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Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta

We have been going to Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta for well over 10 years now and have diligently explored all the things to do and places to eat. We do have some pride, so we haven't done some of the super touristy things like the Pirate Ship party, but otherwise, we think you will find a ton of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. Feel free to contact us with ideas or corrections. Enjoy your tour !  If you need base to explore from, you can rent a luxury unit from us for an affordable rate.

Light for a Dark Situation- Pasitos de Luz

A Match Made in Heaven For almost 20 years,  MayanRental has made it possible for couples and families to enjoy a luxury vacation by renting  out timeshare weeks that their owners can’t use at Vidanta resorts.  Very early on, John...

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Marital Miscommunication Tragedy

I am sharing a story from a couple of years ago to help you all improve your relationships.   This story is a little funny and a little tragic, so it has everything. Linda and I have been going to the...

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You Will NOT Believe What I Did in Mexico !!

The last few days of our time in Mexico on the resort was not very eventful. Just nice sunshine, time around the pool , on the beach, ate at the Best Buffet Breakfast in the World  .   REEEE-laxing. But it wasn’t...

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A Perfect Week Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

If you are wondering what there is to do  for a week on the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort,  read on! The Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort is the largest of the seven Vidanta locations.   Imagine a week with a huge variety...

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Walking tours in Puerto Vallarta

Meet the locals with Sandra Cesca If you look for a genuine holiday experience, Sandra Cesca arranges walking tours in the local neighborhoods of Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta has much more to offer than relaxing in a hammock weighing in the...

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Deep Sea Fishing Nuevo Vallarta

Danisha Deep Sea Fishing in Nuevo Vallarta Bring your friends or family along for an unforgettable day on the sea. Most people like being close to the water. Why not have a good time spending a day on a Danisha's...

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Finding the Best Margarita in Bucerias

In our never ending quest to be helpful, we decided to research where one might find the best margarita in Bucerias, Mexico.  We may expand this search farther in the future.    To be fair we won’t order the 2...

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The History of Puerto Vallarta

A city of a couple names and even more bays... The history of Puerto Vallarta is one that echoes throughout the city and has shaped modern life to this day.   In our posts, we often mention the storied history...

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Puerto Vallarta Sea Turtle Rescue

The Nesting Season of the Turtles... Each summer the hotels of Puerto Vallarta welcome some special guests to their beautiful beaches. And though you might never see these guests in the tabloids, they're certainly celebrities in their own right. Each...

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Mexico Vacation with Kids at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

John and Linda took 4 of their grand kids as well as son, daughter and spouses to Nuevo vallarta.  The Vidanta resort has great resources for vacationing with kids.  In addition to the stuff discussed by the kids in the...

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Puerto Vallarta Walking Food Tour - Mole-Pozole

Puerto Vallarta Walking Food Tour We are always looking for new experiences and we made the wise choice to take a Puerto Vallarta Walking Food Tour. Last month we made a very good choice and signed up for the walking...

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Pasitos de Luz:  Helping Children in Mexico

Several years ago, when we decided that we need to support something meaningful in Mexico we made connections and researched until we found Pasitos de Luz.  When we met the founder , Yolanda, we were overhwhelmed by her passion for...

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Puerto Vallarta Zoo - Good or Bad?

When you read in trip advisor about the Puerto Vallarta Zoo, you find one of two responses.  It was fantastic OR it was terrible.   Which one do you believe?   We decided to see for ourselves.   Turns out...

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A One Week Vidanta Resort Itinerary - Part Two

This is a continuation of a One Week Vidanta Itinerary - Part One  Day Four You might want to spend the second half of the week with an  every morning,  Oh Dark Early, yoga class at the spa .   Or….... you...

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A Week Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort Itinerary - Part One

Nuevo Vallarta -On Resort Activities - The Arrival Dinner at Burgers Custom Made.  We recommend you call for a reservation as soon as you check in. You can finish your first evening in paradise with the best cheesecake I have...

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San Pancho (or San Francisco), Mexico

San Pancho or San Francisco Nayarit (not California) San Pancho, also known as San Francisco, Mexico, is a great place to experience nature, culture and adventure! The beach at San Pancho is part of the Nayarit Riviera, which is about...

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Ten Things They Don't Tell You About Yelapa

Ten Things They Don’t Tell You About Yelapa Yelapa is a small village in Banderas Bay that can only be reached by boat.  We have a travel post about our visit last year. There are many pages on the internet...

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Nuevo Vallara 2016 Trip - part 2

This is a slightly delayed report of our March 2016 trip to Puerto Vallarta.  Part 1 was not very exciting, so we didn't put it in the newsletter.  You can find it HERE.  The most interesting thing from part 1...

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Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens - March 2015

We have been hearing about the botanical gardens in Puerto Vallarta for years, but I think we were a little skeptical.  But since we were already close and had a rental car, we figured it was time to check it...

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Yelapa Overnight Trip

We have been planning to take a trip to Yelapa for our last 3 times in Puerto Vallarta.   We got the urge again this year and did last minute google searches to find a place to stay.   Too Late. Then we...

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Casa Bahia Bonita - Yelapa

We needed a change from the gorgeous, but not so adventuresome environment of the Luxxe Resort.  .  We had looked online for accommodation in Yelapa, but no luck.  As it happened, we met a man named Hector at the Alamo car...

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Art in Amber Jewelry Shop

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta There are a few places in this world that attract my wife like a supercoil magnet attracts iron man.  The Art in Amber shop in Bucerias is one of those places.  Ever since we discovered it...

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Nuevo Vallarta March 2015 - Days Seven and Eight-La Cruz Sunday Market

Ok, so here we are on days 7 and 8, and don’t judge us. Remember, in previous trips we have done the ziplining, rapelling, whale watching, ATVing, snorkeling and more. So we are kinda puttering this trip. Stick with us...

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Things To See On Puerto Vallarta's Malecón

The Malecón in Puerto Vallarta is definitely a must-see attraction when visiting the area. Some call it a boardwalk, but the Malecón is basically a paved esplanade along the waterfront in the heart of the city. On one side, you...

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Festival Gourmet Internacional de Puerto Vallarta

Most people travel to Puerto Vallarta for sun, beaches and relaxation. Many are not aware that Puerto Vallarta is also a culinary destination. Visitors to the area can get a “taste” of Puerto Vallarta’s finest food and drinks at the...

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Las Caletas Day Trip

When staying at the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta,   You may want to schedule a day trip to the private beach of Las Caletas.  is the place to find the tour.  They leave from their marina location right...

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Spanish Coffee Video - Por Que No - Nuevo Vallarta

In 2013 we visited Por Que No?  Eddie’s new restaurant along the south side of the marina in Nuevo Vallarta.   The food was good,  the service was excellent and the setting along the water with yachts in view was perfect.  ...

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Bird Festival Vallarta

Does the flap of colorful wings make your heart flutter too? You need not be an environmentalist to appreciate the beauty of these winged wonders that flock the Banderas Bay region in Mexico in droves. The valley in itself is...

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River Canopy Zipline Expedition-2013

River Canopy Zipline Expedition Take a look at our River Canopy Tour Zipline Photos. The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta is a perfect place to stay Disclosure:  We did the river canopy tour last year and had a lot of fun.  We wrote...

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El Tigre Golf Course Nuevo Vallarta

We don't talk about other resorts much, but the El Tigre golf course is worth making an exception.  We will be offering golf packages in the next week or so and plan to include an option for discounted golf at...

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Puerto Vallarta 2012 - Day 2 - Rio Cuale Zipline

Larry and John headed off first thing in the morning to the do the amazing zip line over the Rio Cuale (Cuale River) ravine. This is also called the River Canopy zipline. There are 10 or 12 trips back and...

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Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta Part Two- ATV tour and Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Day Three and Four After I took a morning run around the whole resort, day three was pool day. We hung out by the pool, Linda in the sun with a book, me in the shade with my kindle. It...

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Live Jazz and Great Food at the River Cafe

Christmas in Nuevo Vallarta Part Three- Bus Trip to Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Bus Trip As we mentioned we usually rent a car, so we haven't used the busses in mexico much. We wanted to spend a day in town, so we again headed down to the Sea Garden and asked...

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Hump Back Whale

Whale Watching - Christmas in Nuevo Vallarta Part Two

Because we had meetings and we were only there for 6 days, we didn't rent a car this time. That gave us a chance to try some different things. I'll tell you about the best two. One in this post...

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Zip Line Los Veranos in Puerto Vallarta

Being independent minded cusses, we of course had to drive out to do this zip line.  The brochures direct you to shuttles an don’t mention that they are about an hour south of town and you have to drive through...

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Sayulita and Bucerias Road Trip

Sayulita and Bucerias Take a look at all our photos from Sayulita and Bucerias. If you are staying in the Nuevo Vallarta Mayan Resort then visiting Bucerias and Sayulita is a must! While they used to be considered fishing villages, over...

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