Verana, Serene and Secluded
: A truly heroic feat to build, this primitive, chic haven on a remote jungle-clad mountain is an apt demonstration of imagination at its zenith.
Casa de Mita Image Gallery
: A short drive north of Puerto Vallarta perched above the beautiful Pacific, is a tiny slice of paradise known as Casa de Mita.
360 Landmark: Temple of San Sebastian del Oeste
: A visit to San Sebastian del Oeste, only 90 minutes by car from Puerto Vallarta, would not be complete without entering this beautiful church, built in 1608, where spectacular concerts are sometimes organized by the town. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
360 Landmark: Los Muertos Pier
: It's ironic, considering that the literal translation of Los Muertos is "The Dead," that this long sandy beach on the South Side is the town's liveliest by far. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
360 Spotlight: Galería Pacífico
: Galería Pacífico features some of the stars of the Vallarta art scene, such as highly acclaimed master sculptor Ramiz Barquet and Patrick Denoun, a masterful French painter renowned in Puerto Vallarta and its sister city of Saint Tropez. Other well-known artists based in the area include Brewster Brockman, Marco Alvarez and Alfredo Langarica. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
Casa de Mita
: The short drive north from Puerto Vallarta transports you from urban jungle to a unique property exuding innovative design features and secluded luxury.
San Pancho, Riviera Nayarit Video
: Take a closer look at the peaceful town of San Pancho, in Riviera Nayarit, by enjoying this 5 minute video presentation. (Quicktime video)
Behind the Scenes at Rhythms of the Night
: An accomplished pianist plays Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 as if it were the melody line of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and a gifted chef prepares a perfect Grand Marnier soufflé as easily as you or I would take the lid off a container of ice cream and scoop some into a dish.
Bucerias Art Walks Better Than Ever
: With new galleries and numerous visiting artists from throughout North America, the third season of the Bucerias Art Walks promises to be exciting and full of surprises.
: Step into just about any restaurant in Puerto Vallarta or any oceanfront destination in Mexico, for that matter, and chances are you will find this delicious citrus-marinated seafood salad on the menu. Commonly served as an appetizer, ceviche is prepared by combining chunks of raw fish, sliced or chopped onion, chopped tomatoes and cilantro with limejuice.
A few minutes before the fish is finished cooking over the wood fire, the cook adds the final touch: a secret red sauce that gives the fish its special flavor. This traditional dish, which originated in the fishing region of Isla de Mexcaltitan, Nayarit, is usually prepared with pargo (sea bream), a fish that does not readily dry out when exposed to heat because of the fat content of its skin.
Cravings: Sopes & Huaraches
: As clay is transformed into amazing artifacts in the hands of a ceramist, the dough used to make corn tortillas, known as masa, can also result in these delicious traditional treats commonly found in mercados and other casual eateries throughout Mexico.
Macadamia-encrusted Chilean Sea Bass
: Macadamia-encrusted Chilean Sea Bass courtesy of Tikul.
Jazz in Puerto Vallarta
: A number of professional jazz musicians have found their way to our destination, some as tourists, others to work for a season or two, and then there are those who have chosen Puerto Vallarta as their permanent residence.
Homemade Ice Cream
: While most of us have been succumbing to this sublime favorite for eons, producing ice cream at home or in small quantities has been a labor-intensive task until recently. Smaller, electric ice cream makers that rely on small canisters that can be placed in the freezer ahead of time to facilitate production have taken the place of old-fashioned hand-cranked machines that required ice chunks and salt for cooling.
: First-time visitors to Mexico often marvel at our country’s vast heritage. It is no wonder that so many tourists from the United States and Canada head south and often choose to relocate here. But unless we pay close attention, we frequently fail to realize the extent to which Mexico has permeated the world. Read on and you’ll realize that, even if you haven’t been to Mexico before, Mexico’s been closer to you than you think.
Neighborhood Profile: Emiliano Zapata
: Let’s face it: The phrase Emiliano Zapata just doesn’t have the same allure as Olas Altas, Romantic Zone, South Side or even Basilio Badillo. These are, in fact, names of well-known streets and areas in one of Puerto Vallarta’s most happening colonias, or neighborhoods: Emiliano Zapata.
The Concierge, Always Ready to Make a Recommendation
: Generally, the first person a guest sees upon arriving at a hotel is the concierge, seated at his desk ready to offer recommendations about the destination’s attractions. The position of concierge originated in the castles of France almost a thousand years ago, where they were responsible for the keys, as well as meeting the needs of the owners and their royal guests.
Puerto Vallarta as a Homeport
: It’s been two years since Puerto Vallarta’s Maritime Terminal underwent a gargantuan expansion, increasing its capacity to receive three full-size cruise ships simultaneously, along with a variety of smaller vessels.
San Pancho: A Little Slice of Paradise
: Deserted powdery white beaches and a traditional small-town feel await you at San Francisco, affectionately known as San Pancho. Located in the state of Nayarit, about an hour north of Vallarta along Highway 200 — away from the high-energy experience of nearby Puerto Vallarta — this beautiful town invites rest and relaxation.