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Puerto Vallarta / Mexico News:

Day of the Dead 2016

This year’s Day of the Dead festivities will be held in 17 public spaces around the city: 5 de Diciembre, Avenida México, Parque Hidalgo, Malecón, Plaza de Armas, Parque Aquiles Serdán, Los Andadores de Iturbide, Mina and Aldama, Isla Río Cuale, Mercado del Cuale, Parque Lázaro Cárdenas, Calles Insurgentes, Basilio Badillo, Olas Altas, Francisca Rodríguez and Púlpito.

“These spaces will be dressed, decorated with colorful Day of the Dead flowers, altars, giving content with cultural activities, music, movies, plays, interactive games, and talks about the tradition so that people can learn about its significance in Mexico, respect and irony of death, because as Mexicans sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh in the face of death,” said the official.

This year’s festival will allow Puerto Vallarta to share this tradition with 28 countries attending the International Congress.


Food of Puerto Vallarta

I tend to follow food and food follows me and it has always been that way ever since I first put foot on foreign soil. In other words, travel and food are close siblings in my world, not distant relatives.

On a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta , I had an opportunity to taste a variety of dishes from local food trucks and local restaurants. Let’s start with my favorite presentation:

Cevicheria El Guero

They do a great job with basic but delicious tacos, chicken, fish and jalapenos of course, but what they’re most well known for is their Ceviche, most notably the Mahi-Mahi ceviche. They cure many of their ceviche dishes in lime and in this case, also carrot, green pepper and green chili.

Local Taco Stands

Two taco street stands worth call outs include TACOS ROBLES, which is a Birria Taco Stand on Constitucion Emiliano Zapata. This was by far my favorite spot for standard classic tacos — it is a family run taco stand, has been around since 1986 and is still popular today.


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Is Gambling Legal in Mexico

Somtimes, tourist want to try their luck in Casinios.  See where and how at  Gambling is legal in Mexico, since 1947*, with strict restrictions. Mexico’s gambling industry is aimed at tourist, and the government imposes several restrictions to protect locals (however, locals are not actually banned from visiting these casinos, except under 21, and under the influence of alcohol).
As of 2015, there are 297 gambling venues in Mexico. Most of these are located in luxury resorts targeting affluent tourists. The government aims to increase the number but it is a very slow process. There have also been talks of revising the very outdated gambling laws, but so far it did not materialize. Online gambling is also legal, for those that don't want to take a chance of doing so in the US!


Medical / Dental Tourism in Mexico

Medical tourism in Mexico is becoming increasingly popular because with the saving a traveler can have on medical or dental services will actually pay for their vacation!  Examples of this are especially prevalent in the border cities, such as doctors in Los Algodones that can easily serve residents of Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa and Tucson, especially on major surgeries where patients will save considerable money.  One of the newcomers in the dental field is Los Algodones Best Dentists that specialize in oral surgery and dental implants.  Let their staff recommend the best places in Los algodones for your snowbird vacation if you are coming in the wintertime.  Go to Los Algodones Dental Guide for the best dentists to use.

Closer to California, for those residents, Mexicali dentists and doctors can be found on the Mexicali Medical Guide website.  This medical guide web site screens doctors like Dr. Gustavo de la Mora, a highly credentialed and experienced physician who specializes in orthopedics and traumatology.  In addition to his work with adults, his background includes training in pediatric orthopedics at the National Pediatrics Institute.

Here is what the New York Times had to say about Mexicali in a recent article:

Mexicali has adopted medical care as its primary tourist lure, and it has been attracting a growing number of health care commuters from California and other nearby states. Hospitals offer operations for gastric bypass, liposuction and chronic back pain. Dentists promise that extractions, fillings and whitening can all be done for less money. And ophthalmologists advertise laser surgery and routine exams.

Last year, more than 150,000 patients came to Mexicali, pumping more than $8 million into the city’s economy, officials said. There are some dozen hospitals that regularly see Americans, and many have a special administrator to coordinate medical and travel plans. With nearly 100 medical offices in a six-block radius, the city hopes to create a special medical zone by improving streets and sidewalks and adding more services for tourists.


For those who wish to vacation in the nearby Bahamas, check out this guide to doctors and dentists in the Bahamas.  Some US residents prefer the Bahamas because the Bahamas is quickly becoming a more popular and well known among American patients seeking medical treatment in the Caribbean.  The Bahamas offer nearly 100% safety and security and flights to the Bahamas are relatively cheap and short.


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