Marietas Eco-Discovery Tour
: A veteran guest on various day cruise “party boats” around North America, I was ready for a change from that type of excursion, which often includes rowdy crowds, rushed itineraries and, frequently, unexpected charges in these alleged “all-inclusive” tours.
Strolling Around Gringo Gulch
: Climb up any of the step-lined streets that lead to this charming hillside neighborhood and you will quickly understand why Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton chose to have homes built there back in the 1960s.
Women Sailors, A Success Story
: Fifteen years ago, Laura Mestre de Legorreta decided to form a women’s sailing team to take advantage of her son’s boats, which had been sitting unused for two years.
Five Influential Mexican Artists
: Should you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a highbrow conversation about Mexican art, here are five names that may come up and the reasons why they might.
Two New Malecon Sculptures Unveiled in 2008
: Created by Ramiz Barquet, theSan Pascual Bailón
sculpture was erected in the new Plaza de los Chefs in front of Vitea Restaurant.“The Washer Woman”
by Jim Demetro depicts the time-honored tradition of hand washing clothes in the river.
José Guadalupe Posada: Beyond the Catrina
: Digital photography is so ubiquitous among today’s photojournalists, it is quite possible many cannot fathom the notion of patiently waiting at the one-hour photo lab for their prints to be processed, let alone having to do the processing themselves in their own darkroom.
Lost in Vallarta? Have We Gots Maps for You!
: When Google released Maps (its free online mapping service) to the masses in 2005, no one could have foreseen how – just a few years later – we’d become so reliant on this technology.
: The new offices of Pinnacle Properties exude the feeling of relaxing at home on the balcony, via a beautiful showroom with amazing views that capture your attention the moment you step inside.
Karen Lahm: Proof Positive of the Power of Commitment, Creativity and Collaboration
: Its natural beauty and near perfect weather aside, Vallarta holds a unique appeal for those seeking more than just a pleasant respite from cold winters — namely, the opportunity to assimilate a wonderfully diff erent way of living in concert with a stimulating expatriate community whose respective life experiences, sense of adventure and creative pursuits add zest to the fascination of living here.
Leaving the Dream in Good Hands
: The taxi is waiting. The drapes are drawn and the door double-locked, but a pang of anxiety persists. After all, you’re leaving your special dream dwelling by the bay to fly north, while the pounding surf continues to spray the patio doors, and the balcony plants bake in the Vallarta sun.
Puerta al Mar
: On Camarones Beach just a stone’s throw away from the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta, rises Puerta al Mar, the new boutique-style luxury condominium development designed by Architect Jose Francisco Gomez.
Deck 12, Overlooking the Maritime Terminal
: Imagine sitting on your private balcony with an evening cocktail in hand while watching a magnificent cruise ship slowly sail out into the sunset.
Sierra Lago Image Gallery
: Tucked away in the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountain Range within driving distance from Puerto Vallarta, the splendid Sierra Lago Resort combines traditional Mexican hospitality with the five-star elegance that you deserve.
Villa Ganz Image Gallery
: You’ll feel like royalty the moment you step into Guadalajara’s Villa Ganz. This restored mansion is decorated with exacting attention to detail to reflect the traditional decorating style of Mexico’s past, yet brimming with modern amenities to ensure your comfort.
Hacienda San Angel Image Gallery
: Tucked away in Vallarta’s historic center high above beach level, the memorable Hacienda San Angel provides an alternative to the discriminating traveller who expects the best, but wants to feel like a name rather than just a room number.
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)