: 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.
: Puerto Vallarta’s Mayor-Elect Salvador González Reséndiz is just 28 years old, born in Puerto Vallarta on March 26, 1981.
A Day in Quimixto
: It’s perfect for any nature lover looking to take their adventure experience up a notch while leaving behind the urban pace of Puerto Vallarta.
: No matter whether it’s a weekend or holiday, Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Department, headed by Enrique Tovar, is always open.
: Originally from Canada, Art Fumerton was enchanted with our city during his first visit in 1970, and when Vallarta called him again in 1994, he said goodbye to a 15-year career in “corporate America,” loaded up the Bronco and headed south with his wife, Mayra.
Yelapa Becomes an International Yoga Vacation Destination
: After a great deal of hard work, Yoga in Yelapa is completed and boasts an 1800 square foot yoga studio, tropical accommodations and a full kitchen/dining area.
: A one-day stop in Vallarta while cruising with her family 22 years ago touched Debbi Egan’s soul.
: Ireri Topete began teaching at the Cuale Cultural Center in 1992, fulfilling the social service requirement for her education.
Most Happening Town for Evening Events: Bucerias
: Kudos to the businesses and associations in Bucerias who, over the past year, have not only held many more special events and activities but also have gotten much better at promoting them.
Best Vision of What a Town Can Be: Corral del Risco
: Sometimes it’s challenging to envision the possibilities in life when you’ve only seen things one way.
: Like a kite, Kerri Rivera rose against the wind rather than with it when, after a frustrating slew of hits and misses, her youngest son, Patrick, was diagnosed with autism six years ago. He was two at the time.
Art Walk and Restaurant Week: A Marriage of Affordable Indulgence
: As the 2008/2009 Puerto Vallarta Old Town Art Walk season winds down, the Vallarta Lifestyles Restaurant Week 2009 will be going strong, creating the perfect opportunity to indulge in fine art and delicious food while strolling the streets of El Centro.
Guayabitos and La Peñita, A Study in Contrast
: These two neighboring oceanfront towns in Riviera Nayarit, 70 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, couldn’t be more dissimilar.
: This native of Quebec, Canada, planned to learn Spanish to complement her French and English before beginning post-graduate studies. Laitre is currently the director of the extremely successful Mexico Boutique Hotels
. Over the past seven years, she has increased this collection of premium properties from 28 to the current 47.
: Natives of Mexico City, Carlos and Mariel Fregoso moved to Puerto Vallarta in 1992, charmed by the warmth of its people and the beauty of that small town of long ago.