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Is Puerto Vallarta Dog Friendly?

One of the great joys of traveling is sharing the experience with loved ones – including pets. Whether traveling with a pet for companionship, service or comfort, visitors will find Puerto Vallarta’s pet friendly atmosphere and infrastructure, as well as diversity of offerings and services, make it easy to bring along four-legged friends.

Many hotels and resorts across the city are pet friendly and offer convenient pet packages and doggie day camps; including the Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta located in the Marina area, Hotel Puerto de Luna and the Sheraton Buganvilias in the Hotel Zone; Casa Cupula Hotel, Casa Kimberly in Downtown Vallarta and Casa Iguana Hotel and Vallarta Shores located in the South Zone; to name a few. Visitors should confirm rules and availability with hotels when booking.

Pets are allowed on some of Puerto Vallarta’s many beaches and visitors will often see dogs accompanying their owners on a run or meeting up with local residents and their dogs for some playtime.

One of the most popular activities is walking the pedestrian-only El Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s iconic boardwalk and open-air gallery featuring dozens of sculptures and statues. The Malecon’s wide cemented path, approximately 1.5 miles in length, is an ideal place to go for a stroll, a meal or a bit of shopping accompanied by one’s pets. Many restaurants, cafes, sidewalk eateries and bars along the Malecon and the historic Downtown area welcome four-legged companions to join at an outdoor table and will serve them a bowl of cold water.

The city also has a number of resident veterinarians and 24-hour pet hospitals in case of an emergency and local stores such as Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club carry most pet food brands found in the US and Canada.

There are hundreds of direct flight to Puerto Vallarta from the US and Canada on a weekly basis; it is recommended that travelers check regulations and requirements for travel with dogs and cats as they vary from airline to airline.

Mexico is amicable to pets and does not quarantine cats and dogs arriving from the United States or Canada. However, pets must travel with an International Certificate of Good Health that has been signed by a certified veterinarian stating that they are healthy and free of internal and external parasites. Pets must be current on rabies, hepatitis and distemper vaccinations. A copy of the Rabies Certificate should be included, and they should also be tested for ticks & tapeworm prior to traveling to Mexico. All documents must be presented to an officer at the SAGARPA-SENASICA office located inside the Puerto Vallarta airport upon arrival.

For a complete list of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities, please visit www.visitpuertovallarta.com

Si Senor on the Beach in Puerto Vallarta

We love this place!  Great  food,  great prices, great location!

Stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails and snacks. Try any of the savory Mexican dishes and you’ll taste how authentic food is supposed to be. The staff only uses the freshest ingredients to bring out the flavors of the many regions of Mexico. The menu features guacamole made to order table side, classic Oaxacan mole negro, and Pacific coast ceviche and seafood cocktails.

You can enjoy your meal on the beach at a dining table or relax in a chaise lounge chair. There are big umbrellas for your comfort. You can also be seated in the more formal dining room next to the beach.

 

Their History….

When the opportunity came to take over the restaurant space at Hotel Emperador, we took it. In a vacation destination city like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, it is all about location.

 

Si Señor Beach is the third Puerto Vallarta restaurant in the family owned chain and opened in October 2012. There is easy access from streets Rodolfo Gómez and Amapas and it is just one block south of the new Los Muertos Pier on Los Muertos Beach. Our views are simply awesome.

We took the time to craft a menu that gives you a full scope of what we are all about and use only the freshest ingredients to create truly authentic Mexican food. The cuisine we offer is both classic and updated preparations of the regional dishes of Mexico. Classic moles, braised and slow roasted meats in traditional marinades, tangy ceviche, fresh guacamole, creamy flan, are all examples of the colorful flavors of Mexico that we serve.

The same passion for quality is echoed throughout every element of our restaurant. The staff is courteous, attentive to your needs and will make sure your dining experience is the best. We have Mexican fare in a contemporary, casual atmosphere, which includes a variety of seating options and it’s the perfect place to start your vacation day, have a business lunch or a romantic dinner. Our house is your house, so come join the family for a meal.

FACEBOOK  PAGE has some great videos and photos!

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Valentines in Romantica Zone Puerto Vallarta

February 14 – Friendship Day (Día de Amistad – Valentine’s Day); in Mexico, is not just for lovers, but friendship, as well, and is celebrated on February 14. Special menus in most the local restaurants and live music to dance in different latino ambience night clubs.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to reserve in advance if you don’t want to wait for hours for a table  and get into a fight with your fiancee :-).

One of our favorite restaurants is right on the beach!   SI  Senor on the Beach.

What a wonderful way to spend the evening, dining on the beach! Their wonderful chef’s whip up fantastic  and fresh creations every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. WE LOVE IT HERE!
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+52 322 222 0577

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.

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.

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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Blue Chairs Gay Resort Hotel

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Probably the most famous and popular LGBT hotel in Puerto Vallarta!

Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea Hotel, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico,  was  launched in 1995  as the original gay hotel right on the beach with it’s own gay section  of  “blue  chairs”.

Tourists coming to the city knew to go to the “blue chairs”  to find  the gays!

Since opening, they have done 2 renovations, always seeking to improve the space and they currently updating again,  and should be finished  by May/June 2015.

40+ comfortable and fine guestrooms classified in Partial Ocean View with or without Kitchenette, Ocean View, Ocean Front, Junior Suite and Master Suite, where you can find something to feel at home.

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It’s  LOCATION  LOCATION  LOCATION  at Blue  Chairs. You wake up, and stroll out the front door and can have breakfast or drinks right there on the beach. The restaurant/ bar Blue Chairs Resort Beach Club,  has a wide assortment of offerings and priced extremely reasonable. Breakfast/lunch  $4-$7.  Most drinks  for  $3-$6.

Located on Malecon 4 and Almendro Streets, RIGHT ON THE BEACH FRONT, in one of the main zones of this wonderful port, encounter zone of the gay community, surrounded by commercial areas and beach, close to many of the attractions of our destination, so you will have a large list of options to visit, all very close by. The whole Romantica Zone  is  very walkable.  Cabs  will take you nearby  for about $4-$8, if you don’t wish to walk.

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Upstairs in the hotel the have go go gods nightly   at  around 5pm,  and twice a week they offer shows featuring local impersonators and diva’s. The Blue Sunset Rooftop bar has daily Happy Hour  3pm – 11pm.  And offer a Margarita’s on the rocks special, 3pm – 5pm!

The staff  is super friendly here and are happy  help you with any special requests or guidance. Someone is on duty 24 hours a day.

It may only be  40 rooms – but has A LOT to offer.  Several levels of rooftop views, a pool on premise, restaurant and bar right at your door and the BEACH AND OCEAN, just steps away.

You will really have a hard time leaving the resort and the beach! But you must!  You must get out and explore everything the wonderful  gay Puerto Vallarta has to offer! – IF YOU DON’T  STAY HERE, you will end up here. Everyone ends up at Blue Chairs for drinks, a show  or the beach. So you might as well  get a room!

 

Malecon y Almendro 4, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
+52 322 222 5040       BLUE CHAIRS  RESORT

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Fox News Names Puerto Vallarta Best Beach Town!

FOX NEWS says PV is one of the worlds Best Beach Towns!

Crystal blue water, vine-hung foothills and waterfalls and an idyllic old town have
made Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico’s most popular travel destinations.  

For years Puerto Vallarta lived in relative obscurity, eclipsed by
more popular resorts like Cancun and Acapulco.  But over the last 50
years, word of Puerto Vallarta’s beauty has gotten out!

Beaches

Puerto Vallarta boasts miles of pristine beaches. From secluded
sanctuaries to hopping hotspots, the resort can meet any expectations.
One of the town’s most famous and popular beaches is Los Muertos,
located in the Zona Romántica (Romanic Zone). Don’t let its name
(translated as the beach of the dead) deter you. 

Sites

Puerto Vallarta’s old town, with cobbled streets and white stucco
buildings, is also a huge draw for tourists and history buffs. The
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the central feature of the town’s
skyline.

Wildlife

While in Puerto Vallarta, you have the chance to swim with dolphins
or sea lions. If you visit between mid-December and the end of March,
you can go whale watching in the Banderas Bay, possibly spotting
humpback whales and wild dolphins, Pelicans and parakeets are just a few
of the birds you can see at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. 

The waters surrounding Puerto Vallarta are a favorite for deep sea
fishermen and the resort is also home to top-flight horseback riding,
kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Whether you are looking for fun in
the sun or a complete cultural experience, Puerto Vallarta has
something for you. 

Read more: FOX NEWS

Best Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Is there a BEST BEACH in PV?

 Not really!  It’s all pretty fabulous!

The gay beach
is primarily, Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) – Col. Emilio Zapata – the city’s
largest public beach. Legend has it the beach’s name (Dead Men’s Beach)
stems from a battle between pirates and local miners after which bodies
remained strewn on the beach, but it’s a legend, since there were never
any miners in Vallarta The South Side of the beach is a popular
gathering spot for gay and lesbian tourists. The North end is frequented
mostly by locals, and national tourists. The city has recently tried to
change the name of the beach to Playa del Sol.

However, if you want explore more beaches –

Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach) – Col. 5 de Deciembre (vicinity of Av. Paragua – Hotel Buenaventura. This is the northernmost public beach in the City of Puerto Vallarta proper. It is named after the shrimp fisherman that once landed their launches on the beach to unload their catch.

Playa Olas Altas (High Waves Beach) – Col. Emilio Zapata – the beach extends from the Cuale River South to the fishing pier. In spite of the name, the waves offshore are not particularly high, and the beach is a popular place to swim, especially for locals and national tourists. The beach is lined with outdoor restaurants.

Playa Boca de Tomates (Mouth of Tomatoes) – a beach located near the mouth of the Ameca River. The beach is not very popular among international tourists due to the rocks that come ashore especially in the summertime. Also watch out for Crocodiles. Its proximity to the Ameca River which carries muddy rainwater in the summertime causes the water to lose its clarity making it appear dirty.

Beaches South of Puerto Vallarta

  • Playa Gemelas – an undeveloped beach just North of the mouth of the
    Mismaloya river. The beach lies close to Los Arcos Marine Natural Area
    and can be used for access to the park from shore.
  • Playa Mismaloya – at the mouth of the Mismaloya River. The beach was featured in several scenes from Night of the Iguana and the main set was located on hillside to the South of the beach. The beach is developed with a number of restaurants. (if you make it to Mismaloya, you MUST check out the hidden waterfalls and springs in the Jungle!!)