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. Continue reading “AMAPAS 353”

Comida Corrida, A Mexican Meal

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”

Celebrate Twelve Days in December to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe

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”

Zona Romantica Vacation Rental

Sleeps up to 4

1 Bdrm + Hide a bed

Weekly Rates: $ 450 US

Monthly Rates: $ 1,200 US

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. Continue reading “Zona Romantica Vacation Rental”

Shopping The Isla Rio Cuale in Puerto Vallarta

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.

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Marina Sol for Rent/Sale

New Listing 

Sleeps 6

3 Bdrm / 2 Bath

Nightly Rates : from $ 250 US$

Monthly Rates: Please Inquire

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. Continue reading “Marina Sol for Rent/Sale”

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



Changing Dollars to Pesos in Puerto Vallarta

The best exchange rate for your dollar in Puerto Vallarta can be obtained using your Bank card. You will get the best rate by withdrawing money (pesos) from an ATM machine that is found in a bank as you will get the current exchange rate without inflation. If you happen to find a bank in Puerto Vallarta that you deal with back home than you won’t have to pay any fees.  If you don’t find a bank you deal with back home than the typical fee is around 5.00 dollars for your transaction. Even considering this fee, it is still your best option.

ATM in Puerto Vallarta
ATM in Puerto Vallarta

Not every ATM is created equal in Puerto Vallarta. There are more and more ATM Machines popping up in Hotel Lobbies, Corner Stores and even free standing on the street like this one in the picture I came across. I had to laugh at this machine “Cashola, Say hello to your money”. First of all the name and slogan are pretty amusing, and second it is written in English while sitting on a street in Mexico. I didn’t check the fee’s that this particular machine charges, but since it is catering to tourists I bet they are ridiculous! Be aware of the fees as they can range from 5.00 to 11.00 dollars per transaction.

If you are a Canadian and deal with the Scotia bank than there are a few locations where you can withdraw money from an ATM and not be charged any fee. In the old town area just off of Olas Altas and right in front of the Pier is a Scotia Bank ATM, my personal favorite. There is also a Scotia Bank located close to the Plaza in front of the church of Guadalupe, just down the street from Burger King.  Continue reading “Changing Dollars to Pesos in Puerto Vallarta”

Fishing with Master Baiter’s

Established in 2000, Master Baiters Sportfishing and Tackle is now one of the oldest and most established Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta. After years of operation Master Baiters stands alone and offers the fishing public (Beginner, Experienced or Pro) the most advanced and well equipped boats available in Puerto Vallarta.

PV Dorado

Specializing in Big Fish like Yellowfin Tuna Monsters, Black / Blue / Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Dog Tooth Pargo, Rainbow Runners, Amber Jacks, Rooster Fish and the list goes on. Kites, Down Riggers, Trolling, Casting, Drifting, Bottom fishing, they do it all. Even fly fishing amigo!

As a company started by fisherman and run by fisherman, you can rest assured that when you´re in Puerto Vallarta, on a Master Baiters Boat, you’re on a world class operation that is dedicated to you catching fish and having the time of your life!

They look out for you the client on all the little things that make a difference. A full spool, Fresh Line and an English Speaking Crew makes Master Baiters one of the most successful Sportfishing Businesses in Marina Vallarta.  They are an American operation with Mexican Associates, so they live up to their famous company slogan ¨We Won´t Jerk You Around¨!  Continue reading “Fishing with Master Baiter’s”

Puerto Vallarta Iguanas at Rio Cuale

Iguanas are native to Puerto Vallarta and can be seen in many places sunbathing throughout the city. Green and black Iguanas come in all shapes and sizes and do an incredible job of blending in with their surroundings. You will have to keep your eyes open to spot an iguana as their ability to camouflage into the scenery is amazing. The Iguanas of Puerto Vallarta can be seen on rooftops, in trees and hanging onto hot rocks close to the Ocean.

Puerto Vallarta Iguanas
Puerto Vallarta Sunbathing Iguanas

If you want to go looking for iguanas in their natural environment to take pictures, or show to your children there is one place in Puerto Vallarta where you can always find them.  The green Iguanas have favorited a big tree alongside of the bridge that crosses the famous Rio Cuale.

To get there head South past the Church of Guadalupe walking on the left hand side of the road (you should be following the vehicle traffic.) After walking about two blocks you will come to the famous Rio Cuale (river).  Continue reading “Puerto Vallarta Iguanas at Rio Cuale”

Getting to Yelapa in a Water Taxi

The first time I took a water taxi to Yelapa I had imagined that it would be similar to taking a Ferry. I was mistaken! A water taxi actually resembles more of a fishing boat with extra seating than anything.  It is much smaller than a Ferry! The water taxis are manned by two pros Who have mastered the art of  getting you safely from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa beach with ease.

Water Taxi Ride Through Los Arcos
Water Taxi Ride Through Los Arcos

After all of the passengers are on board the water taxi takes off and as you get further away.  From the shore you get a breathtaking view of Puerto Vallarta  from the water.

If your lucky your Captain might take you on a bit of a tour along the way stopping at Los Arcos for all to get a close up and personal view.

If  you come upon dolphins, whales or sea turtles on your trip to Yelapa, nine times out of ten the Captain will slow or stop the boat for all the passengers to marvel and take pictures of the sea life in their natural habitat. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Water Taxi's at Yelapa Beach
Water Taxi's at Yelapa Beach


Water Taxi Tips

– Pack your electronics in an airtight zip lock bag. Better to be safe than sorry!

– The further you sit towards the back of boat the less bumpy the ride

– Bring something to cover up with, zipping through the ocean can get chilly.

– The ocean is always calmer in the morning, so taking an earlier water taxi can be more enjoyable for those who might be nervous.


Spectacular Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta!

Old Town pier sunset
Old,Old Town pier at sunset.

Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta are a spectacular sight — not to be missed. A front row seat on the beach is the best place to watch the sunset.

With your bare feet in the beach sand, and a cocktail in hand, sit back and enjoy the view. Puerto Vallarta is a magical place where you get an unobstructed view of the big, red ball of fire as it sinks into the ocean.

There are no freight or cargo ships blocking your view, only pleasure crafts. The occasional sailboat, yacht, kayak, or even surfboard paddlers may take the stage, and this makes for the perfect sunset photo.

It is an amazing experience to witness a sunset in Puerto Vallarta and if you are only visiting for a short time I would put this at the top of your beach to-do list.

Personally, I watch it every chance I get!

Seafood Shanties by the Seashore

Meaning tortillas, a local waiter asked me if I wanted Mexican silverware.

Street stand food is a collection of clever little self-contained bundles ready to eat with your fingers.

Besides different types of food and eating utensils, people are mostly the same about taste and cleanliness when it comes to food. That’s why I pick a street stand where other people are eating. The locals know what’s good, clean, tasty, and safe. Continue reading “Seafood Shanties by the Seashore”