: While it’s native to tropical Africa and an essential ingredient in several Asian cuisines, not to mention Worcestershire sauce, we like to think of tamarind as our very own. Widely popular in Mexico, tamarind grows wild in tall trees that produce 3- to 8-inch-long, brown, pea-like pods containing a soft acidic pulp and many seeds. When fully ripe, the shell becomes brittle and easily broken.
: Step under the gaily striped awning of “Hikuri” at Coral 66 in the fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and enter an extraordinary world – a microcosm created by Aruna Piroshki, Wayland Combe-Wright and their daughter, Kaerolik.
Discovering Off-Malecon in Vallarta
: Every city has its hidden corners, its unseen treasures. While sculpture is featured on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, those who know the city suggest that you not stop there. In fact, some of the more interesting corners are off the main drag. This piece focuses on Vallarta’s off -Malecon sculptures, as well as tidbits and stories related to them.
Bucerias Art Walk
: An amazing array of arts set out along a charming cobblestone street is what made the Bucerias Art Walk a triumph in its inaugural 2006-2007 year. This season the art walk in this Nayarit pueblo on the beach is back, with more artists, more events and more special plans designed to entice visitors to come enjoy the abundance of excellent talent and fine crafts.
Taking Hand to Brush
: So, you're bending the elbow a bit, practicing the gentle art of Margaritaville on the beach when you decide to get more creative. Once it's time to dig your toes out of the sand, where can you find something for the soul? Surprisingly, many locals artists offer classes, for advanced students or even beginners.
Scallop Ceviche with “Red Sky” Sauce
: Scallop Ceviche with "Red Sky" Sauce courtesy of Le Bistro.
Hot Spot: El Anclote
: El Anclote means “the small anchor,” and this special neighborhood at the entrance to Bahía de Banderas on the exclusive Punta de Mita peninsula does indeed fulfill its name, serving as the “town” and focal point for activities and dining outside the nearby fashionable hotels and estates.
Puerto Vallarta: A Real Estate Success Story
: What we can establish as being “a success”? Well, in 2000 Puerto Vallarta had roughly $50 million in resort real estate sales (“resort real estate” is defined as real estate purchased primarily by retirees or second-home purchasers). There were rarely homes selling for more than $1 million and few large real estate developments.
A Treasure Trove of Experiences and Information: Vallarta Lifestyles Digital Edition
: In the dictionary, the word “magazine” is defined as a noun, but the Vallarta Lifestyles Digital Edition is more than an online evolution of a paper publication - it's an experience! Whether you are a full or part-time resident in the Puerto Vallarta area, have visited us before and want to keep current on what's happening here or are planning an upcoming trip to our tropical paradise, this digital magazine is for you!
: Situated in the prestigious El Tigre golf development in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta, only 10 minutes from the airport, and 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. El Tigre offers a professional golf course with a magnificent Mexican club house, a world-class spa with social and full sports facilities, and a private luxurious beach club.
Letting Someone Else Do the Chores: An Overview of Labor Laws for Domestic Employees in Mexico
: Cooking without having to do the dishes or even not cooking at all! A beautiful garden without the weeding! The availability of reasonable domestic help makes all this possible for most North Americans living in Vallarta, but be aware that the casual arrangement you make with Maria to straighten up your condo three days a week is a binding legal contract.
360 Landmark: Marina Vallarta
: Peaceful and pretty and a world apart from the hurly-burly of town, yet just 15 minutes away, this is the perfect place for those who dare to dream. Yachts glisten in the sun, coming and going on exciting adventures around Banderas Bay and the globe. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
Doing Your Homework
: If you are reading this, chances are that you have a vested interest in real estate in the Vallarta region. You are most likely a buyer or a seller (or both) or a professional involved in the industry, and you need sources of clear and current information about the state of the market.
Best Place to Retire?
: During the past 15 years, International Living magazine has calculated its Annual Global Retirement Index; a resource intended to assist retirees and future retirees in evaluating and comparing the world’s most popular retirement destinations. It is based on a number of criteria, giving various weights to each, depending on its importance to retirees.
360 Landmark: Yelapa's Main Dock
: A popular day trip and an unforgettable rustic getaway, Yelapa has been attracting visitors for decades. When we recently asked Susan Pasko, chef/owner of Cafe Bahia on the pier, about the Yelapa experience, she eloquently described it as "camp for grown-ups," a place where returning visitors meet year after year. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
360 Landmark: Cuale Pedestrian Bridge
: The first in a new series of panoramic images produced around Puerto Vallarta by Paco Ojeda, this 360 displays the picturesque view from the Cuale's Pedestrian Bridge. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
360 Landmark: Malecón Sand Sculptures
: Aside from the magnificent sculptures that adorn our Malecon, one is endlessly surprised by the creativity of sand sculptors, who constantly reinvent the beachfront with unique figures. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
360 Landmark: Guadalupe Church
: Year after year, it welcomes thousands of Catholics, particularly during an involved 12-day festival known as the Feast of Guadalupe every December. (Quicktime Panoramic Image)
Photographer Spotlight: Jay Ailworth
: From the time Jay Ailworth first saw the ocean at the age of five, he knew the sea would always be part of his life. The Coast Guard further convinced him. Later, while in the service in Viet Nam, Jay was convinced by some buddies to buy a bargain camera, and he discovered another essential element in his existence. (Slide Show)
El Tuito Sound Slide Show
: This sound slide show complements our article on El Tuito, providing additional information on places to visit as well as more images. Check it out! (Sound Slide Show)