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Curious about some of the people around here? That wouldn't be surprising; we're certainly an eclectic lot. Have you heard that oft repeated saying about gringos? Something about us being here because we're all wanted back home...

Well, that theory has proven true for a few, but overall this area is an intriguing melting pot of interesting people in their own right. As far as expats, we've got retired financially-set IBM executives, just-gettin'-by boomers who say they're here for a reason but they've no idea what it is, seniors looking to stretch their pensions, entrepreneurs who blossom in this environment, and a diversity of others.

And in our pages we'll tell you about them. Who's who, who owns what, who does what, why and how they do it. Get the lowdown on your favorite restaurant owner and wow him with insider info on your next visit!

Our most recent profiles include...

Cultural tour guide, photographer and author, Sandra Cesca, who uses her experiences and educational M.Ed. background to help visitors learn more about Puerto Vallarta and the Mexican culture, through educational and entertaining walking tours.

Ordained Interfaith Chaplain, Lynn Rogers, who has explored the many ways we navigate life's journey and how we celebrate the milestones, and can help you plan a personal ceremony to honor any significant life passage or transition - from weddings and life celebrations to milestone birthdays, divorce or retirement rituals.

Meet Dr. Leslie Korn, a researcher, educator and clinician-healer who has been conducting research in Bahía de Banderas and Cabo Corrientes since 1973.

Cooking in Mexico blogger, Kathleen Dobek, who explores authentic Mexican dishes, new combinations of traditional Mexican ingredients, and favorite recipes from north of the border.

Food, wine & travel writer, Ed Schwartz, is a Mexico-phile from way back who divides his time between his homes in Sayulita, Mexico and in Inverness, West Marin, California.

Jan Baumgartner is a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in online and print publications, including the NYT, Bangor Daily News, SCOOP New Zealand, Wolf Moon Journal, Media for Freedom Nepal, and in Mexico.

Mexico's Hidden Gold author R. D. (David) Lyons is a long-time resident of Puerto Vallarta. When not writing, he can be found singing jazz standards to his own guitar accompaniment at several of the town's popular venues.

Daniel Gomez is a partner at Mijo, a strategic brand design and communications agency in Puerto Vallarta. He is also a journalist that writes for local and international news and media sources.

Jim Scherrer, a Houston entrepreneur who retired to Vallarta ten years ago, shares his experiences with other baby boomers who are considering Retirement in Mexico.

Patrick Harrison, who recently moved back to Seattle after spending 7 years as the owner of P Gringo Marketing, a Puerto Vallarta-based PR Firm targeting the English-speaking tourist and local communities.

Respected author Polly G. Vicars, who celebrates her retirement in Puerto Vallarta by donating her time, energy and proceeds from her book sales to local charities.

Sportswriter Bob Cohen, who retired to Puerto Vallarta at the age of 50 - but instead of swinging in a hammock, he's swinging a tennis racquet six days a week.

Restaurant owner, columnist and poet, Nacho Cadena, who devotes a lot of time to promoting cultural and social activities in Puerto Vallarta.

Oscar Galvan, one of Mexico's hottest young chefs and winner of the First Annual Thierry Blouet Vallarta Trophy Cooking Competition.

Video journalist Laura Gelezunas owns Video Diva Productions, a full-service digital video company in Puerto Vallarta.

Writer, Gil Gevins, who is "Jalisco's Funniest Human Being" and a twenty-five year Puerto Vallarta resident.

Allan Wall, who recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Mexico for a decade and a half, continues writing articles about various aspects of Mexico and Mexican society.

Restaurateur Alberto Perez, also a talented musician who was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta.

Artist & muscian Raul Simental, who enhances the elegant ambiance of La Palapa restaurant and bar.

Music instructor Rigoberto Mora, active in the local music scene for more than 20 years.

Saxophonist Oscar Terrazas, whose goal is to share his great talents with the world.

Entrepreneur Sr. Eliseo Bello Almeida, better known as "Señor del Agua de Tuba."

Hotelier Sr. Marcelino Parra, and long-time resident of Guayabitos.

Musician Paco Rentería, a local favorite, and we have included a sample of his music.

Sportfisher Juan Moll, with a long history of record-setting catches.

Grammy Award winner Fher, the lead singer of Maná, a band that has taken the world by storm.

Golf celebrity Ben Wright, talking about the future of golf around the Bay.

Restaurateur Rollie Dick, adding to the allure of Sayulita.

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