Voted the friendliest place on earth, Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by incredible beaches and jungles loaded with wildlife. The area, like much of Mexico, is both quaint and vibrant with cobblestone streets, charm, and local fiestas. We try it all, from people- to whale-watching, from local authentic Mexican to world renowned gourmet, from shopping to ziplines. Then we pass on our experiences to you.
Puerto Vallarta is visually stunning in many different ways! From the lush jungle vegetation, to the colorful flowers that bloom year round, to the white washed buildings and red tiled roofs, the magnificent sunsets and the varying colors of blue between the ocean and sky to the growing and prominently displayed art of graffiti throughout Puerto Vallarta.
Graffiti has come a long way from unsightly tagging to beautiful pieces of street art. You will notice murals and graffiti placed in prominent areas around Puerto Vallarta blending in with the natural surroundings and bringing life to other areas with less color like school yards and concrete bearing public places.
These talented artists who add to the beauty of Puerto Vallarta are often sponsored by businesses or are part of a fundraising event to visually brighten different areas in the city. …Read more…»
High season and Low season are the two seasons that we experience here in Puerto Vallarta! Although in the past few years the low season is getting less drastic than it was many years ago. The low season here is a slow down of tourists visiting and this usually starts to happen after Semana Santa (Easter Break) and then begins to pick back up sometime in October.
I can remember ten years ago when low season was here everyone knew it and felt it, and many businesses would close their doors for three months which left our paradise feeling like a ghost town. Thankfully our low seasons are not that low anymore!
During the summer months we get a lot more National tourists that come to play and vacation here in our beach town. Kids are out of school and Puerto Vallarta offers a summer playground for the Nationals that live inland and want to spend time at the beach. …Read more…»
Marina Vallarta is a charming area that is located just 2 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from down town Puerto Vallarta.
The marina hosts many luxury yachts and sailboats in its 450 slips. Some of the boats are here year round, while others are here for a season, or just a day or two to rest before continuing on their journey.
The marina has a beautiful boardwalk lined with many shops, spas, and restaurants which makes it a great place for window shopping, people watching and enjoying a good meal. It is also the place where you can book a fishing trip with one of the many fishing charter companies in Puerto Vallarta.
Here in the marina you will find restaurants in every price range to suit all budgets. There are a couple of places that specialize in breakfast, while other restaurants only open in the evenings.
You will find Seafood, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican restaurant options to choose from, as well as a couple of sports bars, where you can keep up on Hockey, Football, Soccer, UFC etc. …Read more…»
This wonderful refurbished Mexican style home is located in the heart of el Centro. Just a couple of blocks from the beach, but among the best restaurants and galleries that Puerto Vallarta has to offer!
Casa de la Fuente has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with a very large rooftop deck featuring ocean sunset views into the Banderas Bay. This home is equipped with 2 gourmet kitchens with vast areas for entertaining outdoor or indoor depending on the mood you’re in.
When you enter Casa de la Fuente you can feel the positive vibes from the previous owners and families who used it for the past 40 years! This house has a lot of history and was one of the first homes built behind the Church of Parque Hidalgo. With a mix of contemporary and Mexican style, this cozy and inviting home has all the finest and modern features you would expect in a new home.
While the house is located in the heart of Vallarta, it is one of the quietest homes you can find in this area. You can hear the water running from the fountain on the first floor through to the second floor and it gives you a real sense of peace and relaxation.
Cocktails are usually served on the third floor rooftop so you can enjoy the sunset and then head down to the outdoor kitchen and terrace on the second floor to BBQ and have dinner. …Read more…»
It never ceases to amaze me how difficult such a simple thing like making or receiving a phone call in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico can be.
I have found myself in frustrating situations on more than one occasion trying to place a phone call and not being able to.
Once you figure out the basics it will become a little easier, just a little!
If you are planning to bring your smart-phone to Puerto Vallarta on your vacation make sure to change your settings, turn off your package included Internet, and manually connect to the available Internet from your Hotel.
I have heard too many horror stories of friends returning home from their vacation and getting their next phone bill with hundreds of dollars incurred while they were using their phone in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico. …Read more…»
Villa Azul is the kind of place where once you arrive you, never want to leave. This luxury eight bedroom, ten bathroom, three swimming pool villa is spread out over five levels that hug the hillside of the famous area of Conchas Chinas in Puerto Vallarta.
The big arches and open air concept leave way for unobstructed ocean views of the bay, Los Arcos and Puerto Vallarta.
Coming home to Villa Azul is like returning to your own castle in the sky. With panoramic views of the ocean and the sky you become wrapped up in colors of blue. Once you are here it only takes a little while to realize why they appropriately named this place Villa Azul …Read more…»
This luxury vacation rental is the perfect place to get away from it all. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and want to be pampered this is the place to do it. Nestled on top of a mountain with breath taking ocean views you will find yourself immersed in the surroundings and ready to relax.
A fifty minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. Ten minutes North from San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit. Half a mile from Punta Monterrey beach, right on top of a mountain located at 505 feet above the sea level. The property offers 360º unobstructed views from the sea and the surrounding mountains. …Read more…»
Introducing The Park from the developers of Amapas 353, this project is the most affordable development in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta and is located only one block from Los Muertos beach on the corner of Pino Suares and Lazaro Cardenas.
With 56 units in the building and top quality design and finishing you will find The Park has everything you are looking for. …Read more…»
Located in the heart of the romantic zone AMAPAS 353 is a piece of heaven itself.
Just a few steps away from world class restaurants & bars, boutiques, the beautiful Amapas beach area, the Isla Rio Cuale and its lush vegetation and a 10 minutes’ walk from the famous EL MALECON in Puerto Vallarta.
·Boutique condominium of only 21 units.
·Stone facade with wood accents.
·Unique design with large covered terraces with stunning ocean views.
·Open floor plan with ocean views practically from every room.
·Panoramic floor to ceiling aluminum glass window in all rooms.
·8ft. high ceilings.
·60×60 cms quality imported porcelain tile flooring and recess lighting.
Gourmet kitchen with double-sided laminated kitchen cabinets, Hettich German brand hinges with handles, granite counter tops, top brand appliances included: refrigerator, dishwasher, gas stove, hood fan, microwave oven, conventional oven, in-sink waste disposal and double stainless steel sink.
Solid wood doors and high end bath fixtures, pre-wired for telephone, internet and cable tv. …Read more…»
Puerto Vallarta has thousands of restaurants to choose from and if you are ready to try some authentic Mexican food then keep your eyes open for a sign similar to the one in this picture. I know this is not the prettiest picture, but I used it here so you will know what kind of sign to look for!
There are lots of Mexican style restaurants that serve comida corrida in and around Puerto Vallarta where you can get a great meal for cheap. The prices seen here are in pesos so, this meal cost a little over 4 US $.
Comida corrida is basically an all inclusive meal that includes a soup of the day, a main dish served with rice, beans and tortillas, and an agua of the day (fruit juice) for a set price. Some comida corridas also include a dessert and have a selection of two or three main dishes to choose from.…Read more…»
From the Developers of V399, V177 is an Amazing, Best Located Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone Project available to you!Located in centre of the “Romantic Zone”, half block from Los Muertos beach, in the most popular restaurant and night life area of Puerto Vallarta …Read more…»
The well known Church of our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta is a landmark that appears in many postcards, paintings and photos. At this time every year between December 1st and 12th the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe becomes the center of focus for many people who celebrate Mexico’s patron saint the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Starting around 5pm each night the street Hidalgo that leads to the church is blocked off to traffic and becomes a pedestrian only zone.
All of the local businesses, restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs, schools, associations and even different areas (colonials) of Puerto Vallarta are granted a specific time frame to march with their pilgrimage to the church.
You will find pre-Hispanic dancers and traditionally decorated floats in the street as they form a parade to march in this annual celebration from December 1st -12th to the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe.
It is a wonderful cultural experience to be here in the middle of all of the excitement, and if you are fortunate to be here at this time of year this is a celebration you do not want to miss!! …Read more…»
This vacation rental is ideally located on the corner of Olas Altas and Rodolfo Gomez in the famous Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. It is only a half block to the well known beach Playa Los Muertos where you can spend your days basking in the sun.
There are no hills to climb to get here but, this one bedroom condo is located on the 4th level of the building so, you will have to climb some stairs to get to the condo. …Read more…»
The famous Isla Rio Cuale market in Puerto Vallarta is a great place to practice your bartering skills while shopping.
The Isla Cuale is located on a small piece of land on the Rio Cuale (river)that lies under the two bridges that join Centro Vallarta and Viejo Vallarta and most of the vendors in the market will barter with you and come down from their original asking price.
Here you will find many different vendors selling all kinds of art, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs. Even if you are not looking to buy anything Isla Rio Cuale is a landmark place to visit on your vacation to Puerto Vallarta.
This fully furnished 3Bdrm condo is located in Marina Vallarta of Puerto Vallarta. The balcony overlooks the well known 18 hole Marina Golf Course.
The Marina boardwalk is just half a block away and is a great place to shop and dine out or just take an evening walk and do some people watching. The beach is only a couple blocks away. The airport is a five minute taxi ride from your doorstep and the Marina Plaza has a large grocery store for all your needs. …Read more…»
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How to Negotiate with Mexicans
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Romantic Old Town Vallarta
Old Town is quaint and vibrant with cobblestone streets and Mexican charm.
Nicknamed the Romantic Zone, it’s more than just one neighborhood. Old Vallarta encompasses all of Puerto Vallarta. Voted the friendliest place on earth, with incredible beaches and jungles loaded with every activity, we try it all, from people watching to whale watching, from local authentic Mexican to world renowned gourmet, from shopping to ziplines.
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