Agave Villas Mexico is a luxury villa rental agency that was founded by owners Stephanie Watts and Larissa Magee in the fall of 2013. Stephanie and Larissa met through the Young Professionals Organization of Puerto Vallarta and both share a background in the Travel and Hospitality Industry. The concept for Agave Villas was based on a passion for providing clients with a unique and extraordinary travel experience while taking the stress out of the planning process. Each fully staffed villa in the Agave Villas Collection has been personally selected to meet the standard and quality that their clients can expect.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada Where else have you lived in between? I've lived for several years in some great places before settling down to call Puerto Vallarta home. I moved to Peterborough, Ontario for university and then spent several years in Vancouver, Whistler and Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
When did you move to Puerto Vallarta? I moved first to Punta Mita in August 2011 and ran a boutique surf hotel there for 3 years before moving to Puerto Vallarta, which is where I now call home.
Why did you move here? It had always been a dream of mine to live in Mexico. In the spring of 2011, I was living in Costa Rica when a friend of mine from Puerto Vallarta sent me a message telling me about a small beach hotel that was looking for a manager in Punta Mita. I knew Vallarta well, having spent many vacations as a kid here, but I'd never even heard of Punta Mita. I toured the town using Google maps before making the decision to take the job and moved there site-unseen.
What's your favorite recommendation for visitors? I love doing the coastal hike from Boca de Tomatlan along the south shore. There are so many great spots to stop along the way. The first beach you hit is called Playa Colomitos where the fantastic Ocean Grill restaurant is located. Further along is Playa Maraika which has a funky little beach club. The furthest point is Playa Las Animas which is lined with great seafood restaurants...my favourite is El Coral, right beside the pier which has the most incredible tuna tartare.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Hampstead, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. My entire family still lives in that area, so I visit a couple of times a year to see them and hit at least one Ravens game a year.
Where else have you lived in between? I lived in Elizabethtown, PA for 4 years while attending college. After college, I moved to Park City, Utah where I learned that it was possible to support myself and constantly feel like I was on vacation.
When did you move to Puerto Vallarta? We sold pretty much everything we owned and moved to Puerto Vallarta in September 2010.
Why did you move here? My husband & I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta several times when we were dating. We decided to get married here and had a destination wedding at Villa Estrella Mar in the fall of 2009 with 50 close friends and family members. It was such an amazing time that we moved here less than a year later. We now own Puerto Vallarta's first microbrewery, Los Muertos Brewing Company, and are parents to 2 "kids," Mancha and Pepperoni, a dog and a cat, both local rescues.
What's your favorite recommendation for visitors? If you are a foodie or a first-timer to Puerto Vallarta, take a food tour on one of your first days in town. It is walking tour of downtown, which is a great way to learn your way around. Plus, you can try all types of Mexican cuisine and learn about the history of the area. Otherwise, my suggestion is to rent a private yacht to enjoy the beauty of the Banderas Bay. Whether that is whale-watching in the morning or a sunset cruise with champagne and cocktails, you won't be disappointed.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
Where else have you lived in between? I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for an extra Senior Year, where I was an exchange student to learn English. I also lived in Houston, Texas and in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México before moving to Puerto Vallarta.
When did you move to Puerto Vallarta? I moved to Puerto Vallarta in June of 2005.
Why did you move here? My ex-husband got a job here. At that time, I didn't really want to move. After living in a big city (Monterrey), I thought I was going to get bored living in Puerto Vallarta, but the long story short: I don't ever want to leave!
What's your favorite recommendation for visitors? Get on a panga boat, go snorkeling at Los Arcos, ride along the beaches on the South Shore and stop at Casitas Maraika for lunch and some drinks. That's my favorite thing to do and a must when I have guests.