Every year for around Valentine’s day boat loads of couples and singles dressed from head to toe in white arrive on the beaches of the tiny fishing village of Yelapa – mallets in hand for the annual Yelapa crochet tournament.
It is a strange site considering this tiny village – only accessible by a one hour boat ride from Puerto Vallarta should hold such a formal and serious tournament, but the tradition started with just one women many years ago who loved crochet.
The Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
…. is a much celebrated event held every November in the popular travel destination.
The Festival Gourmet International, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has become a celebrated annual event in this popular Pacific Coast resort town.
Founded by chefs Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize and Roland Menetrey in 1995, with six hotels and six restaurants participating, the festival has grown to include 20 of the city’s best restaurants, along with hosting high-caliber international guest chefs. Continue reading
Puerto Vallarta is a town known for great food, and amazing restaurants. Well Foodies take note there are some new restaurants that are getting great comments. I have been hearing great comments about Bravo both by word of mouth and in the local media. Opened since October 10th, Bravo caught everyone’s attention because the owner Michael Boufford comes with some impressive experience having been an key part of The River Café for many years, and also had an impressive resume from his previous home town of Toronto. Set on a side street of the main Ignacio L. Vallarta in the Romantic Zone, Bravo is casual yet I am sure very chic. If you want to check it out on line you will see an impressive 1200 hits on Google, check the facebook page, read about it on Lonely Planet, VIP magazine or Banderas news
As soon as I get a chance to check it out in person I will give you my personal opinion as well. The below description from Banderas News sounds pretty appetizing.
Using only the freshest ingredients, everything on the restaurant’s menu starts with one thing: a passion for food. Bravos’ eclectic menu has an inclination towards homemade, healthy, and always perfectly prepared dishes.
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.
Puerto Vallarta’s pet friendly infrastructure welcomes four-legged friends
One of the great joys of traveling is sharing the experience with loved ones — including pets. Visiting Puerto Vallarta with Buddy, Bella or Shadow is made easy with the destination’s pet friendly hotels and the destination’s love for four-legged friends.
Whether traveling with a pet for companionship, service or comfort, pet owners will find that Puerto Vallarta offers a great diversity of offerings that make it easy to enjoy a visit to the destination.
El Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s iconic boardwalk, has recently been renovated to become pedestrian only, cementing its place as the heart of the destination’s social life. Locals and visitors alike have 6 miles to walk their dogs, stop for a meal or some water in one of its restaurants or cafes, shop, or simply enjoy some time on the beach.
EVillasVallarta invites vacation home renters to call and ask about which villas and condos accept your four legged friends!
Read the rest of the pet news release here – http://visitpuertovallarta.com/news/2013/07/Puerto-Vallarta-pet-friendly-infrastructure-welcomes-four-legged-friends/
Immersing yourself in a new land and unfamiliar cuisine is like gaining a new intimate friend for life. Some people even see museums in markets and historical culture reflected in kitchens and pantries.
Despite the simplicity of the Costa Rican recipes, it’s easy to fall in love with this peaceful land as one continues exploring its ingredients, ancient traditions and friendly people. They are as generous in sharing their most intimate secrets on each of their recipes, as they are in offering an invitation to their kitchen.
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I have the great luck of representing some remarkable villas in Puerto Vallarta. I hate to admit that rental inquiries for them have been pretty slow the last few months but this last two weeks something seems to be changing. I have been inundated with calls for large property rentals for December and January. Most of the folks who call or write are traveling with extended family and friends and want 5-6 bedrooms. This is a major change from holiday inquiries of the past. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to attend my friends beachfront wedding last weekend on the beach near Vallarta in Sayulita. We all rented a large Villa and spent the entire weekend playing on the beach – and having a great time. Most weddings are not like that!! Its usually a stressful few days worrying about the details but not TJ’s wedding. The bride and groom were so relaxed knowing that all their best friends and family were staying in the villa – Continue reading
PSSST – I am going to let you all in on my favorite dinner spot in all the world. Truly remarkable and memorable. Its a little open air restaurant in Yelapa called “Tacos Y Mas”. The name does not do it justice as there is sooo much more MAS than Tacos. First a lithe background.
If you visiting Puerto Vallarta there are certainly a lot of “must do’s” on the list. By far the biggest has to be a trip to Yelapa. “Yelapa, you may say” – “never heard of that” its not even on the roadmap? For good reason – you cannot get there by road unless you are a marathon hiker or mountain biker. Yelapa is a tiny fishing village accessibly only by boat,
But getting there is both affordable and a trip in and of itself. (Watch video Lovely Yelapa) Pongas aka little boat leave almost hour sly from Los Muertos beach just at the edge of the Romanitc Zone and also a few times a day from the end of the road at El Boca de Tomatlan. Continue reading
One of the newest additions to the adventure scene in Puerto Vallarta is the Zip Line tour – offered by Vallarta Adventures. www.vallartaadventures.com So of course my crazy teen age sons and my GI Joe adventure action figure husband had to do it. Now I have done a zip line tour in Costa Rica that was pretty awesome and not to scary so I of course was more than willing to go along.
I am not in Vallarta at the moment – but I am longing to be strolling down the Malecon with Spring in the air!!! It really is my favorite time of year in Mexico. Its warm but not too warm and people just seem to have spring fever and are more talkative and lively than usual. I love getting up in the morning and just putting on a bathing suit and sarong and your set for the day. I got an e-mail from a new company that is renting stand up paddle boards. So happy this has finally caught on in the Bay and I cannot wait to rent one next time I am there.
I had to re-blog this from Lonely Planet -its a great article.
Every week or so I get asked, ‘Is it safe to go to Mexico?’ I had always said, if you’re thoughtful about where you go, yes. But after my most recent trip there, I’m changing my answer… to a question:
Do you think it’s safe to go to Texas?
To be clear, violence in Mexico is no joke. There have been over 47,000 drug-related murders alone in the past five years. Its murder rate – 18 per 100,000 according to this United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime report – is more than three times the US rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Though Mexican tourism is starting to bounce back, Americans appear more reluctant to return than Canadians and Brits (5.7 million Americans visited in 2011, down 3% from 2010 – and, according to Expedia, more than four of five bookings were adults going without children). Many who don’t go cite violence as the reason.
What you don’t get from most reports in the US is statistical evidence that Americans are less likely to face violence on average in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico’s most popular travel destinations.
They say do what you love and the destiny will follow – so I am blogging about my favorite spot on earth Puerto Vallarta Mexico – I was lucky enough to live in PV in my 20′s and have been back almost every year since then. Why am I blogging about it – well a few reasons.
One of my favorite things about Vallarta is the way it come alive at night. Around 8 PM as everyone is finishing dinner or sunset drinks – the stroll begins. That is the stroll along the Malecon – ( the walk along the water in downtown). This stretch of sidewalks used to be divided by the road with lots of car traffic and was the local spot for “cruising” and showing off your modified car and its load speakers – that has all changed this year.
I love the old church especially on Sunday when all of the towns families are dressed in their best and 3 generations or more are all going together up the stairs to practice their faith. After church the children in their “Sunday clothes” stay in the courtyard and play while their families have coffee on the square and chat. – a typical Sunday morning in Puerto Vallarta — ahhh.
People watching is my favorite pastime on a warm Puerto Vallarta night. The Malecon is a wonderful place to see the world walk by you while you enjoy a Margarita. There are dozens of fantastic restaurants and bars on the Malecon and it hard to choose the best “window on the world” but I have two favorites and often go between the two in the same evening. I usually like to start in a window seat at La Paloma – one of Vallartas oldest and most historic places for lunch or dinner.