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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkVallarta Living

Living in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
For many the thought of living in - or even near - a major tourist resort is about as appealing as a buying a condo in Disneyland. But here in Vallarta, the incredible natural beauty, combined with a small town atmosphere and the inherent warmth and friendliness of the local people, attracts foreign residents who enjoy the good life.

With a colorful blend of the old and the new, the Banderas Bay region offers an unrivaled combination of simple pleasures and sophisticated charms. Fine dining restaurants, art galleries, upscale shopping centers, internet cafes and nightclubs peacefully coexist alongside taco stands, street-side vendors and open air markets selling Mexican handcrafts, and strolling Mariachi bands.

But much of Puerto Vallarta's magic is in the hearts of her people. Often described as "one big, happy family," Vallartenses are known for their hospitality and for going out of their way to welcome foreign residents. And, since the Mexican people are extremely tolerant of different lifestyles, international residents and Mexican locals can live side-by-side in harmony - provided that the expatriate can learn to be creative and adaptable.

Puerto Vallarta is an unhurried refuge for people seeking more than just a beautiful beach. Those of us who choose to live here embrace the challenge of learning patience and understanding. Taking the time to "stop and smell the roses" along the road to becoming bicultural gives us the opportunity to grow - and to enjoy a more relaxed way of life.


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Daiquiri Dick's Celebrates 40 Years in Puerto Vallarta
Laura Gelezunas

A Puerto Vallarta beach joint famous for fish on a stick and cold beer has transformed over the past 40 years into a fine dining experience. To celebrate the restaurant's 40th anniversary, Daiquiri Dick's is serving a special menu featuring old time favorites through November 30th.

Third Annual 'Motomania' Starts Today in San Blas
Jorge Jimenez

The Historic Port of San Blas will host the third edition of the 'Motomanía San Blas' from November 27th through the 30th. The event is endorsed by the 'Federacion Mexicana de Motociclismo' and has positioned San Blas atop the list of biker ports in the Pacific.

Carlos Rosas' Whimsical Glass Works Wow OTFM-TC Shoppers
Erin Staley

Every season, over 100,000 shoppers jump at the chance to pick from the fine spread of 'make it, bake it, grow it' products at Puerto Vallarta's Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural. This week, we're featuring the whimsical glass works created by the very talented Carlos Rosas.

Linda Purl & Gregory Harrison Star in 'Love Letters'
Daniel R. Mininni

Starring world-renowned actors Linda Purl and Gregory Harrison, 'Love Letters' will be performed for two shows only, on December 5th and 6th at 8:00 pm, in the Main Stage Theater at the Act II Entertainment complex on the South side of Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest Charity Golf Event
Riviera Nayarit CVB

Play golf and hobnob with the legends of rock that will be playing at the Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest at the 'Fairways to Heaven' Charity Golf Outing. The proceeds from the Dec 15th tournament will be handed over to the DIF departments in Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta.

Bill Megrail & Israel Zzepda at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Bill Megrail and Israel Zzepda open at Galleria Dante on November 28th, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Get into the Christmas Spirit with Toys for Tots Vallarta
Marie Callan

Toys for Tots Vallarta is pleased to announce its 15th year of December fund raising events to purchase toys for local disadvantaged kids on Three Kings Day. Each toy they hand out brings a smile to the face of a kid who may otherwise receive nothing during the Christmas season.

Kaiser Maximilian Extends 2014 Festival Gourmet Menu
Laura Gelezunas

During the 20th Annual Festival Gourmet in Puerto Vallarta, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant featured some of the iconic foods of New York City. And though PV's annual culinary celebration ended on November 23rd, you can enjoy the NYC menu at Kaiser Maximilan until December 13, 2014.

Prototype of Jalisco's New Taxi Unveiled in Guadalajara
Lorena Sonrisas

The modernization of public transportation in Puerto Vallarta involves more than just the plans to improve the city's bus service. A prototype of the new taxis that will begin operating in PV next year was unveiled by the Jalisco Secretary of Transportation in Guadalajara last week.

The Process for Buying a Home in Puerto Vallarta
David Hoffman

The process of buying a home in Puerto Vallarta or the greater Banderas Bay area isn't dramatically different from purchasing a home in the U.S. or Canada, but there are some differences. Tropicasa Real Estate agent David Hoffman walks us through the process.

US Women's College Hoops for Hope Returns to Vallarta
PlanBC3.com

Basketball organizers Plan BC3 and The National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation are bringing the '2014 Hardwood Tournament of Hope' US women's college basketball tournament to Vallarta to raise awareness, support, and money towards research for urea cycle disorder.

Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus Soars Higher and Higher!
BanderasNews.com

The Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus (PVMC) is celebrating their continued growth with their Winter Concert, 'Higher and Higher, Mucho Mas Alto.' Performances will take place on December 4th, 12th and 14th on The Main Stage at the Act II Entertainment Complex on Vallarta's South Side.

Vallarta Retiree Gets in Touch With Her Inner Groupie
D. White

Drawn to Puerto Vallarta by it's beautiful culture, fabulous vistas, and near perfect climate, tourists and retirees flock to PV's entertainment scene in the evenings. What better way to finish off your day than to go to a show and be thrilled by first class entertainers?

Arena Vallarta Hosts 2015 National Charro Championship
María Francesca

From January 29 through February 1st, twenty-four of Mexico's best Charro associations will gather in Puerto Vallarta to compete in the Fourth National Charro Championship 'Grand Premio 2015' at Arena Vallarta, just 20 minutes from the city's International Airport.

November 21 Vallarta News Brief and Weekend Events
Banderas News Team

There's always so much going on in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here's a look at some of this week's Vallarta news headlines, some community announcements, and a couple of this weekend's events that you won't want to miss.

6th Riviera Nayarit Tourism Half Marathon & 10K
Banderas News Team

The Sixth Touristic Half Marathon of Riviera Nayarit is set to take place on November 22nd at 7:00 am, and the Conventions and Visitors Bureau is not only ready to welcome the record number of participants in this year's event but also to enhance the experience for the spectators.

4th World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
Riviera Nayarit CVB

Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit's Surf Capital, will play host to the top stand up paddle and paddleboard competitors in the world from May 10-17, 2015, thanks to the work of the Mexican Tourism Board and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Puerto Vallarta Working to Improve City Bus Service
Lorena Sonrisas

The modernization of public transportation has been a long-awaited and desired dream for Puerto Vallarta residents, and it looks as if it might soon be realized. The city plans to improve bus service in every way - from creating new routes to reducing the number of buses downtown.

Freshly Baked Goodness at Puerto Vallarta's OTFM-TC
Erin Staley

If you're visiting sunny Puerto Vallarta, be sure to stop by the city's favorite weekend attraction: the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural. While you're there, be sure pick up a loaf or two of Hans Casanova's freshly-baked, healthy and hearty, Chilean whole wheat bread.

Scotiabank Mexico to Launch 'Bank In Your Currency'
BBR Banking Services

Scotiabank will soon launch 'Bank In Your Currency' service at over 1,500 ATMs across Mexico. The service will provide MasterCard cardholders with the ability to instantly view, select, and manage the conversion to their 'home currency' of the Mexican Peso amount dispensed.

David Hoffman's Journey to Puerto Vallarta
David Hoffman

For those of you who are thinking about making a permanent move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tropicasa real estate agent David Hoffman shares his experiences. For him, the purchase of a Vallarta vacation home was life-changing. Perhaps it will be for you as well!

AMC Doubles Number of Households Reached in Mexico
Georg Szalai

AMC Networks has doubled the number of households they reach in Mexico, striking new agreements with most all of the of cable systems throughout the country, including Megacable and Telecable as well as Televisa's Sky Mexico, the country’s largest pay TV operator.

Is your Favorite American Corporation Gay Friendly?
GAYPV Magazine

Tim Wilson, the founder/editor of Puerto Vallarta's GAYPV Magazine asks, 'Is your favorite U.S. corporation gay friendly?' Well, the 2014 HRC Corporate Equality Index report was just released, and it shows which corporations have the highest, and the lowest, gay-friendly scores.

'House Hunters International' Charity Auction & Raffle
Taniel Chemsian

One of the most incredible things about being involved with the House Hunters International Charity Event is the chance to see the wonderful giving spirit of the Puerto Vallarta community. For the first time this year we will be having a Silent Auction and at least 80 raffle prizes.

Pueblos Magicos Designation Proposed for Puerto Vallarta
Prensa Global

With the Federal Tourism Department set to designate 12 new 'Pueblos Mágicos' (Magic Towns) in Mexico in 2015, the President of the Puerto Vallarta-Bahia de Banderas Business Association, Jorge Villanueva, is seeking to have Puerto Vallarta added to the list.

The Red Room Cabaret Season Opener Party, Nov 23
Daniel R. Mininni

Act II Stages is gearing up for a great Winter season, and they can't wait to show you what's in store! On November 23, everyone in Puerto Vallarta is invited to this season's Grand Opening Party at The Red Room Cabaret, located inside the Act II Stages Entertainment complex.

Democrats Abroad Weekly Film Series Resumes December 3
David Kamp and Judy Snow

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is launching its Fifth Annual Film Series on a new night and at a new location. This year, the weekly films will be shown on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at the International Friendship Club in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Design Your Life for More Happiness with Less Stuff
Umberto Ciccolella

As land, building, and condo association costs rise in Puerto Vallarta, condo square footage is shrinking. This means interior design is now even more important than before. Interior Designer Umberto Ciccolella offers tips to maximize your space with great design and functionality.

US Presidential Visits to Mexico Exhibit Opens at OPC
Pilar Perez

Deborah Aschheim's 'Bienvenidos Los Presidentes,' a multidisciplinary exhibition about collective memory and mythology that blends archival research, community interviews, and a broad range of source material with drawings, photographs, and video, opens at Vallarta's OPC Nov 26th.

Renovation of Marina Vallarta to get Underway Soon
Guillermo Gomez Pasten

With an investment of up to $100 billion pesos, a plan to revitalize Marina Vallarta will include renovation of the docks, piers, and tourist walkways, as well as the sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and boutiques - all designed to appeal to both foreign and domestic visitors.

Hairspray 3 Raises $79,936 to Help SETAC Fight AIDS
Tim Wilson

Over 300 SETAC supporters gathered at Mantamar Beach Club on November 8th for Hair Spray Night 3, a fabulous Fashion Show full of creativity and talent. Ten local stylists and make-up artists participated in the event, which raised $79,936 pesos to help fight AIDS in Puerto Vallarta.

Cancer Treatment Center to Open in Puerto Vallarta
Milenio.com

During his speech at the 'Sixth Annual Oncology Symposium,' the director of the Jalisco Institute of Cancerology announced that in early 2015 the agency will open an office in Puerto Vallarta that will be able to serve about 100 patients in the Banderas Bay region.

Sea Monkey Hosts 'Luau' in Support of PuRR Project
Marilyn Khan

On Friday, December 12th at 5 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Second Annual Pig Roast & Luau on the Beach to benefit Puerto Vallarta's no-kill feline shelter, PuRR Project. This year's event includes a special Polynesian dance performance by Academia Danza de Moorea.

Drink Turmeric-Chai Tea for Body & Brain Health
Dr. Leslie Korn

Many of us use turmeric in cooking and as a supplement as an effective and natural anti-inflammatory. While there are great quality supplements available, they can be expensive. Here's an easy recipe using the turmeric root or powder to make healthy Turmeric-Chai Tea.


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