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Mazatlan beating suspect claims confession extracted after torture

The case of a Canadian woman assaulted in a Mazatlan hotel last month refuses to die down, with the plot thickening on a seemingly daily basis.


Mexican arrested over Mazatlan beating

A Mexican male being held by Sinaloa police over the assault of a Canadian woman in a Mazatlan hotel has been denied bail after admitting responsibility for the attack.


Gaddafi hideaway was in La Cruz

It looks like the dream expat property: a beachfront villa complete with a terrace, garden and swimming pool. But its would-be occupants were no normal expatriates.


Mazatlan shows its true colors at carnival time

From February 16 to 21, Mazatlan will be celebrating its 114th Mardi Gras Carnival, a raucous event that draws over 60,000 revelers every year.


Vallarta happy with new malecon

Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez says it is up to the people of Puerto Vallarta to decide if their malecon should remain pedestrian only in the future.


Canadian woman assaulted in Mazatlan; Expats there say port is safe

A Canadian woman was left in a coma for two days after being badly beaten at an upmarket hotel in Mazatlan, Sinaloa last weekend.


New flights land in Puerto Vallarta

Dutch airline Arkefly is offering weekly direct flights between Amsterdam, Holland and Puerto Vallarta every Monday, the result of efforts by the Jalisco and Nayarit tourism officials to attract more Dutch visitors.


Melaque expats demand increased security

Between 200 and 300 expatriate and Mexican residents, community and business leaders of Melaque and Barra de Navidad waited for more than an hour for a meeting in Cihuatlan’s main plaza with municipal officials, Saturday, January 7 to discuss the lack of security in their towns, which they say lead to the killing of Canadian Robin Wood, January 3 in a botched robbery attempt in Melaque.


US man stabbed to death in Vallarta

An U.S. citizen was discovered stabbed to death in Puerto Vallarta this week, in what is thought to be an act of violent robbery, although authorities have given no suspected motive for the crime.


Jova relief funds finally released

Three months after Hurricane Jova devastated much of Jalisco’s Pacific coastline, the first 200 million pesos of government aid have finally arrived in the affected communities.


IFC Home Tours begin 23rd season

Vallarta’s International Friendship Club starts its 23rd Home Tour season on November 16. The regular Wednesday and Thursday schedule will run until April 12, 2012.


PV tourist dies after electric shock from sculpture

The family of a Mexican tourist who died after receiving an electric shock at a well-known Puerto Vallarta landmark are demanding justice from local authorities.


Los Muertos Pier moving ahead

Puerto Vallata’s new Los Muertos pier will be finished before the end of the year, according to  Victor Mijangos, planning supervisor at the Jalisco Department of Tourism.  A major attraction of the pier will be fabric sails that will be illuminated at night. The pier structure is reportedly being manufactured in Guadalajara and will be transported in segments to Puerto Vallarta.  The image above shows an artist’s rendition of what the finished pier will look like.

Melaque expats shocked by murder of Canadian

Expatriate residents in the  coastal town of Melaque area will follow the lead of their Lake Chapala counterparts and put pressure on municipal authorities for improved security in the wake of the slaying of a Canadian citizen this week.


Something’s cooking in Puerto Vallarta

Anyone who appreciates fine dining is in for a treat this month, as the 17th International Gourmet Festival unfolds in Puerto Vallarta from November 10 to 20.


Canadian killed during Melaque robbery

A Canadian visitor has been shot to death during a home invasion in the coastal town of Melaque in the early hours of Tuesday morning.


Hard Rock’s hotel experience coming to Vallarta

The Hard Rock brand has experienced mixed fortunes in western Mexico: the Puerto Vallarta cafe is a popular hang-out but the eatery and live performance venue in Guadalajara’s Centro Magno mall closed after less than three years in business.


New hospital opens in Paradise Village

A new hospital has opened in the Paradise Village complex in Bahia de Banderas.  The Hospital San Javier Riviera Nayarit is looking to get a lot of its business from the growing medical tourism market, especially from Canada, hospital directors say. The new facility is run by Grupo Empresarial San Javier, which has operated hospitals in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta for the past 17 and 11 years, respectively.


An eyewitness in Manzanillo

An eyewitness account of the storm in Manzanillo revealed impressive community preparation: “Never have there been seen so many electricity trucks on the boulevard waiting, which they were at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Windows of restaurants and stores were taped and sandbags piled up in front of Office Depot in readiness,” said Freda Rumford, a British resident of the resort and editor of Manzanillo Sun E magazine.


Turtle group starts over

A local turtle preservation group in Bahia de Banderas whose work was curtailed by devastating storms in the summer of 2010 is seeking new funds.


Judges give hope to Tenacatita evictees

A new ruling means dozens of families may soon be able to return to the beachfront land where they have worked for more than three decades.


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