Turtle Season

Turtles SeasonIt’s incredible to think of all eventualities that occur in Puerto Vallarta, especially when they are natural events which results impossible not to notice, such as the arrival of the turtles to the bay. Of the eight varieties of sea turtles in the world seven of them reach the Mexican coast and two species are endemic to Mexico, which means they are only found here and nowhere else in the world, the Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii ) in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia agassizi) whose nesting area is in the state of Michoacán.

The Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) known locally as “Caguama” in Mexico is distributed along the Pacific coast including the Sea of ​​Cortez, being one of the most important for breeding and conservation of this species.

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It is important to note that all sea turtle species are endangered and that’s why they are strictly protected, and here in Puerto Vallarta are some camps responsible for the protection, care and release of turtles, some hotels also have this kind of events where you can be a participant.

In your next vacation, bring your kids to a turtle camp, teach them or allow a person with the knowledge to talk to them about these incredible creatures of the sea. Participate in liberation of baby turtles and experience that feeling of protection and conservation over the species. There is nothing more fulfilling than holding a baby turtle in your hand, giving it a name, a kiss and wish them luck in their difficult journey and just watching them make way to their home, The Sea!

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Bug Fever Puerto Vallarta 2011

Bug Fever Puerto Vallarta 2011Bug Fever Puerto Vallarta 2011This past weekend on November 19th & 20th  the sixth annual event VOCHERO VALLARTAZO was held, it takes place each year in Puerto Vallarta; this national event brings together car lovers members of the National Association Volkswagen Club of Mexico Vocheros A.C. with the purpose of displaying them and competing in three categories:

  • 100% Original Car
  • Modified
  • Customized

Bug Fever Puerto Vallarta 2011

It is noteworthy to understand that the whole concept is about old cars from the 50`s until the last edition where the judges of the association itself qualify all types, car by car. The highest scores are awarded a recognition and a trophy created by the same members of the club in recognition of their efforts and passion for Volkswagen line car owners.

This annual event took place at the port facilities organized by Vallarta Volkswagen Club, Where amateurs and general public enjoyed live music, drinks, food, car exhibits, gadget sales and other family activities and entertainment.

Bug Fever Puerto Vallarta 2011

XVII International Gourmet Festival

XVII Festival Gourmet InternationalXVII Festival Gourmet International The International Gourmet Festival Puerto Vallarta and Riviera had its beginnings in 1995 and to date has had around 200 guest chefs, many of them of international stature, such as Gerard DuPont, president of the “Culinary Academy of France” who attends every year and Patricia Quintana one of our most renowned Mexican chefs.

XVII Festival Gourmet International The Gourmet Festival celebrates the accomplishments of not only the invited guest chefs, but the local chefs who share their gourmet talents with Puerto Vallarta’s guests all year long. And they have adapted new recipes and creations to maintain the culinary culture to its highest level.

The international chefs present their creations and delights in every partnered hotel and restaurant. Enjoy a tasting menu or a la carte gourmet dinner in an exceptional setting, each with its own festival shines on their menus offering a truly unique opportunity to taste the cuisine and admire the art of fine dining.

You are still in time to attend this event that will last until November 20th., for more information please visit their official website.

XVII Festival Gourmet International

56th. International Fishing Tournament Puerto Vallarta

56th International Fishing Tournament Puerto Vallarta

The International Marlin & Sailfish Fishing Tournament has arrived once again to Puerto Vallarta this time celebrating its 56th edition. This renowned fishing tournament is organized by Mr. Andres Famania Ortega, Bandera’s Bay Fishing Club President taking place November 9, 10, 11, and 12 in which you can participate in 4 categories: Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and Tuna fish; in the case of Sailfish and Marlin the teams will be able to participate in the catch and release form stating the team champion with the highest number of catches.

With prizes adding up to  2 million pesos; there are 7 cars, professional fishing equipment  and cash prizes! Each team is integrated by a maximum of 4 fishermen and with the sole purpose to protect the species only the following species will be qualified:

  • Marlin with a weight over 220 Lb. – Record 710.54 Lb.
  • Sailfish with a weight over 66 Lb. – Record 155.64 Lb.
  • Tuna fish with a weight over 66 Lb. – Record 388.01 Lb.
  • Mahi Mahi with a weight over 22 Lb.
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The opening ceremony took place Thursday, November 10 at pier number 3 at the Integral fishing administration (API) and the award ceremony will be held at the Hotel Krystal, Jalisco hall on Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 pm.

This tradition began in 1956 at the Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club becoming more popular year after year. The activities start early in the morning and the goal is to find the best fish samples.

Art Walk Season 2011 – 2012

ArtWalk Season 2011-2012

Puerto Vallarta is a true artistic Icon; it has become a very important center of creation, exhibition and art promotion by having more galleries than any other beach destination where you can find contemporary and modern expositions of the most renowned Mexican and foreign artist; abstract paintings and a wide selection of more traditional styles such as engravings, watercolors and oils. You can also find other collection items such as hand manufactured jewelry and crystals, original sculptures and fine Mexican crafts. Even the sculptures that line the boardwalk.

Mata OrtizRaymundo AndradeRotonda del MarSergio Bustamante

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Due to all this growth, the Art Walk was created; this is not a guided circuit, the idea is to motivate the interested audience, collectors and visitors to take the opportunity to walk through the participating gallery facilities during the evening so they can appreciate the great variety and quality of their catalog.

The Art Walk starts every year at the end of October and ends in May, taking place every Wednesday  from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. These are the participant galleries for this season:

  1. Galería Colectika
  2. Galería Ana Romo Art
  3. Galería Corsica I
  4. Galería Corsica II
  5. Galería Pacífico
  6. Galería Caballito de Mar
  7. Galería The Loft
  8. Galería de Ollas
  9. Galería Arte 550

ArtWalk Map

Since all the associated galleries are in the Historic Center, the distance from one to another is fairly a short walk, makes it fun and a great way to get to know the exhibiting artists. Come and enjoy, in the majority of the cases a courtesy glass of wine.

This is a real opportunity to have a wonderful Art Walk experience throughout Downtown Puerto Vallarta in which all of these galleries undoubtedly will receive you with a warm welcome.

If you’re lucky to be here, please do not miss it.

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: http://www.facebook.com/palmeravacations
  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” http://www.facebook.com/palmeravacations 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” http://www.facebook.com/palmeravacations 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 (www.palmeravacations.com ), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/palmeravacations), Twitter (http://twitter.com/PalmeraV) and our Palmera Vacations Blog (http://www.palmeravacations.com/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 www.palmeravacations.com at Telephone: (322) 222-2649 or via email: info@palmeravacations.com 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!

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.

Isla Río Cuale – The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Isla Río Cuale - The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta Isla Río Cuale
Once you have walked the well known Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, it is a must that you take a stroll to the Rio Cuale Island which is located in the middle of Zona Centro and the colonia Emiliano Zapata, it is the perfect escape for those who love the serenity and excellent food since it’s a place away from the traffic buzz of downtown and the noise from the city, it offers a refugee where time seems to slowdown.

The Rio Cuale island was formed by a huge flood caused by a tornado in October of 1926 now in days it measures a little more than 2 acres, within you will find colorful pedestrian streets surrounded by authentic artisan shops and beautiful restaurants with a magnificent view of the river. The Archeological Cuale Museum inaugurated December 20th of 2004 has minimum samples of occidental cultures and in Centro Cultural Cuale inaugurated March 27th of 2003 music, painting, theater, sculpture, dance, singing and acting workshops are held.

For all those with an adventurous spirit, crossing through the hanging bridges will be of the most fun being a distinctive land mark of the zone and a direct route to the biggest artisan flea market of the city. While you walk the area you can appreciate the wild fauna such as parrots, squirrels, herons and a great variety of birds and most importantly the iguanas which are a protected species by the local municipal authorities. Being a place where kids can play and adults can enjoy a pleasant walk, where the island shows our culture and its entire splendor, no wonder why it has become a heritage of Puerto Vallarta.

A Short Morning Stroll

by Judith St. Gaudens

A Short Morning StrollMorning has broken in Puerto Vallarta. Earlier, you were awakened by a very loud thunderstorm. The beginning of your first day in the tropics seems marred by the now gently falling rain. You’ve come to work on your tan, for heaven’s sake.

Well, mi amigo, rain, heat, humidity, beautiful sunsets…this is summer in Puerto Vallarta. Rainy weather in paradise cannot be considered grim. The rain cools the air (for awhile) and cleanses our beautiful jungle. So, put on your walking shorts over your bathing attire, grab your sunscreen and get thee to the out-of-doors.

A Short Morning StrollYou’ll notice that the streets are a-bustle with small business owners opening their shops for business. Restaurants are putting out their sidewalk tables and chairs for those who wish to dine al fresco. Sidewalks are swept; displays of colorful wares are put out to tempt you. But, first,…coffee or a latte and perhaps a delicious piece of pastry are in order.

Let’s head to the new Page in the Sun located on Lazaro Cardenas just north of the Cardenas  Park and Garage. Look for the blue awnings. While waiting for your order, search the stacks of used books for the perfect beach read for later. The rain won’t last forever. The sun will come out…this afternoon!

XVI Pan American Games – Guadalajara 2011

XVI Pan American Games

The XVI PAN AMERICAN GAMES will take place from October 14 – 30, 2011 in the city of Guadalajara, the opening ceremony will be held at the Omnilife stadium.

These games are organized by (COPAG) Organization Committee of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. In which approximately 42 countries will be participating from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

This is the third time México hosts the Pan American Games and the first time the games are celebrated outside of México City.

Puerto Vallarta will be part of the sports program for the disciplines of:

From October 17 to 23, 140 athletes.
October 23 at the Marine Terminal, 70 athletes.
Swimming - Open WaterSwimming – Open Water
October 22 at the Marine Terminal, 36 athletes.
Beach VolleyballBeach Volleyball
From October 16 – 22, 64 athletes.

Mascoatsmore at the official XVI Pan American Games Website