A browser’s paradise, this section offers a vast collection of articles, primarily taken from our print publication Vallarta Lifestyles, on virtually every topic covered in this website, including dining, recipes, shopping, activities, art, nightlife, kids’ and family activities, getaways, people profiles and real estate. So sit back, take a few minutes, and enjoy some of the finest writing about Puerto Vallarta and environs available online.
: Extremely popular throughout the Americas, crème caramel, or flan, as it’s known locally, is similar to crème brûlée.
Culinary Take-Home Treasures
: In addition to offering a broad variety of extraordinary culinary experiences, many restaurants in Banderas Bay clearly have realized they must provide tangible, memorable experiences to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment. Several stand out by developing product lines to purchase and take home. Check out your options!
Is Mexico's restricted zone opening up for foreign investors?
: The Mexican Constitution establishes that foreign investors may not purchase land in areas known as restricted zones, which correspond to an area of 100 kilometers along Mexico’s borders and 50 kilometers along its coasts. Historically, foreign investors have been able to circumvent this restriction through a solution introduced in Mexico’s Foreign Investment Law in 1993.
Gaby's Restaurant, an Unexpected Movie Theater
: Sometimes you just have to make the best of your surroundings. Such is the case of Restaurante Bar Gaby’s, a quaint, Mexican restaurant located at the corner of Mina and Hidalgo Streets, only two blocks away from Puerto Vallarta’s colorful Malecón.
Cuisine Spotlight: Kaiser Maximilian
: Discover Kaiser Maximilian’s Seared Diver Scallops with Butternut Squash Puree, Apple Salad, Pine Nuts, Serrano Ham and Truffle Sauce, one of several outstanding dishes available at this popular Olas Altas eatery.
The Met: Live in HD, at Teatro Vallarta
: Teatro Vallarta continues with this season’s live opera broadcasts of The Met from Lincoln Center, joining other important destinations throughout Mexico that offer this important cultural event. Discover the entire 2013-2014 schedule along with helpful information by reading this article.
Transforming Puerto Vallarta’s Public Spaces
: Thanks to individuals like Natasha Moraga, public spaces around Puerto Vallarta are being transformed, one tile at a time. Learn more about this innovative artist and her plans to turn our city into a happier, more colorful place.
: It’s not the tastiest beef cut nor the tenderest. For that matter, we couldn’t reach consensus on whether arrachera
comes from beef flank or skirt (part of the plate, or diaphragm). But we love its flavor!
Paint and Fire Your Own Creations
: Discover one of Puerto Vallarta's most successful creative outlets for those looking to explore their own artistic self: Beatrice van der Voort's paint-your-own ceramic studio, Fireworks.
Bicycling Comes of Age in Puerto Vallarta
: Surfers maneuvering their boards through Puerto Vallarta’s international airport are increasingly joined by a new breed of traveller, carrying a load just as bulky and cumbersome as the aforementioned ones: the cyclist. Indeed, locals and visitors are taking to the streets in their two-wheeleed vehicles!
Vallarta Lifestyles Launches "Meet the Musicians" Video Series
: Meet Tatewari, a La Cruz de Huanacaxtle-based Flamenco Fusion trio that visited our office last week, to bring us up to date on their latest performances. It also gave us the perfect opportunity to launch our new, "Meet the Musicians" video series!
Yoga: A Wonderful Summer Activity in Puerto Vallarta
: Did you know that summer heat and humidity are ideal for a successful yoga experience? Anna Laurita of Davannayoga offers her take on Summer in Vallarta in this guest editorial feature.
WATCH: Two Minutes with Sid Goodman
: We were so thrilled to learn that the Saturday Market Co-Op on Púlpito St., Emiliano Zapata, is now open year-around, we caught up with its founder, Sid Goodman, to learn more about this market’s offerings. Watch this brief, two-minute video and discover some of the items you can purchase!
Villa Azalea: An Unexpected, Organic Day-Pass
: As summer sets in, many Puerto Vallarta locals look for creative ways to stay cool, often enjoying a day pass at a beachfront hotel. But what about escaping to the fresh mountain air south of Puerto Vallarta? For a complete and relaxing change of pace, consider Villa Azalea.
Virtual Tour: The Peter Gray Art Museum
: Intrigued by this underrated gem? The Peter Gray Art Museum houses one of Puerto Vallarta's finest painting and sculpture collections in the city. It is located within the Guadalajara University's local campus in Ixtapa. To pique your curiosity about the museum, we've prepared a 360º virtual tour, featuring five images of the museum's halls.
WATCH: Three Minutes with Natasha Moraga
: After the successful completion of her maiden public art project in Puerto Vallarta, a mural in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, we catch up with artist Natasha Moraga, as she begins her second mural, now in Marina Vallarta.
WATCH: Two Minutes with David Connell on Article 27 and Foreign Investors
: With Mexico’s lower house of congress voting on changes to Article 27, which governs how foreigners can acquire property along Mexico’s coast and borders, many are wondering how these changes will increase their possibilities of investing locally. Local attorney David Connell explains in a short video.
Improving Real Estate Market?
: Traditionally, the Puerto Vallarta real estate market has been heavily reliant on the US real estate market, with real estate sales to Americans making up nearly 60% of sales for real estate tourism up until just a few years ago. With the economic crisis of 2007, real estate prices of American homes crashed, beginning a five-year fall that only recently has begun to correct itself.
Meet Puerto Vallarta’s Artistic Movers and Shakers (Part 2 of 2)
: We continue with our exploration of some of Puerto Vallarta’s most important organizations presently involved in promoting our destination’s artistic offer.
Puerto Vallarta Thrives During the Summer Months
: There is a misconception that looms over Puerto Vallarta like an ominous gray cloud: Puerto Vallarta dies after Semana Santa. We are pleased to present an ongoing series of feature articles, exclusive to this newsletter, that attempt to dispel this notion.
Meet Puerto Vallarta's Artistic Movers and Shakers (Part 1 of 2)
: In a poll conducted in our Vallarta Lifestyles Newsletter last week, we learned that many of you, like us, would like to see Puerto Vallarta blossoming even more as an artistic destination. We help you make connections with some of the region's most influential organizations.
Five Minutes with Abelardo Favela
: We had the opportunity to spend some quality time with this talented, charming and renowned Mexican artist during a visit in February for an exhibition of his canvases and sculptures that took place at Galeria Contempo. Enjoy a five-minute video glimpse into his life and work.
Fandango: A Skeptic’s Review
: Fandango, the original musical/dance tribute to Mexico’s native and folkloric traditions created by the production company behind Teatro Vallarta, is back home, after two years of touring, triumph, and turmoil. Is it worth the admission price? Managing Editor Paco Ojeda provides the answer!
General Outline for the new immigration law of Mexico
: In May of 2011 Mexico’s Immigration law was reformed. Some of the reform entered into effect immediately while other parts did not enter into effect until the corresponding Rules to the Law were published, which did not happen until the 28th of September 2012. In short, we are just now starting to see the Immigration authorities push for the full application of the new law.
: Once considered rural and primitive, mezcal is experiencing a surge in popularity, reaching gourmet status in Mexico City and other cosmopolitan destinations, Puerto Vallarta included. Read more about this legendary agave underdog!
Explore Isla Río Cuale
: When was the last time you walked Isla Rio Cuale from end to end? If you are visiting our destination for the first time, we won’t hold it against you if you have not. For that matter, you may not even be aware that Puerto Vallarta is divided, by the Cuale River, with the island, a long and narrow stretch of land.
Two Minutes with Act II Entertainment
: Two of Act II Entertainment's founding members, Elizabeth Ensor and Danny Mininni, stopped by our offices to let us know what they have been up to, and their plans for the near future, hoping to attract even more locals to become involved with their upcoming productions.
Specialized, a Hub for Local Cyclists
: Almost a year after opening its doors at Puerto Vallarta’s popular shopping center, Galerías Vallarta, Specialized has become a must-visit spot for local amateur and professional cyclists. A very popular brand in the United States, Specialized franchises their bicycle and accessory lines to many countries, worldwide.
Six Tips for Memorable Restaurant Week Dining Experiences
: Year after year, we receive positive feedback from diners that dine out during Restaurant Week. That said, there is always room for improvement! Here are some tips we’ve assembled to ensure that your Restaurant Week experience in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will be amazing.
VirtualVallarta.com’s Guide to Peregrinaciones
: Cultural, colorful, chaotic. The time to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe is upon us. This is a very important religious celebration in Mexico, so those of us that live here year-around, learn to cheerfully adapt our rhythms and schedules as needed during the first 12 days of December. Discover our tips!