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.
Discover the El Salado Estuary
: A two-hour guided tour (in Spanish) allows visitors and locals to discover El Salado’s unique ecosystem. Over 100 bird species can be sighted, along with river crocodiles, iguanas and other reptiles and amphibian fauna, as you travel through the canals by boat.
VirtualVallarta.com’s Guide to Getting Out of Town
: Don’t get us wrong! We love Banderas Bay and all the wonderful things our region has to offer. But we know that sooner or later, you may be intrigued about what lies beyond—and more importantly, how to get there. Here is a quick rundown of available options.
A Rainy Day at the Botanical Gardens
: We are not suggesting that a maiden visit to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens should take place on a rainy day. For starters, you will not be able to enjoy the many hiking paths in the property—one of Puerto Vallarta’s finest attractions. But there are some advantages to a rainy visit. Explore them here!
Vallarta/Nayarit Real Estate Market – Shifting Tides
: It is said that when the USA sneezes, Mexico catches a cold. The influence of the American economy is so dominant that Mexico would not be the only country to develop cold symptoms, others such as Canada and many in Europe would, as well.
New MLS Map Search!
: This year we completed a major upgrade to the public side of Multi-List Vallarta at MLSVallarta.com. This new search interface we believe delivers the easiest way to search for real estate in the Vallarta/Nayarit region. Plus, it offers some new features that make searching not only more interesting, but fun.
Legal Reforms we think you should know about
: We have no intention of boring you with technical legal reforms that will have no effect on you; however, there were numerous legal reforms in 2013 that involve you as a foreigner living in or visiting Mexico this year. If you would like more detail about any of them, please do not hesitate to contact your attorney or accountant.
Puerto Vallarta Ultimate Getaway Guide
: Please don’t get us wrong, we’re thrilled you’ve chosen our home as your vacation destination, and we want you to stay and enjoy as long as you like. But the truth is, Vallarta as a whole comprises many destinations within and around Banderas Bay that are worth exploring and enjoying. Explore our Ultimate Getaway Guide!
: 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!