Celebrating Day of The Dead

Dia Los Muertos Altar
Dia Los Muertos Altar in Puerto Vallarta

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”

Low Season In Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Beach During Semana Santa
Vallarta Beach During Semana Santa

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”

Yelapa Day Trip Yields Pie

Just as we were heading back to the pier for a return water taxi, a local pie lady asked us if we wanted pie. We followed her to a modern bayfront kitchen…

We delayed going to Yelapa due to rare winds and heavy seas on Thursday, but the next morning we had a wonderful trip on calm waters. I bought tickets at one of the Yelapa water taxi booths at Los Muertos pier. Cost is 250 pesos (about $20) roundtrip for each person.

I recommend the larger water taxi boats for a more comfortable ride across the bay. Jack Water Taxi boats are comfortable enough and they appear very competent.

Sometimes a wet spray hits my face as we skip across the waves. It’s about 40 minutes with plenty of interesting views along the way. I’m told that “in season”, whales and dolphins often appear.

Yelapa Cove is Clear Water with Lots of Wildlife

The water taxi offered to drop us at either pier or on the beach. We walked through a rustic Mexican village, then explored the large beach.

The cove is excellent with sparkling clean water filled with an abundance of wildlife. From end to end, the Yelapa cove varies from exceptional beaches to rocky areas and two piers. There’s a lagoon just a few feet behind the long beach with lots of birds.

Waterfall Cafe

During the off-season, many restaurants only open for dinner or are closed. The small cafe at the waterfall is quite worthwhile. My partner had a very tasty shrimp empanadas with her piña colada, while I had a strong rum & coke with nachos.

Pie Ladies

I happened to read about the Pie Ladies back in P.V., and when we arrived a wonderful impromptu guide, Donaldo, advised us to watch for the Pie Ladies. I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.

Just as we were heading back to the Yelapa pier for a return water taxi, a local pie lady, Agostina, asked us if we wanted pie. We followed her to a modern bayfront kitchen. While she bakes, Agonstina has one of the best views in Yelapa.

Looking over her wares, I bought an entire pie of seven pieces for 200 pesos: two lemon meringue, two coconut, one cheese, one pecan, and one chocolate. The cheese pie is extra yummy! Mmmm.

Yelapa pie
7 slices of heavenly pie from Yelapa

The coconut pie is chock full of sweet, local shredded coconut, the kind that’s healthy for you. The lemon pie was over the top lemony (which is a mystery since we can’t seem to find lemons in Mexico and limes are called limons) and it stood 6 to 8 inches tall with meringue.

Our overall favorite ends up being the cheese pie. I usually pass on cheese pie but Agostina’s is scrumptious. The chocolate pie has more of a delicious cocoa flavor, than chocolate.

The pecan pie did not last long enough for me to taste as my partner is particularly fond of pecan pie. She told me it was exceptionally full of fresh pecans. I’ll have to take her word for it until my next visit to Yelapa.

Beaches Around Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta offers the water lover an astounding diversity of choices in both beaches themselves and beach activities.  Everything from snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, and fishing can be found along these shores.

Because Puerto Vallarta is situated on the second largest bay in all of North America, The Bay of Banderas, it offers a staggering total of over 40 different, individual beaches from which to choose.  Each location has its own unique ambience and qualities, and there is something in Puerto Vallarta for somewhere for water lovers from all walks of life.

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Things To Not Miss Doing in Puerto Vallarta

Walk the Malecon “boardwalk” from Old Town at Los Muertos (Pier of the Dead, Beach of the Dead) along the bay through El Centro. Along the way, you will find statuary, shopping, panoramas, and shows. Another “malecon” worth a visit winds through the Marina. Each of these boardwalks offers some of the best people watching in the world, especially on Sunday afternoons.Statue of whales at entrance to marina

Enjoy fine dining at any of the many world class restaurants of Puerto Vallarta. Also, there are some very worthy street stands to try. When you are in Old Town be sure to dine at La Palapa, Archie’s Wok, Pancho’s Takos, or Fajita Republic.

Watch whales in Banderas Bay (December through March). The gentle creatures migrate from the Gulf of Alaska to winter in the bay. Continue reading “Things To Not Miss Doing in Puerto Vallarta”

List of Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta

After they settle in for a day or two, lots of visitors ask, “What is there to do?” Puerto Vallarta has an incredible choice of fun activities and events. Here is a list to get started:

  • Explore Gourmet Cuisine
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Go Whale Watching
  • Discover Beaches
  • Fly above Treetops
  • Visit Local Villages
  • Tour Native Galleries
  • Learn Vallarta History
  • Participate in an Art Walk
  • Take a Canopy Tour
  • Shop the Giant Flea Market
  • Walk the Malecon
  • Snorkel Local Islands
  • Golf at the World’s #1 Courses
  • Tour a Tequila Plantation
  • ATV in a Jungle Buggy
  • Ride a Mexican Bus
  • Water Taxi to Yelapa
  • People-Watch at Los Muertos
  • Dance in a Discotheque
  • Discover Sea Turtles
  • Ride a Spanish Galleon
  • Sail or Fish the Bay
  • Drink and Dine on the Beach
  • Explore Nightlife
  • Oo and Ah at Huicholes
  • Surf, Dive, Parasail, Hike
  • There is something for everybody…
  • Beyond these, some vacationers might fancy a lucrative “Pirate” adventure. Contact for details.

    My First Time Here and I Stayed

    I came to Puerto Vallarta on vacation and after only one day, I decided to stay. This is one of the most fun and interesting cities in the world.

    I was very lucky to choose the very best area of Vallarta by first coming to Old Town.

    Signs with Viejo Vallarta Map are found throughout Old Town.
    Click to enlarge.

    Also called the Romantic Zone and Viejo Vallarta, this part of the city has old-time charm with cobblestone streets overlooking Banderas Bay.

    The beaches are the best in town and Los Muertos pier is great for people watching. People from all over the world mix with Mexican families to enjoy this wonderful, fun area of Old Vallarta.

    By the way, muertos means dead so it’s the pier of the dead and the beach of the dead. You can ride a galleon and hear the 150-year old story that pirates were killed and laid out on Los Muertos beach.

    Romantic Zone Condos For Rent

    seahorse statueFully-furnished condos for 2 to 4 people, with kitchen and equipped with everything you need to spend a happy holiday, including cable TV, Internet, and weekly cleaning service.

    Just 3 blocks from Los Muertos Beach, these condos are conveniently located within a few steps of the restaurants and nightlife in the Romantic Zone, and close to the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

    Daily: High Season $55-$75, Low Season $30-$45
    Weekly: High Season $350-$500, Low Season $200-$300
    Monthly: Available in low season

    Very Nice Olas Altas 2-Bedroom — $1000 a month

    A couple of blocks from Los Muertos Pier. Fully furnished 2-bedroom apartment right in the heart of Olas Altas. $1000/month includes gas and water. To see this, or other rentals, call Dora at (322)  278 0220, or email Dora@OldVallarta.com.

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    Loma del Mar Condo D8, Old Town, 2/1 – $1800 a month

    This is a prime condo in a prime location, just two blocks to the beach and Los Muertos pier in Old Town.

    Rent per month is 1,800 USD with 600 USD of security deposit.

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    Loma Paraiso at Loma del Mar, Old Town, 2/1 – $945 a week

    Fabulous 2 bedroom 1 Bathroom condo located just 2 short blocks from popular Los Muertos Beach and all the charm & energy of the Romantic Zone with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, art galleries, nightlife and world class people watching.

    Stroll along the beach and cross the new pedestrian bridge to the Malecon, historic Cathedral of Guadalupe and downtown.
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    Casa Mi Amigo, Los Muertos – Fabulous! – Asking $995,000

    Steps from Los Muertos Beach in the heart of the Romantic Zone stands this fabulous 4800 sf multi-level home.

    The main level with its open floor plan, has a great room, dining room and kitchen with center island, three en-suite bedrooms, den, powder bathroom and laundry area.

    The sliding glass doors lead to a tropical zen-like yard and gated covered parking. Continue reading “Casa Mi Amigo, Los Muertos – Fabulous! – Asking $995,000”

    Brisa Lunar Condo, Romantic Zone, 2 Bedrooms – $345,000

    Beautifully appointed condo in the small boutique building of Brisa Lunar with only five units in total.

    This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit is spacious, has great views to the ocean and town from the huge balcony.

    Close to all of the Romantic Zone amenities as well as restaurants, nightlife and the lively Los Muertos beach.

    The large pool and common area is great for complete and total relaxation or for entertaining. Continue reading “Brisa Lunar Condo, Romantic Zone, 2 Bedrooms – $345,000”

    Casa Mi Amigo, Los Muertos, Old Town, 4 Bedrooms + Studio, Pool – $995,000

    Steps from Los Muertos Beach in the heart of the Romantic Zone stands this fabulous 4800 sf multi-level home.

    The main level with its open floor plan, has a great room, dining room and kitchen with center island, three en-suite bedrooms, den, powder bathroom and laundry area.

    The sliding glass doors lead to a tropical zen-like yard and gated covered parking.

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    Loma del Mar D 19 – Beautiful Old Town Condo for Rent

    Loma del Mar poolThis great 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is located just 2 short blocks from popular Los Muertos Beach and all the charm & energy of the Romantic Zone with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, art galleries, nightlife and world class people watching.

    Stroll along the beach and cross the new pedestrian bridge to the Malecón, historic Cathedral of Guadalupe and downtown.

    The property has a large pool, and lush tropical gardens, onsite administration, and security.

    Nightly: High Season $110, Low Season $75
    Monthly: High Season $1800, Low Season $1200