Samana Santa in Vallarta

No place quite marries art, religion, and fiesta like Mexico. During Semana Santa,
indigenous, colonial, and modern traditions meld into an explosion of color and
artisanal flair. Puerto Vallarta’s whitewashed colonial streets are festooned with
cascarones (colored egg shells filled with confetti), fireworks explode over jungle
backed Playa dos Muertos and reverence and revelry finds expression in a myriad of
live concerts, theatre productions, and sombre religious processions.

When you’ve had your fill of fiestas and Passion Play reenactments, retreat to Casa
Dos Cisnes and enjoy the silence. Five minutes by car from Puerto Vallarta, but far
from the maddening crowds, Casa Dos Cisnes is a haven of tranquility and
soul-satisfying luxury in the hills of the Sierra Madre. Exquisite living spaces
awash with modern decorative details and traditional colonial features—custom glazed
talavera sinks, carved statuary, bovedas, furniture hecho a mano, weeping walls, and
fountains—combine with state-of-the-art amenities and unparalleled views of the
Pacific’s fabled coastline to create the perfect antidote to your average cookie
cutter vacation rental.

With temperatures hovering near perfect and a jam-packed calendar of events, it’s no
surprise that Puerto Vallarta reaches critical mass during April and May when hotel
accommodation is overpriced and oversubscribed.

Semana Santa::
March 29-April 5. Medieval hooded figures parading slowly behind religious effigies,
accompanied by thudding drums and wailing trumpets, Holy Week is an extraordinary
experience and one of Mexico’s largest festivals.
Book your villa today at – and don’t miss this season of festivals.

May 1:
May Day Parade. The Malecón is the setting for live music, family friendly events,
food stalls, singing, dancing, and parades.

May 5:
Cinco de Mayo. Mexico’s historic victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla is
celebrated with carnival processions throughout Puerto Vallarta.

Late May:
Puerto Vallarta International Sports Fair. Sporting tournaments and events,
including basketball, soccer, and beach volleyball.

Christmas in Vallarta


The old church - in the square

With Thanksgiving just around the corner the Holiday spirit is alive and well in Puerto Vallarta.
Sand sculptures are starting to change their art from Mermaids to Reindeer and Santas and the Malecon is buzzing every evening with the sounds of the season. Caroling groups of young people stroll and sing – artists abound displaying and creating their masterpieces night after night, and a stroll along this “walk by the water” is always magical – but especially during the holidays.

I remember my first midnight mass at the historic church in the downtown square. The people and the pageantry touched my soul. The church is always lovely but at Christmas it is alive with colorful flowers and the congregation is dressed in their holiday best right down to the little children in very grown up suits and frilly dresses. Everyone is reverent and even the children are quietly attentive – perhaps especially careful since Santa is coming.

After church I strolled along the Malecon – it was 1:30 AM – but seemed more like 10:00 PM with all the activity. I love Christmas in Puerto Vallarta and have many happy memories of my sons and parents celebrating our holidays on the beach.