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)
A Touch of Mexico
: Is anything more captivating than a touch of Mexico in your home? We talked with three local Mexican designers, asking for ideas and input for providing that special Mexican touch. Whether you live here or want to pick up something for your home elsewhere, you’ll appreciate the input they offered.
Dreaming Downtown into a New Existence
: It takes a visionary to conceive a new reality for a space long taken for granted. We’ve all appreciated an evening or morning stroll on the Malecon, bumping into friends or acquaintances and exchanging a few pleasantries, if not salacious gossip.
Find It All Now!
: Fashionable, stylish, chic, trendy, elegant, hip, smart and modish — not shoes or hairstyles, but everything required for your Vallarta home! From sofas to refrigerators, lighting to rugs, find it all — for indoors and out — just a short ride north of the airport in Las Juntas, along the highway to Tepic.
: Harkening back to an era when no respectable soft drink would be sold in a can or plastic bottle, Lee and Nancy Chapman’s “Vintage Refresco Collection” of 198 unopened Mexican soda bottles makes a nostalgic statement in their Puerto Vallarta home.
: At first glance, there is nothing particularly exciting about this rather unattractive, prickly vegetable. And yet, the unassuming cactus, or nopal as it is known locally, packs quite the star power. Native to Mexico, it was deeply entrenched in Aztec mythology, called “the plant of life” for its ability to produce a brand-new offspring from an old, dying specimen.
A Warm Salute to Inspirational Puerto Vallarta Restaurateurs
: Exemplifying the wide range of qualities required to excel in the restaurant industry, each restaurateur pictured here has contributed immeasurably to the outstanding world-class dining scene this popular resort destination enjoys.
Great Finds: Caprina Cheese Shop
: Visit the dairy section of any Puerto Vallarta supermarket and you’ll find a surprising selection of fine imported cheeses. But perhaps you’ll be more surprised to learn that you can satisfy your craving for Brie, Camembert, feta, fontina and other unique cheeses and support the local economy at the same time!
Eggplant Ravioli a la Lecther
: Eggplant Ravioli a la Lecther courtesy of Mezzogiorno.
Jogging in Paradise
: Not only is Puerto Vallarta a great destination for enjoying beaches, nightlife and art, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy exercising! Both early in the morning and late in the afternoon, it’s quite common to see people running along the Malecon, whether on their own, as couples, in groups or with pets.
El Tuito: Small-town Charm Just an Hour Away
: With the advent of spectacular restaurants such as Le Kliff and outdoor activities such as those offered at Canopy Tours Los Veranos and the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, an increasing number of visitors and locals are stretching their boundaries and exploring all the wonders our South Shore has to offer.