VirtualVallarta.com’s Guide to Mexican Independence
: Mexico celebrates its Independence every year on September 15, and continuing until the following day. Learn everything you need to know about “El Grito,”
(the cry) and how to best celebrate it in Puerto Vallarta.
Basic facts about Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
: What you should know or might be interested in knowing about Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
: Considered North America's first indigenous distilled spirit, tequila production originated in the 16th century near the town of Tequila, Jalisco. It is made from agave, a plant considered sacred by the Aztec, who used it to produce octly, a fermented beverage now known as pulque.
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.
Trip Report: Mayto Revisited
: Intrigued about visiting Mayto, a pristine beach two hours south of Puerto Vallarta in Cabo Corrientes? We were there for a weekend getaway a few days ago, after not having visited the region since 2010. Has much changed there? Is the road easier to drive? Read our updated trip report!
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 7-7)
: Restaurant Week 2012 began three days ago, as we wrap our preview of the 45 participating restaurants. We present you with the final six restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week for the very first time. Welcome newbies! And if you've missed previous installments, the links to our Countdown articles can be found at the bottom of the article page.
14 Reasons That Make Vallarta Special!
: Vallarta is many things to many people. Here are a few of the reasons, in no particular order, that keep visitors returning year after year, and make first-time vacationers fall in love with the destination on the spot.
Vallarta Info 101
: Here are some last-minute details you may want to keep in mind as you prepare to discover paradise!
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 6-7)
: Here are the newbies! Thirteen restaurants are participating for the very first time in this year’s edition of Restaurant Week, offering foodies all over the bay excellent reasons to try out new restaurants and explore their enticing discounted menus, May 15 - 31. We present seven of them here, and wrap up our countdown next week.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 4-7)
: Without counting restaurants participating for the first time, this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31, will feature 12 restaurants offering three-course menus at $189 pesos per person. In the fourth of a seven-part feature, we focus on the first group of $189-menu restaurants, wrapping up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 3-7)
: In the third of a seven-part feature, we focus on the final group of $299-menu restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We will continue with the $189-menu participants and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time. Did you miss the previous installments? Look for a link at the bottom of the page!
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 2-7)
: In the second of a seven-part feature, we continue focusing on the $299-menu restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We will continue with the $189-menu participants and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 1-7)
: In the first of a seven-part feature, we take a closer look at the 45 restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We begin with the $299-menu participants, continue with the $189 participants, and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Tahéima Wellness Resort and Spa
: As the first full ownership luxury condo-hotel in Mexico to be registered under Canadian Securities regulations, and as the fastest selling project in the Bahia of Banderas for 2008-2009 as reported in the Multi-Dev Vallarta, Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa offers a unique investment and lifestyle opportunity for Baby Boomers.
Puerto Vallarta: Three Essential Cocktails
: Regardless of the food specialties you choose to savor at the local restaurants you visit during your Banderas Bay vacation, we recommend stopping by the following three eateries, where we found cocktails that were unique, surprising and absolutely memorable. ¡Salud!
Behind the Scenes: EntreAmigos
: Is it trash or treasure? At EntreAmigos in San Pancho, everything has possibilities. That said, recycling glass is not as simple a process as one would imagine, as exemplified with this 360º panoramic image of the community center's dumping area.
Behind The Scenes: Daiquiri Dick's
: Supervised by chef Ignacio Uribe, Daiquiri Dick's kitchen is, without a doubt, one of the busiest and most successful in town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the popular beachfront restaurant has been known to handle as many as 450 sittings on special occasions such as New Years' Eve dinner. Enjoy this 360º panoramic image of Daiquiri Dick's kitchen!
Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit Real Estate Study 2011
: The results that follow were generated from two local MLS systems: Multi-List Vallarta (MLV) and Multi-Dev Vallarta (MDV), which have been providing MLS service to realtors and developers in the region for more than 20 years. MLV is for re-sale properties only, while MDV is designed for the needs of real estate developers.
Who Are These Gals? (And why are they so happy?)
: Find out in the next issue of Vallarta Lifestyles, available next week at select shops, restaurants, galleries, real estate offices, and hotel gift shops throughout Banderas Bay.
Real Estate Trends 2011 - 2012
: When compiling our annual real estate trends article last year, we saw the year as a turning point in the market. The bottom of the cycle seemed to have been reached, and it should begin to swing upward as we moved into 2011. This seems to have proven to be true, at least for the re-sale market. The number of sales has increased and the number of listings on the market reduced.