Nice $58,000 Condo 2 Blocks from Malecon!

This is one of the best deals I’ve seen in a while. Only US $58,000 for a nice 1-bedroom condo with partial ocean view, in a well-built historical building, in el Centro, 2 blocks from the Malecon.

Maintenance fees are only $50 a month, including water and night security. Property taxes are estimated at only $200 a year. This was a studio which was converted to a small 1 bedroom. It has a/c, lots of cupboard space, electric hot water shower, and a partial ocean view. Continue reading “Nice $58,000 Condo 2 Blocks from Malecon!”

Six Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta

SailfishesPuerto Vallarta is located on Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), the second largest bay in the Americas.

Its surroundings, characterized by jungle, rivers and cascades, enjoy a temperature annual average of 27ºC (81ºF).

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Mismaloya Beach, one of the favorite sites of celebrities, first made famous by the director John Huston who, in 1963, ” filmed “The Night of the Iguana”, with Ava Gardner and Richard Burton (and visits by Elizabeth Taylor). Continue reading “Six Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta”

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

Malecon shoppingIn Puerto Vallarta you can find a sampling of just about everything made in Mexico: silver, blown glass, pottery, serapes, sandals, and other arts and crafts.

There are a number of excellent shops — some near the beach, some in major hotels, and a great many on the main downtown shopping strips on Juarez and Morelos streets.

Art galleries are numerous, adding a wonderful artistic ambiance to this resort. Works by some of Mexico’s most well-known contemporary painters and sculptors Continue reading “Shopping in Puerto Vallarta”

Downtown Footbridge Leads to World-Class Flea Market

One of the best flea markets in the world is just outside Old Town across the footbridge at the end of Constitution street (click on Maps, then look at the Old Town and El Centro South maps).

Actually, I mention the footbridge because it’s a fun people-watching spot.

If you desire a more stable footing, the two main traffic bridges are just one block to the north and south.

The two-story flea market is big so plan to wander around for at least an hour or two. (Hint: We carry cell phones so we don’t have to worry about finding each other, but you can simply agree to meet at the footbridge in an hour or whenever works.)

Across the street and upstairs is Cafe Roma, a hangout for the local Americans most Fridays when they sell beers for 5 pesos if you order food. How many 39 cent Coronas can you drink?

Kiosks on Isla Rio CualeKiosks on Isla Rio Cuale

Across half of the footbridge, the island, Isla Rio Cuale, is full of kiosks. Wander down to the beach while you casually discover items you’ve never seen before.

At first Isla Rio Cuale appears to be just another conglomeration of tourist markets, but it is actually a place of local beauty and charm.

From the beach or Malecon, you can start at the market end of the island. Unless it’s your first time, keep walking because the best is yet to come. Continue reading “Downtown Footbridge Leads to World-Class Flea Market”

Landmarks to Visit in Puerto Vallarta

Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Col. Centro

  • Púlpito and Pilitas (Pulpit and Baptismal Font) – Col. Emilio Zapata – two rock formations at the South end of Los Muertos Beach. El Púlpito is the tall headland and Las Pilitas are the formation of rocks beneath it. Las Pilitas is the original location of the Boy on a Seahorse sculpture (El Caballito) with a new one located on the Malecón. There are two streets in the Olas Altas area named after the rock formations.
  • Playa Conchas Chinas (Chinese Shells Beach) – Fracc. Amapas – the city’s most secluded beach, located to the south of the headland which forms the boundary of Los Muertos beach.
  • Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale – there are two large public markets in El Centro along the banks of the Cuale selling a variety of artisanal and souvenir goods, and the Isla Cuale has a number of souvenir vendor shops as well. The Isla Cuale was also famous for its cat population. Continue reading “Landmarks to Visit in Puerto Vallarta”

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.

    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

    Furnished Studio Right On the Malecon — $850 a month

    This completely furnished studio is right on the Malecon, with a spectacular view of the beach and Banderas Bay. Includes internet, cable TV, hot water.

    $850/month long-term. To see this apartment, call Dora at 322 278 0220 or email Dora@OldVallarta.com.
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    Puerta al Mar Condos, El Centro – Starting at $576,000

    Puerta al MarJust completed in 2009, located on Camarones Beach in downtown Puerto Vallarta and just steps away from the Malecon.

    This botique beach front Mexican style building offers a total of eight units. Six two-bedroom two-and-a-half bath units and two penthouse three-bedroom and one half bath multi-story units with roof top decks. Continue reading “Puerta al Mar Condos, El Centro – Starting at $576,000”