Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Safety In Puerto Vallarta: Tripadvisor Knows What's Up

We can say it until we are blue in the face. But, maybe we have a biased opinion. Would you feel more comfortable if you had another informed source to evaluate the level of safety in Puerto Vallarta?, the “world’s largest travel site" that offers reviews on lodging from Switzerland to Canada, is about as informed as it gets when it comes to travel and they are talking about Puerto Vallarta's safety. So, now, you don’t have to take our word for it…

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Puerto Vallart's Boardwalk

If you’ve ever been to Puerto Vallarta, chances are you’ve strolled along El Malecón. The Malecon meaning jetty in Spanish is the city’s boardwalk and is one of the most popular areas in Puerto Vallarta. Almost a mile long and hugging the shoreline, the Malecon is hopping with activity almost any time of the day or night. 

Along the promenade you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, an array of shops, street performers, local artists selling their wares and numerous sculptures. There is a large outdoor amphitheater called Los Arcos (the Arches) where constant entertainment performs, such as the Xiutla folkloric dancers, live music, cultural events and the ever popular clown shows in the evening.   

With its recent makeover, the Malecon now offers free public Wi-Fi, plenty of new benches to sit and enjoy the view, an abundance of new palm trees all adding to the already tropical environment. A large section of the Malecon is now closed to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll leisurely along the widened esplanade. 

Bird's-eye view of El Malecón

If you love to walk and are an art lover, you should check out the Malecon Sculpture Tour, every Tuesday morning at 9:30am. The tour is free and lasts about 2 hours. Your tour guide is Gary Thompson of Galleria Pacifico, and the tour meets at the Millenia sculpture on the north end of the Malecon. 

For weekend fun, Sunday evening is an especially popular time on the Malecon. Everyone has the day off on Sundays in Mexico, so all of the locals are out in their Sunday best. Big band music is available at the plaza starting at 6pm and many of the locals will be dancing along. You are welcome to join! 

Activities are not limited to these times! Every night and weekend is like a carnival, because special events are frequent on the Malecon.  Be sure to join the festivities on your next trip to Puerto Vallarta! 

For the latest events calendar go to click here. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Puerto Vallarta’s Renaissance

Puerto Vallarta wants everyone to know that it is the ultimate Mexican destination for vacationers. In the upcoming months it hosting two industry events, one for travel and one for economics, to showcase recent town renovations and to highlight what is can offer to.

The Pacific coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta is sprucing itself up as it prepares to host two important events this spring: the Tianguis travel trade fair from March 25 to 28 and the World Economic Forum on Latin America from April 16 to 18.

The biggest project is along the city’s waterfront. In November, the malecon, the promenade fronting Banderas Bay, was reopened after reconstruction and renovation that turned the formerly traffic-filled thoroughfare into a palm-lined, pedestrian-only pathway. At its center is a beachfront amphitheater overlooking the Pacific. As part of the renovation, the city opened a kiosk with bicycles, kayaks and strollers available for rent. Their use is free for the first 30 minutes.

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