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April 2016

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  81°/27°

Seasons changing bring more festivals and carnivals to Vallarta for family fun time and grown up liveliness. The colonias (neighborhoods) in Vallarta transform into street parties and who can resist mariachi and folklorico dancers while you enjoy the street tacos and some pretty awesome desserts during your evening stroll.

Check out the info below on our yearly favorites: Altruism Festival, Vallarta Pride and Restaurant Week. May reigns as one of the best months - deal-wise and weather-wise - of the year to enjoy a getaway to Vallarta.

Check out some of the fun below you can have and check out availability in the Sidebar for Casita Vidaone of the most sought after vacation rental properties right in the Col. Emiliano Zapata (La Zona Romantica). We are not biased at all.

Welcome to El Caloso!  Keep this up and coming colonia just east of the Col. Emiliano Zapata on your radar. Learn more about Caloso and some of the exciting developments below.  

We have shared the inside view on Yelapa, Sayulita and Boca de Tomatlan.  This month transport yourself to the mythical Mayto in Cabo Corrientes.  Mayto defines the off-the-grid-unplug mentality.   No cell service. Virgen beaches.  Check it out and be an insider on this favorite getaway for Vallartenses.   

Lonely for a little Vallarta energy?  Click here and take a few minutes and transport yourself to the beach in front of Cuates y Cuetes on Playa Los Muertos with their 24/7 webcam.  You could be here too.

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"Sometimes there is so much beauty in the world
I feel like I can't take it, 
like my heart's going to cave in."  

Photo credit:  Josef Kandoll W, Puerto Vallarta

Un abrazo,
Julie & Dean

La Colonia Caloso

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We love the beach.  Really.  When many think of Vallarta, the sunsets, beaches, sun and surf may be the first things that come to mind.   However, once you decide to settle into a home, there are ample opportunities to extend your boundaries and venture into more residential neighborhoods in Vallarta.

Hola El Caloso!  This colonia, situated northeast of the Col. Emiliano Zapata deserves a close look for the savvy investor.  Walking east on Lazaro Cardenas past the Emiliano Zapata Market, crossing the bridge on the River Cuale, you enter this traditional Mexican neighborhood

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In addition to sharing the lush jungle, mountain and river views, this colonia has a lively community year-round since it does not depend on the beach communities for its essence.

Contact us for more information on development opportunities in what promises to be the next hottest colonia in Vallarta.

Carnivals and Festivals

As our friend David Binder writes: 

"Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.

We could not agree more, and obviously, so does Vallarta.

Festivals and carnivals are plentiful in all of Mexico as one of the activities that churches, colonias, business associations, and social groups share as a way to showcase the beauty of the destination and the diverse cultures among which we live.

Fiestas de la Parroquia de la Santa Cruz
through May 3rd

The yearly parish festival at La Parroquia de la Santa Cruz (The Parish of the Holy Cross) located on the corner of Aguacate and Lazaro Cardenas in the Col. Emiliano Zapata commands a week where streets are closed and carnival rides, trampolines, and vendor booths share the street with food vendors and a main stage showcasing an impressive array of Mexican music and dance.  

Photo Credit:  The JG Group

Dessert, anyone?  Or a ride on the merry-go-round?

Photo Credit:   The JG Group

While some cities in Mexico no longer allow the cannon fire during festivals, you can still hear the simulated loud booms from La Santa Cruz in Vallarta.  Legends claim that the booms represent humanity's daily battle with the devil. Another version submits it was a way for neighboring parishes to communicate with one another that the festivals were starting.  That was before the internet.

Food and entertainment start after 5:00 pm.  Click here to see the full schedule of activities at La Santa Cruz held through May 3.

If you have never enjoyed a traditional Mexican parish festival, don't miss this if you are in Vallarta.

12th Annual Altruism Festival
Sunday, May 8
Photo Credit:  Banderas News Online

The U.S. Consulate in Puerto Vallarta sponsors a yearly festival designed to raise funds for local non-for-profit and charitable organizations in the Bay of Banderas. The 12th Annual Altruism Festival on Sunday, May 8 this year continues as the biggest and best of our out-door festivals.

The Marriott Casa Magna in the Marina hosts this celebration of food, music and giving back to our community from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Vendor booths and the main entertainment stage spread out on the massive garden lawn with the Bay of Banderas as the backdrop.  Tickets are $400 pesos in advance and $500 pesos at the door.  Click here to view more information on how to have a great time and give back!

12th Annual Restaurant Week
May 15-31
Photo Credit:  Virtual Vallarta

One of our favorite festivals brings the sophisticated Vallarta culinary scene to the forefront.  Rated as second only to Mexico City in the country as a foodie's delight, some of Vallarta's favorite restaurants offer a 3-course fixed menu representative of their signature dishes and cuisine. 

Make your reservations from May 15 to May 31 and enjoy one of the reasons people love Vallarta in May. Click here to see participating restaurant menus. We do have our favorite.

Photo Credit:  No Way José! Restaurant/Bar

Vallarta Pride 2016
May 15-May 29

The Asociacion de Comercio y Turisimo for the LGBT community (ACT-LGBT, AC) proudly presents the 4th Annual Vallarta Pride festival.  In addition to the Parade and Party in the Park highlights, you will enjoy art exhibits, film screenings, health fairs, circuit parties, and more in different venues throughout the city. 

Grand Marshals Idan Matalon and Myriam Montemayor 
Photo Credit:  Vallarta
Besides being one of the most popular personalities on LGBT YouTube, Idan Matalon is a journalist, audio and video producer, model and business executive. Currently a columnist for the Israeli website Mako and vice president of marketing for Moovz (LGBT social network globally), in 2012, the publication Shalom Life named him 20th on its list of the 50 hottest Jewish men.
Myriam Montemayor, actress, singer and Mexican performer, rose to fame in 2002 by becoming the first winner of "The Academy", the reality show produced by Mexican network TV Azteca. 

Click here for a full schedule of events.

If you are interested in being a Vallarta Pride Sponsor, please contact us for details on how you can help make Vallarta Pride even better.

Deals of the Month
Casa Abina
Long-term and Vacation Rental

One of our favorite new developments:  Casa Abina, a 6-unit modern oasis in the center of the Colonia El Caloso.  This spectacular property has both long-term and vacation rental availability scheduled for occupancy by September 2016.

This development has 4 very spacious 2BR/2BA units, that will include a Washer/Dryer in each unit, high quality finishes and state-of-the art appliances.  There is 1 studio on the Terrace, and a 3BR/2BA Penthouse with exclusive use of the Rooftop Terrace.

Vacation Rental 

Nestled in the heart of the Col. Emiliano Zapata (aka Zona Romantica or Old Town) sits one of the most sought-after vacation rental properties in La Zona.

Casita Vida enjoys an enviable location a mere 6 blocks from Playa Los Muertos in a private compound featuring a beautiful outdoor living space and large swimming pool.  The Casita comfortably sleeps 4 adults.

Located on Calle Lazaro Cardenas, two blocks from the Farmacia Guadalajara and one block from the Santa Cruz Church, there are no hills to hike or stairs to climb between you and your favorite locales.

Click here to view more photos and and check availability for your next Vallarta visit.

Contact us now to view these properties.  

In Every Issue

Other events around the Bay


Look here in each issue for direct links to other events happening around Banderas Bay.

Click on the activity below for more details.

Have you been to Mayto?

Photo Credit:  Hotel

Along the coast of Cabo Corrientes, you'll find paradisiacal beaches of fine, white sand, abundant vegetation and spectacular cliffs. Some of these beaches have barely been explored, making them ideal for those seeking to go deeper into the wilds of the Mexican coast. 

With 9km (5.5 miles) of some of the last remaining pristine virgin beaches only a 2-hour drive south from Vallarta, Mayto reigns as the crown jewel of this area and personifies the absolute beauty of Mexico's Pacific coast beaches.

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Cabo Corrientes, a cape along the coast, marks the southernmost point of the Bay of Banderas. 

Cabo Corrientes is a prominent navigational landmark, featured on the earliest cartography of the region. Cruising sailors often refer to it as Mexico's Point Conception.

With two hotels located side-by-side you can choose from the Hotel Mayto, a 12-room modern hotel with restaurant and pool but no internet unless you sit in the hotel lobby....if you REALLY need to.

Photo credit:  Hotel Mayto

If you prefer more rustic surroundings, the Hotel Riconcito offers a bohemian laid-back vibe and still NO internet.

The Marine Turtle Research Station is located beside Hotel Mayto and protects the eggs after they have been laid by returning turtles until they are ready to return to the sea about 40 days later.

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If camping sounds more like the adventure you are seeking, there are areas for you to pitch your tent.

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Whenever your mood demands an escape, make Mayto a must-do on your Vallarta bucket list.


House in El Caloso

Mayto Beach

El RIo Cuale

La Colonia Emiliano Zapata

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Señor and Señora on Calle Guerrero on the Malecon

Sunset at Playa Los Muertos

Dario at Playa Camarones
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