An Oasis for Ontarians – Vivo Resorts in Puerto Escondido MX


Ontarians Love this Mexican Beach

In his March 21, 2019, Toronto STAR Vivo article for the Life & Travel section, travel writer Pat Brennan wrote that the biggest attraction at Vivo Resorts is the “Isolated, naked beach (naked as in there is nothing on the beach for as far as the eye can see).”

In fact, the Vivo Resorts site has about .73-km (800-yards) of beachfront on Palmarito Beach, which is just a small part of the 21-km stretch of isolated beach. Vivo is also just a 15-minute drive from the town of Puerto Escondido (population 45,000) in the rural state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Developer Cary Mullen

Vivo Resorts was conceived and developed by Canadian Olympian and 2-time downhill World Cup ski champion turned developer, Cary Mullen. In 2002, Mullen was also inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.

Following his skiing career, Mullen shared his “five winning secrets” of success in his book, How to Win: Achieving Your Goals In Extreme Conditions and he became a very popular motivational speaker.

However, Cary Mullen has also been a “land developer since age 19,” wrote Brennan, and was “always looking out for entrepreneurial opportunities.” Mullen wanted opportunities that included a beach since he feels that a “beach is vital if you’re going to have a tranquil, attractive, valuable recreation development.”

Eventually, Mullen bought 75-acres on Palmarito Beach just outside of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. There, he built Vivo Resorts Oaxacan Beachfront Living, a “spectacular gated recreational community.”

Vivo Development

Of the planned 400 beachfront condos and 114 private homes, Vivo has completed 130 condo suites and 10 private homes. The complex is now well-developed and includes the newly opened Vivo Clubhouse, plus tennis courts, a pickleball court, and three infinity-style swimming pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean (one with a swim-up bar!).

Vivo Resorts is also easily accessible. Just 100-km up the coast is the Huatulco International Airport that accepts flights from four different Canadian airlines. You can also fly directly into Puerto Escondido airport via Mexico City. See our blog Navigating Mexico City Airport Like A Pro.

Things to Do & See In Puerto Escondido

In his Toronto Star Vivo article, Pat Brennan listed many of the local attractions that condo owners and guests at Vivo Resorts can enjoy.

Mercado Benito Juarez Market – The is Puerto Escondido’s largest open-air market with dozens of “comedores” offering up a true taste of Mexican food and culture. You’ll find fresh cut flowers, authentic Mexican cuisine, and plenty of local arts and crafts. “The nice thing,” wrote Brennan, “is you can stop and talk with the vendors and never feel any pressure to buy.”

Zicatela Beach – Home of the Mexican Pipeline, Zicatela is one of the world’s best surfing beaches and part of the reason that Puerto Escondido has been a secret destination of world-class surfers since the 1960s.

Bird Watcher’s Paradise – December to March are the best bird watching months in the area. At Manialtepic Lagoon you can spot everything from roseate spoonbills and parrots to pelicans, falcons, ospreys, herons, kingfishers, and Ibises.

Manialtepec Lagoon – Located just 7-km from Vivo Resorts, Laguna de Manialtepic is an amazing bioluminescent bay where phosphorescent plankton light up the lagoon at night during the months of July, August, November , nd December.

Baby Sea Turtle Release – Vivo Resorts believes in being a good neighbour so they created the Vivo Foundation, which is the biggest supporter of the turtle sanctuary in Puerto Escondido. Since it’s inception, the Vivo Foundation has helped to rescue and release over 400,000 baby sea turtles! Vivo condo owners and guests enjoy opportunities to participate in the baby sea turtle release program.

Vacation Rentals

Cary Mullen is originally from Calgary, so it isn’t surprising that the first buyers at Vivo Resorts were Albertans, including former NHL star Kevin Lowe and his wife Karen Percy, Mullen’s fellow Olympian and national team partner. However, Ontario residents have since become Vivo’s best clients, in part, because Vivo now offers condo owners a well-managed condo rental program.

If you are not a buyer but you are still interested in vacationing in Puerto Escondido, you can rent a Vivo oceanfront condo through the Vivo Vacations website.


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You can read Pat Brennan’s entire Toronto Star Vivo article in the PDF file entitled, Vivo Resorts, an Oasis for Ontarians in Mexico.

Contact Vivo Resorts

To learn more about Vivo Resorts Oaxacan Beachfront Living, please contact Vivo by email or call Vivo at 1-888-236-2876 (toll-free from the USA and Canada).


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