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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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Vallarta Blues Singer Chris Kenny Needs Your Help
Debbie White

Chris Kenny has been one of Vallarta's most acclaimed Blues singers for many years. Sadly, she has been diagnosed with oral cancer and has returned to Canada for treatment. A GoFundMe page has been started to help with Chris' medical expenses. Please consider making a donation.

Top 10 Best Places for Real Estate Investment in 2018
Boston Real Estate Times

Live and Invest Overseas, a resource on investment, real estate, retirement and living overseas, has released their ranking of the top 10 best places for real estate investment in 2018. It comes as no surprise that Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta in particular, made the list.

Vallarta Street Artist Misael Lopez Opens New Gallery
Samara Alpern

You know Misael Lopez. His portraits of Princess Leah and Albert Einstein define Puerto Vallarta street art, and now Gold Leaf Smoke Shop is proud to sponsor the grand opening of Lopez's new space, The Hive Studio and Galería, on Friday, January 26th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Connect with Mexico: Mexico Explained in Plain English
Carlos Navarro

If you are an English-speaking expat in Puerto Vallarta, come to The Boutique Theatre every Sunday at 2 pm to Connect with Mexico! This series of weekly conversations is a fun way to learn about Mexican art, culture, and the stories behind the doings and sayings of the Mexican people.

Survey Says Puerto Vallarta is Mexico's Safest City
Boardwalk Realty PV

Despite the Mexico travel advisories issued by the United States, tourist areas in Jalisco are as safe, if not safer, as most any other city in North America. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico in the most recently published National Public Urban Security survey.

Kim Kuzma & Miss Conception Return to The Palm Cabaret
Alex Bourgeau

The 2018 season continues to shine with celebrity impersonators, classical artists, and homegrown entertainment at Puerto Vallarta's favorite cabaret. On January 22, The Palm welcomes two local favorites, Kim Kuzma and Miss Conception, back to the stage.

Arena Vallarta to Host 7th Int'l Charro Championships
María Francesca

From February 1-4, 20 of the best Charro teams in Mexico and 10 from the US will gather at Arena Vallarta for the Puerto Vallarta Centennial Edition of the International Charro Championship. Between hot rodeo action and traditional events, it'll be a true Mexican celebration.

Fashion for Compassion Luncheon at Hacienda Carlota
Colette Zarry

On February 5, Hacienda Carlota Restaurant and Deja New will host a Fashion Show and Luncheon to raise money for Puerto Vallarta's Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic, which provides free services to Banderas Bay pet owners who otherwise would be unable to get their cats and dogs sterilized.

Opening Reception of New Works by Angeline Kyba
Banderas News Team

Don't miss the opening reception of Angeline Kyba's newest art works on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy art, tapas, wine and a fiesta at Casa Brava, the artist's home studio, in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Los Mangos Library 18th Annual Art Auction, January 25
Lorena Sonrisas

Get ready folks! It's time for the yearly 'Subasta de Arte' at Puerto Vallarta's Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos. Set to take place on January 25 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, this will be the library's 18th annual art auction/fundraiser - and it promises to be the largest and most entertaining to date!

5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Set for February 18
BanderasNews.com

The 5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, set to be held at the Centro de Fiestas Los Delfines on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 3-8 pm, will feature local restaurants, artisanal booths and live music, with proceeds benefiting Amigos de Lo de Marcos and Comite de Accion Ciudadana.

CarnavalPV Celebrates Puerto Vallarta's 100th Birthday
Pablo Corona

This year's CarnavalPV parade is going to be bigger and better than ever as Puerto Vallarta celebrates its 100th anniversary. Offering fun for all ages, the 2018 parade will be held Tuesday, February 13, starting in the hotel zone at 8:00 pm and winding down the Malecón to Los Muertos Pier.

A Look at Some Upcoming Puerto Vallarta Charity 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. Especially during 'high season' when there are tons of charity events that offer everyone the opportunity to have fun while enhancing the lives of those in need of help.

This Week's Line up of Entertainment at Act II Stages
Danny Mininni

If you haven't been to Act II recently, you don't know what you've been missing! Ranked #6 out of the 167 'Best Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta' on TripAdvisor, STAGES is the biggest entertainment venue in the Banderas Bay area with 3 venues offering live performances nightly.

This Month's Hot Property from Tropicasa Realty
Selva Romantica, Safari 5

Located within the Selva Romantica complex, just two blocks from Olas Altas in the heart of Old Town Puerto Vallarta and less than a five minute walk to Los Muertos Beach, Safari 5 is a converted studio unit with the generous feel of a proper 1 bedroom condominium.

A 'Prayer for Peace' at Vallarta Botanical Garden
María Francesca

As real and lasting peace is only possible if everyone works towards it, a 'Prayer for Peace' will be part of the Vallarta Botanical Garden's annual International Peace Garden celebration to be held at 12:00 noon on January 15, 2018. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

PV Chef to 'Give Back' at AIDS Foundation Oscars Party
LP Howard

Giving back to the community is nothing new for Puerto Vallarta Chef and Nutritional Trainer Victor Guevara. So, when Chef Wayne Elias asked him to volunteer his culinary skills at Hollywood's Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars Party, Guevara answered the call without hesitation.

Sculptor Jim Demetro Opens Gallery in Old Town Vallarta
James R. Callan

Several months ago, sculptor Jim Demetro and his wife Eva discovered a long vacant building on Lazaro Cardenas right across from the Park in Old Town Vallarta. It looked terrible, but they could see the potential. Today, it is a lovely, bright, attractive gallery, The Demetro Gallery.

Galleria Dante Presents Miguel Angel Martin del Campo
Claire Guarniere

An exhibition by artist Miguel Angel Martin del Campo opens at Galleria Dante on January 12, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.


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