Ventana del Mar & Spa Facebook Contest

Ventana del Mar & Spa Facebook Contest“Win a Weekend at the exclusive condominiums
Ventana del Mar & Spa in Puerto Vallarta”

Win a 3 nights stay with a $1,500.00 USD value.

  1. Go online to:
  2. “Like” our page Palmera Vacations.
  3. Go to photos and select “Ventana del Mar & Spa Contest” album.
  4. Within the album write a brief invitation for all of your friends so they can go in and “Like” your invitation.
  5. Invite all of your friends to “Like” and your invitation.
  6. The goal is to gain the more “Likes” possible for your invitation.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Prize: 3 nights for 6 people (including minors) in Ventana del Mar & Spa unit 1.
  • The invitation with more “Likes” will win the Prize.
  • The winner of the Prize will need to make sure that all of the people that “Liked” his/ hers invitation also “Liked” in order to collect the prize.
  • The contest deadline will be Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 pm local time Puerto Vallarta.
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, November 7th via Palmera Vacations ( ), Facebook (, Twitter ( and our Palmera Vacations Blog ( ).
  • Valid period to collect prize is from May 1st thru October 31st, 2012. Reservation is subject to availability of the unit, does not apply during holidays. The prize can be transferable but not valid in cash return.
  • The Prize cannot be combined with other contest, specials or promotions.
  • The reservation must be booked thru the offices of at Telephone: (322) 222-2649 or via email: with a minimum of 7 days notice before the arrival.
  • The Prize is only the lodging, does not include additional services.
  • Winner must be over 18 years old.

Good Luck!

Puerto Vallarta in the Film Industry

Puerto Vallarta and the Film Industry

Clearly Puerto Vallarta’s scenery was destined since its formation to become a dream place for the rich and famous, sooner or later to be discovered by the masses and becoming an ideal place with great recognition for the adventurous tourist.

During the 60’s decade and in spite of the infrastructure limitations, Director John Huston adventurous at heart opened the door that led the way throughout the years to a filmic production in Puerto Vallarta  with his well known  movie “The Night of the Iguana” in which one of the protagonists was Richard Burton; Elizabeth Taylor’s couple at that time. Both were charmed by this heavenly place and decided to buy a property and making it their temporary home.

The fame acquired by the production of “The Night of the Iguana” had such an impact that made Puerto Vallarta go from a small fishing town to a world known destination and became a great location to shoot featured films from which we can highlight the following:

  1. The Night of the Iguana (1964)
  2. The Domino Principle (1977)
  3. Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
  4. Predator (1987)
  5. Revenge (1990)
  6. Blind Side (1993)
  7. Gunmen (1993)
  8. Deadly Swarm (2003)
  9. Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)
  10. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

Due to this series of events, the local government created the Municipal Commission of the Filmic Industry and in 2003 the first Film Festival was held in Puerto Vallarta.

The Night of the Iguana

Interesting Fact: While doing the research for this blog story we came across a behind the scenes color documentary about the filming of The Night of the Iguana, the Puerto Vallarta footage is quite impressive of how the city looked back then. For some of us this is the first time we see Puerto Vallarta footage in color from those years.

We have included the documentary below for your enjoyment.

On the Trail of the Iguana – Part 1

On the Trail of the Iguana – Part 2

Mexico’s Independence Day – September 16th.

16th of September - Independence Day

Traditionally September has been consider the month of patriotism, during this month many important events took place related to the battles for freedom and sovereignty in Mexico, Independence day being the most important one which took place on September 16.

The objective of said celebration is to remember the day that the liberal movement began and to recognize its initiators.

Grito de Independencia

Mexican families enjoy the celebrations starting on the evening of September 15th since at 11:00 pm the famous “Cry of Independence” is given in all of the Mexican town squares just like father Miguel Hidalgo did in 1810 for freedom from Spain and it’s considered the chronological starting point of the war for independence.

The series of events are broadcasted on television every year from the well known capital’s main square in Mexico City when the clock hits 11:00 pm that’s when the bells ring at will, within the National Palace the president of the Mexican Republic holding the flag in his hands comes out and yells in front of the huge crowd of people ¡¡VIVA MEXICO!! followed by the National Mexican anthem.

Chile en Nogada During this traditional Mexican celebration you can enjoy the Mariachi, national folkloric music and a great variety of exquisite Mexican cuisine in which we can highlight the pozole and the chiles en nogada, this last one being a typical dish from Puebla whose origin goes back to the consumption of the Independence in 1821 which was elaborated by the Agustinas Nuns where you can appreciate the 3 color of our flag:  green represented by  the chile poblano, white by the tender castilla nut sauce and red by the pomegranate.

Desfile de Independencia September 16th is the maximum patriotic festivity of the homeland therefore it is considered a national holiday, the majority of the Mexican nationals have a day off, along all the cities and towns celebrations are organized, in civic areas pledge of allegiance to the Mexican flag is performed, parades are organized in the main streets in which kids from different schools march, some representing the events that occurred in 1810, at Mexico City the parade is integrated by the Mexican armed forces.

This is the perfect moment to enjoy and learn the essence of the Mexican people, it’s gastronomy, music, history and to experience the wonderful culture of this welcoming country.

Naval History Museum – Puerto Vallarta

Historic Naval MuseumThe Naval History Museum of Puerto Vallarta is set in a privileged oceanfront location, just in front of the main Puerto Vallarta landmarks and world famous Malecón, right in the heart of the city. Founded November 18th, 2006 this museum has a great collection composed of more than 154 pieces in exhibition.

Mexico’s Ministry of Navy currently has four naval history museums; two of them located in Mexico City, one in the port of Veracruz and the recent one here in Puerto Vallarta where you can find navigation charts, scaled replicas of antique and modern boats, topographic reproduction models of the Mexican Republic and a variety of its ports, as well as navigation artifacts, canyons, uniforms and a panoramic exhibition that gives us the sense  of the great compromise of the Naval forces towards the community in regards to the functions of saving and helping in disaster cases.

The exhibition halls are:

• Expeditions and discoveries of the South Sea.
• Merging of two worlds.
• The journey of the Naos and defenses of the fleets.
• Foundation of Puerto Vallarta and the colony of San Blas.
• Islands and reefs.
• Mexico’s Naval Forces.

Within the second floor you will find a temporary exhibition room, an multimedia room and of course a café with first class service which offers breakfast until 13:00 hrs and Wi-Fi internet connection.

The naval history museum of Puerto Vallarta acquires, preserves, investigates, communicates and exposes or exhibits for study purposes and / or simple delight, artistic and scientific collections… always with a cultural value.

It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Address: Zaragoza street #4, Downtown Puerto Vallarta.