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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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HIV-AIDS Community Center Announces Red Ribbon Gala
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV-AIDS Community Center, has announced 'Red Ribbon Gala - A World Without AIDS for our Children,' an extraordinary fundraising event set to take place at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 10 pm.

Thanksgiving in PV? Let Daiquiri Dick's Do the Cooking!
Banderas News Team

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, and if you are in Puerto Vallarta, Daiquiri Dick's is the perfect place to celebrate. Especially on November 23, when the restaurant will be serving a special a la carte Holiday Menu right on Los Muertos Beach.

First Part of December a Great Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta
María Francesca

The first 12 days of December is a perfect time to be in Mexico as cities across the country celebrate the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here in Puerto Vallarta, December 12 also marks the anniversary of the founding of our city in 1851, which kicks the celebrations up a notch.

International Friendship Club: 'From a Small Acorn'
John Warren

The International Friendship Club started offering Puerto Vallarta Home Tours 31 years ago as a way to raise funds to support the fledgling Cleft Palate Clinic. For the 2017-2018 season, the IFC Home Tours will run every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through March 21, 2018.

Season's First South Side Shuffle at Galleria Dante
Banderas News Team

An exhibition by Canadian artist Marc Galipeau opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, November 24, as part of the first Southside Shuffle of the 2017-2018 season. Stop by PV's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

2017 Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic, Nov. 18
Ricardo Acerco

On Saturday, November 18, for one day only, Punta Mita will open its exclusive golf course to players from all around the bay - regardless of their membership status. Fundación Punta de Mita and PEACE Punta de Mita invite you to play for a cause at the Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic.

Vallarta's Entertainment Season in Full Swing at Act II
Daniel R. Mininni

Act II is 'On Top of the World' - or, with new shows opening and ongoing favorites selling out nightly, at least on top of Vallarta's entertainment scene! And the hits just keep on coming at STAGES, where you can enjoy live entertainment in all three venues every night of the week.

Vallarta Botanical Garden November News
Robert Price

In addition to exploring the 64 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at Vallarta Botanical Garden! Founder Robert Price tells us about some of the Garden's new and ongoing projects and upcoming events you won't want to miss.

Three Reasons Why You Will Love Living in Mexico
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico

There are so many reasons why choosing to live in Mexico is one of the best decisions you can make, it's virtually impossible to cover them all without leaving something out. MEXLend, a leading mortgage broker in Mexico, outlines some of the best things about moving to Mexico.

The History of the Mexican Revolution and Its Heroes
Lorena Sonrisas

The Mexican Revolution is honored each year on November 20. Its importance is taught in schools, as it is not only a significant example of people's ability to fight a structure internally for a true change, but also a reminder that all people have the right to be free from oppression of any kind.

Puerto Vallarta's 3rd 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' Contest
María Francesca

To encourage environmental responsibility, the City of Puerto Vallarta invites all children and teens to participate in the 3rd 'Reduce, Reuse & Recycle' contest. To participate, all you have to do is create a sculpture or piece of furniture made from at least 80% recycled materials.

Informative, Entertaining Talks at Boutique Theatre
Catherine Beeghly

TED Talk Tuesdays returns to the Boutique Dinner Theater Nov. 21 and will be presented every other Tuesday throughout the 2017-2018 season. Each week, an 'interesting person' living in Vallarta will share his or her expertise and insights, on a variety of socially relevant topics.

This Season's First Vallarta Garden Club Meeting
David Muck

Make plans to join the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club at Incanto on Thursday, November 16 for our inaugural meeting of the 2017-2018 season. The meeting will begin with a presentation of our first project, followed by drinks and appetizers on the terrace overlooking the Rio Cuale.

Beachfront Fashion Show to Benefit Corazón de Niña
Banderas News Team

Tired of wearing the same old beachwear day in and day out? Then come to El Dorado Beach Club on Playa de Los Muertos on Saturday, November 25 for the second annual Beachfront Fashion Show to benefit Corazón de Niña, a shelter for abused and abandoned children in Puerto Vallarta.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine to Headline Casa Cupula Quinceañera
George Rivas

Cynthia Lee Fontaine, undisputed Miss Congeniality of hit reality TV show 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' has been selected by the team at Casa Cupula Boutique Hotel to headline the property's highly anticipated quinceañera - or 15th anniversary - celebration, to take place January 19, 2018.

November 15 Texas Festival Benefits Pasitos de Luz
Banderas News Team

On November 15, Hotel Secrets Vallarta Bay will be throwing a Texas Experience FUNdraiser that includes music, food, and a lot of Texas-size fun to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit that provides free vital services to disabled children living in extreme poverty.

Punta Raza Surf Fishing Tournament, November 25-26
Riviera Nayarit CVB

The Tepic Surf Fishing Club is inviting all surf fishing aficionados to participate in the eleventh edition of their annual Shore Fishing Tournament, set to be held on the shores of Playa Punta Raza in the Riviera Nayarit on November 25 and 26, 2017.

Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival Returns November 18-19
María Francesca

The 2017 Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival returns November 18-19th and will feature some of PV's best taco restaurants offering a wide variety of Mexico's most representative dish, plus beer and tequila tastings, Lucha Libre, live music and more, at the Municipal Sports Stadium.

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

On Friday, December 8th at 5 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Fifth Annual Luau on the Beach to benefit the 180+ cats living at the PuRR Project shelter in Puerto Vallarta. Tickets to this fun-filled charity event always go quickly, so get yours before they sell out!

2018 Vallarta Heroes 9-1-1 Calendar is On Sale Now
PVRPV

Puerto Vallarta firefighters, lifeguards and police took a moment out from putting out flames to spark a few fires of their own last Thursday night at Paco's Ranch at the 'unveiling' of the 2018 Heroes 9-1-1 calendar. The 14-month calendar is on sale now for just $250 pesos.

Act II Opens With a BANG! Breaking Box Office Records
Daniel R. Mininni

Sporting an all new look and box office record breaking shows, Act II Entertainment is very excited about the 2017-2018 season. Featuring 42 different shows, many of Vallarta's favorite performers have already returned to STAGES, but there's also some hot, new surprises in store!

'Movember' is All About Men's Health in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

This month, we are celebrating Men's Health Month - 'Movember' - by promoting the awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta, together with UroVallarta, have put together a full month of Speakers Programs, Clinics and Special Packages.

The Jazz Foundation Hosts Democrats Abroad Nov. Events
BanderasNews.com

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico has announced their November calender of events, which includes the return of their Weekly Film Series on November 14 and the monthly social on November 21. All of this month's events will be held at The Jazz Foundation.

Malecón Sculpture Tours Return to Puerto Vallarta
Paco Ojeda

For more than a decade, Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson has been offering free guided Malecón Sculpture Tours every Tuesday morning. This year, he's added a Sunset Tour on Thursdays in an effort to increase donations collected for Los Mangos Library.

Beverly & Willow Bring Smooth Jazz to No Way José!
Julie Guerrero

Award-winning Puerto Vallarta favorite, No Way Jose! Restaurant/Bar announces an exciting addition to their live music entertainment roster with Beverly & Willow. Enjoy traditional jazz seasoned with Latin spices and delicious Mexican contemporary cuisine every Thursday & Saturday.

Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra Presents 'A Salty Winter'
BanderasNews.com

As a big supporter of the arts in Puerto Vallarta, Act II is excited to present 'A Salty Winter,' a concert by the Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra on December 3. The Big Band Orchestra-style concert will feature performances by young musicians who have been learning to improvise their solo style.

Puerto Vallarta Beer Festival Set for Nov. 18 & 19
Ricardo Acerco

Celebrate the good life in Puerto Vallarta at the Brewmasters PV Beer Festival! Set to take place on November 18 and 19, this fun and free event will feature some of the region's best craft beers all in one place - the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura on La Isla Rio Cuale.

Public Works on Calle Morelos Revitalize El Centro
Lorena Sonrisas

In addition to making the street more attractive and giving it greater functionality for residents and business owners in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, the public works recently carried out on Calle Morelos will be a trigger for the economic reactivation of El Centro.


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