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Mexico Supreme Court on Gay Marriage Equality

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On Wednesday Mexico’s Supreme Court struck a huge blow in the fight for marriage equality by ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are inherently “discriminatory” laws. The ruling came down in response to a lawsuit filed by a gay couple challenging the family code of Sinaloa, a coastal Mexican state.

(Just to north of Vallarta  and  Nayarit).

mexico coast nayarit puerto vallartaSinaloa’s family code, like those in other Latin American countries have traditionally defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The lawsuit challenging the code, which was filed in 2013, contended that aside from gender there were no discernible differences between heterosexual couples and homosexual ones. In a public statement released after the court hearing the judges emphatically agreed.

“The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual couples engage can fit perfectly into the actual fundamentals of marriage and living together and raising a family,” the court explained. “For all of those relevant effects, homosexual couples can find themselves in an equivalent situation to heterosexual couples, in such a way that their exclusion from both institutions is totally unjustified.”

Mantamar – Ultra Beach Club Experience

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It’s as if Miami has come to Puerto Vallarta. BIG MONEY is being invested here, I just hope is doesn’t end up like South Beach.  The gay people made it what it was, and the straight people and bad tourists took it over.

Almar Resort 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. Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa offers everything you want in a vacation experience. It is expected to be open in Winter 2015. Pre-construction sales are available now.

Meanwhile, out in front of Almar….

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THE BEACH CLUB EXPERIENCE REDEFINED. Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill is a day and night at the beach like none other in Puerto Vallarta. Located on a stunning stretch of world famous Los Muertos Beach, our adults-only beach club concept offers a hot pool scene, creative cocktails and menu items, DJ, and a host of activities to enjoy the sand and surf. By night, our restaurant brings a fresh, new take on casual gourmet with a menu designed by world-renowned chef and owner of Café des Artistes Group, Thierry Blouet. Day or night, Mantamar Beach Club is an experience beyond the expected in our tourist destination.

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With an easily accessible Romantic Zone location and exclusively situated on the  south end of the beach, Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill offers all the beauty and atmosphere of this beach away from the fray. And with our unique adults-only concept, they have created a fresh, fun and sometimes flirty, environment with unparalleled levels of service from a  quietly attentive staff.

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Enjoy lounging by the sparkling waters of an expansive salt water pool or relaxing in a  jacuzzi, an afternoon at the bar with friends, or check out the daily schedule of beach activities designed to challenge your body and relax your mind. It only takes one visit to realize, this place offers a beach club & bar experience like none other in Puerto Vallarta, destined to become a new  favorite way to enjoy the sand, surf and sun in beautiful Banderas Bay.

Enjoy:

• Wi-Fi
• Beach Lounge
• Towels
• Light & Sound Infinity Pool
• Heated Jacuzzi
• Pool Bar
• Salt Water Pool
• DJ in House
• Valet Parking
• Lockers
• Showers
• Changing Rooms
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Enjoy this slice of heaven for  $350  for a Day Pass. $250 pesos rebated back on food and drinks and access to ALL our facilities . JUST GORGEOUS!

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Almar Resort  &  Mantamar Beach Club

Calle Malecón 169                         +52 322 222 6260

Pulpito Drag Race Derby May 21

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The Vallarta Pride Organizing Committee has confirmed the Pulpito Drag Derby as one of the events during Vallarta Pride.

The 2nd Annual Pulpito Drag Derby will take place Thursday, May 21, transforming Calle Pulpito and the Pinnacle stairs into a Drag Race Track and giant block-party featuring music, laughs, entertainment and another amazing (drag) race.

The pre-party gets underway with music and entertainment as comedy drag M.C.’s Tracy Parks and Chaz Weathers – specially flown in from Greater Tuna – warm up the crowd and introduce Drag Derby contestants in all their sequined splendor. Everybody gets a chance to place bets on their favorite drag queen, sample Pulpito Punch, and buy Drag Derby 2015 t-shirts.

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Winning bets will get three times their face value ($100 pesos, $200 pesos, or $500 pesos) in Pulpito Pesos, redeemable as payment for food, beverages and other services (but not tips!) at participating Pulpito Drag Derby Sponsors.

Derby contestants will cross the starting line at 7:30, hair and makeup permitting, and run the comedy obstacle course. The competition will climax with the award of First ($5,000 pesos), Second ($2,000 pesos) and Third Place ($1,000 pesos).

(PHOTO  of  2014  Winners!)

But every contestant will be a winner, receiving 10% of the bets placed on her!
The music and fun continue non-stop as the Vallarta Pride Opening Party officially kicks off the weekend with a DJ, great music, special entertainment and surprise guests.

It’s great fun for a good cause – all profits go to the Amapas Neighborhood Association and SETAC.

Visit www.facebook.com/pulpitodragderby for more detailed information on this event.
For more information, news and updates, please visit http://vallartapride.com/ or the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

A new Costalegre airport ?

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Mexico’s Pacific coast is in the news of late. That’s especially true of the Costalegre, the expanse of beaches, capes and bays between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. Long the favorite of the private jet set, it’s about to become a bit more accessible – in an exclusive way, that is.

A new Costalegre airport is in the works, making it much easier to reach the region. At the moment, visitors flying commercial must arrive either at Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo. Neither is particularly convenient.

“If all goes well within two years the new airport will be up and running. The runway is already there and they’re working on the buildings. They will also be widening the road going in both directions,” Wayne Hudson tells Travel Agent.

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Hudson is spokesperson for Cuixmala, the expansive resort that was once the home of British tycoon Sir James Goldsmith. Cuixmala lies in the middle of the Costalegre, and attracts a distinct crowd.

“Exotic, bohemian, remote, off the beaten path. Cuixmala is truly the brainchild of a rather eccentric billionaire unconstrained by budget or the need to generate money. Where else can you go in Mexico and see free roaming zebras,” Journey Mexico Founder and Director General Zach Rabinor tells Travel Agent.

Cuixmala’s remoteness and vastness are what appeal to visitors, said Hudson. The estate itself is more than 25,000 acres. Much of that is a remote jungle habitat to jaguars and pumas, accessed only by biologists. Guests typically criss-cross an area of about 3,000 acres, including three miles of beach.  More at Banderas news

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In the heady days of the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Goldsmith would fly into Puerto Vallarta on his silk-lined, India-themed 757, accompanied by friends on the order of Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, and Richard Nixon—along with a revolving cast of secretaries, mistresses, wives, girlfriends, and kids. For the 99-mile jaunt south to Cuixmala, they would all transfer to a prop plane, touching down on a grass landing strip as zebras, elands, and crocodiles scattered in the wake of the incoming glamour. No wonder some guests compared the experience to weekending with Dr. No.

Now, Alix Goldsmith Marcaccini has turned her father’s grand folly into a combination working farm, relentlessly hip eco-resort, colossal bed-and-breakfast, and politically correct watering hole for the neo-glitterati. One of her first guests was—who else?—Madonna, followed soon thereafter by Mick Jagger. Marcaccini’s own lists, for her New Year’s parties at Cuixmala (Simon Le Bon, Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Knoxville, Seal, Heidi Klum, and that crowd), also have a way of making the press.

No matter what happens – this is a  totally different  vibe than Puerto Vallarta!

Gorgeous Costa Sur Resort – 4km from Town

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Breathtaking views and tranquility!

Only 5 minutes from Romantica Zone but feels like a whole other world. “Far” from traffic and noise. “Far” from business as usual. Yet only 4.5 km  away from the action!

In an age of sameness, Costa Sur is a place apart. It belongs to the unspoiled South Shore of Banderas Bay where the emerald green mountains suddenly meet Banderas Bay, one of the largest and certainly one of the most beautiful bays in the hemisphere.

140 Rooms with full ocean views AND terraces? Yes.

Warm and charming staff?  Yes

Pool?  Yes

Private beach?   Yes

And a crystal clear swimming lagoon. 20 some years ago, huge boulders were put into place to create a buffer between the smashing waves and the beach. As time went by the rock barrier turned into a natural reef and home to a wide variety of colorful marine life. Fish of many shapes and sizes, beautiful coral, starfish, lobster and even octopus can be seen swimming in the deeper sections of the lagoon. Now guests can enjoy a gorgeous lagoon to swim and play in. Snorkeling, Scuba and Kayak gear is available for rent.

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There are several wonderful restaurants and bars on site at the resort. These establishments are available for those guests who never want to have to leave the property or who like the convenience of being able to grab something as soon as they want it. There in-house chef makes a fantastic variety of food, including both Mexican and various other international cuisines.

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For the LGBT traveler, check out the PROUD TO TRAVEL package!  The package is a great price and comes with a couples massage  and  breakfast every morning. The 8th floor is totally remodeled and is adults only. The rooms are gorgeous!  The rooms have kitchens and granite counters, bathrooms are very nice with great showers.  The hotel is TAG approved  and a member of IGLTA and gay weddings have become very popular here in the last year.What a spectacular romantic setting?!

Venues and locations for affordable destination weddings are not easy to find, especially if you are looking for a destination that offers guests a wide variety of vacation experiences AND provides you (as the bride/bride or groom/groom) an exceptional level of service and help from start to finish. At Costa Sur Resort and Spa they take great  pride  in having nearly everything a couple could want for their marriage/celebration, easily at hand, and many times all wrapped into one affordable wedding package.

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Costa Sur has risen to the top 25% of hotels rated by Trip Advisor in Vallarta while keeping its rates affordable to assure excellent value. You WILL NOT find a hotel with these views at these prices ANYWHERE else!

Costa Sur Resort & Spa
Carretera a Barra de Navidad km 4.5

Zona Hotelera Sur
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco CP 48310

Toll Free USA: 1-866-921-0126
Toll Free México: 01-800-504-7090

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Puerto Vallarta Day Trip – Playa Las Animas

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For one afternoon, if you  just want to get away from the city and escape for something relaxing and different, you’ll love the tranquility found on Las Animas Beach. Located on the South Coast of Puerto Vallarta, Playa Las Animas is a great place to spend a day sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling in the protected cove’s calm waters. It is like escaping to an island. But really you are still in the Puerto Vallarta vicinity. It is about 19 km  away.
Playa Las Animas is often named one of the BEST BEACHES around Puerto Vallarta.

Las Animas is a picturesque beach where a sweeping arc of rocky promontories and white sand meet the clear blue waters of Banderas Bay. Surrounded by jungle and cliffs, Las Animas embraces Caballo Beach.

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It is only accessible by boat. There are several different water taxis that can get you there. There are water taxi’s that leave right from the pier at Los Muertos Beach. They are very reasonably priced and a fun little trip with lots of breathtaking views.

On your way to Playa Las Animas, you will pass by Los Arcos which is the most popular tourist destination in Puerto Vallarta and your guide will give you valuable information about this and other sights along the way.

Here’s a little tip for you. Wear shoes you do not mind getting wet because depending on which water taxi you choose, you may get let off a foot or two from the shore. Some taxi’s do offer pier to pier service though.

 

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Once there, you will find yourself in the tiny little village of Playa Las Animas.  You can spend your day just relaxing on the beach. Or, if you want to snorkel, swim, scuba dive or go kayaking, it is all offered here as well.

There are 5-6  restaurants along the beach, all in a row, right next to each other  – and all have seating in front of them.  Tables and chairs as well as beach seats. I like to set up at Tacho’s Restaurant. It’s about in the middle.

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They have awesome fresh seafood  dishes as well as meats and chicken.  Lots to choose from, appetizers to larger portions.  And very reasonable.

If you feel like taking a little stroll,  take a walk down the beach to the line of rocks in the Bay. Once there you will be in a location called Little Horse or El Caballito. The shallow depths and crystal clear waters here make it perfect for seeing the tropical marine life.

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You will also find many locals with iguanas and snakes strolling the beaches here. They will ask if you would like to take a photo with them. Please remember this is how they make a living. If you do take a photo with them, please give them a little something. You may also be serenaded, once again the person is working and will expect a tip. Feel free to say “no gracias” and he will go away.

 

Taking a day trip to Playa Las Animas is a nice and cheap way to explore some secluded beaches of Puerto Vallarta and RELAX!

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Sapphire Ocean Club and Restaurant

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The bar has been raised on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta!

SAPPHIRE!

About Seven years ago Michel Pascal Ferrari came to Puerto Vallarta from Switzerland  and  opened Trattoria Michels on Olas Atlas, just a block from the beach. Fine dining in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French cuisine. It consistently gets rave reviews.

Above the restaurant is his Olas Atlas Suites. Chic, sophisticated and stylish apartment suites that come in 3 different  sizes.

So it’s no wonder, when a prime piece of real estate became available right on the  beach, this savvy businessman saw an opportunity to bring chic, casual sophistication and style to the Los Muertos Beach!

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Located just to the right (north) of Blue Chairs, Sapphire  is a Restaurant, a Lounge, and an Ocean front beach club! A new multifaceted entertainment destination bringing a new level of casual sophistication to Puerto Vallarta´s vibrant day and night life. The whole complex is a block long.

 

The restaurant, Bistrot Local, is an exceptional ocean front dining experience. A view to die for.  Enjoy the essence of the tropics while dining on Mediterranean specialties that blend the best of European style with the freshest local ingredients. Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Scallops, Shrimp, pork, Filet Mignon, salads, sandwiches, the ever changing menu has something for everyones palate.

 

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Enjoy the ocean front sunsets while savoring grilled meats and fish and sipping one of the many wines from an extensive list.

Your host Michel Pascal Ferrari has combined the sophistication of his native Switzerland with the welcoming warmth of his adopted Mexico to create a unique space to savor and sip.

This is a dining experience not to be missed! And very reasonably priced.

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Sapphire Ocean club features the finest amenities including a swimming pool, comfortable lounge chairs and cabañas, towel service, national and international drinks, and fabulous breakfast and lunch menus from an internationally experienced chef.

To control how crowded it gets, Sapphire requires a  membership; but memberships come with lots perks!

  • Use of swimming pool
  • High quality umbrellas
  • Unlimited flavored and bottled water
  • Free mobile charging stations
  • Oshibori refreshing towels
  • Cotton beach towel
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Comfortable lounge or beach chair

Day pass is  $200  pesos. (Week, Monthly and Annual Pass also available and come with additional benefits).

Whether soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool or playing with the available water toys, your day at Sapphire is sure to give you the perfect holiday experience.

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Next too the pool  are 3 suites available  for rent, that are gorgeous! And a few more coming this October.  This is prime beach ocean front real estate. You open your door in the morning, grab breakfast and enjoy the pool and the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Can you imagine a wedding here? It can be done. Every event needs a venue but hosting your event at Sapphire makes it special. The ocean front setting on beautiful Banderas Bay provides the perfect backdrop for weddings, parties, business functions or any other special occasion. They can handle the catering, sound system, staging, you name it! The natural beauty of the location is combined with a sophisticated approach to event planning.

 

Sunshine, ocean breezes and discover the best place to spend your day in Puerto Vallarta! Sapphire.

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Olas Atlas Suites – Suites are conveniently located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, just one-block from the beach.

 Michels - Fine dining in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French cuisine.

Sapphire Ocean Club – Brisrot Local – Lounge.  Gay Friendly, Straight Friendly, Pet Friendly, Gay Owned, Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Casual, Gourmet, Ocean View, European, International, Mediterranean, Seafood, and Outside Seating!

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BEST SPA Puerto Vallarta Ohtli at Marriott

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When most people speak of Puerto Vallarta, they speak  of Old Vallarta. The original Vallarta. Quaint streets, little shops, boutique hotels, bars, beaches, restaurants  and more!

Then, there  is Nuevo Vallarta,  about  20 minutes  north of Old Vallarta.  Close to the airport. This is where  the cruise ships  docks  and you have all of the large  hotel resorts, most of them in the Hotel Zone.

Some people choose to stay in Nuevo Vallarta because of the luxury resorts on sprawling acres. They can relax at the pool, enjoy spa services and then cab or bus to Old Vallarta, to enjoy  the “downtown”  and shopping and cultural things to do, as well as nightlife.

One property in Nuevo that   WE LOVE  is  CasaMagna Marriott. It is set along the curve of Banderas Bay on the Pacific Coast at the base of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. (CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta was one of the first hotels that received a Certification for the LGBT segment. They are also a “TAG Approved” hotel, and member of  IGLTA ; International Gay Lesbian Travel Association).

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Removed from the crowded Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott is located in exclusive Marina Vallarta, a perfect spot for an evening stroll by magnificent yachts and outdoor cafés. It is quite a spectacular and lavish setting.

Throughout  Vallarta they are known for their Spa! The resort features a 22,000 square foot Ohtli Spa—the most spacious complete service resort spa in Puerto Vallarta.

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Through its cultural sensitivity and the integration of healing and hospitality with the traditions of the diverse generations of people who have shaped Puerto Vallarta, the Ohtli Spa specializes in a balanced and authentic wellness approach.

The Ohtli Spa introduces ancient healing traditions and treatments from the Huichol Indians, fused with modern techniques, to help you achieve the perfect balance between body, mind and soul.

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The Spa treatments have been carefully designed by experts to provide you a unique experience and help you reach a balance between body and mind. Massages, couples massages, facials, manicures, exfoliate and submerge yourself in deep relaxation while enjoying a therapy bath, or an aromatherapy treatment. Many services to choose from.

Among the spa’s most enticing features is Iyari Grand Luxury Suite—a 280 square foot private room designed as a refuge for guests seeking a truly indulgent spa experience, specialized spa packages, couples services, small groups or celebrities seeking anonymity.

Whether   you choose to stay in Old Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, you MUST make a trip to this Spa!

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www.PuertoVallartaMarriott.com
Av. Paseo De La Marina No. 5, Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48354, Mexico
Tel: 011-52-322-226-0000 Fax: 011-52-322-226-0060

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2015

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35 Participating Restaurants Restaurant Week 2015 in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
 
Restaurantera annual Restaurant Week promotion organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, has confirmed the participation of 35 restaurants (at press time)  for  2015. This is the same number of participating restaurants last year. “We are thrilled with the response we have received this year, we have six restaurants participating for the first time,” said Paco Ojeda, one of the event coordinators.
 
This is the eleventh edition of Restaurant Week to be held in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit from 15 to 31 May. During these 17 days, participating restaurants offer a set price three times (starter, main course and dessert) with three options to choose from in each time. Restaurants can choose the price range of your menu between $ 199 and $ 299 pesos per person, drinks and gratuities are not included.
The event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group which is responsible for promoting and producing print and digital menus for each participating restaurant. Furthermore, Restaurant Week has the support of major sponsors who help promote the event of regional, national and international, such as: The Tourism Trust of Puerto Vallarta, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Riviera Nayarit and Bay Vallarta magazine.
 
The six restaurants participating for the first time in Restaurant Week are: Aged Lemon, Dante Di Vino, La Vaca Argentina, Las Adelitas, Pancho Villa Burguers and Señor Frog (not included in the list restaurants that have previously participated and have changed their menus, concepts or names). There are also restaurants that have successfully participated in all editions of the event, as Archie’s Wok, Café des Artistes, Daiquiri Dick’s, The Myrtle, The River Café and Trio. In addition, 27 restaurants enrolled this year have participated in at least another edition of this event, which puts Restaurant Week as one of the most successful regional culinary events.
 
One issue that has been debated in recent years has been the Restaurant Week menu price. Several restaurants say it is very difficult to offer its guests a genuine dining experience with the prices that currently are handled in the event. That said, there restaurant recognize that Restaurant Week is designed as a cover letter, an invitation for visitors and locals to experience the culinary experience of several restaurants. A sort of welcome menu that challenges them to be creative. And it also becomes an unforgettable experience that gives them new clientele.
 
“We received helpful feedback from participating restaurants through the years and diners itself to determine the price of menus, which should work for restaurants and reflect what diners are willing to pay for a new dining experience” Paco Ojeda said. “Ultimately, it is almost impossible to satisfy everyone, but we do everything possible to produce the event with the best quality and encourage participating restaurants to offer a first class service that will make the new diners become frequent clients “.
 
Here is the complete list of participating restaurants:
Aged Lemon, Archie’s Wok, Barcelona Tapas, Organic Bistro @ Red Sky, Bravo’s, Coco’s Kitchen, Tropical Coco, Café des Artistes Bistro Gourmet, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Wine Dante, The Myrtle, Gourmet, Gaby’s Restaurant Bar, Hacienda San Angel Gourmet, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cigale French Bistro, La Vaca Argentina, Las Adelitas, Layla’s Restaurant, Madison South @ Casa Isabel, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mikado @ Casamagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Nicksan, No Way Jose !, Pacho Villa Burguers, Señor Frog, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Garden, Yes Lord Beach, Taste Restaurant @ House Dome, The Blue Shrimp, The River Café, The Swedes, and Tuna Trio Blanca.
 
For more event information, visit restaurantweek.virtualvallarta.com

Buen Flex and RK Supplement – Best Gay Shopping

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You will no doubt come across several stores in Puerto Vallarta  that sell stuff for gay men, but BUEN FLEX  owner  Bill Hevener gives you 2 stores in one!

Buen Flex clothing and  RK supplements!

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Buen Flex Clothing was created to bring high quality product at reasonable prices to Puerto Vallarta. “Lets us dress you for the beach, gym, home, and clubs”.

And Bill’s partner creates unique one of a kind screens on tank tops, so that you can take something special back home that no one has! The fabrics are soft and  lightweight and perfect for Mexico!

They also have a great selection of fitness supplements, powders, pills and potions. Even testosterone boosters.

If you have been to Vallarta before, you have no doubt heard of Alphonse, the swimsuit designer.  he can make a custom swimsuit for you –  or  Buen Flex always some styles on hand right in the store, to choose from.

The owners are involved in the Gay Business Association and play an instrumental part in Puerto Vallarta  Pride!

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So stop by and say hi and tell them you read about them HERE!

Gay Owned, Gay Staff, Straight Friendly, No Smoking, Pet Friendly.

 

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Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta ,     Tel. 322-146-2435 cel.

 

Viva Tequila Experience Puerto Vallarta

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This just opened in February 2015.  And they have invested a small fortune in the project, the concept, the building – it’s very well done.

The signature drink of Jalisco is the world famous Tequila, and the process of making the drink is just one of the things you will learn during Puerto Vallarta’s new Tequila Experience Tour, Viva Tequila Experience.

The tour begins in front of Galerias Vallarta and works its way into downtown. So depending on where you are staying, you will probably have to get a ride OUT to the Galerias. For first-timners to PV, you get a  very nice, educational overview and  guided city tour on the trolley. But if you are staying in Romantica Zone, you may want to skip the trolley. I did learn a lot on the trolley tour, and it was  my 5th time in PV.
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After the tour and driving around the city they drop you off at the impressive tequila museum. It’s a multi-sensory experience that explains tequilas history and the process  of making it.

Visitors are presented with a “tequila kit” containing samples and glasses while educated in the art of tequila tasting by a Master Tequilero.

Closing the tour is entertainment and  performances by Mariachi and Folkloric Ballet on the museum stage. The show is very entertaining and the theater was filled with locals who also come to enjoy the show and dancers. After the show the entertainers are in the lobby  for  photographs.  There is also a nice tequila souvenir shop!

The tequila tour is available as a complete package or tourists can choose portions of the new attraction’s offerings. Locals receive a 50% discount.
At press time – the whole tour package with trolley  is   $780 PESOS/ $52US
without trolley tour   $650 PESOS / $42
You can mix and match the museum, the show, and the tastings. If you enjoy tequila and want to learn more, its  worth  the  $42-$52.
You can get tickets at the Galleries.
(It is connected to  Teatro Vallarta Theatre     Uruguay 184)

Barcelona Tapas and Antonios Puerto Vallarta

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Barcelona Tapas is a great place for eating out with friends and sharing. Large appetizer-sized servings of steaks, paella, seafood, grilled vegetables and side dishes at reasonable prices make it easy for each diner to order several different tapas and share the experience. The restaurant encourages visitors to order two or three tapas per person. It’s also a romantic spot for an evening dinner for two!

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Garlic is in the air when you arrive!

Garlicky roasted potatoes, spicy garlic shrimp, and grilled mushrooms. In addition to traditional paella, there’s also a seafood-only version.

To start you off, attentive servers  bring a free appetizer and delicious homemade bread.

We  had “chef’s surprise” six-course tasting menu  and were able to  try soup, salad, and dessert as well as hot and cold tapas.

The restaurant  serves excellent food at  reasonable prices and also commands a great view of Banderas Bay and downtown Puerto Vallarta. There are four flights of stairs to climb for roof-top dining, but a nightly fireworks display and refreshing sea breezes on the charmingly casual terrace make it well worth the climb. And the pitchers of sangria are very popular and perfect on those warm nights with a light breeze!

If you don’t want to go upstairs, just call in advance and request poolside dining [only 2 half-flights up,] or reserve a table in the air-conditioned dining room on the 3rd floor.

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Chicago-born chef Bill Carballo uses the highest quality local ingredients to prepare Spanish Cuisine and his wife Yesenia, a Vallarta native, goes out of her way to ensure every guest leaves happy. On the first floor is Antonio’s, named after their son!

Fresh seafood takes a starring role at this comfortable al fresco eatery, where local catch is prepared home-style for lunch and dinner using seven distinct methods: wood-fire, raw, pan-fried, baked, grilled, smoked and fried. Ceviches, pescados, sashimi rolls, everything is fresh and fantastic!

International influences are just as varied, drawing inspiration from Japanese and other Asian, Cajun and Central American cuisines, without foregoing a Mexican touch. A well-stocked bar and occasional live music performances enhance the experience, allowing visitors either a casual visit for hors d´oeuvres or a formal sit-down dinner. From traditional tostadas to exotic sushis and sashimis, expect to be seduced by myriad flavors.

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AND LEARN HOW TO COOK  HERE!  Wednesdays  Chef/owner William Carballo holds cooking classes  11am-3pm.

Reserve a space online, only  $395 Pesos and you leave with a wealth of knowledge and some new cooking skills.

Now serving breakfast only on Sunday mornings!

 

 

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Barcelona Tapas  &  Antonio’s
31 de Octubre & Matamoros
El Centro, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: 222-0510

Reservations recommended.

Puerto Vallarta Art Walk Wednesdays

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Puerto Vallarta has established itself as a vibrant center of art creation, exhibition and promotion.

An important contribution to the city´s art scene is Puerto Vallarta´s ArtWalk which  runs  WEDNESDAYS  late October through late May, every year. 6-10pm.

The participating galleries in Centro Historico offer works by important national and international artists. Remarkable paintings, exceptional sculptures, fine ceramics, blown glass and other types of noteworthy art are offered.

Collectors, patrons, residents and interested visitors can discover art of outstanding quality in the 09 participating galleries where exhibiting artists present their work. Galería Colectika focuses on the evolution of Mexican Art. New colors, forms and techniques have been adapted from the outside world by well-known native and Mexican folk artists. Galería Whitlow displays the masterful realism of Michael Whitlow paintings, exact detail, wonderful interplay of darks and lights amidst exquisite colors. Galería Córsica which has two locations has been an ArtWalk member for many years. Because this contemporary fine art gallery´s catalogue includes only top Mexican artists, the gallery is a favorite of art collectors.

Galería Pacifico has presented an eclectic blend of highly talented artists since 1987. Most of the artists represented by Galería Pacifico share a diverse contemporary focus. The unusual Galería Caballito de Mar exhibits art that is a serious reflection of Mexico´s cultural past. Antique Mexican jewelry, ceramics by Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art and unusual textiles are available at this unique gallery.

The Loft Galería exhibits works of the finest contemporary artists of the Americas in an urban art gallery setting. This gallery helps individuals and corporations develop interesting valuable collections. Galería de Ollas is dedicated to showcasing fine pottery from Mata Ortiz México. From the 400 ceramists in this town, Galería de Ollas selects the most refined pieces for exhibit. PVSantana featured sculptures of Ignacio Punzo, Mexico`s renowned coppersmith, and Manuel Morales, a national treasure of high temperature ceramics. Also the gallery shows the works of important mature painters.

Puerto Vallarta`s Historic Center contains some of the most important restaurants in Mexico. The ArtWalk Association is proud to recommend the following restaurants: Café Des Artistes & River Café. A perfect dinner will turn any ArtWalk gallery evening into a fantastic culinary art experience.

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Red Cabbage Restaurant – Hidden Gem in Puerto Vallarta

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One of the locals in Vallarta showed us this place. Which is what I love.  Ask the locals, “what is your favorite place to eat?”  and you get answers  of hidden gems!

But word is getting out!  They were written up in Bon Appetit  and  New York Times!

The atmosphere is simple and casual, with walls covered in a selection of bohemian and eclectic artwork. Dinner selections feature menus from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s fiestas.  Funky and fun, this hidden spot pays homage to Frida and Diego in both decor and menu.

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Authentic and traditional Mexican meals.  Fantastic vegetarian menu and lots of great starters, soups and dinners to satisfy everyones taste. Everyone at my table loved the peanut soup. I found the mole sauce to be one of the best I have ever had! Homemade  sauces and food cooked with love is what you find here.

When owner Lola Bravo first opened, people were worried for her.  (Some 20 years ago). Choosing a place off the beaten path – and serving traditional Mexican meals….well,  she does just fine!  Word has spread, but you can still get a table here – most times.

Lola believes that the cuisine of Mexico is as varied as Chinese, Italian or French cuisine. Every region has its own style and specialties and every chef has their own way of creating a dish. The experience of Mexican food in the U.S. and Canada rarely encompasses the wide variety of flavors and ingredients found in classic Mexican cuisine.

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Preparation can be very labor intensive and there are no shortcuts to producing the best this cuisine has to offer. It is this type of food that Lola and Carmen create at The Red Cabbage Cafe and Cooking School. – There is also  a cookbook and DVD  available.

Red Cabbage gets consistently high ratings on TripAdvisor  .

This is a non-smoking restaurant.

Cash Only.  And reservations suggested – by phone. Call after 3pm.  223-0411

It is a fantastic walk from Centro Vallarta! – Go east on Calle Lazaro Cardenas past the Emiliano Zapata Market to the end of the street at the river where you turn right onto Calle Rivera del Rio. About two blocks further, just around the curve in the road you will see the brightly lit Red Cabbage Cafe!

From first glance you don’t know what to expect. It looks just like a simple restaurant nestled in the heart of Puerto Vallarta.  There’s nothing flashy or extravagant on the outside to let you know that the restaurants there. Its literally one of those places where you need to know where your going or you could miss it.

But everyone comes for the fantastic  home cooked food and flavors! From the first bite of your appetizers to the last bite of your entrees…I feel confident you will be  in food heaven.

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Bachelor TV Show Filming in Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is a magical place!  That is why for years, filmmakers have chosen PV as the perfect backdrop.

This summer, Mexico Tourist Promotion Committee (COTM) will invest six million dollars in the filming of a full season of the American reality show, The Bachelor, in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, which will have great impact in Puerto Vallarta.

This filming event endorses CPTM commitment to support this tourist area in such a way that they that the filming will start either May or June, and it will continue on for six consecutive weeks. Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will provide accommodations and everything else the production requires, including logistics.

He also said they will look for areas that will give a better projection of Puerto Vallarta and its surroundings; including natural panoramic views such as Marietas and Los Arcos de Mismaloya Islands. “We should expose the most outstanding beauties of Puerto Vallarta. It is something very exciting”.

Last year, one episode of The Bachelor Canada took place in Puerto Vallarta, and it gave Vallarta a very impressive coverage; one can only imagine what filming a full season of The Bachelor American series will do. The coverage will be much more extensive.

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens’ Tourism Award

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The Vallarta Botanical Garden has once again been distinguished as one of the ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council. The award was presented on March 17, 2015  at the Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto.

Robert Price and his mother Betty founded the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in 2004 after realizing the need for conservation and environmental awareness in the area. Bob was specifically concerned with the numbers of orchids that poachers were taking from the nearby jungles to sell commercially.

He envisioned a place where orchids could be propagated and displayed without depleting the local populations. The Garden opened to the public in 2005 and has been flourishing ever since.

The creation of Vallarta Botanical Gardens has provided an unprecedented opportunity for the community to share the wonder of the vast diversity of Mexico’s plant species with the world.  They have assembled botanical collections in a safe environment with viewing trails and have already built the most-visited public collection of orchids in the country of Mexico.

More orchid species are found in Jalisco than in any other Mexican state. A current goal is the creation of the National Collection of Mexican Orchids, the most complete collection of Mexican orchids anywhere in the country.

Its about  30-40  minutes  south  of Romantica Zone.  A taxi is about  $20.  Buses  go there as well.  Admission  is  just 80 Pesos. (about $6).

Visit them online for more details!

Gay Bar Hopping Puerto Vallarta

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Whether you are traveling alone  or with a group,  Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping is tons of fun!   Experience the best personalized nightlife service, meet people from all over the world, and discover 7 of the best gay hot spots while you have a drink at each stop and are having the time of your life…..all in five hours.

This tour is a great way to see the clubs and make new friends, while visiting Puerto Vallarta!

Christian Serrano the owner  says, “I decided to create the tour because so many clients I had would ask “what can we do tonight” or “what places do you recommend?” Sometimes they couldn’t find some places or got there too early or too late and missed the spirit of the venue. I wanted every visitor to experience the very best of Vallarta’s gay nightlife and fall in love with this magical town the same way I did.

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The bar hopping tour is a unique service that I created using my 9 years of knowledge living in PV full time and going out a LOT hehe!! I also incorporated my customer service knowledge that I learned in school and working in the US for a national corporate restaurant chain.”

 

 BOOK  IN ADVANCE.  Spaces  are limited  and some nights  DO SELL OUT!   Prices  range  from  $60-$130  depending on the night  and which liquor package is chosen  and if dinner is included.  (Dinner is included  Friday and Saturday, but not on Thursdays).

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Casa Cupula Sophisticated Boutique Hotel

casa-cupula-puerto-vallartaAward Winning, sophisticated design, 5 star quality and an intimate setting!   Since 2002 CASA CUPULA has been pampering Lesbian and gay guests (and their friends!)  at this lush property. Enjoy views of Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre mountains. Fresh mangos, papayas and coconuts grow in the lush jungle above the little river nearby. Fine tropical foliage landscapes the premises. You might see an iguana or hummingbirds, and enjoy the songs of the parakeets flocking in the trees.

Many regulars come here year after year because they can count on the quality and it never disappoints. Big groups or solo travelers  – they have an assortment of room styles to pick from.   21 rooms built into four adjoining houses on a steep, winding street just south of Old Town. Minutes from the beach.

No two rooms are alike at Casa Cupula.  Each has been given a unique feel by different interior designers. Although each is different, luxurious appointments, original art, and attention to detail are the common thread. Whether it’s the stark modernity of Vista Room 403, or the traditional Mexican rustic charming feel of their namesake Cupula Suite, you’ll be delighted at the thoughtful touches that make your room or suite special.

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From their fabulously comfortable Dream Beds to in-room home theaters and minibars, every convenience is thought of.  Simple touches like hair dryers, coffee service, huge soft towels and DAMANA bath products will pamper you. For a complete list of amenities in every room, see the amenities page.

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EVERYONE AGREES – Just look at TripAdvisor

I was fortunate enough to have my 50th birthday party at the restaurant TASTE at Casa Cupula and then was surprised with a nights stay in a beautifully furnished suite here. It was an extremely romantic and unexpected night that I will never forget. Thanks to the staff here as they really know how to run a first class place.

My first time in PV, but not in Mexico. This hotel was excellent. I travel for work and have been around the world and stayed in the best hotels, but Casa Cupula was my favorite. It’s up the hill so the views are amazing and it’s a 5 minute walk to the beach. Every single person that works there is amazing. So friendly and knowledgeable. They all remember your name and always have a smile on their faces. I went alone and they introduced me to the other guests and locals. I had a great time!

We looked for about a month searching through tons of different hotels and came across Casa Cupula and were actually hesitant on staying there but out of all the hotels this seemed the best. When we were first were driving up to the property we thought, “Oh shoot…. we picked the wrong hotel.” But boy were we wrong, we stepped into Casa Cupula and were greeted by their staff who were very warm and inviting. We stayed in the Pent House suite which was so awesome! Great views and great stereo system.

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This destination for gay travelers  (adults only – no kids, pet friendly) is an eclectic, lush, hidden  and comfortable  charmer. Casa Cupula is unique among Puerto Vallarta properties — a unique collection of individual parts that add up to a totally inviting whole package. Throw in great views, two sexy pools, a popular restaurant, in-room spa treatments, and a modern well-lit fitness center, and you have a complete adults-only package that is hard to beat.

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Casa Cupula
129 Callejon de la Igualdad
Colonia Amapas
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48399

RESERVATIONS CALL TOLL FREE FROM US/CANADA   1-866-352-2511



Side note  

tastelogo  TASTE is the restaurant on premises – and open to the public. 

Taste restaurant offers a dinner menu from four different cuisines: Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian with all dishes available in full or half (“Taste”) portions. Also enjoy breakfast (with Sunday Brunch) and poolside lunch.

Taste Restaurant is located at Casa Cupula,  and is open to the public. The secluded jungle setting is romantic and relaxing, perfect for a birthday or anniversary celebration, a quiet date or a group of friends. Full bar, wine list and signature cocktails including our “Cupulini” with chocolate and chipotle flavorings. Food is creative, excellent  and very affordable!

 

 

Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel Celebrates Diversity

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Over the last 75 years, Puerto Vallarta has grown! But not lost its charm.

I love that in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantica Zone and Old Towne, you have so many unique special boutique properties to choose from.

On my recent trip, I discovered  a  “new” place to stay. VILLA MERCEDES PETIT HOTEL. Amapas 175, Playa Los Muertos. I have walked by here before, but never had the chance to see inside! Just peaking in the front door, you can tell that something very special is inside!

Adults only, pet friendly, gay friendly, Villa Mercedes is a  fantastic gem! A PETIT HOTEL with boutique type accommodations steps away from Los Muertos Beach. It has sort of a 50’s  Palm Spring feel to me. Bright colors, simple and sleek lines and a bit eclectic.

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Here is the cool part; Villa Mercedes is located  in this historic hacienda-style building built in the early 1950 ́s, at the time the first and only “finca” or weekend retreat in the once secluded and remote Los Muertos Beach.

The property takes its name after its original owner, who was a real trailblazer in PV and one of the earlier settlers. They have preserved most of its original architectural character through generations. Now the property is ran and owned by Mercedes grandson, who is gay. They have been a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) since 2009. And an active member of the Puerto Vallarta LGBT Business Association, and was one of the first supporters and still is an active supporter of Puerto Vallarta ́s Gay Pride.

Art and Mexican crafts mixed with contemporary eclectic define most of the carefully decorated spaces with  wonderful murals by artist Ana Rifa, Zapoteco textiles, gorgeous vintage cement tile mosaics, and original historic architecture.

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Connecting to the property is 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar (Formerly the old Kit Kat Lounge). Intimate dinner is served every night at Villa Mercedes Peitit Hotel´s courtyard. Drinks and appetizers are also available upon guests´ request in the pool bar or in the roof deck on the third floor. Guests can choose from two interesting menu choices: Pulpito 116 and Maia Inspired Cuisine. Breakfast is also served in the courtyard during the high season  months of November to May. Service in the hotel´s courtyard and roof deck is open to guests and their friends from 9:00 AM to 11:30PM.

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The property has a total of 16 lodging options ranging from studio rooms, jr. suites, master suites, and penthouses. Some include fully equipped kitchens, others have kitchenettes. All have been upgraded with AC, flat-screen TVs, wifi access, cieling fans, temperpeudic mattress tops, safe boxes, mini-bars, and unique art, and decor, and textiles.

There is a courtyard at ground level with a pool, lounge area, food and bar service, and tropical landscaping. On the third floor there is a more private sun deck and roof garden accessible to guests and also available for events. – I just LOVE THIS PLACE. It’s a piece of Vallarta history!

 

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Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel Adults Only

Amapas 175, Playa Los Muertos
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Rivera Del Rio HIDDEN GEM Hotel

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Magical and Whimsical!

LOVE THIS PLACE!!! What a hidden gem! It is whimsical and magical and you never want to leave! Usually my hotel is just a place to crash and shower and change. This place is SO SPECIAL, you never want to leave. The rooms are very very nice. Staff is top notch. The rooms, pool and views are breathtaking! Did I say I LOVE IT HERE?! This is  MY FAVORITE Puerto Vallarta  Hotel.  It is visually stunning inside. Everywhere you look.

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Situated in the heart of old town Puerto Vallarta (Zona Romantica). This luxury boutique bed and breakfast property  is located on the bank of the Rio Cuale and the last remaining dirt road of old town. Rivera del Rio offers a luxurious setting for your wedding, honeymoon, group event or getaway with friends.

8 Rooms  that are all very very nice! Each is very special. LOTS of photos on their site that will WOW YOU!    Prices can run  anywhere from   $80-$150  for smaller rooms  up to  $170-$260  for the larger suites.  All depends  on the season  and  days you choose.

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Rivera del Rio is a sumptuous Mexican bed and breakfast villa, nestled on the verdant banks of the Rio Cuale river. Here, amidst a primitive elegance, one steps back through the ages where Old Town Puerto Vallarta intertwines with the exquisite décor of the legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez.

Hailed by Casas and Gente Magazine as one of the world’s top architectural lady designers, N.Y Interior designer Billy Baldwin called her eclectic abode “the house of dreams” – a true Boutique Hotel.

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Stars from all over the globe have crossed her threshold; from Raquel Welch to the jewel fashion icon Ken Lane. Her flowing manta curtains captured not only the movie cameras of Tony Scott but countless films and set locations from Vogue to Italian Elle. John Crocus labeled lasting acquaintances “Silver,” and fashion icon Perry Ellis, the “Luxury Lovers.”

Bathing in an emerald pool forget five stars, you will find a web of stars as you savor the 360 degree view of a jaguared Jungle, or languish in the Greek oyster alabaster spa, particularly sensuous in the pearly glow of moonlight.

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Each newly remodeled and carefully crafted apartment is decorated with heavenly marbled fireplaces, Victorian leopard-claw tubs, and crispy cold air conditioners that will acclimate you to Vallarta’s heavenly temperatures. The Rivera del Rio is one of the few haciendas in Puerto Vallarta to offer a wholly purified water system!

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It doesn’t get much better than this!

  • Delicious made to order breakfast
  • Spacious suites including several with living rooms and kitchenettes
  • AC mini splits throughout suites and living room areas
  • Flat Screen TVs with Cable TV
  • Wireless Internet throughout suites, villa, and pool deck
  • Free USA and Canada calling
  • Free Local and Mexico calling
  • Outdoor Rooftop Pool
  • Outdoor Whirlpool Tub for 10
  • Indoor Lap Pool
  • Daily maid service
  • Top of the line pillowtop mattresses, linens, and comforters
  • Top of the line bathroom towels and amenities
  • Large soak tubs and bidets in most suites

 

Paradise awaits you – A true joy and delight at your beck and call! Viva Mexico!

Watch the Video on their site!

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104 Rivera del Rio,
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 48380, Mexico
+1 480 233 1420 (US/CAN)
+52 322 150 6998 (MX)

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