Single Story For Rent/Lease in La Manzanilla Ocean Front, La Manzanilla

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•  single story FOR RENT  USD95 DL . Weekly and Monthly Rates

Welcome to Casita Mayte, one of two newly renovated ocean front Casitas.

Casita Mayte features one bedroom with a double bed, a/c, beautifully tiled bathroom with shower. Wireless internet, open living area and kitchen with dining bar. The living area has TV with Netflix installed and two over stuffed couches facing the ocean front, plus an additional couch. Beach chairs and umbrella provided for your use. Exterior patio. 5 minute walk to town.

High season rates: (November 1 – April 30)
1-2 occupants
Daily $95 US
Weekly $665 US
Monthly $2,660 US
Additional occupants $10 US daily

Low season rates: (May 1 – October 31)
1-2 occupants
Daily $70 US
Weekly $490 US
Monthly $1,470 US
Additional occupants $5 US daily

A 50% deposit is required to confirm reservation by sending funds to the owners in the States, or via Pay Pal. Balance + tax payable prior to or upon arrival in Santana Rentals & Real Estate office with either American currency or the equivalent in Mexican pesos or Canadian dollars.

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Single Story For Rent/Lease in La Manzanilla Ocean Front, La Manzanilla

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•  single story FOR RENT  USD100 DL . Weekly and Monthly Rates

Welcome to Casita Regina – one of our “Casita’s en la Playa” …two new ocean front one bedroom rentals: Casita Regina and Casita Mayte.

Casita Regina is a renovated ocean front one bedroom with a King bed, a/c, beautifully tiled bathroom with shower. Wireless internet, open living area and complete kitchen with dining table. The living area has TV with Netflix installed and the dining table and couches face the ocean front. Beach chairs and umbrella provided for your use. Exterior patio. 5 minute walk to town.

High season rates: (November 1 – April 30)
1-2 occupants
Daily $100 US
Weekly: $700 US
Monthly: $2,800 US
Additional occupants $10 US daily

Low season rates: (May 1 – October 31)
1-2 occupants
Daily: $75 US
Weekly: $525 US
Monthly: $1,575 US
Additional occupants $5 US daily

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation by sending funds to the owners bank in the States or via Pay Pal. Balance + tax payable prior to or upon arrival when you register in Santana Rentals & Real Estate office with either American currency or the equivalent in Mexican pesos or Canadian dollars.

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Single Story For Sale in La Manzanilla Pueblo, La Manzanilla


Fenced with Pool

•  300 sqm , 3 bath , 3 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD160,000 . Duplex Style

Open Concept Up and Down Duplex Style Home with Pool For Sale in La Manzanilla
Welcome to Casa Costa Alegre.

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Life is a Highway – Driving in Mexico

Life is a Highway – La vida es una autopista … Have you wondered what driving in Mexico is like?

driving in mexico

On the road again.

No sooner had we gotten our decal attached and we were #OTRA – On The Road Again.  We had already noticed  – since we had trekked about 20 km from the USA Border crossing to the vehicle registration tourist visa station that even tho SiriusXM told me they did not have coverage in Mexico – we still had “tunes!!”

The drive though Nogales Mexico was narrow, windy, bumpy and two way traffic… Typical small Mexican town stuff. This was my first real driving in Mexico – as I really could not reach the pedals in the four speed F150 ( with dimmer switch on the floor) that we borrowed last winter! Mexico is a great place to practice one’s defensive driving skills and a vast  contrast to the wide divided highways that had been our USA experience almost all the way.

Soon, however – once we were out of town – we were back to mostly two lane divided highway. The difference was – much of it was under construction.

A new, divided highway will soon (ish) stretch from the boarder  to Melaque…. being worked on by the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco.  Much of this improved transportation corridor will be constructed of Concrete – approximately 10 – 12 inches thick. This is poured on a base of 3 layers of different crush – by huge machines – ( we saw at least 10 of them on our trek) which appear to pour two lanes of concrete at a time – while inching forward over the prepared base.

WOW. This road system is going to be something. Truck transportation is a big, vital industry in Mexico – to move goods in, out and around the country.  We saw thousands of trucks – mostly heading north.

We saw mostly newer Mexican registered vehicles – the odd Arizona, Alberta or BC plate on a car, truck or RV.

Notably, we met “Nebraska” – a single woman, perhaps in her 60’s. Driving a small Kia car, headed for Mazatlan – with a year of car insurance – a decal for 6 months and her small dog.  It was her first time in Mexico. She had heard of Mazatlan – and struck out, on an adventure. Just her and her dog.

We had met them in Nogales AZ at the hotel we stayed at – saw her on the highway  crossing the border – connected with her at the registration station and made sure she got her tourist visa stamped. A couple times on the drive we spotted her – as we played pass the car.  I hope she ventures south to La Manz – I would love to hear her adventures.

Our first task was to find a Cajero (ATM) and replenish our pesos as we were “Fu***d, in the middle of the desert – but had a full tank of gas” according to Pj. More on that later.

Border Crossing 101

Hola,

Are you thinking about driving into Mexico? Worried about what you don’t know? Excited to be taking on a new adventure? I understand. We just drove to La Manzanilla from The Okanagan Valley in BC Canada – for the first time.

Of course we had asked for advice before we left – and gotten some good tips. This post, however, is meant to pass along things we did not know we did not know!

We crossed at Nogales – and stayed the night before on the US side – Nogales AZ. We had conflicting advice about the best time to cross… so we just went with it.

Everyone who shared advice was united that we “Take the Truck Crossing” … Lesson number one… there is a CAR lane at the truck crossing. I was afraid we’d be in a line up of Transport vehicles in our VW Tiguan. The car is in my name, and as such I was the driver – add to that – Pj is hard of hearing and speaks no Spanish.

 

When you reach the border there are 2 lanes… One for nothing to declare and “the other one”  Even tho the nice young man waved us into the “Nothing to declare” lane I was worried this might be the place you declare your CAR. Lesson Two – It is not.  

Lesson Three – the small sign on the side of the road some Km’s later that says CUSTOMS is also NOT where you declare your car and sign in to the country. No one speaks english there – and all the cars had Mexican plates. We were politely waved on our journey.

Down the road further – we reached a HUGE checkpoint in the road – Ok – this must be the place!

There is a process here  – one that it is good to be prepared for. Take your DL, your Registration ORIGINAL from the car with you – it will save some steps and some time.

Step One – Fill out your Tourist Card … The same one they give you when you fly in.

Step Two- Stop at the Copy Stand… Make copies of your vehicle registration, your passport, and your drivers licence ( the vehicle owner only) I think they wanted a copy of the Tourist card too – but I can’t recall now… we missed this step initially – so had to retrace our steps.)

Step Three – Line up for processing and payment… The amount of deposit you must leave here depends on the age of your vehicle. For us – with a new car the sign said $400. US dollars. We, of course, had the equivalent in PESOS — nope – they won’t take Pesos. They also do not have an place to exchange funds within the facility.  Will they take a Credit Card? Lesson FOUR. They will take a credit card – but only one in the name of the registered owner. It is at this moment my fiscal mis-management rises up in my throat… ugh.  WTF are we going to do now.

Across the street we go to a small building  where we can buy US Dollars. At a rate I do not even WANT to contemplate…. So we exchange pesos  for $400. USD. which takes most of the pesos we have. Back across the street and up to the young man who had our paperwork… I give him 4 $100 US bills. … he tells me he needs $459.15. … I know!! WTF!!  Can the balance be in pesos? No. Can the balance be on “his” card? No.  So… back across the street I go to see my new friend the money guy.. Apparently I do not have quite enough to get the $60.00 I ask for.

Does he take pity on me – a virgin gringa traveller trying to navigate in a foreign language in a foreign land? YES, yes he does!  He says – Let me see if I can get you a better rate… I am firstly thankful – and secondly – wondering how much I could have saved on the $400! I remember Pj always says… “You pay for all your lessons.”

OK – Back in line at the declaration station… New kid this time.

Third time is a charm. We pay our $459.15 in USD with cash and he gives us paperwork and a sticker for the car. Do they ask us about insurance? NOPE – don’t care. There are places there to buy insurance – but we had done so online prior and brought the papers.  He tells us the importance of keeping this paperwork – and says that when we come back – on the other side of the road – we will need to bring this paper back to retrieve our $400. USD.  What about the $59.15 you ask… well that is the cost of the sticker, silly!

I try to have him keep the change… which – he cannot accept – and we are almost on our way…

Back to step one… to ( Fill out the tourist card – in case you have forgotten)   We show h our paperwork – give  back our cards – and PAY  500 pesos each for our Tourist Cards – Yes – this station takes Pesos…. almost all our pesos;-)  Having never paid at the airport for this – we were surprised – but… whatcha gonna do…. say no?

Back in the passenger seat

Back in the passenger seat

 

Galeria La Manzanilla 83 Perula Sur in La Manzanilla Centro, La Manzanilla is Sold!

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The bungalow at Galeria La Manzanilla 83 Perula Sur has been sold.

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2575 Rosedale Place in Armstrong, Armstrong is Sold!

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The duplex at 2575 Rosedale Place has been sold.

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Price dropped on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo in La Manzanilla Centro, La Manzanilla

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Immaculate condition

Announcing a price drop on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo, a 2179 sqft , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 3 story “Immaculately maintained”. Now FOR SALE  199000 USD . Fully Furnished

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Price dropped on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo in La Manzanilla Centro, La Manzanilla

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Immaculate condition

Announcing a price drop on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo, a 2179 sqft , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 3 story “Immaculately maintained”. Now FOR SALE  199000 USD . Fully Furnished

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Price dropped on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo in La Manzanilla Centro, La Manzanilla

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Immaculate condition

Announcing a price drop on Casa Baja Las Estrellas – #35 Rufino Tamayo, a 2179 sqft , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 3 story “Immaculately maintained”. Now FOR SALE  199000 USD . Fully Furnished

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