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”

Villa Papelillos – Your Own Paradise


San Pancho, Nayarit

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”

Rent Luxury Casa – Do Re Mi

New Listing

Sleeps: 6 – 10  

Nightly rates from: $600 US

Bedrooms: 3 King size rooms 

Baths: 3 Full & 1 Half


This luxury home is located on the hillside of Conchas Chinas with panoramic views of Puerto Vallarta Bay and the ocean. Casa Do Re Mi is an open concept 5000 sf. Villa with vaulted ceilings. It is spread across two levels with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and is an easy ten minute walk to the beach.

Each of the three Master bedrooms comes with beautiful King size beds, lots of closet space, and their own his and hers, double sink bathrooms. All of the rooms open up with shutter style, folding doors for you to enjoy the incredible view. Continue reading “Rent Luxury Casa – Do Re Mi”

Olas Altas Rental with Lots of Extras

This is a great building in the perfect location for anyone who likes to be in the Olas Altas area of Puerto Vallarta. It’s located only a block and a half from the famous Los Muertos Beach and has tons of great restaurants and shops all within walking distance.

Salt Water Pool

There are currently a couple of available units in this building that rent out weekly, monthly, or long-term and are reasonably priced. There is a 1 bdrm/1bathroom and 2 bdrm/2bathroom option, both include all of the utilities in your rent including Cable TV and Wi-Fi. The units are set up with your basic cooking necessities and linens.

The upper units have a partial Ocean View and there are lots of public areas in the building for everyone to enjoy.  The Salt Water pool is refreshing and a great place to relax. The outdoor BBQ area is a nice place to entertain, and the lobby area has a large collection of books where you will be bound to find something to read.

For more information and availability on these units contact Dora at Dora@OldVallarta.com



In Mexico, Room & Condo Rates are Negotiable… Here’s How!

Even experienced travelers may not realize that accommodation rates are often open to negotiations in Mexico.

Bartering for a room, a condo, or a casa isn’t like haggling over an item at the flea market. Start your counter offer with the classic “Don’t you have a smaller room?” or use some indecision as in “I don’t know. That sounds a little expensive for me.”

Don’t rush. It may take a few minutes for the clerk to recall all the alternatives. Continue reading “In Mexico, Room & Condo Rates are Negotiable… Here’s How!”

Alta Vista Rental — 3 Bedrooms $850-$1100 a Month

Here’s a great deal on a large apartment in colonia Alta Vista — three bedrooms, two and a half baths, laundry facilities, and a family room. The rent is $850 usd on a year’s lease, or $1100 usd by the month. Water and gas are included. The apartment is walking distance to everywhere. It’s located on a slight hill.

See more photos below. If you’re interested in this rental, contact Rick@OldVallarta.com or call 322 133 2429 in Puerto Vallarta. Continue reading “Alta Vista Rental — 3 Bedrooms $850-$1100 a Month”

Snow? What’s That?

WHY are you slogging through snow?

Can you get away for a month, or can you work from home?

Then come here.

This ocean view was taken just a few minutes ago, from one of the two penthouses of our three sensibly priced rentals at Costa Linda in Puerto Vallarta — nicely furnished and ready to move in.

Costa Linda means “Pretty Coast,” and I’d say that’s an understatement.

High temp today here in Vallarta will be a little under 80, low tonight about 60. Sunny or partly cloudy. Light ocean breezes. This weather is going to go on for a while. Temps will gradually rise by about 5 degrees between now and April. No blizzards. No bad surprises. Continue reading “Snow? What’s That?”

Cheap Hotels In Paradise

There’s a huge range of super-appealing long- and short-term rental deals in Puerto Vallarta, but while you’re looking for that perfect place, you don’t have to pay expensive hotel rates — unless that’s what you want (in which case you’ll be blown away by the luxury and value available).

When I first came to Puerto Vallarta, I wasn’t looking for a vacation.

I didn’t know the city at all, and I wanted to get to know it, to see if I wanted to put down roots here. Continue reading “Cheap Hotels In Paradise”

Old Town and Puerto Vallarta

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.

Puerto Vallarta: The San Francisco of Mexico

Puerto Vallarta earns its nickname, “The San Francisco of Mexico,” not only because it is uncommonly friendly to gays and lesbians, but because PV is open-minded in most ways. Just as in San Francisco, though, open-minded doesn’t as a rule mean tasteless or offensive. Far from it!

As a city that has peacefully and graciously incorporated 50,000 expatriate Americans and Canadians into it over the past couple of decades, while hosting millions more for vacations, Puerto Vallarta has learned that its best interests are served by incorporating the best of what the newcomers want, instead of expecting them to adopt purely Mexican ways. Continue reading “Puerto Vallarta: The San Francisco of Mexico”

Iguanas at the Pool and Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Protected species of iguana live at resort swimming pools and beaches in the Puerto Vallarta area along with cats, peacocks, turtles, and fish (in their own pools). Iguana eating a tomato stolen at the Velas pool

It’s said iguana don’t eat meat, but sometimes when you slip into the pool for a moment, they’ve been known to steal the hamburger right off your plate.

Here’s some interesting facts:

Iguana possess a row of spines running down their back to their tail, and a third “eye” on their head. This eye is known as the parietal eye, visible as a pale scale on the top of the head.

Behind their neck are small scales which resemble spikes, known as tuberculate scales. These scales may be a variety of colors and are not always visible from close distances. The large round scale on their cheek is known as a subtympanic shield.

Iguanas have excellent vision and are able to see shapes, shadows, colors, and movement at long distances. Iguanas use their eyes to navigate through crowded forests, as well as for finding food. They use visual signals to communicate with other members of the same species.

Kristin with her new iguana friend
Photos courtesy of Kristin Lewis

An iguana’s ear is known as the tympanum. It is the iguana’s ear drum, and is located right above the subtympanic shield and behind the eye.

Iguanas are often hard to spot, as they tend to blend into their surroundings. The color green helps as a mode of hiding from larger predators.Iguana eating from human hand at the pool

How to Find the Best Puerto Vallarta Lodging for You

There are a variety of types of Puerto Vallarta lodgings you can choose from when booking your vacation.

If you are stayng a while and comfort and convenience are most important, you will enjoy a condominium.

If intimacy and seclusion are a priority, you will probably feel most comfortable in a villa.

If you are a mover and a shaker and need a room to use as a base of exploration and party-going, then a hotel is a better fit for you.

If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, and want to combine the best in Puerto Vallarta lodgings with all the many activities you came here to enjoy, then any number of all-inclusive resort packages are available to you. Continue reading “How to Find the Best Puerto Vallarta Lodging for You”

Luxury Villas and Condos in Greater Puerto Vallarta

Villa viewPuerto Vallarta boasts some of the most beautiful vacation villas and condos found anywhere in the Americas. Luxury vacation rentals are available from the far southern and northern ends of Puerto Vallarta and everywhere in between.

We can help you find a wide range of beautiful villas, condos, and real estate in Puerto Vallarta both for rent and for sale. If you are looking for a small or large villa, we have them in all sizes and price ranges.

If you are looking for a luxury condo rental in Puerto Vallarta, then browse through our RENTALS. Our inventory list of villa and condo rentals is contstantly growing and the popularity of rentals in Puerto Vallarta increases each year. Continue reading “Luxury Villas and Condos in Greater Puerto Vallarta”

What are the pros and cons of condominium living?

Mismaloya beachAdvantages:

  • When it’s time to leave just close the door, and is safer than a private home.
  • Maintenance cost-sharing with other residents decreases monthly expenses.
  • Condos often offer a better view if you live in one of the top floors.
  • 80% of the real estate in Vallarta are condominiums in all price ranges, giving you a variety of locations and styles to choose from. Continue reading “What are the pros and cons of condominium living?”