Palace By The Sea as viewed from the Sunset Cruise

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The owners of Palace by the Sea are also big fans of Western Art and many of these fine artists have also been our guests. This is the first installment in a series of profiles of some of the fine artists who have chosen to vacation at Palace by the Sea.


If you are unfamiliar with the term Western Art, here is a quick overview from Wikipedia:

Visual Art of the American West is sometimes referred to as “Western Art” by Americans. This relatively new category of art includes paintings, sculptures and sometimes Native American crafts. Initially, subjects included exploration of the western states and cowboy themes. Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are two artists who captured the “Wild West” on canvas. Presently, the genre flourishes in variety and popularity within the United States. Many designers and decorators in the southwest include “Western Art” in homes and businesses.


Featured Artist: Bradley Schmehl.

To view more Bradley’s work click on:  Bradley Schmehl

“I take pleasure in creating pictures that open a window on history, so that more people can share in the view. I would describe my work as ‘painterly realism’. I strive to capture the true nature of light and color, and I make little effort to disguise the brushstrokes. Even while rendering meticulous detail, I endeavor to paint boldly and deliberately.”


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Bradley Schmehl is very thankful for the Lord’s gifts and blessings in his life. He first manifested a talent for creating pictures at a very early age. As a boy of five or six he drew a picture of some construction workers who had been laboring in the street in front of his parents’ house. His mother, noticing some of the figures in the picture were much smaller than the others, questioned her son about it. His response: “Those little men in my picture are farther away than the bigger ones.” She saw that Brad demonstrated an intuitive grasp of the Law of Diminution in perspective, just one of the concepts that would be clarified and developed in his subsequent training.

Born March 28, 1962, Brad graduated from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Marietta, Pennsylvania (now Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) in 1984. He is a Student Founder of that institution and also has taught there as an adjunct Instructor of Book Illustration from 1993-98. He continues to train himself in anatomy and the artistic disciplines and studies the works of his artistic heroes such as Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Edouard DeTaille, Tom Lovell and many others. At various points in his professional sojourn, he has been an easel painter, a book illustrator, a theatrical scenic designer, a technical illustrator, and of late, even a real estate investor!

Along the way, Brad married his best friend, the former Rebecca Marie Buckley, in September 1987. She now serves as his business manager in addition to the many other roles she so capably fills. Brad and Becky appear together at gallery shows and are both actively involved in supporting battlefield preservation, historical and military organizations. Brad also has enjoyed Civil War reenacting whenever his busy schedule permitted. He enjoys horseback riding and throughout most of the decade of 2000-2010 he participated in Civil War events as a mounted officer. In, 2001, Brad worked alongside Robert Duvall, Bruce Boxleitner and Stephen Lang on the Ron Maxwell motion Picture “Gods and Generals”(released 2003) He can be seen portraying an officer on Stonewall Jackson’s staff.(In case one wants to search the film for him, he is the only one of Jackson’s staff officers riding a buckskin mare.)

Bradley’s artwork in the Military History genre continues to earn him a growing and enthusiastic following across the nation. His paintings  and prints reside in numerous private, corporate and government collections such as:

-Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia

-US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

-Delaware State Capitol, Dover, Delaware

-Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

-Silver Companies, Boca Raton, Florida

Bradley has been commissioned to paint class gift paintings for four different graduating classes of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2013. as well as the class of 2004 of the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kansas.(His work is featured in the book “Class Gift History, 1953-2013″, published by the US Army War College Foundation, Carlisle, PA.)

Bradley was commissioned in 2006 to paint a series of 13 large oils for the Silver companies, developers of the Celebrate Virginia complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a project that kept him busy until late 2008.

Bradley was commissioned by the Washington County Lincoln Society in Kentucky in 2008 to paint a depiction of the capture of Sarah Mitchell, an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln, for the Washington County Lincoln Museum.

In 2010, Brad was commissioned by Excelon Corporation (Three Mile Island) to do a painting that included all branches of the military for  use as an “Honor Wall”(6′ x 26′)in the plant. The wall was a montage of imagines from all the military services as well as brass plaques featuring the name of each employee who served in the military.

Bradley’s automotive paintings were the subject of a 1984 article in the prestigious “Automobile Quarterly”(vol.27, no.2), and his military artwork has graced the covers of several Civil War and Military magazines.

Bradley’s work had focused almost exclusively on Civil War subjects between 1995 and 2009, although his style readily lends itself to an  authoritative portrayal of virtually any historical subject or period. His personal artistic interests range from figure and portrait work to equestrian and landscape subjects. More recently, his scope has grown to include a variety of subjects including western Landscape, wildlife and Native American scenes. His Work is represented by Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Altermann Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona and Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming.


Please visit Palace by the Sea blog for many further installments featuring the work of our fine Western Artist guests.


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The coastal resort destination of Manzanillo is located on Mexico’s central Pacific Coast overlooking the twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago. Active travelers and sports enthusiasts visiting this region of Mexico can take part in a variety of Manzanillo activities and outdoor adventure sports. One of the most popular Manzanillo activities is sport fishing, and the town attracts thousands of sport fishermen to its shores each year.

The waters just off the coast of Manzanillo are teeming with marine life and sailfish and marlin are plentiful year-round, though you’ll have the best chance of catching sailfish if you arrive during the sailfish season that runs from November to March. Each year in November, Manzanillo hosts the International Sailfish Competition attracting sport fisherman from around the world.

The impressive sailfish population in and around Manzanillo has helped to give the seaside town its nickname, “The Sailfish Capital of the World,” and a towering 25-meter turquoise statue of a sailfish has been erected along the Manzanillo coast in front of the town’s centro historico (historic center) and jardin (main plaza). Other species of fish that inhabit the waters surrounding Manzanillo include dorado (mahimahi), giant tuna, rooster fish, sea bass, wahoo, dolphin fish, snapper and yellowtail.

Charter a fishing boat in Manzanillo and hit the water to try your hand at sport fishing. After all, you’ve got a good chance of catching the big one here in the world’s sailfish capital. Afterwards, you can choose to return your catch to the ocean, carry it back to shore where it can be cleaned and prepared to your liking at one of the local restaurants or have it mounted to take home with you. Regardless of what you decide to do with your catch, sport fishing in Manzanillo is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

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Manzanillo is not only known as a place for relaxation, but also as the first shipyard in Latin America (dating form 1531) and it currently is the most important commercial port in Mexico.  Located on the coast of the Mexican Pacific ocean, at a point where the twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago can be seen, this destination is located in a region with several ecosystems and, as a result of this, it is the perfect destination to participate in beach, ecotourism and adventure sports activities. The renovated historic center of Manzanillo and it’s cuisine await you.

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La Punta features a wonderful exclusive beach club with one of the world’s top rated private beaches by Conde Nast.

This seclude and scenic spot offers wonderful swimming (low to moderate waves) warm temperatures, safe sheltered waters and exquisite snorkeling.


Make sure to check out the video at the end of this post.

Video and pictures courtesy of Palace by the Sea.

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There is also a full size pool. The beach club offers dining facilities -comfortable tables and patios sheltered and open, where you can bring a snack or a full meal.

There are changing rooms, baños (bathrooms) and showers and facilities for barbecue.

On the beach you can find an assortment of loungers, chairs, tables and palapas for shade.

Walk along the beach and look for the tiny baby crabs, interesting shapes of wood, the wonderful view of La Punta homes, the view of Las Hadas Hotel (where the movie 10 was filmed with Bo Derek), outstanding views of Manaznillo bay and shoreline and an unobstructed view of the pacific.

I’ve included some fun bridal party pics from one of our recent renters who made great use of all the fabulous Palace by the Sea and La Punta facilities.

Here is a video a few of my favorite beach pics.

Music – 21st Century Picnic. By Gregory Alper from the CD Common Ground.



View from our Palapa

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If you want to marvel at mother nature this is the place to do it.
Located at the very tip of La Punta Peninsula, Palace by the Sea offers not only spectacular vistas but an immediate and intimate experience with the power of the Pacific.

Palace By The Sea as viewed from the Sunset Cruise

Palace by the Sea viewed from the Ocean. Palapa is at lower right.


Walk down a few steps through our lush gardens and relax in our seaside palapa (grass hut). There is built in seating, lights and a built in stone table so you can bring, books, refreshment, cushions, etc. to achieve the exact level of comfort you require.

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There you are right at the ocean (at a safe height and distance) but close enough to feel the unmistakably, immense power of the sea – serene, full of sounds, effervescence, dancing light, motion, mystery and the essence of life itself.

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Power of the Pacific

You can truly relax and surrender to the wonder and magnificence, meditating on the magic of it all.

This video, while not professional, will give you at taste of the immediacy so you can experience the power of the pacific.

The video begins with a few slides to give you a sense of location and perspective and then concludes with a series of brief, connected movies that capture the beauty and the feeling of the Pacific and Palace by the Sea.


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Downtown Manzanillo

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Is Manzanillo Safe?

By Susan Dearing

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(reprinted from an article at: )

Manzanillo's Malecon is enjoyed by tourists and locals  How many of you grew up in a small town, where you left your windows open to catch a cool breeze on a hot  July night, or left your car unlocked with the windows down when you went downtown to grocery shop? I grew up in a town like that, and am living in one now: Manzanillo!

These moms and their children could be anywhere in the world  This is not to say that you should throw caution to the wind, and dare a poor person walking by to pinch your car stereo, but, everything considered, Manzanillo is one of the safest places I’ve lived since I grew up in Branson, Missouri. Sure, the accents are a little different down here, but that’s nothing to be afraid of, and in fact, you’ll find that Manzanillo’s people are some of the nicest and most honest in Mexico! A recently reported survey cited Manzanillo and the state of Colima as having the lowest crime rates–1.1%–in all of Mexico.

Games, no gangs with Manzanillo's teens  Manzanillo is a tourist town; its citizens and businesses depend on you having a great and safe time while you’re here. Not only is the Mexican army and navy based in Manzanillo, but so is our PFP (“just say ‘no’ to drugs” cops). Even our traffic police wear buttons that state: “Say no to bribes”!

Exploring Colima's backroads  Crime is virtually nonexistent here, especially violent crime. This is not the border, nor is it Guadalajara, Acapulco or Mexico City. You can feel safe driving on any road in the state of Colima. On some back roads, such as this one, you might get caught up in some heavy traffic, but even then, it can be a very “moo-ving” experience!

There are some areas of major Canadian and American cities that you wouldn’t dare walk down the street in broad daylight, much less at night. In Manzanillo and the state of Colima, you can go anywhere, and never have to worry, even the “red light district.” This small, 2-block-long area, is also called the “zona tolerancia,” or tolerance zone. There are a couple of bawdy houses, where women do the Mexican version of bump and grind to pulsating loud music. 

Fishing boats Naturally, since Manzanillo is a port town, the sailors and merchant marines frequent this area for their night on the town. The section is interspersed with adjoining homes, and at night you’ll often see families sitting out in front of their houses on the sidewalk, while the kids ride their trikes and push-cars in the street.

Chilren ride the animal train after sundown  This is not to say that you want to go to the red light district, get rip-roaring drunk, and stumble down a dark alley at 2 a.m. with money falling out of your pocket. You wouldn’t do that at home, either, would you? Don’t look for trouble, and you won’t find any.

 Possession of any illegal substance can be a life sentence here in Mexico, and even though Mexican congress has recently voted to decriminalize marijuana, it has yet to pass the senate. Try and make the most of your vacation without being under the influence. A Mexican jail is no vacation!

Much has been said in recent press headlines about the safety of Mexico, primarily because several Canadian tourists have been injured or killed while on vacation. Please, folks, this didn’t happen in Manzanillo (and according to the Mexican press, these people were involved with the drug trade in some way)! Don’t blame us for something that happened hundreds of miles away in another state–a state that has been fraught with problems relating to drug trafficking–for many years.

Families enjoy eating ice cream and walking together Our local newspaper, the “El Correo,” does have a police page, and sometimes there’s actually a crime on it. Not often, however. Usually, it’s filled with a car accident or two, alcohol-induced fist fights (sort of a “macho man” thing), or perhaps a juvenile running away from home. Once in a while someone described as “mentally confused” is taken back home, or placed in the hospital for observation. Such was big time crime in Manzanillo this month. Not much going on that would make a TV mini-series called, “Manzanillo Vice”! (Maybe “Manzanillo Nice,” but that wouldn’t sell.)

Hey, Mr. Balloon man  Even on national election day, when everyone, particularly foreign television newscasters, predicted riots and unrest, the day passed tranquilly without incident. Mexico and its citizens proved the “doom and gloom” folks wrong again. And there were record turn-outs at the polls.

Ballet Folklorico on Sept. 15Sept. 16, Independence Day, also passed without a single injury or fatality. You’d think when it’s all you can drink everywhere in town, and everyone is shouting the “grito,” (the Mexican cry for Independence), someone would get a little rowdy. Not so in Manzanillo. But we sure did have fun that night, gringos and Mexicans alike. 

 There was Mariachi music everywhere, fireworks, the Ballet Folklorico from the University of Colima.  Mexicans are very proud people, and it made me very proud of my adopted country, and even prouder of its citizens.

No one was on this road but usThough there are many cultural differences, it is wonderful to learn about them all. It is also good to know that as a single woman living alone, as I do, you can feel safe and comfortable. The state of Colima, one of the smallest states in Mexico, is rich in resources, and every dirt road leads to some place new and exciting.

There's nothing like camping with cows  I go anywhere and everywhere, by myself: camping, driving the back roads, to nightclubs, and remote beaches. If I can do it and feel safe, you can, too. I’ve met interesting people, and saw many wonderful things. Drive to a remote beach, and you’ll never know what you’ll find.

Priceless works of art line the Malecon  Quit worrying about your safety just because newspapers headlines, or some government agency issued a travel advisory.  The bureaucrat sitting in a high-rise office in Washington, D.C. and passing judgment on an entire country has most likely never visited Manzanillo, and certainly has never traveled the country as extensively as I have! That would be like telling tourists not to take their kids to Disneyland because there was a drive-by shooting in East LA. Please!

For a peso or two, you'll get a balloon animal  Manzanillo isn’t Mexico City, nor is it Los Angles, New York, Detroit or Toronto. Every city in the world has its plusses and minuses, but Manzanillo is, for all practical purposes, one of the safest and most friendly places on earth. 

Could't resist snapping ths photo  Don’t be afraid, and don’t pass us by because some overpaid elected official in your country makes a blanket statement about Mexico before he has all his facts straight. Visit us, get out of your hotel and explore, and then write your own account of your experiences here. We’ll publish it on, and make sure he gets a copy!

This article was originally written about 8 years ago. Not one thing has changed, except perhaps that Manzanillo and the state of Colima is even safer. Our police force has tripled, and their salaries have doubled, making incidents of bribery and corruption a thing of the past. 

With the recent tourist advisories, and blanket negative statements from Fox News commentators Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, who warn foreigners to completely stay away from Mexico, suggesting Florida as an alternative destination, make note that Miami is #3 on the “America’s Most Dangerous Cities” list, topped by Detroit (#1) and Memphis, the Country Music Capital, as #2.

With Mexico being the 10th most popular tourist destination in the world, there are many completely safe areas.  22.6 million tourists visited Mexico last year, and compared to other places this author has been, including 13 European countries, the state of Colima and its largest city, Manzanillo is by far the safest place I’ve lived for the last 21 years. Others feel exactly the same way, including Linda Ellerbee, well-known television journalist, who has also written a news story about her experiences and safety issues living in Puerto Vallarta. 

It is truly unfortunate that someone whom I admired for a long time (O’Reilly) can make such judgments without even bothering to speak to those of us who live and work here. It is also sad to think that competent journalism is relegated to a 30-second sound bite, meant to incite and inflame, taken as the gospel, with nothing to back it up. In my days of journalism (1965-1983), after spending 17 years in print media, I would have needed something much more substantial to issue a blanket statement of condemnation of an entire country.

Others who live here feel the same way, and all of us support the country and the wonderful, hard-working Mexican people. Most of us here live in integrated neighborhoods, and our neighbors are friendly and giving. Colima children are highest educated in Mexico, and unemployment is zero. Therefore, as an added benefit, the crime rate is almost zero. There are jobs for anyone who wants to work, and food enough for everyone.

Related articles: “Manzanillo Magic,” and Manzanillo and the state of Colima “Survey.”

What makes Manzanillo safe? Read more.


For more detailed information on Manzanillo and the state of Colima, be sure and order a copy of my 140-page tourist guidebook! Those of you who have visited us, and love Mexico, write your own stories and send them to Fox News and others who need an education about Mexico.

Palace By The Sea as viewed from the Sunset Cruise

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We have a new slide show with new photos and video footage. This may be the best way to experience Palace by the Sea, short of being there!

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Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Palace viewed from the hill above

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Palace by the Sea has an unparalleled location and 180° ocean vistas, ocean views of sunrise and sunset daily, satellite tv, heated pool, air conditioned bedrooms, an excellent chef and experienced staff and many other perks. One of the most desired rentals on La Punta, featured in TV, Movies and Magazine Ads. Please check out our newly added fact sheet to see many of the other highlights offered at Palace by the Sea.


Palace Fact Sheet


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Sunset from the pool deck

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Brad posted this wonderful time lapse video he took from the Palapa at Palace by the Sea – with his go pro camera and had it take a picture every 5 seconds. Stunning!

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Here is another view (taken by me) a month earlier from the pool deck with a Cannon G10. Shot at regular speed and then sped up in imovie.

Look at the color of the sky especially after sunset. We have seen whales from this balcony in season In the background of the video, you can hear a musical piece called Whales from Caves of Mystery Cd by Gregory Alper. Enjoy.


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In order to give you a fuller sense of the experience of staying in La Punta at Palace by the Sea, and a flavor for the beautiful area that is Manzanillo,

this post provides a short pictorial tour from the airport to La Punta and the Palace. Enjoy, relax! You’ve entered paradise.

In addition to it’s natural beauty, the people in Manazanillo are friendly, happy and relaxed. Crime is almost non-existent because there is plenty of work and plenty of food growing everywhere!

The airport is right on the ocean and we enjoyed spectacular views of mountains, ocean and beach during landing.

Landing at Manzanillo Airport

Getting on the main highway we drive towards Santiago, passing along the beach. You can see the location of Palace by the Sea at the end of the peninsula (indicated by the arrow).


Highway from Manzanillo airport into town


Just outside the town of Santiago, the highway runs along the beach. You can see the location of Palace by the Sea (arrow).


Just outside Santiago the highway runs along the beach. You can see the location of Palace by the Sea (arrow) at the tip of the peninsula.Turning off the main road we are greeted by ocean views and picturesque cobblestone streets.

This Road leads down to Santiago bay, we are about to turn left towards Las Hadas and La Punta

This Road leads down to Santiago bay, we are about to turn left towards Las Hadas and La Punta

Driving along the coast of Santiago Bay we see a cruise ship and birds eye glimpses into a new construction of 3 high-rise condos. Manzanillo continues to develop and expand. Very exciting.

Condos and Homes on Santiago Bay

Condos and homes on Santiago Bay


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View through old hotel to new 3 building condo construction on Santiago Bay


Spectacular views of Santiago bay right from the road.

Looking over Santiago Bay to the Pacific

Looking over Santiago Bay to the Pacific


 We drive past the famous Las Hadas Hotel and less than a quarter mile come to the 24 hour gated entrance to La Punta.
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Past Las Hadas towards La Punta

24 hour security gate of La Punta

24 hour security gate of La Punta



The drive through La Punta is filled with views of the lovely homes and lush scenery.

Driving in La Punta

Driving in La Punta


Beautiful homes and landscapes driving through La Punta

Beautiful homes and landscapes driving through La Punta. Take the next left to get to Palace by the Sea


And at last we are within view of our destination, Palace by the Sea.

Palace viewed from the hill above

Palace viewed from the hill above