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Alaska Airlines Introduces New Rules

As of May 1st, Alaska Airlines is imposing some new rules governing your taking your support animals with you in the cabin. These new policies are being initiated worldwide as a result of numerous incidents of airline employees and some customers being bitten, both on-board the aircraft and in the terminals. Starting May 1, customers…
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Mexico's Frequent Traveler Pet Program

México has just recently introduced a new “Frequent Traveler Program for Pets” called Programa Mascota Viajero Frecuente.  The aim of the program is to speed up the entry process into México for frequent visitors with pets. For now, it appears as though that only dogs and cats are eligible for the program and it is only for…
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Astronomical Phenomena for 2018

Check out these Astronomical Phenomena, as 2018 brings special events in the field of astronomy. The total eclipse aroused interest as it left, in the dark, part of the United States last August. This new year will be dominated by superlunas, star showers, moons of blood and even solar eclipses. Some of these phenomena are cyclical…
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Puerto Vallarta Is Changing Their Cruise port

This article on the ever changing face of the Puerto Vallarta Cruise ship Port, has been copied in its entirety from TravelPulse.com. Puerto Vallarta's Changing the Cruiseport Game OCTOBER 20, 2017 PHOTO: Cruise ship docked in Puerto Vallarta. (photo via Flickr/Brian Holsclaw) Puerto Vallarta has long been known as the smiling…
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New Highway Progress

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – According to the North Coast Regional Director of Tourism, José Ludwig Estrada Virgen, the Secretary of Communication and Transport (SCT) has announced that the first stretch of the Jala-Compostela highway, in the state of Nayarit, will open in time for the Semana Santa holidays.streaming Despicable Me…

Treating Sleep Apnea May Ward off Memory Decline

Breathing problems during sleep may be linked to early mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. But treating apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure machine can significantly delay the onset of cognitive problems. In a group of 2,470 people, average age 73, researchers gathered information on the incidence…

The Transition of Mexican Tourist Auto Insurance

Jim Lewis of Santa Monica is a pioneer in insurance services for tourists to Mexico. His concern for consumer affairs was fueled by a 1980 internship with Ralph Nader, and this experience led to a revamping of consumer pricing for Mexico auto insurance policies. “When I began my insurance career with Hart and Lewis in 1981, coverage…

Travel Health Insurance: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Before you leave home for any trip, whether it's a short hop across the border or the trip of a lifetime, it's important to take two things along with you; your passport and your travel insurance. Your passport must be current and your travel insurance should pay for your care upfront. We found out that if you don't have the right kind…

Driving to Mexico? What you need to know about Mexico Tourist Auto/RV Insurance

If you are making plans to drive your vehicle into Mexico, you need to include purchasing dependable insurance in your trip preparations. Your U.S. or Canadian auto insurance coverage will not be acknowledged by Mexican law enforcement, so it is vitally important that you secure reliable Mexico insurance for your vehicle, before venturing…

Pet Travel Tips & Regulation Updates

You may not automatically think of Jaltemba Bay Life when you think of pet travel, but perhaps you should. We have relationships with several government offices, pet rescue organizations and local vets - and we update our Pet Travel Tips & Regulations page on a regular basis. Regardless of whether you cross the border by land,…

Rob's Ramblings: How Your Mexican Vacation Can Actually Pay for Itself

I was just checking a few of my regular websites, and a quick look provided some interesting ideas. I think everyone from up north has seen what can happen to northern industries that are no longer compatible with competitors around the globe, whether it be forest products, auto manufacturing and many other money sources. The travel…

Explore Mexico via Esri's Online "Story Maps"

Have you ever wondered how many time zones there are in Mexico? Where Mexico's historical sites are located? When the Mayan civilization collapsed? Or how long it takes a Monarch butterfly to migrate to Canada and back? We just discovered a wonderful online tool that answers some of these questions, and we are excited to share…

PV Sleep Well: Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Sleep apnea and its main symptom - loud snoring - have long been viewed as an annoyance. Just ask someone who has to share a room with a loud snorer if sleep apnea is a problem. But there's growing evidence that sleep apnea isn't just annoying; it can be bad for your heart, too. Untreated sleep apnea is one risk factor for heart disease.…

What is International Medical Insurance and Why Purchase from International Insurance Group (IIG)?

Did you know that most US and Canadian healthcare plans do not provide coverage for overseas travelers? Did you also know that any medical treatment you receive while on vacation or living in Mexico including doctor visits, hospital stays, medication and emergency transportation are the responsibility of the traveler, and in most cases…

Our Car Importation Adventure

Last year, on renewal of our immigration status and with changes in the Mexican immigration law, we were required to give up our temporary residency status (old FM3 / new Residente Temporal) and switch to permanent residency (old FM2 / new Residente Permanente). We accepted that change, knowing one of the consequences was that, as permanent…

Rob's Ramblings: Drive or Fly to Mexico?

I recently had a conversation with a few people debating their first road-trip to Mexico this coming snow-bird season. It was a great discussion, with much debate on the pros and cons. Here are a few thoughts from this discussion. There is obviously a lot more to this topic than can be covered in one short article. Depending on what…
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The Importance of Homeowner and Condo Insurance in Mexico

We all know that homes in Mexico are built to last. Concrete blocks, steel beams, miles of rebar, tile roofs and flooring, and double strength windows make homes nearly indestructible. So why consider homeowners insurance if nothing can go wrong? Well, insurance is for the unexpected things in life, not the expected. Here are a few reasons…
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US Consular Meeting Addresses the New Mexican Immigration and Vehicle Importation Laws

There was a special meeting held in Nuevo Vallarta on Wednesday, February 13th to explain the new Mexican immigration laws and the new Mexican laws regarding the temporary importation of foreign plated vehicles. This meeting was organized and presented by the United States Consular for Puerto Vallarta, Kelly Trainor. Also making presentations…

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with a Bang

My wife and I celebrated the end of the year at a house party in Guayabitos. We were sitting out on the pool deck, when suddenly something hit me on the head. I swore, put my hands up to rub my head, and when I looked, my hands were covered with blood. Somebody went to get a towel, while I created a small pool of blood on the ground.…

Pet Travel Update

July 2014 Author’s Note: Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below.   Last week, I flew from the US to Puerto Vallarta with my pups for the first time since the new regulations…

New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico

July 2014 Author’s Note: Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below. Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you are likely getting ready to head south to…

IMSS Insurance Application Procedure Cleared-Up

There has been some talk lately of new regulations governing the application process and the documents required when applying for IMSS insurance. Actually, Mexico is following the Hague Convention directives in its documentation requirements. What is IMSS IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social) is a low-cost health care option and…

New "No Pets In Cabin" Policy Could Change the Way We Travel to Mexico

July 2014 Author's Note: The article below outlines the detailed transition to the new Mexican pet travel and aviation requirements back in 2012. Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question…
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New Hospital Opening in La Penita

The Real Nayar Hospital is set to open in La Peñita on June 17th. I was given a tour of the new facility yesterday by owner/director Dr. Roberto Roblez Gomez. The hospital will offer the following services: gynecology, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, general and laparoscopic surgery, anesthesiology, endocrinology, cardiology,…

Health Care in Mexico

Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta was the featured speaker at the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club meeting this past Wednesday. She touched on many facets of the insurance conundrum for foreigners who wish to have some form of coverage while visiting Mexico. Here is an overview of the topics she discussed: The…

Adios Parasitos!

I haven’t been feeling like my normal perky self lately, and my tummy has been a bit out of sorts. That usually means one thing: parasites. For some reason, they like me. Let me assure you, the feeling is not mutual. And while I am careful to take every precaution – I only drink purified bottled water, I rinse all fruits and…