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

 

Puerto Vallarta Weddings

Changing the polished marble floors of churches for white sandy beaches is a trend that is on the rise in México, and Puerto Vallarta possesses all the elements necessary to transform this grand event into a magical moment filled with natural beauty and splendor.

Puerto Vallarta is fully equipped to handle even the most demanding wedding events, some of the reasons being:

One can find exquisite beaches and truly unique venues, whether you prefer the comfort of a dance hall, or maybe something a little more out in the open, or simply at the foot of the ocean, rest assured the event will be a spectacular one.

It’s rich culinary background, in fact Mexico is home to the best restaurants on the Pacific Coast. Also we are headquarters to the Gourmet Dining Festival, with international praise. It is because of this you will find excellent banquet services with high standards and excellent quality, in both Mexican and International Cuisine.

Wherever you might stay, you will immediately notice a very friendly and attentive service, one that is distinguished among the Mexican people. In 2003 Puerto Vallarta was honored by being voted the friendliest city in the world by the Condé Nast magazine.

Beach weddings transform a normal ceremony into unforgettable moments, whenever the bride and groom hear the sound of crashing waves, feel sand between their toes, or smell the ocean breeze, their mind will immediately take them back in time to the day they wed next to the ocean.

Aguas Frescas (fresh waters) – The flavours of Mexico

Aguas Frescas

The wide variety of fruits, seeds and flowers such as the existing Jamaica flower in Mexico, have led to an extraordinary wealth of recipes, delicious flavors and very decorative “Fresh Waters” which are an emblematic part of the Latin American culture. If you have ever visited the most authentic restaurants, you may notice that these drinks are served with a scoop from a large glass jar (vitrolero) poured over ice. The “Fresh Water” is popular both with meals and as a refreshing drink during the day.

Aguas Frescas Aguas Frescas

Among the variety of the “Fresh Waters” there are very particular kinds that are not found in regular ice cream parlors as they are offered by street vendors such as:

La Tuba: Is an exotic drink, typical of tropical regions. It comes from the coconut palm tree by completely cutting the bunch of coconuts just before the flowers blossom. The liquid emanating from the cut of the branch drains into containers collected every morning and left for days for it to age to get its distinctive flavor, handed down from generation to generation this drink comes from the Philippines and was brought to Mexico during the XVI century on the many travels of the Manila Galleon.

TejuinoEl Tejuino: Refreshing drink derived from fermented corn and sweet sugar cane, commonly found in western Mexico thanks to the Huichol heritage. It’s served alone or with lemon, salt and cayenne pepper, it has a bittersweet flavor with a low degree of alcohol.

In spite of its popularity and its promotion through photographs done by people & tourists; nowadays these typical drinks “Fresh Water” are being severely threatened by the spread of bottled drinks.

I Break for Gringos

I Break for Gringos

Director: Fernando LebrijaPuerto Vallarta again becomes a movie set for the big screen, a few days ago the shooting started for the film I Break for Gringos from Mexican director Fernando Lebrija native of Guadalajara who on this occasion co-wrote and is directing this film. Fernando Lebrija was born in Guadalajara Mexico. He completed a Masters in Fine arts in Film at the American Film Institute. Also a year of postgraduate studies in Screenwriting at UCLA, as well as completing directing course at USC, also in Los Angeles.

I Break for Gringos is a comedy about two young high school kids caught up in crazy adventures when they travel to Puerto Vallarta for the most memorable Spring Break of their lives!

I Break for Gringos

“LOGAN is a high school senior with some insecurities. His PARENTS treat him like an immature kid. He doesn’t exist for LINA, the girl he has a crush on. When he steals his Dad’s vintage Camaro to impress her, he accidentally crashes it and gets grounded for his much-anticipated Spring Break vacation. But when his crazed best friend, BLAKE, discovers Lina is going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Logan waits until his parents leave on their Anniversary Cruise, then promptly heads off to Mexico with Blake, determined to do it right this time.”

I Break for Gringos adds up to the list of the many feature films that have chosen Puerto Vallarta as their sound stage for production. The Night of the Iguana, Herbie Goes Bananas, Predator, Revenge, Beverly Hills Chihuaha and Limitless are among of the many movies filmed at this beautiful city.

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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!

Puerto Vallarta Icons – Caballito de Mar (Sea Horse)

This bronze sculpture of almost 3 meters high of a seahorse with a child riding it is the most recognized symbol of Puerto Vallarta; from the talented Rafael Zamarripa was installed in the year of 1966 on “Los Muertos” beach but because to the relentless force of the waves and bad weather led to eventually capsized and disappeared in the ocean. In 1976 there was a replica, becoming the first sculpture on the “Malecon” of town.

Some years after its twin was installed, the original mysteriously appeared and then lost again with the arrival of Hurricane Kenna and later to be rediscovered and reinstalled one more time.

Nowadays both sculptures are currently starring in many of the photographs of the spectacular sunsets over the bay. Some say that the god Poseidon takes everything that belongs to him to never return, however this time it seems that the horse and the child are so in love of the place that welcomed them; escaping each time Poseidon steals them to go back to the place where they feel loved.

Taxi Safe Puerto Vallarta

  • Always take a secure taxi at night.
    Ask your venue to call a taxi for you and record your taxi #.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary valuables at night.
    Bring only your ID, and the cash or card you might need.
  • Obey local laws.
    Don’t drink, carry drugs, urinate, or be disorderly on the streets. No sleeping on the beach.
  • Report crimes promptly with details.
    You may report anonymously, but please file a report.
  • Report problems with taxis or police.
    Whitout a report nothing can be done.
To file a report go to: www.taxisafepv.com
Forms and instructions in English are available. It will only take a few minutes and you need to give your name.

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.

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