Thursday, October 6, 2016


Manzanillo has gyms and fitness centers where you can work out and be in a better shape with the best equipment's!

- Capital fitness plus

- Get Fit

- Gym Curves

-Fitness Club

-Gimnasio St. Johns

-GOM gym

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


There have been many articles written on the subject. I will list a few at the end of this article, or simply Google “ foreigners owning property in the restricted zone in Mexico”.
I will talk about buying property in Manzanillo, with Candy King Real Estate , and the mechanics of the purchase process. In this case I am talking only about a private home, condo or lot that you will use for your residence, full or part time.

The Mexican constitution prohibits foreigners from holding a real estate title within 100 kilometers of the border, or 50 kilometers of any beach . These areas are called the “restricted zones”

Of course Manzanillo, as well as Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun, and all of the other beach communities are included within this zone.

Prior to 1993 the only way to purchase property in these areas was with a Mexican national as your partner.

In 1993 the government passed a law called the “Foreign Investment Law”, allowing foreigners to safely invest in these “restricted zones”.

The mechanism for the purchase (called a Fideicomiso or trust) sets up a Mexican bank as the partner , where the bank is named as the owner, but the purchaser has ALL of the rights of ownership including naming their heirs, getting a mortgage, or selling. The fideicomiso is granted for 50 years and is renewable for another 50 years.

That is the background. For the priviledge of being your partner the bank charges an annual fee. The fee ranges from 500- 700 US dollars at this time.
Another part of the law requires all foreigners to apply for and obtain a trust permit from the Ministry of foreign affairs prior to setting up the fideicomiso. There is a cost to this also, at this time it is approx. 13,000.00 pesos.

Sound complicated? Don’t worry. Everything we are talking about is taken care of by your realtor and your Notaria. Please note that a Notaria has a degree in law PLUS 2 more years of school, an exam, and a political appointment to become a Notario. Notarios are the only lawyers allowed to perform the actual sales of property in Mexico.

The purchase process is simple. You make an offer, including a 10% non refundable deposit to prove you are serious. The time for closing, if the property is owned currently by a National and you need a new trust, is approximately 45 days minimum, but of course is part of the negotiation.

If the property is owned by a foreigner and already has a trust, the sale can be as fast as two weeks, depending always on the speed of the bank involved.
When it comes time to close you send the balance of the money to the seller, sign the papers in the office of the notaria, pay the notaria, and receive the keys to your new home.

The closing costs vary with the price of the purchase as there are a couple of fixed costs such as the foreign ministry permit fees and the first year of the trust . You can expect to pay 3-5% of the price of the purchase on the closing. This is all for the notaria who will pay your transfer taxes, check for no liens, pay the first year of your trust fees, apply and receive your permit from the foreign ministry and set up the fideicomiso with the bank.

What you need to purchase a home in Manzanillo is your tourist visa ( that you receive on the plane when you arrive ) (minimum) , money, and a desire to change your life.

You do need to remember that you are in a different country and things operate a little differently than you are used to. You need to be sure you are working with a qualified real estate company.
Use your common sense. If you cannot get a fideicomiso on the property, do not buy it. The bank being your partner gives you some added protection as they will not accept properties without clear titles.

Here are some links to other articles: guide to Buying Property in Mexico - Real Estate


Tuesday, June 28, 2016


If you're going to be in Manzanillo for a while it's important that you know where you can get medical services for any type of emergency. The following are some or the principal places where you can receive medical attention.

Many of these are large clinics with 24 hour emergency services. Some physicans answer calls to more than one clinic, for example: Neurosurgery. If you arrive at a facility and they feel they cannot treat your condition, they will transport you to appropriate facility in Manzanillo or to Colima/Guadalajara.

  •  NAVAL HOSPITAL (333-2740) 
Location: Las Brisas. Turn left (east) off the Blvd just past Cualatas. prior to the main gate on the blvd, and go into the Hospital entrance. You must show ID to guard. If it is an emergency, simply let them know it is urgent.

  • IMSS ( Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) (332-1170) 
Location: Large white hospital behind the KFC franchise in Salagua. Allende 222.

 Location: Main Blvd, Sorianna area, 1215 Blvd. de la Madrid, Salahua

  • MEDICA PACIFICO (334-0385) 
Location: On the main boulevard in Santiago. Av. Palma Real 10. Across from Los Hadas golf course. Turn down into the cul de sac street for the clinic facility. This is the closest facility for Juluapan peninsula residents.

  • HOSPITAL MANZANILLO (Central Medico Quirurgica) (336-7272)
 Location: In the port area. Blvd. Costero Miguel de la Madrid 444.


Tejuino is a refreshing drink that you can buy along the west Mexican coast and in northern Mexican states.Tejuino is a beverage originated in Colima, a southwest Mexican state.
The main ingredients of this beverage are corn dough and piloncillo.
Piloncillo is the Mexican word for hardened molases.
Tejuino's base is masa, the very same dough used to makes up tortillas.
They mix it with water and piloncillo, and boil it to a thick consistency. Then a pinch of salt an lemon are added.

Basic Recipe to Prepare Tejuino with Raw Corn Masa
·          Dilute a kilo of corn meal in water so as to obtain a porridge-like consistency
·          Add 3 / 4 of a kilo of brown sugar
·          Allow 4 days to ferment in warm weather or 7 days in cold weather
·          Add sea salt, lemon juice, ice and chile to taste when serving

Origins of Tejuino
Tejuino is a drink whose origins are lost beyond the year 1400 AD.
The place of origin of tejuino is central Mexico, where the Nahua people lived. For this reason the word "tejuino" comes most likely from the Nahuatl language.

Popularity of Tejuino
Today the popularity of this Mexican drink is continuously increasing in Mexico and in the U.S.
Do not confuse "tejuino" with "tesgüino". The latter is another Mexican beverage but much more fermented.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Watermelon margarita:
- 4 1/2 cups seedless watermelon cut into rough 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 pounds cubed fruit)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) fresh juice from 5 to 6 limes           
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila (100 agave)
Add watermelon, salt, lime juice, St. Germain, and tequila to a blender. Puree until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher, using the bottom of a ladle or a rubber spatula to press liquid through strainer.
Mixture can be served immediately or sealed and chilled for up to five hours in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, fill three serving glasses with ice, re-stir mixture, and and divide evenly between glasses. Serve immediately.

Pineapple Margarita:                                           
- 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (about 1/2 pound, from 1 small pineapple)
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh juice from about 2 lemons
- 2 1/4 ounces (4 1/2 tablespoons) fresh juice from 3 to 4 limes
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) simple syrup (see note above)
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 1/2 ounces (9 tablespoons) reposado tequila
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) Cointreau or triple sec
- 3 ice cubes
 Add pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, salt, tequila, and triple sec to a blender with 3 ice cubes. Blend until completely smooth and frothy. Pour into a pitcher if desired and refrigerate up to 3 hours. Serve over ice.

Lime margarita:

- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) silver tequila (100% agave)
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) high quality Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) juice from 4 to 5 limes
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) simple syrup (see note above)
- 12 ounces ice (about 3 cups)

At least 8 hours before serving: combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup in sealable container that will fit in your freezer. Seal and place in freezer at least 8 hours and up to one week (mixture will remain completely liquid)
When ready to serve, add ice and tequila mixture to blender. Blend on highest setting, pulsing and scraping down sides as necessary until completely smooth. Serve immediately.


Do you enjoy Manzanillo's beautiful beaches, the warm weather and the people? Are you eager to come back to this paradise? Or do you come often for business opportunities that will make Manzanillo grow?
We think that your best option will be to rent or buy a condo or house and that will help you save lots of money over hotels or bungalows that you can spend the minimum price of $700 pesos per day and per person, plus personal necessities.
Link to our real estate webpage:

On the other hand if you prefer to be pampered. The following link will take you to a page that will help you find the best options of hotels in Manzanillo! 

Sierra E32, Club Santiago
Hotel Las Hadas Resort

Monday, June 6, 2016


Tuba is an exotic drink and common in the tropical regions. It comes from the coconut palm trees and it`s extracted by cutting the coconut just before the flowers sprout. The liquid drips in a container, that sits there for days and they collect the accumulated liquid every morning. They sell it in a fresh version (just how it comes out of the trees) or composed (when its mixed with different fruits like apples, jicama, cucumbers and dehydrated fruit like peanuts and  ground nuts).