Shopping Galore and Streets of Galleries!

Restaurants for Every Taste and Budget. Tacos to Fine Dining!

 

Puerto Vallarta is Still VERY SAFE!

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The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board deeply regrets the events that occurred this week in one of the city’s restaurants and confirms that no tourist was involved or affected in this incident. As an immediate safety measure, security has been reinforced in Puerto Vallarta to ensure that residents as well as tourists can continue with their normal activities.

Puerto Vallarta’s La Leche Restaurant was the scene of a particular kidnapping of the son of el Chapo this past Monday. The incident was very specific and the people who did it came into the city for this specific and only reason. They left with what seems to be 3 people, including the son of el Chapo.

Puerto Vallarta was not affected at all by this as it happened at 1 am and the restaurant was closed and everything is as it always is in PV. All hotels are open and with visitors and all tours are working as normal.

The Governor of the State of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval, announced earlier that an investigation involving different security forces on the Federal, State and Municipal, levels was launched, as well as the authorities of the neighboring state of Nayarit, to find those responsible. Early findings from the investigation led by the State Attorney of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, stated that in a first examination, the victims and perpetrators belong to criminal groups from another region of the country, confirming the likelihood of this being an isolated case.

“As representatives of the tourism community of Puerto Vallarta, a city recognized by the warmth of its people and the ease with which visitors enjoy the destination’s diverse offerings, we do not tolerate violence of any kind,” said Agustin Alvarez general director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “We are following the instructions by the different government authorities and encourage the community to do the same; as well as pay attention to information and facts solely communicated by the authorities in charge, in order to dispel false rumors and avoid confusion that do not represent the actual situation in Puerto Vallarta and ensure we do not compromise the security of our residents and tourists.”

It is important to note that the authorities are taking the necessary measures and Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with all tourism services and attractions open and following their regular schedules without any interruptions.

We hope that this isolated and unprecedented event has minimal impact in our city. We are committed to proactively providing accurate information from official sources in a timely manner in order to keep our industry, residents and travelers informed, safe and well taken care of at all times.

 

In the 15 years I PERSONALLY  have been  going to   PUERTO VALLARTA –  I have ALWAYS  FELT SAFE!  I can not stress this enough!

Puerto Vallarta Pride 2016 May 16-30th

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VALLARTA PRIDE RETURNS    TO PUERTO VALLARTA
CELEBRATES WE ARE ONE FAMILY

Puerto Vallarta Says I Do to Same-sex Weddings
New Businesses Offer additional ways to Experience the Destination!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s only beach destination with a gayborhood, La Zona Romantica, will be hosting its annual LGBTTIQ pride festival from May 16th to 30th, 2016, under the motto “We are one family.”

With an estimated arrival of 15,000 national and international visitors to Puerto Vallarta in 2015, the celebration is the largest LGBTTIQ festival in the region.

During the festivities, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will join local civil associations, private companies and Puerto Vallarta’s local and international LGBTTIQ community in this fifteen-day event which aims to honor and promote respect for sexual diversity in the city.

Activities scheduled to take place this year include a circuit party, a local designers fashion show, a drag Derby and a film festival.

This year’s Vallarta Pride will also be part of Puerto Vallarta’s celebration of the approval of same-sex marriage in the state of Jalisco — where the city is located — which passed on January 27 of this year. The legalization of same-sex weddings in Jalisco means that gay and lesbian couples wishing to register and make their unions legal in Mexico can now do so just like any other couple.

Brought into the tourism spotlight by celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Tennessee Williams, Puerto Vallarta organically grew to become Mexico’s favorite LGBT winter beach destination. Visitors will find a broad array of LGBT-friendly bars,nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment in la Zona Romantica.

 

LGBT-friendly businesses

Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown is home to some of the destination’s leading LGBT tourism offerings with its Zona Romantica home to over 70 businesses targeting the LGBT consumer. In the past 6 months, the destination has seen an increase in its offering with a new concierge service, 3 new hotels, a boat tour and a new bar. The following are a list of the newest business to open in the zone.

La Alhambra was one of Out Traveler’s Magazine  “16 New Things We’re Excited for This Year.” The Alhambra Lounge takes its name from the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, Spain. With its dramatically lit arches, warm woods, marble floors and fountain, La Alhambra promises to make any night something truly magical.

In the Zona Romantica, Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa is a cutting edge luxury hotel in Puerto Vallarta incorporating the best traditions of Mexico into a beautiful setting, offering even the most exacting guests accommodations with style and distinction. Luxury meets distinctive contemporary design in each of the more than 120 suites which all offer spectacular ocean views and private terraces.

BLONDIES LOFT is a two-floor edifice with the first floor being a Slushbar featuring frozen cocktails and drinks made with fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juices, and top shelf spirits. The menu is ever-changing to provide guests with new drinks to cool off and chill out. The second floor is the Loft featuring classic cocktails and selections form Slushbar. Blondies is promoted as an LOFT. Featuring premium classic cocktails and selections from the SLUSHBAR below, this intimate space where ocean breezes and the sounds of summer make it the perfect place to start a new adventure, or to dish the details of the last.

On Bay Boat Tour this seven-hour tour of the Bay of Banderas is a party on water with guest and local DJs, gogo dancers of the region, lunch and a visit to a private beach. A second floor provides a private VIP area with 360 views of the Bay, VIP service, snacks, international dishes and signature drinks

Casa Kimberly is a true labor of love. The former homes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were transformed into a luxury boutique hotel featuring nine suites, a spa, pool, open-air dining, a tequila bar and the preserved Puente Del Amor (Love Bridge) that links the two properties.

Garlands Del Rio is a brand new B&B located on theRio Cuale offering a rustic and magical ambiance in the heart of old Puerto Vallarta. The eight-room property offers the feel and luxury of staying in an upscale private Vallarta-style home with its blend of antique furniture, contemporary as well as traditional Mexican art and décor throughout, multi-level balconies, inviting sitting areas and individually decorated rooms and bathrooms that span around a pool and lush gardens.

Puerto Vallarta now has its own LGBT – focused concierge service in Vallarta Paradise. The boutique destination management company, tour operator and meeting planner is gay-owned and operated and boosts Vicente Palacios, a 16-year-old vet and local Vallartense, as its Director. Founded in 2015, the company works with hand-picked providers in Puerto Vallarta to creates customized experiences for its LGBT guests and other travel providers. For more information, visit vallartaparadisetravel.com or email: vallartaparadiset@gmail.com

 

Gay Marriage LEGAL in Puerto Vallarta NOW

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Jalisco has now became the fourth Mexican state to legalize same-sex marriage, following Chihuahua, Coahuila and Quintana Roo; the capital, Mexico City, also recognizes same-sex marriages.

For the fourth consecutive year, Puerto Vallarta will be hosting the annual LGBTTIQ pride festival this year, scheduled to take place May 16 to 30, under the motto, “We are one family.” The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will join local civil associations, private companies and Puerto Vallarta’s local and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, and queer community in this , which aims to honor and promote the culture and respect for sexual diversity.

The Costa Sur Resort & Spa in P.V., a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, marked the news of the legalization by offering free wedding packages. Couples who make a booking of 10 rooms or more for a minimum of two nights will receive a complimentary wedding banquet, centerpieces and four hours of open bar. On the night of the wedding, the couple’s room will be decorated, and the couple will be treated to complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries and sparkling white wine. Prices for the package start at $135 per person, per night, all-inclusive, based on double occupancy.

 

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“Puerto Vallarta has over 22,000 hotel rooms with more than half of those in 5- and 4-star hotels, including the Pacific Coast’s first [AAA] 5 Diamond property, the Hotel Mousai,” a spokesperson said. “The destination’s downtown, where Puerto Vallarta’s ‘gayborhood,’ the Zona Romantica, is located, is home to over 70 businesses targeting the LGBT consumer. The past six months has seen the zone increase its infrastructure with the opening of three new hotels — Casa Kimberly, Garlands Del Rio and Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa — which are all LGBT-friendly.”

For a full list of hotels, resorts and activities in Mexico that are LGBT-friendly, visit the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association at www.iglta.org.

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Puerto Vallarta Romantic Valentines Get Away

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Everything about Puerto Vallarta lends itself to romance: The blue water and green mountains, the cobblestone streets and traditional architecture, the brilliant colors and music. So planning a romantic Valentine’s Day in Vallarta is amazingly simple.

February 14 – Friendship Day (Día de Amistad – Valentine’s Day); in Mexico, not just love, but friendship, as well, is celebrated on February 14.

For great gifts for your special someone visit Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates in the Romantic Zone for sinfully delicious handmade treats, Jabonarte on Lazaro Cardenas for seductive massage and bath oils or Diamonds International for jewelry on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon.

Couple’s massages and spa treatments are another great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta with your sweetheart.  Ohtli Spa at CasaMagna Marriott is  certain to spark the romance.

Most of the restaurants in Puerto Vallarta will be offering special dinners for two for Valentine’s Day and some of the more famously romantic spots include:  The River Café, Trio, Le Kliff, Porto Bello, Café des Artistes, No Way Jose, Barcelona Tapas, Michel, and The Swedes. You need to reserve in advance if you don’t want to wait for ages!

And of course, no romantic evening in Puerto Vallarta is complete without a stroll along the Malecon watching the sunset and the fireworks lighting up the sky over Banderas Bay.

The beautiful heart artwork in the photo is just one of the amazing  Retablo’s Crafted by the world-famous Peruvian artists the Jiménez Quispe family. For them, the making of retablo art is a family tradition.  The third and fourth generations of this family, with are world-renowned artists with pieces in dozens of museums including the Smithsonian, Folk Art Museums in Sante Fe and San Francisco and many others.  This family is originally from Ayacucho, high in the mountains. Both Colecktika  and  Peyote People carry these  and  other  amazing pieces of affordable art!

Puerto Vallarta Free Trip Contest

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

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Puerto Vallarta Things to Do!

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16 REASONS WHY NOW IS THE BEST TIME
TO VISIT PUERTO VALLARTA

As the Peso lowers, bargain hunters
will find great deals in Paradise

With the Mexican Peso at an all-time low, with average exchange rate between $15-$17 pesos to the US dollar, Americans and Canadians looking for last minute deals to Puerto Vallarta will find that this is a travelers market.Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top tourism destination. Known for its 100-year-old historic center, the heart of the destination, it is alive with authentic culture, art, nightlife and a range of award-winning traditional and international restaurants.

Beyond the downtown area, Puerto Vallarta makes for a vacation full of activities that all can enjoy. From strolling along Puerto Vallarta’s lively Malecón (beach boardwalk) while relishing in free outdoor live entertainment like the nightly Papantla flying dancers, to riding zip lines across tree tops or swimming with dolphins and sea lions, taking a cooking class at one of the traditional restaurants or enjoying a guided tour of the local art galleries, visitors of all ages can share memorable moments during their fun-filled visit.

FOLLOWING ARE 16 BARGAINS TO ENJOY NOW

  1. Dinner at Top Restaurants – Puerto Vallarta is home to over 300 restaurants ranging from internationally renowned establishments to mom-and-pap eateries offering dishes that go back generations. Dinner for two, including a three-course meal and a bottle of fine wine, at top iconic restaurants like La Palapa, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton favorite beach-front eatery, where they brought all their celebrity friends to party, El Arrayan, famous for its exquisite traditional Mexican cuisine, or Barcelona Tapas, with its grand view of the Bay of Banderas and the city’s Downtown area, will cost less than $120 USD.
  2. Artisan Tequilas – Many ranches and haciendas around Puerto Vallarta offer half day and full day activities including horseback riding, hiking, quad bike excursions and a tour of the tequila plantation and distillery; including tasting of top artisan tequilas and the local raicilla, a spirit of pre-Hispanic origin made from the agave root. Top quality tequila and raicilla will set one back around $20 USD www.haciendadonaengracia.com / www.haciendaeldivisadero.com
  3. VIP Beach Clubs – Enjoy the beach with plenty of pampering and luxury offered by one of Puerto Vallarta’s beach clubs. Mantamar Beach club has day passes for as low as $350 pesos ($20 USD), with $250 pesos (nearly $15 USD) counted as credit towards food and drinks.
  4. Learn Spanish – Puerto Vallarta is a college town, home to international universities and private schools. A two-week Spanish immersion class at one of the many language centers located in Puerto Vallarta, which also offers the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and traditions, costs as little as $150 USD a week. www.spanishexperiencecenter.com
  5. Artworks for Collectors – From the many sculptures that line its Malecon (beach boardwalk) to the fine art galleries that house national and international works Puerto Vallarta is known for embracing the arts. Visitors can explore the town’s numerous arts offerings on the guided ArtWalk tour which operates daily from October to May, making stops at 15 local galleries in the historic downtown area. The ArtWalk is free and most galleries; like Galeria Colectika have not adjusted the prices on art pieces; providing visitors a great opportunity to acquire amazing works of art for a steal.
  6. San Sebastian del Oeste – A 90-minute drive east of Puerto Vallarta sends visitors back in time to a 17th century silver mining village nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains. This sleeping town of 600 inhabitants is a colonial gem, filled with historic sites and great places to eat. Stoll around town at leisure or take guided tour. A round-trip taxi ride from Puerto Vallarta and back costs around USD $90.
  7. Your Own Private Beach – For travelers wishing to explore the natural oasis and warm Pacific Ocean waters in a secluded setting, Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of ways to enjoy their pristine secluded beaches. Take a round-trip water taxi ride out of Los Muertos Beach to secluded coves or isolated beaches like Colomitos, Las Animas, Boca de Tomatlan, Majahuitas, Quimixto, Playa El Caballo and many others. $20 USD per person.Lady-of-guadalupe-church-Puerto-Vallarta
  8. Charter a Private Boat. Spend the day at sea, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, island hopping or just sun bathing on your own private boat. Prices start at $866 for 8 hours www.pvmikesfishing.com/fishing-boat-rental-rates
  9. Viva Tequila Tour – Enjoy a Tequila tour and a live performance of traditional colorful Mexican folklore for about $60 USD a person. www.viviatequila.mx
  10. Boutique Hotels – Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown and Zona Romantica area is one of the most charming and authentic locations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, teaming with enchanting boutique hotels, each with its own charm, unique personality and history; offering the warm and friendly personalized service Puerto Vallarta is reputed for. Rates are as low as $40 USD per night. www.visitpuertovallarta.com
  11. Mex-Ology: Tequila, Tacos and Mexican Cocktails Tour – Enjoy authentic Puerto Vallarta culture and dining on a unique taco tour with Vallarta Food Tours. Also a fun way to see the Downtown area and a great start to a night of festivities. www.puertovallartafoodtours.com
  12. Become a Taco Expert – There are a couple of signs visitors must look out for before buying a taco. 1. Is the location popular? If you see a line of locals waiting to eat at the establishment that’s generally a good sign. 2. When buying tacos from a local street vendor make sure the food is served in plates covered with a plastic for hygiene. 3. There should always be at least two people working the stand, one to serve food and the other to handle payments. Try Ceviches el Güero or Tacos el Cunado where a taco costs less than $1 USD.
  13. Brunch at Canopy River – Take a ride to the middle of the Sierra Madre and enjoy a hearty Sunday Brunch amidst the varied and lush tropical flora and fauna of the rainforest surrounding Puerto Vallarta for less than $20 USD per person. www.canopytourspuertovallarta.com
  14. Walk the Malecon – The Malecon is Puerto Vallarta’s heart and where everyone, both locals and tourists, gather for morning jogs, open air yoga classes and daytime or sunset strolls. It also has features some of the most delicious traditional street food, from tacos to corn on the cob with mayonnaise and chili, each for less than $1 USD.
  15. Colorful Local Celebrations – Visiting Puerto Vallarta during any of its local festivals or celebrations that take place monthly, presents a culturally rewarding experience and a chance to see the city through the cultural traditions of its people. From the Day of the Dead to the Gourmet Festival, most celebrations have activities that are free of charge. www.visitpuertovallarta.com
  16. Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has been working with all its trade partners to offer exclusive discounts when booking is made on their site: www.visitpuertovallarta.com. Visitors can find discounts on activities and stays for as high as 50% off.
Additional information on Puerto Vallarta is available at www.visitpuertovallarta.com
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Puerto Vallarta Escapes Hurricane

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Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with 100% of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port and Convention Center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis and other ground transport companies have resumed their normal service schedule.

All tourists who were transferred to shelters and hotels outside of Puerto Vallarta as a precaution measure yesterday have now been safely returned to Puerto Vallarta and enjoying a day of clear skies and sunshine.

Southwest Airlines scheduled two recovery flights from PVR to Houston (HOU) and Phoenix (PHX) to help with getting people home.

No changes to the cruise schedule have been made. Disney’s Wonder cruise ship, carrying 2,400 passengers, will arrive in Puerto Vallarta as scheduled on Monday October 26, 2015; and Norwegian’s Jewel and the Ruby Princess will make their scheduled call on Wednesday October 28, 2015 as planned.

No human loss or infrastructure damages have been reported as a result of Hurricane Patricia.

Day of the Dead Week Puerto Vallarta

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¡Come and join us celebrate the Day of the dead Festival at Puerto Vallarta!

From October 28 to November 2 in Puerto Vallarta celebrates the most representative tradition of Mexico and has prepared a series of activities for you to learn more about this unique celebration which will be held in different venues around the city.

Enjoy a delicious Pan de Muerto while walking through art galleries and get to see the traditional altars and flower carpets.

Find below the program:

Wednesday October 28th 

5:30pm – Venue : OPC – Art Galleries Tour and welcome cocktail

Venue: Art Walk –  Tour no guiado de galerías de arte

Venue: Café Des Artistes y OPC -Live music, flower carpets, murals and visitors guide distribution.

 

Thursday October 29th

5:00pm – Venue: Del Refugio Church – Introducing the Camerata Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta

6:00pm – Conference “The History of Death in Ancient Mexico”, Los Muertos film festival presents  “Macario”

7:00pm – Special menus at restaurants

9:30pm – Visitors guide distribution

 

Friday October 30th

9:30am – Venue: Different spots across the city

Flower, sawdust and sand carpet exhibit.

10:00am .-Venue: Lázaro Cárdenas Square – Interactive Altar Openning

Altar tour Downtown Vallarta

Altar tour Downtown Malecón

Restaurant altar tour

Decorated boats in honor of deceased captains

7:00pm – Venue: 5 de Diciembre Cementery- Music and Beer Festival

 

Saturday October 31st

10:00am – Venue: Cuale Island – Paint your Calaverita

12:00pm  -Screening “La Leyenda de la Nahuala”

4:00pm – Face painting for récord Guinness

5:30pm – Venue: 5 de Diciembre Cementery -Catrinas and giant puppets parade

6:30pm – Venue: Hidalgo Park – Mixcoatl folkloric ballet from Aguascalientes

7:00pm – Venue: Muelle Street – Silence walk  ” Catrinas y Catrines”

Music and Beer Festival

11:00pm –  “Catrinas” Post party – Prizes for the best costumes

 

Sunday November 1st

10:00am – Venue: 5 de Diciembr Cementery – Religious ceremony

4:00pm – Venue: Lázaro Cárdenas Square- Little angels party, Pan de muerto exhibit and gathering

7:00pm –  Xiutla folkloric ballet exhibit

Music and Beer Festival on Muelle Street

8:00pm – Screening “El libro de la vida”

 

Monday November 2nd

11:00am – Venue: Armas Square – Exhibit “Las Catrinas de Lupe” by Karla Moreno Producciones

11:30am – Venue:  5 de Diciembre Cementery – Parade “La Caravana de la Muerte”

7:00pm – Venue: Local Market – Gathering “Una noche de muertos en Puerto Vallarta”

7:30pm – Xiutla folkloric ballet exhibit ” Día de Muertos Special”

9:30pm – Catrinas contest award ceremony

10:00pm – Festival Closure

11:00pm – Fireworks

 

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Costa Sur Resort & Spa Gay Wedding Deal

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PLOOKING FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING?

COSTA SUR RESORT & SPA WILL PAY FOR IT!
Puerto Vallarta’s Popular Wedding Resort Splurges on Guests with Free Wedding with Booking

Costa Sur Resort & Spa has launched its “All Inclusive Free Wedding Package” giving away most elements of a wedding with a 10 room booking.

Located in Mexico’s Pacific Coast destination of Puerto Vallarta, is one of the destination’s most popular wedding resorts, already hosting hundreds of weddings year-round, including over 200 LGBT ceremonies.

The property has a full in-house wedding staff and able to provide not only a secluded beach-front wedding but all the amenities needed for a world-class wedding.

The hotel’s wedding package promotion is based on a 10 room booking for a minimum of 2 nights; Costa Sur will give the happy couple a complimentary wedding banquet, Costa Sur Resort & Spa special table setting with round tables and Tiffany chairs and 4 hours of open bar, including a sparkling wine toast.

In addition, the couple will also receive 2 Nights All Inclusive complimentary accommodations, Upgrade to suite and a full wedding coordinator for any additional needs.

On the night of the wedding, the couple’s room will be decorated with the resort’s signature romantic setting rich with chocolate dipped strawberries and sparkling white wine.

Puerto Vallarta has the sun, the beach, and the beautiful blue ocean year round. It’s the perfect mix with plenty of romantic beachfront backdrops, as well as a very fun, charming local Mexican village, just 10 minutes from the resort.

For reservations please visit www.costasurpuertovallarta.com

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Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante Tapas Restaurant Bar

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Puerto Vallarta most beautiful Art Gallery, Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante Tapas Restaurant Bar a must visit in while in Puerto Vallarta.

Galleria Dante is the largest fine Art gallery in Puerto Vallarta with more than 7000 square feet of show room and gardens on the first level. The gallery represents more than 60 emerging and established artists, of which the majority are Mexican artists. When Joe, Claire & Gena Guarniere purchased hacienda “Casa de Colores” in 1988 for their successful Italian restaurant “Pizza Joe” decorated with art treasures from their travels to Europe, little did they know that in 1995 they would be retiring from the restaurant to run a gallery full time. And once again it is a Casa filled with color!

The gallery is an eclectic blend of styles: abstract, classical, contemporary, surreal, expressionistic and impressionistic! Another unique point of Galleria Dante is the amount of sculpture exhibited indoors and out. We ship world wide! A complete inventory is posted to the website, where clients can also order online. Galleria Dante is open 9am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday and in high season also open Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. Or private viewings, after hours can be arranged thru Di Vino Dante Restaurant.

In November of 2013 Di Vino Dante restaurant in Puerto Vallarta opened it’s doors on the 2nd floor, incorporating many unique spaces to exhibit art. Di Vino Dante Restaurant is a full service restaurant where the owner, Gena is knowledgeable about wine and art. There is indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an air-conditioned space. Puerto Vallarta Restaurants also opening in late 2015 is a roof top garden and terrace for the expanded menu and private parties. This is not only a relaxing place to dine, with great food and drinks, it is a work of art.

Check out this video by WeDidYourHomeWork Venura Orozco.

Walk Down Calle Basilio Badillo

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In 1982, Basilio Badillo consisted of 3 small hotels and one or two businesses.

In 1988, Basilio Badillo was known for three restaurants, Roberto’s Puerto Nuevo, Pizza Joe and El Tucan (run by Memo who later opened Memo’s Pancake house) . These restaurants were so successful that more restaurants and other businesses started to relocate to this area.

In the mid-90’s there were 12 restaurants on the 200 block of Basilio Badillo, so for years it was known as “Restaurant Row,” or La Calle de los Cafés. Some restaurants closed, and fine shops started to take over. Now in 2015, there are more than 100 businesses in 5 short blocks of Basilio Badillo. There are 28 restaurants, 5 coffee shops, plus 5 specialty shops: chocolates, ice cream, crepes, 2 bakeries. 31 shops which include fine art and folk art galleries, clothing and jewelry. There are two great theatres! There is a hospital, yoga studio, dental offices, 4 pharmacies, 8 massage parlors and more. And for more than 30 years Alano which offers several 12 step programs in English. As a result, the area has been known for some years as the best place in town to hang out.  Check out this VIDEO  by   WeDidYourHomeWork Venura Orozco.

Day of the Dead Puerto Vallarta

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS


DAY OF THE DEAD

 

Most people who are not from Mexico, think the Day of the Dead is a day full of sadness, freight, and other horrible feelings. It is not; Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual that is performed happily and lovingly, to remember all the loved relatives and friends that are no longer with us, through festivals and lively celebrations. Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. On Day of the Dead, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.

Although Day of the Dead is usually a private holiday celebrated among family members, for example, Cemetery in the 5th of December Colonia is the site of traditional Day of the Dead observance for private celebrations,  it is also a celebration of the whole town, and therefore Asociación Vallarta Centro prepares an Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival, a celebration that promises to be magnificent. This celebration includes the display of conventional altars and Catrinas, pan de muerto tastings (a sweetened soft bread, often decorated with bone-like pieces, that’s traditionally baked during the days leading up to El Día de los Muertos), and other traditional Day of the Dead activities. It also includes folklore dancing dedicated to the dead, a parade, singing, dancing, Mariachi music, and a firework display. All in all, besides enjoying the natural beauty of Puerto Vallarta, it’s beach, sun, water activities, and tourist attractions, you will also be able to enjoy its cultural side through the famous Day of the Dead, one of the most important celebrations in the whole of Mexico.

OCTOBER 31 :: The souls of those that were killed or died of unnatural causes are remembered.
NOVEMBER 1 :: The souls of the children are honored with special designs in the altars, using the color white on flowers and candles
NOVEMBER 2 :: The souls of the adults are remembered. Schools and some offices and businesses are closed in Puerto Vallarta.

These are the days when art, religion, life, death, sadness and humor all come together in bright colors, tears and music. The dead are visited (or visit) and the living take the time to decorate and elaborate the past. The afterlife opens to the present. The graves are cleaned. The souls are refreshed.

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The City of Puerto Vallarta is also sponsoring an altar competition with the entrants to be displayed on November 1 & 2 at the City Square at the Presidencia.

Display of Altars and parade starting at the Malecon heading to the Rio Cuale Municipal Market, ending with a folk festival with Charros, Catrina contest and fireworks.

The festival will also include a film festival, a food tasting and a series of concerts, folkloric ballet and a presentation of a series of photos on the theme of death, as it is viewed by popular Mexican culture.

Organizers will also try to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of Catrinas in one place, the playful visualization of death was made famous by Jose Guadalupe Posada, and has received notoriety across the US and Canada as of recently.

When: October 27th – November 2nd, 2015
Place: Malecon and Municipal Market

Watch this short video about DAY OF THE DEAD.

 


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(left : Jose Guadalupe Posada’s original ‘La Calavera Catrina,’ circa 1910. Jose Guadalupe Posada’s original “La Calavera Catrina,” circa 1910. credit: Courtesy Mexican Museum)

La Calavera Catrina (‘Dapper Skeleton’, ‘Elegant Skull’) is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. Her chapeau en attende is related to French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. She in particular has become an icon of the Mexican Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

 

Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded.

Many shops in Puerto Vallarta  sell various versions of Catrina.   Some  wonderful examples  of her can be found at Galeria Indigena. (See more  on the Gallery  HERE)

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And  Colecktika and Peyote People. Both the  same  owners,  both have  contemporary Mexican Folk Art  that will make you look a some very old traditions in a whole new way. Colecktika  has more fine art – while  Peyote People has a variety  of affordable  arts  and crafts.

One of their specialties  is  art by the Huichol Indians. Deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico live the Huichol Indians. Very little is known about the exact origins of the Huichol, but today they are clinging to a set of customs and beliefs that make them one of the best preserved Pre-Columbian tribes in the Western Hemisphere.

“Since 1997 we have been traveling up to the ancient Huichol Indian Ceremonial Center of San Andres Cohamiata where we have followed a number of Huichol families through their daily lives and have documented the ceremonies that set them apart from the rest of the world. Through this web site we will give you a never before seen look into the Huichol Indian ceremonial cycle and will be marketing their art for the money they need to host their traditional rituals and ceremonies.”

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Peyote People is a fair trade co-operative based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that provides most of the carvings to our artists as well as new iridescent glass beads that are imported exclusively by us into Mexico for our artists to use in their art. We have been recognized by the Huichol Indian Traditional Government of San Andres Cohamaita for not only promoting their artwork but also for our commitment to the preservation of their customs and traditions through what we call CULTURAL AUTHENTICITY:

“Cultural Authenticity may be an invisible quality but it is what separates the ‘urban’ Huichol from those who actually live in the Sierra and are actively involved in the preservation of their cultures traditions.”

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Puerto Vallarta to Host 21st International Gourmet Festival

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Puerto Vallarta, México’s leading culinary beach destination, is ready to once again host the International Gourmet Festival, now on its 21st edition and taking place from November 16-22.

Over 30 world-renown chefs, including Chef Andreas Fischer (Germany), Daniel Eardley (USA), Nic Vanderbeeken (Belgium) and Yerika Muñoz (México), will offer a-la-carte gourmet dining, chef’s tables, gourmet safaris and wine tastings on a daily basis.

“The International Gourmet Festival is an event that has continued to grow each year and every year more and more international chefs want to participate” said founding chef Thierry Blouet. “This year’s guest chefs have between 14 and 17 Gault Millau points and have worked at restaurants with at least three Michelin stars.”

During the 7-day festival, Puerto Vallarta will host international chefs in some of the destination’s most popular restaurants and hotels. The opening event will take place at the white-bathed gourmet restaurant La Leche and its closing will take place at the trendy Sapphire Beach Club overlooking the Bay of Banderas.

Other participating restaurants include Café Des Artistes, Emiliano, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, Michel’s, The River Café, Trio, Vista Grill. In addition, participating hotel restaurants Include Velas Vallarta’s Andrea, Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort’s Le Delice, Mikado’s at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, La Corona at Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa and Hiroshi, located in the first 5 AAA Diamond property in the Pacific Cost – Hotel Mousai.

The festival has attracted over 400,000 gourmet fans and over 500 international chefs to Puerto Vallarta since 1995. This year‘s list program also includes restaurants from Puerto Vallarta’s surrounding areas, including Riviera Nayarit and Tepic.

Puerto Vallarta is home to over 300 restaurants, including six of the top 10 restaurants in México. According to TripAdvisor readers, Café Des Artistes, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, Bistro Teresa, Le Kliff and Trío are all included in the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in México.

“Puerto Vallarta’s tropical and mountainous climates produce fresh and rich ingredients that attract many chefs and inspire them to create dishes the feature ingredients that that come from our waters, including Tuna, or from our mountains such as tropical fruits and artisan cheeses.

 

For more information on the International Gourmet Festival visit www.festivalgourmet.com
For more information on Puerto Vallarta, visit www.visitpuertovallarta.com

Galeria Indigena Mexican Art and Sale Oct 12

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We are very excited for this coming October 12th when Galeria Indigena celebrates their 29th anniversary!  This  place  is amazing with  5000  square feet  of arts  and crafts from all over Mexico! If you have never been  to this gallery, watch  the video on their Facebook page!

(PHOTO: Incredible  CATRINA “FRIDA”

 Beads on bees wax on clay.

Beaded By; Hilario Jimenez

Grandson of the medicine men (Shaman).

 

Enjoy  complimentary drinks and discounts all day  on October 12th!

“Thanks to all our customers and friends who over the years have favored us with their shopping, and at the same time we commit to continue offering quality products with attractive prices and better services, ”  say the owners!

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The Phantasmagorical World of New Age Oaxacan Wood Carvings 

 

There are a couple of versions on how one of the most fascinating & intriguing examples of Mexican indigenous crafts evolved, namely that of the delightful hand carved & brightly painted wood creations begun by Pedro Linares in Mexico in the 1930s (although he began with papier mache).

 

The one version that appears most probable is that it was born from one of his dreams induced by an illness, but in any case the Mexican artisan is known world-wide for his or her rich imagination & in some indigenous groups, like the Huichols, with their fantastically colorful & complex beaded designs, this imagination is egged on by the ceremonial ingestion of “magic” plants like peyote, which contain mescaline. (Read Aldous Huxley’s classic “Doors of Perception” about the author’s pleasant experience with the drug.)

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Out of Linares’s succession of zoomorphical illusions in a dream came an “exhibition” of fierce dragon bodies, scary bat wings & jaguar’s teeth all married to the world of reptiles, birds, insects & mammals. These figures, big & small, can be seen at most Mexican craft outlets, however the discerning art lover will quickly recognize that the examples offered at Galeria Indigena are extraordinary to say the least: here the artists have taken this art form to the nth degree with more outlandish sculpture & minutely painted detail using fine haired brushes, thus qualifying to be categorized as “New Age Oaxacan Wood Carvings”.

Galeria Indigena’s wonder-inspiring Alebrijes are another example of an art treasure that will thrill your family & friends back home.

 

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THE DELIGHTFUL, WHIMSICAL ART OF NAUI 

 

“The Night is Always Young” for these attractive, chubby angels who always bring a smile or two to its viewers.

Created by renowned Mexican artist “Naui”, each signed & numbered painting is a unique combination of acrylic

on canvas and finely-painted, moon-shaped ceramic faces. One satisfied client wrote: “To bring a sense of joy and humor to visitors at my new  home, I placed several Naui paintings of these “Ladies of the Night” in one of my bathrooms & what a positive reception I received!” A unique work of art placed in any part of your home, make a wise choice: choose a Naui painting and take back a Mexican art treasure of true lasting value.

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Retirement in Puerto Vallarta

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When it comes to retirement options outside the United States, Puerto Vallarta has consistently been featured in lists produced by different important media outlets, worldwide.

The latest mention comes from the Huffington Post

In their US Edition, the Huffington Post featured The 21 Best Places to Retire Overseas in 2015, an entry posted on July 24, 2015 by Associate Editor, Yagana Shah. The 21 featured destinations included remote locations, such as Languedoc, France; Medellin, Colombia; and Hua Hin, Thailand. Two destinations in Mexico were highlighted: Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende, in second and 14th place, respectively.

Shah also makes reference to a recent article by Kathleen Peddicord, founder and publisher of Live and Invest Overseas. “Retirement overseas begins as an infatuation,” wrote the former editor and publisher of International Living. Then, backing herself by three decades of journalistic coverage and research, she makes strong case for the aforementioned list.

Both articles, along the very useful content about Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas located within this website, along with our sister publication, mlsvallarta.com, are highly recommended for anyone considering Mexico’s Pacific Riviera as a retirement destination.

Source: Virtual Vallarta

Gary Gates, a demographer with the UCLA Law School’s Williams Institute, a think tank dedicated to sexual orientation and gender-related law and public policy, theorizes that “baby boomers were the first generation to really have a visible LGBT community, and of course, they’re starting to retire now” and for many, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to invest their pink pesos with an eye towards future resort-style retirement living.

A recent study concluded that while the LGBT community has a median household income of $61,500 compared with $50,000 for the average American household, they are concerned about not outliving their money and maintaining lifestyle in retirement.  Now savvy LGBT investors are turning to Puerto Vallarta to couple fabulous lifestyle with a much lower cost of living and affordable housing costs.

Looking to retire here?  Contact  TIMOTHY REAL ESTATE  for buying and renting options.

Three Hens and a Rooster Market

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Three Hens and A Rooster Market

All year long

“Three Hens and a Rooster” is a local market that supports Puerto Vallarta’s artisans and let people enjoy the handcrafted products.

In this market you can find one of a kind jewelry items, hand woven scarves, creative art pieces, beautiful shawls, hand crafted purses, antiques, and array of healthy plants, freshly made bred, homemade pizza, bakery items and more.

Three Hens and a Rooster Market

(near the river)
Venustiano Carranza #466
Col. Emiliano Zapata C5-J
Every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Phone: 044 (322) 779-7595

AUGUST  1st   is the last  Flea Market of the Summer Season –

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Safe Travel in Puerto Vallarta

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The May 5th 2015  update to the US Department’s Travel Warning and the June 1st Travel Advisory by the Canadian Government to Mexico do not include a warning to the city of Puerto Vallarta.

There is no travel warning to Puerto Vallarta. The U.S. Department’s Travel Warning as it pertains to the State of Jalisco highlights rural highways and areas that border states to the south, almost 250 miles from Puerto Vallarta or the distance between New York and Boston; or Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Similarly, Canada’s Travel Advisory asks that visitors to the State of Jalisco “Stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely. If you do venture outside urban areas, exercise extreme caution, including on major highways. Avoid traveling at night. It is not safe to travel near the border with Michoacán.”

Read more here.

Puerto Vallarta in 360 Collection

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The same technology used by Google Maps to allow users to experience 360º street views of locations around the world is now being used to bring people closer to previously unavailable places. Many of us have seen Google’s conspicuous vehicles traveling through the city, collecting imagery that can be incorporated into their mapping system.

Advances in their equipment now allows for a portable version of the same camera system. Worn like a backpack, Google Maps in now able to open our eyes to places we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.

In recent months, Google staff has visited our destination, creating beautiful images of the Marietas Islands, Marina La Cruz, Vallarta Adventures’ Dolphin Center, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Las Caletas, among others. These locations now form part of Google’s Special Collections-Mexico, an increasing collection of landmarks located throughout the country.

Vallarta Lifestyles’ Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda, has been creating 360º spheres in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas for many years. His personal collection also resides in Google, and has been visited over 190,000 times. Feel free to explore his images by clicking here.

Puerto Vallarta Pride and Giving Back

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SETAC Tu Centro Comunitario is proud to present the distinctive pin button Vallarta Gay Pride 2015, which will contribute to the continuation of the “La Casita” project.

This year Vallarta Pride is unique and special, not only because of the large amount of artistic and cultural activities that will take place from May 17 to 25, 2015, but also by supporting events where unity and social responsibility will be reflected for the common good.

Something like this deserves to be remembered. This is the reason why SETAC is proud to launch the official Vallarta Gay Pride 2015 pin button, a distinctive button displaying not only pride, but offering discounts and special surprises in each of the participating businesses during this festival playing tribute to the LGBT Community of Puerto Vallarta and beyond.

This commemorative button can be purchased at participating establishments for a $100 pesos donation. Proceeds will allow to continue with the project of “LA CASITA”, a temporary home focused on helping SETAC patients from neighboring communities such as as Talpa de Allende, Mascota, Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes, Cihuatlán and La Huerta.

“LA CASITA” stems from the need for a decent, safe place for patients to continue their medical treatment or to receive attention before and after attending medical appointments at CAPASITS (Outpatient Center for AIDS Prevention and Care and STI) or the Regional Hospital. This space is intended to accommodate adults, teens and children.

SETAC Tu Centro Comunitario invites you to feel your pride by wearing this commemorative pin button and contribute to a noble cause for the benefit of those who require continuous medical care and/or special care.

For more information and to find the location of participating stores call the SETAC office on: 224 1974 or contact SETAC via Facebook. More information can also be found on Vallarta Pride or the official Facebook page.