Bay was in 2010, the first year my husband and I spent the whole winter travelling in our motorhome after we both retired. That year we did a big circle around North America including Mexico. We spent two weeks in the La Penita RV Park that trip,” explained Barb. “After we got back up north, we thought that of all the places we had stopped, La Penita was the one where we’d like to spend a whole season. We came back in the fall of 2010 and have been back every year since!”

This active lady enjoys spending summers cruising the beautiful coast of B.C. in their 41 foot sailboat. “I used to snow ski a lot at Whistler/Blackcomb and other ski areas, but now that we winter in Western Mexico, the ski season is pretty much done by the time we get home.” In addition to all the traveling and outdoor activity, Barb brings her mandolin on the journeys. “Now I try not to go many days in a row without playing to keep my fingers callused and limber. Also, as playing the mandolin is a physical activity, the more you play, the better you get, and the more satisfying it is to feel you are gaining some mastery. I enjoy playing with other people, whether mandolins or another instrument, but preferably reading music together. In La Penita I have two duo partners: Bob the bagpiper, with whom I play Scottish highland music, and Rita the accordionist, with whom I play a lot of Mexican, Spanish and Italian pieces.”

Another activity that Barb enjoys is volunteering. While in Mexico, Barb got hooked on volunteering with the annual Cancer de Mama Breast Cancer survivors’ Clinic. “My first clinic was in 2011, and I’ve worked with the sewing team every time. For the last few years, I’ve been the co-leader of the sewing group. This year at the Cancer de Mama clinic I did play the mandolin for the women as they waited for service. On two days I played on my own, and on Saturday, my friend Rita came in and we played as a duo. ”

When in B.C., Barbara volunteers on the provincial and Vancouver branch executives of her former employer’s retiree organization, which is a service and social club. “I do some communications and editing work, as well as coordinating our program for making and donating hand-crafted items needed by B.C. Children’s Hospital and other charities in B.C.,” said Barb. “After I became interested in the Italian deep bowl type mandolin I began volunteering in the library of the Italian Cultural Centre when I’m at home, something I started doing when I first got interested in studying Italian.” Besides these activities, when Barb is feeling creative she knits, crochets, or sews.

“My husband has been wonderfully supportive about my interest in playing the mandolin by encouraging me to attend some of the Classical Mandolin Society conventions. As I have progressed in skill level with the mandolin, I have pursued specialized training. For the last ten years I have been going to a week-long mandolin workshop in Italy every August.”

As with any hobby, as you stick with it and elevate your skill level, frequently moving up to more specialized equipment. Barb is no exaction: “I started out playing a Gibson-style mandolin, but with all my exposure to European players in more recent years, I was drawn to the sound of the Italian bowl-back style which I have been playing for about seven years. Now I play one that was built for me by a talented luther, Brian Dean, who lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia.” You can note the difference in design in the photos: first two are Gibson; last two are Italian bowl-back mandolins.

As Barbara’s example illustrates, retirement can be an opportunity for personal growth and meeting new people. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks-and have a great time doing it!








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Am I Covered? Car Insurance in Mexico

– When many people buy a house or condo in Puerto Vallarta and are ready to move, either full-time or part-time, to their new home in Mexico, they will bring their vehicle with them. However, many are surprised to learn, or don’t realize until it is too late, that although their Canadian or U.S.A. auto insurance policy may be comprehensive, it will not fully cover you in Mexico.

This is because Mexican law stipulates that for auto insurance in Mexico to be legally recognized and accepted, it must be issued by an insurance company that is licensed in Mexico. So, while your foreign policy may be very comprehensive, it cannot legally provide liability coverage in Mexico. Essentially, in the case of an accident, while your policy may cover your own damage, your foreign insurance policy will not cover your liability to others while driving in Mexico.

Not only is this a serious concern that could end up costing you a great deal of money in restitution and legal fees, drivers involved in serious accidents in Mexico are usually arrested pending investigation if they are not able to produce proper, legal insurance.

There are numerous reputable car insurance agencies in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. Be sure to shop around to find one that is fully licensed and able to provide liability, legal council and bail-bond (in the off-chance that you should ever need it).

Having good car insurance in Mexico means one less thing to worry about, so you can get back to the business of enjoying the incredible Puerto Vallarta lifestyle in your tropical dream home.

 Click here to get your quote

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Martin’s Property Management assist you!

Telephone: 327 274 2723, cell: 322 146 1666

Email: martintorrespaga@yahoo.com.mx

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Calle Bahia de Jaltemba #16a, Los Ayalas

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Telephone: 327 274 2723, cell: 322 146 1666

Email: martintorrespaga@yahoo.com.mx

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Just a reminder to our Readers that we sell great quality auto and RV insurance for your travels in Mexico. You help support our various Mexico sites when you purchase your insurance from us. Click here for a no obligation quote. https://sb.iigins.com/quote/?aff_id=9804
If you want some company on the way we also have a Facebook age that is called Travel Buddies On The Road In Mexico. This is a bulletin board of sorts, where you tell prospective travelers where you are going and when so that together you can enjoy this remarkable country. Go here for Travel Buddies.
We also want to remind you that On the Road In Mexico (www.ontheroadin.com) has lots of valuable information for your travel. Some of the great info is what you need for documents, what the road signs mean, to “How to Cook Dorado” and everything else in between. We list every campsite that we have been to and give you a picture or two, directions and write-up. We have over 150 articles that are just waiting to inform or amuse. It’s got something for everyone!
We also link to Mexico Archaeology which is a site about pyramids, ancient cultures and exploring the various incredible ruins. Go here for Mexico Archaeology! http://www.mexicoarcheology.com/
And if that isn’t enough, Sol Mexico News (www.solmexiconews.com) brings it all together in a weekly online news magazine. Make sure to subscribe and be on top of News in Mexico as well as other current topics of interest. Subscribe here.

Thanks for being part of our Facebook Group. We are having a blast and hope you are too!
Safe travel,
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Mexico Auto Insurance

What you need to know
The following is taken from Mexperience.com

You need Mexico car insurance because it’s required and US /Canadian insurance coverage stops at the Mexican border. Every year Mexico implements stricter laws for uninsured motorists, meaning not having it can cost you money due to damage/loss to your vehicle, fines and more
When you drive your car to Mexico, travel with complete peace of mind, by being properly insured. Your U.S. or Canadian insurance policy, however comprehensive, won’t cover you in Mexico, but affordable insurance is available…


Mexican Auto insurance You Can Trust if you ever get into an accident in Mexico

Insuring Your Car in Mexico
Although your U.S./Canadian car insurance policy may be comprehensive, and might also extend some limited damage coverage in Mexico, you will still need to purchase policy that is legally valid in Mexico.
U.S. and Canadian auto insurance policies, however comprehensive, hold no legal jurisdiction in Mexico. This means that you must buy separate insurance cover for your car while you’re driving in Mexico if you want to travel with complete peace of mind.

If you are driving your car improperly insured in Mexico and you become involved in an accident it will, at best, cost you a lot of money and, at worst, leave you imprisoned in a Mexican jail house. Presenting a U.S. or Canadian auto insurance policy will be of no use because these documents have no legal or actual force in Mexico, and the companies backing them will not settle any claim arising when you or your car are situated south of the border.
Drivers who are involved in serious accidents in Mexico are usually arrested pending investigation. If you are not properly insured in Mexico and become involved in a serious accident—even if it’s not your fault—these procedures will likely place a great deal of stress and financial burden upon you.
This guide explains how insurance works in Mexico and how to go about buying the additional insurance protection you need to ensure that you, your passengers, and your vehicle are properly insured when driving on Mexican soil and that, in the event of a serious accident, you are properly covered by a legally-valid and adequate insurance policy.
Mexican Auto Insurance
Mexican Law stipulates that only insurance companies which are licensed in Mexico can provide the type of auto insurance coverage that is recognized and accepted by Mexico’s legal system.
A few U.S.-based insurance companies will extend physical damage coverage on cars and RVs while they are situated in Mexico, but they cannot and do not provide Mexican liability insurance. So, although these policies may cover your damage, they will not cover your liability to others in Mexico. This is why a special insurance policy is absolutely necessary to be properly insured in Mexico.
Mexican Insurance Companies
Mexican Law also stipulates that liability insurance must be purchased from a licensed Mexican company, so your auto insurance policy necessarily needs to be issued by one of Mexico’s insurance companies, or through a broker in the U.S./Canada working in conjuction with a Mexican insurance company.
Who’s Insuring You?
Buyers purchasing insurance for their car in Mexico are often times misled by believing that they can rely on the broker, rather than the Mexican Insurance Company, to properly handle any claim that may arise during their stay in Mexico.
The insurance company underwriting your policy is much more important than the Broker that sells you the policy.
As all insurance policies are sold through brokers, it’s important to know which insurance company (or companies) are underwriting the policies being sold to you by the broker. Click here to read more