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 dishes to world renowned gourmet, from shopping to ziplines. Then we pass on our experiences to you.
We are fast approaching Christmas and New Years – one of the busiest times of the year for Puerto Vallarta – and I thought I’d offer some advice on how to deal with the crowds.
Due to the population increase during the holidays in Puerto Vallarta, everything we do takes longer.
Planning ahead and taking more time to do things, with an extra side of patience is needed to get through the holidays with your sanity. Continue reading “Holiday Crowds in PV”
Some foreigners may think that the traditional celebration of Dia Los Muertos is a scary and morbid practice, but over the many years I have spent here in Mexico I have come to love and appreciate this holiday.
From and outsiders point of view seeing the local businesses around Puerto Vallarta prepare for this holiday by showcasing skeletons and skulls, tombstones and altars may seem like a strange way to celebrate the dead. Continue reading “Celebrating Day of The Dead”
Casa Adobe is a quaint rustic adobe heritage house located in the quiet downtown neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta (where Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton lived) known as Gringo gulch and has lots of outdoor and indoor living space.
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. Continue reading “Graffiti In A Concrete Jungle”
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. Continue reading “Low Season In 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. Continue reading “Eat, Sleep and Play in Marina Vallarta”
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. Continue reading “Casa De La Fuente – For Sale en El Centro”
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. Continue reading “Making and Receiving Telephone Calls In Puerto Vallarta”
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 Continue reading “Villa Azul – Luxury Rental”
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. Continue reading “Villa Papelillos – Your Own Paradise”
Starting at $129,000 USD
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. Continue reading “The Park”
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. Continue reading “AMAPAS 353”
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 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. Continue reading “Comida Corrida, A Mexican Meal”
Starting at : $ 149,500 USD
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 Continue reading “V177 For Sale In Zona Romantica”
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!! Continue reading “Celebrate Twelve Days in December to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe”