Looking Ahead: Five Trends to Follow
: What are some of the interesting trends, people or places to watch closely in the next few months? Nobody knows for sure. That said, here are some that have caught our attention.
Cottage Industry Treats in Puerto Vallarta
: Mmm ... from freshly baked cinnamon buns to savory sausages to canned chutneys and salsas, the sight, scent and taste of edible treats made from scratch have captivated our senses for generations
Let’s Go Shopping!
: As noted in our recommendations for this summer on, going to a mall during the hot and rainy weather offers an assortment of distractions and comforts. Here is a quick guide to some of Banderas Bay's most popular shopping malls.
Shopping Spotlight: San Pancho
: With ongoing renovations of Ave. Tercer Mundo, its main access road, plus the opening of a few new shops, not to mention a surprising array of eateries, San Pancho in Riviera Nayarit is a perfect place for a shopping and beach day trip.
Handmade Books, Puerto Vallarta Style
: For over a decade, Pini Salcedo and Carlos Uribe, two skilled Puerto Vallarta artists, have taken it upon themselves to partner with the aforementioned restaurants, making regular pickups and transforming the paper “tablecloths” into unique handmade books.
Visit a Mercado!
: To truly experience and learn about the traditional sales process in Mexico, plus the many items typically offered, you need to visit a genuine Mexican market, whether it is permanently installed or open only on certain days.
Furnishing the Dream
: The deal is done. After hours of signing unintelligible documents, the keys to your new condo are in hand! Suddenly, all those essential square meters of condominium you bargained so hard for seem like a vast wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
Mazunte, Empowering Villagers to Protect the Planet
: What happens when you provide turtle hunters with an alternative, more profitable modus vivendi, one they can pursue without further endangering a protected species?
Turkeys are Red, Iguanas are Blue
: To relieve their inevitable bouts of bucolic boredom, goatherds have from time immemorial moonlighted as unpaid whittlers of wood. But then around 50 years ago, the world of pro bono wood-whittling was changed forever when a Mixtec Indian named Manuel Jimenez began applying paint to his rustic carvings.
What’s in a Name, Anyway?
: What’s in a name? Well, at the video store, a clue as to what movie we’re holding in our hands would be nice! Most of the movies in Puerto Vallarta were made in English and then translated for the Mexican market - and we certainly don’t mean literally - their titles sometimes differ so vastly from the originals that they boggle the mind.
: When is a Walmart not a Walmart? When you are in Puerto Vallarta, where along with "standard" fare you will find unexpected local treasures at this and other major supermarkets in town.
Behind the Scenes at a Talavera Factory
: As you discover Puerto Vallarta, it is difficult to miss the ubiquitous oval-shaped ceramic door signs outside many of its buildings, or the square hand-painted tiles that adorn their different rooms, or the ornate plant holders, picture frames, plates, mugs and even bathroom sinks available for sale in many of our gift shops. This is talavera.
Public Art an Appealing Peninsula Feature
: Happily, the folks behind the Peninsula residential and commercial development share the vision of Puerto Vallarta as a thriving art destination, incorporating colorful fresh pieces into their exciting new shopping center.
And Such a Bargain!
: Haggling over price is generally expected in Mexico, but keep in mind that to bargain is not to argue; rather, it is a courteous discussion of price. For a good deal, it’s not necessary to be aggressive or obnoxious, just knowledgeable and determined.
South Side Hot Spot
: We dare you, double dare you, to say the name Basilio Badillo to the person next to you without hesitating — or peeking at its syllabic pronunciation below. Because this happening north-south street, also coined “Restaurant Row” and “Calle de los Cafés,” is one you will definitely want to discover again and again.
The Viva Girls: A Dash of Class and a Lot of Marketing Savvy
: Surprises happen in Vallarta when you least expect them, like when having dinner at a nice restaurant, say. And suddenly, four gorgeous women in capes glide in, appearing before you smiling broadly ...
Best Place to Get Branded: Cooper Tattoo
: More and more visitors are discovering the advantage of getting a tattoo during their Puerto Vallarta vacation, namely significant savings when compared to prices up North.
Best Place to Buy (and Enjoy): Cigars
: Demi Moore, Bill Clinton and Sadam Hussein would all feel at home here, enjoying Puerto Vallarta’s incredible selection.
Best Commercial Makeover: Plaza Caracol
: You’re in for a big surprise on your next visit to this popular 17-year-old plaza in Puerto Vallarta’s northern Hotel Zone, an incredible number of exciting recent changes and additions making it Banderas Bay’s most comprehensive plaza by far.
El Centro Hot Spot
: Just one block up from the Malecon, where folks stop to interact with the eclectic Colunga sculptures in front of Las Palomas restaurant, are some of this town’s best browsing, shopping and dining opportunities.
Empowering Local Women to Help Themselves
: A fascinating new art gallery in Punta de Mita is playing an integral role in empowering local women to live with dignity and purpose. And it's really nice to know that when you buy a piece of original art or jewelry, a basket, photograph or home decor item at Art and Philanthropy you not only add beauty to your own life, but help the economically underprivileged to help themselves...
Leona Vicario & Guadalupe Sanchez
: Puerto Vallarta is growing by leaps and bounds, and consequently places of interest are increasingly spread out. So it’s refreshing to find an atmospheric corner in the heart of the city, just three blocks up from the oceanfront Malecon, where you can happily amuse yourself all day and evening long!
Folk Art, Fine Art - Sometimes the Line Blurs
: Wondering what artistic treasures you might discover in Puerto Vallarta that are typically Mexican and one of a kind, yet won't break the bank and aren't difficult to transport back home?
Shoe Shop Till you Drop!
: While most tourists think about buying silver here, shoes don't usually enter the equation, but take a look at the wide selection offered, particularly of sandals.