Tourists visiting Mexico often express surprise at the abundance of Volkswagens in Puerto Vallarta. Mexico has been the home of auto manufacturing for many decades, the Volkswagen being one of the largest contributors to the economy. The city and state of Puebla proudly produced the first Beetle in 1964 and rolled out the end of … Read more Puerto Vallarta: Love Bugs and Other Wheels
The crime, the traffic, the congestion, the noise, and non-stop pace of a big city take its toll on your health. That’s not just anecdotal any longer, researchers are uncovering some not so surprising facts about the negative impact big cities have on peoples’ health. In the heart of the busy metropolitan jungles, more people … Read more How Big City Stress Affects Your Health
Often falsely credited for the colonization of Puerto Vallarta, Mismaloya is a lovely settlement about twelve kilometers from the city. In 1963 the Hollywood director, John Huston, chose it for the location of his movie The Night of the Iguana based on the Tennessee Williams book of the same name. Though Puerto Vallarta was already … Read more Puerto Vallarta: Mismaloya
We need to remind ourselves to save room for dessert. When going out to dine, why not enjoy the entire experience? So often when the waiter brings the menu to a table, he is scoffed at. Do we perhaps consider this a compliment to the meal with which we’ve just taken pleasure? Not really. Establishments … Read more In Puerto Vallarta You Must Save Room for Dessert
There are so many choices when it comes to shopping in Puerto Vallarta! Some prefer the convenience of a large box-type store, whereas others like to visit small markets and fill their bags with nature’s best. Soriana and Walmart are the chief competitor in town, both Big Box stores, selling everything from buckets to bananas, … Read more In Puerto Vallarta Where to Shop
Have you noticed how friendly everyone is here in Puerto Vallarta? We walk down the street and all the Mexicans we pass bid us a good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on the time of day. “Buen dia“ (have a good day) is often a common parting comment. Everyone smiles! It’s easy to tell tourists … Read more How Friendly Are They In Puerto Vallarta?
Whether driving your own car or rental, there are pointers to be shared about the joys and hazards of getting around. Drive Defensively: We highly recommend you be a defensive driver in Puerto Vallarta and make use of the mirrors in your vehicle. It’s good to know what’s behind you. Being polite is not always … Read more Five driving tips for Puerto Vallarta
Independence Day in Mexico Recently we were asked by newcomers if Mexicans in Puerto Vallarta do anything for their Independence Day. Do they ever! Though the actual date is September 16th, observances take place in Mexico on the eve of a given celebration. Our friends were confused when the 5th of May came and went, … Read more Puerto Vallarta, Viva Mexico