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New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta 2019

Shawn Olaughlin Best of Vallarta, Blog, Top Picks of Vallarta, Travel Tips

Wondering what you to do for New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta? Here are some fun live music venues for celebrating and ringing in the new year. Piano Bars Incanto Named for its enchanting setting on the River Cuale, in Old Town, Incanto is celebrating their third year of bringing musical and theater performances to Vallarta. With two stages, a …

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What To Do in Puerto Vallarta in December 2019

Shawn Olaughlin Blog, Things to Do in Vallarta, Travel Tips

Are you traveling to Puerto Vallarta in December? Here’s our locals’ guide to some fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta this month. The Festivals of the Virgin of Guadalupe Dec. 1-12 The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of all Mexicans. Our main church in Puerto Vallarta is dedicated to her. Every year, from December 1st to December 12th,  …

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Top 7 places for Margaritas in Puerto Vallarta

Shawn Olaughlin Mex-ology, Top Picks of Vallarta

Margaritas are undeniably the most common tequila-based cocktail in the US and worldwide. It’s served shaken, blended and straight up.  So omnipresent in the world of cocktailing that it merits its very own glass. Even though we cannot get enough of this refreshing drink, what do we really know about margarita?  What’s the history behind this famous drink? As with many popular cocktails, the exact origin …

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Best Bars in Puerto Vallarta – Nov. 2019

Shawn Olaughlin Best of Vallarta, Mex-ology

Are you planning a visit to Puerto Vallarta and wondering where to find the best bars? Here is our locals’ guide to the best bars in Puerto Vallarta and our recommendations for their specialty cocktails.  Best Beach Bar- El Solar The Bar Solar, and its restaurant, the Barracuda, sit side-by-side on Camerones Beach in downtown Puerto Vallarta. El Solar has …

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Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta in November 2019

Shawn Olaughlin Things to Do in Vallarta, Travel Tips

Are you coming to Vallarta in November? Here’s a list of our favorite fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta this month. Farmers Market – Saturday Mornings We have an amazing farmers market on Saturday mornings in Cardenas Park in Old Town. Now in its 11th season, the market opens at 9:30 am and goes till 2:00 pm. The hand-made foods …

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Mexican Sweets For The Day of the Dead

Shawn Olaughlin Best Food in Vallarta, Mexican Holidays, Things to Do in Vallarta, Top Picks of Vallarta, Travel Tips

The Day of the Dead is a festive time for remembering and celebrating our loved ones who have predeceased us. The tradition originates from Mexico and falls on the first two days of November (All Saints Day and All Souls Day). In Mexico, we buy sugar skulls to ornament our festive tables and altars. Mexican candy and sweets are also …

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The History Of Chocolate In Mexico

Joanne Silatei Behind the Food, Best Food in Vallarta

Mexico might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of chocolate, but this global sweet treat comes from a tree native to the tropical regions of Latin America. The fruit of these trees is the cacao pod which is where we get one of the world’s favorite sweet treats. Here’s a quick look at the …

Why Retire In Puerto Vallarta

Why Retire In Puerto Vallarta?

Joanne Silatei Travel Tips

Why Retire In Puerto Vallarta? Puerto Vallarta has one of the largest US and Canadian expat populations in the world. While it’s certainly not the only place in Mexico you can retire, snowbird, or move to full-time—it is the most popular. Here’s why to add PV to the top of your expat list. Cost Of Living Is What You Make …