Summer activities in Puerto Vallarta

Summer vacations are on full swing and our city is now welcoming the wave of Mexican tourists who make Vallarta their yearly family vacation destination.  Summer warmth is high and up, getting us to look for different ways to refresh ourselves and to spend times of leisure and fun among the ample menu of activities a beach resort has to offer both its visitors and residents.

Being a top-notch touristic destination, Puerto Vallarta has an offer of activities in the same level.  From bird watching to bungee jumping, going through all levels of adrenaline, you will surely find something you like to spend a couple of hours or an entire day full of fun.

This is but a short list of things to do if you are in Vallarta during summer:

Surfing: Banderas Bay features several spots with important surfing activity, with waves ideal for every level, from beginners to experts.

Zip lines: canopy lines are a great option for those who enjoy thrill in the middle of nature.  Ost of adventure parks are safety-certified.

Golf: we have some of the most beautiful courses of Mexico in this area, designed by the most famous architects in the world.

Fishing: casual or sports, professional or amateur, from a pier or deep in the sea, fishing is almost a must with all the chances to practice it in Vallarta.

Paddle surfing: a newer variety of surf, stand up paddle has flourished in the area; you can now practice it at most of the beaches.

Snorkeling and diving: just like with fishing, you can practice snorkeling and diving almost in any point of the bay.  Experts have their favorite spots, though.

Horseback riding: Either along the beach or high on the mountains surrounding the city, horseback riding tours are an environment-friendly and fun way to know the beauties of the port.

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Mamas in PV do it again!


Encouraged by the great success of the reunion to celebrate Children's Day, Mamas in PV decided to repeat it and gather again, this time on the beach of Sí Señor Restaurant, who played excellent hosts to get the over 100 moms and their little ones to spend a morning for the ages.

The idea of Mamas in PV came from a group of friends who used to meet every week to share their experiences of being mothers in a place like Puerto Vallarta.  From the mere social occasion they have moved to heading community-oriented projects with the family in mind, such as parks improvement, charity events and awareness-raising of the importance of good eating.

Saturday 28th of June started very early with the activities carried out by guests and sponsors.  Paddle surf came first with Jeri Grant of Paddle Vallarta, who gave lessons of this novel sport.  “Serendipity” show of Act II Entertainment , directed by Danny Minini and Karla Barragán allowed all the families to appreciate a sample of the musical talent in Puerto Vallarta.  The photo booth set up by Aime Jewel and Ulises L. Guerrero Fotografía to take pictures in customs was a total hit, as were the workshops by Koala Kids Care, who made the youngsters and their pops built sand castles with plaster and their magical special materials!

Kindergym by Gymboree came from Nuevo Vallarta and amused everyone with a circle of songs in English, while Bonita Make Up y Salón gave all the girls a manicure.  The closing of activities was the great pageant "Banderas Bay Bathing Beauty" sponsored by Havaianas and Myskova Boutique.  Moms received presents from Organic Select and Dr. Adriana de Applaude brought bubbles for all the kids.

Sí Señor Restaurant gave everyone such a good attention that Mamas in PV decided to name it “The Best Family Restaurant on the Beach”

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Brazil 2014, halfway through

Soccer world cup Brazil 2014 has ended its first stage, which means half the teams which arrived on June 12 are back home or on their way.  There have been the usual casualties, with teams as Australia, Honduras or Korea, which have never been very competitive internationally, out of the tourney.  There have been also god and bad surprises.  Powerhouses as Italy, England, Portugal and Spain have also had to pack back to Europe while Greece, Algeria and Switzerland, from whom only their fans expected much, are still fighting to go deeper in the tourney.

Mexico is still alive thanks to the good team performance it has had so far, but it will face The Netherlands, a powerful team considered one of the current favorites along with Germany and Brazil. The United States team, on its side, has also survived this initial phase with a more than decent performance and will face Belgium in the following round.

From June 28 on every match is win or die.  Winner goes on and loser goes back sad but with the satisfaction of being among the top sixteen in the world.  This figure will get smaller as days go by and the tournament becomes more difficult every time and victories harder to get.  Let’s hope our area teams advance as far as possible… maybe to the finals?

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Fish at your favorite style, “a tu gusto”

Historically human groups have created their diets based on the elements more readily available in their habitat.  So, inhabitants of forest have had the meat of animals as their main ingredient, while fish has been the choice of those dwelling the coasts or the riverbanks.  In Puerto Vallarta we are lucky enough to live surrounded by a diversity of ecosystems which have allowed the local diet to be comprised of ingredients with several origins, especially of those coming from water.

If we add this to the gastronomic culture developed in the city during the last three decades, the outcome is a great culinary richness available for all tastes and possibilities, of course with fish as a central ingredient in the kitchens of restoration establishments.  Amid the most popular species we can find the red snapper, mahi mahi, rooster fish, bull fish, marlin, sword fish, bass, tuna and even the brought-from-afar salmon.  With minor variations by the personal style of every cook, these are some of the most popular styles to prepare fish we can find in pour city:

  • - Zarandeado – the most local of the récipes, it is prepared brushing the fish with a sauce based on chilies and spices of the area and cooking it in a zaranda, a kind of light grilling press which holds it while allowing it to be cooked on both sides.
  • - A la plancha – on the grill, maybe the simplest preparation on a griddle, pan or wok with each one’s favorite side dish.
  • - A la mantequilla – with butter, cooked with a thin flour layer and bathed with a sauce of butter, cilantro, lime and garlic.
  • - A la diabla – the name deviled  comes from the hotness of its sauce, which can be prepared with chipotle or any other red chili.
  • - Al ajillo – with garlic and guajillo chili, usually on a mild tomato sauce.
  • - Al ajo – with garlis, rubbed with a paste of garlic, lime, salt and pepper and cooked on the griddle.
  • - Empapelado – papered, cooked wrapped in aluminum foil with tomato, onion, chili and other spices.
  • - A la veracruzana – Veracruz style from Mediterranean heritage, it is prepared with olives, capers and Mexican spices.

So when you see the legend: “Pescado a tu gusto” you will know you can pick your favorite of these styles and you will be sure it will come to your table delicious and well prepared.

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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a samll town in Banderas Bay located about 20 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta.  Its name stems from across that was located at the entrance of the town, engraved from the wood of the most abundant tree in the area, the huanacaxtle.  This word comes from nahuatl and means tree of ears by the shape of its fruits.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle was founded in 1930 by the Chávez family, who still live in town.  It has always been a fishing village known popularly as La Cruz.  Here it is still possible to witness the arrival of fishermen in their pangas loaded with the ample variety of fish and seafood they catch from the waters of the bay.

Beaches in the area are famous for their fine golden sand.  They are divided in five sections: El Tizate, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, La Manzanilla, Piedra Blanca and Arena Blanca, where you can admire the beauty of the sea and visit their restaurants, both typical and modern.  And speaking of modern, during the last few years La Cruz has been object of a transformation that is turning it in a center of important economic activity with the construction of several real estate developments and with the creation of the Riviera Nayarit Marina, the newest and most advanced in the Mexican Pacific, with capacity for 400 vessels from 30 to 400 feet.

All this development has been grounded with the birth of a gastronomic culture unique by its own right.  Several restaurants of diverse cuisine have sprouted in the cobblestoned streets of La Cruz , each one with an exclusive personality, but permeated by the unique charm of the town, by the warmth of its people and the beauty of the place.  La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is definitively a spot worth visiting.

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