: Caring for animals has been a central theme in Bunker’s life, rescuing them from the moment she arrived in Puerto Vallarta and keeping them at home, first in Los Tules and now, several homes later, in Coapinole, where she shares her home with her husband and a handful of cats and dogs, birds “and a rooster.”
Sayulita’s Coming of Age
: Given its legendary reputation as a must-visit, off-the-beaten-path surfing destination in Mexico’s Pacific Riviera, one could easily assume that Sayulita is synonymous with surf, sand and not much more. However, many years have passed since this small town began attracting the surfos in the late ’60s, when Carr. 200, the interstate highway, was built.
Paddle Surfing Makes a Splash in Banderas Bay
: Called both paddle surfing and paddle boarding, and known internationally as stand-up paddle surfing or SUP paddle surfing, this increasingly popular sport first appeared in Banderas Bay in 2007.
: What compels a single mother to move her family from Tucson, AZ, to Yelapa in the early ‘80s? For the talented and spontaneous musician d’Rachael, it was a feeling that infused her soul on previous visits to this enchanting seaside community just south of Puerto Vallarta.
Banderas Bay B&B Success Stories
: They are called “zimmer” (German for “room”) in Israel, “petite hotel de charme” in France and “casa particular,” or “private home,” in Cuba. Sometimes they go by “inn,” “cottage” or “guesthouse.”
Cathy Von Rohr
: Originally from Toledo, OH, she had graduated from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute three years prior and was freelancing as a graphic and exhibit designer. As such, Von Rohr couldn’t resist fellow designer Pamela Waters’ invitation to visit Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Best Way to Paint Our City: 5000 Bouganvillea
: Sometimes the best ideas blossom slowly. But when they do, they glow and inspire. In the case of the 5000 bouganvillea specimens recently bestowed on our city by the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, it is finally happening.
Best Ambassadorial Event: Nautical Extravaganza
: Supported and organized by the federal, Nayarit state and Bahía de Banderas governments, Nautical Extravaganza 2010 was a first-class event for water lovers of all stripes, offering a month of events related to water sports and marine culture in Riviera Nayarit.
Best Way to Get Your Feet Wet: Sayulita Beach Clean-Up Days
: It was a year ago, on May 16, 2009, that Punta Sayulita development director Brett Ellsworth decided to take matters into his own hands by organizing a beach clean-up day in this popular surfing destination an hour north of Puerto Vallarta.
Best New Cultural Asset: Teatro Vallarta
: Located in the heart of the city, just a few blocks from the beginning of the Malecon, is the first modern theater in Puerto Vallarta, Teatro Vallarta.
Close Encounters with Crocodiles in Nuevo Vallarta
: Birds of various kinds, abundant vegetation, luxurious villas and residences, and close encounters with crocodiles! This is what you can expect to enjoy if you hit the waters in Nuevo Vallarta's canal tours.
Shopping Spotlight: San Pancho
: With ongoing renovations of Ave. Tercer Mundo, its main access road, plus the opening of a few new shops, not to mention a surprising array of eateries, San Pancho in Riviera Nayarit is a perfect place for a shopping and beach day trip.
Maxie Sutton Perez
: Collage artist Maxie Sutton Perez recalls being interested in art and painting since she learned how to hold a pencil in her hand.
Three Beach Towns in Cabo Corrientes
: Long unreachable by land due to unpredictable dirt roads, particularly during summer’s rainy months, the towns of Villa del Mar, Tehuamixtle and Mayto in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, south of Puerto Vallarta, have been popular among beach and sun worshippers and camping enthusiasts due to their rustic appeal.
: Painting by Mouth: Every morning on the Malecon, working in natural light and inspired by the sounds of the sea, Xaime Ximenez sits with brush in mouth in front of his canvas.
José Luis González
: Every day, José Luis González goes to the beach by the Malecon to work on his sand sculptures, as he has done every year since the winter of 2005, when he first visited Puerto Vallarta during a trip with a friend.
: One could easily imagine that being an extrovert would be one of the requirements to be the general manager at the region’s most important luxury resort.
An Endless Disco Night
: Once you’ve put on your best disco duds and styled your hair, you just need a final check in the mirror before the fun begins.
Puerto Vallarta Zoo
: Even if being kissed on the lips by a full-grown giraffe is not your cup of tea, the Puerto Vallarta Zoo (Zoologico de Vallarta) in Mismaloya offers up-close and personal encounters with a variety of species, large and small, less than 25 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta.
: When Keith May visited Puerto Vallarta for the first time eight years ago, he had already been involved with gray whales for 14 years as a volunteer at San Diego’s aquarium.