People ask us, why do you keep going back to Puerto Vallarta every year? Well, let me count the ways, read on! #1 The Weather Not all tropical locations have consistently great weather in the winter season as does Puerto Vallarta (and we’re talking 26° to 30° every day, although the nights can be chillier in part of Jan and Feb). Waking up to the sun shining keeps us happy, very happy. #2 The Mexican People Being a major tourist destination,
2021 Celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” in Puerto Vallarta
Growing up Catholic in a large, extended German immigrant family in Canada with more relatives than I can possibly count, death was as natural as life itself. But no one “does death” quite like the Mexicans do as witnessed in Puerto Vallarta on Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Attending Catholic school until age 11, the church was attached to our school and it was required that all students attend masses and every funeral, whether they knew the
Road Trip to Tequila: Pueblo Mágico!
“Hola Amigos! Come and taste some Tequila, it’s free!” Any visitor to Puerto Vallarta walking on the Malecon soon learns that these tastings are anything but “free” … they are high-pressure “teasers” with the ultimate goal to get you to go a timeshare presentation. Did we want to learn about Mexico’s liquid treasure from a slick salesperson whose only goal is to guide unsuspecting tourists down a very bad investment path rather than from someone who had real knowledge of the
Reeling in the Big One (!) and a Delicious Ceviche Recipe
What do bananas have to do with deep sea fishing? Apparently, a lot. “Do you have any bananas?” Our fishing guide Eduardo asked as we boarded our Vikingo charter fishing boat at the Pier at Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta. “Because bananas are very bad luck for fishing! If you have any, we’ll have to throw them overboard!” We already knew about the banana superstition when booking our charter, so no worries, no bananas. However, without thinking, I had thrown
Getting Immersed in Love in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit
From the moment we stepped foot onto the property of the charming, family-owned Casa Corazón in Sayulita, love was in the air. Everywhere. Corazón means “heart” in Spanish and there were many of them adorning the rooms, reception area and walkway stones. Once a jungle getaway (how exotic), signs of love and hearts can be seen everywhere throughout this laid-back Mexican surf town, just 30 miles from Puerto Vallarta. The Sayulita vibe is youthful, hippy-ish, yoga loving, beach bummy and upscale
San Miguel Shoes For Comfort AND Style
San Miguel Shoes Handmade in Mexico The discovery of San Miguel Shoes, an iconic brand, will keep me coming back to Mexico on a regular basis. I’m completely serious. As a person with long term back issues resulting from a botched spinal fusion, I constantly search the globe for comfortable shoes that won’t kill me after two minutes of wearing them, and that are also stylish. It’s a tall order to find “orthopedic” shoes that are not butt ugly or look
Rincón de Guayabitos: True Mexican Beach Town in the Riviera Nayarit
No wonder legions of Mexicans, Americans, Canadians (including many, many French Canadians from Quebec we discovered), and increasing numbers of Europeans roll out their beach mats in the Riviera Nayarit, particularly in the small beach town of Rincón de Guayabitos. Family-friendly and ridiculously affordable, this laid back resort is situated in a protected bay with 2 km of sandy beach and gentle waves and is a mecca for Mexicans and tourists alike. One of our goals while in Puerto Vallarta was
Mexican-Style Caesars (Micheladas) Deconstructed: Muy Deliciosa!!
Having had my first Mexican Michelada (pronounced Mee-chay-lah-dah), I will forever pine for this version of a quintessentially Canadian invented cocktail that the Mexicans have managed to elevate to new heights and flavours. The one I had at the El Malecón beach restaurant in Puerto Vallarta is a meal in itself and is really a cocktail and salad all in one. It literally took two hands to get the 1 litre drink to my mouth! Before I deconstruct this delicious concoction,
Prescription Medications That Can be Bought Over-the-Counter (OTC) in Mexico
On vacation in Puerto Vallarta and forgot your Prozac? Penicillin? Sleeping pills? Ritalin? Or Viagra (wink)? No problemo! Just head to one of dozens of Farmacia’s and especially to one of the discount pharmacies. There are many in downtown PV (El Centro). Beyond intrigued, I entered a discount Farmacia on the street Basilio Badillo and as a creative type who finds it difficult to sleep sometimes, I asked which sleeping medications were available. The young senorita whipped out a laminated “menu.”
Life’s A Beach: Playing on Playa Camarones, Puerto Vallarta
Our first observations upon hitting the beach of Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach – I love a beach named after my favorite seafood) were fivefold: very few people, quiet, very clean, beautiful sand and rolling waves. So far, so good. Our playa (beach) is situated between the all-inclusive hotel beaches and the beginning of El Centro, the heart of all the action and is one of many in the half moon shaped Banderas Bay, discovered by the Spanish in the early 1500s.