: The multi-faceted artist was born in Mexicali in 1948 but moved to Guadalajara and eventually Mexico City, where he began painting in 1970. Alongside with his artistic pursuits, he was a TV producer for Channel 13, a cultural public television network, and subsequently opened and directed Grupo Match, his own advertising agency.
W. Douglas McLeod
: was a native of Vancouver, Canada. In nineteen ninety-two he moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he began to write for the local English language daily, Vallarta Today. For several years, as the paper’s only reporter, Wayne wrote about everything under the sun.
: "My passion for painting and printmaking has always been a part of my life but it is only in recent years that my creative process has been solely focused on painting, drawing and printmaking."
: It’s been a fine run for Bucerias-based visual artist, Hugo Barajas. Originally from Guadalajara, Barajas developed a keen artistic sense from his earliest memories. At age 14, he began an apprenticeship at El Palomar, a prestigious high-temperature ceramics stoneware workshop in Tlaquepaque, just outside of Guadalajara.
: Alfonso Peña is a Renaissance man. Equally at ease in front of an easel and canvas, an architectural floor plan, and even a microphone for an occasional stint at a local martini bar, the artist was born in Queretaro and raised in Monterrey, where he pursued his studies as an architect and visual artist.
Wednesday Evening Market Returns to Paradise Community Center
: Featuring a new name, the International Food Fair & Market returns to Puerto Vallarta’s Paradise Community Center in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, on Wednesday evenings, starting November 14, from 4 to 7:30 pm.
: Talk about carving a successful niche for oneself! Burnt out from years of corporate fundraising in the US non-profit sector, Eric Wichner found himself vacationing with a friend in Mexico City in December 2010. Little did he know that a quick search for things to do on Trip Advisor would completely reshape his life in Puerto Vallarta, for the better.
: Those of us who enjoy a fine evening at a gourmet restaurant from time to time often rely on restaurant reviews to identify venues worth exploring. For chefs, on the other hand, there is no better way to hone their craft than putting their skills to the test in a competitive format.
Photo Essay: Los Muertos Pier, Construction in Progress
: "How about giving us an update on the progress of the new pier," requested Vallarta Lifestyles Newsletter reader Jean Primm in a recent letter to the editor. We were happy to oblige. Read the rest of this entry to enjoy a photo essay of the current status of Los Muertos Pier, scheduled for completion by December of the current year.
Hike from Boca de Tomatlán to Las Ánimas
: The small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán is Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore water taxi departure point, with small motor boats or “pangas” traveling regularly to some of the most secluded beaches in the bay, including Las Animas and Quimixto.
: David Lyons can’t remember if he banged himself on the head or fell off his chair when he learned in October 2010 that his latest novel, Ice Fire, was to be published by Emily Bestler Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Mark & Tracy
: Originally conceived by Mark Rome and other associates as a hamburger pub, The Palm opened on Olas Altas street some 11 years ago. Somehow, however, the venue itself seemed to have its own ideas from the very beginning, becoming a centerpiece in this popular Puerto Vallarta neighborhood.
: Over the last couple of years, Melissa Castillo has gained recognition in the local cultural scene by actively collaborating in the organization of events that provide an opportunity for independent artists, local and foreign, to present their work in theater, dance and music in a suitable space, helping them generate their own income.
: If you’ve dined at Daiquiri Dick’s, you’ve probably experienced firsthand its executive chef’s determination to succeed by providing excellent cuisine. What is lesser known is how that same determination was pivotal a few years back in creating a modern connection between Puerto Vallarta proper and one of its neglected colonias: Paso Ancho.
José Luis Caselín
: When you consider Sayulita’s very successful annual international longboard and stand-up surfing competition or its well-maintained public beaches, you must take notice of the elements that have come together to make this sought-after surf destination less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta so increasingly popular in the past few years
Rebecca & Zachary
: “I’m pretty ecstatic with our life,” exclaims Rebecca Scotti, enjoying a particularly breezy Puerto Vallarta afternoon with her husband, Zachary Rabinor, on their back porch. They represent an increasing segment of folks from the United States who share a belief in the transformational values acquired through international travel.
: A Puerto Vallarta resident since 1996, biologist Astrid Frisch first came to Puerto Vallarta to pursue humpback whale research for Mexico’s national university (UNAM), her alma mater. One of her first projects upon arrival was the seminal Humpback Whale in Banderas Bay Photoidentification Catalog.
Spend a Day in El Anclote!
: Located just south of Punta de Mita are two small, adjoining towns, Emiliano Zapata and Corral del Risco, that share El Anclote, the best gateway in the bay to a host of aquatic activities that include surfing, fishing, diving, whale watching and paddleboarding, not to mention a variety of spectacular restaurants.
The Personality of a Street
: Who were Ignacio L. Vallarta, Francisca Rodríguez and other personalities that have become street names in Puerto Vallarta? Here are a few anecdotes behind them.