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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.
Past Las Hadas  towards La Punta

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

 

 

Ceremony on our pool deck. Beautiful Manzanillo Bay and the Pacific ocean in the background

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An incredible setting for a wedding and honeymoon rolled into one. Palace by the Sea hosts many weddings, reunions and special occasions. It is the ideal setting for romance, relaxation and celebration with family and friends.

Palace by the Sea can help with catering, chairs, tables, linen, silver ware, glasses, wedding planner, photographer, flowers, bouquets, bouttonneires, corsages, hair, nails, DJ (Palace by the Sea) has indoor/outdoor surround sound system, minister and live music. The Palace can comfortably hold 60 guests for reception and nearby hotels can hold additional guests.

Recently, Kim and Marco chose Palace by the Sea as the perfect paradise for their nuptials. With all the accoutrements easily accessible, their special day and week was momentous for all.

The pictures say the whole story. Enjoy and best wishes Kim and Marco.

 

Bridal dress on the Master Bed, just waiting for the bride

 

Waiting for the guests

 

Bridesmaids on our private beach

 

Walking the bride down the aisle

 

Approaching the altar

 

Ceremony on our pool deck. Beautiful Manzanillo Bay and the Pacific ocean in the background

 

The Magic Moment

 

Exotic Cuisine

 

More exotic cuisine

 

Dancing after dinner in the Palace Ballroom (living room)

 

Man and Wife at Sunset

 

Beginning the journey together at Palace by the Sea

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People inquiring about a vacation to Mexico and Palace by the Sea sometimes ask about safety.

This is reposted from Association Mexicano for Retirement Assistance

Asociacion Mexicana de Asistencia en el Retiro (AMAR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and helping people from outside Mexico to retire in this country. Its mission is based on freedom, trust, well-being, and security for retirees making their future home in Mexico. For more information, visit the website.

 

Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Safety Over Sensationalism

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Mexico has very low violent crime rates. Tourists are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the US, Canada and many other countries regarded as safe. Mexico is purple, US is Green on the above chart

Mexico has very low violent crime rates. Tourists are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the US, Canada and many other countries regarded as safe. Above – Mexico is purple, the U.S. green.

Baja, California - Mexico, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.

While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com. The assault rate in the U.S. is nearly 5 times greater than that of Mexico in the independent Prominix report adjusted for under-reported crime.

Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico’s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.

The Yucatan is as safe as rural U.S. states.

The magnificent beaches and ancient ruins of the Mexican State of Yucatan are among the safest and most spectacular resort beaches in the world. Yucatan’s low homicide rate is slightly lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Maine.

Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.

More than 150,000 Americans safely visit Mexico every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Mexico, Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Mexico.

Mexico and politically charged Media Bias

In the debate on immigration reform in the US, the facts on safety in Mexico have become a casualty of politics. To change public opinion and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire. If you make up an exciting story about “severed heads in the desert”, it gets a lot of attention and people believe it. The governor of Arizona admitted this story was baseless, but only after months of damage was successfully inflicted to the image of Mexico. The homicide rates above are facts from the FBI, not political fabrications.

Media Favoritism versus Facts

New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher than Mexico City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city. But Mexico is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news.

Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated.

Understanding the size and scope of Mexico

Mexico is huge, ranking 14th in the world, and spanning over 2,000 miles from end to end. Mexico is a nation of 31 states as diverse as those in the U.S. and is larger than the states from Texas to Maine. Canceling a vacation to Mexico because of isolated border violence would be like canceling a vacation to Orlando because of the Boston Bombings. People didn’t cancel trips to Dallas or New Orleans in the aftermath of mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado or Connecticut, because they simply aren’t related. Yet Dallas and New Orleans are closer to border violence than many of Mexico’s peaceful tourist areas.

Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Mexico, yet Washington D.C. is four times more deadly than Mexico City. Washington’s murder rate has been cut almost in half in the last 10 years, but it still averages 24 per 100,000 vs. only 8-9 per 100,000 in Mexico City. How do you suppose the U.S. State department would feel if the Mexican government posted travel warnings for the U.S. capital? Mexico City is a cultural treasure that is larger than New York, London or Paris. In fact, it is about the same size as London and Paris combined.

“Mexico’s violence not as widespread as it seems.”

After months of sensationalized stories about Mexico’s border violence, USA Todaypublished a story about the media hype. While the story itself became an opportunity to re-tell some sensational tales, it did set the record straight by finally comparing U.S. and Mexican homocide figures.

Mexico has very low violent crime rates.

The U.S. Assault rate is 5 times higher than Mexico’s. Mexico’s violent crime rates for Assault, Kidnapping and Rape are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department issues no such warnings for Canada. The rate for Rape in the U.S. is more than double the rate in Mexico. The numbers in the charts below have been adjusted for unreported crime from the respected 2012 Prominix report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.

Unless you are involved in the drug trade, you are statistically safer in Mexico than anywhere else in North America. Even though the U.S. murder rate of 4 per 100,000 is lower than Mexico’s, tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.

 

If you would like more information, please see my other posts on Safety in Mexico.

You’re Safe in Manzanillo – part 1

You’re Safe in Manzanillo and at Palace by the Sea – part 2

Safety in Mexico – part 3

Are You Safer in Mexico or America? – Safety in Mexico – part 4

Mexico Beats Britain and France as Most Popular Destination for U.S. Tourists

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As much as you may never want to leave the paradise of La Punta and Palace by the Sea, you might be curious about life in town or you may want to pick up an extra pair of beach shoes, jewelry, get some fancy ice cream or sorbet and get a taste of local flavor.

Here is a short photo tour of our trip to the commercial, what we in the US would call a shopping center.

If you have a US drivers license, you can drive in Mexico, no special papers are needed.  Palace by the Sea provides a 9 passenger Chevy Suburban with your rental. There are lots of new roads and it’s easy to get around. The pace is not frantic and drivers are polite.

At many points you’ll have views of the mountains, lush foliage or beach.

 

On the Road into town.

On the Road into town.

 

After a short 15 minute drive, we arrive at the Commercial – Plaza Manzanillo.

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Plaza Manzanillo

 

Here’s a quick tour through the bright and colorful arcades and shops.

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One Arcade of shops

 

You can find shoes, clothing, jewelry, cars, banking, internet cafe and wonderful assortments of ice cream and sorbet.

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Shoes = Zapatos

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On Sale = Oferta

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Taking a closer look.

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Arcade Junction

 

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Mexican Silver Jewelry

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Buy a Car?

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Internet Cafe (but you won’t need it because all media services are provided at Palace by the Sea

You won’t need to use this internet café because all media and communications services are provided in the office of Palace by the Sea.

 

This local restaurant was inexpensive, tasty and fun (although nothing beats Pilar’s cooking at Palace by the Sea!)

That was a fun lunch!

 

 

Arcade exit = Salida

And now returning to Palace by the Sea.

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Heading back to Palace by the Sea

Overlooking the pool at Palace by the Sea

 

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Rated by Condé Nast as one of the world’s top secluded and private beaches – La Punta Private Beach.

There’s a clubhouse, swimming pool, exercise room and BBQ area. The community also has a tennis clubhouse, pro, four lighted tennis courts and a children’s playground.

One of Mexico’s most prestigious communities, La Punta is an ultra-exclusive residential paradise, coveted by notables the world over. Beautifully situated on a rugged peninsula that separates two majestic bays, the enclave is an incredible union of magnificent estates and tropical preserves, with much of it’s area set aside for vibrant flora.  The community is completely secure with 24- hour security and controlled access.

La Punta peninsula is also home to the famous resort Las Hadas, where Bo Derek filmed the movie “10.” Her famous run on the beach was on La Punta private beach.

Palace by the Sea is located on the very tip of the peninsula with magnificent 180° views of both Manzanillo  and Santiago Bays. You can miraculously enjoy spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset on the same day!

The beach is just a short walk or drive in our golf cart and you’re on this exclusive beach paradise.

Here’s a map, a few pics and video/slide panorama. Enjoy!

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Palace by the Sea and La Punta map

Palace by the Sea - La Punta Private Beach

View of Manzanillo Bay. Las Hadas marina is on the left.

Overlooking La Punta Private Beach, Las Hadas and Manzanillo Bay

This could be you in Paradise!

 

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Having just returned from a fabulous visit to Palace the Sea, here is another dimension of life on beautiful La Punta. In previous posts we’ve given glimpses of La Punta life through our walking tour series: A Concert of Doors, A Concert of Gardens, A Concert of Views. Continuing on that theme here is La Punta by Night.

 

This photo tour was taken on our after dinner walk at approx. 8 PM (Sunset pics were taken from the Palace by the Sea pool deck around 7PM).

 

Every sunset is unique and incredible. The sun moves a few degrees north (toward the right) each night, visible by where it sets in reference to the rock formations.

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The colors are exquisite and constantly changing.

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I must admit to having some fun with discovering new settings on my camera which allowed me to take these pics in very low light situations, which explains the graininess.

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Looking up from the Plaza at Palace by the Sea, the palm leaves frame the show of stars.

The views of the stars is spectacular. This was taken from Palace by the Sea Plaza looking up.

 

 

Throughout La Punta – Palm trees adorned with lights.

near the tennis courts

 

 

A lovely view of the Manzanillo bay and the night life in town from our peaceful paradise.

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Before going in for the night, we turned around to capture the magic moment of the Plaza, entrance courtyard of Palace by the Sea.

 

Palace by the Sea Plaza at Night

Jose with Champagne

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Part 4 – Beverages

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar Rios, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace. Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

Jose our houseman and resident barista will pamper you with specialty beverage service.

Some of our many very satisfied guests write -

 

“The house design and layout is spectacular in and of itself. However, when you couple that with the seclusion and, of course, your amazing staff, you realize just how special the house is. We truly adored Pilar and Jose who made us feel at home and well taken care of. Jean Pierre and Paty were also quite helpful and attentive to any needs we might have had.

Pilar is an amazing chef and was ever so accommodating. Jose was very funny and attended to any needs we had. And the beauty of La Punta is unparalleled when compared to any place we have visited.” Brian G

 

“I’m happy to say that we all had a wonderful time, and the Palace By The Sea is truly a “Palace”. Not only is the home absolutely beautiful in every way, the staff was a joy to work with and be around. Fabulous food and cooking, and Jose made all of our plans so easy to execute. He was a great guide and chauffeur…” DH

 

“The sunshine, weather and food, food, food was delicious. Your staff is to be commended; John Pierre, Pillar, Jose, Patty, Blanca and gardener.” Sherry

 

“The food at the Palace was way better than the restaurant! Jose makes a mean margarita and was at our service if we ever needed anything.” Laurie

 

“Wow! That was one fabulous week at the Palace by the Sea. No amount of verbiage, or photos, could adequately describe the experience. Now I’m clear on the meaning of the phrase “lap of luxury”. The staff was not only efficient and attentive – they pampered us. Pilar’s cooking – “fue muy sabrosa” – I’ve never had an entire week of four star meals. Jose and Jean Pierre deftly handled all the logistics” Eric M
Jose with Champagne
Margarita

Margarita

 

Champagne

Champagne

Pilar serves lunch

Pilar serves lunch

 

 

Palace by the sea staff - Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

Palace by the sea staff – Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

 

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Part 3 – Dinner and Desert

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar Rios, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

 

One of our many very satisfied guests writes –  ”The staff was wonderful and the food outstanding. We went out to dinner one time and truly felt like the food at the Palace was way better than the restaurant! Jose makes a mean margarita and was at our service if we ever needed anything.” (Laurie)

 *DR table greenCarrot SaladASPARAGUS DISH MEAT DINNER Steak, Bean, Cheese SamplerScrumptious Lobster DinerBrandied Pear KIWI JELLO FLAN Grapefruit surprise ORANGE CREPE DESERT CHOCOLATE CANNOLI DESERT
SOUP

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Part 2 – Lunch

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

 

Another of our guests writes - ”The staff was exceptional, always ready to accommodate and yet unobtrusive. The 18 year old in our group is a vegetarian and Pilar, the chef, created interesting and delicious meals for her. We are definitely foodies and Pilar delighted us with local dishes as well as personal requests. She even provided us with a complete Thanksgiving Dinner – American style! When the men came back with their catch of Mahi mahi, Pilar prepared it two ways! I have to applaud the entire staff on their professionalism and friendliness.” (Diana)

SOUP

Mandala Soup

SHRIMPS

Shrimp and endive

SHRIMP SALAD

Shrimp Caeser

PEPPER SALAD

Pepper Salad

ZUCCHINI DISH

Eggplant, Zucchini dish

chicken zuke

Chicken and squash

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Pilar serves lunch. She loves making guests happy!

FISH SOUP

Seafood soup

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Mexican feast!

 

FRUIT:BREAKFAST

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

At the beginning of each day, you simply let her know what you would like to eat for lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day, and Jose will go into town to purchase all ingredients fresh for that day. Pilar will then begin to work her magic and will delight you with a delicious and beautiful presentation of your meal. Her services are included with your stay at the Palace.

You will find that it is very easy to become accustomed to this level of pampering. A world class chef and gourmet restaurant service without leaving the comfort and coziness of this exclusive location. You will need to pinch yourself to see you’re not dreaming.

 

Here are a few samples of what you can expect from your Palace by the Sea dining experience. Followed by just a few of our guest comments.

Bon Appetit!

 

Part 1 – Breakfast

“I’m happy to say that we all had a wonderful time, and the Palace By The Sea is truly a “Palace”. Not only is the home absolutely beautiful in every way, the staff was a joy to work with and be around. Fabulous food and cooking.” (DH)

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Seaside Table

 

Palace by the Sea Staff – at your Service
from left JP. Omar, José, Patti, Maria, Pilar
OMELET

Omelet plate

SCRAMBED EGGS

Scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, tomato, tortilla

FRUIT:BREAKFAST

Fruite Plate including mango, papaya, pineapple watermelon

FRUIT

Beautiful fruit plate

BREAKFAST EGGS

Mexican eggs breakfast

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Beautifully designed fruit plate

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Delicious fruit plate variety

Palace by the sea staff - Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

Palace by the sea staff – Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

 

Please stay for lunch (to be continued!)