Rainy Season in Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaPeople often refer to the rainy season in Puerto Vallarta as the “Down Season”, or bad weather season, the reality of the matter is that the rainy season is very important for both Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas. Our subtropical weather is often compared to that of the Islands of Hawaii, which incidentally are located on the same latitude as Puerto Vallarta.

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaThe rainy season begins in the first days of July, and come to an end midway through October. The temperatures during this season range from 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit, with high humidity, fortunately the rain cools things down moderately. Besides from cooling the city down, thunderstorms provide us with a spectacle of lights and sounds, as well as unbelievable sunsets when cloudy, with a multitude of brilliant colors ranging from; rosy pink, violet, and all tones of orange, red and yellow. It goes without saying, that the rainy season is an incredible time for natural photo ops.

With torrential rains coming down on the surrounding areas, the rivers come to life and bring down with them vital nutrients which empty into the ocean, and nourish the local sea wildlife.

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaIf you are taking a stroll through the Malecon and are surprised with a sudden downpour, there is nothing to worry about; the Malecon has plenty of options for activities even when raining. Activities can enjoy in the day range from: Shopping, eating lunch or dinner in one of your favorite restaurants, or having drinks at a local bar to enjoy the gorgeous view of the bay in the rain. Don’t panic! Downpours don’t tend to last longer than an hour or two; it will stop as quickly as it started so you can continue with your plans.

The surrounding mountain ranges and local agriculture are hugely benefited by the rainy season. An immediate change can be noticed after the first few rains, the Sierra Madre goes from a dry light brown, to a vivid lush green in a matter of days! We locals see the rainy season as a cleansing period, and after a few days of rain, Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas take on a different brighter glow.

@ top photo by Javier Moreno – javierphoto.com

 

Arcano – A musical fusion

Grupo Arcano

With 11 albums, Arcano has positioned itself as one of the greatest exponents of instrumental music in Mexico.

Erika and Vick del Real Alvarado born in Tepic, Nayarit learned to play piano at age 5 and have since worked hard, their mother Clara Alvarado taught them discipline and perseverance are keys to success.

Erika on violin and Vick on the synthesizer, have achieved a unique sound resulting from a fusion of acoustic and electro sounds. In each of their albums, you’ll find a harmonious blend of different genres and styles that will astonish you.

Among of their hits is “Vallarta Summer” dedicated to Puerto Vallarta, the city that got them known, the duo of brothers is presented on the boardwalk on weekends and wrap us with their talent at sunsets, their ability to convey emotions through their music is simply exquisite.

watch “Vallarta Summer”

 

Estero de el Salado

Estero de el Salado

Estero de el SaladoThe estuary of Puerto Vallarta is an ecosystem that is connected to the sea, influenced by the steady inflow of saltwater and freshwater input from the upper basin, there are three species of mangrove found there and a variety of fauna, among which the herons, bats, crabs, fish, mollusks, raccoons and alligators.

On July 27th 2000, the estuary “El Salado” was enacted by Congress in the state of Jalisco, a Natural Protected Area (NPA) under the category of ecological conservation area.

Estero de el SaladoAmong the many activities undertaken to protect and conserve this habitat are:

  • Maintaining and monitoring facilities.
  • Management of habitat and reforestation.
  • Population ecology of key species.
  • Study population of mammals.
  • Monitoring of indicators.
  • Education and environmental awareness.
  • Institutional cooperation.

Come and meet the biodiversity of this unique and important protected ecosystem immersed in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, navigate the slopes of the Ameca river to see and photograph wildlife in its natural state.

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For more information please contact Estero de el Salado
Tel: +52 (322) 226-2870 or +52 (322) 226+2879
reservas@esterodelsalado.org

Puerto Vallarta Icons – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Lady of Guadalupe Church

The construction of the Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located across from the town square “Plaza de Armas” and the city hall, started in 1918. Its facade is made of brick and its central tower was built of four sections in the early 50’s and in 1965 was topped with a crown of concrete supported by eight angels of the same material, this tower has become the worldwide symbol that identifies the charm of Puerto Vallarta. Not far from the sea and at the foot of the mountain that shelters the bay, its poise stands out from the red roof tops, cobblestone streets and colorful patches of bougainvilleas, palm trees and golden bowls.

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The original crown fell during the October 9, 1995 earthquake, so current is made of fiberglass and is said to be a replica of the crown used by the Empress Carlota wife of Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg in 1860, who led the second and last monarchy in Mexico.

Lady of Guadalupe ChurchThe interior keeps beautiful works of art made ​​up of a marble altar with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, painted by artist Ignacio Ramirez, the Stations of the Cross, a communion rail, pulpit and confessionals carved wood. The paintings that decorate the dome of the temple were made ​​by the artist Daniel Lechón.

The church held on October 12, 2011 its 90 years and since then and by tradition and devotion on December 12, attending the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe thousands of pilgrims to celebrate the Virgin of Tepeyac (Virgin of Guadalupe), a festival attended by locals and visitors.

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Puerto Vallarta Icons – Los Arcos

Los Arcos

Located south of the city these imposing natural formations of the bay are considered since 1984 as a National Marine Park of the Arches or simply called “Los Arcos”; they have a totally virginal beauty where there are deep tunnels, caves, arches and breathtaking reefs. Besides being one of the sites protected by the Mexican government for the reproduction of different seabirds also fishing is banned around an area of 30 hectares.

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There are five islets with heights between 5 and 50 meters above sea level. Three of them have to form a natural arch, the largest rock has a tunnel of 25 meters high, is the favorite place for snorkeling and diving. At any time of year you can see an endless number of colorful fish, turtles, stingrays, octopus, lobsters, eels, etc.

Access is very easy and the experience is amazing as to appreciate more of the facets of nature in one place. This is one of the many activities offered in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy with your family and can not miss on your next vacation.

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Golf in Puerto Vallarta

Golf in Puerto Vallarta

In 2002, Puerto Vallarta became part of golf history to host the EMC World Cup. Since then, numerous championships, tournaments and competitions are held at the golf courses of Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta has the following golf courses:

Marina Vallarta Club de Golf
This course designed by Joe Finger in 1989 has 18 holes and is one of the most popular because of its proximity to the city, located in the Marina Vallarta neighborhood.
Vista Vallarta Club de Golf
Opened in 2001 has two 18 hole courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus and the other by Tom Weiskopf. With exceptional views of the bay and the city this field is proud to have hosted the EMC World Cup in 2002.
Flamingos Club de Golf
The first golf course built in the area, opened in 1978 and designed by the British Percy Clifford during his stay in Mexico.
El Tigre Club de Golf Paradise Village
It was designed by Von Hagge Group company in a relatively flat terrain, shows a very clever use of sand and water in the definition of the holes.
Mayan Resorts Golf
Opened in 2001, designed by Jim Lipe and located in the Mayan Palace property in Nuevo Vallarta just 15 minutes from the airport.
Campo de Golf Four Seasons Punta Mita
Designed by Jack Nicklaus 19-hole this field has the peculiarity of having one of the holes on an island which carry the ball through the Pacific Ocean is a challenge.
Campo de Golf Isla de Navidad
Magnificent 27-hole course located on Christmas Island and designed by Robert Von Hagge has spectacular views of ocean, mountain and lagoon.
El Tamarindo Golf Resort
Named the second best in Mexico by BEST’s Golf Guide to Mexico; is an 18 hole course designed carefully by David Fleming.

Whether for an individual player or a complete corporate group, golf clubs offer facilities that will make your stay memorable.

Come and practice your golf skills in Puerto Vallarta!

5th. Wine Fest Puerto Vallarta 2012

The wine festival began in 2007, now celebrating its fifth edition in March 22-29, 2012, where in addition to tasting and pairing also offers all kinds of samples made with extracts of wine, poetry and photo contests, live music, dance, lectures, classes and conferences, all revolving around wine culture, the aim of the festival is to offer visitors the experience of wine in all its expressions.

This major international event brings together national wine production houses, distributors and more than a dozen specialty restaurants and hotels in Bahia de Banderas and the Riviera Nayarit who offer delicious tastings.

If you are a person who usually give a tasteful touch to your meetings while enjoying your stay in Puerto Vallarta can also surprise your friends back home with your new knowledge in branding, production, types of wine and how combining them with food.

Happy New Year Puerto Vallarta 2012

Happy New Year 2012

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The time has come to say goodbye to 2011, the countdown begins and Puerto Vallarta is preparing for New Year’s Eve party. The city’s boardwalk is the meeting place where music, good wishes and the atmosphere of brotherhood are the special guests

The end of year accounts for most of the people as a farewell, while longing for a better year, longing for the lost and missing and thanking for what was lived and accomplished.

Hats, whistles, streamers, confetti, the highly anticipated fireworks and much noise accompany this party, of course you cannot miss the toast and for many people the famous 12 grapes; symbol of fertility, life and prosperity which are consumed simultaneously with the clock before it strikes midnight accompanied with good wishes for the coming year. At midnight each hotel and locations near the beach are filled with lights and joy reaching its climax.

People celebrating the new year

For many it is time for reunions, for others it’s the time for reflection but in the end, the new year is always a time to celebrate the beginning of hope which never ends, because it is always a new beginning.

The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.