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Farmers’ Markets Are Back In The Riviera Nayarit

Photo by: Mike Ranweiler Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27874907@N04/4833059991/

 

Winter is almost here and with it comes the best time of the year when it comes to tourism, which is why the Riviera Nayarit’s micro destinations are firing up their organic or artisanal farmers’ markets, or tianguis, offering tourists another fun attraction.

Most of these bustling commercial areas open for business in November and welcome visitors through the end of April or beginning of May of next year. Handicrafts, organic products, home-cooked food, accessories, jewelry, pottery, yoga classes, live music and more are for sale. Heading from south to north, here is a list of the most relevant:

Nuevo Vallarta’s Riviera Nayarit Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the Business Center; on Saturdays the Tianguis Artesanal Nuevo Vallarta is held at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta with the same hours.

There are three tianguis held in Bucerías, all on Lázaro Cárdenas street: On Mondays it’s the aptly named Monday Market and on Wednesdays it’s Forever Spring, both from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; in the afternoons visitors can browse the Bucerías Art Walk.

The Cruz Sunday Market graces the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nearby, the always-open Mercado del Mar welcomes those in search of fresh seafood.

Sayulita and its Mercado del Pueblo await visitors on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Revolución street while the Mercado del Sol in San Pancho is open at the Plaza del Sol on Tuesdays during the same time period.

The Tianguis Lo de Marcos is held on Luis Echeverría street on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The municipality of Compostela’s Rincón de Guayabitos has joined in with its Guayabitos Market on the main plaza in town on Mondays; La Peñita de Jaltemba opens its La Peñita Market on Thursdays on its main plaza. Both are held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chacala Cultural Market is opening on Saturdays starting on November 19th, from9:00am to 1:00pm in the main Plaza.

Below please find a list of some of the links to these artisanal tianguis:

Nuevo Vallarta: https://www.facebook.com/tianguis.nuevovallarta.
Bucerías: https://www.facebook.com/foreverspringfarmersmarket/.
Bucerías: http://www.thebuceriasartwalk.com/.
La Cruz: http://www.lacruzmarket.com/.
Sayulita: http://mercadodelpueblo.org/.
San Pancho: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009154745480&fref=ts.
Lo de Marcos: https://www.facebook.com/LoDeMarcosTianguis.
Chacala: https://www.facebook.com/MercadoCulturalChacala

When you are ready to plan a vacation call me and let’s talk about your options!

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Australia Comes to Houston & You’re Invited!

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G’day!

 

In line with the launch of our new Air New Zealand Australia campaign we invite our clients to stop by our Australia in Virtual Reality experience event to be held Friday, October 14th at Life HTX in Houston. NO RSVPs required as the event is free flow and will run from 11am-4pm with no presentation. Therefore, you are welcome to pop in at any time. This is a great opportunity for a fun afternoon out to inspire you to travel Downunder! Feel free to forward the invite to your local friends, family and clients. Note complimentary flat whites will be served.

See you in Houston on Friday, October 14th!

Cheers,

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand &

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Why Does A Room Category Matter?

I hear it a lot!

“It doesn’t matter the room, I won’t be in there anyway!”

Truth is you will be in the room and let’s talk about it. I have stayed in super swanky suites and I have stayed in dumpy hotel rooms.  Yes it matters!  Sleep is important.  People sleep better when they are in comfortable settings.  Wouldn’t you sleep better in this room? Can you imagine the dancing and singing you do in the Shower?

I even sound better singing in a nice shower! LOL

 

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What makes a resort different?

Resort management that stays near the property and takes pride in what they offer to guests. From the suites to the dining options all the way to the welcoming staff!  If a resorts cuts back on the rooms that you do see and sleep in, think about what you don’t see that they are cutting back in.

Just “chew” on that for a minute.

I am writing a series about room categories and showcasing different resort that I have stayed in. Yes the FABULOUS and the GOOD!

When you see room categories don’t get scared! Call me and let’s get you in the room that is perfect for you! Don’t overpay for what you don’t need but don’t stay in a dump either!  Room Categories will not always explain what is in the suite or tell you that the OCEANFRONT suite you are paying for really isn’t that close to the ocean!

                            There is a difference between an Oceanview Suite and a Oceanfront Suite.                                   There is also a difference between an Oceanview and a PARTIAL oceanview.  There are some rooms that are loud, you will be sorry! Those are the cheapest in a resort! I will never sell you a room or suite that you don’t want. Mainly because I think a budget is the most important vacation topic.

 I don’t want any client disappointed.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

Be sure & follow my blog for all the exciting room categories that you don’t want to miss!

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Sometimes You Just Need to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road

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Can you see Martin back there?

“I want to stay down here in the Caribbean sun, drive a little while on the wrong side of the road. Get this laying low off to a flying start.” –Kenny Chesney

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Antigua Flag

We have all felt that stir crazy feeling.  You need to go and need to go now! The sun and beach bed calls to me about every month and a half. My sweet hubby doesn’t understand that it is rude not to answer when a beach bed calls. HaHa

When you finally get that chance to go, live a little.  Take a tour of the island with a local. Do what they do, eat where they eat.  They have a passion for the destination they call home and can’t wait to share it with you.  And if you are lucky, they may sing for you along the way.  Let’s face it island people are happy and very entertaining!

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island.

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island

While in Antigua last month we did the ATV tour offered thru Island Routes at our Sandals Resort.  It was a great opportunity to see the island and it’s scenic areas.  Also, it filled my need to drive on the wrong side of the road.  We were given a quick lesson on the ATV’s (most of us knew what we were doing but others did need it) and we were off. Traveling from the North East of Antigua on old cane roads, passing through old estates and rural farm lands to arrive at the the historical Monks Hill overlooking the scenic harbours of the South Coast with neighboring islands on the horizon. This is the ultimate riding experience traveling along dirt tracks and animal trails, while enjoying the natural beauty of the island’s interior.

If you are comfortable with renting a car- DO iT and experience driving on the left side of the road. If that seems impossible, do an ATV tour.  You will see parts of the island that is not accessible by car. Isn’t that what everyone one wants?  Something that you don’t do everyday?

Hard to drive and snap pics.  Sorry for the poor quality.

Hard to drive and snap pics. Sorry for the poor quality.

Loved it.  I had to tell them "Mind your momma and read your Bible." Why ?? I don't know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

Passed these kids playing cricket in their front yard. Loved it. I had to tell them “Mind your momma and read your Bible.” Why ?? I don’t know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

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Palm tree plantations!

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Overlooking the English Harbor. You could see other islands in the distance.

I caught this neat picture as we drove off.

7 Grenadian Expressions Explained

From the Grenada Tourism Offices

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

Every country has special terms and phrases that are unique to them.  When it comes to the Spice Islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is no different.  Every year, our islands are filled with vacationers most of whom are left totally confused by the colloquial expressions, which when coupled with our strong Grenadian accent, becomes even more bewildering.  Due to this, we have created a list of commonly used Grenadian expressions that should help you understand us locals whenever you are here. Feel free to use them at any time.

Tabanka (tah-bank-ah)

Whenever you hear the word ‘tabanka’ used to describe what a person is experiencing, it simply means the state of depression following the breakup of a romantic relationship.
Sentence: When Shelly broke off their relationship, it was obvious that he had a serious case of tabanka.

Lime

If you’re ‘liming’ then you are either hanging out with friends, relaxing or ‘chillaxing’ as others say.  It is not uncommon to hear ‘let’s make a lime.’
Sentence: We decided to go make a lime on Paradise Beach before the start of the Carriacou Parang Festival.

Whine

This is the term used to describe gyrations of the waist in a circular motion most commonly practiced with the sound of soca or calypso music.
Sentence: Upon arrival at the National Stadium, she was amazed to see the way that Grenadians whine whenever runs were scored during England’s Tour of West Indies.

Cabusai (cah-boo-say)

If something is twisted, bent or contains dents, then it is described as cabusai.
Sentence: The box was so cabusai when it arrived, that we decided to call the shipping company to complain.

Sweet Eye

Wendi and Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel

Wendi in Grenada with Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel. She is the Minister for Tourism, civil aviation & culture.

‘Sweet eye’ can be described as a seductive wink used to show affection.  Some persons use it simply as a sign of approval.
Sentence: I knew he wanted to talk when he gave me the ‘sweet eye’ during the ‘Pure Grenada Nutmeg & Spice Cocktail Competition.’

Cheups/Steups

This is the sound made when the tongue is placed between the teeth as an expression of anger or annoyance.
Sentence: After speaking with him about his disrespectful attitude to his supervisor, all he did was steups. It was very rude indeed.

Wah go/Wah say?

Term commonly used to find out how someone is doing in place of the question ‘How are you?’
Question: Wah say?
Response: I’m good.

This list can get quite extensive.  What other Grenadian terms do you know of?

Grenada is one of a kind.

Grenada is one of a kind. It is a great place to kick back and relax!

– See more at: http://puregrenada.com/blog/8-grenadian-expressions-explained/#sthash.04569TKt.dpuf

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